Sound Bars, Worth Buying?

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  1. Jhon69

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    Believe me when I tell you that was not the problem,we don't live in a bay area(I pray that you and yours stay safe) we have clay and dirt soil with alot of hardpan.
     
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    The room I have the SB in is not the kind of room you can put an AVR system in. For such a room a SB is the best alternative I think. I do have an AVR system with a 500W subwoofer in a nearby room, that thing does shake the house. The Polk SB does have a very good smaller subwoofer.

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    I don't have anything bad to say about Polk as my first soundbar/w wireless subwoofer was a Polk system and I liked it alot.
    But it did not have an optical connection only left/right channels,plus I gradually wanted optical connected 5.1 sound and for the price I selected the Vizio system,plus I have a Vizio UHDTV.
     
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    The sound on our two Polks is good. But there's some issues with them. We are not sorry we bought them but I don't think I'd recommend them to anyone. Simply put you can't beat an AVR if you have the room for one. They are a lot more expensive than a soundbar once you factor in all the speakers. The subwoofer I have cost more than the two Polks combined.

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  5. Davenlr

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    I replaced my Marantz 5.1 AVR when I could not get its ARC to work with my new TV. I bought a $300 Vizio 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar. I was almost sure it was going to sound like crap, but to my surprise, it actually sounds fantastic, especially on ATMOS material. My only complaint is, the AVR allowed me to simulate 5.1 with stereo input. Apparently the Soundbar does not have any of the virtual surround options the AVR did, unless you step up to the $1000 range where they have DTS:X which I am guessing is simulated Surround. All in all, for $300...which was less than I paid for the AVR alone before factoring in the speakers and subwoofer, I am very pleased.
     
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    I was looking at that Vizio at Costco as well. Ever since I put new flooring in I can’t get wires to my rear speakers. I like the wireless rear speaker option.

    The problem I have is the number of inputs these sound bars have. My TV doesn’t support eARC, only ARC, and if I use it I’ll lose that HDMI input, mine only has 3 inputs and I have three components plugged in right now. And the sound bars don’t have enough inputs.

    So damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I guess I could just continue using Toslink.
     
  7. harsh

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    DTS:X is analogous to Dolby Atmos. It is not a simulated surround scheme.
     
  8. Davenlr

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    I found out my Soundbar will decode Blu-Rays with DTS, It still says its Stereo, but all 7 channels play correctly.
    As for inputs, you lose one one the TV but add one on the soundbar (or two in some cases) so you shouldnt lose any inputs.
    You could also put a HDMI switch behind the TV but then you would have another remote to worry about unless you get one of those that switch the last input that is turned on. AS far as I know, only the $1000 plus soundbars have eARC anyway. My TV has eARC but the soundbar is only ARC. Unless you passthrough uncompressed audio to the soundbar from the TV, ARC should be fine.
     
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    It depends on the sound bar. One of the Vizios I saw at Costco only had one HDMI input, that would take up my ARC input on the TV, so I would lose an input.

    I guess I could get an HDMI switch, but that just adds another link between things and another remote, although I use a Harmony so it wouldn’t be that bad, just have to make sure everything stays in sync.
     
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    I like soundbars, but they have some drawbacks. Most importantly, if you're used to an AVR system, you will be hard-pressed to find a soundbar that comes close to matching the sound of an AVR. Samsung is introducing some new soundbars: null
    I'm thinking of getting rid of one of my AVR systems because of the "speaker clutter" in that room. I'm gonna take a good look at the highest-priced new Samsung soundbar. I have to admit the price, $1,600, disturbs me. But, I paid a lot more than that for the AVR system, and that soundbar might be the answer.

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    The main reason I went with a soundbar system is they are normally cheaper than a AVR system,but that may change considering some of the prices now.
    The facts are the new TV's sound system's stink,but all that is changing with Sony's Acoustic Wave System built into several of their TVs.
    It vibrates the sound through the TV screen and it has basically 2.2 sound.
     
  13. harsh

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    The reasons to go with a sound bar are not many, but they can be important:
    1. Space considerations
    2. Speakers can be matched to each other and the amplifier (this probably doesn't happen at the low end) but they cannot so readily be matched to the room
    3. Simplicity of setup (everything is color and/or connector coded)
    Speaker clutter is only solved if you're not interested in much more than 3.1 sound.

    Price versus pure audio performance is rarely in the sound bar's favor.
     
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    Speaker clutter is solved when complimented with media furniture and proper wiring.
     
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    True -but a Lot of Folks can NOT do that in a VAN down by the river----:D
     
  16. harsh

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    That can be a solution to too much cash laying around as well.
     
  17. billsharpe

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    I bought a sound bar from Costco two years ago but returned it after a month or so. I'm 90 years old and the sound bar didn't seem to be a $160 improvement over the TV's tiny speakers. It's probably my ears that are to blame for that, not the sound bar.
     
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