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All right, no pun intended, I need a great sounding soundbar for a small  area ... Please recommend.  Quality is everything.  Thanks.


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If you want powered and you're a Roon user, I HIGHLY recommend the Bluesound Soundbar.  I use it to watch TV and while working (stereo in different room) with music during the day.  It works perfectly with Roon too.  I love it!

 

https://www.bluesound.com/products/pulse-soundbar-2i/

 

I also added the sub and Flex 2i for the rears.  lol


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Thanks jtwrace, but I want a sounnbar... enjoy your music, always...


HQ Player (#1) & Amarra Symphony (#2) (wow! love the Apple w/music!!) .. these two software make my system "Amazing!", also.... Win 7 Pro, JRiver Media Center19 or HQ Player, Livetuner, Fidelizer, Purist USB- Benchmark DAC2 HGC (love it!), Purist Audio XLR , ATC SCM25A's (To Die For!) & Focal sub6 . Triode Power Cables with Uber Buss (Yes!) Also enjoy Audeze LCD3 w/"fat pipe cardas."

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I was looking for a soundbar about 6 months ago.  I researched everything out there and tried in my house many of the higher end models that were available from Martin Logan, Samsung, Sony, Yamaha and Bluesound.  I was looking for just TV sound playback and had no need for any gimmicky stuff like bluetooth streaming.  Having the Goldenear XXL center channel speaker in my main HT setup, I knew nothing would come close to the sound that this could reproduce.  So the hunt was on, and I was extremely disappointed with every model I tried. 

 

Most soundbars couldn't get loud enough or simply sounded too tinny.  Those that had surround speakers sound terrible and were barely noticeable when pushed to the max.  The room I was testing them in is a 3 season porch about 15 X 30 feet, so not small by any means but not too big either.  Plus there's 4 walls with only sliding glass doors for openings.

 

Martin Logan sounded the best but couldn't get loud enough and there remote control couldn't sync with Comcast's remote or Logitech's.

 

So my next step was looking for passive soundbars.  I have several receivers, subwoofers and surround speakers collecting dust, so maybe this is the best route to go.  To make a long story short I settled on Definitive Technology  Mythos SSA-50 passive soundbar.  It was the best sounding to me and is fairly cheap these days if you can find one.  I have a Marantz receiver, a REl sub and couple of Klipsch speakers to round things off.  Best set up for me.  The SSA-50 is a bit gimmicky with foe surround channels built in the the soundbar.  So there is L/C/R and then L/R surround all built into the soundbar.  It's well built and weighs 30 lbs.  It has a good frequency sweep of 50-30 Hz which is far better then most soundbars will give you.

 

I'm still looking for a better all in one package that can eliminate the receiver but I haven't found one yet. There are a couple of brands that sell sound bars for $5000 but that's ridiculous.  A receiver and dedicated speakers even at entry level prices far outperforms any current soundbar. At least that's my disappointing and high expectation conclusion. 

 

I was hoping there would be more dedicated sound bars by reputable speaker companies but there are simply very little too choose from.

 

Good luck researching,

Shawn  


PC/NAS/JRiver/Roon - PS Audio P5 Regenerator - KEF LS50 Nocturne - Rel 328 subwoofer - PS Audio AC5 Power cables 

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