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Braven 650 bluetooth speaker or Soundfreaq sound kick?

by SDuenke11 / December 9, 2012 3:09 PM PST

So i bought a Westinghouse LCD TV on sale at best buy a few months ago, and the audio is terrible. The volume doesn't rise very much after about a quarter volume and the sound is distorted especially in the low end (which there is very little of in the first place). I use the TV to hook into my laptop whenever I am home and consequently I started looking into some speakers for it. I was looking more for a portable soundbar and stumbled into the jawbone big jambox. That was great and all but the $300 price tag is very off-putting. I started looking more into the portable range of speakers because I am away from home a lot but I would like an adequate sounding speaker wherever I go (that includes my home). Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had personal, hands-on experience with Braven 650 and/or the soundfreaq sound kick. I am not a huge audiophile so I don't need something huge, and expensive. Portable, under $200, and with clarity and adequate bass response and volume to give a fulfilling music and movie experience (from roughly15 feet away on average) is enough. Also let me know if the bluetooth is timed well. I don't want the movie to be timed wrong with the sound. Thank you!

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What's the HDTV model number?
by Pepe7 / December 10, 2012 1:23 AM PST

Ideally I see you as a good candidate for an inexpensive surround sound system. It would be light years better than what you describe, and for the same money.

If I know the HDTV model number,, this would tell me what systems are compatible based on which audio outputs are present on the HDTV.

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TV Information
by SDuenke11 / December 10, 2012 9:50 AM PST

The model number is CW40T6DW, and although a surround sound system would be nice it's not necessary for me me. As I said I'm not a huge audiophile and I am only looking for better audio than I have on the television. I also need something relatively portable (in the range of 14-16in x 3-4in x 3-4 in), as I am away from my home often. Ideally I could just afford both items, but that's not the case right now. I am fully open to suggestions but I would prefer that they stay within my original specifications (portable, under $200, wireless). Feel free to suggest a surround sound system though. If I come into some extra money then I may buy both items. Try to keep it sub $100.

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I'm not sure what you will find for less than $100
by Pepe7 / December 11, 2012 2:56 AM PST
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I can't think of any portable speakers in that price range which would meet the specs you need. None of these would be giving you much of a bump over your TV sound IMO until you start looking at products such as the Jambox, etc. The original jambox is less than $200, FWIW, if you can still find one. Some of the small ipod speaker docks, etc. really don't cut it for use with HDTVs IME. Very weak/tinny sound, much like the built in speakers.

Some of the Logitech smaller PC/HT surround systems might suffice for around $100. But they are not portable.

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by SDuenke11 / December 11, 2012 4:54 AM PST

Do you think the original Jambox would be sufficient? The smaller one that is. If so then that is helpful because both of the original bluetooth speakers I listed sound better than the Jambox.

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by Pepe7 / December 11, 2012 2:30 PM PST
In reply to: Jambox

In general I don't care much for bluetooth speakers. Even some of the Logitech PC speakers can sound better, but YMMV. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;).

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