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Sound Bars: Can I Really Get A Good-Sounding One Without Spending Way over A Hundred Dollars?

Tom Kaufman
 

Hello to all: I've toyed with the idea with getting a sound bar for the TV
in my living room. Until this past weekend, I had never even seen one or
heard one! But last Saturday, I had some new Satellite equipment put in
from Dish Network. The tech told me that he had this sound bar along with
him that they sold; he said I could have it for $200; he even said he'd
bring it in and let me listen to it! After hearing him describing it to me,
I kind of was expecting that it would just blow me away! Well he brought it
in and hooked it up and then.when he turned it on, I thought , 'is that all
there is?" I was expecting to hear a nice big full sound with some fairly
deep base! He (the tech) explained that he liked "loud".well it was
louder.but to my ear, that was about all it was! Now to be fair, I was
sitting a little ways away from it, so I walked over to where he had it set
up (in front of the TV) it didn't sound all that bad, but for two hundred
bucks, I was expecting more! So I guess my question is, for two hundred
dollars, what kind of sound bar can I expect to find? This one was a Polk
(I hear they're supposed to be one of the best) now maybe it had some
adjustments to make it have more "highs" or more "base"".but he didn't
indicate this to me; it seemed like what I was hearing was exactly what it
was! So I passed! But am thinking that I ought to be able to get a pretty
decent sound bar for somewhere within the 100 to 3200 dollar range! I know
we have some people on here who know a lot more about these things than I
do; there are some who really know what sounds good and what doesn't! So
what brands should I be looking at and what brands do I need to stay away
from? BTW-and this surprised me: he told me to stay away from Viezeo! I
had been under the impression that Visio made good quality products; the TV
in the kitchen is a VidZeo! While it's okay 9just a 19-inch portable, it
does what I need it to do and has been in there since probably 2010 (mom had
gotten it to play while she was out there cooking supper or otherwise
working in the kitchen! So will be interested in what you all think are
good sound bars and what I should even be looking for in a sound bar!

Thanks,

Tom Kaufman

Dane Trethowan <grtdane@...>
 

Hi,
2 things I would suggest.
Firstly consider what you want in a soundbar as soundbars these days come in
all shapes and sizes with all manner of bells and whistles.
A $200 Soundbar can sound quite reasonable but do remember that you get what
you pay for so - if its good surround-sound you're looking for in a soundbar
- then you'll most likely be disappointed as $200 won't most likely won't
get you that kind of system, for that money you'll probably end up with a
2.1 channel stereo bar which might be good enough for you if you can get
something that sounds reasonable.
Then many soundbars have "add-ons" that you can add in the form of extra
speakers to enhance the effect of the bar, add surround-sound and so on so
my second suggestion is to do some research, hear as many soundbars as you
can if at all possible and take your time before making that final decision.
I have various Polk speakers here ahdn they're not too bad.
It very well might be that you have to add an additional sub-woofer to that
Soundbar you heard to enhance the bass.
Okay so once you've sorted out the sound you then have to sort out the
connectivity and - as Soundbars progress - the more the connectivity seems
to become more of a nightmare.
Many soundbar models these days connect to other speakers and components
such as Televisions wirelessly but the problem with that system is that a
Television or speaker from the same company who made the Soundbar has to be
used thus limiting your options and the versatility of your system.
Then Soundbars come with a limited range of connection ports, say 1 HDMI, 1
Digital input or - in a lot of cases - no connecting ports at all.
You're going to need at least 1 HDMI port and possibly a Digital Audio in
port for the Soundbar to connect to your Television.
I will be getting a Soundbar for my Den later on this year.
I've made my decision on the Denon Heosbar as it would fit in nicely to my
network, isn't too expensive - around $800 - and can be added to but that's
just me and Soundbars these days are made to fit all shapes and sizes, all
budgets etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Kaufman
Sent: Friday, 20 September 2019 6:59 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: [all-audio] Sound Bars: Can I Really Get A Good-Sounding One
Without Spending Way over A Hundred Dollars?

Hello to all: I've toyed with the idea with getting a sound bar for the TV
in my living room. Until this past weekend, I had never even seen one or
heard one! But last Saturday, I had some new Satellite equipment put in
from Dish Network. The tech told me that he had this sound bar along with
him that they sold; he said I could have it for $200; he even said he'd
bring it in and let me listen to it! After hearing him describing it to me,
I kind of was expecting that it would just blow me away! Well he brought it
in and hooked it up and then.when he turned it on, I thought , 'is that all
there is?" I was expecting to hear a nice big full sound with some fairly
deep base! He (the tech) explained that he liked "loud".well it was
louder.but to my ear, that was about all it was! Now to be fair, I was
sitting a little ways away from it, so I walked over to where he had it set
up (in front of the TV) it didn't sound all that bad, but for two hundred
bucks, I was expecting more! So I guess my question is, for two hundred
dollars, what kind of sound bar can I expect to find? This one was a Polk
(I hear they're supposed to be one of the best) now maybe it had some
adjustments to make it have more "highs" or more "base"".but he didn't
indicate this to me; it seemed like what I was hearing was exactly what it
was! So I passed! But am thinking that I ought to be able to get a pretty
decent sound bar for somewhere within the 100 to 3200 dollar range! I know
we have some people on here who know a lot more about these things than I
do; there are some who really know what sounds good and what doesn't! So
what brands should I be looking at and what brands do I need to stay away
from? BTW-and this surprised me: he told me to stay away from Viezeo! I
had been under the impression that Visio made good quality products; the TV
in the kitchen is a VidZeo! While it's okay 9just a 19-inch portable, it
does what I need it to do and has been in there since probably 2010 (mom had
gotten it to play while she was out there cooking supper or otherwise
working in the kitchen! So will be interested in what you all think are
good sound bars and what I should even be looking for in a sound bar!

Thanks,

Tom Kaufman

pete gurney
 

hi Tom,

in the price range your looking for it's worth taking a look at:

Soundcore Infini Pro Integrated 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos and Built-in Subwoofers, TV Surround Sound System with 4K HDR Pass-Through,
HDMI Arc, Bluetooth 5 Wireless Music Streaming:
https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Integrated-Subwoofers-Pass-Through-Bluetooth/dp/B07MXD513F/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sony+ht-x8500&qid=1568962098&sr=8-1

it's regular price is $249.99 but from what i read there's sometimes a
voucher available for up to $50 which you can just tick the check box to
receive.

this soundbar has dolby atmos, 120w sound output, HDMI and HDMI
ARC,DIGITAL OPTICAL, AND BLUETOOTH 5.0 connectivity.
there's even a IOS app that you can use for controlling the soundbar.
and depending on wether you have any usable sight people reviewed saying
there are easy to see white lights on the soundbar that illuminate to
indicate which function you are controlling when making changes with the
remote control.
it's made by Anker.
hope this helps.

pete.

Tom Kaufman
 

Hello Pete and list: Thanks for the info; since the TV I'd be hooking the
sound bar up to is a Sony, that one model you described might work the best
with that TV; the other thing is...I need something that isn't too
complicated for me to operate! Thinking back, the sound bar that the tech
from Dish Network brought in didn't seem to have any ways of changing the
tone; at least he didn't offer that there was any way of making it sound any
better! I got the idea that when he plugged it in, it kind of "was what it
was" and that's all there was! Perhaps I should have inquired more as to if
there were any buttons I needed to know about, although it seems to me that
if there had been, he would have shown these to me! Now these sound bars
that you're talking about: are the sub woofers built right into the ssound
bar itself? Or is it like you get the sound bar; then a bitg sub-woofer
that you set someplace, much like my speakers I have hooked to my computer?

Thanks,
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io [mailto:all-audio@groups.io] On Behalf Of pete
gurney
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2019 4:41 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Sound Bars: Can I Really Get A Good-Sounding One
Without Spending Way over A Hundred Dollars?

hi Tom,

in the price range your looking for it's worth taking a look at:

Soundcore Infini Pro Integrated 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos and
Built-in Subwoofers, TV Surround Sound System with 4K HDR Pass-Through,
HDMI Arc, Bluetooth 5 Wireless Music Streaming:
https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Integrated-Subwoofers-Pass-Through-Bluetoot
h/dp/B07MXD513F/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sony+ht-x8500&qid=1568962098&sr=8-1

it's regular price is $249.99 but from what i read there's sometimes a
voucher available for up to $50 which you can just tick the check box to
receive.

this soundbar has dolby atmos, 120w sound output, HDMI and HDMI
ARC,DIGITAL OPTICAL, AND BLUETOOTH 5.0 connectivity.
there's even a IOS app that you can use for controlling the soundbar.
and depending on wether you have any usable sight people reviewed saying
there are easy to see white lights on the soundbar that illuminate to
indicate which function you are controlling when making changes with the
remote control.
it's made by Anker.
hope this helps.

pete.

pete gurney
 

hi Tom,

the Soundcore Infini Pro soundbar i gave the link for on amazon has
built in sub woofer, from the description i think it has two 3 inch
sub woofers.
the impressive thing about this one is that i haven't seen any other soundbar at this price that has dolby atmos along with HDMI ARC, blutooth 5.0 and the ability to be controlled by an Iphone app.
personally after having a soundbar that is capable of dolby atmos for 8 months now i wouldn't want to have a soundbar without it again.

pete.

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pete gurney <pete@...>

pete gurney
 

hi Tom,

visit this youtube link while wearing stereo headphones as they talk
about this system and then towards the end you hear what it sounds like
with dolby atmos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf33bScwJ6E

pete.