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Hey folks,

New to the sound bar world. I've seen a few deals floating around but wanted to get thoughts on the best $100 - $200 sound bar on sale. It's for a lower quality 65" in a medium-size living room.

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Hey folks,

New to the sound bar world. I've seen a few deals floating around but wanted to get thoughts on the best $100 - $200 sound bar on sale. It's for a lower quality 65" in a medium-size living room.
What are you looking to use it for? TV, movies music? Do you need a sub or just need louder fuller sound?

For a stand alone bar the Bose Solo 5 is good. Yamaha 109 is also stand alone with more base so it's better for movies.

I am looking hard at the Denon 216, no sub which is what I am looking for, and good overall imaging and sound. I am not a fan of a sound bar under $200 with a sub. It's just not enough money to make a good bar and a sub. But $200 for just the bar you can do okay.
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I just went to Best Buy a few days ago and walked out with the Sony HTS-350 for $150. It sounded the best to me out of everything on the display.
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Following, I'm looking for a sub $150-$300, and so far Vizio $150 model is the only one I see. Any other recommendations? This one does not have Dolby atmos
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Check out the Polk signa s2. Goes on sale at Amazon a lot.
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Samsclub has bose solo sound bar series II for $139.
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For 2.1: BestBuy has the Samsung HW-T510 [bestbuy.com] on sale for $130. This is exactly the same soundbar as the HW-T550 (at $280) minus 30 Watts on the sub woofer, a difference I guarantee you will not hear.
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What are you looking to use it for? TV, movies music? Do you need a sub or just need louder fuller sound?

For a stand alone bar the Bose Solo 5 is good. Yamaha 109 is also stand alone with more base so it's better for movies.

I am looking hard at the Denon 216, no sub which is what I am looking for, and good overall imaging and sound. I am not a fan of a sound bar under $200 with a sub. It's just not enough money to make a good bar and a sub. But $200 for just the bar you can do okay.
Mostly with streaming TV and Netflix. Sub would be nice. From what I've read, I'd like to do at least a 3.1 setup. Wireless rear speakers would be preferred if possible but that might raise the price?
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Mostly with streaming TV and Netflix. Sub would be nice. From what I've read, I'd like to do at least a 3.1 setup. Wireless rear speakers would be preferred if possible but that might raise the price?
Having a dedicated center ie 3.1 is a big improvement to spearhead and anchoring sound to the TV. You might look for a bar that can be expanded as $200 can only go so far. I am a pretty big fan of JBL bars myself.
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Having a dedicated center ie 3.1 is a big improvement to spearhead and anchoring sound to the TV. You might look for a bar that can be expanded as $200 can only go so far. I am a pretty big fan of JBL bars myself.
Do you think something like this would end up being disappointing?

https://www.target.com/p/vizio-v-...v_xasd0002
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I jumped on the Vizio's 5.1 that are on sale right now for $150. Base on the Rtings review, I decided that it's not worth waiting for anything else. They ranked them the highest in the sub $300 category.
https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/r...ies-v51-h6
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Do you think something like this would end up being disappointing?

https://www.target.com/p/vizio-v-...v_xasd0002
It depends on your expectations, if it's your first surround system I think you will like it. The sub should work ok and fill in the lows the other five channels can't but don't expect feel the base. It gets good reviews so it is worth trying in your home. If you don't like it return it.

If you wanted to stay at $150 and had room for a pair of speakers next to your TV I would highly recommend taking a look at Edifier 1700. They hook up exactly like a sound bar and are self powered. You will get a much better sound stage, cleaner sound at higher volume and cleaner base response. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...f-speakers

If you can spend $300 then the S350DB would rock and blow most sound bars in that price range out of the water. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...gJVcvD_BwE
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It depends on your expectations, if it's your first surround system I think you will like it. The sub should work ok and fill in the lows the other five channels can't but don't expect feel the base. It gets good reviews so it is worth trying in your home. If you don't like it return it.

If you wanted to stay at $150 and had room for a pair of speakers next to your TV I would highly recommend taking a look at Edifier 1700. They hook up exactly like a sound bar and are self powered. You will get a much better sound stage, cleaner sound at higher volume and cleaner base response. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...f-speakers [edifier.com]

If you can spend $300 then the S350DB would rock and blow most sound bars in that price range out of the water. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...gJVcvD_BwE [edifier.com]
I would do the S350DB's but all I have is a small mantle below the TV. Bookshelves are in the back of the room behind the couch. Assuming these are meant to be in front of you when listening/watching?
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It depends on your expectations, if it's your first surround system I think you will like it. The sub should work ok and fill in the lows the other five channels can't but don't expect feel the base. It gets good reviews so it is worth trying in your home. If you don't like it return it.

If you wanted to stay at $150 and had room for a pair of speakers next to your TV I would highly recommend taking a look at Edifier 1700. They hook up exactly like a sound bar and are self powered. You will get a much better sound stage, cleaner sound at higher volume and cleaner base response. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...f-speakers [edifier.com]

If you can spend $300 then the S350DB would rock and blow most sound bars in that price range out of the water. https://www.edifier.com/us/en/spe...gJVcvD_BwE [edifier.com]
Another question would be is it worth the extra money for Dolby Atmos? (this is my first sound bar/sound system)
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I would do the S350DB's but all I have is a small mantle below the TV. Bookshelves are in the back of the room behind the couch. Assuming these are meant to be in front of you when listening/watching?
Correct it would be a true 2.1 system. Front right, front left and a sub.
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