Soundbar Buying Tips

Just about every home theater gadget comes with its own remote (which is why your coffee table is littered with them), but sound bars are the exception. Quite a few models don’t include a remote and instead rely on you to program the sound bar to accept commands from your TV’s remote. It’s a good idea in theory (fewer remotes on the coffee table), but it doesn’t work so well in practice.

The problem is that during the setup process, you’ll be asked to disable your TV’s internal speakers so you’re not getting sound from both the TV and the sound bar, which generally doesn’t sound good. Then when you use your TV remote to adjust the sound bar’s volume, the TV will still receive those volume commands and might display an onscreen message letting you know that the volume commands won’t work because you disabled the speakers.

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