Sound bar advice

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  1. efiste2

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    Just bought a new LED 40" TV, and as with all these slimmer models, the sound isnt as good as my old unit, So im looking at a sound bar, the new TV is a SONY, so ill be looking for a SONY sound bar.
    Some units I have browsed over are wireless, my question for you learned chaps is does the wireless function hamper sound quality or cause any AV delay.
    Im not looking for super HIFI quality, just a good sound from my TV.

    Any advice is most appreciated....
     
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    I wouldn't bother with wireless. For heaven's sake, the soundbar is going to be right under the TV, so why not plug it in? :LOL:

    One word of advice from my personal experience: get one with a subwoofer. Mine really shakes the room if I turn it up!
     
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    Subwoofer is a must, in my opinion, otherwise your defeating the object in a way.

    Thanks for the advice, wired it is ;)
     
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    Most of the soundbars with a a wireless feature, it's for the sub connection only. The AV world seems to have whipped up a bit of a storm about sub cables and cured a problem that really didn't exist. But here we are now, in the world of wireless subs.

    Basic (cheap) wireless does have a signal quality penalty. But in order to hear it you'd need better quality electronics and a better sub than is supplied with most soundbars and all-in-one home cinema kits. It also helps that the wireless TX/RX system is only dealing with a fairly narrow frequency range (200Hz to approx 400Hz) rather than the 20-20K full audio spectrum.

    If there are soundbars that are completely wireless (except for the power cable, of course) then they'll be at very much the upper end of the price spectrum. LG had a wireless media link for their Plasma TVs a few years ago. There was a connection/switching box about the size of a DVD player for all the HDMI and AV connections. Then the TV monitor had a wireless receiver. The range was limited to a few feet, but it did work okay for Blu-ray. The catch was the timing delay and the cost. It put a chunk extra on to the price of an equivalent TV and it was hopeless for gaming.

    Most soundbars are driven from the signals from a TV, so there's not much advantage going wireless for a product that will be a few inches from a TV.
     
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    Unless of course the 'wireless' bit refers to allowing a bluetooth connection in order to play music etc from a phone/tablet without a cable.

    Not hi-fi sound of course, but quite useful to free up a lot of space when high quality audio is not the premium concern.
     
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    Well, he specifically asked about "AV delay", and since AV is the accepted acronym for Audio Visual, and there's no "visual" with a Bluetooth music link, then I took him at his word that he meant a wireless picture & sound link rather than simply a Bluetooth audio link.

    But yes, wireless could mean all sorts of things.
     
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