Best Answer Steve Tannehill , August 03 2013 - 05:05 PM
Hi Eliot, welcome to Home Theater Forum!
An HDTV is not intended to drive speakers. That's why you need a receiver plus speakers.
Even HDTV's with "good" speakers in them pale in comparison to a decent receiver plus speakers.
Yes, there are "sound bars" that you can plug into TV's, but their sound quality is generally not as good as a receiver plus speakers.
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