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Does anyone know about soundbars

Hi guys,

I received an LG OLED TV not sure of the model but it was about 1500..

It’s the best picture I’ve ever seen in my life but the audio could be better.

The tv is Atmos but I was wondering if it was worth getting an Amos soundbar aswell as they are really expensive.

Just wondering if anyone knows any decent ones for a reasonable price.

Thank you, Adam

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/04 10:19:40 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     
    Yes it will probably sound better than the tv speakers, but no, it won't sound anything like dedicated 5.1
     
    Sadly imo, ppl generally view sound as an afterthought. They'll drop £2k on a cracking tv, then wince when you suggest they spend more than £150 on audio
     
    Bonkers

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/04 10:31:08 (permalink)
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    I don’t mind spending a bit of cash it’s just workin he out which is a good one

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/04 11:02:10 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     
    Yes it will probably sound better than the tv speakers, but no, it won't sound anything like dedicated 5.1
     
    Sadly imo, ppl generally view sound as an afterthought. They'll drop £2k on a cracking tv, then wince when you suggest they spend more than £150 on audio
     
    Bonkers



    Most houses these days cant handle a decent 5.1 set up unless you want the entire neighbourhood shaking 



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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/04 11:08:54 (permalink)
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    Folks have one its Bose and its ****. The End! 

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/04 12:11:26 (permalink)
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    Most houses these days cant handle a decent 5.1 set up unless you want the entire neighbourhood shaking 



     
    I agree - typical 'legoland' new build semi's/town houses have walls which are paper thin to next door. Even 'detached' are often the length of the average c0ck away from next door as developers attempt to cram as many builds as they can on a given plot
     
    Add to that, most won't have the inclination to set the crossover/phase/ch levels correctly and opt instead to just turn the volume of the sub (or the sub channel level on the amp) to a point that's just nuts
    post edited by PartyBoy - 2018/01/04 13:02:51

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/05 09:03:21 (permalink)
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    When I finally build my house I will be putting in a theatre room with full surround sound and closet doors. I'll be taking the time to get the wiring and all the techie stuff just right!
     
    I have a sound bar right now though with a detached sub. Much better than just the TV speakers.
     
    Beware if you have toddlers too- soundbars typically sit under the telly, and one of my little cherubs holding on to the TV set spewed all over my old bar. Tried my best but couldn't save it.  
     
    3 months old it was. The soundbar... not the kid lol.
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/05 14:24:20 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     
    Yes it will probably sound better than the tv speakers, but no, it won't sound anything like dedicated 5.1
     
    Sadly imo, ppl generally view sound as an afterthought. They'll drop £2k on a cracking tv, then wince when you suggest they spend more than £150 on audio
     
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    this was my opinion until I had a chat with a guy from Dolby who give us a demo of some sound bars , in some instances the sound bar was actually better , if you have a good sound bar with a flat roof they work extremely well , a lot lot better than you would think , the drawback with fixed speakers is that if you have a 8 foot roof then the sound can only be placed 8ft above you , where if its an helicopter 50 feet above you then you can get better immersion with a soundbar as it can place the audio anywhere above you. Obviously I would go for full 11.2 system if cash and space where no problem , but certainly dont think some of the better sound bars are a gimmick or should be discounted , best thing to do is get a few demo's if I was buying one today it would be a sound bar 
     

     
    decent explanation 
     

     
    would probably have a demo of one of these , sounded good to me . although if you have surround sound speakers already you could use those for discreet audio and just get some atmos integrated speakers for the fronts
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/06 00:20:15 (permalink)
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    I have a Sonos with sub. Really pleased with it. Doesnt try and fake the surround at all, just gives a really good sound. I have hard floors too so the bass travels really well.

    Previously I had a Yamaha surround sound bar, bounces the sound around the room the same as the atmos one will try to do. In my experience though it doesn't work in an actual living room. Might work in a lab, but a non square room with sofas and curtains, it just didn't do what it was supposed to. Sounds was still better than the TV though.

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/06 20:12:27 (permalink)
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    I have a Sonos with sub. Really pleased with it. Doesnt try and fake the surround at all, just gives a really good sound. I have hard floors too so the bass travels really well.

    Previously I had a Yamaha surround sound bar, bounces the sound around the room the same as the atmos one will try to do. In my experience though it doesn't work in an actual living room. Might work in a lab, but a non square room with sofas and curtains, it just didn't do what it was supposed to. Sounds was still better than the TV though.

    thats worrying , maybe I need to demo this in my house , it did sound awesome but it was in a proper sound room .
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/07 10:06:54 (permalink)
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    Thanks for all the responses.

    I’m interested in this one, wondering if anyone owns it or has any feedback. Thanks.

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/10 07:49:56 (permalink)
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    I haven't heard that one so cannot specifically comment. Soaking generally though I would look at specialist audio makes rather than general technology companies.

    Pop into a richer sounds and see what they suggest for your money.

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/10 08:49:37 (permalink)
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    Soaking generally though I would look at specialist audio makes rather than general technology companies.



     
    Agree.
     
    With the exception of Sony who release decent av amps, leave the typical TV brands alone when it comes to audio.
     
    Specifically re speakers, brands I would consider woulld include:
     
    Bowers & Wilkins
    KEF
    Monitor Audio
    Mission
    Acoustic Energy
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/10 16:06:40 (permalink)
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    Heard one of these at Exceptional AV the other day, well impressed 👍
     
    https://www.dali-speakers.com/uk/loudspeakers/kubik/kubik-one/
     
     

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/10 16:16:30 (permalink)
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    I think this speaker came top in a what hi fi type magazine if I remember correctly. Was also recommended to me in richer sounds once.

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/12 11:40:05 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     


    Are you so alpha that your Mrs couldn't object to you beastly 7.1.2 Dolby atmos super surround sound set up?

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/12 14:43:50 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     


    Are you so alpha that your Mrs couldn't object to you beastly 7.1.2 Dolby atmos super surround sound set up?

    its not that what would worry me , it would be fitting the things and putting speaker cable in the roof space , after having a good look I would go for a 5.1.2 , 2 rear surrounds 2 fronts with integrated upward firing speakers and a sub , just wouldn't rule out the sound bars as gimmicky  , 7.2.1 adds to immersion but you really need a home cinema or a sound room to have speakers everywhere.
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/12 14:54:53 (permalink)
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    Heard one of these at Exceptional AV the other day, well impressed 👍
     
    https://www.dali-speakers.com/uk/loudspeakers/kubik/kubik-one/
     
     


    That's a lot better in they designed it to be very good at Stereo sound, a well set up Stereo system to me will always sound better than a "Virtual Surround Sound" Bar.
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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/12 15:02:34 (permalink)
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    Soundbars are for men who have missus's who won't allow them to place dedicated 5/7.1 speakers around the room & freak out when you mention 'wiring'.
     


    Are you so alpha that your Mrs couldn't object to you beastly 7.1.2 Dolby atmos super surround sound set up?



    Just a common observation when discussing home AV with friends. Women very generally demonstrate a speaker and wire phobia, but no, I don't have an Atmos setup....I have actual front height speakers
    post edited by PartyBoy - 2018/01/12 15:04:31

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    Re: Does anyone know about soundbars 2018/01/12 20:18:02 (permalink)
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    Heard one of these at Exceptional AV the other day, well impressed 👍
     
    https://www.dali-speakers.com/uk/loudspeakers/kubik/kubik-one/
     
     


    That's a lot better in they designed it to be very good at Stereo sound, a well set up Stereo system to me will always sound better than a "Virtual Surround Sound" Bar.


    for discreet audio yes, for immersion then not necessarily, depends which you value the most , personally I like having proper rear surround but was well impressed with the sound bars  , they really do get a bad rap , mostly of people who have never heard them from my experience(myself included until demoed)  but I have been in to audio set ups for years and separates and after looking at the sound bars thought  theres just no way it made sense , but they are a lot better than you would think . Also had the pleasure of visiting Dolby studios and had demoed a full something like 46.18 atmos which was just on another level , should cinemas start adopting this then ill ditch my own home AV setup and just get a season ticket , forget 4k Imax, 8k,16k , 3d! this is the future !
     
     
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