I have a Samsung UE46F5500 TV screwed to the living room wall. I'm looking to get better sound out of it for TV, music, a few films and possible living room PC use in future. The room is around 35m2
A few requirements I have:
- Should be stylish. This is actually really key. I don't want my living room looking like the shop I buy the speakers from.
- I'll only use the 3.5mm audio out from the TV. Yes, I know someone is going to say that digital would be better but the difference would be trivial and it would mean that the volume from the TV would not be linked and I'd have to separately mute the TV and have a whole load of remote controls in use which would be a faff.
- When the power goes on, sound should come out. When the power goes off, the sound should stop. No pushing buttons on remote controls.
- Sound quality should be realistic. More bass does not always equal realistic.
- Not bothered about surround sound.
- Looking to spend around £100-200.
There's two real options I see. One is a soundbar. This is sleek looking and I could screw the thing to the wall under the TV. The sub could sit in the corner. Where I'm worried having listened to some in shops is I'm not convinced the sound is realistic. This might of course be more to do with the film trailers they play through them in some of the shops which confuse over the top bass and 'effects' with sound quality - personally I hate soundtracks to most films for being overproduced, particularly a problem with films that have a lot of action in them. Soundbars also seem to be pretty bad value for money. Maybe they charge this much just because they can?
The other I see is to get a decent set of computer speakers, either 2.0 or 2.1. Aesthetics here maybe isn't the best point for all of them and sound quality is a bit hit and miss too - a 100mm subwoofer isn't going to sound that great regardless of how overpoweringly it's set up! What I was looking at is a set of these:http://www.ebuyer.com/342252-microlab-s ... rs-solo-7c
The reviews look amazing and they should be pretty understated looking for a living room.
Any other suggested lines of investigation?