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Old 2010-12-13, 10:04 AM
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Default Sound Bar Vs traditional home theatre

I'm in the market for a surround sound system and i've been seeing sound bar's vs the traditional home theatre system

How good are sound bar's?

do they compare to traditional home theatre systems?

wanted some feedback from someone who has a sound bar

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Old 2010-12-13, 10:48 AM
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Hey there,
I went through a similar debate while looking at home audio solutions without going for a whole traditional home theatre system.

No sound bar out there will replicate a traditional home theatre system, there just isn't enough oomph in it to do so. Sound bars are good, especially in an enclosed smaller room, but for a larger open space, they aren't as ideal as they replicate surround sound.

In my great room, I didn't want speakers all over the place so I was looking at sound bars or smaller system...

I bought a Sony HT-CT100 and tried it out for about a week before I returned it. I have the Bose Cinemate II and I prefer the Bose to the Sony soundbar.
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Old 2010-12-13, 11:20 PM
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I'm in the market for a surround sound system and i've been seeing sound bar's vs the traditional home theatre system

How good are sound bar's?

do they compare to traditional home theatre systems?

wanted some feedback from someone who has a sound bar

thanks
Is your TV on a stand right now?

If so, you should be aware that most sound bars are about 6" high. If you place the sound bar in front of your TV on the same stand, the sound bar may block the lower part of your TV.
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I've done a few sound bar setups. Much of it comes down to the shape of the room.
The surround channels are bounced off walls in order to provide you will the effect. If there is no wall on one side, then you lose out on the sound from that side.
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Old 2010-12-14, 09:56 AM
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my tv is mounted on the wall right now, so it shouldn't be an issue with where to put the sound bar.

as for the design of the room, it's rectangular, but the one wall is where the kitchen is and it's only a half wall where the kitchen sink is, so maybe you're right greg, could be an issue with sound from that side.

I think i'll just go into some stores and check out the two options and hear for myself what they sound like.

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It looks like your new to this. There are so many options available out there to balance aesthetics, sound quality and budget. Without going through all of them I will suggest 2 options - 2.1 or 3.1 system using slimmer profile wall mount speakers and a good quality subwoofer. A 2.1 is essentially a left and right speaker plus sub. A 3.1 is like a 2.1 plus a center channel speaker where most of the dialogue come from. If you have a budget in mind I may be able to provide you more specific suggestions.
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