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Old 12-14-2013, 07:00 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi folks,

I'm new here.. just another idiot looking for a solution from the experts.

 

Hung a big LG tv on my wall and found out the speakers, which are mounted in the back of the unit, will radiate sound quite well through the entire house except for one spot..  The front of the TV where we are sitting.  (what a stupid design).

 

So, I want to hook up some external speakers to the tv but it seams the only audio output is through an Optical Digital (Toslink?) connection.   There is no way to just hook a pair of speakers to it..

 

I'm not some big audiophile who has to have 9.1.1 super duper 3d surround sound blasting at 1000 watts...

 

If the sound I got was on par with what the TV produces now, that would be fine with me.

 

Is there any device out there that is small enough to hide behind the tv (4 to 5 inch gap to wall), that will convert the optical digital to normal speaker connections?

 

Thanks so much!

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Old 12-14-2013, 07:04 PM
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You need:
1. An AVR and speakers ....or
2. A set of powered speakers and a digital to RCA adapter.

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And yes, the adapter is very small

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Old 12-14-2013, 07:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Just looked up what a sound bar is and I think I like this idea... 

 

But I have questions...  Does it require a subwoofer?  How is the sound compared to the speakers on the TV now?

 

Any suggestions on what brand?  I don't want junk, but don't need the best either.. just something that works and will sound good to most people.

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Check out the sound bar forum. I don't actually have one, but have been researching them lately. They do the D/A conversion and volume control, which is what you need. And all in one box. I hear good things about the Vizio sound bars, which also can include a wireless subwoofer. For not much money. What I dont know is how they compare to more conventional speakers for music. I am positive it would be an upgrade to the speakers in your tv.
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Sound bars will sound better than TV speakers...but the drivers in a soundbar are about the size and quality of TV speakers!
Separate speakers will give you the best sound quality...

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Separate speakers will give you the best sound quality...

 

What do you mean by that?    Get the sound bar or get individual separate speakers that are not mounted in a single sound bar box?

 

Forgive if that's a stupid question... 

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Sound bars...better that TV speakers? yes...and you would have remote control of the volume.

However, they will still be a compromise for the following reasons...
1. Small drivers, nothing close to full range
2. Spacial arrangement of the drivers...all driver spaced within a few feet at most, not the optimal placement
3. Not real surround sound (okay, some soundbars come with rear speakers, but not most)
4. no subwoofer, or a crappy small subwoofer

the Toslink to RCA or 3 Mm adpters are pretty cheap. One way to go would be to get a set of power speakers, like Audioengine2/5...or get a power subwoofer and run your speakers through the sub (both options have the limitation of not being able to control the volume, except manually)

The best option is a reciever and seperate speakers...but like most "best" options, it is also the expensive option. You are probably talking 6-800 dollars for a budget AVR and 2.1 speaker system.

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