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Old 08-23-2009, 08:23 AM   #1
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Some people tell me that Yamaha YSP er the best soundbars around.
Another swear by the Denon soundbar.

What's your opinions, for a first experience with a soundbar - I just want a soundbar that..ehm..sounds great, when I watch a BD. If it's relative cheap, thats an extra plus
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I don't have any first-hand experience with them, but did see the Yamaha one being used in my local HT shop, and it sounded alright. I may pick one up for the bedroom.
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I think the Polk SDA sound bar is the best sound bar I've ever heard, although I haven't had the chance to hear sound bars in the thousands range yet.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:16 PM   #4
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you also have to consider that these soundbars also rely heavily on the room environment to maximize its spatial effects. we can have great soundbars alike in the same room, but perform differently based on its placement, and how the room interacts with it.

i am tho partial towards yamaha soundbars, great product for the price and the performance.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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A real 5.1 or 7.1 setup is much preferred to a soundbar. However, they are very useful in a small bedroom, second room, or if you live in a very small rental place. I have a dedicated home theater room. However, I have a Zvox soundbar in our family room and I am very happy with it. I don't use it for home theater applications, but for casual TV programs, it is very convient and is much better than the speakers on the TV.

Yamaha YSP-4000 for $1,800 used to have the title for the best high end sound bar (they call it Sound Projector) and Zvox 425 for $600 had the title for the best budget sound bar. The Yamaha has 42 drivers.




If you are trying to save money, Zvox has several models. Check their website.
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A real 5.1 or 7.1 setup is much preferred to a soundbar. However, they are very useful in a small bedroom, second room, or if you live in a very small rental place. I have a dedicated home theater room. However, I have a Zvox soundbar in our family room and I am very happy with it. I don't use it for home theater applications, but for casual TV programs, it is very convient and is much better than the speakers on the TV.

Yamaha YSP-4000 for $1,800 used to have the title for the best high end sound bar (they call it Sound Projector) and Zvox 425 for $600 had the title for the best budget sound bar. The Yamaha has 42 drivers.




If you are trying to save money, Zvox has several models. Check their website.
Big Daddy those sound bars already powerd? or do you still need a reciever for them? kinda looking in to it want one in my bedroom need 1 that has its own power so i wount have to buy a receiver and wont take more space...
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:19 PM   #7
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Big Daddy those sound bars already powerd? or do you still need a reciever for them? kinda looking in to it want one in my bedroom need 1 that has its own power so i wount have to buy a receiver and wont take more space...
I believe most sound bars are powered. Mine is powered and is directly connected to the TV without any receivers.
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most if not all soundbars are powered already, and if ever would have the standard issue connections available, (toslink, coax, hdmi at times) thus not needing a AVR in the process.

as much as id adhere to a standard 5.1 setup, soundbars do what their supposed to do, providing a substantial upgrade to a regular television speaker setup.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:33 AM   #9
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most if not all soundbars are powered already, and if ever would have the standard issue connections available, (toslink, coax, hdmi at times) thus not needing a AVR in the process.

as much as id adhere to a standard 5.1 setup, soundbars do what their supposed to do, providing a substantial upgrade to a regular television speaker setup.
Not all are powered. My deftech ssa-50 5.0 speaker bar isn't. I'm powering it with my pioneer elite sc-05. This speaker bar puts outs incredible sound and retails for $1100. I'll be adding real surrounds and a sub soon for 7.1 in my bedroom. I would go with something that isn't powered by itself and allows for real surrounds and a sub of your choice. If you want it powered by itself...I'd go with the speaker bars that try to 'simulate' surround sound. Polk...Deftech...higher end Yamahas are the only soundbars I've heard and can vouch for.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:56 PM   #10
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as ive said earlier, 'most if not all'...

might as well quoted BD on that note also since he pointed that out too sean.

thanks for clarifying that.
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as ive said earlier, 'most if not all'...

might as well quoted BD on that note also since he pointed that out too sean.

thanks for clarifying that.
Just saying....not mocking. No offense taken. Sometimes I tend to repeat things when i just skim thru stuff.
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Just saying....not mocking. No offense taken. Sometimes I tend to repeat things when i just skim thru stuff.
i wasnt apologizing.
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i wasnt apologizing.
I meant to say I hope you took no offense. Just throwing in my 2 cents...no need to get critical.
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then you meant 'to no offense' and not 'no offense taken'.

now thats being critical.

moving forward at this point.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:46 AM   #15
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Some people tell me that Yamaha YSP er the best soundbars around.
Another swear by the Denon soundbar.

What's your opinions, for a first experience with a soundbar - I just want a soundbar that..ehm..sounds great, when I watch a BD. If it's relative cheap, thats an extra plus
Up to this minute, I have to admit that the only soundbar that "works" as closely as advertised is the Yamaha YSP series. Anything else is just a waste of money.

Maybe sometime in the future another company can come up with something better, but Yamaha is still the king of soundbars.

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its also a matter of physics. as much as sony is trying to create 'decent' soundbars (im being kind when i say that), physics simply cannot allow them to produce that good amount of sound from them. sure it can be 'loud' but is it good enough to listen to? in regards to soundbars, i like the fact that most yamahas can definitely produce some very good midrange from their compact speakers, and most of them at a various 4-almost 5 inch woofer if ever. this is also why vox can do so well due to their quality components, and well, like oppo, this is 'their' business so to speak. you want to sell a specific product, you better be pretty damn good at making one.
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Here is a good video on how the SDA technology and the Polk Audio IHT SDA soundbar works. It does not rely at all on the room boundaries for quality sound production. The effect is very similar to my SDA speakers...
My recommended setup for Home Theater Virgins:

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Here is a good video on how the SDA technology and the Polk Audio IHT SDA soundbar works. It does not rely at all on the room boundaries for quality sound production. The effect is very similar to my SDA speakers...
I've listened to the Polk system. It's nowhere near as good as the Yamaha YSP system.
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i like the mirage L/C/R (i know not the same thing, but still)

http://s7d1.scene7.com/is/image/vann...1?$large_item$

it needs to be powered though, you can get it for $750 at vanns etc, MSRP is double that



wow Jomari sounds like ye need a chill pill

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i like the mirage L/C/R (i know not the same thing, but still)

http://s7d1.scene7.com/is/image/vann...1?$large_item$

it needs to be powered though, you can get it for $750 at vanns etc, MSRP is double that



wow Jomari sounds like ye need a chill pill
+1....the mirage l/c/r looks sweet. I gave that a look when I was ordering Mirage speakers for my living room.
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