Sound Bars, Worth Buying?

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  1. Rich

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    I do. Don't enjoy the frustrations that come from that, tho.

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    Well, I bought the above mentioned sound bar, it's sitting in the box waiting to be installed...I'll be back with details...

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  3. jimmie57

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    Hopefully it will be to your liking.
     
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    And, so far, I've got problems with it. Problems with dialog. Not the same as the 450 I have. The bass response kinda sucks too. I've got to play with it.

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    Oh No.
    It has a 4.7 of 5 rating on every website I went to look to see what others said.
    Oh well, so much for ratings.
     
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    If I were serious about sound I would go with Sonos bar or base, Sonos Subwoofer along with rear Play:3 or Play:1's. Set you back over 2K using Play:3 rears.
     
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    I spent a full day researching sound bars and decided not to spend more than needed. I did find a couple jewels and decided on the ZVOX SB700. This bar doesn't need the separate subwoofer with a frequency response of 38-20k Hz. It came down between the smaller SB500 and SB700 with the better low end frequency and perfect fit for 65" TV.

    I was a little confused about if I needed HDR and 4K pass through but that's only if you plan on using the soundbar HDMI inputs directly from the 4K source. The Sony TV already has 4 HDMI 2.2 inputs so going into soundbar first isn't necessary unlike some TV's may be limited with 1 or 2 HDR inputs.
    Something else to watch out for when shopping, not all soundbars have ARC connection (most don't) and may use the 5:1 optical cable. The problem here is many TV's don't pass 5:1 through optical so you may end up with stereo only. Sony TV's do pass 5:1 but while researching I found some of the other major brands didn't pass 5:1 though optical cable so for those stick with ARC or live with stereo.
    Many out there using soundbars are hooked up like this and don't realize it.
    Better deals now off Crutchfield vs Amazon since they started charging tax.
     
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    I played with it yesterday and I think I've got it where I want it.

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    Both of my Samsung TVs pass 5.1 sound thru optical. None of my Panny plasmas do that.

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    Good deal nothing more frustrating than electronics that doesn't work like it should.
    What got me looking at upgrading soundbar from my cheapo Sony xt1 was it developed a bass (what little it had) buzz on certain shows. It made watching movies not fun.
     
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    This bar is driving me...crazier? I get it where I want it and it changes modes. Won't shut off when the TV goes off. Won't connect by wireless or Bluetooth (I tried late last night, might have screwed up the settings), the online manual, the "complete manual" is just about the same as the little pamphlet that came in the box. I'm not happy and thinking about trying a Polk subwoofer. A couple more days and if I can't get everything working correctly it goes back.

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    I feel sure you did this,
    I found a spot in the manual that said you had to delete the previous connected sound bar from the TV. ??
     
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    I did do that. I followed the directions to the letter. It won't connect wirelessly or with Bluetooth. It only works with an optical cable which would be OK if everything else worked as well as my 450. Sunday I got the sound where I wanted it and thought I'd keep it. Then my wife said each time she paused whatever source she was using the soundbar shut off. I see nothing in any manual that addresses that. I couldn't get the bar to shut off when the TV turns off. I followed the instructions carefully and the thing just won't shut off when it should.

    After getting the sound right I figured I could live with the above issues. Then the sound reverted for some reason. Had to reset all the options, got it back to where I liked the sound...then it reverted again. Gave up and it's sitting outside waiting for UPS to pick it up. Over $400 for this thing and it sounds nowhere near as good as my $160 450, go figure.

    So, after listening to my son's Polk sound bar, I ordered a Polk sound bar: Amazon.com: Polk Audio Omni SB1 Plus Home Theater Sound Bar System: Home Audio & Theater

    If this one works I'll be thrilled. I have doubts about using any device that isn't made by Samsung on the Samsung TVs and the SB I just bought is supposed to work with ANY TV set. We'll see.

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    Hope this one works for you.
    My friends husband has a Polk hooked to his Samsung and he likes it.
     
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    Ah, if it doesn't I'll be keeping the 450. After what I went thru with the 650...well, last night I was wondering why I bothered with it at all. The 450 does seem to be a better SB. Could I have gotten a lemon? With my luck, of course. But I have little patience and if the Polk sucks too I'll just keep the 450.

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    If the Polk sucks, why not change to a full blown 5.1 system with a receiver ?
     
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    Don't want the mess a full AVR system causes. Too many wires, the speakers I have are too large for the living room. I do use a full AVR system in one of our family rooms and have a couple more in rooms where the clutter doesn't matter.

    I tried the 450 using just a Bluetooth connection from the TV to the SB and it works flawlessly. I set it up just as I tried to set the 650 for Bluetooth. One works and the other one didn't???

    BTW, my son thought I just screwed up the settings on the 650 so he tried it. He couldn't get it to connect with BT or wirelessly (the 450 doesn't connect wirelessly) either. Kind of amusing watching him fail too.

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    My kids, especially my boys, think I am stupid.
     
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    I hear you.

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    Sometimes I think you should really by two of everything... cause you know the first one will be defective and then you can just return it after the second one works. Would save you a trip to the store in the middle of setup. :)

    I haven't been paying enough attention in this thread. Did you try a Yamaha sound bar?
     

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