Originally Posted by thedjs6
Can this be connected to a Comcast HD set-top box using an optical cable? Can I expect better dialog from TV programs than I get now from my 52" Sony HDTV speakers? Is it possible to program my Comcast universal remote to control the sound bar?
For reference, I have tried a CT-100 Sony soundbar and returned it because there was no way to control the sub separately. I am not looking for a big bass sound or even surround sound, but rather just clear dialog when watching regular HDTV programs.
Thanks for the help.
1. I have a Comcast HD DVR and my unit has HDMI as well as component plus R/L stereo cables to go to the TV or receiver / soundbar. The current Vizio soundbar has only two inputs, one RCA, one optical. Easiest solution is to connect the Comcast box to your TV via HDMI and then TV to the soundbar using either RCA or optical.
2. If Sony still offers variable output (they formerly did this via their RCA jacks) and you are controlling the volume via the Comcast remote, your only step would be to disable the internal speakers through the Sony menu. From other posters, it appears that most remotes that come from HD providors and set manufacturers do not have codes to work with the Vizio. If you want to simplify your life, spend $60 - $100 for a Logitech remote. It controls everything with a single button.
3. I had a brief encounter with the CT-100 and returned it for other issues, but if my memory is working right this time, I do not believe it offered output adjustment to fine tune the soundbar and sub. I am not sure whether the Vizio sub offers this or not. You might check their web site.
A different and potentially better solution might be to purchase the Vizio soundbar ($98 is a steal for this) then look at Amazon or other on-line retailer for an inexpensive sub that has it's own volume to make the adjustment to suit your room. I am currently doing this with the Vizio soundbar and a Yamaha sub that was purchased to augment one of their Digital Sound Projectors (fancy name for a soundbar).
By the way, the sound from any of the soundbars you have mentioned, with or without a sub-woofer should be a major improvement over the sound from your built-in television speakers. Ther Vizio by itself has relatively good bass output down to about 60hz. This may be just right for a small room without sub. Good luck.