Sound bar systems

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  1. 123audiovideo

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    Hello,

    Can any one recommend any good sound bar systems under $600? Also, please share your experience with them. I am planning to buy this system for my living room.

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  2. Kevin Stewart

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    I'm not a big fan of soundbars due to their limitations. You need to remember that they work by attempting to bounce the sound off of walls. So, in order for them to work, your display (assuming the soundbar will be directly below it) needs to be in the exact center of the wall. Additionally, the adjoining wall surfaces need to be the same. In other words, if you have a flat wall on one side and a bookcase (or fireplace or curtains or anything else) on the other wall, it won't work. They also limit the audio effect to basically one seating position (the one directly in front of the display). If you have a couch that seats 3 people, only the person in the middle will hear things correctly. If you have a chair or loveseat of something else off to the side, the effect will be even worse.
     
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    Sorry, should have said "any soundbars under $600", which is what the OP was inquiring about. I don't think any sub $1000 soundbars have delay patterns.
     
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    I just purchased a Sony HT-CT100 which is a 3.1 Soundbar + Sub package. I have a fairly small room at 14x14 so the 3.1 simulated surround sound is pretty good. I picked it up at Best Buy for $280 regular price $329.99. It also has 3 HDMI ports which is great for the price. I highly recommend it if you have a small space!
     
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    so let me get this right if i have stuff like train layout in back a sound bar wont work good
     
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    A sound bar will work fine for dialogue and limited reproduction of the multi-channel listening experience, but it will always be somewhat obvious that the sound is originating from a single source. It depends how picky you are and what your listening goals are. If you just want something better than TV speakers, a soundbar can be an excellent choice - but only you know how much "surround" you want in your sound.
     

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