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Best soundbar for BDI Avion media cabinet

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys!

Here is my dilemma:

I have this BDI cabinet, on which is resting my new Samsung UN55D6420:

http://www.bdiusa.com/theater/avion_2_8929.shtml

This set up is in my basement, which consists of a big open room of approximately 18' X 20'. My flooring is made of ceramic tiles, which probably has an impact on sound distribution.

I have an HD/PVR cable box and a PS3.

Although this cabinet could accommodate a lot more components, I'm not planning to add any in the near future. However, I would like to benefit from the space intended for a centre speaker to conceal a soundbar. I read that it may be ideal to install a soundbar above a flat screen, but I'm not willing to do that at this time.

Hence, I'm limited by the width of this drawer, which is 34.5".

I currently have the Polk IHT 3000, and I am underwhelmed by it. I get a less than rich sound, the remote is almost impossible to use (not sure if it has anything to do with the mesh of the drawer), the sub emits a weird vibration sound at times, and when I turn on my tv and HD box, the soundbar turns itself on - at a very high volume. If I can program the soundbar to be controlled by my TV or HD box remote, it would surely help the issue.

As a reference, I have an Apple HiFi Sound System connected to another LCD, and I'm more than satisfied with its sound and bass outputs. I understand the HiFi is not meant to substitute a surround sound system or even a soundbar, but I'm hoping to find somewhat of an equivalent in terms of sound quality, in a soundbar. (If I could hide the HiFi in my BDI cabinet, I would move it to my basement, no question!)

I don't really need a wireless subwoofer, although I suppose it would be a nice flexibility to have.

My price range is between $300-$500.

Based on all of the above, the only option I can find is the Sony HT-CT150.

Any other recommendations/suggestions would be most welcome!
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
No one has any suggestions huh?

The only other option I found was the Yamaha YHT-S400, but I could only put the sub on the floor next to my BDI cabinet, since it wouldn't probably thrive behind glass doors.

Also, beacause of its shape, it would probably look odd on the floor - unless it can be placed sideways...

And finally, I couldn't find much reviews on this soundbar, and it would most likely be hard to find in my area...
post #3 of 9
The shelf on that cabinet is enclosed on 3 sides so you might trouble getting anything to sound good in it.

First I would treat the back and side with sound absorbant foam or something similar. In that dark space behind a speaker it won't be seen and will improve whatever you put there. Also make sure re speaker face is flush with the opening so nothing blocks the soundbar's attempt to reflect sound off of side walls.
Also don't put any subs inside and enclosure if it's not designed for it.
The Yamaha YSP-2200 would fit in that space, not have the quirks you mentioned and have the latest sound codecs and 3d capability. You can probably find it under $800 but not $500
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by capecodorthopod View Post

The shelf on that cabinet is enclosed on 3 sides so you might trouble getting anything to sound good in it.

First I would treat the back and side with sound absorbant foam or something similar. In that dark space behind a speaker it won't be seen and will improve whatever you put there. Also make sure re speaker face is flush with the opening so nothing blocks the soundbar's attempt to reflect sound off of side walls.
Also don't put any subs inside and enclosure if it's not designed for it.
The Yamaha YSP-2200 would fit in that space, not have the quirks you mentioned and have the latest sound codecs and 3d capability. You can probably find it under $800 but not $500

Thanks a lot for your input! Great tip for the drawer. Although I wonder if it would be recommended, even for a central speaker, which is what this drawer is intended for... But I'll remember to position my soundbar flush to the opening.

I think I'll try the Sony HT-CT150, to see if I get a richer, fuller sound compared to the Polk IHT 3000. If the outcome is not to my satisfaction, then I'll consider your suggestion for the Yamaha YSP-2200.

Thanks again!
post #5 of 9
No problem. If you ever convert that system to 5.1 and a center channel goes in the soundbar's place you would still have resonance(s) from the enclosure so I'd treat it with acoustic foam or something similar anyway. It will probably make a bigger sound quality improvement than any other factor. Good luck.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ordered the HT-TC150 through my local Sears store today! They matched the price of Visions Electronics, which has retail stores in Western Canada, as well as an online shop.

Best Buy did not have the HT-CT150 in stock and Future Shop does not carry that model, so my options were limited. Got it for $80 less than most of the listed prices I found - which is probably a decent price - for the Canadian market. Can't wait to get it next Tuesday!

@capecodorthopod, I'll look into installing acoustic foam for sure!
post #7 of 9
Let us know how the soundbar and acoustic treatment work.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
After a delivery delay, I finally got my soundbar last night! (No acoustic treatment in my BDI cabinet as of yet!)

After only a few short hours of listening to it and playing (or trying to) with it, I must say I am pleased. Actually, this soundbar is light years above the Polk IHT 3000, IMHO. Right off the bat, the sound is fuller that the Polk's.

Now, I'm having a hard time figuring out how to adjust the different levels through the Amp Menu... The user guide is not that clear, at least for me. Also wondering what actual settings people are liking after using their HT-CT150 for a while...?

Another thing, what the heck is Anynet+ Sound System? Since I've connected the soundbar to my Samsung UN55D6420, a logo appears on the bottom of my screen everytime I increase or lower the volume. Funny thing is that the volume Anynet+ is indicating is like double the volume shown on the sub...?

And finally, wondering if I can reduce the number of remotes I'm now faced with. 1 for my Samsung TV, 1 for my HD PVR (cable box), and 1 for the soundbar...

Any guidance on the above would be most welcome! (May repost in the official HT-CT150 thread if need be.)
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by *Lili* View Post

Another thing, what the heck is Anynet+ Sound System? Since I've connected the soundbar to my Samsung UN55D6420, a logo appears on the bottom of my screen everytime I increase or lower the volume. Funny thing is that the volume Anynet+ is indicating is like double the volume shown on the sub...?

Anynet+ is Samsung's name for CEC. Sony calls theirs BraviaSync. Your TV manual should explain Anynet+ and how to set your TV to "home theater" instead of TV speakers. When sucessfully linked, you should be able to control the soundbar volume using your TV remote.
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