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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2014, 03:07 PM - Thread Starter
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Center as a Soundbar?

I want to improve on my bedroom TV sound but not looking for surround sound solution. I tried a Sony SB but I had a sub to hide and while it sounded OK (except old movies on TCM which carried a hiss I couldn't remove), it required me to adjust the settings every time I changed the channel (and the low mid range was weak- a fatal flaw). I'm just looking for plug and play better TV speakers and wonder if a center will fill the bill. Spending $400 is fine.
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OK, just occured to me a center will not be powered. I'll leave the original post to learn of any ideas.
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For simple solutions, sound bars and platform speakers may be all you need. But like anything in life, not all sound bars / platform speakers are created equal, as you've found out. Obviously, buying a stereo receiver or AVR and a couple of bookshelf speakers are the best solution, but if you are not willing to go that direction, then checkout higher quality sound bars and platform speakers. Zvox and SpeakerCraft offer better systems. Zvox also has a sub out port.
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Another good option is powered, i.e. active speakers, like the Audioengine A5+ and its many competitors. You can get pretty good sound in a small form factor without the extra box of an amp.
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Another good option is powered, i.e. active speakers, like the Audioengine A5+ and its many competitors. You can get pretty good sound in a small form factor without the extra box of an amp.
Good thought. And I have a set in my office I can use to test.
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Good thought. And I have a set in my office I can use to test.
I temporarily used Audioengine A5+s as a two-channel solution in my home theater before I got my current setup, and they sounded remarkably good. Plus the ability to control the volume and mute with the little remote that comes with them was a big plus. They're not cheap, and at their price there are certainly plenty of other options, but as a package deal I think they're pretty compelling. Of course, they're also not tiny, and their much smaller A2 brethren have some more significant sound quality trade-offs.

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I temporarily used Audioengine A5+s as a two-channel solution in my home theater before I got my current setup, and they sounded remarkably good. Plus the ability to control the volume and mute with the little remote that comes with them was a big plus. They're not cheap, and at their price there are certainly plenty of other options, but as a package deal I think they're pretty compelling. Of course, they're also not tiny, and their much smaller A2 brethren have some more significant sound quality trade-offs.
Two remotes instead of one is a down side.
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Two remotes instead of one is a down side.
So control the volume through the TV.
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So control the volume through the TV.
Alternatively, get a universal / learning remote.
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So control the volume through the TV.
The M-Audio 40's I just connected via Monitor Out are not controlled by the TV volume controls, evidently. Currently a 2007 50" Pioneer plasma. The speakers don't handle optical so perhaps that digital output would be different. Or a small cheap preamp with remote capabilities.....
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