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post #541 of 869
I just purchased a Panny TCP60ST60 plasma and want to get a sound bar to replace my Definitive Technology Procinema 60 surround sound system. My salesman at ABT recommeneded the Sharp HT-SB40 or Sharp HT-SB60. Neither have bluetooth, but that is not a deal breaker for me. I do want a wireless subwoofer though which these do have. Any thoughts? Thanks.
post #542 of 869
You will get much better responses if you tell us what sources you will be connecting and how you will be connecting them.
post #543 of 869
Uverse cable box and Sony 3D Blu Ray player. Both connected via HDMI.
post #544 of 869
Looking for a powered sound bar for my master bedroom, room size is 21' x 15'. I'd like something with onboard processing for surround sound, such as dolby. I'll be using an Xbox 360 to the TV via HDMI and HD Cable via HDMI. TV has optical output also. Looking to stay around $300 shipped, but would spend up to $400 if it's worth it.

Thus far I've looked at ZVOX 555, and BIC America but it needs to be powered.

Any input is appreciated, thanks!
post #545 of 869
go get a Sonos Soundbar you can use it for so much more.. Just add 2 play 3`s and the sub you can have wireless ht..
post #546 of 869
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Originally Posted by upsfeedr View Post

go get a Sonos Soundbar you can use it for so much more.. Just add 2 play 3`s and the sub you can have wireless ht..

Yeah, this is the bedroom so I'm not interested in spending $700, or having a full wireless HT.
post #547 of 869
Comrades, this is my first foray into the soundbar area, so I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere. I have a BenQ W1070 that I want to start using in our 3-season room this summer (or maybe even outside) to entertain the kids after a stressful day of bouncehousing and watersliding. Rather than dragging the receiver/surround sound up from the basement, can any recommend a soundbar setup, probably a bar and a subwoofer? I'd like to keep it in the $200-250 range, if that's doable.

Many thanks.

Scott Schroeder
post #548 of 869
I think I have narrowed it down to either a Sharp HT-SB60 or JBL Cinema SB 400. 19x19 family room with vaulted ceiling that opens to kitchen. Will be paired with a 60" Panny ST60 plasma. Does anyone recommend one over the other? Thanks.
post #549 of 869
Hi, room mate just got a new 60"(?) Vizio smart TV and is looking for a sound bar for our apartment (thin walls, so nothing too loud/bass-y). His requirements are the sound bar should have an auto-on/off feature, audio source be TV output, and volume adjustable through an existing Atlas remote (http://www.urcsupport.com/html.php?page_id=382) or a cheap universal/learning remote that can control both the TV, cable box, and the soundbar. The Vizio TV has an SPDIF output, but not sure if it has an HDMI output. Is auto on/off even possible through SPDIF with any sound bars on the market?
post #550 of 869
There are no HDMI outputs, per se. You need to concern yourself with how many HDMI ports there are on the TV. Auto ON is the tricky part. It involves some research here and trial and error. Just enable HDMI/CEC on the TV and sound bar and give it a shot. If your cable box controls the TV volume without the sound bar and you have successfully activated HDMI/CEC on both the TV and the sound bar, you should be fine there. Auto ON is another issue without a Harmony or similar remote. I wouldn't buy another remote until I was done testing.
post #551 of 869
Friends,

I recently purchased a 50'' panasonic viera TC-P50 and I am looking at soundbar options. I have a bluray player, ps3, and cable box. I was told by the sales rep that the yamaha YHT-S401BL would be a good match, but I'm not so sure. I'm looking to spend between $200-$400, and I am not too picky - open to suggestions. Obviously, I want something that is compatible with my current set-up and able to handle all of my peripherals. Would prefer HD audio decoding, etc.

Thanks in advance,
S
post #552 of 869
^^^
Yes the Yamaha would be a good choice. You could also look at the Panasonic HTB770.
post #553 of 869
So Costco has the Samsung-HW-FM45C and I'm curious, other than watts, what is different between this and the FM55? I'm going back and forth between this one and the Yamaha they have in stock. Can anyone educate me on these two and is the bump in price worth it?
post #554 of 869
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Originally Posted by The_Donster View Post

So Costco has the Samsung-HW-FM45C and I'm curious, other than watts, what is different between this and the FM55? I'm going back and forth between this one and the Yamaha they have in stock. Can anyone educate me on these two and is the bump in price worth it?

I researched them slightly and the only difference that I know is that the 55 is slightly more powerful. The 55 should also have grills over the speakers, if that matters to you.
post #555 of 869
No, not really. I'm just trying not to break the bank on something I'll probably use on a part time basis or from time to time. Not to mention keeping my curious preschooler from getting too curious about it.
post #556 of 869
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Originally Posted by The_Donster View Post

No, not really. I'm just trying not to break the bank on something I'll probably use on a part time basis or from time to time. Not to mention keeping my curious preschooler from getting too curious about it.

I don't have any children but, if I did, I would probably go with a unit that has grill covers. Between those 2, I would go with the 55.
post #557 of 869
That's what I'm thinking too. Costco's sale goes on through the end of the month and will most likely go on sale again if I miss out. Thanks for your input. Just trying to minimize the amount of wires and cords.
post #558 of 869
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Originally Posted by snp87 View Post

Friends,

I recently purchased a 50'' panasonic viera TC-P50 and I am looking at soundbar options. I have a bluray player, ps3, and cable box. I was told by the sales rep that the yamaha YHT-S401BL would be a good match, but I'm not so sure. I'm looking to spend between $200-$400, and I am not too picky - open to suggestions. Obviously, I want something that is compatible with my current set-up and able to handle all of my peripherals. Would prefer HD audio decoding, etc.

Thanks in advance,
S

So, the S401BL went back up to $499 on Amazon before I could buy it. My attention has been shifted now to the polk 5000 and 6000. Anyone have some feedback on these, or possibly a different make/model? Also, what is the big difference between the polk 5k and 6k?

Thanks in advance,
S
post #559 of 869
New construction, 3 location for wall mounted LED TVs (office, sun room and kitchen wall). The TVs (40-50") have not been purchased yet, researching now. All three TVs will be linked to the DirecTV genie system. Sound quality from TV speakers not great, thinking about sound bars with subs for all three. Primary a/v in home theater room. Cost $300-$500 for each system. System able to link and work through TV. I understand that each individual has their own ear for sound, but I need to start somewhere. Recommendation are requested.
post #560 of 869
Hi folks,
I am looking for a soundbar for a bedroom at a vacation home. I have a 46" TV on an articulating arm. I currently have a Samsung HW-E450 hooked up to it. I have brackets that attech to the back of the TV (where it bolts into the mount) so the soundbar goes where the articulating arm goes.
I absolutely cannot stand that Samsung I have. The sound quality is ok. What I hate is that I am having issues getting it to work properly with a Logitech Harmony. It rarely turns on. I have to hit help on the Logitech and have it try multiple times to get it to turn on the Samsung soundbar.
So I'd like to replace it with something better. I would really like to get an active 3 channel soundbar. (with or without sub).

I have also considered getting a passive speaker (def tech) and hook it up to a receiver (which I have). But I am not looking forward to putting in that much work. (Running a wired IR system to the receiver in the closet.....running wires up through the attic, etc....)

I want a TRUE 3 speaker soundbar. Meaning, I don't want something that has 2 speakers and creates a "faux" center. I also want to keep it under $1000. Otherwise, I'd get the def tech 5.1 channel soundbar.

I listened to the Sonos at Best Buy. It sounded odd. I can't put my finger on it, but if I had to choose a description, I'd say a highly compressed digital signal. I am still considering it though.
In addition to the Sonos Playbar, the only others I've seen are:

Boston TVee Model 30 (significantly cheaper than the others)
Harmon Kardon SB30

My source is a DirecTV HR-22 DVR. I will not watch movies. Only TV shows (of which most are DD5.1), news and no music. Maybe some netflix program (not movies). Most of those are 2.0, so I need it to decode 2 channel stereo into PLII 3.0.

Any advice would be appreciated. I've only found the Sonos locally so I will most likely have to buy it "blind".

Thanks,
post #561 of 869
I also looking for Soundbar to match new Sony KDL-70R550A 70" LED TV.
What can I get the BEST SOUNDBAR for $1,000 budget?

Full surround sound, simple and user friendly but great sound and huge BASS.
A Bluetooth connection feature and wireless Subwoofer are best consideration.
post #562 of 869
hey gang,

This thread is just what I'm looking for. I want to get a soundbar formy apartment. Ideally looking for crispness of sound without a ton of bass....I dont want to get kicked out of my building =P So probably no subwoofer option.

I'm looking for something for pretty casual use...just needs to be better than the build in TV speakers. When I want really good sound from a movie or game I'll throw on my Grados.

I'll be using it with my:
  • 55'' Samsung 7100
  • PS3 (PS4 when it's out)
  • Xbox 360 (Xbox one when it's out)
  • Apple TV
  • Cable

I think I'd like to spend less than $750 but I'm not completely stuck on that. I'd also consider a few little speakers or something too if that would be better.

Cheers!
post #563 of 869
Hey everyone,

I'm new to here but I am having problems choosing a soundbar. I've been looking for sometime now
but haven't found anything that meets my requirements.

I tend to move around so I want a soundbar due to ease of packing/moving,
I want something around $300. I find anything below $200 to not be worth the money (not better sounding than the TV)
but anything beyond $400 to be too much.
I would rather get a 5.1 setup but I'm waiting until I get a steady/permanent
job before I spend that sort of money.

Usage: Mostly for music, TV and the occasional gaming/movie night.
I'm fine with a 2 speaker format but 2.1 is nice as I do love my bass.

Connections: I need a soundbar with HDMI in/out or S/PDIF RCA Coaxial in.
My devices consist of my laptop and xbox. My TV does have S/PDIF RCA Coaxial
out with 3 HDMI in. My biggest problem so far is that all the good looking soundbars
have Optical in. I'm looking for my optical adapter for my xbox but that will limit me
in formats of music. I'm not sure if my xbox supports lossless formats such as .flac.

Laptop: HDMI out, 3.5mm out
Xbox: HDMI out, possible optical out
TV: Irico E320BV-FHD, 3 HDMI in, digital RCA Coaxial out

I'm not opposed to buying used, it's just when I try, everything I find is RCA L/R systems.
It wouldn't be a problem if I had devices to hookup to such a system.

my favourites in recent memory:
http://www.costco.ca/Mint-Blade-2.1-Channel-Soundbar-System.product.10370036.html
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/polk-audio-polk-audio-surroundbar-3000-iht-3000-iht-3000/10142091.aspx <-- if I find optical audio dongle
post #564 of 869
I'm the kind of person that needs to research everything to death, which has proven to be a real barrier to me getting sound installed in my apartment. I just keep reading and can never find the silver bullet, so I end up doing nothing. Well enough is enough. I want a solution that will improve my TV / movie watching experience ASAP.

I live in an apartment, so I don't want crazy bass. But the problem is my wall unit AC is right next to my TV, so in the summer I have to deal with a lot of noise. I watch a lot of action movies, so when I crank up the volume the explosions are always way too loud and I am straining to hear the dialogue. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME! I want to set the volume and put down the remote! Music performance not as important to me - I don't need any special features as it will rarely be used for this.

The only sources I have are my cable box (Fios) and my HTPC which is connected to my TV. I don't have a receiver and currently just use TV speakers. My TV sits on a stand and my intention is to put my soundbar on the stand in front of the TV.

Would also be open to a 2.1 / 3.1 system if that is a better solution. I don't care about price, just want to improve my viewing experience. What should I do?
post #565 of 869

Although it depends on the situation, I would typically prefer a  2.1/3.1 system over a sound bar.  If you use decent bookshelf speakers they are arranges vertically which is best acoustically, they often have larger drivers to have more mid-bass and they can be placed a little further apart for better imaging and soundstage.  However, I would go this route if the speakers can be placed well and not in corners or tucked out of sight somewhere.

 

 Your biggest obstacle is your AC and not much you can do about that except noise canceling headphonesbiggrin.gif  Using a dynamic range control might help to keep the bass down but you are still going to have to turn up the volume to hear the dialogue over the sound of the AC.  This is the exact reason in dedicated theater they sound isolate them as best as possible.  It is not to keep the sound from going through the house but it is to heart every nuance of the program material and not have to turn it up over ambient noise. 

 

 One thing that might be acceptable to you if it works for your situation is use a 2.1 system and place the speakers near your seating.  Some in walls or in ceilings could make this aesthetically pleasing and you won't have to turn it up as loud to hear them when they are near you.  I know a few people that do this that just want better quality sound and aren't as concerned about image or soundstage.

post #566 of 869
New to the forum. I got a panasonic plasma TV st60 55. I want to use my hdmi arc.

I see the Sony HTCT550W on sale for 330 canadian. The htct260 is on for 299. Which one should I get or should I get the Panasonic HTB770. I have the Samsung f450 but I don't like it and find it doesn't like my TV. I need some guidance on this. Please help.
post #567 of 869
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Originally Posted by Moparman1303 View Post

New to the forum. I got a panasonic plasma TV st60 55. I want to use my hdmi arc.

I see the Sony HTCT550W on sale for 330 canadian. The htct260 is on for 299. Which one should I get or should I get the Panasonic HTB770. I have the Samsung f450 but I don't like it and find it doesn't like my TV. I need some guidance on this. Please help.

The Sony 550W would be a good choice as they work well with Panny's Viera Link. With multiple HDMI inputs, you don't have to worry whether your TV will pass 5.1 Dolby from connected devices. Prior to the "60" series, Pannys only output 5.1 from internal tuners. I've read conflicting reports on whether that changed or not with the latest models.
post #568 of 869
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

The Sony 550W would be a good choice as they work well with Panny's Viera Link. With multiple HDMI inputs, you don't have to worry whether your TV will pass 5.1 Dolby from connected devices. Prior to the "60" series, Pannys only output 5.1 from internal tuners. I've read conflicting reports on whether that changed or not with the latest models.

Well thats wonderful, thank you for your knowledge. The samsung FW-450 was a quick purchase and it does work well i fell with pannys. I was hessitant about the 550w due to cnet giving it a rough review. But i want the best sound for this type of purchase for the price. Its a movie tv. I hope i can poke your brain for more knowledge Possumgirl. I need help with all this AV stuff. Been out of it for a while. I have 550w on hold at Futureshop and was waiting for some feedback. Now it doesn't have bluetooth oddly. But is it that necessary as i can just flip to galaxy radio on my cable box for music or wifi. But i like the features this 550w has. Anything else you guys can share to make this as little painful and stressful as it is?
post #569 of 869
Is there a soundbar, or a way to hook one up, that will just respond to the same buttons that control the sound on the TV? I just want to make dialog a little less mushy so I can maybe understand it. The Sony HT CT150 looked like a good option, but when I started reading about it, it looks very confusing. The woman at the end of the Sony Chat could not understand what I wanted to do. My TV is a Samsung HL-S5688, 2006. I have digital optical, HDMI out, and RCA connections available. I control the TV with the Dish network remote. I don't want to go fishing for another remote when the commercial comes on. or the sound is too soft or too loud, etc.

Thank you!
post #570 of 869
The guaranteed way would be to get a Harmony remote which you can set up to control your sources any way you want. Short of that, there are quite a few soundbars that use CEC over an HDMI connection . Samsung calls theirs Anynet+. Sony calls theirs Bravia Sync. The Sony CT-150 could be a good choice since it is a 3.1 soundbar with separate center channel speaker for clear dialog. It really is not confusing at all. Another choice would be one of the several soundbars from Samsung like the HW-E450 or one of the new models.
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