April 11, 2019
Soundbar HDMI vs Optical: Which Is Better and Why?

Like many of you, I use my family room for all kinds of entertainment. From watching Blu-ray movies and streaming the latest shows on Netflix to participating in massive Call of Duty battles with my PS4 and blasting Spotify as I clean the surrounding area – my sound system gets a lot of use. One […]

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April 7, 2019
Why Do Soundbars Have HDMI? Is HDMI Needed for Soundbars?

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time in your family room. After I bought my television, I realized the speakers on it left a lot to be desired. This lead me to start looking into how I could turn my family room into a full home theater. To do so, I […]

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March 5, 2019
Sonos Playbar vs Beam vs Playbase: Which Sonos Soundbar Is Best?

Sonos soundbars are some of the most popular audio upgrades to a growing home theater system. With the Sonos catalog including the Playbar, Beam, and Playbase, it can be tricky to know which one is best suited for your setup. If your main concern is price or features, the surprisingly powerful yet compact Sonos Beam […]

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February 26, 2019
Bose SoundTouch 300 vs. Sonos Playbar: Which Should You Choose?

The Bose SoundTouch 300 and the Sonos Playbar are two comparable soundbars: similar pricing, similar reviews, and similar features. But when it comes down to it, which one of these two is the one to purchase to optimize your home theater? While the Bose SoundTouch 300 and Sonos Playbar are similar soundbars, what's the difference […]

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February 23, 2019
Best Soundbars for the Money - A Complete Soundbar Buyer's Guide

Soundbars have become increasingly popular over the years. Not too many years ago, soundbars were not all that common. There were some really cheap ones that sounded worse than built-in television speakers. And some extremely expensive ones that were bulky, not aesthetically pleasing, and still didn't sound all that great. However, the times have really […]

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January 13, 2019
What’s the Difference Between a 2.1 and 5.1 Soundbar?

Once you get the TV of your dreams, your next big hurdle will be acquiring a sound system to match. Even top-of-the-line TVs suffer from lackluster speakers. Soundbar systems are a common way to elevate entertainment centers, but what kind should you buy, and what’s the difference between a 2.1 and 5.1 soundbar system? So […]

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August 16, 2018
Can you Connect a Soundbar to a Receiver?

Soundbars are typically sold as an all-in-one unit, meaning it contains one or more amplifiers, drivers for multiple speakers, and processes the incoming signals on its own. This is an active soundbar. It is uncommon to connect an active soundbar to a receiver, but it is still possible! So let's dive a little deeper into […]

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August 10, 2018
What Wattage Soundbar do I Need? - Soundbar Specs Explained!

Wattage or Watts for soundbars or speakers is another marketing ploy by manufacturers to show that their product is louder and better than other products out there. The number of watts for speakers is usually irrelevant, you actually want to look at the sensitivity of the speakers. Unfortunately, the many "specs" indicated on soundbars are […]

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Hi! I’m Jonah. I grew up addicted to different electronics. I began working for an Audio/Video installation company years ago and realized my passion for Home Theaters! The Home Theater DIY is a place for me to share my different findings and experiences about home theaters and home electronics. For more information, check out my about me page!

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