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    Soundbars ?

    Long story short, the inlaws TV's paltry 10W speakers weren't cutting the mustard and they needed something with a bit more umph without going to a full home theater system and they really didn't want to deal with having to run wires (either behind the walls/molding/carpeting etc) so I finally decided on a soundbar as a Xmas gift.

    Got them a Vizio Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer for $169.00 from Tiger Direct.
    http://www.vizio.com/vsb210ws.html

    a gajillion times better than the TV's speakers. I'm no "audiophile" but wow.. the inlaws are like "wow almost like being in the movie theater" and I was impressed by the surround "feel". This was my 1st ever experience with a soundbar and between the easy setup (1 SPIDF cable, 1 Power plug) and the decent sound I think Im sold. Anyone else have any good (or bad) impressions of these things ? I guess they aren't as immersive as a full 7.1 system with satellites and a dedicated receiver etc but for the price I guess I can't argue.
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    #2
    Does the soundbar use any kind of calibration routine? I would have thought that emulating surround would require the system to know something about the room it is in.
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      #3
      I've read that soundbars can do a good job of creating a "surround sound" experience - but only within a very narrow range of actual seating space. After that it sounds very directional.

      Still an good upgrade from TV speakers.
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        #4
        been listening to music/tv/movies etc today... for the most part a nice (cheap..erish) solution finding some nuances.. such as no AC3 (only PCM) over SPDIF, only 44, 48Hz sampling rates otherwise have to use RCA inputs.
        Fermi Paradox*: "The apparent size and age of Fermi die suggests that many technologically advanced GPUs ought to exist.
        However, this hypothesis seems inconsistent with the lack of observational evidence to support it."

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          #5
          I've been using a Samsung one for some months in the main bedroom (4x3meters), it supports DTS, DD using optical cable connected to my Sony BDP-S350. Got it for free with the purchase of my 46" LED

          I already have a full HT system in the living room so I just needed something simple for my bedroom, can't complain.
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            #6
            With a quick look the only one I saw where the reviewer said it convincingly reproduced surround sound has a mic assisted auto calibration routing.

            For those that are interested it was the Yamaha YSP-900. I don't think it is available anymore but they have replaced it with newer models.

            I am sure almost anything would be better than most TV speakers.
            Last edited by aviphysics; Dec 25, 2010, 05:00 PM.
            THG is to computer hardware what MTV is to music.

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              #7
              I have the Sony HT-500.
              I like it, but I'm not a level 30 audiophile
              Take what you want...and then pay for it...

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                #8
                The guys over at HD Nation (Revision 3) said that sound bars are a good alternative for people who can't run a true surround system. Sounds like it was a great gift to me.

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