Q. We recently bought a new flatscreen TV, and when we set it up, we immediately found out that the built in speakers sound horrible! This TV was very expensive. Whats up with that?
The recent trend of consumers purchasing large, high definition flat screen TVs has been great for seeing every last detail of that Sunday afternoon football game. However, one thing that has suffered greatly is the audio quality. As TVs get smaller (or should I say thinner), the room for the speakers gets squeezed down to practically nothing.
Some TVs try to combat this by firing the speakers backwards into the wall, hoping to disperse more sound that way. But what if your TV is mounted in the corner, or is not directly on a wall? Well the sad reality is that its going to sound pretty horrible. But you have some options! A small set of bookshelf speakers would definitely fix the problem, but a newer and much more elegant solution has become increasingly popular – Sound bars. These relatively small bars can be mounted below (or above) your TV and usually blend in very nicely. They have much higher quality speakers in an enclosure, something your TV speakers lack.
Some even have small hide-away sub woofers to help boost the low frequencies. Many of these units can even be learned to your TVs remote, meaning when you turn the volume up and down on the remote, the sound from the sound bar goes up and down too.