Roth Sub-Zero Soundbar - £99 @ Tesco Direct (£89) for new customers
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Roth Sub-Zero Soundbar - £99 @ Tesco Direct (£89) for new customers

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Found 12th Jan 2013
Went into Richer Sounds for advice on a good soundbar. They told me this is the best sub £150 soundbar around (They sell for £120). Seems a good price and gets good reviews independently.

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New customers use code TDX-KJPW for £10 off.

Free collect from local store. £3 standard delivery.

Also 3% quidco and clubcard points.

(Let me know if I've missed anything, dont post many deals)

Also Richer Sounds will price match if you prefer to visit them.

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Original Poster

The Roth Sub Zero is designed to give you high definition audio ideal for your HD picture. With analogue and optical inputs, the Sub Zero connects easily to up to three TV or audio sources at a time.

Product specifications

Key Information
Type Soundbar
Power
Power Source Mains only
Battery Type None
Batteries Included N
Number Of Batteries Required 0
Total Sound Output (RMS) 32
Charges iPod When Docked N
Lower Frequency Threshold (Hz) 35
Upper Frequency Threshold (kHz) 20
Compatibility
Suitable For TV
Sound
Number Of Speakers 1
Subwoofer N
Features
Area Of Use Indoor
Wall-mountable/Desk-mountable Wall & desk
Interfaces/Ports
Interface 3.5mm jack
Network & Communication
Bluetooth� N
Alarm
Alarm Clock N
Additional Information
Is Hazardous Material N
Dimensions
Product Height 96.0 MM
Product Width 781.0
Product Depth 57.0
Product Weight 4.0 KG

Wouldn't this be better?

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It has a separate subwoofer, 100watts RMS (instead of 32) and I think it still has an optical input. And its £10 cheaper.

Original Poster

profet

Wouldn't this be better? … Wouldn't this be better? http://www.tesco.com/direct/philips-hts311105-soundbar/110-7254.prd?recommendationId=abbf1d41-bddb-4b24-a2d1-e10ce922dd5b.0&skuId=110-7254It has a separate subwoofer, 100watts RMS (instead of 32) and I think it still has an optical input. And its £10 cheaper.



The lad in the shop slated it, if I'm honest, I'm not clued up when it comes to speakers / soundbars so just took Richer Sounds advice at face value. I'm sure there will be a few on here that can confirm that know more than me.

I'm really keen to get one or other of these so I'd love to know what other people think. Is the Philips one really that much louder? How does the bass on the Roth perform? Is the Roth sound quality that much better?

Thanks in advance!

you are of course assuming that the bloke in the shop actually knew what he was talking about...
ever asked advice in PCW ?

Original Poster

profet

I'm really keen to get one or other of these so I'd love to know what … I'm really keen to get one or other of these so I'd love to know what other people think. Is the Philips one really that much louder? How does the bass on the Roth perform? Is the Roth sound quality that much better?Thanks in advance!



According to RS this outperforms the others in my budget despite what the spec may suggest to a novice like me. He said that Roth specialise in audio whereas the others I looked at (LG, Sharp, Phillips etc) were jack of all trades but master of nothing.

He seemed pretty genuine and like he knew his stuff, but maybe I've lapped up his patter.

Banned

the roth soundbar will be 100 times better than the phillips 100 watt for the phillips will be pmpo ( peak music power output ) and a high distortion rate ive got a full roth setup and there excellent speakers and build quality
Edited by: "rich172" 12th Jan 2013

Original Poster

niceguyrichy

you are of course assuming that the bloke in the shop actually knew what … you are of course assuming that the bloke in the shop actually knew what he was talking about... ever asked advice in PCW ?



Yep, didnt have much to go on other than internet reviews, trusting RS as a shop and having a good gut feeling about the advice I was given. Suppose if any experts tell me I've bought a duff it can go straight back (not picking up from Tesco until Tuesday).

Felt bad for not going back to RS given they gave me a good service, but an extra £10 saving and not having to pay city centre parking to go back to RS has eased my guilt

not.bothered

Yep, didnt have much to go on other than internet reviews, trusting RS as … Yep, didnt have much to go on other than internet reviews, trusting RS as a shop and having a good gut feeling about the advice I was given. Suppose if any experts tell me I've bought a duff it can go straight back (not picking up from Tesco until Tuesday).Felt bad for not going back to RS given they gave me a good service, but an extra £10 saving and not having to pay city centre parking to go back to RS has eased my guilt



Think RS pay parking too
http://www.richersounds.com/images/storefinder-parking.gif

and disabled get free delivery
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and give you free earphones
richersounds.com/inf…nes

and beat the price by £5
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I think RS pay for your parking.

Original Poster

Not really bothered for missing out on the earphones, I just assumed they'd match the £99 but not the extra £10 off.

At least I know for next time, have always rated RS from what people have told me about them. Do feel a little bad for essentially using their advice and then not buying from them, then again, had I bought it there and then without coming home to research prices I would've ended up paying £40 more.

Cue someone telling me they would've retrospectively price matched, refunded the difference and given me a new car for the inconvenience

profet

Wouldn't this be better? … Wouldn't this be better? http://www.tesco.com/direct/philips-hts311105-soundbar/110-7254.prd?recommendationId=abbf1d41-bddb-4b24-a2d1-e10ce922dd5b.0&skuId=110-7254It has a separate subwoofer, 100watts RMS (instead of 32) and I think it still has an optical input. And its £10 cheaper.

I would rather have a good sounding unit than a loud distorted one, saying that these things shouldn't need turned up very far to be loud anyways to be loud.

Wodja

I would rather have a good sounding unit than a loud distorted one, … I would rather have a good sounding unit than a loud distorted one, saying that these things shouldn't need turned up very far to be loud anyways to be loud.



Moar watts = Moar betterer.

Don't you not know nothing?

thecresta

Moar watts = Moar betterer.Don't you not know nothing?

Well my setup in the house is a Denon AV reciever and some Jamo speakers, and btw more watts does not mean better sound? I suppose you have a 1000w Bush AV system in the house that never gets turned up past 0.5?
Edited by: "Wodja" 12th Jan 2013

Bought one recently, nice unit but was too tall to stand in front of tv and had to lift remote up at arms length to use it (felt like I was back at school ) Although it has a built in sub it still has good base tones, even better now as I have it fixed to the wall above the tv and being a stud wall it uses it as a base box

Ordered the Roth - collecting from store on Monday. Fingers crossed.

Wodja

Well my setup in the house is a Denon AV reciever and some Jamo speakers, … Well my setup in the house is a Denon AV reciever and some Jamo speakers, and btw more watts does not mean better sound? I suppose you have a 1000w Bush AV system in the house that never gets turned up past 0.5?



Hell no, wouldn't touch a Bush with my bargepole!

I've got a pair of 50w Acoustic Solutions bookshelf speakers from Argos wired up to a cheap car amp from China. Set me back £30 in total.

Impressed?

Not much to say on the sound bar but richer sounds are top quality, I would only ever go to them. If I want something I always look it up online in store and they are always happy to price match. Shame on you feeding the Tesco giant over RS

No long ago i sold my Yamaha YSP-900 soundbar on ebay as the sound on it was disappointing. When watching a movie or TV the main issue was that dialogue was really difficult to make out. Sound effects, explosions, music etc was fine but you could hardly make out what people were saying.

Does anyone know if this one would be any better?

Also i still have my Yamaha YSTFSW100 sub woofer, could this be plugged in with this to be used as well?

Thanks

For £45 more I picked up the LG 2520a soundbar. Built in subwoofer, 80 watts, 3 HDMI in, 1 HDMI out, optical and looks a lot better than the Roth. It's a WHICH? Best Buy (the best they tested across a wide price range including much more expensive soundbars) and has also received good reviews elsewhere.

Very good at handling speech with a Clearvoice setting which is very good and I wear hearing aids so this is a key issue for me.

I think the £99 price is pretty much the norm. Even Amazon has it for this. Admit though that the £10 voucher code (if you're a new customer) and the Quidco makes it a nice price.

I heard this in Tesco's a good few months back and IMO it kicked out a decent amount of bass but audio sounded too boomy. I went with the Yamaha YAS-101 and YSTFSW050BL add-on subwoofer in the end. Not comparing both as I would be comparing a £300 system vs £100 system, which is unfair. But I chose this for audio clarity and decent mids/bass, without sounding boomy.

Once again HUKD members cause me to spend money that I really shouldn't.

Made a new account and got it for £90, cant beat that.

Mottmania

For £45 more I picked up the LG 2520a soundbar. Built in subwoofer, 80 … For £45 more I picked up the LG 2520a soundbar. Built in subwoofer, 80 watts, 3 HDMI in, 1 HDMI out, optical and looks a lot better than the Roth. It's a WHICH? Best Buy (the best they tested across a wide price range including much more expensive soundbars) and has also received good reviews elsewhere.Very good at handling speech with a Clearvoice setting which is very good and I wear hearing aids so this is a key issue for me.




where you get this from?

How does this connect to the tv?

twinspeeks

where you get this from?



Tribal UK which is owned by Hughes Direct. Had it on offer just after Christmas and a 3% discount code. Was showing as temporarily out of stock but took a gamble and placed an order and I was rung the next day to say they were moving one out of their store to ship.

I think it is no longer listed on their website but might be worth a try or even giving Hughes Direct a ring to see if they have any more in store.

Power Direct are listing as having stock soon and are selling for £129.99! Don't know anything about Powr Direct as a seller though.

Here

Mottmania

Power Direct are listing as having stock soon and are selling for … Power Direct are listing as having stock soon and are selling for £129.99! Don't know anything about Powr Direct as a seller though.Here



Has pretty poor reviews. Many people saying things take over a month for delivery and the customer service being non existent.

Wouldn't trust them as they don't accept paypal either, which is essential for smaller companies to accept.

Reading the reviews it states that it's suitable for TVs with a screen size between 32- and 42-inches - obviously it will still work with a 50 inch set, but does it look disproportionate with the sizes? Do you specifically have to purchase a soundbar for your size TV?

Cheers

HertzVanRental

Reading the reviews it states that it's suitable for TVs with a screen … Reading the reviews it states that it's suitable for TVs with a screen size between 32- and 42-inches - obviously it will still work with a 50 inch set, but does it look disproportionate with the sizes? Do you specifically have to purchase a soundbar for your size TV?Cheers


No it will work fine woth a 50", its just to do with the length of the soundbar

HertzVanRental

Reading the reviews it states that it's suitable for TVs with a screen … Reading the reviews it states that it's suitable for TVs with a screen size between 32- and 42-inches - obviously it will still work with a 50 inch set, but does it look disproportionate with the sizes? Do you specifically have to purchase a soundbar for your size TV?Cheers



Seriously ? What do you think ? It's all about the sound quality. If someone tells me a soundbar is suitable only for a certain sized tv I tend to switch off.
Edited by: "siadwel" 13th Jan 2013

siadwel

Seriously ? What do you think ? It's all about the sound quality. If … Seriously ? What do you think ? It's all about the sound quality. If someone tells me a soundbar is suitable only for a certain sized tv I tend to switch off.



I agree that it's all about the quality and highlighted that it'll work with any TV. The issue is stated in the Trustedreview here and that got me thinking.

Never even contemplated a Soundbar before, just thought that specs/requirements could be different for a huge tv in a large living room, as opposed to one used in small room/bedroom etc and perhaps there was different standards available - obviously not!!!

WAHLS!

thecresta

Moar watts = Moar betterer.Don't you not know nothing?



tbh, I bought one of these Last week {Philips one} and its a cracker! Super Bassy and the sound is fine. Also does DTS/DD processing which the ROTH doesn't do according to the review?

Edited by: "bluebird" 13th Jan 2013

This is a good price. I purchased one from Tesco last summer however I returned it. It's ok but it didn't produce enough quality sound for me. It was just like boosting the TV speakers. Personaly I would buy the Samsung E350 if your TV supports ARC. Excellent sound for the size, I think there was a deal on here for around £100.

Hi make sure the height of the Roth does-not cover the remote sensor, i have a new Panasonic the sound is a bit weak so was going to buy the Roth, but its height covers the sensor as it sits right at the bottom of the screen.
i am going the cheap amp route with small speakers.

Received a Tesco Direct £15 off a £75 spend voucher code via email today. Suitable for existing or new customers. Used it when buying this.
£84 seems a reasonable price.
Don't know if the code is unique or not but here it is TDXR-YRHX
Edited by: "noh" 13th Jan 2013

I wasnt impressed with the roth brand of speakers,but i suppose they are what you get at the pricerange,im used to my kefs,i couldnt put my finger on it but they just dint sound right.....

Banned

leighbeef

I wasnt impressed with the roth brand of speakers,but i suppose they are … I wasnt impressed with the roth brand of speakers,but i suppose they are what you get at the pricerange,im used to my kefs,i couldnt put my finger on it but they just dint sound right.....

kef has gone downhill big time unless you spend ALOT of money i think roth are verygood built and sound quality for the money

Bought the Philips soundbar from Argos last year and it was awful, I had a job to return it and get my money back. The Roth would be a far better purchase for your needs.
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