Get a Vizio VSB200 sound bar for $29.99
It's a refurb, but it's also an all-time low price. Just one catch: there's a mail-in rebate involved.
This is an update of a deal I've posted before.
Most HDTV speakers sound pretty crummy. In their defense, there's just not a lot of room for cones and whatnot inside those skinny LCD and plasma panels. But it's disappointing! Here you spend all this money for a beautiful screen, and your ears pay the price.
One affordable way to improve the audio situation: a sound bar, which is a speaker/receiver combo that sits above or below the screen and does the work of two or more standalone speakers.
Update: TigerDirect has suddenly and inexplicably bumped the after-rebate price to $39.99. Not sure if the previous price was a mistake or simply a very limited-time offer. Either way: annoying!
Update No. 2: Reader Ron was told in an online chat with TigerDirect customer service that if he called in, the company would honor the $29.99 price. He did and they did. Your mileage may vary, but it's certainly worth a try: 800-800-8300.
Without it, that's a really good price on a really popular product. With it, it's the best deal I've seen by far. Consequently, I suspect this will sell out quickly -- but hopefully not before you've had a chance to grab one.
The VSB200 consists of four midrange speakers and two tweeters, which kick out a maximum of 60 watts' worth of audio. And thanks to built-in SRS TruSurround technology, you can opt for a virtual surround-sound experience.
Obviously this isn't intended to rival a full-on surround system, but you can bet it's a vast improvement over your TV's built-in speakers. That's my takeaway from reading a ton of user reviews, which average out to around 4.1 stars out of 5 on TigerDirect.
That said, I don't have any hands-on (ears-on?) experience with the VSB200, so my stamp of approval is based solely on the price.
But what a price! Thirty bucks for a vast improvement in your TV's audio quality -- well worth the investment, in my humble opinion.
Bonus deal: I suspect this won't last the morning, or even the end of this sentence, but Newegg has the Patriot Axle 32GB USB flash drive for $8.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate. This ultratiny drive has a hinged cap and two-year warranty. Even without the rebate, it's a pretty smoking deal on a 32GB drive.
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