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Thinking of upgrading my sound bar as my father wants one so considering selling him mine and buying a different one. My TV is the 50" Polaroid that has been posted here multiple times. It has 2xHD… Read More
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Thinking of upgrading my sound bar as my father wants one so considering selling him mine and buying a different one.

My TV is the 50" Polaroid that has been posted here multiple times. It has 2xHDMI which are taken up by my Sky and Chromecast and 1 Headphone slot I currently have my sound bar connected via.

My current sound bar is:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodmans-GDSB04BT50-Speaker-Theatre-System/dp/B00DY4KO8W/

It sounds OK but nothing spectacular but at that price I wasn't expecting it to. At high volumes the sound distorts fairly obviously.

With the limited connections on the TV the only way I can connect a sound bar is via the Headphone connection on my TV with the 2 HDMI sockets being taken I assume. Or am I assuming wrong?

I was looking at these:

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/sound-bar/lg-nb2540-sound-bar/22177938-a.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maxell-MXSB-Digital-SoundBase-Speaker/dp/B00ALYO5H4

http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-14104-roth-subzero-ii-soundbar-with-bluetooth.aspx

I am looking for sound quality and clarity for music and movies. Will any of these provide a noticeable upgrade?

Bluetooth isn't really anything I am too bothered about as I generally stream music via my chromecast so it isn't a necessity.
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
harmon kardon soundsticks work on headphone jack i think and they will make any sound bar sound rubbish. if its clarity you want, forget soundbars imo.
#2
I have seen them and heard good things about them but didn't think of them for my TV. Not sure they'd go with the decor though and trying to keep cabling to a minimum as well. Won't their be a lot of cables with a set of 2.1's?
#3
I highly recommend the Maxell amazing bit of kit for the price. Great for games, films and music. Multi EQ for the types of sound material (films, music) mine has fully burnt in now can't fault it.
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BarmyBulldog
I highly recommend the Maxell amazing bit of kit for the price. Great for games, films and music. Multi EQ for the types of sound material (films, music) mine has fully burnt in now can't fault it.

Can I connect via headphone out on my TV? Is sound quality via HDMI much better and am I missing a trick and can connect 3 devices to 2 HDMI slots? Only 2 will ever be in use at once (soundbar + sky/chromecast).
#5
selling your father that goodmans soundbar even i aint that tight :)
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BarmyBulldog
I highly recommend the Maxell amazing bit of kit for the price. Great for games, films and music. Multi EQ for the types of sound material (films, music) mine has fully burnt in now can't fault it.

Can I connect via headphone out on my TV? Is sound quality via HDMI much better and am I missing a trick and can connect 3 devices to 2 HDMI slots? Only 2 will ever be in use at once (soundbar + sky/chromecast).

Digital will always be better output. Does your tv support ARC? IF so it will route sound to your other devices, if not how about a hdmi switch to extend your options. It has a headphone socket I believe if not you could always get a TOSLINK/digital optical to 3.5mm lead if you wanted
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BarmyBulldog
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BarmyBulldog
I highly recommend the Maxell amazing bit of kit for the price. Great for games, films and music. Multi EQ for the types of sound material (films, music) mine has fully burnt in now can't fault it.

Can I connect via headphone out on my TV? Is sound quality via HDMI much better and am I missing a trick and can connect 3 devices to 2 HDMI slots? Only 2 will ever be in use at once (soundbar + sky/chromecast).

Digital will always be better output. Does your tv support ARC? IF so it will route sound to your other devices, if not how about a hdmi switch to extend your options. It has a headphone socket I believe if not you could always get a TOSLINK/digital optical to 3.5mm lead if you wanted

TV doesn't support ARC.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-6ft-Toslink-to-3-5mm-Mini-Plug-Digital-Optical-SPDIF-Audio-Fiber-Cable-Adapter-/400763868233?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item5d4f635449

Would a 3.5mm to Digital output cable like that give the same quality as if connected via HDMI? I would prefer not to have any more cables and remotes that would arise from a HDMI switch.
#8
I wouldn't say it would give the same quality but it shouldn't be bad. I know there are auto hdmi switches which automatically cross over when power is detected to that device. Whats your tv model? I'll have a look into options. Easy one though, does your tv have toslink/digital optical? That's how I run it no matter what source is playing still plays all sound to the soundbase
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BarmyBulldog
I wouldn't say it would give the same quality but it shouldn't be bad. I know there are auto hdmi switches which automatically cross over when power is detected to that device. Whats your tv model? I'll have a look into options. Easy one though, does your tv have toslink/digital optical? That's how I run it no matter what source is playing still plays all sound to the soundbase

Thank you. My TV is the Polaroid 50" TV from ASDA, see below.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/50-inch-led-polaroid-p50led14-1080p-tv-286-asda-online-instore-1894233

It has 2 HDMI connectors, headphone and side AV. No toslink/digital optical.
#10
I would push for a hdmi auto switch, but feel free to try out the toslink to headphone route. Tried googling for inputs but no luck

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