Sound bars, good gadget or load of tosh?

#1
Thinking of getting a sound bar for the telly, are they any good or better off with a full system?
 
#2
Depends on the type of telly and the sound bar. The newer, flat screen and very thin tellies now have cheap andnasty speakers built into the back and sound nasty and tinny. At least with the soundbar you can cut down the background noise and actually hear what is being said. Some of the cheaper soundbars are not very good at some frequencies and can often appear to cut out some of the words. Make sure you get one with either a sub woofer built in or a separate one. They do cut down on the amount of leads all over the housecompared to a home cinema system. Also try to get one that matches your telly as the difference is quite remarkable. I got a Phillips one originally but changing to a Sony one to match the Bravia made a big difference. However, you don't get the surround sound experience anywhere near as good as with a 5.1 speaker system.
 
#4
Cheers exbleep, will see what is compatible with my screen.
 
#5
My mum's TV has a soundbar and it's fuckin mega. And her setup is 5 to 10 years old. 'Tis Bang & Olufsen though - no way I could ever justify dropping that much on tech.

I have a fairly new LG LED jobby, the picture on it is amazing but the inbuilt speakers are shameful.
 
#6
I use this

Roth Sound Bar.

It is excellent. The wireless base woofer can get the cottage shaking like a boy-racers Corsa. Thoroughly recommended and British made, to boot.
 
#7
I have a Yamaha yas101 and think its a decent bit of kit. I dont do the booming pretend my front rooms a cinema sound levels but for the odd dvd at higher volume and for normal viewing cant fault it and the sound quality is excellant too.
 

The_Duke

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#8
I sometimes struggle with the sound quality of programmes (voices being quiet compared to background soundtrack), which I put down to being a bit mutton and a combination of US programmes and Sky+. The telly is a new (ish) Philips flatscreen, so decent enough.

Is one of these gadgets likely to help out much?
 
#9
I sometimes struggle with the sound quality of programmes (voices being quiet compared to background soundtrack), which I put down to being a bit mutton and a combination of US programmes and Sky+. The telly is a new (ish) Philips flatscreen, so decent enough.

Is one of these gadgets likely to help out much?
I would think so. I got rid of my hifi and now this thing plays all my music, films, tv and games. Everyone who has listened to it has commented how good it is.
 
#11
Depends on the type of telly and the sound bar. The newer, flat screen and very thin tellies now have cheap andnasty speakers built into the back and sound nasty and tinny. At least with the soundbar you can cut down the background noise and actually hear what is being said. Some of the cheaper soundbars are not very good at some frequencies and can often appear to cut out some of the words. Make sure you get one with either a sub woofer built in or a separate one. They do cut down on the amount of leads all over the housecompared to a home cinema system. Also try to get one that matches your telly as the difference is quite remarkable. I got a Phillips one originally but changing to a Sony one to match the Bravia made a big difference. However, you don't get the surround sound experience anywhere near as good as with a 5.1 speaker system.
Wot he said. I have a Pioneer 5.1 amp with Bose seakers and a Pioneer subwoofer that will roll your socks up and down connected to a LG 32 inch flat screen. Soundbars would be worth doing though if you can't or don't want to go the 5.1 Home Theatre path. Even a pair of computer speakers plugged in to your headphone jack on the back of your TV will be an improvement over the internal "speakers" that flat screens usually come with.
 
#12
Even a pair of computer speakers plugged in to your headphone jack on the back of your TV will be an improvement over the internal "speakers" that flat screens usually come with.

This is what I have done with a jvc. 32" Led I have in my static caravan I used the sub woofer and speakers off my old desktop and its worked a treat no more tinny sounds
 
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Davetheclown

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#13
hmm want clear sound but hate all the leads, so what would a good cheap soundbar be?
 
#14
hmm want clear sound but hate all the leads, so what would a good cheap soundbar be?
Sonos do a wifi soundbar and sub. But it's not cheap - £500 for the soundbar.
 
#17
Sonos is the dogs bollocks. I bought a Zone Player and Zone Amp 4 years ago and love the quality and lack of wires, plus the ability to play any music anywhere in the house, whether its on line, on a computer or ipod.

I will add to it when I can afford it, but won't buy a Sound Bar until the fit an HDMI connection; the current one is digital optical only. With an HDMI input, a pair of Sonos S4s and a Sonos, you would have genuine 5 channel surround sound with no wires. Ain't cheap though.....
 
#18
Bob' haven't you already got a sonos bridge to make your current setup wireless? If so the playbar uses the same so won't need HDMI.
 
#19
Funnily enough today i disconnected my Yam soundbar from my TV. I live in the Mess during the week and go home on weekends but as im leaving the Army in months few im going to take the soundbar back home this weekend. As others have said, the TV built-in speakers nowadays are shite. I have a high-end Panasonic GT series Plasma and the sound is crap. Because i dont need too much in the way of sound in the Mess room i bought a "old" Yam YSP 600 which improves sound on Discovery channel gun programs, PS3 Black Ops and Sky F1 no end!
There are now better soundbars as Yam were the forerunners of them and mine is getting on a bit now. I think Samsung do a good one. But word of warning, at the moment Sky only transmit stereo out of the Sky box via HDMI and not 5.1. This may of changed or about to be. To that end, to get the full effect use what i do which is a Optical input from the Sky box into the soundbar.
 
#20
Got a Yam soundbar and pretty much far better than the TV speakers but really comes into its own when watching HD output. It's not surround sound but a far richer normal sound if you know what I mean.

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