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  # 2250850 4-Jun-2019 09:03
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Dunnersfella:

 

I know I can trust a magazine that talks about HDMI cables that deliver strong, yet natural colour. Because, you know, some zeros and ones are more natural than other zeros and ones...

 

 

More rounded zeros, sharper ones. lol

 

 




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  # 2253836 7-Jun-2019 13:38
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Just thought I'd feedback (pun intended) on the soundbar purchase.

 

In the end, I bought the LG SL8Y, as much because I got a better discount from Noel Leemings on that than the others, which all met my specs.

 

Turns out that the Bluetooth is only for streaming music *to* the soundbar, not from the soundbar to headphones. :( Fortunately, I had a BT transmitter which I hooked up to the optical out from the TV, which works well. The soundbar is hooked up via HDMI-ARC, and setting it up was fairly straightforward.

 

Another surprise was that the soundbar comes with Google Home installed, and in fact you must install Google Home on your phone before you can connect it to the Net. I'm not keen on bringing Google into my home, and being *forced* to install it to use soundbar features doesn't improve that situation.

 

Happily, the TV volume control keys do control the soundbar volume. But it seems that the TV defaults to using its internal speakers each time it is turned on. :(

 

Sound is noticeably better, but you'd expect that after spending about $1K. I haven't tried anything with Atmos, but I (and the cat and dog) was really surprised at the intensity of crashes in the F1 program on Netflix.

 

Although the soundbar comes with a wall-mount bracket, in my situation it's useless... my TV is on a cantilevered swing-arm thing, and the soundbar wall-mount is designed with the expectation that the TV screen would be flush with the wall. So at the moment it's sitting awkwardly on a cabinet below the TV.

 

I started off with the subwoofer behind me, but I could clearly hear low tones coming from it when people were speaking on the TV, and it was very distracting. I've now put it alongside the soundbar, and it's fine.

 

Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase.

 

Thanks to those on here who provided advice and clarification.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2253839 7-Jun-2019 13:43
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frankv:

 

Just thought I'd feedback (pun intended) on the soundbar purchase.

 

In the end, I bought the LG SL8Y, as much because I got a better discount from Noel Leemings on that than the others, which all met my specs.

 

Turns out that the Bluetooth is only for streaming music *to* the soundbar, not from the soundbar to headphones. :( Fortunately, I had a BT transmitter which I hooked up to the optical out from the TV, which works well. The soundbar is hooked up via HDMI-ARC, and setting it up was fairly straightforward.

 

Another surprise was that the soundbar comes with Google Home installed, and in fact you must install Google Home on your phone before you can connect it to the Net. I'm not keen on bringing Google into my home, and being *forced* to install it to use soundbar features doesn't improve that situation.

 

Happily, the TV volume control keys do control the soundbar volume. But it seems that the TV defaults to using its internal speakers each time it is turned on. :(

 

Sound is noticeably better, but you'd expect that after spending about $1K. I haven't tried anything with Atmos, but I (and the cat and dog) was really surprised at the intensity of crashes in the F1 program on Netflix.

 

Although the soundbar comes with a wall-mount bracket, in my situation it's useless... my TV is on a cantilevered swing-arm thing, and the soundbar wall-mount is designed with the expectation that the TV screen would be flush with the wall. So at the moment it's sitting awkwardly on a cabinet below the TV.

 

I started off with the subwoofer behind me, but I could clearly hear low tones coming from it when people were speaking on the TV, and it was very distracting. I've now put it alongside the soundbar, and it's fine.

 

Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase.

 

Thanks to those on here who provided advice and clarification.

 

 

 

 

Did you get the rear wireless speakers also? (or planning to?)




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  # 2253851 7-Jun-2019 14:03
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No, just the bar and sub.

 

Rear speakers add quite a bit to the price, and push the price beyond my budget. And I think rear speakers can be tricky to set up properly... all in all, it wasn't worth it to me, doing relatively little surround-sound movie watching. I might revisit that in a couple of years. But for safety, I'd buy a package including the rear speakers, and some kind of automatic balancing (microphone or phone app), rather than add rear speakers to this soundbar.

 

 


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