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#1 jman2avatar

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:42 AM

I am in the market for a sound bar. I have never owned a surround sound system of any type. So any tips would be great. Does any one have any thoughts on these items?

http://www.bestbuy.c...id=abcat0205007

#2 Methoes

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:32 AM

If you don't want to spend too much $$$ I would go with Vizio brand. You can pick one up at Costco. They cost about 1/3 less then the ones you find off BB. I got one for my father and he loves it. Since, I have 5.1 surround sound home theater system which comes with a sound bar. Do some research before you buy.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:37 AM

Budget? Brand love?

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#4 FeuerFrei

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:56 AM

I have the Samsung HW-450 and love it. It's a great alternative in between TV speakers and true surround sound, especially if you're tight on space. Any reliable sound bar and sub combo is definitely worth the money.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

Stay away from the Coby, I had a miserable experience with it. I had a review up on BBY but they took it down because I posted it at Amazon as well, you can read it here but it's lengthy.

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#6 Mako1215

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

Also do you want a single bar? Bar + Woofer? Wireless or Wired woofer?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

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#8 sp00ge

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:47 PM

As much as I love Samsung, stay away from the HT-WS1. While it sounds fairly nice for only a 2.1, and the subwoofer is wireless, it's a troublesome thing.

I have one and it took alot to get the wireless speaker buzz minimized. I literally had to take it apart and shield the wires, and even still, I the buzz happens from time to time, although it's barely audible at all now.

If I didn't get it for $50 (for the bar and subwoofer) at Goodwill, I wouldn't have bothered trying to fix it.


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#9 jman2avatar

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:15 AM

Does anyone have any opinions on the Samsung HW-450?

#10 Mako1215

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:31 AM

Does anyone have any opinions on the Samsung HW-450?


I think that's the same one we sell at work. It's pretty much amazing.

It sounds good and I like being able to move the subwoofer around. Bluetooth, and USB is pretty boss also.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:33 AM

As much as I love Samsung, stay away from the HT-WS1. While it sounds fairly nice for only a 2.1, and the subwoofer is wireless, it's a troublesome thing.

I have one and it took alot to get the wireless speaker buzz minimized. I literally had to take it apart and shield the wires, and even still, I the buzz happens from time to time, although it's barely audible at all now.

If I didn't get it for $50 (for the bar and subwoofer) at Goodwill, I wouldn't have bothered trying to fix it.


Holy shit! That sound bar retailed for over $300. Where was that Goodwill? 90210?

Anyway, I have not heard good things about Samsung sound bars. A lot of complaints on sound quality for the money. I have been thinking about getting this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+2.1-Channel+Soundbar+with+Wireless+Subwoofer/6694048.p?id=1218782859725&skuId=6694048&st=sony sound bar&cp=1&lp=1

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#12 sp00ge

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:55 AM

Holy shit! That sound bar retailed for over $300. Where was that Goodwill? 90210?


Outside Pittsburgh. It was a donated item, packed in a box for an LG soundbar. I'm guessing it was donated due the speaker buzz problem, which seems to be a common problem for that model.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:23 AM

I just bought this one and I love it

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:24 AM

Any particular reason you're going the soundbar route vs. a dedicated surround system? (e.g., $, space, etc.)

What is your budget?

Your priority of use between gaming, home theater and music?

Are you looking for any particular # of inputs/outputs (HDMI) or features, ala Airplay or DLNA?

Can help better knowing some deets, otherwise I'd certainly steer you away from a soundbar to at least a 5.1 system.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:58 AM

i'm semi interested in this as well. I live an apartment and don't want to annoy my neighbors with a 7.1 system.

ideally i'd like a wired sub with virtual 5.1/7.1, the more inputs the better (HDMI or spdif)
also bluetooth would be awesome.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

Personally, I much prefer a dedicated surround sound setup. That being said, I did purchase a Vizio sound bar from Wally World for my parents. I bought them this one:

http://www.walmart.c...VSB207/20594160

They've had it for roughly a year now. It was meant to be used a temporary solution until I could piece them together a true surround sound system. They're still using it though, and I must say it doesn't sound terrible. It's not going to outperform an actual system, but for $80 its not bad.

If you're just looking for something to replace your fading TV speakers, I'd say go for it. If you're looking for something to setup a home theater, save some cash and by an actual 5.1/7.1 system.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

I'm looking for one of these too. I can't get an actual surround sound system because it would be for my bedroom, and due to the way it's setup I don't have anywhere to put all the speakers. I'd prefer not to spend more than ~$250

I was looking at the Sony HT-CT150 and it looks good but I don't like how massive the sub is. I don't have a lot of space for it. I see a couple of systems like the Yamaha YAS-101 have a built in subwoofer. Do the built in subs do a good enough job?

And do I need a system with HDMI inputs if I plan to watch movies and use Xbox and PS3 as well?

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#18 Mako1215

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

The Yamaha ats1010 that we sell at my work with the built in woofer is amazing. It does the job plenty.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

This is a pretty damn good one. I've heard it in person and the overall quality/loudness are really nice (although its kinda fugly looking IMO). Wireless sub and bluetooth built in. A bit on the pricey side, though.
http://www.bestbuy.c...ndbar&cp=1&lp=1