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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Oct 16, 1:53 PM
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    Sound bars ?
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    Sound bars ? 17th Oct 16 at 1:53 PM
    i bought a 32" Sony TV back in the summer and I am quite happy with it , but the sound isn't that loud. The chap in the shop said I would probably need a 'sound bar' and tried to sell me one at £180 odd bearing in mind that the TV was £290 that seemed a bit excessive . I know very little about these things so would appreciate any ideas about how much I should have to pay for one of these I live in a fairly small cottage and my sitting room is about 12x14 so basically I just want to be able to perhaps have it a little bit louder than I get at the moment.The salesman said if I turn it up too much I will 'blow' the TVs existing speakers Any advice chums would be welcome
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    • elona
    • By elona 17th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
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    JackieO

    I find I have to keep turning up the volume on the tv as do my dds when they visit but find it difficult to believe that would blow the speakers as surely that would make the tv unfit for purpose and dangerous?

    I have been turning up the volume on my set for over five years now so maybe should keep my fingers crossed.

    Hope someone who knows can help.
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    • jbainbridge
    • By jbainbridge 17th Oct 16, 2:31 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 2:31 PM
    You won't blow the speakers. If you find the sound from the TV adequate just carry on!

    However a soundbar is likely to give you a better quality / louder sound ... you just have to pay for it. Richer Sounds have a Sony soundbar for £109.
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Oct 16, 2:33 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 2:33 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 2:33 PM
    Just bought my parents the Panasonic sc- htb8, great 80w bar perfect for your needs, they love it

    Currys have it for £59 I did see it on clearance in Asda but didn't check the price
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Oct 16, 3:34 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:34 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:34 PM
    Just bought my parents the Panasonic sc- htb8, great 80w bar perfect for your needs, they love it

    Currys have it for £59 I did see it on clearance in Asda but didn't check the price
    Originally posted by photome
    Will that be compatible with the Sony TV (I told you I am a dimwit when it comes to anything electrical )
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 17th Oct 16, 3:46 PM
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    Will that be compatible with the Sony TV (I told you I am a dimwit when it comes to anything electrical )
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Yes, absolutely.
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 17th Oct 16, 3:47 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:47 PM
    I have Sony TVs and Panasonic sound bar, they work fine together. It's just another piece of equipment you fix into sockets so any brand should do it, like any DVD player does for any tv.
    • googler
    • By googler 17th Oct 16, 3:57 PM
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    Do you have a HiFi or music system in the same room as the TV?
    • darrellburns347
    • By darrellburns347 17th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
    I have an LG one and well worth it. £30 down from £90 last Christmas (boxing day) at Asda
    • bellaboo86
    • By bellaboo86 17th Oct 16, 5:40 PM
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    My other half insisted we have one. Can't honestly say that I can tell the difference.
    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 17th Oct 16, 6:48 PM
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    I can definitely tell the difference on my LG TV with the Panasonic soundbar I have, and it was under £60 from Argos. You might need to buy a lead to connect the soundbar but that's it. You'll end up with another remote though!
    • Bollotom
    • By Bollotom 17th Oct 16, 8:03 PM
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    On my TV audio settings I clicked on external device instead of speakers/headphones and it boomed out.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 18th Oct 16, 7:52 AM
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    Do you have a HiFi or music system in the same room as the TV?
    Originally posted by googler
    No my wireless is in the kitchen and I don't have any sort of music system at all
    Thanks everyone for your help
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    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 18th Oct 16, 9:34 AM
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    Are you increasing the volume to compensate for poor sound quality?. Most modern TVs have options for pre set sound settings. Movies, speech etc. Try adjusting these before buying a sound bar.

    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 18th Oct 16, 10:47 AM
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    Do you just want it to get louder? Do you want something with good sound quality?

    There are cheap soundbar which make TV louder.
    You probably need to spend a bit more if you after something with sound quality...
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 18th Oct 16, 3:59 PM
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    Just need to make it a little louder, as at the moment I have the subtitles on ,more so in the evening so I don't disturb my neighbours, I am a little deaf in one ear and if the music soundtrack is on I find it difficult to hear the dialogue
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    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 18th Oct 16, 4:04 PM
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    Are you watching on your own? You might find this a better idea > https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Wireless-Radio-Frequency-Headphones/dp/B00JF3G0R0
    • WobblyDog
    • By WobblyDog 18th Oct 16, 5:35 PM
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    I bought a £90 Sony soundbar a few years ago (a HTCT60.CEK I think) to go with my 32" Sony TV. It's just a bar and a small sub-woofer. The extra bass does improve the experience. I'm quite happy with it and don't feel I needed to spend more.
    • googler
    • By googler 18th Oct 16, 6:03 PM
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    Just need to make it a little louder, as at the moment I have the subtitles on ,more so in the evening so I don't disturb my neighbours, I am a little deaf in one ear and if the music soundtrack is on I find it difficult to hear the dialogue
    Originally posted by JackieO
    If the TV has audio out (what's the model?), run a cable to your viewing/listening position, and feed it into a headphone amplifier, along with a pair of headphones.
    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 18th Oct 16, 6:39 PM
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    Just bought my parents the Panasonic sc- htb8, great 80w bar perfect for your needs, they love it

    Currys have it for £59 I did see it on clearance in Asda but didn't check the price
    Originally posted by photome
    I have the same soundbar for our 32 inch Panasonic. It's nothing amazing but for the £50 it cost me at Sainsbury's it's good value and certainly helps in providing clearer and louder sound.

    I connected with the TV using an optical lead which I happened to have spare.

    The remote control is basic and quite small with a couple of surround sound options. It's quite small and easy to mislay.

    The soundbar itself is about the same width as the 32 inch tv. Quite a lot I looked at were much wider and wouldn't have fitted in the space available.

    Hope this helps.
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