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Most soundbars I've seen have a subwoofer, but I'd like to avoid having one since I don't have a good place to put the subwoofer. Also, in my case the main reason for getting a soundbar is not for e.g. experiencing impressing sounds during explosions in movies, but for improving dialog and general sound quality compared to the crappy TV speakers.


So, therefore I just wonder if there are any soundbars without subwoofer that are good?
 

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There are quite a few soundbars that dont have subwoofers included. Vizio, Yamaha, Zvox are 3 companies that I can think of right now.
 

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Thanks! Is there anyone who has tried a soundbar without subwoofer? What's your experience? How would you rate the sound quality compared to soundbars with subwoofer?
 

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Thanks! Is there anyone who has tried a soundbar without subwoofer? What's your experience? How would you rate the sound quality compared to soundbars with subwoofer?

A soundbar without a sub is really going to sound thin in most case's, I have owned many bars and just for fun have experimented with turning the sub off or all the way down, and in every case the sound suffered.


If you dont have a good place to put the sub here is an option, mount it on a wall above you,,, sounds crazy but Im thinking about tring this myself,,,, reason being, I live in a up-stairs condo, the people under me do sometimes ***** about the sub, other reason is the only place's I have on the floor for my sub, is tucked behind my couch or right under my wall mounted display,,,,, so since I am curious as to how it would sound, I plan on wall mounting my wireless sub (in a corner) almost as high as the ceiling (about 8 feet) just to see what it sounds like.


For the record Im currenty using a Vizio soundbar w/ wireless sub,,, LOVE the Vizio !!!


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Thanks!


If you compare the soundbar without subwoofer to the speakers on your HDTV, would you say there is still a clear improvement?


Also, is it fair to make a judgement based on how a soundbar with subwoofer sounds when the subwoofer is turned off? Aren't there any soundbars that are built to intentionally work without a subwoofer, so that perhaps they are designed with larger speaker elements since they must be able to produce lower frequencies themselves as they are specifically designed to work without a subwoofer?
 

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yes the soundbar itself is a step forward for most all TVs,, my Vizio (with wireless sub) just by itself was a noticeable improvement over the LCD TV,, our living room is quite large with 18' ceilings and it needed some extra punch,, I have unplugged the woofer several times just to test it out and it still sounds far better than the TV speakers,,


I'm running my bar from the audio out on my ATT Uvers box, not the TV,,


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A soundbar without a sub is really going to sound thin in most case's, I have owned many bars and just for fun have experimented with turning the sub off or all the way down, and in every case the sound suffered.


If you dont have a good place to put the sub here is an option, mount it on a wall above you,,, sounds crazy but Im thinking about tring this myself,,,, reason being, I live in a up-stairs condo, the people under me do sometimes ***** about the sub, other reason is the only place's I have on the floor for my sub, is tucked behind my couch or right under my wall mounted display,,,,, so since I am curious as to how it would sound, I plan on wall mounting my wireless sub (in a corner) almost as high as the ceiling (about 8 feet) just to see what it sounds like.


For the record Im currenty using a Vizio soundbar w/ wireless sub,,, LOVE the Vizio !!!


Cheers

Davyo

Have you tried making your own sub-dude? Might be better instead of mounting it up so high.
 

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Whats a "sub-dude" ?


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SubDude - The SubDude is a subwoofer, speaker or amp riser that is incredibly effective at reducing or eliminating resonance transfer. This increased isolation results in a purity of tone that truly needs to be heard. Stop unwanted room resonance easily through the implementation of this highly cost-effective platform. Utilizing our proprietary Platfoam, the SubDude is sure to give you the extra isolation you need.
 

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SubDude - The SubDude is a subwoofer, speaker or amp riser that is incredibly effective at reducing or eliminating resonance transfer. This increased isolation results in a purity of tone that truly needs to be heard. Stop unwanted room resonance easily through the implementation of this highly cost-effective platform. Utilizing our proprietary Platfoam, the SubDude is sure to give you the extra isolation you need.

Ahhhh,,, I thought thats what it might be,, but I have never heard the term before,,,, I always just called it "a thingy to put your sub on" .


Actually I do have a small sub stand that works well, but the other reason for wanting to experiement with wall mounting my sub is because of my couch blocking the sub,, and I am curious to see what it would sound like high up on the wall.


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Ahhhh,,, I thought thats what it might be,, but I have never heard the term before,,,, I always just called it "a thingy to put your sub on" .


Actually I do have a small sub stand that works well, but the other reason for wanting to experiement with wall mounting my sub is because of my couch blocking the sub,, and I am curious to see what it would sound like high up on the wall.


Cheers

Davyo


Well if you mount it high up they say for an 8ft ceiling you want to have it 2ft away from the top if this helps.
 

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To the OP, when I initially installed my Vizio sub, I used it for about three weeks with no sub attached. Sound was nice and dynamic and a major improvement over the built-in speakers. Finally attached a Yamaha sub that was purchased for a Yamaha Sound Projector soundbar and after getting the balance right, this definitely added extra fullness and richness to the sound. But even without, the sound was much better than almost any built-in speakers included with modern TV's.


By the way, my son is still using my Yamaha Sound Projector, without sub. He and his wife love it. Much better than built-in speakers with their TV.
 

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I don't think it is shipping yet but I would look into Atlantic Technology's new sound bar coming out. They have been demoing it, so I hope it will be shipping soon. Has great bass with no sub.
 
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