First of all, you may be wondering what a soundbar is. You pretty much have the idea it has to do with sounds, and you’re right. Soundbars are external speakers, horizontal and compact. They sit in front of and just below your TV to give you the audio clarity you desire. So, can Soundbars replace TV speakers? The answer is yes! If you are looking for more quality audio from your TV, you can look into using a Soundbar.
Soundbars can effectively and efficiently replace TV speakers, to give you very clear audio when you use your TV, however, some Soundbars can work with your TV speakers together. This means, your inbuilt speakers will not need to be disconnected first before the Soundbar can work. For instance, Samsung Soundbar can work together with your TV’s inbuilt speaker as an additional speaker, to give you good audio quality.
It is, however, pertinent to understand that most times, Soundbars have been designed to replace your TV speakers. Parallel action of both your TV’s inbuilt speaker and your soundbar may produce an echo. How so? Speakers produce sound when audio signals are relayed to them. So, when you simultaneously run both the Soundbar and your TV’s inbuilt speaker, both will attempt to interpret the audio signals to produce actual sounds, but because they have different audio profiles, they may end up creating sounds with the resemblance of an echo. It is therefore advised that one be used at a time for most brands.
In this article, we will look at if Soundbars compares to Home Theatre Speakers, what makes it better than inbuilt TV speakers and if your TV’s inbuilt speakers are worth replacing with a Soundbar. Also, if you can run them along with subwoofers and how to run your Samsung Soundbar and TV speaker together. So please stick around while we tackle these questions.
TV Speakers vs Soundbar – Is it worth replacing TV speakers with Soundbars?
Is replacing your TV speakers with a Soundbar worth it? I’d say absolutely yes! Even if you are relatively new to this subject, not to worry, we have got you covered. Replacing your TV speakers with Soundbars is worth it. Even at its best, TV speakers tend to give poor audio sound, leaving almost no desire even at the best volume. Well, you don’t have to rely on subtitles to understand what was said in a whisper while watching your favorite TV shows and movies, and you don’t have to bear with that “screeching” sound when there is a loud explosion from your movies. Soundbars to the rescue! Soundbars give you great audio quality, something you cannot get from your TV’s speakers. Generally speaking, TVs’ speakers, usually on the left and right side come with about 10 watts each, however, Soundbars come with an output of more than 20 watts, and you could get some whose output is around 200-300 watts. Soundbars can produce great audio frequencies, and you wouldn’t need to worry about unclear dialogue from your TV’s audio even after turning up the volume. It is indeed worth the experience it offers. Soundbars are “pocket-friendly”, set-up is simple and straight forward, and offers a far more improved audio quality than your regular built-in TV speaker. This cannot be over said. These are some of the things that make Soundbars very popular in today’s world, and guess what, they come with awesome specs and choices. Pretty good! So, if you’re thinking of improving your TV’s audio quality, without stretching your budget, or sacrificing your convenience, you can think of Soundbars.
Soundbar vs Home Theater Speakers
Now you know about Soundbars and you’re thinking if it’s a near good replace for Home Theatre Speakers. The answer is no! A Soundbar is a Soundbar and a Home Theatre Speaker is a Home Theatre Speaker, let’s leave it that way. Both of them offer sound quality needed to upgrade the sound of your TV, but how much you are looking to spend for quality sound upgrade and convenience will determine which you go for. Soundbars serve as an excellent bargain choice you make when you have to choose between a more comprehensive and expensive surround-sound system and a not so “tasteful” inbuilt TV speakers. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, however, generally, they offer better sound quality for your TV shows and movies. So, you’re thinking, where do I start from? First, you need to make up your mind on how much you are willing to take out of your pocket, as well as how much space you are willing to give up. A Soundbar, of course, will take less cash and space compares to a Home Theatre Speaker.
Now let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both.
|It offers a better sound quality than your inbuilt TV speakers.||With bigger rooms, sound may not be loud or good enough, unlike a Home Theatre Speaker.|
|Very affordable and compatible in size.||Its affordability leaves it with limited features.|
|Does not require a separate box to work and easy to set up.||Inability to enhance individual components or add new surround speakers.|
Home Theatre Speakers
|It offers better sound quality, giving you the “spectrum” of your audio.||It is more expensive compared to Soundbars.|
|Presents with an opportunity to upgrade at a later date if you choose to, making it highly flexible.||Not as compatible as Soundbars, and are usually more complex.|
Can you add a Subwoofer to your Soundbar?
The simple answer to this question is yes, but it can be a tricky yes. When you talk about connecting Soundbars and subwoofers, it can become tricky. A subwoofer helps to create a better sound, better than what a Soundbar does. The role of a subwoofer as a speaker is to produce audio frequencies, usually low-pitched, that cannot be produced by just any other speakers. So you see why a subwoofer is very important. Previously, a lot of Soundbars did not come with subwoofers, though some brands made provisions for subwoofers that can be connected to the same Soundbar brand, they have to be purchased separately. However, there are tons of brands that offer a full package of both now. Therefore, connecting an isolated subwoofer to most Soundbars will not work. The only possible way to have a subwoofer-soundbar connection is if they were originally designed to work together and purchased so.
How Samsung Soundbar works with your TV speakers.
Samsung Soundbars are very good quality Soundbars that can boost your TV’s sound quality. It is very flexible and easy to connect. There are various set-up methods with their accompanying benefits, however, certain set-ups may offer better audio quality than others. The best way to connect your Samsung Soundbar to your TV is with HDMI. Because sound is digitally transmitted by HDMI cables, it gives you excellent audio, without “muddy or noisy” sounds. It just lays everything out, only with a better sound effect, more like “makes the audio clearer”.
Another way of setting up your Samsung Soundbar to connect to your TV is through the use of an optical cable. Similar to the HDMI, sounds are digitally transmitted, giving you clear detail of your audio. With an optical cable, you can have your gaming systems, players, and cable boxes connected to your TV, while the sound output is relayed to the Soundbar from the TV. Once the set-up is finished, the sound from your TV will be relayed through the optical cable to external speakers, which in this case is your Samsung Soundbar.
If you prefer the good-old-fashioned way to connect your TV to your Soundbar, then you can make do with an Auxiliary cable. Auxiliary cable, unlike HDMI and optical cable, uses analog transmission, which means that though you will get a good sound quality, better than what your TV’s inbuilt speakers offer, but not as good as that of HDMI or optical cable. Apart from using an Auxiliary cable to connect, your Samsung Soundbar can also be connected to your TV through Bluetooth, however, bear in mind that Bluetooth connectivity problems may affect the relay of audio signals from your TV to your Soundbar.
Soundbars can work together with TVs inbuilt speakers as well as work alone. It is, however, advisable to have inbuilt speakers of your TV disconnected, for the Soundbar to work alone. This helps to prevent conflicting audio signals that may end up marring rather than improving audio quality.
Also, if you are looking to get a deeper, richer audio experience, you may want to introduce a subwoofer connection to your Soundbar. As explained earlier, this connection is possible with a subwoofer and Soundbar that were manufactured to work together and not stand-alone subwoofers.
Soundbars are great choices for an audio quality upgrade, but they can never compare with a complete Home Theatre Speakers. That is on a league of its own.
We do hope this article has helped you get the idea and information you were looking to get about Soundbars, Subwoofers, and Home Theatre Speakers.
Sam has been a Smart Things expert for years and the author of DIY SmartThings. Recently he’s really more into Nest smart devices and has a lot of experience with all sorts of projects from converting a regular Home to completely a smart home with the background degree in Electronics.