Thanks for the link “um bongo.” I appreciate the information.
I posted about this issue in another forum that deals with acoustics and sound setups in general (not hearing-loss based) and one poster mentioned a setup that’s ideally better than TV speakers. He referred to it as a sound bar. It’s called the “ZVOX 325 High-Performance Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System”
The link to it on Amazon.com is here: http://www.amazon.com/ZVOX-325-High-Performance-Single-Cabinet-Surround/dp/B001LMB79O/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
If people have used this system or a similar system, please let me know!
When reading the reviews, basically, if you already have good speakers, this system may output the sound quality just as well as your TV. Also, since it’s a single box and doesn’t have multiple speakers placed around the room, the sound output can’t be adjusted like a true surround sound system.
However, it is mentioned that the overall audio quality including speech is improved with this system by many people.
So, I have no idea whether this box would output sound better than my current TV speakers. Also, I don’t have control over the “center” speaker which as the post “um bongo” referred me to, touted as a benefit of 5.1 surround sound systems - the posting mentions that often the center speaker is the one focused on dialogue, thus gain could be reduced in other speakers.
However, I don’t want a surround sound system in my apartment and not all programs are in surround sound anyway.
So, I’d be very curious as to whether people have tried the ZBOX product mentioned above and what their experiences are.
There are tons of positive reviews for the one-box sound system.
I want to improve the quality of sound in general. That is my main goal.
So, even though this ZBOX product isn’t nearly as adjustable as true 5.1 surround sound, if it’s improved audio quality for people or hasn’t made an improvement, I’d love to know.
Even if you haven’t used said product, please let me know any suggestions you may have or if you read the reviews, any impressions would greatly be appreciated.
I don’t want to end up with a box that outputs sound with the same quality as my TV set.
The above product was mentioned on the acoustics forum I posted at, because it’s compatible with my TV.
My TV is the Panasonic Viera TC-L37G1. Here’s a link to tech specs for it: http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Televisions/VIERA-Flat-Panel-HDTVs/Technical-Specification/model.TC-L37G1.T
Here’s the forum I posted at where the ZBOX was mentioned: http://forum.ecoustics.com/cgi-bin/bbs/show.pl?3/641443