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post #1 of 4 Old 12-02-2013, 09:56 PM - Thread Starter
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New to the forum and looking for a sound bar in the area of $200. Sony HTCT260 gets great reviews on Amazon and Best Buy but does not have HDMI input - price is about $200 at Best Buy. The H series does have HDMI capability and is actually a little less at Amazon - but there aren't nearly as many reviews and they aren't quite as good.

I would mostly be using them for watching sports and movies on a 50-inch plasma. I also noticed the VIZIO S4251w-B4 gets great reviews and it is 5.1 compared to the Sony being 2.1 but is $100 more.

My questions:
- How important is the HDMI inputs? The H is a little less money but reviews and number of them not quite as good?
- Am I going to be missing out on sound a lot by not going with Vizio that has the 5.1? The Sony says it has S Force Surround Sound but no idea how good that is by comparison.
- Any other recommendations in that rough price range appreciated.

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I'm not fond of the Sony for sound quality. In that price range the JVC was good but if you can go a little closer to $300 the Pioneer blew away about everything I tested until about the $800 range. HDMI is not important at this price range unless you have no other way of connecting it. I found 5.1 in most sound bars gimmicky especially in this price range. I would go for sound quality over features.

The Vizio has surround speakers and that is going to be a HUGE advantage for surround sound over any sound bar trying to bounce sound off the walls or play phase tricks to give a faux sense of surround. If you are looking for surround sound I'll bet the Vizio wins hands down. I haven't tried that model Vizio so I can't comment on the sound quality. The Pioneer might give have an advantage for sound quality but the Pioneer is only a stereo bar and does not even try to fake surround sound. You'll have to decide what is more important to you, sound quality or surround sound.
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Thanks so much for the help. I must admit I have no idea how good the fake surround sound is so that does make it a little harder to determine what is more important. I will look at the JVC as well - thanks.
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Yes, me too, the surround feature is awesome, but the subwoofer i think that it has a little delay, or maybe its just me. 

http://crazyreviews.net/sony-htct260h-sound-bar-wireless-subwoofer/

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