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I have had the T12 soundbar for the last 6 months. It is the first version without the optical inputs. To say that I have been impressed with the sound quality of this thing is an understatement! It has transformed my family's TV watching experience. The depth and space it creates is uncanny coming as it does from a modest sized unit that sits happily under the TV with the sub tucked behind a curtain out of sight. Action movies are amazing. I used to have a decent 5.1 surround sound system but succumbed to the wishes of my wife to reduce mess and wires. The T12 has proved to be the perfect replacement. I would recommend this in a heart beat!
PLEASE, Please, please, look out for similar offerings (with a smaller sub-woofer with volume cotrol,or no sub-woofer at all) and review. There must be many people who, like me, want decent sound without enormous expensive speakers and a forrest of wiring.Thanks too for the information provided in the other reviews I have read.
@the_near_side: PLEASE, Please, please, look out for similar offeringsTry typing soundbar into the search.http://www.trustedreviews.com/...
@Keith - Possibly I should have added that my search would be limited to soundbars with stereo only and without a "sweet spot". Thanks anyway, I have seen most of the other TR reviews of soundbars.
@HugoThe wireless option would be equally limited (perhaps more so) by the need for it to be near a plug
How would I connect this to my SKYHD box. It has a digital audio output - does this work. Or do I simply use the usual audio cables.
Answering Simonpjd's comment, the T12 v2 does have a digital optical input and comes with a cable to connect to your digital audio output, but rather than connecting to your SkyHD box you are much better connecting direct to the TV using the digital input. Then the T12 soundbar will play whatever you are watching on the TV at the time and you don't need to change anything if you are playing a DVD or Blu-ray. My own personal favourite feature of my T12 v2 soundbar is the video out - i love watching video content from my iPhone through the T12 on my flat panel TV - the old version i had before couldn't so this so this is a big step forward.
It takes a bit of perseverance to get the best out of this system. Positioning of the subwoofer is critical. It needs a good deal of free space around it (especially the rear ports) and should be placed well away from a corner; otherwise it is horribly boomy and distortive and drowns out the sound bar. It took quite a lot experimentation to get that right. Secondly, I found the sound improved hugely after the rather basic speaker cables supplied were replaced with good quality audio cables. Finally, be prepared to keep adjusting the tone controls according to the type of music you are listening to. Follow these rules and it works pretty well.
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