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I know some wont work with antenna reception from the TV. What are some good ones that do? Also, and Bluetooth ones that would work so I could easily play my iPhone?
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You need to give a price range.
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Sorry. Looking at spending $300. I'm buying a Panasonic Plasma 50" U series. I'm wondering what sort of sound will come from a soundbar hooked up to a TV using OTA only--no dish, no cable. I'm sure most soundbars will work fine playing movies, but I was wondering about OTA broadcasts.
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Would be as good better than CATV or Satellite. TV size would have nothing to do with the soundbar, other than if you want one that is as long as the tv is wide. May want to look through the info at http://www.avsforum.com/t/1357545/official-help-me-choose-a-soundbar-thread/0_100
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You may want to take a look at the Panny HTB550. It supports Bluetooth and would work well with any Panny TV. Actually, almost all soundbars work with OTA. The "gotcha" is that a few only accept PCM input and Panny TVs do not have a setting to output PCM only. Stay away from the Vizio VSB200 as it is one of the few that would be a problem for you.
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I don't even know what PCM is. Help please!

Also, when I buy a BD player, do I need a seperate cable to the soundbar from the BR?

Last--this will be sitting on a table in front of the TV. Do I need to worry about remote interference?
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I don't even know what PCM is. Help please!
smile.gif Not to worry. Just stay with soundbars from Panny, Sony, Samsung, LG. They will all work fine with the Panny TV.
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Also, when I buy a BD player, do I need a seperate cable to the soundbar from the BR?
Yes. For BR you will get best sound quality by connecting the player via HDMI directly to a soundbar. So you should select a bar that has HDMI input(s). You will need an HDMI cable to connect player and bar, and another cable to connect bar and TV.
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Last--this will be sitting on a table in front of the TV. Do I need to worry about remote interference?
Yes. One advantage of the Panny soundbar is that you can split it into two separate vertical speakers rather than one horizontal one. With other bars, you'll likely need to find a way to raise your TV or look into an IR blaster.
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The Panasonic HTB550 soundbar works excellent with Panasonic TVs, allowing you to control volume and power on/off with the same TV remote. Just connect via the HDMI ARC inputs. And the HTB20 works good as well at a lower price, but does not sound quite as good as the speaker bar is not powered. But avoid the HTB350, as the TV remote is not integrated as it does not offer HDMI ARC. And another good choice is the Vizio 215 for $199 at Sam's and Costco. It also features HDMI ARC.
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The Panasonic HTB550 soundbar works excellent with Panasonic TVs, allowing you to control volume and power on/off with the same TV remote. Just connect via the HDMI ARC inputs. And the HTB20 works good as well at a lower price, but does not sound quite as good as the speaker bar is not powered. But avoid the HTB350, as the TV remote is not integrated as it does not offer HDMI ARC. And another good choice is the Vizio 215 for $199 at Sam's and Costco. It also features HDMI ARC.

Looking at the specs, it looks like the HTB20 front speaker is powered (via the sub).

"Front 65W x 2 (1kHz, 6ohms, 10% THD)"

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/SC-HTB20?t=specs

By "powered", are you referring to something different?
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The Samsung E550 soundbar is down to $299 this week but could change Saturday 12-22.
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I recommend the sony htct260

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