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"Which soundbar should I buy?"


"Help me choose a soundbar!"


With the moderators' approval, this thread is for posts on these types of questions.


Please post your requests for soundbar recommendations in this thread instead of starting a new thread.
 

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Let's try and keep this thread as the one place to go before asking the same old questions. It will help free up some of the clutter on the forum.


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Hi. Thanks for reading.


While I put $300 in the title, a bit more is ok, while any less is ABSOLUTELY OK!


I have the following equipment

TV - Sony KDL-46VE5

BR - Samsung BD-P1600

DVR - TW Scientific Atlanta 8300HD

Computer - Mac Mini

OTA antenna (not sure of model...it's a flat black square)

also have a Wii, but rarely use it


Currently everything hooks up to the TV via HDMI other than the Wii. The version of mini I have doesn't do sound over HDMI.


Reading most posts, it seems mounting on top of TV is best. I can do this either with HD velcro or I'll fashion a bar myself.


80% will be used for TV/Movies. I have two kids (5/2) and as you can guess, we watch a lot of Disney movies. When the wife and I do watch BluRay movies, it is normally after the kids are asleep, so good sound while still being "quiet" is important. The other 20% is music, either OTA (PBS music channels), Time Warner music channels, Pandora through the BluRay player, or iTunes through mini.


So for the money, what would be good? I am thinking the CT-150 (Best Buy has this for $239) or the CT-550 (which I think is around $350). But honestly I don't care about the brand, and if hdmi through tv, and tv out via toslink to soundbar is ok, I don't care about hdmi. (I don't believe my TV does ARC). But what does matter is ease of use. I'd prefer that the volume up/down can be controlled via the "universal" remote that comes with the Scientific Altanta box. That is what we currently use, and it works for everything except netflix/pandora on the BluRay player.


Room is not best for sound bar I gather. The TV is against a half wall, and where the speaker would go would be "open" to the eat in kitchen behind it. To the left (looking directly at the speaker) is a hallway, but everything else is walls.


Let me know if I left anything out. Thanks again.
 

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Hi all,

I am newbie, I am confused to choosing for my small bedroom..

i am using Samsung LED TV 32 inch series 5...

Need help from other members here..

Which the best, CT150 or CT550?

Pros & cons so welcome...

Many thanks to all...
 

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Originally Posted by Adrs /forum/post/20900024


Hi all,

I am newbie, I am confused to choosing for my small bedroom..

i am using Samsung LED TV 32 inch series 5...

Need help from other members here..

Which the best, CT150 or CT550?

Pros & cons so welcome...

Many thanks to all...

Hi, and welcome to the forum


From many reports and from own personal experience owning both the 150 and 350,,,, the 350 is the better soundbar,, but not by that much,,, its not a night and day difference.


If you did not know,, the 350 got discontinued recently so it is not very easy to find a 350 (at least not a new in the box 350).


Just go for the 150,,, its a great bar and will be almost as good as the 350.


And for what its worth, there are some folks that said they heard no difference in the sound with the 350 vs the 150.


The 350 is more powerfull, adds FM and a little better sound quality (In MY opinion),, but like I said, not a big deal,,, they are both great soundbars.


Cheers

Davyo


Cheers

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Thanks for your kindly help...

How about CT550 vs CT150 ???

Are the CT550 and CT350 is the same feature & specs ??

Many thanks, Davyo...
 

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Thanks for your kindly help...

How about CT550 vs CT150 ???

Are the CT550 and CT350 is the same feature & specs ??

Many thanks, Davyo...

Cant help you on that one as I know very little about the CT550,,, sorry.


Cheers

Davyo
 

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Hi all. I just got a new 3D tv for downstairs that replaced an old 720p plasma. My main theater is upstairs and I'm just looking to get some "decent sound" on my secondary home theater.


TV - Panny PN50ST30

USE - Playstation 3 games, 3D cable box content, 3D bluray movies

VIEWING AREA - 10' x 14' (seating is 8' from TV)


I'm currently trying to find a good deal and looking into soundbars. There are some polks on sale, and I really like the energy take. I have a denon 391 reciever upstairs and even though some ppl might not think it is adaquate I am still quite happy with that reciever, and that's even for my MAIN TV. So if there are any sound systems that come with a reciever that would be a great bonus because I'm looking to spend probably $500 max on the speakers + reciever.
 

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AVS forum member davyo is the soundbar guru around here. He has compared and posted comparisons about many soundbars. Search for his posts and threads to find good information and comparisons. He has stressed that how well a soundbar sounds and works depends on your particular room's shape.


If I recall correctly, davyo has posted praise for the Yamaha YSP-2200 (expensive), JVC BA1, Vizio 510 and Polk 6000. Not necessarily in that order.


The Vizio VSB200 is popular on this forum as a sub-less soundbar (i.e., no subwoofer). It can be had for under $100.


The Sony models are popular with forum members because they offer HDMI connections. Note that if you're planning to output sound from your TV to your soundbar, TVs cannot output by HDMI. There is one main thread on the Sony CT-150 and CT-350, and another on the Sony CT-550W (which replaced the CT-350), both of which are worth reading if you are considering going with Sony.
 

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Thanks a lot, I have so many input and knowledges in this forum.

For Sony HT CT 150 in US has Power Requirement AC 120v/60hz..

I lives in Indonesia, sorry for this silly question, can I used in my country with Power AC 220v/50hz ???

If could, will affected for sound quality & power ?

Many thanks for the input..
 

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I recently purchased a Denon 1912 AVR and am looking for a passive soundbar to hook up to this. I would like to have "virtual sourround sound" or a soundbar that will best allow me surround sound. I cannot go with seperate speakers as the room is too small and doesnt allow for proper set up.


Everywhere I look seems to only talk about active soundbars.


Is there a soundbar I could hook up to my AVR?


Thanks!
 

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Hi, newly registered member here, but long time lurker.


I'm in the market for a new sound system for my TV/PS3/Wii/PC. Here are my details, and why I think a soundbar would be a right option for me:
  • Small room (12ft x 8ft)
  • Small TV (24")
  • Close seating distance from the TV (around 3ft)
  • Want something simple (the fewer wires the better) without sacrificing too much sound quality
  • Tight budget ($200-$400)

I've been researching and so far these have caught my attention:
  1. Yamaha YAS-101BL: $250 - http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YAS-101BL-Front-Surround-System/dp/B005IVUWHW
    • Cheap, light (less shipping costs) but no subwoofer, so I'm not so sure on the sound quality
  2. Yamaha YHT-S400: $399.95 - http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-S400BL-Surround-Theater-Package/dp/B002ZG7WIA/
    • Came out in Dec. '09, the predecessor of the S401, which is why it's so cheap right now
    • Although cheap, it's the absolute most I'd be willing to spend
    • Weighs a lot because of the subwoofer, so higher shipping costs
    • Best sound quality?
  3. Sony HT-CT150: $211.50 - http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HT-CT150-Sound-Bar-System/dp/B003C1AO2I
    • Very cheap
    • Massive subwoofer, weighs a ton
    • Lots of I/O ports
  4. Sony HTCT550W: $329.02 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MF7A02/
    • Just saw this, how does it improve on the CT150?

Which one of these would you recommend for me? If the difference in sound is THAT much more between the CT150 and say the HTCT550W or YHT-S400, I might go for the more expensive ones. Otherwise, I could settle for the CT150.


Are there any other options I'm not looking into? What do you guys think?


Thanks!
 

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Hi all,


In desperate need of help on a soundbar/sound solution. I just got 50" Panasonic Plasma, and would love a sound system that actually separates the dialogue well so that I can actually hear what's being said on a bluray/dvd without having to ramp it up so loud! I've got $300 to spend as a limit, I'm in a decent sized apartment and I just want something that, ideally, would act as a L/C/R without the rears (although I'm optional on them if they're wireless).


I recently just returned a Samsung soundbar with wireless subwoofer that was about $320 as, although meatier than the tv speakers, it really didn't break up the dialogue/C from the action or music/L&R.


I could actually get a discount on a Panasonic SC-HTB10 but I don't want to end up with the same problem as the Samsung as this would be un-returnable.


So in Summary, all that will hook up is my ps3 and 360 with my tv. I'm open to anything, even a full set up, as long as it's $300 and it does a good job of separating dialogue in 5.1/7.1 movies.


Any help would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you
 

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Hi John, welcome to the avsforum. Don't know if it is powerful enough for your space, but have you looked at the Sony CT-150? It may meet all your needs and is quite popular. Check out this dedicated thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...236597&page=58


John, I'd also like to thank you for posting your very first post in the correct thread. I wish more people - including long standing members here - would utilize this sticky instead of starting yet another redundant "Help Me Choose a Soundbar" thread.
 

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Hi John, welcome to the avsforum. Don't know if it is powerful enough for your space, but have you looked at the Sony CT-150? It may meet all your needs and is quite popular. Check out this dedicated thread:John, I'd also like to thank you for posting your very first post in the correct thread. I wish more people - including long standing members here - would utilize this sticky instead of starting yet another redundant "Help Me Choose a Soundbar" thread.

Hey Scrope thanks for getting back to me. Haha no problem, although it took some serious will power to not start a new thread!


I was having look at the Sony CT-150 but it was cheaper than the samsung I got by nearly $70 so I figured it can't possibly be as good? Would you say it'd do a much better job of seperating dialogue?


Also, does anyone know anything of the panasonic I mentioned? Or is there a 5.1 system that's worth getting for the same price? The rear speakers would likely have be wireless or the wife will kill me!


Anymore info would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I was having look at the Sony CT-150 but it was cheaper than the samsung I got by nearly $70 so I figured it can't possibly be as good? Would you say it'd do a much better job of seperating dialogue

I'm not qualified to answer your question as I haven't had either unit in my home. I do recall reading comments stating dialogue clarity on the CT-150 was much improved over the previous CT-100 model. If you post specific questions in the Official CT-150/350 thread I'm sure someone there would be happy to help you. Also, don't count out a soundbar just because it's cheaper. One of the most popular soundbars around here was the now discontinued JVC BA-1, and it could be had for well under $300.00.
 

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Hey guys need help choosing a soundbar for the bedroom, mostly for movies/tv..Im going to bed getting a new 32 vizio led tv, and I have a directv hd dvr and a panasonic bluray player, also watch a lot of my movies through my Mac mini I have hooked up to the tv..i don't wanna spend a lot of money, around 350 maybe at most.. a wireless sub would be nice as well..


Thanks in advance for all the help
 
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