Originally Posted by dfree86
What do people use for Audio settings on the M-558 G1? I'm finding I like a ton about this TV but the audio (compared to my plasma downstairs) sounds so tinny and bad.
I know soundbar is the way to go but I'm a little limited by trying to stay wire free. I'm trying to avoid adding new wires, putting them in the wall, etc.
I have one outlet right behind the TV (hides the wires) but it's currently being occupied by the TV power cord and Firestick power cord. So no room to plug a soundbar in there.
What audio settings do you use for this and/or any ideas to amend my audio woes?
I was in the same boat with my setup. I just picked up a surge protector/power strip. I went with the short 4’ cord and plugged it into the wall, then plugged everything into that. I’m just resting the power strip on top of my tv wall mount. Also switching to a fire stick 4K to replace my gen 1 fire cube so everything will be hidden behind the tv.
Next step is to wall mount the sound bar as close to flush as possible with the bottom of the tv for a clean, wireless look and it came out quite well. The only issue is if you go with an Atmos soundbar with upfiring speakers, you won’t want those firing up into the tv.
Side note, I purchased the Yamaha YAS-209 2.1 system first and it was ok. Well balanced, weak on the low end as sort of expected with a basic 2.1 system. I chose this for the built in Alexa hoping to integrate the soundbar into my whole home audio. Well, even though this bar has Alexa, whole home isn’t supported. I was able to connect the bar to WiFi which enabled me to add to my whole home through my fire cube, and that worked for about a week. Then the bar lost its connection to WiFi and would not re pair to it. So I returned it. I chose that bar for wireless capabilities and it just didn’t work, so back it went. Many reviews complained about the same issues so I was worried about that from the jump.
My next choice was going with the Bose Soundtouch 300 which is currently on sale, but my budget required me to wait to add a sub later which was gonna run me another $500-700 to add one of the Bose subs. I decided to give the JBL Bar 3.1 a shot at its current sale price and I do not regret that decision at all.
Mids are the only weak point of the JBL, but the sub is phenomenal. Highs are bright and clear and the lows really let you feel what you’re watching. For TV’s and movies, I don’t notice the weaker mid performance as much as I do listening to music. And this is mainly for movies and TV. So the JBL is here to stay. I’ve given up on using the soundbar for whole home audio and I just added an Echo downstairs for that functionality. I highly recommend trying out the JBL Bar 3.1 at the current price at BB. You can set everything up just like I did and meet all of your goals.
I’ll try and add a picture of my setup once I get the JBL wall mounted. I had the Yamaha up there so I have to move the mounting screws over.