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There are few TV's with headphone jacks these days unfortunately but LG is still providing them. My Bose soundbar controls everything as I have the TV speakers turned off. My cable box plugs directly into it with an HDMI connection to the TV and an optical audio cable leading back so I can listen to the built in TV apps through Bose as well.

The control unit for the soundbar has its own headphone out jack.
 

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Thanks for the information. Currently she doesn't have a cable box thus no hdmi connectivity. The condo complex has Comcast and soon Comcast will be switching them over to digital. She currently has an old CRT TV. The switch to digital will cause Comcast to provide the residents with DTA boxes if they have a non cable ready digital TV. When I upgrade her TV she won't need the DTA box or any cable box. Her connection will be from the wall outlet to the TV.


This is why I was thinking about a unit that would connect through the headphone jack since the TV would still control the volume and the jack output would act as a preamp to the soundbar. Thus providing a solution with less chance of anything going wrong (ie. remote with macros for On/Off for TV and soundbar).
 

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Originally Posted by hdtvluvr /forum/post/21193414


This is why I was thinking about a unit that would connect through the headphone jack since the TV would still control the volume and the jack output would act as a preamp to the soundbar. Thus providing a solution with less chance of anything going wrong (ie. remote with macros for On/Off for TV and soundbar).

Think she will have better luck and be happier with a soundbar which uses the LG's optical output, and there are lots of entry-level soundbars that support optical input. There are a number of inexpensive, quality universal remotes on the market which would mitigate the need for two separate remotes. The Harmony 650 would definitely do the trick at $60 or less.


I have no idea what the sound quality or especially the volume level would be coming from a headphone jack compared to the optical. I suppose you could find a cable with a 3.5mm jack on one end and RCA left/right jacks on the other, if the soundbar will support those as inputs.


Will she also have a DVD or Blu-ray or gaming console connected to the TV?
 

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Will she also have a DVD or Blu-ray or gaming console connected to the TV?

No, she will have the coax from the wall to the TV. No other video sources/audio sources.


Just found out in another thread that the LG TV I'm looking at does not allow one to change audio output types so the Vizio VSB200 is now out of the equation since it can only accept PCM. I guess this means I need a bar that will accept at least dolby digital? so that it can interpret anything fed to it (i.e. PCM, Dolby, stereo, etc.)?
 

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No, she will have the coax from the wall to the TV. No other video sources/audio sources.


Just found out in another thread that the LG TV I'm looking at does not allow one to change audio output types so the Vizio VSB200 is now out of the equation since it can only accept PCM. I guess this means I need a bar that will accept at least dolby digital? so that it can interpret anything fed to it (i.e. PCM, Dolby, stereo, etc.)?

Our LG 47LH40 in the family room is connected to a soundbar via optical cable from the LG to the soundbar. We use this input on the soundbar when playing Wii (all other components go into the soundbar via HDMI), but my point is that the LG outputs 2-channel (stereo) PCM over the optical. From what I have read, this is true of nearly TV with an optical output; therefore, any soundbar with an optical input would accept that signal.


If you are looking for a bar without a separate subwoofer in order to save space, something like the Yamaha YAS-101 might fit the bill at under $300. If having a subwoofer in addition to the soundbar isn't a problem, the Sony HT-CT150 has received very good reviews in this forum. It is also under $300.
 

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Thanks. I have now added the Vizio VHT215 to my list. I'll need a wireless sub for her if I decide to go with a unit that has a sub.


Here is what I'm looking at now. Need to go and listen to them.


YAS-101 (or ATS-1010 which is the same according to specs)

Vizio VHT215

LG LSB316 (but I doubt she will like the open speakers i.e. no grills)


Also, she isn't "into" surround modes. She would just need something that will provide a better more life-like sound (not "tinny").
 

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Thanks. I have now added the Vizio VHT215 to my list. I'll need a wireless sub for her if I decide to go with a unit that has a sub.


Here is what I'm looking at now. Need to go and listen to them.


YAS-101 (or ATS-1010 which is the same according to specs)

Vizio VHT215

LG LSB316 (but I doubt she will like the open speakers i.e. no grills)


Also, she isn't "into" surround modes. She would just need something that will provide a better more life-like sound (not "tinny").

One caution: The Vizio VHT215 has received a number of bad reports on Amazon, due to a tendency for the LED indicators to fail. The problem has been noted on this forum with the VHT215's predecessor as well.


It costs about $100 more, but you may be interested in the Polk SurroundBar 3000.
 

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One caution: The Vizio VHT215 has received a number of bad reports on Amazon, due to a tendency for the LED indicators to fail. The problem has been noted on this forum with the VHT215's predecessor as well.


It costs about $100 more, but you may be interested in the Polk SurroundBar 3000.


Ok, so now the Vizio is out and the LG is also out. I checked the owner's manual of the Polk 3000 and it looks very promising. The type of audio out on the LG47Lk520 that I'm looking at can not be changed. I was told that PCM will be the audio type only if the OTA tuner is used. Is PCM the same as 2 channel?


The manual of the 3000 states:

"The SurroundBar 3000 is expecting the audio to be in 2-channel format. You may need to change your TV or cable/satellite box audio settings accordingly."


As I said, the audio of the TV can not be changed. Should I really be looking at the 4000 since it will do dolby (and I assume 2 channel and other types).


It seems finding compatible components is getting harder and harder.


Edit; just looked at the owner's manual for the 4000. It states:


"Why am I not hearing any sound from my SurroundBar 4000 when using the provided (optical) cable?

The SurroundBar 4000 is expecting the audio to be in Dolby® Digital or 2-channel format. You may need to change your

TV or cable/satellite box audio settings accordingly.


My audio sounds strange and distorted.

Your SurroundBar 4000 requires a clean, unaltered stereo signal for proper audio performance. If the sound from

your SurroundBar 4000 is strange or distorted, then check the audio menus of whatever source(s) are connected

to your SurroundBar 4000 and make sure any audio processing is turned off."


Will there be a problem with this one?
 

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Ok, so now the Vizio is out and the LG is also out. I checked the owner's manual of the Polk 3000 and it looks very promising. The type of audio out on the LG47Lk520 that I'm looking at can not be changed. I was told that PCM will be the audio type only if the OTA tuner is used. Is PCM the same as 2 channel?

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Will there be a problem with this one?

The Polk 3000 is not going to work with the LG. My 47LH40 audio output format cannot be changed either. When I hooked up an antenna to draw in my local channels OTA, the TV passed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio to my receiver for those channels broadcasting surround sound.


My Wii just puts out basic stereo (2 channels) in PCM, which is the universal audio format which everything boils down to, once decoded. PCM signals can be 2 or up to 8 channels, depending on the source. I'd never tried OTA TV channels until now, and so I apologize for the false hope! You will definitely want to look at the Polk 4000 instead of the 3000.
 

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Thanks. Started a new thread asking about the Polk 4000. I can't seem to find any reviews.

Is the Yamaha still in the running? It will accept PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS. It also has a second optical input, which would come in handy if your daughter picks up a DVD or Blu-ray player.
 

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One caution: The Vizio VHT215 has received a number of bad reports on Amazon, due to a tendency for the LED indicators to fail. The problem has been noted on this forum with the VHT215's predecessor as well.

not to complicate your decision any more, but the VHT215 does NOT have any bad reviews on amazon (in fact as of right now, it has NO reviews, since it's really new). it also has a totally different display from the old model (VHT210), so there aren't even any LED indicators to fail on this one.
 

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not to complicate your decision any more, but the VHT215 does NOT have any bad reviews on amazon (in fact as of right now, it has NO reviews, since it's really new). it also has a totally different display from the old model (VHT210), so there aren't even any LED indicators to fail on this one.

So sorry -- I meant to type VHT210 when referring to Amazon's reviews. If the 215 indeed has a different display, then that renders the comparison to the 210 moot.
 

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Well, after further research it seems the Polk 4000 may be the best option. It has a sub so that would add more life-like sound (deep voices, etc.) and can learn the TV remote buttons (most brands) which means I may not need to purchase a new remote.


If it doesn't learn the TV remote, I've found discrete codes for the Polk 6000 which I hope will also work with the 4000 which would make a more bullet proof installation.


I doubt mom will ever want a DVD player but if she did wouldn't the sound pass through the TV optical out too?
 

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Well, after further research it seems the Polk 4000 may be the best option. It has a sub so that would add more life-like sound (deep voices, etc.) and can learn the TV remote buttons (most brands) which means I may not need to purchase a new remote.


If it doesn't learn the TV remote, I've found discrete codes for the Polk 6000 which I hope will also work with the 4000 which would make a more bullet proof installation.


I doubt mom will ever want a DVD player but if she did wouldn't the sound pass through the TV optical out too?

I did see that the Yamaha's generally can learn commands from TV remotes; that's good. And yes, if a DVD or Blu-ray were added later, it could be directly connected to the TV and the sound would pass out the optical cable to the soundbar.
 

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I am in the market for a sound bar + sub. I want the full surround feeling in my apt bedroom. Something with multiple outlets... Thats where my question comes in. I have a LG 32ld450, the only audio output is a optical out. I don't have a cable box and i want to hook up my new 2011 iMac and TV to the sound bar... Is it possible? Not for sure how to work my TV's audio... Cause i hook the picture of my iMAc to my TV all the time but i have never been able to get the sound... So I hope someone can help.


My budget is no more than 400. I'd like to spend less but I need it to have a sub, and multiple inputs. So what is the best out there?

Thanks


Edit: Sorry i made a thread, I didn't noticed this sticky

But also I will be hooking up a blurry player and want the best sound for blur ays with no sound loss
 

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Greetings - not sure what to buy. I currently own the following:


TV: LG 50PQ30 (720p 50'' Plasma)


A/V Receiver: TX-SR607 (7:1 HDMI Switching Receiver)


Room: Narrow "Great Room (living room, dining room, kitchen) - Size, approximately 40' x 14'. TV will be mounted on wall facing narrow wall (in other words, distance from TV face to other side is 14' and approximately 9' from the closest perpendicular facing wall)


Unfortunately, given the configuration, time constraints, and budget - I am not able to take advantage of the 7:1 surround sound offered with my receiver...so, I am going to buy a sound bar speaker for my TV and I need some suggestions. Sound quality is more important than faux surround capabilities, but anything added is a plus.


Budget -

Any recommendations?
 

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I ordered the Polk 4000. Got it at a great price too.


Now to find the best price on the TV (LG 47LK520). I hope she likes all of this.
 

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I ordered the Polk 4000. Got it at a great price too.


Now to find the best price on the TV (LG 47LK520). I hope she likes all of this.
 
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