Do I want a soundbar?

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  1. Therucc

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    So here's my dilemma. I have a beautiful Samsung LED 55in tv.about a year old. Sometimes I just feel like I'm adjusting the volume so much. It's too loud or not loud enough. I know the speakers on these tvs aren't great. I can't get a full on surround sound system because I live in a condo and don't want to blowout the neighbors above me or next to me. So I was thinking of getting a soundbar. I'm not looking to amp the thing up and rattle the walls I'm just looking for something that is going to give me more of a full complete sound. Not having to constantly max the volume out on my TV when there's dialogue in a movie and then turn it way down during music or explosion type scenes. Any thoughts on what I should get? Do u think a soundbar would solve my problem? Thanx
     
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    You have to be able to control the dialogue volume, which comes from the center channel. And to do that you need an A/V receiver. I don't think there are separate volume controls on soundbars. Am I right guys?
     
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    i don't want to control dialogue, I'm just wondering if a sound bar would be an improvement over just the sound that comes out of my TV speakers.
     
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    Tony, welcome to HTF!
    I have a Polk SurroundBar which requires separate amplification. There are sound bars that have amplification built in (the last one I looked at was Yamaha).
    Yes, it should sound better than TV speakers, but it won't be surround sound.
     
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    For just better sound from your TV - you may look into the zvox systems...here is there site:
    http://www.zvoxaudio.com/
    These are boxes with built in amplification, that connects with a single cable to your TV....kind of acts as a TV stand.
    Not sure of your budget - the cheapest of these goes for $200.00
    http://www.zvoxaudio.com/cgi-bin/item/4002201
    As for the dialog issue - having a better quality speaker than what comes in your TV will help - and these things have an extra feature for that as well....
    "Incredibly Clear Voices. Our Dialog Emphasis feature uses hearing aid technology to make voices unbelievably clear."
     
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    Yes, it will sound better than the TV speakers, but it won't solve your problem with not hearing the dialogue properly. Again, you would need an A/V receiver to be able to correct that.
     
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    That still won't solve the dialogue problem.
     
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    The Yamaha Digital Sound Projector (DSP) soundbars, which have built in amplification, allow you to adjust the channel volumes individually.
    I used the autosetup on mine, but found after a while that I needed to increase the centre channel volume to avoid dialogue being drowned out in busy scenes.
     

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