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Old 10-28-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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Sound bars?

Have any fanatics had any experience with soundbars? I was looking at the samsung and the sony specifically. I have a small room with a 32" television and thought it might be a good alternative for added sound without using a receiver and wiring speakers etc.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:21 PM   #2
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Ditto I was wondering too
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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Looking into the same thing, Has anyone checked out the Sony HTCT100 soundbar? The price is right and it's getting pretty decent reviews. Just picked up the Sony Bravia 46" for the man cave. trying to stay away from the clutter of the wires.
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Old 11-06-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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some sound decent. If not having wires is your priority and you just want something better than TV sound, these things will work. You won't have alot of a/v guys recommending soundbars. It just gives up too much performance for convenience

about the only thing i can recommend is to take a look at these from def tech


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Old 11-06-2008, 10:17 PM   #5
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Sweet, I'll check'em out

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:25 AM   #6
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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In-spite of popular opinion , I picked up the Sony HTCT 100 sound bar. This thing works great. The "man cave" is only 12x24 with a 8 foot ceiling, didn't need anything too elaborate. Choices were slim, went with the Sony and glad I did. That little system rocks! Surround sound (pseudo surround sound) fills the room, and the sub woofer bumps. The Sony Bravia has pretty good sound, but I wanted to upgrade the Onkyo surround sound system, and lose all those damn wires. the HTCT comes with (4) HDMI ports so every plugs right in, multiple setting for sounds fields, level modes ect. and for the price....... it's a great bargain.
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In-spite of popular opinion , I picked up the Sony HTCT 100 sound bar. This thing works great. The "man cave" is only 12x24 with a 8 foot ceiling, didn't need anything too elaborate. Choices were slim, went with the Sony and glad I did. That little system rocks! Surround sound (pseudo surround sound) fills the room, and the sub woofer bumps. The Sony Bravia has pretty good sound, but I wanted to upgrade the Onkyo surround sound system, and lose all those damn wires. the HTCT comes with (4) HDMI ports so every plugs right in, multiple setting for sounds fields, level modes ect. and for the price....... it's a great bargain.
Nice, I think I might go run and get this same thing. Thanks for the write up.
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Used a Boston Acoustic sound bar setup for a kitchen plasma. Sounds decent.
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Nice, I think I might go run and get this same thing. Thanks for the write up.

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I bought this for my parents' newly renovated living room. They bought a 42" samsung lcd tv and the sound is pretty bad. At the same time, they are pretty old-fashioned and don't want wires running around their house, nor unsightly speakers hanging on walls or on end tables. There wasn't one on display so I just bought one on the hopes that it would sound decent. I'm glad you like yours...that makes me feel better! The last thing I would want is for me to hook this up christmas day and for it to sound like crap!
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Newegg has the Polk Audio surround bar that retails for $799.99 for $279.99 shipped. I read tons of professional and user reviews, it's all positive. I don't have space for a 5.1 setup, definitely don't want all the wires running everywhere, no where to put the front speakers, so the surround bar will work, just ordered it, will let everyone know how it sounds next week.
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Newegg has the Polk Audio surround bar that retails for $799.99 for $279.99 shipped. I read tons of professional and user reviews, it's all positive. I don't have space for a 5.1 setup, definitely don't want all the wires running everywhere, no where to put the front speakers, so the surround bar will work, just ordered it, will let everyone know how it sounds next week.
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Looking into the same thing, Has anyone checked out the Sony HTCT100 soundbar? The price is right and it's getting pretty decent reviews. Just picked up the Sony Bravia 46" for the man cave. trying to stay away from the clutter of the wires.
Ok, I bought this thing for my parents as they have a little cottage on the water and don't need anything fancy.

My opinion is it is a great little piece if you are not looking for much. The volume could use some work. I am used to loud speakers and the max volume on this thing was lacking a bit, but the performance was great. Good surround presence feel.

It comes with a proprietary cable from the bar to the sub/processor. Which makes for kind of a pain in the ass in the fact you need to run both the proprietary cable and an HDMI cable from the sub/processor to the tv/speaker.

All in all it was worth the couple hundred bucks. Parents love it, but I wouldn't recommend it for a large room.
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Newegg has the Polk Audio surround bar that retails for $799.99 for $279.99 shipped. I read tons of professional and user reviews, it's all positive. I don't have space for a 5.1 setup, definitely don't want all the wires running everywhere, no where to put the front speakers, so the surround bar will work, just ordered it, will let everyone know how it sounds next week.
What model? That is half of cost.
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no, that is about 65% off, and if i were to get a surround bar, the polk, yamaha or def tech would be the only one. Just make sure to pick up a sub and reciever with the polk since it is not powered.
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