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jhawkr
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Dec 28th, 2017 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking of ditching the home theater setup I have in favor of a soundbar. As I'm getting older and movie soundtracks get busier, I find I cannot hear dialog as well. I have some Sennheiser wireless headphones that do a pretty good job but I don't like wearing the cans. So, I'm looking at the Polk "MAGNIFI MINI SOUND BAR". It's supposed accentuate the dialog and still give reasonable movie/music sound. On sale @ BestBuy for $229.99 and probably all over the net.

Anyone have experience with soundbars in general or the Polk specifically?

I'll be replacing an H-K receiver and Boston Acoustics speakers with a 10" Polk sub. Great for music, movie effects but bad for dialog.

Sharkie
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Dec 28th, 2017 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting comments jhawkr. I have a good HT system and I’m having the same issue with movie dialogue. Thought it might be my ageing 5.1 theater system.

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Dec 28th, 2017 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Get a 3.1 soundbar so you can have separate control over the center channel. That's where most of the dialogue is at.

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Dec 28th, 2017 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 55” LG came with an inexpensive bundled 2.1 soundbar that has been great. I don’t have any dialog issues like I experience with other people’s home theater rigs.

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Dec 28th, 2017 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know about your home theater receiver, but mine (Denon 5.1) has different EQ and speaker settings for different listening modes. The music setting is 2.1, the movie setting is 5.1, and the game setting is 5.1 with an alternate EQ. Trying to watch a movie while it's in music mode results in hard to hear dialogue. I don't know if your receiver has the same sort of settings, but it's worth investigating for the low, low price of free. :-)

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Dec 28th, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got the Samsung soundbar to match the TV downstairs. I would highly suggest any system that has a wireless sub-woofer. It makes a world of difference in the depth of the sound. It does not muddle the dialog as none comes thru the sub-woofer. Being wireless it can be placed anywhere near an outlet (mine is by the side of a chair)

I did not think it made that much of a difference until I turned it off. I have not used my 5.1 surround sound upstairs since I got the soundbar and wireless sub-woofer for that TV as well

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Dec 28th, 2017 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ZVOX Soundbase. If mine ever goes bad, I'd buy another.





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Dec 28th, 2017 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a Boston Acoustics model, soundbar and wireless sub, had one for about 7 or 8 years, then it crapped-out and I got another of the same for about the last 3 years. Works perfect, no issues, cost me about $250. If mine died today, I'd get another.

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Dec 28th, 2017 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking at soundbars with separate sub.

In addition to better dialog reproduction, I like the idea of de-cluttering. Loosing 4 speakers and the receiver in the bargain.

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Dec 28th, 2017 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've also got a Boston Acoustics model for when I'm not using the 5:1 setup and it sounds very good. Having said that... when my old centre speaker went belly up I bought a new Klipsch centre speaker and the difference was amazing. Dialogue was much clearer and as dudesweet157 mentioned, most receivers have a menu to fine tune speaker levels for different modes . You could just crank up the volume level on your center speaker and you'll still have the full 5:1 effect and hear better what's being said.

jhawkr
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Dec 28th, 2017 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You could just crank up the volume level on your center speaker and you'll still have the full 5:1 effect and hear better what's being said."


I've done all that. It does improve to a degree but still requires me to cup my hand to my ears to hear what is being said.

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Dec 28th, 2017 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My best setting for dialogue is closed captioning.

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Dec 28th, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Soon after I got a new LG 49" tv last year I picked up a matching 3.1 LG soundbar, after reading the great reviews.
A must have w today's flat screens.


jazzguy

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Dec 28th, 2017 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

p s. It came w the seperate sub, also a must imo

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Dec 28th, 2017 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have a wireless LG soundbar, bought to match our LG TV, and it's very good. One of the preset eq settings is a speech enhancer which does what it says.

jhawkr
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Dec 29th, 2017 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to BestBuy today to sample some of the soundbars.

jhawkr
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Dec 29th, 2017 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I liked what I heard at BestBuy so I decided to buy one. I get 5% cash back by using Discover at Amazon.com and I looked it up a bit ago and price reduced to $169! Ordered immediately! Plus, FDP gets a piece of the action!

(Also see jackhammer thread)

Sharkie
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Dec 29th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^ Did you buy the Polk Audio?

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Dec 29th, 2017 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Unless you have an incredibly bad HT setup (and I tend to hate the things, much preferring regular stereo even for movies) I can't see how downgrading to a worse speaker will improve dialogue reproduction.

jhawkr
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Dec 29th, 2017 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did buy the Polk Magnifi Mini.


Whether or not it is downgrading is debatable and highly personal. The Polk is engineered to reproduce cleaner dialog and from what I heard today, it does. I think my center channel Boston Acoustics are insufficient and located too far away.

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