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    Best soundbar for $250 or less?

    Preferably I would like for it to have DTS
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    Soundbars are never worth it over regular speakers. It's a trash marketing gimmick gullible people easily fall for.

    Get a used 2.1 or 3.1 set for that money, you'll be much happier.
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    If that is all you are spending, I'd just get the brand that matches your TV brand so they are integrated. I don't think you are going to get some huge difference in quality from one to the other. They are basically just enhanced TV speakers.
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    Originally Posted by Merc009 View Post
    Preferably I would like for it to have DTS
    What is your reasoning for wanting a soundbar? All they are good for is making your tv louder, they don't actually do a good job at surround sound.
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    What's a good surround sound option for $300-$500?
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    Some ideas:

    2.0 powered speakers - $130 ( I use a higher up model of edifiers for my bedroom TV, take up little space, way better for music and bass than sound bars)
    https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280.../dp/B06XGG6MFV

    5.1 all in one system - $430 (better than a sound bar but they cheap out on the speakers)
    https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-Yht-49.../dp/B07SJJ9ZZK




    Dayton audio makes good cheap speakers. You can do:
    Receiver:
    https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V38.../dp/B07BNXXJKB $280

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    budget 5.1
    https://www.parts-express.com/b652-a...oofer--300-691 $216

    or

    baller budget 5.1
    https://www.parts-express.com/t652-5...oofer--300-699 $330


    You'll need speaker wire but its cheap. Amazonbasics will work fine, $14 for 100 ft
    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-.../dp/B006LW0W5Y


    You will absolutely sound mog the chit out of any sound bar with a reciever + decent 5.1 system. If youre in an apartment or dont plan on listening to music too loud then the $216 speakers + the $280 receiver would be fine. If you have a home, bigger living room and or plan on listening to a lot of music and louder on it, then the bigger $330 speaker set would be worth the extra $100.


    Obviously you can find deals on used stuff on craigslist if you have patience and know what youre looking for.
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