100 thoughts on “Choosing a Sound Bar | Crutchfield Video

  1. @xboxluva22

    Hmmm, xboxluvaa22 wants a system for a PS3? Right on! We've got plenty of systems, soundbars, and non soundbar. I'll need to know more about your preferences, room style, TV, etc, etc. Best if you can call us at 800 315 0030 and we can figure it out together.


  2. @GiantsFly

    yes, indeed you can. The Sony has multiple types of inputs, HDMI, Digital audio inputs, and analog audio (RCA) inputs. To connect to most computers you would use a mini to RCA audio cable (not included). We have both the HTC-T350 and the cable you would need in stock now, give us a call to get one.

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  3. @ivanchachi

    that's definitely an issue to pay close attention to. We have sound bars with both analog and digital inputs so they can work with any TV. Best thing to do, call us, we can help you get the right one that will definitely work with your TV.

    If you already bought a soundbar that doesn't have an optical input, and your TV doesn't have an analog output, you might want to return it and get a different sound bar.

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  4. whats a good system for music? i live right next to neighbers and they get mad if its too loud, so i want something that packs alotta bass, it doesnt need to go loud and i need something cheap, please help. thanks!

  5. @skatasay123 Big bass is usually the first thing to drive neighbors crazy. If you will be using a subwoofer, be sure you can independently adjust the volume of the subwoofer to a level that’s adequate for you but not enough to annoy the neighborhood. You can forgo a subwoofer when you use quality tower (floor standing) speakers, but you’ll need a decent receiver/amplifier to drive them. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  6. @crutchfieldtv well i got 2 floor standing speakers with 12 or 15" speaker on them, but my receiver is a rally old aiwa receiver, should i get a new reciever or get a new vizio soundbar with subwoofer? now i just wanna now what u would choose.

  7. @skatasay123

    Simply based on the small amount of info provided, i would think you'll be more satisfied with a newer receiver to power your existing speakers. However that recommendation could change based on the rest of your system, your TV viewing and music listing preferences, if you even like your speakers, etc.

    For the best recommendation, call us, we can hash this out and help you decide based on all the facts.

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  8. Hey There – I just orders the JVC th-ba1/ soundbar with Wireless Sub. Your thoughts as to Quality of Sound and its capability of Simulated Surround ??

  9. @xtraflo We don’t carry the JVC TH-BA1 so I’m not aware of its sound quality or simulated surround capability.


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  10. @crutchfieldtv I have a question can i build a surround sound home theater with different kinds of speakers and still experience a sound like ones in the cinema that when there's a truck exploded on the back of the protoganist i can here the explosion in the back?. And here's the speakers (example) i got 2 sony floor-standing 200w speakers on the front , 2 samsung speakers from the sides and 2 JVC speakers on the rear?

  11. @GHzSnakeLegend You certainly can build a surround sound system with speakers from different companies. We recommend that your front three speakers (left center and right) be from the same company and line so that they're voice matched. This will ensure that dialogue sounds the same as it moves between the front three speakers. For more assistance, just give us a call.


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  12. @rgarcia77 The need for an external receiver/amplifier is not based on the size of the sound bar. Sound bars are either “active” (built-in amplification) or “passive” (external receiver/amplifier required). You can sort the list of these products on the Crutchfield website by selecting “Yes” or “No” under the “Amplified System” option. You can also call us for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  13. @FrizzyFrisco Not sure what you mean. There is a wide selection of sound bars of all types and sizes. For a 32” TV, you may want to consider the Polk Audio SurroundBar 4000 as the bar itself is less than 31” wide. Just type our item number (107SB4KIHT) into the search window on the Crutchfield website. You can also call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  14. @crutchfieldtv Thank you very much. That's something I've been looking for. Well the T.V i want to get is a 32" LG LED 3D with one of these cool Sound bar.

  15. hi I have just brought a 55 inch 3d 240 hz tv. and I am looking for speakers with awesome sound for my ps3, watching football, games but I dont want wires going for in rooms so looking for a soundbar i have options like bose, yamaha, samsung but I am confused which one to take

  16. If I plug the soundbar/amplifier with an optical cable directly into tv, is it going to reduce the power of sound? My television: samsung 37" ln37b530.

    The reason of why I want to use an optical cable is because I dont want to always change the channel of the sound system, I know optical output only produce a 2.1 sound but its gonna be ok. Thank you very much for your time.

  17. @adi2609 We consider all of the models we offer to be high quality. For performance and value, check out the Polk Audio SurroundBar 6000. For the most convincing surround effect, the Bose 1-SR and the Yamaha “YSP” models are a great choice. Keep in mind; every Crutchfield purchase is covered by a 60 day satisfaction guarantee period. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  18. @phila135 Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your comment. I’m not sure I really understand your question. If you connect the TV's optical output to a compatible sound bar, the TV’s built in speakers will be unaffected. You can use both speakers, but I recommend turning the TV volume down so you can enjoy the better sound from the external sound bar. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  19. hi, could you please help me out to buy surround sound bar… i dont mind spending around 200 pounds. i got 55 inch samsung led tv. anything u recommend. thanks again

  20. @desaironak11 Please accept my apologies for the delayed response. We like all of the models we offer on the Crutchfield website. At this time, we only ship to the United States and its territories. I’m sorry I don’t have better news for you there. If you want to purchase any of the models we offer, I recommend contacting the manufacturer(s) directly to see which of their authorized retailers services your country. HTH!–Crutchfield

  21. That was good video. I hope you can help me, I just bought Samsung 32" LED for my bedroom. I was looking for something good quality sound bar but not too loud and big size also not something i need receiver with. I was thinking about Panasonic SC-HTB10 or Sony SA-32SE1, But without professional opinion and advice i couldn't make my mind. So i hope you can help me. Thank you in advance.

  22. @jerseyman9080 While we like all of the powered sound bars we currently offer, the Polk Audio “IHT” series offers great performance, simple connectivity, and wide sound staging. You will find these models by typing the keyword “IHT” into the search window on the main Crutchfield website. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  23. Hey if you guys want to see the best affordable sound bar the Yamaha YAS 101 reviewed check out my video on it. Had it over 3 weeks and did a review. Couldn't be happier with this 7.1 virtual surround sound! It just works!!

  24. wow that long sound bar where can i get one i need one that matches at least my tv length i have a 70'' sharp

  25. The longest one we offer is the Polk Audio SurroundBar 500 CHT coming in at 49" total width–Crutchfield

  26. boston is good brand? the wildest one look amazing, does it surround, not that sure, I put my 40USD amplifier woofer behind my sofa, and few tiny speakers around, not good, but loud enough

  27. If you are asking about the ZVOX Z-Base 555, it is the replacement for the Z-Base 550 that is briefly shown at the end of this video–Crutchfield

  28. I have a completely new comment/question? What do you do if you have a Panasonic TV? I just want to add normal speakers or maybe use some time time of sound bar as a reciever? All I know is this TV (TC-P42ST30), as with most Panasonics, Only has the optical out. How would I even begin to wire this and what soundbar should I buy. Panasonic sound bars, like the TVs don't have many connections on the back.

  29. Most of the self-powered surround bars offer a digital optical input for connection from your television. Many come packaged with the required optical cable. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  30. What kind of soundbar would you recommend for a 40" Sony TV that's in my bedroom. I mainly use it to watch cable TV and play PS3 (with bluray movies too). I don't want to spend a lot since it's just for my room (I just want to be able to hear when people are talking). I'm willing to spend up to $150. Thanks ahead!

  31. You're really not going to find any quality soundbars in that price range. If you are unable to spend a little more on a soundbar, you may want to consider a decent set of powered desktop/computer speakers. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  32. There are some sound bars that do not have power so you would have to purchase a receiver to drive it. However, there are sound bars like the Boston Acoustics referred to around 45 seconds into the video that do not need a receiver. This type has the amp built in to power the speakers. So, this type can be plugged into the iPod, computer, or TV. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  33. For $300 or less, the Sony HT-CT150 is a great sound bar solution that offers HDMI switching (3 in, 1 out), surround sound decoding, and 200 watts of built-in amplification for the bar and separate subwoofer. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  34. The reason for no sound from the PS3 is because the bar was not connected to it. It's best to get a bar which can use the audio output from your TV. Connecting the bar this way will allow you to get audio from any source you connect to your TV. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  35. While I’m sure the Samsung HW-E350 is a great single-speaker solution, our Samsung selection begins with the HW-E450 model which offers more power and a separate powered subwoofer. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  36. While we do not offer any Phillips products, any external powered speakers will likely be an upgrade over your television’s built-in speakers. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  37. I got one of these sound bars (too lazy to check which one) I don't like it much. Everything people say is too quiet and the effects are too loud.

  38. The actual size of the room and TV will have some bearing on a specific model recommendation. At this time, the LG NB2420A is the most affordable we offer at $179.99. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  39. I have a living room that is 20×20 ft and I want a sound bar that is good enough to somewhat simulate surround sound noise. Is there anything like that available?

  40. Because the term “Big Room” is very general, it will be difficult to make a specific model recommendation. If you prefer to use a self-powered speaker (no separate receiver/amplifier required), I like the Yamaha “YSP” models for larger screens and viewing areas. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  41. im just going around watching these kinds of videos,and you have a great presentation and you really know how to pitch to the viewers… Keep It UP!!!!!

  42. Hello. Do you have smaller soundbars for 22" LED HDTV's? I have a Toshiba 22" flat panel LED TV I use in our kitchen. The video is amazing, but of course, the audio is pitiful. Thanks in advance!

  43. The Subwoofer Out mono-RCA jack on the rear-panel of the Yamaha soundbar lets you connect an additional subwoofer to enjoy even more powerful bass sound. Keep in mind; you cannot use the soundbar speaker's built-in subwoofer (3" down-firing) and the external subwoofer connection simultaneously. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  44. You may want to consider one of the ZVOX Z-Base systems that are designed as a base for your TV to sit on top of. The “V220” model is the smallest they offer and will accommodate TVs up to 32” in size. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  45. Thank you for the info. I went with an 'Auvio' Bluetooth portable speaker that cost me less than fifty dollars. It has a USB connection (for power and to recharge the unit), and a 3.5mm audio input jack. I was able to hook up my HDTV to the 'Auvio', since my TV does have a USB and an audio output jack. The sound is great! The only downside is that I have to switch the unit on and off manually (turning the HDTV on and off does not turn the sound box on and off).

  46. Will any Home Theater work for most LED TVs? I have a 50 in Toshiba and im trying to go with the Sony – 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer HTCT260 or the Cinemate bose gs series 2

  47. Both the Sony and Bose models you’ve referenced offer analog and digital audio inputs. So, as long as your TV offers an audio output (and it should), you will be able to use either model. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  48. The Polk Audio SurroundBar50 was discontinued in 2011 and is no longer available from Crutchfield. The current version is the CHT500 SurroundBar which offers improved performance and a much thinner chassis (1/2” deep). Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  49. So, you don't know how to set up a home theater properly so you want the suck bar! Pissed off because I wanted to upgrade my sound equipment so I decided to go shopping. First place wal-mart…no 5.1 surround AV receivers just sound bars…next place Sears…J.C same thing there, a suck bar! Alright off to HI-FI world, well what do ya know, no AV receivers just a suck bar audio junk! Went to best buy same goddamn result!

  50. Hi, Im having issues with my new soundbar, its a klipsch sb1. I have tried to hook it up coaxel directly from tv to SB…no sound?? Have tried to hook it up threw my reciever/coaxel…no sound….took it up stairs to the bedroom tv hooked it up there…still no sound? Have tried analog/red and white cables…still no sound! Took it to the store…hooked it up to one of their tvs…and there was sound…so I know it works…but why cant I get any sound from my tv/LG 3D.thoughtthiswouldbesimple?TY

  51. When connecting directly to your television’s audio output, it’s best to use the optical (toslink) connection. Be sure the TV’s audio output options are enabled in the settings menu. HTH!–Crutchfield

  52. They can be very comparable assuming the driver size and wattage are the same. The wireless option affords greater versatility in subwoofer placement. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  53. Any sound bar will provide a dramatic improvement over the performance of your television's built-in speakers. Specific model recommendations will be partially based on your TV & room size. For music applications, we'll generally recommend a model with a powered subwoofer for better bass response. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  54. You mentioned Boston Acoustics in your video and we bughto the TVeee25 when we bought our Samsung TV and it only lasted 1 week and we took it back and exchanged it for another one which lasted 2 1/2 years. Personally, I would not recommend Boston Acoustics t anyone.

  55. The is no specific amount of wattage you have to have in a powered sound bar. Depending on the size of your television, the size of your listening area, and your preferred listening levels, a specific model recommendation can vary wildly. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  56. I spoke to someone at crutchfield a few weeks ago. We talked about the JBL Cinema SB400. I have had my mind set on it but now I am looking at the Polk Audio 9000 IHT. Both have 8" subs but from reading, it appears the polk would provide a lot better sound and surround effect due to its ability to play back all 5.1 channels rather then reproducing it as 2 channel stereo. Is there really a big difference in the 2 besides $250 price?

  57. Both models offer great performance so you really cannot make a bad decision between the two. I will say that if you plan to connect the speaker directly to the output of your television, the 5.1 decoding of the speakers will only be beneficial when the TV itself is the source (built-in tuner, network streaming, etc.). Most televisions will not output a 5.1 signal from external sources (blu-ray player, cable box, etc.). Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  58. With the current sale pricing, the Boston Acoustics TVee model 26 or Polk Audio SurroundBar 3000 would be your best options. Of the models regularly priced within your stated budget, the JBL Cinema SB100 would be the most powerful. Feel free to call for additional assistance: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  59. Both manufacturers offer several models with powered subwoofers & varying specifications. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation: 800.315.0030–Crutchfield

  60. I just bought a Sony HTC CT260H Sound bar and hooked it up by putting optical wire in the optical in put on the sound bar and optical output on my TV and my TV now shows nothing but black and white on the screen. However when I turn on my Blu Ray hooked up to the back of my TV in DVD 1 slot using HDMI cable it works and the sound that comes from the sound bar sounds pretty good, could you please tell me what I may be doing wrong for my TV to be going all black and white, which it never did before?

  61. 3 minutes. of nothing ! Another stupid video here on youtube, unbelievable ! What we only hear the whole time was bla bla bla.

  62. A sound bar is the perfect solution for me.  I chose the zvox420.  Found a great open box deal at $189.00!  I like it because it has the built in sub with enhanced dialogue feature.  As I get older, I tend to dislike too much thunderous bass which just seems to muddy up the dialogue mids and highs.  Thunderous base is also just annoying for anyone in the same building who isn't watching.  And if you need to listen at lower volumes at times, you need a system that can handle dialogue well.  I love movies, but I watch mostly ordinary TV. I could have spent $1000 on surround sound, but it just isn't worth it really.  

  63. There are hard wood cable hiders called Chord Savers, they are awesome and come in all kinds of different wood finishes to match your specific color.

  64. @thetruth the sound bar in this video is an older, discontinued model from Polk Audio.. the most comparable replacement we carry today is this Polk SurroundBar 5000 here: http://bit.ly/1DGOZZW

    For additional assistance & personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly:

    By phone: 800.315.0030
    Online chat: http://bit.ly/1b07Ykm 
    e-mail: [email protected] 

    I hope that helps.

  65. Hello! I´m in norway and I wounder if that you can help me to get a soundbar?  not to cheep or to many money for it.  

  66. I am thinking about buying the Sony 55 inch class 4k Model XBR55X810C. What do you recommend for a sound bar and A/V Receiver. My tv will be in the basement. The area is 12 by 20

  67. Which one sounds better? I'm looking for a sound bar for a 75" Sony 4K tv I'm looking at and I'm debating the Sony HT-CT780 vs the Polk MagniFi One for $299

  68. I've got an question, Please. I have an Sanyo 26" Tv for my bed room. The Tv doesn't have and Audio Out jack and in the "Speaker setup" there ins't any "External settings" either. I run an HDMI from a Amazon Fire Tv system. Is there anyway to have an Sound Bar hooked up to this Tv?

  69. The real problem with most sound bars is that they are made out of plastic and they have tiny drivers that are NOT capable of providing us with any audio fidelity. It is much wiser to get a pair of real speakers and a small amplifier. Those speakers could also be a pair of center channel speakers like the JBL Loft 20, if horizontal placement is very important to you.

  70. i want to create a theater like sound in my bedroom. i will watch on PC. so which kind of system should i buy to have a sound like that ( for my pc ). should i buy soundbar or fit some speaker at the corners of the room.

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