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post #631 of 863
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Originally Posted by naptime74 View Post

hello,

I've been lurking the AVS forums in order to help make a decision on which TV to purchase. I settled on the Panasonic TC-P50S60, a 50" plasma.

Because I am in my own room, sitting at a little under 10 feet from the television, I am looking for a sound bar to satisfy my audio needs.

Being a student, and although wanting a great sound, I am looking for a something for less than ~250. Willing to spend a bit more for the right product. Something that has good compatibility with my television is of course preferable.

The purpose of the television will primarily be blu-rays, sports, and of course the new PS4.

Thanks!
I not sure but if pana makes a sound bar, but if they do thats what a would get. I use Vizio sets and Vizio sound bars and never have a problem.
post #632 of 863
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Originally Posted by Phil17108 View Post

I not sure but if pana makes a sound bar, but if they do thats what a would get. I use Vizio sets and Vizio sound bars and never have a problem.

There's no benefit of matching the brand except matching the name. As long as you can connect the sound bar the preferred method there shouldn't be a compatibility issue with the TV. I don't even have my sound bar connected to my TV, all my sources are connected to the sound bar, you get better sound with that method also. And Vizio would be one of my least preferred choices.
post #633 of 863
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Originally Posted by colour View Post

There's no benefit of matching the brand except matching the name. As long as you can connect the sound bar the preferred method there shouldn't be a compatibility issue with the TV. I don't even have my sound bar connected to my TV, all my sources are connected to the sound bar, you get better sound with that method also. And Vizio would be one of my least preferred choices.

I don't know about that, the Vizio remotes can be easily set up to control the sound bar. I do have a nice Polk Audio/Onkyo 7.2 system in the living room home theater but a sound bar works just fine in may man cave/bike shop. My wife has one in her hobby shop and she is pleased with it. I moved over from the big ugly DLP set to LED's after I got tired buying lamps for the thing.
post #634 of 863
Hi, I'm looking for a soundbar that will mainly be used for TV (mainly fox news, yuck!) and movies(from an el cheapo bluray player). It's a Christmas present for my grandparents who are in their early 70's and honestly not that tech savvy. I had them over to my home theater and it made them grin ear to ear. I would like them to have a little bit of that at home theater experience without the extra equipment and expense.

I'm not so delusional as to think that a small sound bar will ever give you that wow effect like my 3 8200e LCR's will, but something that would get them part of the way would be nice. I'm looking for:
  • The simpler to run the better
  • Up to $500 (maybe $600 if it really made a difference)
  • Separate sub preferred, but not required
  • Grandma prefers no separate surround speakers, but if it came with it, that's fine.
  • Bluetooth, air play, etc are not required.
  • Needs to sit on table in front of or under(like the Zvox) the TV.

I was leaning towards a Zvox 580 or Paradigm Soundtrack System (a little out of the price range but I might be able to get the local dealer to sell me one at a little bit of a discount). Obviously not a soundbar, but the Bose CineMate® GS Series II sounded pretty decent at the bose store recently. So what would you guys suggest?
post #635 of 863

posted this in a new thread by accident sorry....

 

 

looking for a soundbar that can decode the audio from digital movies in mkv and mp4 format. i had a vizio hooked up to my samsung tv and the soundbar was unable to decode the audio. would like to keep it on the low end of the price range, any recommendations are welcome. thanks.

post #636 of 863

Hello

I was hoping someone might be able to help me choose a soundbar... Im really struggling. It is for a fairly large (but not huge) open planned back room which is square, on the left side is a rectangular lounge area on the right an open planned kitchen. It is one room separated by a corner sofa.

The soundbar main requirement is to provide much better sound than from my 50" Panasonic Plasma for both regular/movies TV (SKY HD Box) and gaming (PS3/PS4). It would be a bonus if it could also be used for Music, Im happy though if this is just done via something like an Apple TV it doesn't have to be wireless streaming.

I tried an Orbit Sound but returned it as I hated the fact it had to be turned on separately when watching TV and you had to use a completely separate remote.I don't want a full 5.1 system, it is always just going to be soundbar and sub.

The list I have narrowed it down to is:

Bose Cinemate 1SR - £130

This is my max budget. The demo sounded amazing, my concerns are price (is it a rip off), in reality how well does the remote work as you have to use the BOSE remote. I have also read very mixed feelings towards BOSE.. to me the sound was amazing,  but people say they use very cheap components.

Sony HT-ST3 Sound Bar - £600

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hcs-cinema-surround-kit/ht-st3

This looks decent and I believe would integrate nicely with my TV so I could just use my current Sky remote. But i'm worried the sound won't be great.

Sonos Playbar - £1200

www.sonos.com/PLAYBAR

This looks good and I would stretch and get the sub. My worry is the sound has to come from the TV and have read that because my TV only passes through stereo the sound won't be great. Will this matter if I am never going to add the extra rear speakers... I like the idea of having Sonos in other rooms, but its not a requirement... I also worry the Sonos won't be as good sound as you are paying for all the streaming kit, realisticaly anyone compared it to something like a BOSE?

Monitor Audio ASB-2 - £1000

I don't kow much about this, but reviews seem to be really good.---

Really appreciate any help... I want it to be wife/kid friendly so easy to opperate ideally turning on when the TV does and using the same TV remote... or if the BOSE remote is good and can control SKY/TV I don't mind that either.

Thanks

Jono

post #637 of 863
Jono

If you are looking for good sound any of these should be suitable.

The Bose has a great deal of its price buried in its surround mode. Some people like this, others do not. If you like what you heard, that is surely a positive.

The Sony appears to be simply an upgrade to their more basic 260 and 660 soundbars. One review (can't remember where) says that the sound is not far enough removed from the lesser Sony's to make the investment worth while. The two less expensive Sony units have overall very good sound.

I read a lot about the Sonos being hard to integrate. Have never heard this, so can't comment at all on the sound.

I was unaware that Monitor Audio even made a sound bar. If this has the same quality of other Monitor Audio speakers, it should be really good.

If you are willing to spend less money, you may add the Pioneer Speaker Bar to your list. Price is $ 350.00 USD.

As to integrating, I use a Logitech Harmony remote to control all of my components. One of the best $ 70.00 investments around.
post #638 of 863

Thanks for the reply David, much appreciated.

 

Not sure you can get the Pioneer in the UK... it did look good and a great price.

post #639 of 863
Has anybody here had a chance to listen to the JBL SB300? Have it in box for a steal. Been waiting for the new Yamaha YSP 1400...not so much of a steal but wondering if for twice the price the sound quality and bluetooth would make it a good buy?

Nick
post #640 of 863
No.
post #641 of 863
no you haven't had a listen or no to the double price?

Nick
post #642 of 863
No to double the price. I have heard numerous previous models of the Yamaha and still own one. Sound quality is okay, but can be bettered by devices for considerably less money.

Mine was replaced with a Vizio soundbar costing $ 97.00 that sounded worlds better.

The JBL has had consistently good reviews. Cnet compared the JBL to the new Pioneer and though both were close, the Pioneer was the overall winner. Both units had pluses and minuses. Either unit can be had for less than $ 400.00.

Yamaha is know for its virtual surround experience. If you have the proper room this works pretty good.

Yamaha is not known for accurate sound. Either of the other bars is a better choice in that category.

Also, no I have not heard the JBL. I have read good reviews from ears that I trust based on their past reviews so I would have no difficulty recommending the JBL to a friend or family member if they were interested.
post #643 of 863
There's no way I would take any of the junk Vizio makes over anything Yamaha makes. But I'd probably take the JBL over the Yamaha.
post #644 of 863
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Originally Posted by drfreeman60 View Post

No to double the price. I have heard numerous previous models of the Yamaha and still own one. Sound quality is okay, but can be bettered by devices for considerably less money.

Mine was replaced with a Vizio soundbar costing $ 97.00 that sounded worlds better.

The JBL has had consistently good reviews. Cnet compared the JBL to the new Pioneer and though both were close, the Pioneer was the overall winner. Both units had pluses and minuses. Either unit can be had for less than $ 400.00.

Yamaha is know for its virtual surround experience. If you have the proper room this works pretty good.

Yamaha is not known for accurate sound. Either of the other bars is a better choice in that category.

Also, no I have not heard the JBL. I have read good reviews from ears that I trust based on their past reviews so I would have no difficulty recommending the JBL to a friend or family member if they were interested.


Thanks! Will take a listen.

Nick
post #645 of 863
I'm not sure that Vizio is Junk.

I own a Yamaha YSP that cost about $ 1,400 plus the additional Yamaha woofer. This was replaced with a Vizio soundbar costing $ 97.

I have never had anyone who had heard both or could compare both say that the Yamaha sounded better. I have not heard this year's top line Yamaha offerings, but in previous years their unit always lacked dynamics making them sound flat.

My comparisons were done at home and the units were calibrated as best I could and tested for frequency response accuracy. The Yamaha has a more extended frequency response and better psuedo surround. The Vizio has better dynamics and is better with voice if you watch TV or movies.

Both have positives and negatives as do almost all speakers. However, it is easy to live with the negatives of something costing less than $ 100 than it is for something that costs closer to $ 2,000. Especially when the lesser device outperforms the more expensive device in so many categories.
post #646 of 863
Hey I am new to the soundbar game. I have a Sony Bravia KDL46ex500 tv. Its in a small to medium sized room. And I am looking for a good soundbar for between 100 and 150 for a Christmas present. 150 is the limit that I can spend. I do understand that I won't get great sound I need something better. I just hate to spend money on something that would just collect dust if I got a bad one. So I was looking at some vizio's for around 118. But any other suggestions? I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.
post #647 of 863
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Originally Posted by myuhas42 View Post

Hey I am new to the soundbar game. I have a Sony Bravia KDL46ex500 tv. Its in a small to medium sized room. And I am looking for a good soundbar for between 100 and 150 for a Christmas present. 150 is the limit that I can spend. I do understand that I won't get great sound I need something better. I just hate to spend money on something that would just collect dust if I got a bad one. So I was looking at some vizio's for around 118. But any other suggestions? I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

Look for Black Friday deals on Sony soundbars. They will fit the bill, especially if you get an HDMI model.
post #648 of 863
Hi, looking for a HDMI soundbar that can stream music from a computer. TV is 46 inch, room is sort of wide open.

250-400 price range would be ideal.
post #649 of 863

great thread, whats peoples thoughts on samsungs offerings, the new 750 valve system one is tempting but is it just a gimmick ? if so the samsung 550 looks nice and is priced reasonable

 

Im ready to spend £600 so any input would be great

post #650 of 863
http://www.soundandvision.com/content/soundbar-roundup

Check out this article for Sound and Vision. A very good roundup of reasonably priced and for the most part sound bars that actually put out good sound.

Samsung fares okay in this comparison, but is probably the least favorite speaker of the bunch and the highest price. The surprise, although not so suprising to anyone who ever owned one, is the Vizio as having the best overall balance of good sound and an enveloping environment.

If looking for accurate sound, check out their comments on the Pioneer. My current favorite, but fake surround and an enveloping environment were not my criteria. I was looking for a sound bar that was good with music and the Pioneer has so far exceeded my expectations.
post #651 of 863

nice 1, thats an interesting article, Ive heard lots of good things about the JBL, the samsung is still possible if I can get it for the right money.

 

That sonos play bar looks great, its £600 and you have to buy the sub seperate, those jokers want £600 for it ... I cant be the only person who finds that ****ing mental ? 

post #652 of 863

Hi everybody. So I'm pretty new to AV stuff and I am trying to figure out which soundbar might be best for my setup. I currently have a Panasonic 50 inch VT30 plasma, DirecTV HD DVR, Xbox, and I'm going to be getting a blu ray player soon. One of my concerns is whether I should be looking into soundbars with multiple HDMI inputs, or is it possible and of equal or better sound quality to hook all the sources to to the HDMI inputs in the TV and then run an optical audio cable to a sound bar. Soundbars without HDMI inputs usually seem be cheaper than those with the HDMI inputs. My budget is around $250. I've been looking on amazon and they have discounted prices for soundbars that are usually in the $300s. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

post #653 of 863
In certain instances, HDMI into the soundbar or for that matter, direct connectionof audio from each of your components to the soundbar whether HDMI, toslink, or analog cables might (MIGHT) give you somewhat better sound.

Since most soundbars are 2-channel only, the output from your TV is typically good enough to give you very good sound. Most soundbars in the range you are looking at will far surpass the speakers from your plasma TV.

My preference, when possible, is to connect components to the TV and the audio output of the TV to the soundbar. I prefer the control and ease of switching inputs when connected only to the TV. There are very few soundbars at any price that are going to blow you away with differences in audio whether they act as the switching medium or whether it is the TV.

David
post #654 of 863

So for instance, if I connect a 3D blu ray player, which can decode all the latest audio formats (DTS-MA, Dolby TrueHD, etc...) via HDMI to the TV, then run a toslink cable to a soundbar, will the toslink be able to transmit those audio formats from the tv to the soundbar or is that something only HDMI can do? Obviously the latest audio formats are all 5.1 or more and the soundbar is only 2.1, so maybe it doesn't even make a difference in the sound that I hear. What do you think?

post #655 of 863
Hello, my TV is a VIZIO E3D420VX, I am looking for a soundbar that I can control the volume of through my TV. Right now I have a Coby CSMP88 soundbar, and since my universal remote can't find a code for it I am using 2 remotes. Also the Coby soundbar's default volume is extremely loud, so when I turn it on I have to mash the volume down so I don't kill my ears. There must be soundbars that you can set a certain volume for and have it return to that volume when it is turned on right? As you can probably tell by my questions I am not an audiophile, so I would prefer to get a soundbar for as cheap as possible that can do these things. Sorry for my ignorance and thanks for any help you can provide.
post #656 of 863
I just figured out that by changing a setting from Fixed to Variable I can now change the volume of my Coby soundbar through my TV. I feel pretty dumb for asking here before exhausting all my efforts, but I am also pretty happy that I figured it out.
post #657 of 863

Hi everyone,

 

I've just recently joined the community here in the hopes of getting some insight about soundbars. Hope I'm not treading on any toes!

 

I'm actually doing the research on behalf of my parents who are purchasing a Samsung UN65F8000 TV. They aren't particularly tech-savvy when it comes to AV matters and I must admit that nor am I, so I'd really appreciate some basic pointers when it comes to choosing the right soundbar.

 

Are there some essential factors to be considering? I assume the soundbar has to be 'strong' enough to match the size of the TV, but beyond that, what should I be considering in researching them?

 

Sorry for asking such a broad question. Just looking for some general directions to get started...

 

Thanks very much for any help.

 

Cheers!

post #658 of 863
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Originally Posted by muddywellies View Post

Hi everyone,

I've just recently joined the community here in the hopes of getting some insight about soundbars. Hope I'm not treading on any toes!

I'm actually doing the research on behalf of my parents who are purchasing a Samsung UN65F8000 TV. They aren't particularly tech-savvy when it comes to AV matters and I must admit that nor am I, so I'd really appreciate some basic pointers when it comes to choosing the right soundbar.

Are there some essential factors to be considering? I assume the soundbar has to be 'strong' enough to match the size of the TV, but beyond that, what should I be considering in researching them?

Sorry for asking such a broad question. Just looking for some general directions to get started...

Thanks very much for any help.

Cheers!
I would recommend starting here. http://m.cnet.com/news/sound-bar-buying-guide-what-you-need-to-know/57574982?ds=1
post #659 of 863
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Originally Posted by starchild View Post


I would recommend starting here. http://m.cnet.com/news/sound-bar-buying-guide-what-you-need-to-know/57574982?ds=1

 

Hi starchild,

 

Thanks very much for the link. That looks like a promising start.

 

In my limited research so far, I think I've only seen a Sharp model soundbar that was suggested for TVs that are 60" or bigger. 

 

Any others that you know of?

post #660 of 863
I have a 65 inch. I'm personally waiting for the 54inch Vizio. It supposed to support dts/Dolby, hdmi and have a full 5.1 wireless configuration. I want a full surround experience without the running of cables so this is a fit for me. Still awaiting it's release in next couple weeks.
I'm no expert here on sizes. But its not a big concern far as I'm concerned. The quality of sound is more of concern. Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony make some good sound bars that should fit your bill.
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