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post #1921 of 1933 Old 04-06-2020, 11:45 PM
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I have a good size bedroom that is my mancave. I will have a 75" tv and I can go either sound bar or use my Pioneer Elite receiver and go with a typical 5.1 system (I have Klipsch bookshelf and center channel but I think they are way too much for the room). I have a Yamaha 106 (I think - just a sound bar, no sub or anything) in our game room and am pretty pleased with it working with a small JBL sub. Looking for something much better for my mancave. Would like a sound bar with a sub and maybe surround speakers, but am I just trying to replicate a true 5.1 system (which I have the receiver). About $1000 budget. I could spend that on a soundbar setup or a 5.1 speaker system (center, 4 bookshelf speakers, and a sub). Thoughts??? I won't be able to crank it too much as the room sits above our main living room. I will be able to listen to it louder during the night as its somewhat isolated from all the other rooms in the house.

Are there any soundbars with sound calibration / channel leveling, etc. etc. like a real receiver? Or are they all plug and play - and I never use any of the 'synthetic surround sound stuff' on my Yamaha 106 soundbar. Just stereo for it.
Unless you are opposed to running speaker wire to the surround channels, I think you'll be happier with the sound from a dedicated 5 or 5.1 channel setup--especially if you have a decent receiver and L C R speakers.

Then again, I haven't auditioned any $1K soundbar systems. I hope others who have done so will offer their opinions.
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Unless you are opposed to running speaker wire to the surround channels, I think you'll be happier with the sound from a dedicated 5 or 5.1 channel setup--especially if you have a decent receiver and L C R speakers.

Then again, I haven't auditioned any $1K soundbar systems. I hope others who have done so will offer their opinions.
How about the Nakamichi 9.2 system?

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I'm buying an LG CX for a bedroom, so I wouldn't usually care about adding external sound because it's a small space, but apparently the TV isn't compatible with DTS audio unless you feed it through an external source, so really I'm just looking for a cheap soundbar (under $200) that works with DTS and all the major audio formats, and sounds good enough for the price. I've tried looking on Amazon but they don't really list compatibility other than the lossless surround sound formats (I don't know if most soundbars generally can decode any audio stream or if they've got certain codecs only - I'm a bit of a noob) so any help would be most appreciated.
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How about the Nakamichi 9.2 system?
I haven't had the chance to hear the Nakamichi. If nobody else answers your question on this thread, try searching the Soundbar sub-forum for Nakamichi.

Good luck!
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I'm buying an LG CX for a bedroom, so I wouldn't usually care about adding external sound because it's a small space, but apparently the TV isn't compatible with DTS audio unless you feed it through an external source, so really I'm just looking for a cheap soundbar (under $200) that works with DTS and all the major audio formats, and sounds good enough for the price. I've tried looking on Amazon but they don't really list compatibility other than the lossless surround sound formats (I don't know if most soundbars generally can decode any audio stream or if they've got certain codecs only - I'm a bit of a noob) so any help would be most appreciated.

Yamaha ATS 1080 at Costco for $149. That’s what I’m getting for my new LG C9. I have an older ATS 1030 that I’ve had for years that sounds great. I’m sure the newer 1080 sounds even better. Try it and if you don’t like it just return it.
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Yamaha ATS 1080 soundbar is now $99 at CostCo until 4/26/20. I just bought one today and it sounds much better than my older ATS 1030.
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Hey guys. Looking for a soundbar to pair with a TCL 75" TV. I was going to go with the one that's typically paired with it, the TCL Alto 7+ https://www.amazon.com/TCL-Channel-T...6977250&sr=8-3
But after a quick glance, I realized that one is only 40w, and I saw a couple on Amazon that were cheaper, and had much more power, like this generic one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KCSKJ8H...v_ov_lig_dp_it
Now, I know wattage isn't everything, but this one has better ratings as well. Anyway, overall, I'm just looking for a good soundbar in the $150 price range. There won't be room for normal speakers, which is why we're going with a soundbar. And the TV will be in our living room, which is about 24'x20'x7' if that matters.
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Hi All,

Long time lurker Need help choosing a soundbar. I'm for best bang for the buck, I'm no audiophile (not even remotely.) I just want something that works.
Bought a new TV for the living room. Living room is very big, open concept and tall ceiling. I currently have a Polk surround-bar IHT 6000 connected. Does the job, not sure if I should upgrade. Mostly streaming netflix 4k or Plex 1080 movies.
-QN82Q70 TV
-Apple TV 4k
-Nvidia Shield 2019 (Thinking about picking this up).

Thanks.
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Now that I am a proud owner of a 65" Samsung Q80R TV, I wanted to see what soundbar would pair well with it. I would think I would want to utilize the HDMI ARC port on the tv so there is one less remote, is that correct? I would like to get the best soundbar I can get for around $500 or less. Is it better to stay with Samsung or does that not matter? Any suggestions or input would be great.
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Hi,

Is Samsung MS65O worth ca +$100 difference when compared to Yamaha YAS 209? Where I live SB got quite expensive


I think I need SB with wifi and good clear voice/dialogue and both tick the boxes.

My TV is Samsung and I also use the SmartThings feature, so MS650 would be great.. but not sure if it's worth the extra.
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Help ...

Hi there.
I am still looking for a decent, not too pricey solution for our Livingroom.
It is roughly 6,7m long and 4,5m wide, we are sitting 3,3m away from the TV and if we´d use rear speakers, they would be around 2,6m behind us. Not directly, more a mix between next to us /behind us.
I know, far from perfect.

We had a Canton DM 90.3 + Canton AS Sub for many years, but we wanted something with a little bit more "surrounding sound", so in the last weeks we had a Samsung Q90R (almost no bass at all, only with Atmos Movies it sounded good - maybe the Sub was not 100% okay, made some crackling tunes sometimes even on lower volumes), then a JBL Bar 5.1 with Surrounds. Great bass, good heights, no mids. Last one was a Yamaha MusicCast Bar 40 + Sub 100 + 2x MusicCast 20. Good Sound overall, bass was okay, mids were okay, Surrounds made a good job, but the System lost its Wifi / Connection every two days no matter what I tried.

We can not place a "real" Surround System here, so we have to go with Soundbar, Bass, Surrounds (Wireless would be good).

Our local dealer will take the Yamaha back (as he did with the JBL and the Samsung) and all he has to offer now is:
Sonos Beam + Sub + 2x One, Bose 500/700 + 500/700 Bass, some LG Soundbars and thats it.

Mostly watching movies and series, sometimes listen to music, should have a whopping bass, soundstage in front should at least make a good stereo effect and the rears should be wireless.
Sonos? Bose?
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gonna be getting an LG B9 and want something nice to pair with it. I definitely want an atmos soundbar and my budget is gonna be under $1000. I see some new LG soundbars just came out, the SN series. any advice would be appreciated.
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Hi all,

Just moved to a new place, and sadly no room for a proper setup until we renovate. Need something to hold the fort until then, so looking for a simple, relatively cheap setup under $500
Shortlisted to the following 2 options :-
1. Definitive Technology W Studio - $399 at A4L
2. Focal Dimension - $419 at A4L

Not looking for 4K or HDR, still rocking my 8 year old Panny Plasma. Just need something to connect Roku and ATV, and possibly my Oppo to the TV and not sound crappy. TV is mounted in a built-in cabinet, and really no room for speakers other than a soundbar.

I've generally liked warmer sounds(old setup in signature), but haven't heard the Focal. Anyone with experience, please help me decide.

Cheers!

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