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Is a SOUND BAR Right for Your Home Theater Aspirations?


The sound bar – a thin speaker located near or in front of a TV to generate high fidelity sound – might just be the perfect compromise between the less-than-impressive audio systems that come with your television and a full-blown surround sound system. When shopping for a sound bar, keep these four things in mind.

1. You need to know what you want.

First of all, do you want one or not? Isn’t the TV’s audio good enough? Not according to this review from Forbes: “As TVs have gotten thinner, there’s less and less space to fit the speaker drivers. With such limited real estate, the drivers are often tiny and weak. Worse, on most TVs the speakers either point down or away from you, further reducing sound quality.”

When it comes to sound bars, you have plenty of options. For example, some are mountable, while others are not. They come in a dazzling number of sizes and aesthetic constructions as well. Before you start shopping, get an idea of what size and style you want. If you need help, consult an expert in home theater services.

2. Understand the differences between active and passive sound bars.

Active variations tend to be easier to set up (for those who hate DIY complications), but passive sound bars tend to produce better sound through a separate surround sound amplifier, while active sound bars have everything built in, making a direct connection from the television to the sound bar possible.

3. A subwoofer may help.

A subwoofer makes the sound from your television deeper and stronger. Some sound bars come with subwoofers, while others do not. However, you can always purchase a subwoofer separately, but you will need either a sound bar that has a connection for a subwoofer or a surround sound receiver/amplifier with a subwoofer output.

4. Bluetooth connectivity is a plus.

Bluetooth connectivity isn’t a requirement, but it can be convenient. Bluetooth enabled sound bars and receivers enable you to connect devices like your smart phone or bluetooth enabled laptops or tablets to play music from your device through the speakers without the need for a wired connection. This way you can thumbs down the song that Pandora thought you would like without getting up and finding your device tethered to the speakers.

If you’re looking for a high-quality sound bar, you can’t go wrong with the Sonos Playbar. It provides stellar sound, WiFi connectivity and a host of other features. It is also compatible with most devices connected to your HDTV.

Need Help? Karbon Home Theaters Knows Surround Sound and Sound Bar Installation

The Karbon Home Theater team can help you analyze your options, whether you’re pampering an already well-appointed Bay Area beach-side condo, remodeling a home, or building from scratch. Please call or email us for assistance today. Karbon Consultants can be reached at (925) 798-7600, or contact us online to find out more.

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