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    Default Soundbar vs. 5.1 Speakers

    With the holiest of holy days fast approaching (Black Friday) I am looking at getting some sound for the TV I bought last BF, Samsung 55" Ultra-slim LED SmartTV.

    I want to know the difference in sound quality between a traditional 5.1 vs Soundbar setup. I live in an apartment and have about 12' distance between the walls. I just want crisp sound and not not concerned about loudness. I noticed that soundbars can cost as much as 5.1 systems so they might be worth checking out.

    These are the two models I was looking at:

    Samsung Soundbar

    Samsung 5.1 Speakers

    The 5.1 is 500W (vs 280W) and comes with a Blu-Ray player (have PS3). They are both the same price for BF, $179.99. Looking for any feedback/comments.

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    My gf has a soundbar that looks similar to the one you posted. It sounds pretty similar to a set of speakers built into a nice tv but nowhere near as good as a decent 5.1 setup. The ease of setup and lack of cables running everywhere is the nicest thing about it imo.

    At home I have one of the Yamaha sound projectors which looks like the Samsung sound bar but is pretty different in operation... I would consider it to be a more suitable replacement for a 5.1 setup, it's pretty cool to hear sound coming out of walls beside you. Unfortunately it still needs a standalone subwoofer and costs a fair bit more than the Samsung.
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    I've owned a couple of soundbars, they are for neat, tidy, clean look, with "better than TV" sound. 5.1 is for actual sound surround, you won't beat real 5.1 without spending a mint on the Yamaha one.

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    Yamaha bars are the best, but don't come close to a budget receiver and speakers.

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    best thing about 5.1 imo is all the fun things you can do with a decent a/v receiver. second zone, iphone apps, sat radio, etc

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    I believe CostCo has this sound bar, well reviewed and none of that retail hell BF experience to be had:

    http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-cheap-soundbar/
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    I just bought the same sound bar and it's pretty decent. I don't really watch TV and only wanted better sound for NHL 13 and NFL Sunday ticket and I am very happy with it, super easy and inexpensive alternative to a full surround sound system.

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    I picked up a Vizio soundbar, and its surprisingly good, even with out a sub.

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    sound bars are good if you don't have much space, but it can't beat 5.1 speakers

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    Thanks for the comments. Had a look at both of them today. Was really impressed by the soundbar (in the store environment) with the wireless sub and the fact that iPad can connect via Bluetooth really impresses the wifey. The 5.1 was nice but running the wires seemed like a hassle. With the price tag of $179, I don't think I can go wrong with either system. The rep introduced me to this piece which was higher end and has the ability split the bar into two tower which was aesthetically pleasing. Price is relatively higher at $299

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    Thank goodness for Costco. Got the soundbar/sub with HDMI and Optical cables for $174.99...a week before Black Friday. Managed to get the TV last year on the Sunday before so figured I should give it a shot this year.


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    I have a sound bar on one of the TVs in my house, if you wanna check it out sometime, pm me you can come over and check it out.

    it creates virtual surround sound.

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    My experience with soundbars are limited but I just bought the Bose CineMate SR1. It is a nice and clean setup with amazing sound but not a true 5.1. It can be setup for 5 different seating locations and does a pretty good job of projecting surround sound.

    The Yamaha YSP2200 was my other option. In the store it sounded a lot more like a 5.1 setup to me but the Bose demo just blew me away. I wish I could have tried both in my home before deciding.
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    Originally posted by Godfuader
    Thank goodness for Costco. Got the soundbar/sub with HDMI and Optical cables for $174.99...a week before Black Friday. Managed to get the TV last year on the Sunday before so figured I should give it a shot this year.
    The Samsung one or the Vizio?

    I was at the south Costco and only saw a Vizio soundbar with no sub.

    Do they carry the one with the sub? I want one before xmas.

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    Hooked it up this evening. For $174.99 I think it was a great deal. I would love to get the bose eventually, but for right now I need something easily moveable.


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    Which one is the best deal? $250 is kinda more than I wanted to spend, as Costco has the Vizio for $99 (as others do I bet). But the wireless sub would be kind of nice.
    Bluetooth is cool, but probably not needed, I'm not sure if I would use it.

    http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...744&sku=HWE450
    http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...66&sku=SCHTB20
    http://www.sears.ca/product/sony-60w...liateid=749547
    http://www1.thebrick.com/brickb2c/js...estid=2155918#
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38295

    Memex and Visions appear to have the same thing for the same price. Listed both anyway.
    Any help is appreciated.

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    Originally posted by GoChris
    Which one is the best deal? $250 is kinda more than I wanted to spend, as Costco has the Vizio for $99 (as others do I bet). But the wireless sub would be kind of nice.
    Bluetooth is cool, but probably not needed, I'm not sure if I would use it.

    http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...amp;sku=HWE450
    http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...mp;sku=SCHTB20
    http://www.sears.ca/product/sony-60w...liateid=749547
    http://www1.thebrick.com/brickb2c/js...estid=2155918#
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38295

    Memex and Visions appear to have the same thing for the same price. Listed both anyway.
    Any help is appreciated.
    I got the Samsung one. It was the version 'C' (HDMI & optical included). It seems to be pretty good...have had it for a few days and seems to be doing what it is supposed to. The wireless sub is very convenient and the BT gets used the most by just turning on the iPad from anywhere in the apartment. Mind you the price I paid for it in NY was $175, so that does make it a sweeter deal.


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    BUMP!

    Anyone bought sound bars lately? I don't have that much spacing so I was thinking of getting a Yamaha one instead of buying a HTIB (my current setup is going in my bedroom for audio use only):

    http://www.visions.ca/Catalogue/Cate...264&sku=YAS101


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    I have had one for a couple years, one of the sony with the sub/receiver type deal. I like it a lot but noticed you can't really find any with more than 1 hdmi in, mine having 3 in one out also optical in?

    What about bass flip

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