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good virtual surround passive soundbar

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just moved to a small apt. in NYC.

i already have an onkyo TX-SR674 receiver, and also have an onkyo 5.1-speaker system with powered subwoofer. i am interested in continuing to use the powered subwoofer (onkyo skw-240), but replacing my left, center, right fronts and two surrounds with a virtual surround passive soundbar.

something with a slim profile that will lay underneath my panasonic TH-50PZ77U sitting on its stand (i would like to avoid drilling into the exposed brick wall behind the TV), and under $500 would be a plus.

i know my requirements are quite specific, advice would be appreciated.
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Vizio VSB200 Soundbar, has subwoofer out. The legs even come off to make it lower.
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Originally Posted by Bill View Post

Vizio VSB200 Soundbar, has subwoofer out. The legs even come off to make it lower.

The Vizio is not a passive soundbar but it is a good option so he could use his sub.

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Originally Posted by gasman2011 View Post

just moved to a small apt. in NYC.

i already have an onkyo TX-SR674 receiver, and also have an onkyo 5.1-speaker system with powered subwoofer. i am interested in continuing to use the powered subwoofer (onkyo skw-240), but replacing my left, center, right fronts and two surrounds with a virtual surround passive soundbar.

something with a slim profile that will lay underneath my panasonic TH-50PZ77U sitting on its stand (i would like to avoid drilling into the exposed brick wall behind the TV), and under $500 would be a plus.

i know my requirements are quite specific, advice would be appreciated.

Some of the new'est passive soundbars are these,, http://www.twice.com/article/469772-..._Soundbars.php

Polk also makes a passive soundbar and there are other passive bars out there, I cant remember the rest of them.

But one question,, why do you want a passive soundbar, they are typicaly more money than most active soundbars and there are other downsides with going with a passive bar.

Are you wanting a passive bar just to make use of your Onkyo receiver ?

Cheers
Davyo
post #4 of 7
I have a follow up to this thread because it appeared to end abruptly.

If you have a receiver (i have a Pioneer VSX821k) and you want to eliminate having 5 speakers and speaker wires everywhere, can you use the VIZIO VSB200 powered sound bar?

DAvee, you had asked the question as to why passive. I have read that you need a passive sound bar if you have a receiver.

I am so confused. I don't want to spend a lot of money and just want some music to come out of speakers.

What does someone with a receiver and currently no speakers do to achieve a simple solution to get sound?
post #5 of 7
I have been looking for a relatively inexpensive passive sound for weeks. I just want an alternative to the terrible TV speakers. My problem is the height issue as I need it to be 3 inches or shorter. Difficult to find? Very!

Yamaha has one that comes boxed in the YHT-S400 and YHT-494. I e-mailed Yamaha to find out if they could sell the sound bar separate if I purchased a newer receiver from them. Amazingly they responded that the sound bar is not for sale individually (can understand that) and that it is not designed to be used with a receiver (REALLY?!?! since it's sold with a receiver YHT-494).

Many people have specific desires and setups that would require a passive sound bar - in my case wiring issues - vs. a powered sound bar. The receiver opens possibilities that you can't get from a powered bar (i.e. internet radio, Airplay).

It amazes me that a decent passive starts around $700 - Crutchfield at least allows you to filter passive/powered. The best deal I have found so far is the Dayton Audio BS36 for around $199. Problem in my case for this bar is the height.

If anyone has any suggestions or alternatives, I'd love to hear them. It seems as though the search for passive bars are becoming more commonplace as seen by the number of threads.
post #6 of 7
What about the Bic FH-56 bar? Is it any good?
post #7 of 7
Greetings all,

Looking for a soundbar with a good soundstage and poss. virtual surround. I want to stay under $600.Have been looking at:

1) Energy Power Bar Elite $479
2) JBL SB300 $499
3) HK SB16 $499
4) Sony CT350 $420

Thoughts? Suggestions? Other models/brands?

Thanks

Nick
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