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Soundbars are having an effect on HDTV manufacturers

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:45 AM   #1  
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Default Soundbars are having an effect on HDTV manufacturers

In the past there have been few if any TVs that passed true 5.1 sound through their optical output, other than 5.1 sound from their internal tuners. Now there are several TVs that do - see this new CNET review:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7...o-a-sound-bar/

It appears that the rising popularity of soundbars that deliver true surround (with rear speakers) or sorta-true surround (by bouncing the surround channels off of the side walls of the room) are having an impact on HDTV design. Which is good - how much can it possibly add to the manufacturing cost of a TV to do this?

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Old 12-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #2  
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Not sure why the linked article associates DD 5.1 pass through to sound bars. I suspect it has more to do with Smart TV technology. And despite what the article says, some sets do pass DTS these days.
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