Help me choose a soundbar

Discussion in 'Home Theater & Video' started by invalidbuffa, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. invalidbuffa

    invalidbuffa Audio tinkerer

    I'm in the market for a directional soundbar to help control the sound from our TCL 55" roku TV in the livingroom of our open floor plan house. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations on this matter? Any opinions of the Klipsch soundbar models with the tractrix loaded tweeters?
     

     

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  2. Dswankey

    Dswankey Super Member

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  3. swechsler

    swechsler Frog Whisperer

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    I didn't even realize we had a HT section; I always posted those questions on AVSForum (which might also be a better avenue for the OP).

    I'm afraid I can't help either, the few soundbars I've heard haven't impressed me compared with separate speakers.
     
  4. nedseg

    nedseg AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    You don't mention a budget, but you may want to consider a Yamaha Digital Sound Projector.
    I use an older one in my master bedroom 'HT' system, and remain impressed with it's 'virtual soundfield' abilities - and no mess of speakers to wire up around the room. The mic setup/EQ is necessary to get it to sound the best, but so far it's my favorite 'easy listening' system!
    It does require a good subwoofer, but those are easy to come by (and hide).
    https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/sound_bar/index.html
     
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    twiiii Addicted Member

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    Stay away from Bose!
     
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  6. Killer Fox

    Killer Fox Super Member

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    I actually ended up with a Vizio 38" with a wireless sub and back surround speakers in the living room. Sounds pretty darn good and didn't cost much.
     

     

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  7. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier Subscriber

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    One thing I have been finding with soundbars is that it's not the sound that is the issue, it's the connectivity. I am reading about soundbars that end up not working well, or fail within the first year, with a range of anomalies based on brand or model. I read the reviews, and quite often I read that a particular model sounds good/great, but has issues with staying connected or the sound popping or cutting out. For the time being, I have mangled the EQ on my new 65" so it sounds listenable, but definitely want to kick it up a few notches with a good soundbar. The Martin Logan is out of my price range, but I may still keep my eyes open for a used one. All I really need it to do is connect via the TV's optical digital output and work reliably.
     
  8. Killer Fox

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    I haven't had one disconnect on my Vizio with bar, wireless subwoofer and rear satellites in the 4 years or so I've had it. Never a cutout either.
     

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