Tagged With soundbars

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Soundbars are great. They don't add to the bulk of your home entertainment system, since they can easily hide away underneath your TV, but they add a huge boost in sound quality over your TV's tinny integrated speakers. If you want surround sound, some have wireless rear speakers. If you want Dolby Atmos for overhead surround sound, though — you need something special. And that's where the Samsung K950, a slim soundbar that can bounce sound off your ceiling, comes in.

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In Australia, we love soundbars — they're compact, but offer sound quality that's a massive step ahead of even the best TVs' integrated speaker systems. New advances in surround sound like Dolby Atmos don't play well with all-in-one soundbar designs, though, which is why Samsung's new K950 soundbar has wireless rear speakers, and 15 different internal speaker drivers across the surround setup, some of which bounce sound off your ceiling.

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Sony's new HT-RT3 5.1ch soundbar system is a simpler and more affordable alternative to the full home theatre, promising 600W of power through the combined soundbar, subwoofer and rear speakers. Though the speakers still have to be wired into the system, it also boasts Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio from all your devices.

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If you have a curved TV, buying a straight soundbar or flat external speakers kinda misses the point; you want something that matches your screen not only in style but in shape. There are a few different models out there, but LG's HS8 curved soundbar looks just about as good as all-in-one sound systems for your TV can.

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Buying a new TV is a great feeling. Your new TV looks great whether it's mounted on a wall or sitting on a home entertainment unit, and whether it's switched on and displaying beautiful video or switched off and looking all fashionable. But does it sound good? Perhaps. But it can sound a lot better if you hook it up to a sound system — whether it's a compact soundbar or a larger surround sound home theatre setup.

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LG's new line of battery-powered, Wi-Fi enabled speakers complement their new sound bar models, sure. But they also fill out Music Flow — the company's Sonos-like connected-house audio offering — with some attractive, well-rounded hardware.

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Some great specials this week! Available online at DickSmith.com.au today and in-store on Saturday. Deals include $100 off every $500 spent on Samsung TVs, up to 20% off Panasonic and Sony TVs, 25% off select soundbars and 12% off Apple Computers. Here are the details.

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It’s a strange feeling to spend the night in a hotel when you’re looking out over your own city. But there I was listening to the new digital audio line-up that Samsung first previewed at CES in January. The HT-F9750W 7.1 channel home theatre system; the HW-F751 vacuum tube Sound Bar; and the $299 DA-F61 portable Bluetooth speaker. Updated industrial design, warm sound and a distinct lack of wires are this year’s audio hooks. Here’s why that’s fine by me...

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Sound bars don't immediately benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity the way music systems do, because you usually use them with your TV, and your TV isn't something you need to put in your pocket and walk around with. But that doesn't mean that Sonos' wireless music features don't benefit from its first sound bar. Just the opposite, in fact.

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The built-in speakers on gadgets are nearly always garbage, and tablets and laptops are the worst of the worst. No one uses the built-in crap if they can avoid it, but portable speakers are either inconvenient or terrible, and so most of us are banished to a life of headphones. Well the new Bluetooth Sound Cylinder from Definitive Technology is the most elegant portable sound system we've ever used.