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I put a 47" LG LED/LCD in our screened porch by the pool. My wife likes to watch out there. What would the best option to add a soundbaar to help with the somewhat feeble speakers on the TV. I already have good HT systems in the house, one of which my wife refuses to use. Also this is in Florida so it will have a limited life anyway. I know a bit about HiFi but have almost no experience with soundbars. The TV only has an optical out for which I will need to use a 90 degree adaptor as TV is mounted on a brick wall.

Appreciate any input as I want low cost (<$300) but reasonable sound quality.

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At this end there are Vizio, Sony, Samsung, LG and similar. Are there brands to recommend or those to avoid?

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At this end there are Vizio, Sony, Samsung, LG and similar. Are there brands to recommend or those to avoid?

HDMI inputs aren't applicable? All of those brands have decent low end units.

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What do you mean on HDMI, ARC? It is a 47LS4500 and not much details available.

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What do you mean on HDMI, ARC?

You only mentioned that your TV has an optical output. What about HDMI? I would assume that a 47" TV would have quite a few HDMI inputs. I'm not necessarily referring to ARC but knowing if your TV supports ARC would be helpful. It ould also help to know what sources you would like to listen to through the soundbar.

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It has two HDMI inputs but the only audio out is optical. When I checked the LG website FAQ it only mentions optical for soundbars. Hence, I don't think HDMI is an option. I don't currently have a cable box or other, just using the tuner in the TV off of cable. The only use for the soundbar is for the TV. I have speakers run from inside the house for music, zone 2 on the living room setup.

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It has two HDMI inputs but the only audio out is optical. When I checked the LG website FAQ it only mentions optical for soundbars. Hence, I don't think HDMI is an option. I don't currently have a cable box or other, just using the tuner in the TV off of cable. The only use for the soundbar is for the TV. I have speakers run from inside the house for music, zone 2 on the living room setup.

OK. In that case, outputting audio from the TV via optical will work. If you had additional sources, you could always connect them to the soundbar first. I would think that a subwoofer might not be a good idea due to the fact that the porch is exposed to the elements. You would know better.

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Yes, if we have a serious storm a fair bit of water can make it in. So I would need to put the sub off the floor if I go that way. Was hoping to get an all in one without wireless sub if I can find a decent option. Thanks for the input! My wife calls it a lenei.

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Yes, if we have a serious storm a fair bit of water can make it in. So I would need to put the sub off the floor if I go that way. Was hoping to get an all in one without wireless sub if I can find a decent option. Thanks for the input! My wife calls it a lenei.

This one is right at your budget limit and should have the input and sound that you crave:

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/digital-sound-projector/yas-101/

You should be able to find it for cheaper than the $300 MSRP. There's no subwoofer. Normally, I would want one but not in your scenario.

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Excellent, just ordered one. Also have Yamaha outdoor speakers in the Lenei, nothing special but okay. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Excellent, just ordered one. Also have Yamaha outdoor speakers in the Lenei, nothing special but okay. Thanks for the recommendation!

Good deal. I heard one of these at Costco 1 day and it really seemed to have some juice. Enjoy.smile.gif

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i recently picked up a Yamaha YAS101 for my girlfreind recently,as she wasnt impressed with the sound coming from her Panasonic 42TCLU5 tv.we found an open box deal at one of our local big box stores,so we saved an additional 50 bucks.got it home,and within 5 mins,all setup.i was quite impressed as the quality of sound that was coming from it,without a seperate sub.nice,clear,not overbearing.needless to say,she is quite happy with the purchase.
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Just to put closure, I got the Yamaha YAS101 and it works well. My wife is happy with it and what little I have spent listening is good. However channel changes have notable swings in volume. So Kef and B&W for inside the house and Yamaha for outside, works.

Doctego, thanks for the lead and Bigcam408 for the confirmation!

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Missed this thread but I would have recommended you the SONY HTCT260 soundbar for under $300 I think it is one of the better sounding soundbars out there.

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The YAS101 was only $225 plus tax at BB and sounds good for what I need. Wife is happy with it so I am too. My focus now is proper surrounds for my media room - not sure how to do wiring, can't fit/afford(?) 201/2s but that is a whole different topic.

I appreciate the help provided to land something reasonable.

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Okay, I am back for a second soundbar. I want to add one to my media room so I don't have to run my system for normal TV (sitcoms, etc) to keep heat load in room down. Was thinking of another YAS101 but someone suggested the JBL SB200. Don't want a sub and don't need Bluetooth, just decent TV speakers. Appreciate the help the first go round so look forward to input again.

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Just to put closure, I got the Yamaha YAS101 and it works well. My wife is happy with it and what little I have spent listening is good. However channel changes have notable swings in volume. So Kef and B&W for inside the house and Yamaha for outside, works.

Doctego, thanks for the lead and Bigcam408 for the confirmation!

have you tried turning on the univolumn setting on?
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No I have not, I will check it out. Thanks!

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