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HDTVs today are getting thinner and thinner. Soon the display panel will be so thin that there will be literally no room for a speaker in the TV. Even now the speakers in HDTVs are so flat they suffer in performance levels. HDTVs today are clearly video centric and while you may enjoy a spectacular picture, you certainly need an alternative for sound. What's to do?

There are several ways to add great sound to your HDTV. If you have a large room and want 6 or more speakers, you can opt for a full-function surround sound system which includes an Audio/Video Receiver with Dolby Digital and DTS capability, 3 front speakers, a subwoofer and 2 or more rear/side speakers. However, if your room (and budget) is smaller, you might opt for a sound bar system.

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› › Add a Sound Bar setup for better sound for your HDTV —

Sound Bar style speakers complement an HDTV in both looks and performance and require minimal space and wiring. You would want a sound bar speaker system if you want the thrill of surround sound but your room can't accommodate a full-function 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound system. Some models feature advanced designs and digital signal processing to create a convincing, three-dimensional sound field. All the speakers are in the front so you do not have to run speaker wires across the room. There are many designs so make sure you get a compatible system. Even within the same manufacturer the sound bar may not fit some models of HDTV.



Improve and expand your TV's front soundstage with a sound bar speaker and subwoofer duo. Ideal for smaller rooms like a bedroom or a bonus room, where a full surround sound system might not make sense. Just two pieces and very few cables to connect, you get an uncluttered, décor-friendly path to great sound.

Just connect your Blu-ray player, gaming console, and other components directly to the back of the subwoofer. HDMI inputs let you hook up multiple high-definition sources and switch easily among them, for the best possible picture and sound quality. And standard-definition video from a DVD player or VCR is automatically upconverted to better match the screen resolution of your HDTV.

Experience surround sound with fewer speakers and wires. Add in the full functionality and connections of an A/V receiver and bring excitement to movies and video games.

The sound bar has inside of it, 3 speakers, left and right plus a center speaker. The subwoofer has the amplifier and the cable connections on the rear. 


You can connect your Cable or satellite TV box, DVD player, Blu-ray player, Playstation and other sources to the subwoofer and output video over HDMI to the HDTV.




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