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Placing sound bar in an open room

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

we have a room of about 8m x 6m. At one corner of the room is the kitchen and at the other corner is the living room area.
We were thinking of getting a sound bar, however we realised after we visited a shop that soundbars need 4 walls around in order for the sound to bounce back. At least this is what the guy at the store said...

But our living area would be at the corner at an area of about 4m x 5m, thus at two sides of the sitting area there won't be any walls.

so based on the above should i change my mind for a sound bar in this room? As the sound won't be that good?

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post #2 of 5
The answer depends on your reasons for wanting a soundbar. If you mainly want better audio and clearer diaglog than you get from TV speakers, a soundbar should do that even in an open area. To simulate a surround effect however, soundbars generally do need walls at both sides and behind the listening position to reflect sound.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your time!

We want to listen to music, and also to watch movies sometimes. Since that would we a room that we should spend all day, it might be used for everything!

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post #4 of 5
That's a great question, Fekish!

I'm going through a "simplification phase" in life where I'm considering NOT upgrading my 13+ year old Marantz/NHT amp driven 5.1 system. Instead, I'm considering the forthcoming SoloCinema XTR for our small, but open townhouse floor (where we sit near a corner and face the open area along a wall).

I've only been looking at soundbars a short period of time, so I don't know if (m)any come with basic room correction. I don't like the idea of sound drifting off to the right, where it opens up.

Like I said, it's probably just a phase!

I look forward to monitoring AVS for education and advice.

JP
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
I read that a Yamaha is ideal for open room but also is about $1200...

I was very excited about putting a soundbar at that location, as my ultimate solution, that today I am very disappointed that this might not work in the end...

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Edited by fekish - 9/17/12 at 9:07pm
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