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  Reply # 752872 29-Jan-2013 19:55 Send private message

I'm just having another look at the Panasonic SC-HTB20 http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/audio-mp3/home-theatre/panasonic-sc-htb20-k-home-cinema-sound-system/prod116960.html The audio control should be able to go via the TV's hdmi arc so the IR receiver being on the sub doesn't need to be a deal breaker. Being $400 it's a little above what I wanted to spend but nothing I couldn't hide from the wife. Could ask them if they can do a deal on it or they might have a Waitangi Day sale perhaps. Can anyone suggest anything else for up to $400?

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  Reply # 752877 29-Jan-2013 20:06 Send private message

I thought about getting that but reviews said its kind of average so quite a lot to pay for unified remote and ease of use compared to decent active speakers.
Theres a higher end Panny HTIB that looks perfect to me but not sold here I think, fairly useless post that hm

http://www.whathifi.com/review/panasonic-sc-btt590

Actually kinda musical unlike most HTIB/soundbars and I like size of satellites

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  Reply # 752904 29-Jan-2013 20:39 Send private message

That's actually one I was looking at too I think. Reviews were ok to decent in my opinion given the price relative to other soundbars in NZ.

@Archer77: If you do end up getting it I'd be interested in how it turns out.



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  Reply # 752917 29-Jan-2013 21:04 Send private message

Will do sidefx. If there is a Waitangi Day sale I will probably pick it up, otherwise I might wait for my cheap DAC to arrive and test that out with PC speakers.

Does anyone know if, when using a soundbar with hdmi arc, when you adjust the volume does the TV's volume level/graphic come up to show you the volume level? I can see that being an issue for my wife if it doesn't (and I think it probably doesn't).

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  Reply # 752956 29-Jan-2013 22:00 Send private message

I wouldn't worry about the quality of your DAC. Given your budget for speakers the DAC is definitely not going to be the weakest link in your setup.

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  Reply # 752960 29-Jan-2013 22:20 Send private message

I am about to hookup with a pair of Audioengine 2 speakers that i got for $99 from a Warehouse Red Alert sale recently, there's a pair on trademe for $175 at the moment. I am waiting for a DAC, bought from ebay for $US60, to arrive to complete the setup, there are cheaper USB DACs on Amazon that are made for TV hookups which are much cheaper.

I currently use the A2 for music through a Bluray player and also via Airport Express. They sound excellent for a their size, definitely better than music on TV through its speakers.

This setup should meet your $300 budget.

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  Reply # 752982 29-Jan-2013 23:30 Send private message

If you use the Simplink HDMI control on your LG, it will be childs play to change the sound bar volume with the TV remote control.
However, there's a warning here, some people have reported issues with ARC working on LG TV's and certain AVR's + home theatre systems...
If I was buying a system to keep my other half happy, reducing the number of remotes or keeping it at the same number would be VERY high on my priority list.



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  Reply # 754719 2-Feb-2013 10:09 Send private message

I've decided I want to spend more than I can right now (read: Wife says no). I want to go with a proper amplifier/receiver, or a nice soundbar if I see a good one at the rice price.

So as a stop-gap measure I've gone with a pair of Microlab Solo6C (the 7c were too big for the space they are going). The dual audio inputs will allow be to plug both the HTPC and Sky decoder in to it if the DAC (which I am still waiting on) turns out to be unsatisfactory. The Harmony can adjust which Microlab's input is used based on what's being displayed on the TV.

And when I upgrade I can have the 6c's for the desktop computer to replace the $30 logitechs :D

Thanks alll for your opinions and suggests, very helpful. I'll make a new thread with my new budget when the wife lets me!

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