Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

Pictured above: The Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer


Whether you are a hardcore audiophile or the casual enthusiast, today’s soundbars can provide you the magnificence of a full featured surround system in a small, easy to install package.  There’s no need to tolerate the inferior factory speakers that came with your tv because you have been intimidated by the thought of a complicated surround system and trying to hook it up.  No sir!  You can stop being a little faggot (that’s right, I said it) and now you can get that awesome room filling sound and thundering base at a small price yet still impress your neighbors!

The soundbar has arrived!

So get rid of your speaker envy because your neighbor keeps bragging about his awesome 7.1 setup.  Stop putting up with your brother in law boasting at holiday parties (he’s compensating for something).  Join the crowd and infuse your tv and movie joy with the sound that goes along with it!

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While not every soundbar is created equal, unless you are buying one from the dollar store, you can find happiness in almost any package if you’re new to the game.  If your tastes are a little more refined, you want to get more bang out of your tv or you want to make an investment that you won’t later regret, then you will want to invest in something a little more powerful and high end.  In my opinion, it’s worth it.  While I started very small and inexpensive, it didn’t take long to develop a thirst for something of better quality and that would offer me a more immersive experience.

1. How Big is Your Room?

While we would like to think bigger is better (and really, it is) if you are on a budget and plan on using your new baby in a smaller sized room, you may not need the beefier speakers some manufacturers offer.  Sure it’s great to have the nine speaker super hero of soundbars with the 1.21 jiggawatt subwoofer and the flux capacitor (back to the future reference, just kidding), if money is tight and your room is small, you can get away with a scaled down speaker and still have an upgrade to your current sound.

2. Where are You Placing Your New Soundbar?

Take a measurement of the space you are planning on using to install your new baby.  Make sure the models you are researching fit into your space with no issues.  Most soundbars have a relatively small footprint so generally space isn’t an issue but better safe than sorry.  Measure once cut twice err um I mean measure once and buy once or well, you know what I mean.

3. Consider Your Connection Before Buying

You would be surprised how many different ways there are to connect a soundbar to a tv.  Television sound outputs can vary depending on the type of tv, the age of the unit and the quality.  Be sure the soundbar you are considering has the inputs that match up to your tv output.

4. Are You A Music Lover?

If you are music enthusiast particularly with your smart phone, you will want to make sure you have a bluetooth enabled soundbar.  Most are very simple to pair and will offer you a very easy and convenient way to listen to all that music you have collected on your smart phone.

5. Break In Period

Ok, this one is up for debate but I thought it was worth mentioning.  There are many audio nuts out there that insist there is a break in period for speakers that will be anywhere from around 50 to 100 hours.  Of course for every staunch break in supporter there is just the opposite.  There are probably an equal amount of those who say break in is a myth, speaker characteristics don’t change and there is no break in period.

It could very well be that after listening to a speaker for a while, the individual just begins to hear different aspects of the sound being produced as well.  No need to belabor this point.  If a speaker’s sound changes for the better upon it’s initial use then great I guess but I doubt you will even notice if it did.  It would be that subtle.  Ignore what you hear about this one.

6. Are You a Base Man?

Pay attention now, this is important!  While some prefer not to really notice the base during their daily dose of television or movie bliss, there are some of us out there that need that deep, heart-pounding base in order to survive!  If you are one of us, then be sure you choose a sound bar with a separate subwoofer and remember that the lower the frequencies, the deeper the base!

In summary, it’s hard to go wrong when adding speakers but there are also some things to consider.  Gather the information and get the most you can within your budget and you will live happily ever after!

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