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Sonos PLAYBASE (Black) Soundbase £599.00 @ Sevenoaks sound and vision

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£599.00 @ Sevenoaks Sound
Be quick, only one available. Your TV’s got the video part nailed. But the audio? That leaves a lot to be desired. Especially when it’s movie time. Game time. Music time. Come to think of it, any tim… Read More
Be quick, only one available. Your TV’s got the video part nailed. But the audio? That leaves a lot to be desired. Especially when it’s movie time. Game time. Music time. Come to think of it, any tim…
mstodge Avatar1h, 9m agoFound 1 hour, 9 minutes ago1 Comment
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On my list...just waiting for these to be below £300 and I'm IN oO
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LG SJ8 4.1 Wireless Soundbar £399.95 @ John Lewis (2 Year Guarantee)

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£399.95 @ John Lewis
First post - hopefully a good deal for some. I've been looking around at soundbars to go with my LG OLED65B6V and decided to stay with the LG brand. Everywhere seems to have this soundbar at £499+ inc… Read More
First post - hopefully a good deal for some. I've been looking around at soundbars to go with my LG OLED65B6V and decided to stay with the LG brand. Everywhere seems to have this soundbar at £499+ inc…
jaybayley Avatar3d, 23h agoFound 3 days, 23 hours ago1 Comment
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I have an LG B6 and SH8 which I think is not much diff to SJ8. I just bought a Sony Ht-RT5 (£299) to replace the SH8 and damn the sound is really good and I like that I can adjust each speaker level. The Sony app actually works compared to the LG app that don't work so internet features only via ethernet.

Edited By: AJ92 on Jun 22, 2017 17:47
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MEDION TV SOUNDBAR WITH BLUETOOTH FUNCTION LIFE E64058 NFC Art.Nr. 50050502A1 £19.99 / £26.94 delivered @ Medion

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£19.99 @ Medion Shop UK
£6.95 delivery charge MEDION® TV SOUNDBAR WITH BLUETOOTH FUNCTION LIFE E64058 (MD 80022) The perfect match for your TV. Enhance your sound and enjoy home theater atmosphere with a powerful 40W RMS s… Read More
£6.95 delivery charge MEDION® TV SOUNDBAR WITH BLUETOOTH FUNCTION LIFE E64058 (MD 80022) The perfect match for your TV. Enhance your sound and enjoy home theater atmosphere with a powerful 40W RMS s…
sam_of_london Avatar4d, 21h agoFound 4 days, 21 hours ago2 Comments
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thanks OP - seems great for the price
Seems OK
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SONY HTRT5 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar - £249.99 @ In-store Sony Store Wembley London Designer Outlet

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£249.99 @ Sony UK
CHEAPEST EVER SONY 5.1ch Home Cinema System with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth- £249.99@ Sony Store Wembley London Designer Outlet (INSTORE) I recently being to Sony Outlet at London designer Outlet Wembley and me… Read More
CHEAPEST EVER SONY 5.1ch Home Cinema System with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth- £249.99@ Sony Store Wembley London Designer Outlet (INSTORE) I recently being to Sony Outlet at London designer Outlet Wembley and me…
ashishdaa Avatar1w, 2d agoFound 1 week, 2 days ago13 Comments
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FGEvans
i also got one from John Lewis on a price match with 2 year guarantee
Would've ordered from JL but don't have the full price and then request price match.
i also got one from John Lewis on a price match with 2 year guarantee
C.Pennington
AJ92
It's £300 at Centersdirect.co.uk but the reviews for this system are not that good.just called the store and they said its £299 so you got lucky with that price.
Thanks for the redirect to buy online. I think the post should be updated to £299 as that seems to be the commonly available price. P&P is, however, free. I have ordered one and it arrives tomorrow. Agreed there are some bad reviews but there are lots of good ones too. considering the discount and the convenience of wireless capability I'm risking it.
YES 100% should be updated as the store confirmed the £299 price. I also ordered 1 and arrives tomorrow but got a price match from ao.com as my cards don't seem to work on centersdirect.co.uk

Edited By: AJ92 on Jun 20, 2017 23:50
AJ92
It's £300 at Centersdirect.co.uk but the reviews for this system are not that good.just called the store and they said its £299 so you got lucky with that price.


Thanks for the redirect to buy online. I think the post should be updated to £299 as that seems to be the commonly available price. P&P is, however, free. I have ordered one and it arrives tomorrow. Agreed there are some bad reviews but there are lots of good ones too. considering the discount and the convenience of wireless capability I'm risking it.
Heres my amazon review if it helps ..

"Had I reviewed this item up to 5 months of ownership I would probably have given it 5 stars. Looks stylish, bags of features, dialogue is very clear and sub woofer packs a punch. However it was after 5 months that I encountered 'Drifting Audio Sync'. What this means is that you will start watching something with sound and picture happily in sync, then gradually the sound will become more and and more out of sync until you have to reboot or disconnect equipment to bring back into line.

Over a number of weeks the frequency of the problem has increased for me to the point that the equipment is almost useless. This is certainly not unique to me - if you head over to the SONY forum you'll see a lot of unhappy people with the same issue. SONY are sufficiently aware of the problem to have given it a name (Drifting Audio Sync.) However they do not know the cause and therefore have no fix."

Since this review a workaround of disconnecting from the internet (and therefore losing functionality) has provided a partial solution (for most people, most of the time.) Also a firmware update has allegedly fixed this but haven't tried myself as previous updates claimed to fix it and didn't - and also the workaround is currently working for me and I don't want to rock the boat !
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Polaroid transformable sound bar 50w £19.50 instore @ Asda

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£19.50 @ George (Asda George)
I picked this up from Asda just now, it was reduced from £40 Read More
I picked this up from Asda just now, it was reduced from £40
rolling_stone Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago18 Comments
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Bought last one in Asda Cortonwood. Great deal for price!
Picked up one in Broughton today, £19.50. Thanks
I got one at this price yesterday in the Clydebank store. Hooked up to my echo dot, definitely worth twenty quid. Decent sound.
Rusty82
Anyone able to comment on the quality? Not expecting much but is it any better than your general TV speakers?


I am very happy with mine, it makes the tv sound much better.
Just gave mine a go. Pretty decent sound, much better than stock TV speakers. not cranked them right up but definitely loud enough at halfway, last one was only a 30w so you can her the difference of 50w.

Bluetooth connected easily and aux in worked no problem.

love the transformable design and how the speakers twist together or slot into their stands.

not sure its obvious from the pic but it comes with a remote and has 3 different eq settings
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Samsung HW-K650 SOUNDBAR £249.00 RicherSounds

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£249.00 @ Richer Sounds
This is the best deal I have found for this good quality mid-range soundbar. This is the black version not the silver version which can be found £30 cheaper at Hughes. Please let me know if any of y… Read More
This is the best deal I have found for this good quality mid-range soundbar. This is the black version not the silver version which can be found £30 cheaper at Hughes. Please let me know if any of y…
psychoderek25 Avatar1w, 4d agoFound 1 week, 4 days ago3 Comments
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pavel76
Last few in selected stores...
Ah yeah! Just noticed. Cheers for the heads up. They have one in stock on display in Croydon.... Gonna buy it tomorrow then if I can't find it any cheaper elsewhere. Bummer its not new out the box though.
Should call and ask what condition it's in.
pavel76
Last few in selected stores...
Ah yeah! Just noticed. Cheers for the heads up. They have one in stock on display in Croydon.... Gonna buy it tomorrow then if I can't find it any cheaper elsewhere. Bummer its not new out the box though.


Edited By: psychoderek25 on Jun 15, 2017 09:33: Change of feedback
Last few in selected stores...
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SAMSUNG HW-J6500R 2.1 Wireless Curved Sound Bar + 12 Months Deezer - £249.00 - Hughes Electrical

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£249.00 @ Hughes
I was taking part in the wild goose chase with Currys looking for one of these mentioned in another thread and the nearest was 3 hours away. I just had a quick look around elsewhere and found 'Hugh… Read More
I was taking part in the wild goose chase with Currys looking for one of these mentioned in another thread and the nearest was 3 hours away. I just had a quick look around elsewhere and found 'Hugh…
Ripperoo Avatar1w, 5d agoFound 1 week, 5 days ago1 Comment
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Anywhere cheaper?

I'm not to fussed about getting heat as IRCGAS about is TBH.

But if voting cold at least point out where this is can be had fir cheaper.......and in the future doesn't count. :D
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Q Acoustics Media 4 Soundbar with FREE Delivery & Optical cable £249.00 @ Hifi confidential

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£249.00 @ Hifi Confidential
Includes Optical Digital Cable & Free Delivery & 2 Year warranty. 5 Star review WHAT HI-FI: https://www.whathifi.com/q-acoustics/media-4/review Around £30 cheaper than lowest price on Amazo… Read More
Includes Optical Digital Cable & Free Delivery & 2 Year warranty. 5 Star review WHAT HI-FI: https://www.whathifi.com/q-acoustics/media-4/review Around £30 cheaper than lowest price on Amazo…
Tigerblue Avatar2w, 1d agoFound 2 weeks, 1 day ago9 Comments
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Gone.
I had a demo on the M4 yesterday and it just sounded like noise. I just ordered the BT3s, looking forward to setting them up.
k3lvin1
been researching this all weekend and going into Richer Sounds on Wednesday for a demo. I have also discovered Q Acoustics BT3 which come with great reviews on What Hi Do, Av Forums and Trusted Reviews.

I settled on the BT3 in the end. Better than what soundbars can do, and plus it's then an amazing Bluetooth speaker for spotify in the living room. I have since added a second hand BK subwoofer (xls200 mk2) to it and it's now heaven. I think quite a few people have this combo and some people have commented on this set up on av forums over the last few years.
Gone now Gutted
I was interested in this model but unfortunately it's just a little wide to fit on my TV stand...

Not sure if it will sound OK located on the floor under the stand?
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SAMSUNG HW-J6500R 2.1 Wireless Curved Sound Bar - £269.97 - Currys

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£269.97 @ Currys
300 W with dialogue enhancement Wireless subwoofer Bluetooth Part of the Samsung R Series Smart Sound system 12 months complimentary Deezer Premium+ Read More
300 W with dialogue enhancement Wireless subwoofer Bluetooth Part of the Samsung R Series Smart Sound system 12 months complimentary Deezer Premium+
ntw Avatar2w, 1d agoFound 2 weeks, 1 day ago3 Comments
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In stock in derby. Not for me tho
wild goose chase begins
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Sony HT-CT180 100W 2.1ch Soundbar with Bluetooth® technology £80.00 in-store @ Sainbury's Darnley in Glasgow

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£80.00 @ Sainsbury's
RRP in store states £110. Not sure how accurate that is but the Sony website RRP is £190. Found in Sainbury's Darnley in Glasgow. I will soon be checking East Kilbride stores. https://www.sony.co.u… Read More
RRP in store states £110. Not sure how accurate that is but the Sony website RRP is £190. Found in Sainbury's Darnley in Glasgow. I will soon be checking East Kilbride stores. https://www.sony.co.u…
capa Avatar2w, 2d agoFound 2 weeks, 2 days ago11 Comments
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how loud are these?
How did you set that up without HDMI arc?
Immoraliste
Great price.

Just a shame there's no HDMI ARC / CEC, so you can't use your TV controller to control the soundbar volume.


I have this model and can confirm you can use sky remote to control it's volume
Stevie.Badman
cold - not a bose or sonos

There's always one..
cold - not a bose or sonos
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Sony HT C80 sound bar and sub woofer £60.00 in Asda

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£60.00 @ George (Asda George)
I was in my local Asda today browsing sound bars. Came across this bundle, includes a sound bar with wired sub woofer. A quick check online shows this going for £100+ at most other retailers. (£120 a… Read More
I was in my local Asda today browsing sound bars. Came across this bundle, includes a sound bar with wired sub woofer. A quick check online shows this going for £100+ at most other retailers. (£120 a…
Great_pretender Avatar2w, 2d agoFound 2 weeks, 2 days ago13 Comments
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cold - not a bose or sonos
Never experienced the random cut out but mines paired with a Panny TV so that may be why.
It has a powerful sound and a great price. Had been looking for price drop on this model for about an year
Thar
I got a refurb one from Sony Direct for the same price. I use it all the time for Bluetooth streaming, YouTube through the TV and there's a usb port so you can play your own music. It's not the most powerful but it's well worth the money at this price. As said previously, there is definitely a power button at the right side of the unit.

Oh that is wonderful
Chowchilla
I've had this sound bar for years. it cuts out randomly.. never found a fix

This is 100% true, even Richer Sounds staff have been told to advise customers not to buy SONY TV and SONY SoundBar packages.... Bottom line is SONYs own equipment isn't even compatible.... says it all really

Edited By: Sharpharp on Jun 10, 2017 16:31
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Samsung HWK651 Soundbar £219.00 @ Hughes

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£219.00 @ Hughes
Was looking for a decent soundbar to go with my new 55MU7000. Last week Currys (out of stock now) and Co-Op had it for £250. I know it 2016 but considering £350 ish when release, for the money I think… Read More
Was looking for a decent soundbar to go with my new 55MU7000. Last week Currys (out of stock now) and Co-Op had it for £250. I know it 2016 but considering £350 ish when release, for the money I think…
rickynguyen77 Avatar2w, 3d agoFound 2 weeks, 3 days ago3 Comments
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Ah shame it's not the black version (HWK650) tempted tho!
add code dad6 and get £6 off
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SAMSUNG HWJ7501R Curved Soundbar - Silver - £349.00 @ RicherSounds

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£349.00 @ Richer Sounds
May be good for people that have picked up UE65KS9000 / 9500 's over the past couple of weeks. 6 year guarantee included. Also available in black: https://www.richersounds.com/product/soundbars-soun… Read More
May be good for people that have picked up UE65KS9000 / 9500 's over the past couple of weeks. 6 year guarantee included. Also available in black: https://www.richersounds.com/product/soundbars-soun…
Xantia Avatar2w, 4d agoFound 2 weeks, 4 days ago4 Comments
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I've just checked mine is hwj6501, curved silver.
Sorry it's similar but not the same
Are you sure it's the same model soundbar as I may be interested.
Anyone can buy mine for £250, bought it few months ago, used it only few times
collectorcol
£20 cheaper @ Currys. RS good for the warranty though.
I know but I couldn't find any stock near me.
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AO.COM Samsung HW-M4500 Bluetooth Curved Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black £249.00 with code MEGA100

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£249.00 @ ao.com
Use code MEGA100 to save £100 it work without samsung tv silver also available Get the perfect sound system to match your curved TV with this black curved soundbar from Samsung. Its modern design wil Read More
Use code MEGA100 to save £100 it work without samsung tv silver also available Get the perfect sound system to match your curved TV with this black curved soundbar from Samsung. Its modern design wil
discoman2016 Avatar2w, 6d agoFound 2 weeks, 6 days ago2 Comments
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Brrr.....freezing. code expired

Edited By: horsepills on Jun 06, 2017 11:56
Tried this last time with the UHD Bluray player and they just cancelled the order and refunded the money.
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discoman2016 Avatar4w, 1d agoFound 4 weeks, 1 day ago8 Comments
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David_e
What determines whether this is a "great price" is the price. Value for money or product features are matters for review sites not Hot/Cold votes. Not sure why so many people struggle with that concept but it wrecks the purpose of the site when people vote Cold because it's an expensive TV.


Unfortunately that's how hukd works now.. idiots are ruining the whole concept by thinking it's a review site :s

It's simple.. if the post/product is the CHEAPEST it can be found its HOT if not its COLD if you think the price is a scandal then don't vote at all!

Opinions are always welcome in the comment section but voting should be strictly used as said.. it's not rocket science people! confused
David_e
EndlessWaves
spyro123
cannibalwombat
discoman2016
not got free ???? and cheaper nowhere so cold from me 2222222222222222222 free £499 soundbar but hey follow the goodbye the SHEEP
Are you drunk?
I think she/he is £2700 for a tv!
It's not the price, it's the fast that you can get last year's very similar version for half the price. If it was a top of the range TV like the W7 or ZD9 then this would be a great price.
What determines whether this is a "great price" is the price. Value for money or product features are matters for review sites not Hot/Cold votes. Not sure why so many people struggle with that concept but it wrecks the purpose of the site when people vote Cold because it's an expensive TV.
I never said I voted hot or cold.
Let's hope this is the 1st indications of the 2017 Oled price reductions, when one starts the other manufacturers normally follow
EndlessWaves
spyro123
cannibalwombat
discoman2016
not got free ???? and cheaper nowhere so cold from me 2222222222222222222 free £499 soundbar but hey follow the goodbye the SHEEP
Are you drunk?
I think she/he is £2700 for a tv!

It's not the price, it's the fast that you can get last year's very similar version for half the price. If it was a top of the range TV like the W7 or ZD9 then this would be a great price.


What determines whether this is a "great price" is the price. Value for money or product features are matters for review sites not Hot/Cold votes. Not sure why so many people struggle with that concept but it wrecks the purpose of the site when people vote Cold because it's an expensive TV.
spyro123
cannibalwombat
discoman2016
not got free ???? and cheaper nowhere so cold from me 2222222222222222222 free £499 soundbar but hey follow the goodbye the SHEEP
Are you drunk?
I think she/he is £2700 for a tv!

It's not the price, it's the fast that you can get last year's very similar version for half the price. If it was a top of the range TV like the W7 or ZD9 then this would be a great price.
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Philips Fidelio B5 4.1 sound bar with wireless battery rear speakers £499.00 @ RicherSounds

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£499.00 @ Richer Sounds
Also same price at Amazon, but there maybe some code for RS I'm unaware of. Fantastic sound bar, ingenious solution of wireless battery powered rear speakers you undock from the sound bar and setup… Read More
Also same price at Amazon, but there maybe some code for RS I'm unaware of. Fantastic sound bar, ingenious solution of wireless battery powered rear speakers you undock from the sound bar and setup…
jaydeeuk1 Avatar1m, 7h agoFound 1 month, 7 hours ago3 Comments
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Hot from me!
jaydeeuk1
Lol thought that might happen.


It was too hot last night..........thanks for posting this deal. Voted cold just for weather, good price otherwise :P
Lol thought that might happen.
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Samsung HW-J355 2.1 Soundbar Clearance £49.97 PC World

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£49.97 @ PC World
RRP is £99. Spotted instore clearance at pc world keighley Read More
RRP is £99. Spotted instore clearance at pc world keighley
barticom Avatar1m, 14h agoFound 1 month, 14 hours ago3 Comments
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LOL. I meant the product code on PC World's website search as I can't read it in your picture lol

Edited By: Spudboy on May 29, 2017 13:23:
Spudboy
Could you upload the product number to enable a search online please?

HW-J355
Could you upload the product number to enable a search online please?
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SAMSUNG UE65KS9000 65 inch Curved 4K Quantum Dot Ultra HD Premium Smart LED TV Freeview HD Freesat HD £1,299.00 @ Richer sounds

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£1299.00 @ Richer Sounds
*Claim up to £400 cashback on this product when you purchase a Samsung soundbar (£100), wireless subwoofer (£200) and UHD Blu-ray player (£100). See link above for full details. Offer ends 30/04/18 Read More
*Claim up to £400 cashback on this product when you purchase a Samsung soundbar (£100), wireless subwoofer (£200) and UHD Blu-ray player (£100). See link above for full details. Offer ends 30/04/18
AndyBarney Avatar1m, 2d agoFound 1 month, 2 days ago4 Comments
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Prime_specter
limited availability and not the cheapest either.
I paid this for my 65KS9000 and I thought that was sale of the century.
Keen to know where this is cheaper (and I don't mean £200 more expensive with £400 worth of stuff I don't want --- that'll sell on ebay for £80)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-ue65ks9000-smart-4k-ultra-hd-hdr-65-curved-led-tv-with-5-years-warranty-2699324?page=3#comments
Prime_specter
limited availability and not the cheapest either.


I paid this for my 65KS9000 and I thought that was sale of the century.

Keen to know where this is cheaper (and I don't mean £200 more expensive with £400 worth of stuff I don't want --- that'll sell on ebay for £80)
limited availability and not the cheapest either.
" Last few in selected stores, some may be ex-display, refurbished or missing accessories"
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Sond Audio TV Bluetooth Aux Soundbar - 2.1 channel with built-in Subwoofer £11.97 @ Ebay / Ebuyer

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not sure if any good but cheap !, saw this when searching for soundbars free 24 hour delivery Sond Audio TV Bluetooth Soundbar - 2.1 channel with built-in Subwoofer - 3.5mm Aux-in jack - Blu… Read More
not sure if any good but cheap !, saw this when searching for soundbars free 24 hour delivery Sond Audio TV Bluetooth Soundbar - 2.1 channel with built-in Subwoofer - 3.5mm Aux-in jack - Blu…
deanos Avatar1m, 3d agoFound 1 month, 3 days ago12 Comments
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I got one as a spare. for a tenner is ok sound. never know when might need one
mkh93
andreasuk
I suppose I had to buy it for this price
my tv already has 15W RMS, I guess this won't help even if this were given for free
I suppose not.
But still there could be certain advantages as you can connect blue tooth devices to it.
mkh93
andreasuk
I suppose I had to buy it for this price
my tv already has 15W RMS, I guess this won't help even if this were given for free

might help as has built in sub,
andreasuk
I suppose I had to buy it for this price
my tv already has 15W RMS, I guess this won't help even if this were given for free

Edited By: mkh93 on May 23, 2017 19:39
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Sond Audio Soundbar with Bluetooth. £14.18 delivered at Ebuyer

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Seems to have great reviews for the money! £14.18 with 5 day delivery. Bluetooth too. Review here when it was reviewed at £70: http://www.trustedreviews.com/sond-audio-etbt201y-review Read More
Seems to have great reviews for the money! £14.18 with 5 day delivery. Bluetooth too. Review here when it was reviewed at £70: http://www.trustedreviews.com/sond-audio-etbt201y-review
TheUrbis Avatar1m, 3d agoFound 1 month, 3 days ago52 Comments
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Just got mine today, I have a 2 monitor setup for work and gaming. My right monitor is a large 27" with crappy built in speakers. So watching things on it like YouTube/kodi, the sound feels a tad too far to the right, while the new sound bar has raised my smaller 23" (144hz gaming monitor) to a nicer height, and the sound is much more centred.

I won't complain over the quality, it's a lot better than expected for under £15 delivered.
By the way, thanks op. This was a decent but of kit. An improvement on my tvs speakers. It is certainly louder!
The speaker is larger than I expected, and I'm currently balancing my TV on top of it - it's like the worse game of jenga

Unit looks solid though, well worth a tenner

Edited By: solid on May 30, 2017 20:55: Sp
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vicko
i hate yodel .never tell you when the come always liying . they lost mine soundbar ..
Mine was delivered without a brown box - the actual product's box had a yodel sticker slapped on it.
Not happy, poor show from ebuyer
Yeah mine was the same and the bottom of the box is ripped :/
vicko
i hate yodel .never tell you when the come always liying . they lost mine soundbar ..

Mine was delivered without a brown box - the actual product's box had a yodel sticker slapped on it.
Not happy, poor show from ebuyer
i hate yodel .never tell you when the come always liying . they lost mine soundbar ..
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LG SH8 Soundbar 4.1 with Wi-Fi subwoofer, 420 W - Silver £284.02 @ Amazon

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lowest price it has ever been
yoyelp Avatar1m, 1w agoFound 1 month, 1 week ago6 Comments
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Now £266.46 at Amazon (UK)!
£279.28 on Amazon now, or £262.52 if you fancy a used cosmetic damaged one.
Weird voting!

+53 degrees when this product was £310.83 (two days ago):
[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lg-sh8-soundbar-4-1-with-wi-fi-subwoofer-420-w-silver-310-83-amazon-2693476 ]

This "Deal" (at £284.02) presently at -52 degrees!
sam_of_london
At this price ,you can buy much more powerful home cinema system
Your right as I manged to get a 1200watt 5.1 used LG Blu Ray HC (£120) with 4k upscale ;) for living room but I like my sound bars for the bedrooms.

Edited By: AJ92 on May 19, 2017 00:51
At this price ,you can buy much more powerful home cinema system
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Samsung UE55KS9000 55 inch SUHD 4K HDR Premium Curved TV with Free 4K blue ray player (was sound bar) £1,199.00 @ Crampton & moore

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£1199.00 @ Crampton & Moore
Hopefully a good deal, includes free Samsung Sound Bar (HWJ7501). I understand OLED is superior, but price including soundbar seems good. EDIT - sound bar sold out, now free 4K blue ray player. Read More
Hopefully a good deal, includes free Samsung Sound Bar (HWJ7501). I understand OLED is superior, but price including soundbar seems good. EDIT - sound bar sold out, now free 4K blue ray player.
markbowyer Avatar1m, 1w agoFound 1 month, 1 week ago8 Comments
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Wadadli_Cooler
I ordered on Thursday. I think I must have got the last soundbar.

Don't let the ignoramuses voting cold bother you. This is an excellent TV and soundbar at a really good price. Add £1,000 plus to get this year's versions.

Thanks, glad you and a few others got the deal. I was budgeting a little less for a TV and sound bar combo, but for only a few hundred quid more I thought it was great. The sound bar has good reviews, so to get it for free and purpose designed for the TV is great. Hope you enjoy yours.

Edited By: markbowyer on May 21, 2017 04:06: grammar
I ordered on Thursday. I think I must have got the last soundbar.

Don't let the ignoramuses voting cold bother you. This is an excellent TV and soundbar at a really good price. Add £1,000 plus to get this year's versions.
Phoned them, the sound bars have sold out and the blue ray player is the new offer. They say the web ad is an error - guess people could press the point and try to get both. I decided to go for the offer a few days ago - they threw in delivery for free and it arrives early next week.
Looks like there might be a free Free Samsung UBDK8500 4K Player included, as well as the Free Sound bar.
I've got one, had absolutely no issues with the curve despite a few niggles myself before purchasing it. You've seen the TV yourself so you're aware of the image quality, but the decision to buy it depends on your living room/home setup. I either sit directly in front of mine, or at an angle of up to around 35-40 degrees to the side, and there's no issue with colour loss etc. Unless you're at extremely wide angles I don't think you'll have much an issue, personally.

I have to reiterate though, absolutely stunning TV. 4k HDR movies and games on the PS4 Pro look incredible.

infinione
Has anyone got one of these?
Still can't make up my mind about the curve. I'm not bothered either way so it's not a deal breaker for me. Had a look in a shop and I love the styling, and the picture quality was fantastic, but I still can't decide whether the reduction in colour when viewed from the side is going to make me regret buying it. It didn't seem THAT bad, but it's a niggle. Lot of money to spend when you have a niggle in your head!
If anyone has one in their living room, would really appreciate your comments!
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LG SH8 Soundbar 4.1 with Wi-Fi subwoofer, 420 W - Silver - £310.83 @ Amazon £295.29

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Now £266.46 at Amazon (UK)!
bottyz
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bottyz
will it work with movies played in 4k UHD on sky q through an LG super UHD TV?
Are you asking seriously
It was a serious question at the time yes, as I'm new to 4K and I saw it stated 4k audio on the specs, but when it was mentioned that it won't work without HDCP2.2 I wanted to ask. Don't worry yourself now though as I've had a Google and enlightened myself. Sorry if we're not all clued up on the ins and outs of 4k tech like you. Everyone has to start somewhere.
As far as I now understand it, it's doesn't need HDCP2.2 to allow 4k sound if your TV is connected directly to the soundbar. However, if the soundbar is connected between your TV and satellite/cable box it does need HDCP2.2 and HDMI2.
I hope this comment saves another 4k rookie on here the hassle and the sarcasm.

I don't think 4k streaming uses HDCP 2.2 its just the 4K Blu-ray.
It's now dropped to £295.29 from Amazon Warehouse (New), or £277.57 (Used - Cosmetic Damage) here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B01DM7U8Y0/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all
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bottyz
will it work with movies played in 4k UHD on sky q through an LG super UHD TV?

Are you asking seriously


It was a serious question at the time yes, as I'm new to 4K and I saw it stated 4k audio on the specs, but when it was mentioned that it won't work without HDCP2.2 I wanted to ask. Don't worry yourself now though as I've had a Google and enlightened myself. Sorry if we're not all clued up on the ins and outs of 4k tech like you. Everyone has to start somewhere.

As far as I now understand it, it's doesn't need HDCP2.2 to allow 4k sound if your TV is connected directly to the soundbar. However, if the soundbar is connected between your TV and satellite/cable box it does need HDCP2.2 and HDMI2.

I hope this comment saves another 4k rookie on here the hassle and the sarcasm.
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yamaha ysp 2500 soundbar (used) from £363.90 to £384.34 @ Amazon

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yamaha ysp 2500 is available from Amazon they are used but it gives you information on the specific model & what condition they are in. You get 20% the asking, the discount isn't applied until you…
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Would be a great price if the 20% worked, has it expired?
zzzzz more second hand rubbish, what has happened to this site?
kpmatthews
in the past three weeks i've had 6 faulty items from amazon warehouse (from 8 items ordered). i really don't think they check their returns any more, just stick an orange and black label on it and send it back out. you need to be careful as well, if you return too many items you can get banned* https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/mar/18/banned-by-amazon-returning-faulty-goods-blocked-credit-balance
*appreciate this is all a bit melodramatic, but it's enough to put me off buying from amazon warehouse

Yet I've had the opposite experience including ps4! And a remote control car! Both absolutely fine. And bargains i might add.
in the past three weeks i've had 6 faulty items from amazon warehouse (from 8 items ordered). i really don't think they check their returns any more, just stick an orange and black label on it and send it back out. you need to be careful as well, if you return too many items you can get banned* https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/mar/18/banned-by-amazon-returning-faulty-goods-blocked-credit-balance

*appreciate this is all a bit melodramatic, but it's enough to put me off buying from amazon warehouse
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JVC TH-WL515B 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar CURRYS ONLINE AND INSTORE - £69.97 £62.97

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Product features 220 W Wireless subwoofer Bluetooth Digital connection: optical & HDMI DISCOUNT CODE - 10% off the marked price. Enter code BRSB10 at checkout. Also available in sto…
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deanos
would this be ok for PC speakers?
looks like a long soundbar to have under a monitor or above it :|

depends on how big the monitor is
this was hot when reduced by only £20 but cold when better than half price probably because of the reviews since

I did buy one and I agree with the reviews, I leave the sub woofer switched off when just watching TV, the bar alone is perfectly adequate compared to the TV speakers

but the actual product is only ok at best for films
Good price but most reviews are saying bad sound quality, especially in the bass department.

I would say try this for a budget sound bar.
Samsung HW-J355

Edited By: Gozer on May 16, 2017 12:58
deanos
would this be ok for PC speakers?
looks like a long soundbar to have under a monitor or above it :|
would this be ok for PC speakers?
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Panasonic SC-HTB8 Soundbar - half price £40.00 Sainsbury's instore

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Probably store specific but going to check my local tomorrow
Link leads to generic Sainsbury site. I can't find product via search on site. Already got one of these. Great product, want another.
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Sony Bravia 2017 49XE8005 FREE Soundbar CT390 £999.00 @ John lewis

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Noticed JL online is showing the 2017 TV Bundled with a CT390 soundbar for free, also applicable in store with any other WBW offers £100 off Sony X800 bluray player. Edit: TV has also dropped from £1… Read More
Noticed JL online is showing the 2017 TV Bundled with a CT390 soundbar for free, also applicable in store with any other WBW offers £100 off Sony X800 bluray player. Edit: TV has also dropped from £1…
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KiwiJon
Why is this going cold? Seemed like a good deal to me... am I missing something here?
You can pick up last year's XD80, which rtings reckons is a better TV, for around £600 and the sound bar for £240.
As this TV is only 49", the 55" would be more expensive. If your paying something like £1200 for the 55", why would you settle for a LCD when you can pay only £300 more and get OLED? Every time I've also seen a Sony in store and tested low quality material, (something like 4 music,) its looked like a dogs dinner compared to the opposition.
KiwiJon
Why is this going cold? Seemed like a good deal to me... am I missing something here?

The spec of the TV is not that great and there are far better deals to be had for less money like this deal of a few days ago this set is in a whole different league from the Sony.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-ue49ks9000-49-inch-suhd-4k-hdr-premium-curved-tv-with-free-4k-bluray-player-2688578
Why is this going cold? Seemed like a good deal to me... am I missing something here?
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Bose® SOUNDTOUCH 300 SOUNDBAR and BOSE® ACOUSTIMASS 300 BASS MODULE £539.10 each with code BOSE10MAY from PRC Direct

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I have been in the market for a new sound at to go with my new TV and this one gets very good reviews now the issues have been ironed out. And after a demo of this and the Sonos Playbar, I was totally… Read More
I have been in the market for a new sound at to go with my new TV and this one gets very good reviews now the issues have been ironed out. And after a demo of this and the Sonos Playbar, I was totally…
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Rudz
f1refox
The Yamaha YSP-2700 sounds better than this and is cheaper.
Not a chance, I have the ysp 2500 in the bedroom and this for the main TV, the yamaha though good is not a patch on this, the ysp 2700 is a small upgrade over the 2500.
I did a demo of both and found the 2700 sounding better. The sound beams really work well as well. The Bose needs the sub and also extra rear speakers if you want surround. The Yamaha is a complete unit although you really need a nice square room to get the best from it...
The WhatHiFi review of the Bose mirrors how I felt tbh...Bose SOUNDTOCH 300 What HiFi review

Ah I see what you mean, I thought you were comparing complete packages? The soundbar on its own isn't the greatest, you definitely need the sub to go with it.
Rudz
f1refox
The Yamaha YSP-2700 sounds better than this and is cheaper.
Not a chance, I have the ysp 2500 in the bedroom and this for the main TV, the yamaha though good is not a patch on this, the ysp 2700 is a small upgrade over the 2500.

I did a demo of both and found the 2700 sounding better. The sound beams really work well as well. The Bose needs the sub and also extra rear speakers if you want surround. The Yamaha is a complete unit although you really need a nice square room to get the best from it...

The WhatHiFi review of the Bose mirrors how I felt tbh...

Bose SOUNDTOCH 300 What HiFi review




Edited By: f1refox on May 15, 2017 23:19: .
Surely it's more cost effective to get a divorce and a proper surround system. Better quality sound and you don't have to wait for the missus to go to bed before you can watch Platoon again.
f1refox
The Yamaha YSP-2700 sounds better than this and is cheaper.

Not a chance, I have the ysp 2500 in the bedroom and this for the main TV, the yamaha though good is not a patch on this, the ysp 2700 is a small upgrade over the 2500.
The Yamaha YSP-2700 sounds better than this and is cheaper.
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LG 49UH770V + LG SH5 Soundbar £624.00 Delivered at Argos

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Appreciate this TV has been on a few times, however Argos have now bundled it with the excellent LG SH5 Soundbar rated as one of the best under £200 (http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/lg/1405113/lg-sh5-r…
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it's in stock in the Panasonic shop in Cardiff if that helps. bought it last week, customer service is excellent and 5 year warranty.
John Lewis do not stock this model, and Richer Sounds only have a few left in stores.. Its a good price, but without a decent warranty I wont use Argos again.
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Goodmans 50W Bluetooth Split Soundbar £25.00 instore @ ASDA

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Meant to be £40 scanning at £25 in Asda. Not sure if it's just local or not but it's amazing sound for the price at £40 let alone £25.
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estjaydee
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haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.
haritori
Ed.Winchester
haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.
Well buy cheap buy twice... I would not go for anything less than this if you want to actually hear clear crisp dialogue and have a bit of bass for action sequences..https://www.richersounds.com/product/soundbars-sound-base/samsung/hwj355/sams-hwj355-xuhttps://www.richersounds.com//common/productpictures/314149.jpg
& for £10.00 more you can get 6 years warranty on it..
When it comes to soundbars you really want to spend a little more on something decent.. you don't have to spend silly money but this Samsung is good for £89... theres also an LG one for under £90 which has a very good sound.
These £20 ones are utter rubbish... the only situation I would recommend this goodmans one is if you have a thin tv with REALLY bad tinny speakers that don't output any low frequencies at all.... and if that same tv is in a spare/guest room.
Seriously don't go for these cheap soundbars for your main room or main tv.. unless the tv speakers are exceptionally bad they wont improve sound much. if at all.
Trust me, they are still a 100% improvement to what comes standard in TVs nowadays.
Bought one for the tinny sounding blaupunkt bedroom tv, and it is a vast improvement. Ok, it would probably sound like a grand orchestra concert if I had paid £200 for a better one, but the £30 Polaroid ones do just fine for my use.

To be fair a pair of £10 PC speakers would be an improvement to a Blaupunkt TV lol.
estjaydee
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haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.


haritori
Ed.Winchester
haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.
Well buy cheap buy twice... I would not go for anything less than this if you want to actually hear clear crisp dialogue and have a bit of bass for action sequences..https://www.richersounds.com/product/soundbars-sound-base/samsung/hwj355/sams-hwj355-xuhttps://www.richersounds.com//common/productpictures/314149.jpg
& for £10.00 more you can get 6 years warranty on it..

When it comes to soundbars you really want to spend a little more on something decent.. you don't have to spend silly money but this Samsung is good for £89... theres also an LG one for under £90 which has a very good sound.

These £20 ones are utter rubbish... the only situation I would recommend this goodmans one is if you have a thin tv with REALLY bad tinny speakers that don't output any low frequencies at all.... and if that same tv is in a spare/guest room.

Seriously don't go for these cheap soundbars for your main room or main tv.. unless the tv speakers are exceptionally bad they wont improve sound much. if at all.


Trust me, they are still a 100% improvement to what comes standard in TVs nowadays.
Bought one for the tinny sounding blaupunkt bedroom tv, and it is a vast improvement. Ok, it would probably sound like a grand orchestra concert if I had paid £200 for a better one, but the £30 Polaroid ones do just fine for my use.
Is the product any good, tempted by the price?
Save up for a bit longer and buy something decent
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haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.


haritori
Ed.Winchester
haritori
Ahhh these will sound just as good if not worse than your current TV speakers!
Absolute nonsense.
Well buy cheap buy twice... I would not go for anything less than this if you want to actually hear clear crisp dialogue and have a bit of bass for action sequences..https://www.richersounds.com/product/soundbars-sound-base/samsung/hwj355/sams-hwj355-xuhttps://www.richersounds.com//common/productpictures/314149.jpg
& for £10.00 more you can get 6 years warranty on it..

When it comes to soundbars you really want to spend a little more on something decent.. you don't have to spend silly money but this Samsung is good for £89... theres also an LG one for under £90 which has a very good sound.

These £20 ones are utter rubbish... the only situation I would recommend this goodmans one is if you have a thin tv with REALLY bad tinny speakers that don't output any low frequencies at all.... and if that same tv is in a spare/guest room.

Seriously don't go for these cheap soundbars for your main room or main tv.. unless the tv speakers are exceptionally bad they wont improve sound much. if at all.
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deal live again with code LGSOUND200 to save £200
I can't compare it in terms of sound quality to other rival soundbars but I don't think the RRP should be 600. At that money I'd be looking at a playbar from sonos. Half price seemed more appropriate. Anyway the sound is good from tv to optical. I do love it flexibility which is unique, I've been searching for soundbars for months and this is the only one i found which is split into 2 parts and you can carry away 1 of the 2 parts anywhere you wish as it acts as a portable bluetooth speaker.
I'm quite happy with it overall.
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Mine arrived today (at the second attempt, the first parcel was the wrong soundbar, but quickly rectified after a 'phone call and some exemplary customer service), now set up and working fine with the TV, yet to explore all the extras and potential of the wifi, bluetooth and portability. Many thanks for the OP!
Hello patrick985 - Have you had the chance to use your new soundbar and how do you rate it? Many thanks
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Samsung UE65KS9000 Curved 65” HDR 1,000 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot Smart TV with Free Soundbar or Blu-Ray Player £1,799.98 Free delivery @ Currys

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oldboy64
Are you still bombarded by adverts you cannot turn off with samsung tv's?

I have the 49" version and I don't get any adds. The thing that does happen is about once a month the Google play movies button on the apps bar moves up to top of the list and goes away when you ignore it.
Are you still bombarded by adverts you cannot turn off with samsung tv's?
donslibi
sdrtodd
I have this set and it's well worth the money

How do you find the curve on a set this big?


Absolutely fine it has a black moth filter so hardly any reflections and I never thought I wanted a curved screen but I'm glad I got it as it looks nicer in the room
I have this too. Got it refurb from manufacturer for £1400. Adore it.
sdrtodd
I have this set and it's well worth the money

How do you find the curve on a set this big?
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SAMSUNG UE55KS9000 Smart 4k Ultra HD HDR 55” Curved LED TV with free sound bar or 4k player IN STORE ONLY @ Currys - £1,199.97

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•4k Ultra HD picture is up to 4 times the resolution of HD •HDR displays brighter colours and greater contrast •Access 4k content on Netflix & Amazon Prime •Tuner: Twin Freeview HD & Twin F… Read More
•4k Ultra HD picture is up to 4 times the resolution of HD •HDR displays brighter colours and greater contrast •Access 4k content on Netflix & Amazon Prime •Tuner: Twin Freeview HD & Twin F…
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tommyleinen
Why would you need a soundbar? Is the sound on high end tvs rubbish these days?

They use Harmon Kardon speakers so i'd be inclined to think the sound quality would be pretty decent,if someone who has a KS8000/9000 could give some input on this it would be useful.
Why would you need a soundbar? Is the sound on high end tvs rubbish these days?
Great price but cant find stock anywhere.
tommyleinen
Why would you need a soundbar? Is the sound on high end tvs rubbish these days?
The sound on these Samsung flagship models are probably the best sound you will hear from a tv nowadays.......But yeah, still get a sound bar.
at a friends and watched a few HD not even 4k or HDR sources and very impressed blew my 6 series 4k away, everything was so fluid, bags of depth - but can't justify spending this sorta money :(
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LG HS8 curved sound bar £199.00 @ Tekzone

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Was looking for a new soundbar to go with my new curved OLED screen and came across the HS8, in currys it's £500 so thought this was a great price at £199, includes delivery too.
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Wow that's only £75 less than I paid for my samsung 49 TV.... Guess good deal if you need the high quality sound..
chrisredmayne
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chrisredmayne
why would you curve the sound bar that way ? surely that would push the sound more inwards and not give a very good balance? I might be wrong...
It's designed to complement their curved screen television.
yeah I understand that but would it not make the sound bad ?

The curved Samsung soundbards sound fantastic so I don't think the shape makes a big difference. I can't speak for the sound quality of the LG's though.
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chrisredmayne
why would you curve the sound bar that way ? surely that would push the sound more inwards and not give a very good balance? I might be wrong...

It's designed to complement their curved screen television.


yeah I understand that but would it not make the sound bad ?
chrisredmayne
why would you curve the sound bar that way ? surely that would push the sound more inwards and not give a very good balance? I might be wrong...

It's designed to complement their curved screen television.
why would you curve the sound bar that way ? surely that would push the sound more inwards and not give a very good balance? I might be wrong...

Soundbars for Enhanced Viewing Pleasure

Soundbars produce the clear dialogue, rich music and dramatic special effects that viewers crave and most TV speakers fail to deliver. They’re also easy to use and their sleek forms match today’s flat screen televisions. What’s more, they do all this without breaking the bank.

An Inspired Solution

Today’s flat screen TVs deliver the kind of stunning picture quality that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago and at a price point we can all afford. They also look great, bringing a minimalist vibe to any space. But as for the audio, that’s a different story. The problem is that with the TV’s slim frames, there’s just no place to put the kind of loudspeakers that churn out that rich, deep base or crisp, thrilling treble modern consumers demand for an immersive viewing experience.

Wireless soundbar with subwoofer

One option is to hook the TV up to an AV receiver with multiple speakers. Other than the expense and often baffling connectivity options, this solution tends to be overkill. Most of us just want to turn on our TVs and start enjoying quality video and audio without having to faff around with plugs and controls. Fortunately, there’s a solution that’s simple, elegant and economical.

Enter the Soundbar

Unknown just a few years ago, Soundbars are now ubiquitous and come in a wide range of styles, types and price points. Manufacturers include mainstream electronics firms, such as Philips and Sony, along with dedicated, high-end audio companies such as Bose and Klipsch.

What Exactly is a Sound Bar?

As the name suggests, most are bar-shaped structures around 40 inches or longer in length, containing loudspeakers, an amplification system (in the case of active models), and a range of control and connectivity options. You simply place the unit on the stand under your TV or affix it to the wall on a bracket, hook it up to your television with a simple lead, flip a switch: start enjoying far better audio quality than you ever got from your TV’s own audio system.

Most units hold between two and five speakers. Some feature speakers angling outward at each end to produce a sense of space. In addition, most higher end models feature a separate sub-woofer to deliver the rich bass that creates such a powerful effect when viewing sports programmes, movies, concerts and more.

Platform-Style Soundbars

While most models are bar-shaped, you can also find pedestal or platform-style soundbars. These are bulkier units made to fit under your TV serving as a base or platform. Some models feature subwoofers conveniently built into the unit. Others come with wireless speakers to position to the sides or rear and create a true surround sound effect.

Wall mounted

Types of Soundbar

Most soundbars are active. That means they’re self-contained with their own amplification circuits, require a power source. Just plug in the output from your TV, switch them on, and you’re good to go.

You can also find passive units which have no amplifying function. Strangely enough, these tend to be more expensive than active models. They also require some form of amplification, usually in the form of an AV receiver. The complexity of such setups tends to negate the simplicity that makes active soundbars so alluring, but they are an option.

Sound Output

  1. Most soundbars are only able to render the basic audio output delivered by your television. Should your TV be capable of delivering enhanced digital sound such as produced by various Dolby and other systems, basic soundbars will be unable to take advantage of it.
  2. However, you can also find models with integrated sound decoding systems to render enhanced digital outputs so you can enjoy the highest quality audio.
  3. Another option is to get a multi-channel sound bar, which creates faux or simulated surround sound. It does add a feeling of depth to your audio, but can’t compare with the real thing.
  4. If you crave the real surround sound experience, look into models such as the Sonos Playbar, which hooks up wirelessly to other speakers for a genuine 5.1 channel effect.

Subwoofers

If you’re a movie buff who insists on rich dramatic audio, you’ll want a model with a subwoofer to deliver that window-rattling bass that’s part of a realistic viewing experience. These come in two types: integrated and external.

Integrated subwoofers are most often found in platform type soundbars. External models are separate bulky boxes that usually sit on the floor. If you opt for one of these, you’ll need to be sure you have the space to position it properly. Choosing a wireless unit offers far more flexibility in positioning but you’ll need an unobstructed spot near a power outlet.

Get Yourself Connected

One of the key factors to consider when looking for the right soundbar is the range of available connectivity options. Virtually all soundbars include one analog input (RCA) and a digital input socket, either coaxial or optical. These allow the unit to connect easily to most modern TVs. Other possible ports include SPIDIF (Toslink). However, choosing a model with HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) and USB (Universal Serial Bus) inputs greatly enhances the flexibility of your soundbar.

Choosing a soundbar with a HDMI port means you can simply connect it to the HDMI socket on your television. However, you need to choose the ARC (Audio Return Channel) HDMI port on your TV as this is the one that delivers an audio signal. You may have to enable ARC mode in your television configuration if this is not done by default.

Base platform

HDMI connectivity on your soundbar may be important if you plan to link up with a Blu-ray player. This is because certain soundtracks on Blu-ray featuring enhanced frequencies can only be delivered through HDMI cables. However, this all hinges on you having a soundbar capable of handling these types of signal. If not, you’ll still be able to play your Blu-ray DVDs, but without the enhanced audio.

If you plan to hook up your smartphone or tablet to play music through your soundbar, look for a model with an USB port or two. This also allows you to link the soundbar to a computer, or plug in a memory stick and play the music stored on it. However, most users prefer to use wireless connections nowadays.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Wireless connectivity between TV and soundbar is currently limited to a few models produced by LG and Samsung. But having a Bluetooth enabled soundbar lets you link it up to your smartphone or tablet without the need for unsightly leads and wires. This way, you can seamlessly stream music from online services and import them to your soundbar over Bluetooth.

If you’re an Apple user, look for a soundbar that features AirPlay wireless technology. This lets you use your iPod, iPad or iPhone, to stream audio. You can also use Android or Windows based phones and tablets to access other on-line streaming services and render them through your soundbar.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Wi-Fi is all the rage nowadays, linking up our printers and other accessories to our computers. Soundbars with built-in Wi-Fi are able to connect to your home router and stream music from online services or from your computer or laptop. It’s a great solution to produce background music for dinner parties or just to relax.

A Networked World

Soundbars are becoming increasingly sophisticated with a rich array of features being added. These include the ability to access online streaming movie and music services including Netflix and Amazon Video and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as various video sites. Smart TVs have this feature built in. But if you own an older TV that lacks this functionality, this is a great solution.

Multiple Connection Options

One concern buyers have when looking for the right soundbar is that most models feature only a limited number of input ports. While this is not a concern for regular viewers, users with multiple devices such as cable boxes, game consoles, satellite receivers or Blu-ray/DVD players may worry about how to link them all up to a soundbar, which possesses just a few sockets.

The straightforward solution is to hook up all the devices to your TV and play the audio through your soundbar, effectively bypassing your TV’s own speakers. Most modern TVs are equipped with at least 4 HDMI inputs and several component video inputs which should be sufficient to accommodate all your devices.

You can connect your TV to your soundbar with either a digital or analog connection. The digital HDMI or optical connection is the better choice if your soundbar can handle it, but the analog is almost as good. Now you have the convenience of all your audio inputs coming from one source – your TV. Depending on your choice of television you may have to go into settings and disable the internal speaker. Check your TV’s manual for details. Of course, if your soundbar has plenty of ports, you may wish to plug all inputs directly into it.

How to Connect a Soundbar to a TV

Soundbar Features

Most soundbars are refreshingly minimalist in form and function but some offer features that offer greater control over your unit.

Controls

Bose soundbarMost models simply feature an on-off switch, volume control, and connection panel at the back. Higher-end soundbars may also feature built-in controls to alter tone as well as volume. You can adjust bass or treble, for example, to suit your taste and enhance your listening experience. Some models feature presets with customised modes for speech, movies, different types of music, along with concert hall and other effects.

Remote Controls

  • Unless you want to keep getting up to adjust the volume, you might look for a soundbar that comes with a remote control. Unfortunately, most do not. One option is to invest in a model of soundbar capable of remote learning. That way, you can teach it to accept commands from your existing TV remote control.
  • Another method is to acquire a universal remote. Getting a remote with backlighting is also a good idea, as TV is usually enjoyed in dimly-lit rooms.
  • Yet another increasingly popular solution is to use an app that turns your Apple or Android smartphone into a remote for the soundbar. You’ll need to check if your manufacturer offers such an app.

Displays

In line with their minimalism, many makers of soundbars implement no display at all, save a power light. More advanced models offer LCD displays, generally taking the form of a number that indicates the volume level. Other displays can advise you as to which source the soundbar is currently hooked in. If you’re using a simple HDMI or AV input from your TV, the type of display probably won’t be important.

Using Soundbars with AV Receivers

One question many buyers ask is whether it’s possible to connect a soundbar to an AV receiver. As receivers and most soundbars both contain amplifiers, it seems like a recipe for conflict.

One point to consider is that the amplifiers in receivers tend to be more powerful than those in soundbars. That means it could be better to connect the receiver to external loudspeakers rather than to an active soundbar.

Another option is to acquire a passive soundbar that has no amplification circuitry.

Finally, a few soundbar models are designed to be able to work with receivers. So if this is a priority, you should check for this feature when doing your research.

Soundbar Buying Tips

  1. Be sure to match the size of your chosen unit to the size of your TV. Take measurements of the height, width and depth of the area where you plan to position your soundbar.
  2. You’ll also need to consider the size of your rooms. Soundbars are just fine for use in small to medium sized spaces, but larger areas may demand the use of more powerful AV receiver and speaker systems.
  3. Decide whether you want to place your soundbar under your television on a cabinet or stand, or mount it on the wall. If the former, be sure there’s enough space to safely position it that it doesn’t block your TV’s remote control sensor.
  4. If you’re investing in a platform-style model, be sure it can take the weight of your TV.
  5. If you plan to acquire a model with separate subwoofer, consider where you’re going to position it. Choosing a wireless model will give you greater options, but bear in mind it will require a power source.
  6. Check the connectivity options on your TV. Most modern televisions feature HDMI, optical and AV audio outputs, which are all you need for basic use.
  7. If your TV features Dolby or some other enhanced digital audio output, you might want to choose a soundbar with built-in decoders that can render it.
  8. Check that your soundbar comes with all the cables you need. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy them separately.

The Verdict

If you’re a serious audiophile who plans to use the system to listen to music, or if you crave the full movie theatre or concert hall effect at home, you’d be better served investing in a component stereo or home theatre system. For most of us, however, soundbars work just great. They’re simple to use and deliver just the level of audio quality we need for a satisfying viewing experience while keeping our rooms uncluttered. And on top of that, they don’t cost the earth. What’s not to like?

Getting the Best Deals on Quality Soundbars

You’ll find quality soundbars at great prices at all the major UK vendors including Amazon, eBay and Argos. Bargains abound in the run-up to the Festive Season, especially before and during Black Friday. Another good time to snap up a good deal is at the start of the academic year in September, when retailers offer deals to students. Meanwhile in March, vendors push end-of-the-line appliances in readiness for the introduction of new models.

To get fast access to the best and latest deals, keep checking back right here at HotUKDeals. We gather all the hottest bargains in one place for your convenience and to ensure you get the utmost value in any purchase.