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Please explain to me how a Soundbar is better/superior to a 2.1 Speaker

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi,

I use a Panasonic TV at home. I have connected my Logitech 2.1 speaker to my TV using the TV's headphone jack. The sound quality is quite impressive. When I search for Soundbars on Amazon I see that the price of a Soundbar is much higher than a 2.1 speaker system.

Please explain to me how a Soundbar is better/superior to a 2.1 Speaker

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What makes you think that higher price  = superior?


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I have the TV connected via digital to analog converter direct to my good old stereo system. 

I guess Soundbars are just so expensive because they are easy to use. Just plugin and ready to go.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Enderman said:

What makes you think that higher price  = superior?

Frankly, I don't know anything about Soundbars. Never used one. That's why I am asking.

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Soundbars are not expensive because they sound better than proper speakers

 

Soundsbars came about because people wanted speakers that are compact and unobstrusive and fits in a space where TVs are usually placed

The cost comes about from the technical challenge of trying to make them sound as good as proper speakers


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5 minutes ago, huilun02 said:

Soundbars are not expensive because they sound better than proper speakers

 

Soundsbars came about because people wanted speakers that are compact and unobstrusive and fits in a space where TVs are usually placed

The cost comes about from the technical challenge of trying to make them sound as good as proper speakers

Lets not forget that putting terrible speakers into a TV then offering to sell the customer a solution is also a thing.

 

Honestly, my phone sounds better than my speakers on my TV, its louder and has better quality bass and treble. My TV (which is a mid range LG so not a supermarket special or anything) is all mid, the bass and treble are all compressed into the mid range and it sounds really muddy. I bought a little £30 Bluetooth speaker that I take to work with me and even that sounds better than my TV.

 

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3 minutes ago, Master Disaster said:

Lets not forget that putting terrible speakers into a TV then offering to sell the customer a solution is also a thing.

Hey if that means I can get the meat of the TV (the screen) without being forced to also pay for good built-in speakers, I'm all for it

The TV market is competitive enough


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3 minutes ago, huilun02 said:

Hey if that means I can get the meat of the TV (the screen) without being forced to also pay for good built-in speakers, I'm all for it

The TV market is competitive enough

Fair point, plus the practicalities of putting good speakers into modern TVs make it almost impossible anyway.


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21 minutes ago, james_bond said:

Frankly, I don't know anything about Soundbars. Never used one. That's why I am asking.

Well in case it wasn't very obvious, they are very small and compact, and making something like that sound good takes a lot of engineering and technology, which makes the price higher.

 

There is nothing that says higher price = better.

There are good and cheap sound bars, just like good and cheap crappy 2.1 speakers.

It depends on the brand and quality and features.


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4 hours ago, james_bond said:

Hi,

I use a Panasonic TV at home. I have connected my Logitech 2.1 speaker to my TV using the TV's headphone jack. The sound quality is quite impressive. When I search for Soundbars on Amazon I see that the price of a Soundbar is much higher than a 2.1 speaker system.

Please explain to me how a Soundbar is better/superior to a 2.1 Speaker

I work on the basis of don’t fix what ain’t broke. That’s why I still run a 32” 720p TV. If the sound quality is where you need it then I’d say stick with what you have. I myself have a 2.1 Logitech speaker system connected to my TV. But I have the speakers positioned behind my head, this way I can use the headphone jack for when I don’t want to disturb others in the house. 

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meh..stereo, 2.1, soundbar and speaker set ups are basically the same honestly...its a what you want in looks or loudness or even how its connected. neither is superior to the other.

 

 

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3 hours ago, circeseye said:

meh..stereo, 2.1, soundbar and speaker set ups are basically the same honestly...its a what you want in looks or loudness or even how its connected. neither is superior to the other.

 

 

Id agree. The only reason Id ever swtich to a sound bar is if I was upgrading to like a 5.1 setup. But as it stands i like my little 2.1 logitech speakers, they actually sound very good, Im kinda disapointed I didnt repurpose them to my TV sooner. 

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On 5/20/2020 at 3:44 AM, james_bond said:

Hi,

I use a Panasonic TV at home. I have connected my Logitech 2.1 speaker to my TV using the TV's headphone jack. The sound quality is quite impressive. When I search for Soundbars on Amazon I see that the price of a Soundbar is much higher than a 2.1 speaker system.

Please explain to me how a Soundbar is better/superior to a 2.1 Speaker

It's not, inherently.

 

The primary benefit of a Soundbar is that it's one single device, and it takes up less space than spacing out several speakers and a sub.

 

Some Soundbars have a built-in sub - though generally not a very good one. Often they come with external subs (or you can add one afterwards) - these are better.

 

The other benefit of a Soundbar is the connectivity options are generally better, with TOSLINK and/or HDMI connections. They may also support newer audio codecs such as Master/HD Audio, ATMOS, etc.

 

A Soundbar can sound good or bad - though it's no substitute for a full surround sound system.


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