A great alternative to a full surround sound speaker system is a soundbar but how to choose a soundbar can be a haunting experience. No worries, we have you covered. A soundbar is an all in one speaker system designed to give a surround sound effect and works relatively well. Generally they are very wide which is helps spread the sound and adds to the surround sound effect. They are cheap, provide pretty good sound, certainly a vast upgrade from your built in TV speaker and are well designed as they are intended to sit in front of or on your TV. Models are available with standalone sub woofers, some with wireless subs and IR repeaters which send your TV remote controls signal behind the sound bar if it is placed in front of the TV’s infra-red receiver.
You can also get some with a built in Bluetooth so you can wirelessly connect it to your mobile and other devices in order to play music through it without any connections. The downside is that they can be difficult to place depending on how your room is set up but if you can they are extremely convenient with minimal cables. But, lets admit it for some rooms a soundbar is easy alternative compared to a a more advaced home theater system installation
Like any speaker system it can be difficult to gauge its quality while listening to it in a busy, open plan store. Our recommendation is to choose a few in your budget range based on manufacturer’s specifications and looks (it’s going to be front and centre after all) and then ask for a professional opinion from one of the experienced installers at Multimedia Tech. Don’t rely on only the manufactures or sales people’s hype.
Another option is to build your own system by getting a Marantz AV receiver and a passive soundbar. This can be better value option than buying an all in one package and tends to be easier to upgrade. Something which the all in one packages tend to make impossible and best of all at a very affordable price point.
Again your budget should be focussed on the speakers; a reasonable AV receiver will be more than adequate especially if it is bundled with a TV hanging by a local professional AV installation company in Houston, Texas. There are some hugely expensive units available with impressive sounding electronic innards but testing suggests the difference in sound quality is negligible with even experts struggling to tell the difference. Without top end speakers any difference there is will likely never be heard anyway.