Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

responsive

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

Sound Bar Wiki1.0 What is a Sound Bar? 2.0 What Does a Sound Bar Do? 1.0 What is a Sound Bar? • A sound bar is a relatively new audio/video component designed to be an all-in-one speaker system that compliments the audio needs of today’s flat HDTVs. Sound bars are normally placed below or directly in front of an HDTV. They are also frequently mounted on a wall, often using included mounting hardware.• A sound bar can include three speakers (left, center and right), a built-in receiver complete with surround sound and DSP features. Sometimes sound bars come complete with a DVD player installed in the chassis.2.0 What Does a Sound Bar Do? • Sound bars can reproduce relatively convincing discrete or matrixed surround sound for both music and movies.• Sound bars often use DSP (digital signal processing) to add the sonic effect of surround from just three speakers.• It’s not uncommon for sound bars to be connected to a subwoofer to add low-frequency performance to a modest home theater system.• Some users install rear and/or side channel speakers to allow for discrete surround sound.• Many full-feature sound bars include many or all of the functionalities of an AV receiver, including HDMI switching, signal processing, satellite radio and terrestrial radio receivers.

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

Buying separate home theater components can be time consuming and expensive, and connecting them can be a challenge—that’s why sound bar speakers are becoming an increasingly popular option. If you’re looking for information about sound bar speakers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ sound bar reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and sound bar reviews to help you choose the best ones for your needs.

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

responsive

Ratings & recommended sound bars Sound bars With their relatively simple set-up and all-inclusive designs, home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems have a lot to recommend them. There are three types of HTIB systems in our latest Ratings: those without a built-in disc player, those that have an integrated Blu-ray player, and soundbars. Most HTIBs are now 5.1- or 7.1-channel systems equipped with either five or seven sonically matched speakers, plus a subwoofer (some powered and/or wireless). As an added convenience, some models include–or have an option for adding–wireless rear speaker amplifiers, and many have iPod docks that let you play songs or videos through your entertainment system. In addition, some models with an integrated Blu-ray player can access online content, including streaming movies from services offered by Amazon, Blockbuster, Netflix, or Vudu. 3D-enabled HTIBs either contain receivers that can pass through 3D signals to a TV, or include a built-in 3D-capable Blu-ray player. Many models include an auto-calibration feature that can automatically set appropriate speaker volume levels. For Blu-ray models, high-definition 1080p picture quality was uniformly excellent when playing Blu-ray discs. Sound quality was a big differentiator among systems, as the scores show. Systems with good or even fair sound might satisfy less critical listeners, while models with very good or excellent sound are recommended for more critical listeners, especially with music. The Ratings also include “soundbar” systems that you can connect directly to your TV without using a receiver, allowing for an even easier audio upgrade. The speakers housed within the soundbar generally provide stereo sound–some can decode Dolby Digital multichannel audio–and most of the tested models have an external powered subwoofer, often wireless, that handles the bass. Some models use electronic techniques to simulate surround sound, with varying degrees of success, but none come close to the real deal. The Ratings list models by overall performance. Recommended sound bars Sound bar Ratings

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

Sound bars With their relatively simple set-up and all-inclusive designs, home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems have a lot to recommend them. There are three types of HTIB systems in our latest Ratings: those without a built-in disc player, those that have an integrated Blu-ray player, and soundbars. Most HTIBs are now 5.1- or 7.1-channel systems equipped with either five or seven sonically matched speakers, plus a subwoofer (some powered and/or wireless). As an added convenience, some models include–or have an option for adding–wireless rear speaker amplifiers, and many have iPod docks that let you play songs or videos through your entertainment system. In addition, some models with an integrated Blu-ray player can access online content, including streaming movies from services offered by Amazon, Blockbuster, Netflix, or Vudu. 3D-enabled HTIBs either contain receivers that can pass through 3D signals to a TV, or include a built-in 3D-capable Blu-ray player. Many models include an auto-calibration feature that can automatically set appropriate speaker volume levels. For Blu-ray models, high-definition 1080p picture quality was uniformly excellent when playing Blu-ray discs. Sound quality was a big differentiator among systems, as the scores show. Systems with good or even fair sound might satisfy less critical listeners, while models with very good or excellent sound are recommended for more critical listeners, especially with music. The Ratings also include “soundbar” systems that you can connect directly to your TV without using a receiver, allowing for an even easier audio upgrade. The speakers housed within the soundbar generally provide stereo sound–some can decode Dolby Digital multichannel audio–and most of the tested models have an external powered subwoofer, often wireless, that handles the bass. Some models use electronic techniques to simulate surround sound, with varying degrees of success, but none come close to the real deal. The Ratings list models by overall performance. Recommended sound bars Sound bar Ratings

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

This 5.8-pound machine can fill any room with 95 decibels of quality audio, with the help of its DTS TruSurround and DTS TruVolume technologies. The DTS TruSurround is in charge of delivering realistic surround sound, while the DTS TruVolume keeps your ears safe by keeping the volume at a comfortable level. The distortion of this sound bar is kept at less than 1 percent, so that you can enjoy every sound as if you were listening to the actual source.One of the best features of the 2014 Model of this VIZIO sound bar is its Bluetooth capabilities. This allows you to stream music wirelessly through any gadget that can use Bluetooth, even while lying down on your couch. It is also easy to use. Simply plug the sound bar to your TV and enjoy countless hours of amazing sounds. With VIZIO’s sound bar, your definition of quality home entertainment will change forever for a price that I am even ashamed to announce!

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

The soundbars are booming for the last five years. There is a good reason behind this fact – they are just cool. A cost effective solution for everyone with a decent TV who wants to enjoy better sound output but is not into wiring a bajillion speakers around the whole room.Thanks to the advancement of the technologies we are getting better and better models with every new year. Unlike speakers for example, the difference between the quality offered by a soundbar now and five years ago is huge.We believe that the best possible way to help someone find the perfect gear for his home is to divide the products that he can choose from in price  brackets. This seems to be the fastest way to get you to the soundbar that will be “perfect” for you. If there is one thing that we can guarantee to you, it is that you will never end up buying a bad speaker that was recommended in this site. We just do not do this type of reviews. If it is here, it is more than worth it. Buy and enjoy it!Below you will find some great soundbars that we recommend, each one of them is considered to be one of the best picks in its corresponding price bracket. If for some reason you are not satisfied with what we show you here you can check the reviews of similarly priced sound systems, both bookshelf speakers or soundbars. For a more sophisticated sound requirements check out the best studio monitors chart.We do understand that there are a lot of enthusiasts who want to buy a new sound systems for their home but do not have enough knowledge on the subject, that is why we wrote a very detailed guide on the “buying a sound bar” topic.The Best Soundbar Under $1000 (click for the full list with reviews):

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

Recommended sound bars Recommended sound bars are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you. Recommended sound bars Sound bar buying guide To find the sound bar that is right for you, read our expert advice on which features to consider and how to find the best value. Get started Buying guide video Buy sound bars Why shop here? In addition to finding Ratings for the latest models, you can now shop online using an ad-free interface where you can buy sound bars in a safe-shopping environment. Learn more about our Price & Shop program See our retailer ratings Recommended Buying Guide Price & Shop

Home Theater Sound Bar Reviews

responsive