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Soundbar for Elderly?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am in the need for a simple, basic soundbar or speaker for my 97 year old grandmother. We got her a new 46" LCD tv and volume is just not as loud as her old CRT. I am hoping she won't need another remote and can use the supplied Directv remote to control the volume. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
post #2 of 15
To keep it simple, if the TV is an audio output I'd use a decent pair of powered speakers. Leave them on, they won't use much power. That way you don't need to program the sound bar into the remote.
post #3 of 15
BobL, What power speakers would you recommend?
post #4 of 15
What price range and what connections does the TV have? Any size limitations?

Audyssey media speakers if you need an optical input and don't want to use a converter. It will also work with an analog stereo input. It is the only one I can think of with it built in.

For analog inputs there are many from computer speakers to studio monitors. I wouldn't worry about a set with a sub. Get a decent sized speaker that can play loud enough without distorting. Avoid some of the tiny computer speaker that are cute but useless if you need to turn it up for someone to hear.
post #5 of 15
He's definitely onto something. I have connected a powered pair of basic PC speakers into the aux on my TV for supplemental sound. That might be a great idea for your grandmother.
post #6 of 15
Cost wise about $300-400/pr. Connections include analog stereo, optical and hdmi. On size I'd need to keep the width under 5 I/2".

Any thoughts on Audio Engine powered speakers.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. PC speakers might be an option. The TV has analog and optical output.
post #8 of 15
For $300-$400 there will be a few options and the Audio Engine is a great choice. Here are some others.

M-Audio AV-30
Audysssey Media speakers mentioned

Any of these are good and a personal choice.

Rocko,

I'd look at computer speakers by Creative labs such as the Gigaworks T20 or T40, if the budget is not that much maybe a Logitech X-140 or Z-130 but these will definitely not play that loud cleanly.

Hope this helps
post #9 of 15
I have the same problem as you do. I bought my 85 year old grandmother a TV for her birthday and the sound is causing her problems. I'm planing on buying her a sound bar for Christmas. I found this Yamaha YAS-101BL that's suppose to "learn" you tv remote. I have yet to receive it so I'm not sure how well it works. It does get good reviews on amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IVUWHW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
post #10 of 15
Guys, I was going to start a similar thread, but it looks like this one is getting some traction, so I'll chime in.

My mom is 83 and still has decent hearing but she lives in a condo with an upstairs neighbor (can be a noise issue) and a common wall downstairs neighbor (not much of a problem). She is impossibly polite and doesn't want to turn up the speakers in the 40" Samsung LCD TV, but it's hard for her to discern some of the rapid dialog in today's TV shows. I believe that it is more than just a volume problem, but more of an EQ issue. I'm a professional live sound engineer, and when I'm working corporate events I always high pass the microphones at 150 -160hz to improve intelligibility, so I'm looking for speakers that naturally roll off in the bottom 3 octaves. She's not going to be watching Saving Private Ryan at 100db, so big bass is not a priority for her, and without a separate sub, she's not likely to play them loud enough to produce any real low end anyways. The TV has a primitive 5 band graphic EQ, that helps, but let's face it, the speakers in just about any flat panel are shite.

The Zvox units look promising as they have analog and digital inputs, as well as volume leveling and basic bass and treble controls. They claim vocal intelligibility "ZVOX's Dialog Emphasis feature uses hearing aid technology to make voices unbelievably clear. It's amazing.", do any of you guys have any direct experience with these products?

Thanks.
post #11 of 15
We have used the Zvox as well and they are decent units. They can learn your volume from your current remote which makes it nice so you don't need another remote for basic functions. Sound wise they are Ok but don't beat a good pair of bookshelves in the same price range. The form factor will work for a lot of people. EQ in any of these is tough to find but a simple external might unit could be used.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by BobL View Post

We have used the Zvox as well and they are decent units. They can learn your volume from your current remote which makes it nice so you don't need another remote for basic functions. Sound wise they are Ok but don't beat a good pair of bookshelves in the same price range. The form factor will work for a lot of people. EQ in any of these is tough to find but a simple external might unit could be used.

Yeah, form factor is important. The bookshelf speakers i made for her back in HS are still hidden by a flower arrangement. biggrin.gif I have a Logitech X230 system that I'm listening to right now that might work, but then I'd have to upgrade my computer setup...oh darn.

Guess I'll just have to go out and listen to them after the Christmas rush is done.
post #13 of 15
My inlaws have a flat screen lg and just bought a vizio soundbar. Problem is the sound bar only has 2 optical ports on it and a line in port and tv dosent have optical ports, only the red/white/yellow and 2 hdmi ports. Any way to even make this work or do they need a sound bar with hdmi support?
post #14 of 15
Did the Vizio sound bar come with any cables or adapters? I would assume that the line in on the sound bar is standard 3.5 mm plug. You can get an adapter (if it didn't come with the sound bar) that is 3.5 mm on 1 side and RCA audio (red/white) on the other side.
post #15 of 15
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tv dosent have optical ports, only the red/white/yellow and 2 hdmi ports

That sounds like a description of INPUTS. What OUTPUTS does the TV have? Post the make/model # of the TV.
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