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    Which sound bar? Panasonic vs Sony - mid range

    I am looking to improve the sound on my Sony Bravia 55" TV.

    Additionally, I get seriously frustrated when I can't hear dialogue without turning the volume to 60, and then get my ears blown up when there's any sort of action or background noise. I end up just playing the volume on the remote.

    I don't have a huge lounge, and not wanting to spend a lot.

    Below are the three options I have narrowed it down to. Any advice from those in the know, or who have used these ones as to which sounds better, or will best help with the volume issue, would be much appreciated.

    Panasonic SC-HTB250
    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...woofer/338730/

    Panasonic SC-HTB488
    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...woofer/333189/

    Sony HTCT290
    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...woofer/333250/

    Cheers!

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    To fix the dialogue issue you want to get a 3.1 soundbar that has a center channel for clean dialogue.

    Additionally it would be best if the soundbar had a phone app or remote control where you can adjust the sound level just for dialogue/center channel without altering other sounds or otherwise you could select a dialogue DSP mode - not the end of the world though if it doesn't, a 3.1 soundbar on it's own will go a long way to helping

    What your budget? The ones you listed are all basic entry level 2.1 models

    I've actually got this Panasonic model on one of the TV's at home: https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...undbar/293705/

    It does have a dialogue adjustable DSP mode for it's center channel via the remote and work well, sounds heaps better than TV speakers. Should get the job done if that is your budget range
    Last edited by SirGrim; 2nd February 2019 at 1:02 am.

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    SirGrim wrote:
    To fix the dialogue issue you want to get a 3.1 soundbar that has a center channel for clean dialogue.

    Additionally it would be best if the soundbar had a phone app or something where you can adjust the sound level just for dialogue without altering other sounds or otherwise you could select a dialogue DSP mode - not the end of the world though, a 3.1 soundbar on it's own will go a long way to helping

    What your budget? The ones you listed are all basic entry level 2.1 models
    Thanks.

    Ideally don't want too much over $300... which may be wishful thinking for a 3.1 sound bar.

    Would the 2.1 sound bars go any way towards improving the dialogue issue, or just make everything louder?

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    Panasonic do this one in 3.1:

    SC-HTB688GNK
    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...nd-bar/333276/

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    Looking at the Panasonic website, the 690 SirGrim owns has Clear Dialogue and Dialogue level control settings. The 688 does not.

    I've had those dialogue issues on full surround systems and found the only way to get rid of them was use some sort of built in feature to deal with it. They have lots of names - dialogue level control, night time mode, dynamic range reduction etc.

    Would be worth the extra $50

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    Might want to go in-store as well, I was impressed by the sound from some of the JBL soundbars which are currently on sale.
    I was in JB Hifi earlier in the week and they have a sale on heaps of the 2018 or earlier model soundbars right now across the board.

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    SirGrim wrote:

    I've actually got this Panasonic model on one of the TV's at home: https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...undbar/293705/

    It does have a dialogue adjustable DSP mode for it's center channel via the remote and work well, sounds heaps better than TV speakers. Should get the job done if that is your budget range
    This is $347 atm at JB which is way cheaper than anywhere else. Just ordered one based off SirGrim's recommendation. Better be good lol.

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    Good price!

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    Got a coupon from JB for the Panasonic SC-ALL70T 3.1 Bluetooth Multiroom Soundbar for $375. Usual price $498. Other retailers $600+

    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...undbar/293704/

    Comparing with the 690 above am I right in that the only difference is the inclusion of wifi? Spec wise the sound output and features look the same.

    My main use for this would be PS4, movies, use instead of the tv speakers. Not into music. Budget is $300 but willing to stretch a bit more with recently discovered jbhi vouchers.

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    GeneralZod wrote:
    Got a coupon from JB for the Panasonic SC-ALL70T 3.1 Bluetooth Multiroom Soundbar for $375. Usual price $498. Other retailers $600+

    https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/headphones-...undbar/293704/

    Comparing with the 690 above am I right in that the only difference is the inclusion of wifi? Spec wise the sound output and features look the same.

    My main use for this would be PS4, movies, use instead of the tv speakers. Not into music. Budget is $300 but willing to stretch a bit more with recently discovered jbhi vouchers.
    Looks to have an ability to add rear speakers.

    Would be a huge improvement over TV speakers.

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    Yep will be huge over tv speakers.

    Damn whys Grim suspended, his input would be good re ps4 and movie setup.

    Insomniac, you have a ps4, hows your setup with games? You get a good thumping base with explosions? Hows the surround with a 3.1 setup?

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    ^Sorry cant say much about the gaming side of things since I always use headphones for gaming. Its all good for movies though & has a good amount of bass. I'm no audiophile but I think the the surround sound is pretty good & dialogue is very clear thanks to the 3 channels. I did have an issue when I first got it as the bass was overly harsh & boomy. That was because it has a down-firing sub & was sitting on a wooden floor so would often cause overly loud & harsh noises when there was action on the screen. I put some carpet under it and the problem disappeared so would definitely be better suited if you have a carpeted floor.

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    +1 thanks insomn1ac.

    Trip to JB tomorrow looks like a goer.

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    I have just purchased a new sound bar to replace my LG SJ8.

    The SJ8 was perfect for what you are describing. I got it originally to just improve on TV audio. Not blow you away or anything like that.

    Anything you buy will be a big improvement over you TV speakers and you will be happy as I would say.