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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value for Money to sort out cheap LCD TV Sound, 16 Nov 2013
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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.
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