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Check out some alternatives that provide better sound for TV viewing

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Home theater has resulted in two main audio system options. First, there is the traditional separate component approach. Second, there is the home theater-in-a-box approach. However, another option for those that don't want excessive connecting wires or don't have space for separate components and speakers, is a Sound Bar type system. This type produces a surround sound listening environment using a one speaker box, or one speaker box paired with a separate subwoofer.

1. Martin Logan Motion Vision Sound Bar

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If you have limitations that prevent from having a multi-channel home theater speaker system, but you want to enjoy a good home theater audio experience, you might consider the Martin Logan Motion Vision Sound Bar.

The Motion Vision features a separate amplifier for each speaker driver (for a total of seven), five channel audio decoding/processing, and both traditional cone mid-range/bass driver, and Folded Motion Tweeters, which provide faster response and more precise imaging for high frequencies.

The Motion Vision also includes both analog and digital audio inputs, as well as Dolby Digital/DTS surround-sound decoding, and additional Dolby Virtual Speaker audio processing. The Motion Vision even provides both wired and wireless external subwoofer connectivity, should you desire a more impactful home theater listening experience.
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2. Sony HT-ST7 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System

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The Sony HT-ST7 is a great way to not only get better sound from your TV, but delivers great audio quality for both a good movie and music listening experience. The HT-ST7 combines a stylishly-designed sound bar with seven independently amplified speakers with a powerful, and very convenient, wireless powered subwoofer. The sound bar can be placed on a shelf or mounted on a wall, above or below a TV. The sound bar portion also provides three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output that can also pass video signals, including 3D and 4K to your TV.

The HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel-enabled to further cut down on cable clutter when used with a compatible TV. In addition, both standard analog and digital optical/coaxial audio inputs are also provided for connection convenience. As an added bonus, you can even access audio content from Bluetooth-enabled devices.
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3. Yamaha YSP-4300 Digital Sound Projector with Wireless Subwoofer

If you are looking for a great surround sound experience without a room full of loudspeakers and wires, then check out Yamaha's YSP-4300 Digital Sound Projector. Utilizing an array of 22 small speaker and two woofer drivers (each with its own amplifier) housed in a central unit, the YSP-4300 projects sound with directional accuracy around the listening space to create a realistic 7.1 channel surround sound field. In addition, a wireless subwoofer is also provided for extended low frequency response.

The YSP-4300 has several digital and analog audio inputs, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, HDMI switching with both 3D and 4K pass-through (the HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel compatible), and the unit is also iPhone/iPod certified. The YSP-4300 is definitely worth a listen - it is a different type of listening experience.
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4. Atlantic Technology FS-4000 Front Stage Flat Screen Speaker System

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If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers for your home theater, you might want to check out the stylish, and great sounding Atlantic Technology FS-4000 Front Stage Loudspeaker. This unique speaker combines all three front channel speakers (left, center, and right) into one 40-inch long housing that is attractive and can be either table or wall mounted. The design of FS4000 is intended to complement flat panel LCD and Plasma televisions and can be used alone, or combined with a subwoofer and/or a set of rear surround speakers. However, the most important thing about this loudspeaker design is that it sounds great. Note: Requires external amplification.
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5. SpeakerCraft CS3 TV Speaker

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The SpeakerCraft CS3 TV Speaker incorporates an amplified 2.2 channel audio system, supported by virtual surround sound processing, that can also serve as a sturdy TV platform for LCD or Plasma TVs weighing up to 160 pounds. Connection options are provided for your TV and additional analog and digital audio sources, as well as wireless Bluetooth devices. The CS3 delivers great sound, including decent bass from its two built-in down firing subwoofers.

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6. Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System

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Check out the stylish, and great sounding Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Loudspeaker. This speaker system combines all three front channel speakers (left, center, and right) into a 41-inch long housing that is attractive and can be either table or wall mounted. The Trio is intended to complement flat panel LCD and Plasma televisions and can be used alone, or combined with a subwoofer and/or a set of rear surround speakers in a full surround sound home theater setup. The left, center, right sound image is wider that you would think and the sound quality is very good for this type of speaker design. For more details, check out my Short and Full Reviews, and my Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio Photo Gallery. Note: Requires external amplification.
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7. ZVOX IncrediBase 580 Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System

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The are lots of home theater audio solutions, but an increasing popular one is the sound bar. The ZVOX Audio IncrediBase 580 is a sound bar that provides great sound for viewing movies, or listening to music, without having to hook-up a bunch of speakers. Added bonuses is that the ZVOX 580 provides a wide sound image using virtual surround processing and also doubles as platform to set your TV on. The ZVOX provides both analog and both digital optical (Toslink) and coaxial digital audio inputs so you can connect a variety of sources, such as a CD player, DVD player, and even that old VCR.
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8. Episode ES-300-SNBAR-40 Sound Bar Speaker

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The Episode ES-300-SNBAR-40 is a sound bar style loudspeaker unit, about 40-inches long, that includes Left, Center, and Right channel speakers. The center channel delivers a very good vocal and dialog presence from both music and movie material. Also, the sound from the left and right channels is not only clear and detailed, but projects a sound field beyond the physical borders of the speaker cabinet. At 40-inches in width, the ES-300-SNBAR-40 is a great match for placement above or below LCD/Plasma TVs with screen sizes up to 46-inches. Also, the ES-300-SNBAR-40 does not have built-in amplifiers, so connection to a home theater receiver or amplifier is required. Also, for best bass results, an external subwoofer is recommended.
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9. KEF HTF8003 Home Theatre Sound Bar

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If you are looking for loudspeakers for your home theater, but don't want all the speaker and wire clutter, then check out the KEF HTF8003 Home Theatre Sound Bar system. The HTF8003 combines three front channel speakers (left, center, and right) into one 38-inch long housing that is designed for table or wall mounting. The KEF HTF8003 complements flat panel LCD/Plasma TVs and can be used alone (but does require connection to a home theater receiver), or combined with a subwoofer (recommended) and a set of surround speakers.
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10. Yamaha YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector

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The Yamaha YSP-2200 is another entry into Yamaha's Digital Sound Projector lineup. The YSP-2200 uses the same digital sound projection technology used in all of Yamaha's digital sound projectors. The YSP-2200 utilizes 16 individual speakers (2 watts x16) and an external 100 watt powered subwoofer. The YSP-2200 features extensive surround sound decoding, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio, and also provides 3D and Audio Return Channel compatible HDMI inputs, as well as digital optical/coaxial and analog audio inputs. In addition, the YSP-2200 is also iPod/iPhone compatible. If you are looking for no-hassle way to get surround sound for a small room, the Yamaha YSP-2200 may be just the right choice for you.
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