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Old 07-01-2019, 10:16 AM   #1
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At the minute I'm using my TV for sound and as you can imagine it's far from ideal. Next year I am planning to upgrade to a more robust sound system for but till then I'm looking for any recommendations for a budget soundbar to tide me over till then.

Looking to spend up to 120 but I'd be happy to spend less on a decent soundbar so any recommendations would be great.
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:07 PM   #2
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Stick with the TV speakers until you are ready for something better. If you are after quality, then your budget makes it largely a waste of time.
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What OddBox said....

BUT! If you absolutely cannot stand your TV speakers a minute longer....

If it's available in your region, the Yamaha 108 is a great bang for the buck (or the 107 if you can find it, as it might be even cheaper).

I have the 107 for my bedroom set, and it doesn't come with a stand alone subwoofer (but has the option to add one later), or super fancy bells and whistles, it does surround fairly well. And more than a few times, the DTS Virtual X actually impressed me. Not in the same way a super expensive set up would, but, still in the "wow, that actually sounded like it was coming from my left/right/behind me" sense. And the overall sound quality is pretty great for being a budget/entry soundbar. I hear Vizio's entry level is also a good choice if you are just looking for a cheap improvement to the TV speakers.
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120 though... That rules out the Yamahas at current UK prices I can see online.

For the 120 limit, the Polk Signa Solo might be one of the safest bets. It's a basic model but I've read good things about Polk. If you could stretch to a Polk Signa S1, all the better but it's still what I personally would consider basic.

Avoid the usual supermarket fodder. I spent an unfortunate hour with a Bush bar once. The TV speakers had more range.

Good sound doesn't come cheap. You might think a 120 budget is fairly generous for entry level, but the reality is you could break that budget on a single "budget" subwoofer.

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Old 07-01-2019, 06:24 PM   #5
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I know that 120 is very much on the low side, I'm planning on spending upwards of 1000 on a proper setup next year and then adding extra bits and pieces to it. For the moment I just want something basic and decent as the sound on my Samsung 4K is grand but I'd like something a little more robust to tide me over.
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any model by zvox
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:33 AM   #7
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Check out Sony HT-SF150. It has a decent sound according to some reviews online.
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Have you tried changing the equalizer setting on TV, if it has that option?
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From what I've read the Q Acoustics M3 isn't much over your budget and very good.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:03 AM   #11
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What about Vizio SB362An-F6, it's close to or at 120
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i got an lg soundbar in my guest bedroom 300 watts that's good also Samsung has a decent one for bout 179
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