- 2 Post By nocturn
January 31st, 2014, 01:28 PM #1
Soundbar for TV help
My stereo/surround sound is completely outdated. It's not an actual surround sound system more a nice (back in the day) receiver with the 5 speakers and a sub woofer. It worked pretty good until last year when we upgraded our TV to an Aquas and things changed. With the stereo on, the audio is about half a second off which doesn't really matter during a game but a major distraction when they show people talking, or a half time show. I have wanted to get a full blown surround system but the funds just aren't there. Are sound bars a viable alternative? We are having a party on Sunday and was thinking about getting one to tide me over until I can get the full system. Any thoughts or suggestions?
January 31st, 2014, 01:58 PM #2
A soundbar is not as good as a decent surround system, or even close. Since you already have a surround system, I'd look at fixing your problem with the audio lag. Are you connected to the TV via HDMI? From what, the cable/satellite box? The HDMI can cause that problem and the solution may be as simple as just hooking up the TV to your box via component cables. Modern TV's will also usually have a setting to make an adjustment to compensate for the lag. How are you connecting to the receiver from the cable box?
Originally Posted by kingkrazy
January 31st, 2014, 02:19 PM #3
Thanks for the response. To be honest with you I'd have to be home to verify it because when we got the TV the Geek Squad installed it and hooked everything up. I looked once when I hooked up my apple TV and I think the TV goes directly into the satellite receiver. I could be wrong though. I think I tried to connect the TV directly to the Receiver when I got the apple TV because when that is on I can't get the sound from anything on that to go through the stereo. That didn't work. HDMI isn't an option with my receiver as it is that old.
February 3rd, 2014, 08:01 AM #4
Funny you should post this. I just recently took apart a 5 year old Sony Dream Home Theater System and sold it on CL for $150. It was a 5.1 and the head unit was a a 5 disc DVD player. I opted for the Sony HTCT260 Soundbar w/sub and its FANTASTIC!
Amazon.com: Sony HTCT260H Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer: Electronics
Of course youre not going to get true surround quality but its MUCH better than the stock TV speakers and you can adjust the lag thru it. The wireless sub is awesome! I put it in the Ottoman and it still hits hard.
Check it out if you do go the SB route. The middle grade systems have come a long way over the past couple years.
Last edited by nocturn; February 3rd, 2014 at 08:06 AM.