Soundbar Alternatives, $77-$385 and above

As I discussed in an earlier article, while soundbars are popular, they aren’t really a good option for those who want quality sound at a low price. Generally speaking, a soundbar is too small to sound really good. The companies who make soundbars aren’t usually dedicated to audio. Finally, similar systems at lower prices perform better. So today, I’m here to tell you what to buy instead. I’ve put together three different ways to get affordable alternatives at improved quality.
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Wattage Numbers and Amplifiers

One of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in audio are the wattage figures that show up on amplifier, receiver and speaker advertisements and specifications. The most common thing we think of when it comes to wattage are light bulbs. The socket has a specification, you buy a light bulb that matches, or is smaller than, that number. That’s the wrong way to think about speakers and amplifiers. Depending on how loud a speaker is playing, it uses a variable amount of power (measured in watts), and the amplifier supplies it. So all you need is an amplifier or receiver that can deliver as much power as the speaker needs to create sound.

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If You Care About Audio Quality, Reconsider Purchasing A Soundbar

The primary home audio product today is the soundbar, in its various incarnations. They offer superior sound to the sound built into your TV at a relatively low price, with low complexity and a high convenience and aestheic factor. The problem with soundbars is one of compromise. At every turn, audio quality is compromised for price, convenience, simplicity and size. With any design, something has to give, there are no perfect solutions, and when it comes to budget soundbar, the compromise is audio quality. Lets take a look at some of the benefits of a soundbar, and examine how they affect audio quality. From there, we’ll look at some alternatives to soundbars depending on what you’re looking for. If, after reading this, you still want a soundbar, I’ve provided a set of recommendations.

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