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Topic # 143999 4-May-2014 17:33
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Looking to improve my TV sound without spending a fortune, suggestions?

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  Reply # 1036503 4-May-2014 17:33
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  Reply # 1036525 4-May-2014 17:51
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What is your budget? What experience do you want? 

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1036529 4-May-2014 17:54
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All I really want is clearer sound from the TV, not needing surround sound etc, simple stereo would be fine. Budget? Well am a OAP so its pretty much non-existant :-)


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  Reply # 1036531 4-May-2014 17:55
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peejayw: All I really want is clearer sound from the TV, not needing surround sound etc, simple stereo would be fine. Budget? Well am a OAP so its pretty much non-existant :-)



$100-$200, $200-500?
How is the TV mounted? What is the TV model?



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  Reply # 1036532 4-May-2014 17:59
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Under $100. TV is free-standing, an older Sony KLV V32A10

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  Reply # 1036533 4-May-2014 18:02
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Google best sound bars under $100. I think you need to up your budget if you want anything decent though. Amazon has some good points of reference with feedback from happy customers. Then you just need to find a retailer locally who stocks the one you decide on.

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  Reply # 1036546 4-May-2014 18:42
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If you can extend your budget to $150 the Microlab Solo-6C are a very popular choice: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=12468

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  Reply # 1036558 4-May-2014 18:56
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Or just buy a set of 2.1 PC speakers and plug in to headphone jack. 



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  Reply # 1036559 4-May-2014 18:57
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I wondered about those, any brand/type suggestions ?

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  Reply # 1036607 4-May-2014 20:13
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I would suggest a second hand stereo. You can pick them up quite cheap on trademe with RCA inputs and a remote control. E.g. Auction no. 723071863 . One of the tapes runs fast so its going cheap. Thats the sort of thing I mean. I use an old Aiwa surround sound system without the surround for my computer speakers. The CD and the tapes no longer work but the tuner and auxiliary work fine. So I can put the National Programme on when I want as an alternative to Windows sounds. All my music is on the computer so no need of a CD player.

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  Reply # 1037403 5-May-2014 22:36
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lxsw20: Or just buy a set of 2.1 PC speakers and plug in to headphone jack. 


Ditto, I did this and sound is heaps better or a cheap soundbar as suggested earlier

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  Reply # 1037673 6-May-2014 12:30
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lxsw20: Or just buy a set of 2.1 PC speakers and plug in to headphone jack. 


Ditto, I did this and sound is heaps better or a cheap soundbar as suggested earlier


I get why you want to move away from TV sound (I can't think when I've heard a modern TV with sound that I find acceptable, TBH), but you'll risk ending up with something sounding no better (if not potentially worse) than your TV if you don't buy judiciously. Given your budget, this means going s/h I reckon.

While it's not ideal to plug speakers into the headphone jack (not known for their sound quality, usually), I guess this is critical if you want to be able to control the volume remotely on many 2.1 systems.

If you do go the 2.1 route (which I agree could result in far better sound than a cheap sound bar), I'd recommend a no-longer-current Logitech z2300. An award-winner in their day, they still sound better than many current models. A relatively full sound, goes loud enough, a decent amount of bass... I picked up a set from TM that I use at work for listening to music, and would rate them highly.



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  Reply # 1037712 6-May-2014 13:27
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Thanks everyone. I ended up picking up the Logitech Z443 reduced from $170 down to $70 so happy with the price and the sound is so much clearer now, everything I need.

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  Reply # 1037716 6-May-2014 13:34
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peejayw: Thanks everyone. I ended up picking up the Logitech Z443 reduced from $170 down to $70 so happy with the price and the sound is so much clearer now, everything I need.


Good result.

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