Product recommendations

Well, I couldn’t find a topic like this, so I’m starting one.:woman_shrugging: As I go through my house and update things, I find that there are some things I just don’t know enough about to even start researching them. This month’s project - a sound bar.

Right now I have a big receiver and a crapload of bulky speakers. With a subwoofer. I think it’s 7.1. I have a projector and a Roku as well. Clearly the Roku plugs into the receiver and then the audio goes out the speakers and the video gets routed through the projector. All with wires. And I hate it.

I’m working on painting my interior and while I’m not quite to that portion of the main room, I figured I ought to start looking into soundbars. I’d like something wireless, maybe Bluetooth. Need to see what my projector supports. Pretty sure I can plug my Roku directly into my projector as input rather than route through a secondary receiver. What I do know is that I’m tired of eight million wires running through my living room and all these speakers on my floor.

I am capable of wall mounting pretty much anything.

Anyone know anything about these? Or any other recommendations? Thanks.:grin:

Conduit! If it makes sense with your layout, install conduit so you can run cable in-wall wherever it makes sense.

I wish. It’s a great big two story room. And also I plan to move in a year. My next house will definitely be in wall. But here I’m just working on putting lipstick on the pig. :grin:

Gotcha. You could still do Panduit if you want something that is removable but let’s you keep things looking nicer when running from a wall-mount TV to an entertainment stand. It can just be taped to the wall.

Ideally don’t run power and data in the same conduit or even parallel though.

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I don’t have a recommendation, but I hate the Boston soundbar that I bought. If I don’t listen to my music loud enough, it shuts off, the subwoofer never worked, and when I contacted the company (twice) they never contacted me back.

Klipsch is reasonably priced and tend to sound great. My 5.1 setup at home is all Klipsch speakers.

My brother pointed out my abundance of living room speakers recently over on Facebook… and he’s not wrong. I have 4 elderly speakers adjacent to the TV stand, and they’re never on. Our normal TV is loud enough that we just use that all the time, despite having an old but strong stereo attached.

I have considered using the speakers if we move and I have a dedicated office, but I’m holding on to a 90s set and some my dad got in the 70s that are probably nonfunctional due to age.

The TV build-in sound is good enough for me, especially so I don’t annoy the neighbors.

Try them out in the store, and don’t be afraid to crank them up to make sure they actually get loud. I was quite disappointed with the lack of volume from the sound bar I bought, but it was from Walmart and they didn’t have any demo models at all. If I ever buy another one, it will be at Best Buy or Fry’s so I can try a few and compare.
Also, I was dissatisfied with the HDMI ARC connection. (Audio Return Channel) There was a noticeable lag in the sound, so it was out of sync with the video. (It really bothered me, but the wife didn’t mind as much, I think because on some of the Spanish language channels, the audio is always out of sync.) So, I ended up not using that feature, and wished I had bought the slightly cheaper one that didn’t have it.
Between those two issues, if we’re watching a movie or anything that we want to hear louder that the TV speakers will go without sounding like crap (they’re truly horrible), I turn on the receiver with all the surround speakers.

I don’t recall seeing any decent sound bars that didn’t have a subwoofer, so you’re probably still going to have another box to put somewhere, but at least it can be tucked away out of view.

EDIT: My buddy has an LG and it is fantastic. As I recall, mine is a Philips, which I got so I could be sure it would talk to the Philips TV properly.