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HDTV Speaker Problem - Help an Old Guy Out

by BigAl199 / July 3, 2010 11:24 AM PDT

Okay, fellows, help an old guy out. Facts: Age 89 -can?t easily clamber around behind tables, TV?s, etc. to make connections.

Equipment at issue: a two year old Samsung 32" HDTV with crappy sound. Small viewing room- about 12' X 12'. Signal source: Comcast Cable, with HD cable box and service. Objective: get some better speakers working; music is part of my life, and when I watch the movies, half the time I don?t understand what they are saying

Can?t spend too many bucks.

1. Must I buy an amplifier, receiver, or home theater in order to connect up, say a 2.1 computer speaker set? I?m thinking around a $100 Logitech speaker set? (I started out this quest by buying a $200 DVD/home theater with 6 speakers- it sounded worse than the TV speakers and I pretty much ditched it.)

2. Is there any such thing as just connecting the TV to the speakers with a few cables? If there is, how would I do it and what would be the sound volume and quality?

For example, could I just directly plug the two audio outputs from the HD cable box into the speakers, bypassing the Television set?s sound path and speakers? How complex would the connectors be? If this is not a dumb idea - would I be able to adjust the volume up and down using the TV remote?

Remember I?m three generations behind in tech skill, but not bad at reading instructions.

Big Al 199

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This doesn't sound right to me.
by ahtoi / July 4, 2010 2:54 AM PDT

Have anyone else told you that your tv sounds crappy? You didn't by chance you turn the volume up so high that become distorted now? Yes, once in awhile I have seen sound system going for under $100; but if music is your life, then I don't think $200 system can do you justice but I guess it's better than no system.

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If the TV has audio out . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 4, 2010 5:50 AM PDT
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Followup Question
by BigAl199 / July 4, 2010 10:55 AM PDT

Coryphaeus -

My followup question is, How do you have the TV connected to the speakers? Going back to my original question:

I?m assuming whatever method you?re using with what Bose calls a ?three-piece computer sound system? might (or might not) be workable in my case, where I want to play the TV sound through a 2.1 Loigitech speaker system(under $100), which gives quite good sound, according to user reviews. The Bose?s are a bit pricey for my budget.

Can you explain the connection arrangement, and the source of your audio? Cable TV, etc.?

Big Al 199

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Addendum
by BigAl199 / July 4, 2010 11:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Followup Question

By the way, the TV does have "audio out" in the rear - two female connection outlets, I assume one each for right and left speakers,
AigAl 199

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The Bose system . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 4, 2010 10:05 PM PDT
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will connect exactly like the Logitec system, to the L/R audio out from the TV.

I've owned the Logitec system, and that's why I went to the Bose. More expensive, yes. Worth it, yes. I don't scrimp on my sound system.

Your choice. If your budget dictates the Logitec then go for it.

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