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Old 12-21-2012, 04:57 AM   #1
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I just recently purchased the Sony HT-CT60 soundbar and was wondering if other forum members have any opinions of this model or of other soundbars in general. I picked it up for my in-laws who just purchased their first HDTV, but aren't thrilled with the built-in speakers on the TV. They don't have any experience with sound systems (even HTIB) and aren't looking to break the bank. Will this be a decent enough upgrade for them sound wise or should I keep looking? I'm somewhat familiar with 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound set-ups and understand this unit is only 2.1 channels and only outputs 100 watts total. Another negative is the soundbar only includes optical audio and has no HDMI input/output. Obviously there is a big convenience factor with soundbars, but are they worth it? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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Most if not all HDTVs have optical out. This is for those people who use HD antennas and wish to have the sound sent to their receivers or in your case the sound bar.

In general sound bars do a lot for what they are and for what they are working with. That being said some are better than others.

What is your budget?

The reviews of that particular model are hit or miss and overall do not sway me to want to try it.

Once we have your budget, we can try to make some recommendations.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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What is your budget?

The reviews of that particular model are hit or miss and overall do not sway me to want to try it.

Once we have your budget, we can try to make some recommendations.
I appreciate the response onyxbfly. I found this Sony sound bar at Costco for $125, but they might be willing to spend $150, possibly $175. Obviously, that's not too much of a budget to work with, but are there any better options out there in this price range?
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:50 PM   #4
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Sorry for the delay. A few members here have Samsung HWE450 If you do not mind refurbished. It can be found here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Fcef4AodNysAtQ

They gave it rave reviews and it deff meets your price point!
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Hope you don't mind me piggy backing on your thread mpa, but does LG make a decent soundbar? My wife and I bought a Onkyo HTIB when we bought our 55" LG, but now we're thinking that might be better to set up in the family room once it is done instead. So we're thinking of switching our equipment to all LG if we can because of having multiple remotes and a 3 and half year old boy. Thoughts, or should I go with the Samsung(Which is what my BD player is) or Yamaha soundbar that Costco is selling? This is just for the living room set up and not looking to break the bank. Especially since the Vizio soundbar we bought for upstairs didn't and we like that one pretty well.
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Sorry for the delay. A few members here have Samsung HWE450 If you do not mind refurbished. It can be found here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Fcef4AodNysAtQ

They gave it rave reviews and it deff meets your price point!
Not a problem onyxbfly. I appreciate your feedback! That refurbished Samsung soundbar looks like a pretty good one at a really good price, but I ended up setting the Sony soundbar up for my in-laws a few days ago. It's sound quality certainly doesn't blow me away, but I think they will probably be happy with it. I might test it out some more in the next few days.
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Hope you don't mind me piggy backing on your thread mpa, but does LG make a decent soundbar? My wife and I bought a Onkyo HTIB when we bought our 55" LG, but now we're thinking that might be better to set up in the family room once it is done instead. So we're thinking of switching our equipment to all LG if we can because of having multiple remotes and a 3 and half year old boy. Thoughts, or should I go with the Samsung(Which is what my BD player is) or Yamaha soundbar that Costco is selling? This is just for the living room set up and not looking to break the bank. Especially since the Vizio soundbar we bought for upstairs didn't and we like that one pretty well.
I don't mind at all The Donster. I think the more everyone can help each other out here, the better. I don't know much about LG's soundbars, but I probably wouldn't buy one just to match brands. If you're concerned about too many remotes, I'd imagine you could always purchase a good universal remote to control everything. That Samsung soundbar looks nice, but I'm sure others here would be more helpful in pointing you in the right direction. Good luck!
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Not a problem onyxbfly. I appreciate your feedback! That refurbished Samsung soundbar looks like a pretty good one at a really good price, but I ended up setting the Sony soundbar up for my in-laws a few days ago. It's sound quality certainly doesn't blow me away, but I think they will probably be happy with it. I might test it out some more in the next few days.
Kewl most parents just really want to hear their TV they are not really into the HT experience. Think of it this way, if they wanted a HT they would have had one a long time ago! You did right by them.
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