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I have a 52" LED Vizio HD TV. I would like to beef up the sound while watching cable during everday use-not for movies. I already have a 7.1 system that I use for movies. I have been looking at the Sony HTCT100 (3.1). My question is can I just hook up the optical "out" on the TV to the optical in on the sub? I don't need or want any components other than the TV connected to the sound bar.
Vizio has a system that is only 15 watts whereas the sony is 100 watts. Any suggestions on hook up or other models/brands would be greatly appreciated

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Why don't you just hook up your TV to your existing

7.1 system? That soundbar is likely going to be a step down in quality and is redundant when your 7.1 system can already be used.

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re-7.1

Tv is already connected to the 7.1. I don't always want full theater sound while watching cable shows. I'm just looking to make the TV-without full blown theater sound to sound better than the TV speakers. IN other words I'm just looking to replace the TV speakers with something better. I'm thinking I can use an optical out on the TV to feed the sound bar. Any audio input feeding the TV would also feed the sound bar. Idealy it would have "auto on-off". Turn on or off the TV and sound bar turns on or off.

The Vizio seems to get good reviews as well as the Sony 3.1.
Vizio-2.1-15 watts
Sony-3.1-100 watts
About the same price.

If anybody has used either of these and input would be helpfull.

I'm leaning toward the Sony.

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Why not just set your AV receiver to "stereo" mode?

That will disable the surrounds and the center channel put the all the sound through the left and right channels and the sub (2.1). Or use a direct mode (these Onkyo terminology but all AVR's have similar settings) which will give you a pure 2.0 signal. The sound will be as good or better than any soundbar. many receivers have a compression mode for late night listening if you want to keep the dynamics under control.

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re-stereo mode

yep, I could and have done that. One of the reasons I would like to set it up with a sound bar is I DON"T WANT ANYONE TOUCHING MY SYSTEM! LOL!

Would just like a simple setup that improves TV sound without anyone having to mess with anything. I can't tell you how many times I have had to reset things because my wife or kids could not figure out how to set up the 7.1.

My 7.1 speakers and 2 sub are a bit overwhelming anyway for normal TV watching. This is a 1000 watt 7.1 system with 2-250 watt subs.

This is why I'd like to feed a sound bar system with an optical out from the TV.

I know this setup would be redundant but for my needs it is the simplest thing I can come up with to improve TV audio only.

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A harmony remote would be cheaper than a soundbar

and you'd never need worry about anyone being overwhelmed by or messing with your system settings again (even my 80 year old parents can operate it). All they have to do is press the button that says "Watch TV" or "Watch DVD" and the remote does everything else (powers the appropriate components on, switches the correct inputs, changes to the correct surround mode, etc).

The soundbar really seems like overkill but if you absolutely must go that route I'm sure optical out on the TV (or simple stereo out in the case of the Vizio) will work just fine.

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harmony remote

Can you give me some info on this? Sounds like a good option.
Thank you for taking the time to help me out on this.

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I don't know much about sound bar, but...

if it has a optical input I can't see why it wouldn't work. If you already have a sound bar then try it, if not, then read the spec. carefully.

Just thinking out loud; Would we have a problem when both the sound bar and the 7.1 are on at the same time? Of course if the tv or sound bar can be turned down then it's a none issue.

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