I had a 32" Sony TV in the garage which was the smallest TV
you could get that would still output 1080p. It was fine,
but the sound it produced was pathetic as are most flat
I ended up replacing it with a larger 40" Sony KDL-40W700C
model and with the larger size the speaker output was
increased correspondingly. For the most part I was happy
with how it sounded as it was mostly just TV shows I was
Ever since we got the
basement home theatre done my beloved Laserdisc player
had been sitting neglected in a corner of the media
room. There simply wasn't room in the media rack for it.
So eventually I decided I would just hook it up to the
garage TV whenever I felt the urge to spin up a disc. I
bought a composite to HDMI
adapter and was able to once again watch my LD's.
But again, the sound was
horrible. I had to almost max out the volume to listen
to movies at anything approaching what I was used to.
After much thought I decided to bite the bullet and buy
a soundbar. As I already had a Sonos system I went with
Playbar product which had really good reviews.
There wasn't much to the
packaging. Just a quick setup guide, manual, power cord,
optical cord and the speaker itself. The included
optical cable looked pretty thin so I went with my own
optical cable. That was a mistake. After taking the TV
off the wall and hooking everything up I was unable to
get the TV back on the wall. After much fussing with it
I realized it was because the optical cable stuck out to
far from the TV. I then looked at the included cable
again and saw that it's connector was much shorter
(almost like they had planned it that way). Once I
swapped it in things went much better. I also had bought
the mounting bracket which was a separate product. It
came with a template and I measured everything out,
affixed it to the wall, made sure it was level, punched
my pilot holes, installed the included anchors and
screwed it in nice and tight. The speaker easily slid
into place and everything was mounted.
Then it was just a matter
of setting the audio output on the TV to 'Audio System',
firing up the Sonos app, discovering and synching with
the Playbar. It then went and presumably upgraded the
speaker firmware and had me press a few buttons on the
remote to learn the correct codes to use for controlling
the volume (you can also manually adjust the volume on
the side of the speaker). Last step was to then run the
audio calibration which it suggested I do. That
consisted of me walking around the garage moving my iPad
up and down while it produced various test tones.
I still haven't hooked up
my LD player to watch a movie, but I rented a movie on
iTunes and played it over my Apple TV and it sounded
terrific. I then proceeded to listen to some XM radio
until early in the morning.
All in all I'm quite
pleased with this purchase. It looks and sounds great!