As TV’s become slimmer and more streamlined, there’s less space available in the TV for speakers to produce rich, defined sound. Some TV manufacturers have even chosen to sacrifice the space speakers consume for a more slimline appearance. While the sound produced by new HD TV’s may sound good when compared with past TV models, there’s little doubt that there’s definite room for improvement when it comes to the sound quality offered from recent TV models.
But for people who don’t want the cost of wiring, installing and mounting 5 or 7 separate surround sound speakers around the room, there is a fantastic alternative known as a sound bar.
Essentially a horizontal ‘bar’ of individual speakers encased in one slim speaker system to fit neatly between your TV screen and its stand, sound bars have become increasingly popular in recent years. But with so many different models, features and price points to consider what should you look for? In this guide we explain what to look for to ensure you get the best sound bar for your needs and budget.
There are some features that we recommend you strongly consider when selecting a sound bar
It’s also important to measure the space underneath your TV screen and the area available in front of your TV. While most come in similar dimensions, there’s nothing worse than finding your new sound bar doesn’t quite fit neatly underneath the television like it should.
Surround sound is only truly achieved when speakers are placed surrounding the room, which is not how a single sound bar unit operates. While many models offer a surround sound feature which can create a wider scope of sound, people buying on the hope to achieve complete surround sound solution alone with a sound bar are likely to be disappointed.
We specialise in complete home theatre solutions here at Universal Home Theatre and for a complete home theatre solution for a special media room or home theatre room, we ALWAYS recommend installing and mounting surround sound speakers over sound bars.
With sound bars and speaker systems like most things you can expect to get what you pay for. You can pick up sound bars as cheaply as a couple of hundred dollars but they are unlikely to have the same quality sound or features to get the most from the technology. Most mid-range systems from acclaimed brands like Yamaha and Samsung start from around 599.00 dollar price point with a good range of the features discussed above. There are larger systems with even more features but for many people these might hardly necessary and may even be bulkier than they want they are ideally looking for. We are currently offering many specials for sound bars through Universal Home Theatre so be sure to check them out here.