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Topic # 105867 12-Jul-2012 16:01
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Hiya,

I've been suffering with the built in "speakers" of my LCD TV for too long and I want to get better audio enjoyment out of my DVDs and Blu-rays.

I'm not a great fan of lots of speakers and wires all over the place and sought out the sound bars you can get, but are they actually any good ?
Can they actually a produce a 5.1/7.1 alike affect ?

Thanks!

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  Reply # 654663 12-Jul-2012 16:35
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I'm in two minds...
No, they do not create a 5.1/7.1 like affect, but they do provide a very broad sound stage.
As many sound bars have separate subwoofers, they can offer A LOT more bass, which is severely lacking in modern TV's.
Personally, I'd have a listen to one, and if you think it'll be better than your current TV speakers, do give it some serious consideration.

Yamaha has options, but so do all the other players, Panasonic to LG.

Of course, a set of efficient bookshelf speakers + a class D compact amp like you'd find from NuForce can provide a decent solution. Don't ignore that option, especially if you enjoy a little music from time to time.

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  Reply # 656519 16-Jul-2012 14:50
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I bought one of these http://www.paulmoney.co.nz/shop/speakers/subsat-systems/yamaha-yht-s400sound-bar/ for very similar reasons to you.  Didn't want a whole pile of speakers and wires all over the place.  Considered a Bose system but this was a little cheaper and much more compact.  You really don't know it's there.

Can't speak for whether it's good surround sound or not but the quality of sound is very very good compared to the built in speakers. Am very happy with the product (it's expensive).

Saving Private Ryan has to be turned down otherwise the neighbours get annoyed, the bass is rather good :-)

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