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LG SH8 Soundbar - £230.30 - Amazon - Lightning Deal

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Lightening deal down from £399 on Amazon, but seems to be priced around £489 at AO, Currys & PC World. Not sure how this performs as I'm looking for a great soundbar for a large room and welcome any r…
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MikeLondon
ahh its in my basket, this will make me overdrawn is it worth it !!!!
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If that was a question, then I already have this product (with two LG Music Flow H7 speakers connected to provide surround sound) & can attempt to answer any (further) questions you may have.
MikeLondon
Thanks, how good is this, is it worth it? I did order and its coming tomorow. But could always send it back un opened.

I cannot tell you if, to you, it is worth what you paid for it, especially given your financial circumstances (& any interest payments you will need to make, or any hardship you will experience because of your frivolous spending), but when combined with the Android LG Music Flow "app", &/or the MS-Windows desktop application (downloaded from the LG [UK] web site), I am finding the system very useful. Much louder & faster start-up time compared to the previous LG Soundbar I replaced (when the subwoofer went "pop" just before Christmas). That was almost three years old though, so improvements are to be expected.

I stream audio from my laptop, or from my mobile telephone handset, using the Soundbar's Bluetooth connection.

The Google Cast feature from my Android handset (or tablet) is also useful.

I have also set-up a music server so that I can play audio files using my TV as the visual interface for the selection process.

The MS-Windows application additionally provides this feature, as well as offering further configuration settings that are difficult to achieve using the Android "app".

Set-up "out-of-the-box" was very easy, but you will need to find the instruction manual upon the LG (UK) web site if you encounter a problem because the product box did not contain anything useful in this respect.

I have my Soundbar connected with an Ethernet cable to my (Wi-Fi) router, & by optical cable to my LG HD-TV (& selecting "LG Sound Sync (Optional)" as the input device).

The subwoofer is connected wirelessly to the Soundbar, & the two satellite (surround) speakers connected to the system wirelessly too.

The whole system creates a single wireless network that all other LG Music Flow-enabled hardware can connect to.

Downsides:
The Soundbar is quite long, & sits in front of my 42-inch HD-TV. The TV stand I use holds the TV fine, but the Soundbar now hangs off both ends because of its length.

Connection of the surround speakers can be hit'n'miss, especially if the wireless network is prone to dropping (as mine does at least once per day).

I regularly have to use the Android "app" to disconnect the two extra speakers, & re-connect them again, before any sound can be heard from the system. That may not be a problem in your set-up though, not least that you do not have any additional speakers presently.

I recently (just a few days ago) changed the wireless channel the LG Music Flow network uses, & this has improved the connection issues. I suspect there is just too many other wireless-based hardware in my local area, & somebody else's wireless signals were sharing "my" bandwidth channel.

Finally, I couldn't get the "LG Sound Sync (Wireless)" input device to work at all with the new Soundbar, but it worked fine with my old one! I gave up trying, & that is why I am using an optical cable, but it may be that I just haven't found the correct way to set-up the new Soundbar so far. As I said, instructions provided with the product were next-to-useless.
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MikeLondon
ahh its in my basket, this will make me overdrawn is it worth it !!!!
If that was a question, then I already have this product (with two LG Music Flow H7 speakers connected to provide surround sound) & can attempt to answer any (further) questions you may have.

Thanks, how good is this, is it worth it? I did order and its coming tomorow. But could always send it back un opened.

Edited By: MikeLondon on Jan 16, 2017 20:23
MikeLondon
ahh its in my basket, this will make me overdrawn is it worth it !!!!

If that was a question, then I already have this product (with two LG Music Flow H7 speakers connected to provide surround sound) & can attempt to answer any (further) questions you may have.
Another Lightning Deal now, but this time the product is £329.00.

It was also £329.00 on two occasions in December 2016 (without a Lightning Deal being active).

Edited By: fanpages on Jan 16, 2017 16:51: PS. Current "Deal" lasts until 10pm today.
now £399?
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Samsung HW-J551 Wireless soundbar with wireless subwoofer £154.80 @ CPC Farnell

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Have not seen this cheaper anywhere.
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Dan__
I have a silly question, maybe one of you can help with. I have got the k450, at the moment I have it wired up via hdmi, so I have my sat box hdmi cable plugged into HDMI IN port on the sound bar then I have another hdmi cable plugged into HDMI OUT port on the sound bar which is connected to the tv. The issue is that it works with the sat box but if I change channels or connect a laptop/device into another free hdmi port on the tv then the sound bar doesnt work with it.
I have HDMI ARC enabled on my tv, tv is a phillips.

Do I need to change my setup or is there something I am missing?

I haven't connected the optical cable on the soundbar, I just went with hdmi and thought it would be all good.



Hdmi sound bar direct to Tv then all sound through Tv plays through sound bar.
Dan__
Shin555
Dan__
I have a silly question, maybe one of you can help with. I have got the k450, at the moment I have it wired up via hdmi, so I have my sat box hdmi cable plugged into HDMI IN port on the sound bar then I have another hdmi cable plugged into HDMI OUT port on the sound bar which is connected to the tv. The issue is that it works with the sat box but if I change channels or connect a laptop/device into another free hdmi port on the tv then the sound bar doesnt work with it.
I have HDMI ARC enabled on my tv, tv is a phillips.
Do I need to change my setup or is there something I am missing?
I haven't connected the optical cable on the soundbar, I just went with hdmi and thought it would be all good.
Connect everything (your devices) to the TV.
Then from the TVs ARC Port put that to HDMI IN on the Soundbar.
What that does is, all the sound comes to the TV but because it should pick up the Soundbar through ARC it will send the sound via that.
You set your Soundbar to D.In and anything that's playing on the TV should come through.
I have the J551 here. I have mine set up with Optical however - Previously ARC (I need the HDMI ports elsewhere).

Thank you so much for the reply. At first I am sure I had it setup this way. It was only after I got it wall mounted that it wasn't working and the person installing it for me said it should be setup with both hdmi cables in. However the problem that I now have is that my sat box plays via soundbar fine but any other hdmi connected device will not.

I will try that out what you said because I was so sure I had it first setup this way and was working.




No problem, and I'm happy to help further should you need it.

Worth a try to check with both ports on the Soundbar (Out and In). As I can't fully remember which one I had it in now. But I do know that all my devices were into the TV which then pushed the sound through Arc. So whatever is on the TV comes through the Soundbar.

So be sure to interchange if one Port doesn't work.

Just had a look at my manual online, it says it should work how you have it set up. Set top box into In; Arc into Out. But I never contemplated that setup, put everything in the TV.

Optical from TV to Soundbar works also with zero issues (and I prefer as I have a spare hdmi). Downside being you can't use HDMI-CEC (control with one remote). I ended up getting a Logitech Harmony 650 and never looked back.
Shin555
Dan__
I have a silly question, maybe one of you can help with. I have got the k450, at the moment I have it wired up via hdmi, so I have my sat box hdmi cable plugged into HDMI IN port on the sound bar then I have another hdmi cable plugged into HDMI OUT port on the sound bar which is connected to the tv. The issue is that it works with the sat box but if I change channels or connect a laptop/device into another free hdmi port on the tv then the sound bar doesnt work with it.
I have HDMI ARC enabled on my tv, tv is a phillips.
Do I need to change my setup or is there something I am missing?
I haven't connected the optical cable on the soundbar, I just went with hdmi and thought it would be all good.
Connect everything (your devices) to the TV.
Then from the TVs ARC Port put that to HDMI IN on the Soundbar.
What that does is, all the sound comes to the TV but because it should pick up the Soundbar through ARC it will send the sound via that.
You set your Soundbar to D.In and anything that's playing on the TV should come through.
I have the J551 here. I have mine set up with Optical however - Previously ARC (I need the HDMI ports elsewhere).

Thank you so much for the reply. At first I am sure I had it setup this way. It was only after I got it wall mounted that it wasn't working and the person installing it for me said it should be setup with both hdmi cables in. However the problem that I now have is that my sat box plays via soundbar fine but any other hdmi connected device will not.

I will try that out what you said because I was so sure I had it first setup this way and was working.



Edited By: Dan__ on Jan 14, 2017 22:27
Dan__
I have a silly question, maybe one of you can help with. I have got the k450, at the moment I have it wired up via hdmi, so I have my sat box hdmi cable plugged into HDMI IN port on the sound bar then I have another hdmi cable plugged into HDMI OUT port on the sound bar which is connected to the tv. The issue is that it works with the sat box but if I change channels or connect a laptop/device into another free hdmi port on the tv then the sound bar doesnt work with it.
I have HDMI ARC enabled on my tv, tv is a phillips.

Do I need to change my setup or is there something I am missing?

I haven't connected the optical cable on the soundbar, I just went with hdmi and thought it would be all good.



Connect everything (your devices) to the TV.

Then from the TVs ARC Port put that to HDMI IN on the Soundbar.

What that does is, all the sound comes to the TV but because it should pick up the Soundbar through ARC it will send the sound via that.

You set your Soundbar to D.In and anything that's playing on the TV should come through.

I have the J551 here. I have mine set up with Optical however - Previously ARC (I need the HDMI ports elsewhere).

Edited By: Shin555 on Jan 14, 2017 21:08: Missed a word
Dan__
I have a silly question, maybe one of you can help with. I have got the k450, at the moment I have it wired up via hdmi, so I have my sat box hdmi cable plugged into HDMI IN port on the sound bar then I have another hdmi cable plugged into HDMI OUT port on the sound bar which is connected to the tv. The issue is that it works with the sat box but if I change channels or connect a laptop/device into another free hdmi port on the tv then the sound bar doesnt work with it.
I have HDMI ARC enabled on my tv, tv is a phillips.

Do I need to change my setup or is there something I am missing?

I haven't connected the optical cable on the soundbar, I just went with hdmi and thought it would be all good.

Have you tried swapping the HDMI cables on the sound bar - sound daft I know - just try it, you may be surprised
Or connect the sat box direct to tv and use ARC on TV/SB
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Samsung HW-K550/1 Wireless Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Separate Subwoofer - £219.00 @ John Lewis

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Cheapest price for this ihmo great black soundbar that according to Samsung spits up to 340W. Became available just few hours ago, expected to be sold out soon. AVForums SCORE 8 out of 10 Pros S…
bargainHook Avatar2d, 22h agoFound 2 days, 22 hours ago6 Comments
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Plus john Lewis gives 2 years of warranty and free return, not sure about the others
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Ao.com and use the £50 off code to bring to down to £199
OOS


Yes, my bad
jp297
Ao.com and use the £50 off code to bring to down to £199
OOS
Ao.com and use the £50 off code to bring to down to £199
The color is grey/silver at richer sound
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YAMAHA YAS201 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer Refurbished £69.00 @ Richer Sounds delivered

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These products are described as ex-repair/refurbished. This means an item has been repaired or refurbished, following a customer return. These items still come with a 12 month guarantee and are in goo…
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nice kit , voted hot ..shame hasn't Bluetooth,else I'd be buying
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Onkyo LS-T10 Soundbar / Soundbase, £134.85 delivered @ hyperworld (eBay)

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Seems like an excellent price. Hard to find stock anywhere now but it used to retail around £300 not long ago. User reviews seem positive (4.6* on Richer Sounds and 4.3* on Superfi), some positive…
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gurpsc
ARC is useless

What are the supposed benefits? Is it just volume control?
ARC is useless
jameshothothot
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Sony.Sony.Sony.Sony. Sony


​beat me!


​With what?
I would recommend these. I have one for sale on eBay at the moment. Just over a year old. I only replaced as my new TV came in a bundle with a sound bar, subwoofer and rear surround speakers.

Sound quality is very good. There is a bout in subwoofer which does its job. Ideal for those who don't want wires everywhere for surround sound (the main reason why I bought it).
Here's the what hifi review. Personally I wouldn't touch a soundbase/bar without HDMI now.
http://www.whathifi.com/onkyo/ls-t10/review

Its a good price though!


Edited By: flux on Jan 11, 2017 14:20
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LG SH5 Multiroom Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Silver £199.95 (£99.95 after pricematch and cashback) @ AO

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LG SH5 Multiroom Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Silver £99.95 after £50 manufacturers cash back A.O current have the sound bar on offer for £199.99 with a £50 manufacturers cash ba…
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Just tried to get this and i has expired, any other suggestions? thanks
I think this deal is expired now. Seems to be £199.99 at JL.
Bought this yesterday from JL at £149, now back up to £199 on JL
Tempted if they'd price match JL and then still give cashback. Worth a call. Thanks for posting.
Attz
Will bite at £99 from JL, but unsure how you receive the £50 cash back?
There isn't a manufacturer cashback offer it's a store offer which AO are running.
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Yamaha YAS105BLB Soundbar with Dual Built-in Subwoofers (Black) was £169 now £149.00 @ Richersounds (Instore Only)

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This is a soundbar that will add to interior whether placed on a shelf or mounted on a wall. By providing surround sound it opens possibilities for audio enjoyment. Whether on a flat surface or on a w…
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http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/yamaha-yas105-soundbar-99-amazon-uk-was-189-yesterday-2384311
This was the old deal, maybe worth holding out until it's less than £100 again?

Not sure they're still producing these. The 106 is available in the US which is the same thing just with HDMI inputs. I asked Yamaha and they said they have no plans to release in the EU but with everyone only having a couple of units left it's probably coming soon.

Bought mine at Xmas for £170, needed a soundbar without a subwoofer to avoid annoying neighbors and i'm more than happy. I'm not an audiophile though.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/yamaha-yas105-soundbar-99-amazon-uk-was-189-yesterday-2384311

This was the old deal, maybe worth holding out until it's less than £100 again?
I can vouch for this sound bar. Luckily picked mine up sub £100 on an Amazon deal, but it is very good. Well worth £150. Heat!
I purchased one of these a while back. Still love it !!
i got one from amazon warehouse 20pc off for around 95 quid. great for music and clear dialogue on netflix. surround sound effects lacking though but a great soundbar for sure.
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Bose Solo 5 Soundbar - £152.00 @Amazon

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Seems Amazon have price matched John Lewis. 2 year warranty as standard with Bose anyway.
M0nk3h Avatar1w, 6d agoFound 1 week, 6 days ago23 Comments
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dean_brfc
Have you got this one? I've been looking at some of the Cambridge ones, and that one came up.
Wondering mainly what it's like for music. I want to scale down my hifi setup and get rid of amp + stereo speakers for the sake of redecorating. I know a soundbar will never match it, but it's hard to find reviews that go into any depth about the music playback quality.

Yes I have and would recommend it. You can try it out at one of the Richer sounds stores


Edited By: osiris on Jan 11, 2017 00:50

Have you got this one? I've been looking at some of the Cambridge ones, and that one came up.

Wondering mainly what it's like for music. I want to scale down my hifi setup and get rid of amp + stereo speakers for the sake of redecorating. I know a soundbar will never match it, but it's hard to find reviews that go into any depth about the music playback quality.
This should be expired or the price changed to £169.00
M0nk3h
panddda
Think this is the same as the deal that I was looking at yesterday on the John Lewis post - have just ordered one as we want it for speech on TV programmes rather than bass and booms. More comments on this post: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bose-solo-5-sound-bar-with-bluetooth-152-john-lewis-2590698?page=1#comments
Do you also get a 2 year warranty on Amazon?
Also, anyone know if you get the required cable in the box? Seems to indicate it isn't included.
Bose give you a 2 year warranty as standard so this isn't a worry. AFAIK Bose include the optical cable in the box.
Refer to their manual:https://assets.bose.com/content/dam/Bose_DAM/Web/consumer_electronics/global/products/speakers/bose_solo_5_tv_sound_system/pdf/solo_5_PDF_owners_guide.pdf
NeelixWasANiceMan
having bought a soundbase recently I would caution people about the connections on soundboard etc. I bought a Panasonic SC-HTE80 Speakerboard Bluetooth Sound Base, Black. Once connected by HDMI that is ARC compatible (Google it) then the TV remote controls the soundbar volume. The Yamaha deal elsewhere on here learns the TV remote to allow easier control. it means avoiding multiple remotes for basic operation.
This essentially has many of the features of ARC but in two different forms 1) Detects an Audio signal then wakes up accordingly and 2) You get a universal remote included in the box enabling to you have a single remote for both.
It's no ARC but it's just a different implementation of it.
I've always seen the HDMI(ARC) ports on my recent TVs but never knew exactly what it was. A friend told me about it and didn't think much of it apart from it was pretty neat but didn't click that I had a compatible TV. I have 2x LG 47LB650v TVs and the downstairs model has the Optical port broken due to it bending from the wall mount it's on. I remembered the ARC input and now we have our 5.1 working again.
I personally think Optical, although brilliant, is now considered obsolete due to the likes of HDMI (ARC).

Thanks! Weighed up pros and cons of Amazon v John Lewis and decided to go for JL in the end as they're probably better in the event of any returns being needed or claims under warranty. Also used Paypal so don't need to pay for it until after Payday, which is handy following Christmas!!
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Bose® SoundTouch™ 300 Wireless Wi-Fi Bluetooth NFC Sound Bar £539.00 @ John Lewis

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Possible sonos killer. Comes with DTS. Price matched with currys.
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Went to have a listen of one of these after a friend said it was amazing.Truth was as always with bose it was boomy and not much clarity.Think I'd go to or the sonos and monitor audio for those who really appreciate sound.
Am looking for a decent sound bar but dont wanna go over £250 any recommend any
i will buy a couple tomoz
I think the Sonos would be a safer bet.
Not a Sonos killer then......
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Sonos Playbar Home Cinema Sound Bar £512.00 @ John Lewis

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Great deal on a Sonos play bar plus 2 years warranty.
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I saw this deal when posted but was too slow to act and its now finished! :o(
The playbar is overpriced at it's usual selling price of 599 (some sites are selling for 569) but last year there were offers as low as 479 - which is a fair price for this unit which only offers a single optical audio input connection.
If I see it at £512 again I will go for it but I suspect an updated version of this device may be on the way as the others in the Sonos range have been upgraded in the past 12 months or so.
They need to update the sound bar
Well for all that think it's worth it... it is... just received mine and the quality is epic.... very happy
Why are people voting cold when this is the cheapest it's been in a long, long time?
Voted hot since it's the cheapest it's been in a while
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Samsung HW-J551 320 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Surround Sound Speakers £135.79 @ Amazon

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Lightning deal that looks like a good saving, good reviews around the web. Wireless subwoofer and expandable via optional wireless rear speakers. Enjoy more detailed and powerful sound 4 built-in
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Anyone got any links to reviews/youtube videos? Surely date first available on amazon wasn't 2004!
someone end the deal please. it's sold out at the deal price
Gone.
managed to get one..Cheers op!
On the wait list..anyone who has got it in their basket and doesn't want it please put it back!
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Bose Solo 5 Sound Bar with Bluetooth £152.00 @ John Lewis

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John Lewis price match with 2 years warranty. Not seen it cheaper!
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Hi - what are you offering?....

M1ckj1m
whboy
I actually have a spare Denon dht-t100 in the box, only used for a few days, if anyone is interested. I bought 2, but only used 1 in the end!
How much ye thinking?
Garnett
uk90
Bose is a very average audio brand. If anyone actually knew their stuff they'd realise Bose is a marketing ploy.
Got to ask - where do you get your info? It seems to me there's a lot of the "Emperor's New Clothes" about audio equipment.http://www.whathifi.com/products/bose?oq=bose&src=textfield&aq=bose&type=product&pos=top
The 10 Bose products most recently reviewed by What HiFi score an average of 4.1 stars out of 5 so I've got to ask - what do you know that What HiFi does not?
(I own no Bose products and have no skin in this game, but just interested to know)
Yeah a few products out of how many? And I am talking about purely sound quality these reviews do not soley reflect sound quality but various othet aspects alone.
If you can find one cheap I can recommend the samsung HW-J6001, theyve been as low as £229 and thats roughly half what they were originally selling for
uk90
Bose is a very average audio brand. If anyone actually knew their stuff they'd realise Bose is a marketing ploy.

Got to ask - where do you get your info? It seems to me there's a lot of the "Emperor's New Clothes" about audio equipment.

http://www.whathifi.com/products/bose?oq=bose&src=textfield&aq=bose&type=product&pos=top

The 10 Bose products most recently reviewed by What HiFi score an average of 4.1 stars out of 5 so I've got to ask - what do you know that What HiFi does not?

(I own no Bose products and have no skin in this game, but just interested to know)
Bose is a very average audio brand. If anyone actually knew their stuff they'd realise Bose is a marketing ploy.
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10% off Soundbars at Currys, e.g. SONOS Playbar £512.10

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Currys are currently advertising 10% off all soundbars with code SOUNDBAR10 (ends Tuesday). This means you can get, for example, the SONOS Playbar for £512.10. I went for the Samsung HW-K550, w…
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This is what is wrong with this website in general... Many people vote cold simply because a product is outside their price range. The first comment in this post is also another example of cold voting based purely on anecdotal evidence. You couldn't (at time of posting) find the SONOS Playbar for anywhere near this price. Next time I'll post a rubbish Alba set from Argos for £20...

Not quite, this started off cold because the deal at the start included additional money off through 11% cashback which was not achievable. This was then amended although you will find that once a deal is in the negative, it tends to stay that way
joe_h
mib2reaper
Why cold? Normal price all year round is £599 and it hardly ever goes down and defiantly not this much.

This is what is wrong with this website in general... Many people vote cold simply because a product is outside their price range. The first comment in this post is also another example of cold voting based purely on anecdotal evidence. You couldn't (at time of posting) find the SONOS Playbar for anywhere near this price. Next time I'll post a rubbish Alba set from Argos for £20...


Agreed
mib2reaper
Why cold? Normal price all year round is £599 and it hardly ever goes down and defiantly not this much.

This is what is wrong with this website in general... Many people vote cold simply because a product is outside their price range. The first comment in this post is also another example of cold voting based purely on anecdotal evidence. You couldn't (at time of posting) find the SONOS Playbar for anywhere near this price. Next time I'll post a rubbish Alba set from Argos for £20...
Why cold? Normal price all year round is £599 and it hardly ever goes down and defiantly not this much.
knack
msiddiq1989
Dan__

faulty soundbars that Currys are selling thats prob why its gone cold.
I bought 2 recently and both have turned out to be faulty.
COLD from me.
Not currys fault if both units are faulty. Blame the manufacture
Contract is with the supplier. They are responsible for supplying goods in working order.


Currys are but currys didn't make the product so they can't be blamed for faulty product but for warranty claim than you can blame currys if they don't get it resolved
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£75 off LG SH6 Sound Bar with Voucher @ AO.com

Instructions:Enter the code at the checkout  
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M0nk3h
Rang AO, scount code expired on 27th.
Sadly AO Do Finish the Code Early if they Sell the Quoter they always reserve the right in the T&C's
Rang AO, discount code expired on 27th.
"Sorry, this code has expired." at checkout sadly
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Denon HEOS HOMECINEMA Soundbar £299.00 @ Richersounds

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£80 cheaper than everywhere else and including 6 years warranty!
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I saw this yesterday on the website and bought it this morning. None in the Watford store but they have them in the warehouse. Getting mine tomorrow with free next day delivery.
It's been at this price for a while and totally worth it.
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10% discount @ Currys 'SELECTEDAUDIO10' works in store on soundbars

Instructions:Posted in a previous post which expired 10% discount on all audio equipment, worked in store. Should have expired last week Code - SELECTEDAUDIO10  
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Put details of what the discount is on in the title so you don't get voted cold...


Thanks
My first time
Put details of what the discount is on in the title so you don't get voted cold...
LRMD98
Where?


I used in slough, works perfect at the counter
Where?
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Sony HT-CT390 SOUND BAR JL PRICE MATCH £199.99

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Listed at £229.00 on John Lewis site. I called them and the price matched PowerDirect.co.uk price of £199.99 as they have a store not just online orders. it took a while to get them to verify but got…
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JL didn't price match it :( Said that PowerDirect have "limited stock" whereas they have "In Stock" so therefore can't price match.
Most reviews give it a good rating for the price. It doesn't pretend to be top of the range and you get what you pay for so I didn't expect top of the range. For the average lounge which is not acoustically the best arena, it's adequate and provides better than the matching Sony TV audio output, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve.
Which magazine has pretty bad reviews for this one. Does anyone have it? Any real-life recommendations?
emiratesstadium
qwerta369
Meh. Soundbar. Pay a few more quid and get a full 5.1 home cinema system with 3D blu-ray player.


​Your obviously missing the point of this site.


You're!!!!
qwerta369
Meh. Soundbar. Pay a few more quid and get a full 5.1 home cinema system with 3D blu-ray player.


​Your obviously missing the point of this site.
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Samsung HW-K430 2.1 220W wireless Soundbar £116.10 @ Currys/PC World

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*Update: Additional 10% discount now online and instore* so the new price: £116.10 Code: SOUNDBAR10 limited time offer - Sound bar: 160 W - Wireless subwoofer: 60 W available online and i…
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10% code 'soundbar10' makes this £116.10 until Tuesday, just picked mine up
Would this be good for. 2mx2m room?
This or the LG SH5?
The k450 seems to have hdmi, but that's for £169
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Samsung curved soundbar HW-J8500/1 R over £300 off! - £399.00 2 year John Lewis guarantee included

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First post... Great deal, save £350 plus a 12 month Deezer membership. From John Lewis so excellent aftercare and 2 year guarantee included. Have been looking for the hw j7501 to go down in p…
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Boooo, gone.
Well spotted. Fantastic price. Would have bought this one had I not purchased the HW-J7500R before Christmas.
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LG 320 Watt Flat SoundbarLAS550H £129.99 @ Euronics

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Take your audio experience to the next level with this 320 W Soundbar from LG. The LAS550H is ultra slim, comes in a stunning silver, and has been designed to match your 42” TV perfectly. Superior
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How does this perform? I've got a budget around £250 for a decent soundbar, if anyone can recommend anything.


​​​​Can only recommend my own. Yamaha 105, £170.

Wouldn't touch the Philips, too many faulty units and I believe the LGs have issues with lip sync on some units.

Reviews are spotty for soundbars since they're far more subjective than TV reviews. Personally didn't want a subwoofer to avoid annoying downstairs neighbours, the 105 has built in upfiring subwoofers so met my needs. Your only option really is you take a gamble or find somewhere you can test units.
Nice find Op - thanks.
How does this perform? I've got a budget around £250 for a decent soundbar, if anyone can recommend anything.
Was posted a few weeks ago by TheOak. I bought one. It does offer the best value branded 300+ watts though.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lg-las550h-320-watt-soundbar-wireless-subwoofer-129-99-euronics-2558233
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LG SH5 Bluetooth Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer and Adaptive Sound Control, Silver at John Lewis for £149.95

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Add extra punch and depth to your movies and TV shows with the superb sound of LG’s SH5 sound bar. It packs 320W of audio power, has seamless wireless Bluetooth connectivity, and LG’s special Adaptive…
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This is Brilliant. Thanks. Great soundbar for less tham £100. what more do you want?
AO will price match John Lewis and they have a £50 manufacturers cash back offer so total cost after cash back £99.95!!
bought mine with my new lg TV. pretty great.
the difference is very noticeable, and I'm somewhat angry that the TV speakers are so naff by comparison. it's nice that the sound bar bar can be controlled via the regular LG TV remote too.
phil9
pavel76
Same price at Argos


Only when brought with a new LG TV! As Normal they let you reserve at the lower price then refuse and try to charge the higher price once you are in store.


​wrong!! clause 4. you pay the lowest price.

b) If you reserve a product and the price changes (due to normal fluctuations e.g. goods going into or coming out of promotion) before you collect the item, you may request to pay the lowest of i) the price on reservation or ii) the prevailing price in store at the time of collection
Is it better to get one of these or splash out a bit more for a Sonos Play 3 if I'm not as fussed about TV audio?
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JBL BOOST TV Soundbar with Bluetooth, Optical and 3.5mm Connectivity - Black was £169 - £99.00 Richersounds

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Richersounds online and instore. Were £169 6 YEAR SUPERCARE - £9.99
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had mine since boxing day and im impressed. for £99 its a fair price and this soundbar really boosts your tv sound with more bass and clarity. Its not mind blowing but its what you expect from a small compact soundbar and would recomend
Got one for the kitchen to go with the 27" curved Samsung that was on here last week.

Should be ideal for that situation as I found the rest of the soundbars were massive for kitchen use. I think this will be fine for bedroom/kitchen use, just not the living room when you want something a bit more powerful.

Thanks OP!

edit: works great with the afore mentioned telly (no optical on the tv, so analogue only...)

I personally do not like the "virtual surround" function, too echoey, so that's off for me after much experimentation.

All in all, a great buy, certainly not for the living room though.

Edited By: meherenow on Dec 31, 2016 22:33: info
thetarget
FoSho
Supposedly it's not so good in larger rooms but should be pretty decent for a 32" in a bedroom. I'm tempted but some of the reviews are pretty middling. Don't know if there are any better alternatives for price / size though, soundbars are pretty new to me.

I haven't bought this and I too do not know so much about soundbars. This one is apparently a bit too bass heavy from reviews. Although some people like lots of bass. If convenient, go to a shop and listen to it. Having said that, it will sound different in a store to which room you will be placing it in.


It will also sound different when wife and kids are in the room
FoSho
Supposedly it's not so good in larger rooms but should be pretty decent for a 32" in a bedroom. I'm tempted but some of the reviews are pretty middling. Don't know if there are any better alternatives for price / size though, soundbars are pretty new to me.

I haven't bought this and I too do not know so much about soundbars. This one is apparently a bit too bass heavy from reviews. Although some people like lots of bass. If convenient, go to a shop and listen to it. Having said that, it will sound different in a store to which room you will be placing it in.
Supposedly it's not so good in larger rooms but should be pretty decent for a 32" in a bedroom. I'm tempted but some of the reviews are pretty middling. Don't know if there are any better alternatives for price / size though, soundbars are pretty new to me.
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Samsung HJ6000R/XU 49" curved soundbar Black SAMSUNG STORE UK £172.00

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Been looking for a decent soundbar for my curved TV and in black not silver.Was £405 now £172 Boost your curved TVs sound Six built-in speakers mean this curved soundbar can deliver powerful, pu…
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I bought this soundbar for £155 from AO. It is a great soundbar even though it is slightly an older version. It has bluetooth, optical, usb, hdmi and av connectivity... no wireless and only 1 hdmi. I was please with the sound quality and functionality. Looks like the cheapest price at the moment.


​Is it any good.Just bought it myself to replace my overated bose speakers.Mamaged to get cashback with tcb
I bought this soundbar for £155 from AO. It is a great soundbar even though it is slightly an older version. It has bluetooth, optical, usb, hdmi and av connectivity... no wireless and only 1 hdmi. I was please with the sound quality and functionality. Looks like the cheapest price at the moment.
it's the old sound bar cooker hood again. :-)
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Samsung HW-J6001R 49" Curved Wireless Soundbar Now Only £172.00 @Samsung

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Reduced from £405 apparently.. there is also a similar model for the same price, i'm unsure of the difference (could just be the colour) so posted both. Next cheapest for this model is £264.90 at cram…
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Samsung 49" Curved Wireless Soundbar Black, HW-J6000R/XU Now Only £172.00 @Samsung

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Reduced down from £405 apparently but next cheapest is £265 at Tesco so this is a Bargain! Boost your curved TVs sound Six built-in speakers mean this curved soundbar can deliver powerful, pure
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SAMSUNG HW-J250 Wireless Soundbar with Built-In Subwoofer Now Only £66.00 @Samsung

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Bargain! down from £100 but next cheapest is currys and john lewis @ £79.99 Also quite a few other deals to be had in the sale.. full details HERE Compact way to enjoy great audio The J250 of…
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Not sure why this is cold. Great deal but sold out unfortunately.
oos
Will this play music from my phone via Bluetooth?
Ordered and voted hot. Thanks op. ;)
Hot for me! Difficult to get a soundbar that's the same width as a 32" tv, and a good price too!
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Samsung HW-J6001R 49" Curved Wireless Soundbar £172.00 @ Samsung.com

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Boost your curved TVs soundSix built-in speakers mean this curved soundbar can deliver powerful, pure sound. Two tweeters provide crisp and clear high tones while the four mid-range drivers deliver mi…
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Only black in stock now
jesus this is a steal good find!!!
cheaper then from ao a few days back.
JellybearXo
Does if come with a sub


​yes it comes with a sub.
Does if come with a sub
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LG SH5 2.1Ch 320W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer was £299.95 now £149.95 @ Amazon

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Enhance your home entertainment experience with the LG SH5 2.1Ch 320W Wireless Subwoofer. It comes equipped with the clever ASC technology that adapts to deliver real life sound quality and brings you…
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Is the 3.5mm aux input and the optical input the same port or different?
JuliusHibert
Such a shame it's not in black.

Will this work with my LG tv and allow a chromecast audio to be connected to it, at the same time?


​it has a 3.5mm aux input jack. so yes it will allow a chromecast audio to be attached at the same time.
obviously though it won't be able to play aydio from both your tv and chromecast at the same time.
Such a shame it's not in black.

Will this work with my LG tv and allow a chromecast audio to be connected to it, at the same time?
Oh man I wish this was black. Been waiting for a for a soundbar deal around this price for a while.
I bought the SH6 from Currys when they had it reduce down to £206 (down from an alleged £400).

They sound pretty good and if you have an LG TV it's connects wirelessly to the soundbar.
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YAMAHA YSP2500 Soundbar £399.00 @ Richer Sounds

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"Yamaha raises the bar to new heights this is an amazingly talented soundbar delivering captivating sound." Sound beams for surround sound like no other soundbar Powerful bass response Bluetooth
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Link doesn't seem to work. Guessing the offer is over.
gari189
What do you want from a system? what do you think you might want it to do in the future? which of these systems best meet those requirements? eg if you want to have a multi-room system in the future can this be expanded? do you have specific size limitations? do you want to stream music through it and can it handle those formats? Not easy decisions.....you seem to get more for your money with the Yamaha (eg sub-woofer) but if it doesn't do what you want.....
PS the Sony slightly cheaper here
https://www.powerdirect.co.uk/index.php/sony-htxt3-2-1ch-tv-multi-room-350w-soundbase-wifi-bluetooth.html £298 but might be worth paying extra to get it from JL






​thanks mate. I am just looking at something for the TV and ps4.the Sony appealed to me due to the less space taken up and with if going with my current Sony 4k TV. Also my TV is in the corner of my room at an angle.I am not sure how that will affect the Yamaha sound projection..
JeanDeLaFontaine
stevano
I've got one of these and it's amazing, got it last year for £500 and it's the best money I've ever spent! Only downside is that the HDMI pass thoughts do not support HDCP 2.2 or HDR.
do you use it for game console also ? if yes, how is the experience ?


Hi Jean, I use it for movies, TV and Xbox one games and the sound is amazing! You do need a square room though.
What do you want from a system? what do you think you might want it to do in the future? which of these systems best meet those requirements? eg if you want to have a multi-room system in the future can this be expanded? do you have specific size limitations? do you want to stream music through it and can it handle those formats? Not easy decisions.....you seem to get more for your money with the Yamaha (eg sub-woofer) but if it doesn't do what you want.....
PS the Sony slightly cheaper here
https://www.powerdirect.co.uk/index.php/sony-htxt3-2-1ch-tv-multi-room-350w-soundbase-wifi-bluetooth.html £298 but might be worth paying extra to get it from JL





Edited By: gari189 on Dec 24, 2016 02:13: update
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LG LAS350B 120W Soundbar with Bluetooth & External Sub £70.00 @ Sainsbury's

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LG LAS350B 120W Soundbar with Bluetooth & External Sub Normally £129 or more Saw this in Sainsbury's Derby last week. I didn't know much about it so I didn't bother buying one. Saw it again tod…
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Model up from this LG LAS355B on Amazon for £79.99 if none in Sainsburys.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-LAS355B-2-1Ch-wired-woofer/dp/B01FMKT42W/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
Need second soundbar for Alexa
lucyferror
Haven't seen it today :(
Might be an early Boxing Day sale, keep an eye out. Hope you find one.
Haven't seen it today :(
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Went for one of the JAM Heavy Metal speakers, sounds great for £53.99
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kit sound stadium 120 soundbar £59.99 @ Vodafone / Ebay

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price now back down to 59.99 KitSound Stadium 120 Soundbar and (wireless) Subwoofer Seems like a decent price for this 120 Watt soundbar and wireless subwoofer
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Just got mine, works fine

Anyone who struggles to get the sub working might be best reading the instructions from the start and hitting the Bass+ button the make sure (There is a pairing button on the back which you use long before you hit the pairing button on the front)

Best thing I found about this is that after I paired it with my echo dot, then I can use the remote to select the next/previous song on my playlists

That in itself saved me buying a £20 remote from Amazon.

Happy Days..
Now £170.
mine just been delivered. quick delivery ordered weekend. unable to setup/test until Thursday tho.
You only get a broken one for 59.99 lol (it seems)
just been updated mine has been marked as dispatched.
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Panasonic soundbar SC-HTB8 Black £50.00 @ Sainsbury's instore only

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Instore @ Sainsbury Purley Way £70 everywhere else
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I got a refurb for £40 and its pretty good I think for that price. I play my phone thru it via Bluetooth and it is also connected to my new 4K Tv. The sound from the TV is much better with this switched on. Overall for £40 I'm quite happy
in Beaconsfield Branch as well
this sound bar is crap I sent mine back to sainsburys and got myself the Samsung one
DONT BUY IT, I bought one AGES AGO and it wont power on half the time without unplugging and plugging it back in like 20 times.

It is a GREAT soundbar when it works, but I cba spending 5 minutes each time I want to use it fiddling to get it to turn on.
Is this sound bar quality any good? I have a basic Sony with sub woofer
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Ordered the Silver one yesterday and got £4.50 cash back by going through Quidco... seems like a good all-rounder sound bar from the reviews and I think it's well worth it for the £174.50 it cost me in total.
look like they are no more adding 100£ discount for this model
black is in stock again and can use TENNEROFF code for £169 delivered
GibsonSt19
hktonycandy
black version is available again too

Doesn't seem to be? Says OOS for me.


​managed to order 1 this morning but then OOS again.
Nesima
GibsonSt19
Isn't this the silver version of the model people had for £155 yesterday?
Black version was£155, the silver version was £34 more.

That what I was implying.
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Expired.
will this play music from my blower via Bluetooth?
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grantem2000
Just tried MEGABOOM40 from mobile and got "Sorry, this code has expired"
I've just tried it again for you, try clearing cookies, it's still working for now (for me anyway).

Was working earlier but shouldn't have been as it was meant to only apply to purchases with a TV. Error corrected now.
grantem2000
Just tried MEGABOOM40 from mobile and got "Sorry, this code has expired"

I've just tried it again for you, try clearing cookies, it's still working for now (for me anyway).
Just tried MEGABOOM40 from mobile and got "Sorry, this code has expired"

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.