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Sound quality above everything else!

by wannalearn / December 20, 2008 11:44 PM PST

I just want a simple, 26 inch HDTV television for bedroom. One that does not have excessive features, choices and adjustments to make. Sound quality, listening to words being spoken, is the most important thing. I have HDTV cable. I just want to go buy one with built-in "box" and plug it in. Need an output jack to accomodate a headphone.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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Re: sound quality of TV ...
by Kees Bakker / December 20, 2008 11:51 PM PST

is acceptable at best. You'll need a connection to external speakers for better sound, possibly even a connection to an external amplifier depending on your exact wishes. And you'll need an output jack for a headphone. And that one should be located on the front side, preferably, and be adjustable with the remote.

That are clear criteria. How about visiting a shop and asking the sales clerk what he recommends?


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The brand often mentioned here for having HTIBs with good
by NM_Bill / December 21, 2008 3:39 AM PST

performance at a very competitive price is - Onkyo.

A very good online merchant for them is
Jr also has other brands. Take a look.

You haven't specified a dollar limit as to budget, but stating "sound quality above everything else" infers you are serious & would pay a bit more to assure satisfactory results. This leads to the possibility of the convenience of a Bose setup you could hear at most al the big box sellers whose initials might be BB or CC. They are very good at selling the idea of prepackaged convenience. Give them a look also.

This info because you state you want to plug & play.

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you never stated surround, nor budget
by jostenmeat / December 21, 2008 7:50 AM PST

but this is what i will offer, if dialogue is of supreme importance.

Whatever you do, do not get a horizontal MTM speaker.

Stick with upright bookshelves. Either a stereo pair, or all three in the front. If the center cannot be ear level, make sure to angle it. Do not ever put it on its side.

what's fundamentally wrong with h mtm? the two woofers at any angle off-axis will create lobing: unwanted cancellations and/or boosts of various frequencies at any particular angle, and all too often includes dialogue due to poor design (xover point too close to human vocal range, and woofers not close enough together).

cheapest is selfpowered bookshelves. however, volume control is annoying.

so my rec: cheap stereo receiver, like a sherwood. add either 2 or 3 studio monitors, particularly behringer 20309 or krk st6.

that = $190 min to $400 max.

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