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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

What would you build? Which components/speakers do you like these days? We have a pretty good sized room and will probably get some wireless speakers for our outdoor patio. We are already running our iTunes network over AppleTV/AppleTV2 and Time Capsule. We also run an IPTV box and Wii... so need a fair amount of HDMI/Optical/RGB connections.

Not averse to going back to components if I get better bang for the buck...

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Wow:

"3.1 not enough for you? Well you could always add to Play:3s to create a full, wireless 5.1 system, although that would take the total price to an eye-watering £1720."

While it does seem cool technology and sound-wise, for that money I could build an AV system complete with AV receiver which would blow that out of the water in terms of overall sound and value. That's a seriously huge and imo unnecessary outlay to get the full 5.1 effect.
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

What Satellite &Digital TV April has a good article on Soundbars, compared orbitsound M12, Toshiba SBM1W, Samsung HW-E450 and Yamaha YHT-S401. Samsung was declared the winner.

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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

so why not get the best Samsung sound bar? Lets keep things "pure"

http://www.samsung.com/ch/consumer/t...oundbar-system
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I have a Philips HTS8100 that I really like, connected to a 50" Samsung PS50B650S TV (with crap internal speakers). The Philips soundbar may have kicked the bucket, so considering something new.

Budget is pretty low (about 400CHF). Space is not really an issue, but we did like the soundbar, as it kept things pretty clean. 4HDMI ports on the TV and Optical/SCART/RGB, so no shortage of connections.

We use it as our home media center with AppleTV, AppleTV2 (jailbroken), VOIP TV Streaming box; so lots of music and TV?movies.

Wondering what others are using at this price point, but always happy to consider going higher.

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Old 01.04.2013, 12:23
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What would you build? Which components/speakers do you like these days? We have a pretty good sized room and will probably get some wireless speakers for our outdoor patio. We are already running our iTunes network over AppleTV/AppleTV2 and Time Capsule. We also run an IPTV box and Wii... so need a fair amount of HDMI/Optical/RGB connections.

Not averse to going back to components if I get better bang for the buck...

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To start with, a good AV receiver depending on budget (all prices are Digitec.ch):

Pioneer VSX-922 - 475chf - http://www.whathifi.com/review/vsx-922

Sony STR-DN1030 - 550chf - http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-str-dn1030

Yamaha RX-V673 - 665chf - http://www.whathifi.com/review/yamaha-rx-v673

Then, simply a decent set of entry-level 5.1 speakers like the Canton Movie 90-130 range for around 500chf, or even better the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 set which is ex-demo yet in new condition for 500chf. You would get amazing sound with all the DLNA and streaming for features you can shake a stick at for around 1000chf.

Obviously I didn't spend so much time on it so those combos can be further refined and tweaked depending on budget.
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Old 01.04.2013, 20:34
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

To anyone interested in some low to average budget soundbars I'v just been doing some reading up out of interest, and by far the best budget soundbar overall appears to be this one:

Sony HTCT260 325chf at Digitec.ch https://shop.digitec.ch/de/s1/sony-h...ino-set-362408

Amazon reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HTCT260-S...words=soundbar

Tesfreaks roundup: http://www.testfreaks.com/home-theat...sony-ht-ct260/

At that price and with that kind of feedback I am seriously considering one as a temporary general audio solution to keep me going until I get my new place organized and wired up.

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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

this from Yamaha looks good
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

Well, I received my Sony HTC-T260 soundbar this morning, so I will set it up this evening and report back on Saturday after I've had a good listen, and I have a good home theatre rig (Pioneer VSX-LX70 and Quad Lite 5.1's) to compare it to. Of course I know it won't be as good and won't really give any form of real surround sound, but reviews are awesome and it gets real praise from many people who also own good home theater 5.1 setups, and I am sick of all the wiring and mess.

Really looking forward to the Bluetooth feature to stream from phone and laptop.

PS: ordered at around 2:30pm yesterday afternoon and received it this morning at 7:20am, gotta love Digitec.
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

Well, a couple weeks of living with the Sony HTC-T260 Soundbar and Im impressed. For sheer convenience you simply cannot beat it. Sure, the sound quality is far inferior in audiophile terms to my 5.1 gear, but that is comparing it vs a seup that was around 5x the price.

In real terms, the sound is still decent and I can't get over how much I am absolutely loving the Bluetooth feature. I can stream my phone music direct which is cool in itself, but the clincher is I can use it as a laptop speaker, and stream all of the sound directly to the soundbar... VERY cool for Spotify, movies (when im not linked directly via HDMI), and of course the occasional spot of gaming.

I am now seriously (against all odds) considering retiring my 5.1 system and keeping this setup as my main TV device. It's plenty loud with little distortion at full whack, and the sub provides powerful (slightly too much so vs the subtle majesty of my high-end stuff) bass, as well as being wireless so can be placed anywhere in a room next to a plug socket and out of the way. Very, very cool.

The problem now is where do I go from here: I want to get better sound quality and remain wireless, but the Sonos 5.1 set at 2600chf is just too much money vs a wired 5.1 system for what is realistically lower sound quality, even if it is convenient as hell. I guess I will just wait and see what comes out over the next year, becasue I think soundbars are set to rise in quality and drop in price as they start to gain momentum, and wireless rear speakers sets are released to accompany them. As it stands, the market is restricted to only one player, while the others catch up and start to invest in R&D to produe the higher and stuff.

I'm always willing to prove myself wrong in my preconceptions, and with this I certainly have... this soundbar will very likely stay a permanent fixture simply because it provides good sound quality with the ridiculously useful convenience that the lack of cabling and wireless functions (and good quality) that the Bluetooth function provides. I'm impressed despite myself.

Now I just have to decide whether I can bring myself to sell my AV amp and speakers, or if I want to hang on to them for a rainy day. Or is it just sentimental value... *sniff*

EDIT - Oh, and Sony are now relesing an upgraded model of this with HDMI, NFC, Dolby True HD decoding, and more power... the HT-CT660 Soundbar http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hcs-ci...t/ht-ct660#tab

If they release a set of compatible wireless rear speakers, they would pretty much dominate the competition in terms of price and performance.
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Old 12.05.2013, 23:44
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

@Richdog - I know it has only been a week since you posted your review of the Sony soundbar, but have you found any wireless rear speakers yet? I have some wired speakers that I could use, but with my room configuration, I would LOVE to go wireless.

About to buy the Sony system or also considering a used Yamaha YHT S401. Tough call...

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@Richdog - I know it has only been a week since you posted your review of the Sony soundbar, but have you found any wireless rear speakers yet? I have some wired speakers that I could use, but with my room configuration, I would LOVE to go wireless.

About to buy the Sony system or also considering a used Yamaha YHT S401. Tough call...

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There are no rears for the Sony Soundbar (or any other I know of in its class)...currently only Sonos can claim to have that capabiity (along with the outrageous prices).

As for the Yamaha... as Im sure you can tell from my review, the lack of wireless would be a deal killer for me.
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Old 13.05.2013, 10:49
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

Thanks for the feedback. Quite amazing that more companies are not selling wireless rears. Maybe Bluetooth is a limitation. I am fine plugging the speakers in somewhere if they need a power source, but running the speaker wires across the room is a no go.

WRT the subwoofer, in my tv room, I don't really need it to be wireless, so the Yamaha and the Sony would do just fine. Wish it were possible to hear them side by side.

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There are no rears for the Sony Soundbar (or any other I know of in its class)...currently only Sonos can claim to have that capabiity (along with the outrageous prices).

As for the Yamaha... as Im sure you can tell from my review, the lack of wireless would be a deal killer for me.
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Thanks for the feedback. Quite amazing that more companies are not selling wireless rears. Maybe Bluetooth is a limitation. I am fine plugging the speakers in somewhere if they need a power source, but running the speaker wires across the room is a no go.

WRT the subwoofer, in my tv room, I don't really need it to be wireless, so the Yamaha and the Sony would do just fine. Wish it were possible to hear them side by side.

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I don't think Bluetooth is a limitation, it just has to be designed for working with rear wireless speakers from the start. I would wait until the Sony HT-CT660 is released and see how reviews are for that before making your mind up. Or just go with the Yamaha, up to you!

The Bluetooth streaming and wireless sub on the Sony are awesome though.
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Old 31.07.2013, 01:08
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

Anyone have the Sony HT-CT660 yet? Wondering if it is worth the extra money over the 260? I am still "kicking tires" so I thought I would ask here on EF!

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I don't think Bluetooth is a limitation, it just has to be designed for working with rear wireless speakers from the start. I would wait until the Sony HT-CT660 is released and see how reviews are for that before making your mind up. Or just go with the Yamaha, up to you!

The Bluetooth streaming and wireless sub on the Sony are awesome though.
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Anyone have the Sony HT-CT660 yet? Wondering if it is worth the extra money over the 260? I am still "kicking tires" so I thought I would ask here on EF!

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I doubt anyone has it, just read the Amazon and professional reviews which are now in plentiful supply.
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

It looks like it has been out for more than a year, but it also looks pretty good and a low price, the Sony HT-CT770 soundbar:

http://www.amazon.de/Sony-2-1-Kanal-...=Sony+HT-CT770
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

If you're interested in soundbars, RTS programme A bon entendeur recently discussed and tested them: http://www.rts.ch/emissions/abe/6260...re-de-son.html

Summary: soundbars suck, only some more than others.
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If you're interested in soundbars, RTS programme A bon entendeur recently discussed and tested them: http://www.rts.ch/emissions/abe/6260...re-de-son.html

Summary: soundbars suck, only some more than others.
In what way do soundbars as a whole, "suck"? They are far, far superior to TV speakers and are now getting to the point where audio fidelity isn't too bad at all. Certainly not in the same league as a good stereo or 5.1 speaker setup, but not "bad" by any means.

And I say that as someone who went from a very high-end dedicated surround system, to a soundbar.

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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

indeed if you do not have a purpose-built environment then you're kidding yourself that soundbars are not worthwhile having.

And I've had both a purpose-built environment and an odd-shaped living room.

I have a soundbar today because it's much better than the TV speakers; I also am at a point where I do not want speakers everywhere - wired or wireless.
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I have a soundbar today because it's much better than the TV speakers; I also am at a point where I do not want speakers everywhere - wired or wireless.
Ditto, I sacrificed the sound quality for the uber-convenience, and I don't regret it.

As soon as a decent soundbar comes out with removeable rear wireless speakers where you can actually change the volume of, then I will snap it up.
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Re: Any opinions on soundbars?

Hi,
We have a Samsung with wireless sub-woofer, it is three years old, functions perfectly and there is surely a newer model on the market
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