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Excellent Value for Money to sort out cheap LCD TV Sound,
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This review is from: Asus Cine5 Sound Bar - True 5 Channel Surround Sound (Accessory)
We recently bought a fine-looking 22" LCD TV to fit into a smallish space, not needing a large screen. Fine-looking yes, but (as many have found to their cost) the speakers on LCD TVs, especially the small ones) are simply DREADFUL.
So began the hunt for a decent speaker or speakers, leading me to the new wprd in my vocabulary "soundbar". What a magnificent creation to enable the TV companies to make you pay twice over For something. However, we are where we are, and my old TV had already been Freecycled, so I had to find something bearable at reasonable cost, or I would resiosly be watching programmes with subtitles.
The problems being (a) 95% of soundbars are far too wide (from left to right) to fit into a smallish space (b) 95% of soundbars are far too expensive and high-tech for a small TV - you could easily spemd twice the cost of the TV itself! (c) PC speakers get in the way of the screen (d) "laptop speakers" are generally battery-only, too quiet and poor sound.
Finally after one false start with a laptop speaker I plumped for the Asus Cine5. Price is bearable. It does have 5.1 facility in theory, but none of our equipment can decode it - however it does allow you just to plug in a stero output from the TV headphone out, which means you can control the volume from the TV remote. It is mains-powered. And it is the right size and shape. However what does it sound like? Well, it is not "hi-fi". But it is not "no-fi" - which is what the TV speakers are.
You should note that this is a soundar for placing on a flat surface in front of your TV (it has two nice sets of legs - metal or rubber) - not for fixing to a wall under a wallmount TV. But that was what we needed.
So - RESULT. I would have given it five stars only if it were £20 cheaper (say without the 5.1 facility). Buy with confidence if you are looking for something to pop in front of your LCD TV.