Better sound, less space
August 20, 2013 1:56 PM Subscribe
Are TV sound bars a good solution?
posted by pdb to technology (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We have a surround-sound system that was cheap, sounds cheap, doesn't work reliably (it's almost 10 years old) and that we subsequently never use. We were thinking of replacing it but then as we talked about it, we realized we could easily live without surround sound, but we like good-quality sound.
Our TV is a Samsung plasma, about 7 years old and in great shape. My questions:
1. Would a sound bar be an upgrade from the TV sound, which is...fine I guess but a little flat and not very customizable?
2. What sorts of things should I be looking for in a sound bar?
3. How customizable is sound bar sound - do sound bars have their own EQ/adjustment software/processing or does it run through the TV's sound processing?
4. Obviously there are brand differences, but what are some of the better brands (looking for recommendations from your experience, not necessarily from a list of brands with 5-star Amazon reviews)?