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Question Sound bar / base - limited space

Discussion in 'Soundbars, Soundplates & Soundbases' started by bunyboy, Feb 27, 2018.


    1. bunyboy

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      Hi All,

      I have limited space but want to add a sound bar or sound base to improve the audio from my TV. The issue is the space it needs to go is 90cm wide and 27cm deep.

      This seems to narrow my options considerably. In fact, I've only found the Acoustic Energy AEGO Soundbar that will fit the space and is supposed to give a decent sound.

      Does anyone know of other options that might work?

      Thanks,
       
    2. samgamgee

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      I've got similar issues if a little larger space than you.

      I've considered maybe a soundbase in the shelf in the TV unit but I think you need space around these so may not be a good option.
       
    3. bunyboy

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      I can't find a soundbase that will fit on my shelf anyway.. they all seem to be 30cm plus so no good for me.
       
    4. bunyboy

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      I've seen the Samsung HWM360 is just over 90cm and I might be able to get away with it as long as it's under 91cm. It's going to be wider than the TV though.

      Anyone have that model or have other suggestions?
       
    5. Steve356

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      I had a similar space problem for a bedroom TV. How about the Cambridge Audio TV5v2? This what I got after quite a bit of research. I've been very happy with it.

      TV5 (v2)
       
    6. bunyboy

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      Yeah, I saw that. It looks great. But I've realised how big the sound bases are and I only have 27cm of depth on a shelf and none of less than 30cm.
       
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      Just measured mine and the feet that the sound base sits on are about 25 cm long, so they would just fit on a 27 cm deep shelf. The front of the sound base would overhang a 27 cm deep shelf, but sometimes that can be a good thing in terms of dialogue projection.
       
    8. bunyboy

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      That's interesting. Thanks for checking that. Does that include space behind for the power lead etc that stick out? That always seems to add a lot for me...
       
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      Good question! I have the power lead and an optical cable (I use this rather than a HDMI lead on this particular system) and they do add about 5 cm to the depth. Therefore the total depth of the sound base is 33 cm plus 5 cm for cables (measured on the top of the unit), while the base sits on feet that are about 25 cm long. If your shelf is hard up against a wall, you would have a problem. The sound base itself needs a little room at the back anyway or the bass can become little muddy, especially at higher volumes.
       
    10. bunyboy

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      It is indeed flat against a wall. So I'm out of luck. Smaller sound bars seem the only option.
       
    11. samgamgee

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      Do you think this would fit in a shelf unit with a PS4 and Sky Box on top?
       
    12. Steve356

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      I measure the height of mine as 10.5 cm including the feet.
       
    13. bunyboy

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      Ok, so I'm looking at a few soundbar options. Anyone have opinions on the following:

      - Acoustic Energy AEGO Soundbar
      - Samsung HWM360
      - Sony HTMT300
      - Panasonic SCHTB488

      They'll all fit on my shelf (the Samsung only just) and the Panasonic is the only one with HDMI and it's an 'Arc' HDMI, which could be helpful if it does what I think it does...

      Thoughts?
       
    14. samgamgee

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      The other issue is would I need space around it for the sound?
       
    15. Steve356

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      Not sure I understand your question but the sound comes out of the front, plus there is a woofer on the underneath that needs to reflect against a solid surface. The feet on bottom provide the correct amount of room for the woofer to perform.

      Looking at your original question again, I don't think you would get great results putting a couple of boxes on top of the sound base. It really needs to have the TV resting on it (they are designed for this) or placed on a shelf directly above a TV. That way, the sound will appear to be from the screen. Too far away from the TV and you will likely get some odd results with localisation of the sound.
       
    16. samgamgee

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      Thanks Steve.. thats twice ive read that now. Soundbases are out then
       
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      Why not look in the classifieds for an avr/amp and hook up some speakers?? I've used this set up for ages and works a treat
       
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      I am facing a similar dilemma.
      So far the Polk MagnifiMini seems to be the best option in terms of sound quality, hdmi arc and smallest foot print. There is a Video review here:
      Polk Magnifi Mini Soundbar Review



      It is £299 and includes a wireless Sub.
       
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      Might better with a small AVR and a compact speaker package.
       
    20. Blues Rock

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      You will get better sound from a set of stereo speakers and a stereo amp.
      Thats what I use
       

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