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Old 03-24-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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Hi all:

I am trying to add quality sound to my TV set up. Since I am in an apartment, I do not care about thundering bass which would disturb my neighbors. But, as you know, built in tv speakers are not good. So, can you recommend some options to bring real sound to my TV? I currently have old 40" Sony Bravia and Sony Blu Ray player...but, I need much better sound. Does this mean buying an amplifier and 2 speakers? As for budget, under $500 would be good.

Thanks..

beans and rice bob
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I recommend a soundbar. For a small space it is ideal You can get one with or without a subwoofer and they start for way less than $500.

Sound Bars
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...65%20600030012

Pre-packaged HT systems
https://www.newegg.com/Home-Theater-...ategory/ID-501
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:58 PM
 
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I recommend a soundbar. For a small space it is ideal You can get one with or without a subwoofer and they start for way less than $500.

Sound Bars
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...65%20600030012

Pre-packaged HT systems
https://www.newegg.com/Home-Theater-...ategory/ID-501
Agree on the soundbar for his needs. I wouldn't spend over $200.
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Here is my recommendation based on having a smallish room and not needing thunderous low bass and your budget:

Airmotiv 5s

Powered speakers so you don't need any additional amplification. Active crossovers and AMT tweeters for very accurate sound. And the bass is extremely tight. These sound fantastic. Clearly superior to a soundbar unless you spend a lot of money on some sort of high-end soundbar, and since they're separate you can position them for optimal stereo placement and a wide audio image.

You would need a preamp of some sort to control the volume, or RCA outs from the TV that let you control volume would work too.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I bought a Sony Sound bar and sub woofer for about $150 just after Christmas. Sounds great, plenty of sound, and enough bass to make things interesting. You can always turn the volume of the subwoofer down and you can turn the subwoofer completely off if you're doing any very late night TV watching.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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I use one of these in my master bedroom.

Sounds great. It's basically a soundbar on steroids.

Only needs one cable (included) to work, and it's already preprogrammed to work with your existing remote. And it turns itself on and off.

ZVOX Audio SOUNDBASE.570 | ZVOX Audio
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:47 AM
 
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i use one of these in my master bedroom.

Sounds great. It's basically a soundbar on steroids.

Only needs one cable (included) to work, and it's already preprogrammed to work with your existing remote. And it turns itself on and off.

zvox audio soundbase.570 | zvox audio
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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I went for a soundbar recently and was introduced to the wonderful world of audio delay. Basically, if your tv doesn't have some type of audio sync setting, you're going to notice the dialogue being out of sync with the picture. I returned mine about a week later and went back to relying on the tv's internal speakers.

The safest bet would be a pair of powered speakers, like these:

A5+ Powered Speakers
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Old 04-30-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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Cheaper solution: You could get a good set of amplified computer speakers and just plug them into the headphone jack of the TV. Assuming your TV has a headphone jack (I think most do).
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