You just bought a nice big flat screen TV, connected your blu-ray player to it and played the long awaited movie you have been wanting to watch since last Father’s Day. 10 minutes into the movie and you realize that something is missing. The movie has no impact because the sound coming out of the TV’s tiny speakers are not all that great. You do some research and find that you need a home theater receiver and speakers that will set up back another few grands. Plus all the cabling that will mess up your place.
Fret not. You now have a better option. Enter the Soundbar.
What is A Sound Bar?
Well, a Sound Bar is a product that sits neatly beneath your flat screen TV which comes with built-in speakers and some with bass units that will replicate a the sound of a home theater in your living room without messy cabling. Some come with wireless options like the Sonos Playbar that makes your job even easier.
Granted, the soundbar is not going to match a well setup full blown home theater setup. But if you just want decent sound less the headache of setting up a home theater system this is the way to go.
Types of Sound Bars
Most Sound Bars are self powered and are designed to be used as a stand-alone audio system. This makes them very convenient as you can simply connect the audio outputs of your TV to the Sound Bar.
There are some that are Non-Powered (Passive), meaning they need to be connected to an amplifier or home theater receiver.
Another type of product produced by Yamaha, one of the pioneers in this technology, is the Digital Sound Projector. It uses a set of small speakers that can be assigned to various channels and project sound to different parts of the room to create a virtual surround sound.
So, regardless of the type of sound bar you use, they all have two points in common – Convenience and ease of use. And compared to a full home theater setup, they are more cost effective too.
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