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Re: Test the speakers of TVs
« Reply #1 on: 02 December 2014, 02:16:18 AM »
There would be no time+cost versus usefulness advantage. Flat panel TV speakers are mediocre at best so we recommend anyone who really cares gets an external sound system or soundbar (see HDTVtest reviews of those).

It's better that we spend the time we have reviewing display quality.

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Re: Test the speakers of TVs
« Reply #2 on: 02 December 2014, 07:36:40 AM »
There would be no time+cost versus usefulness advantage. Flat panel TV speakers are mediocre at best so we recommend anyone who really cares gets an external sound system or soundbar (see HDTVtest reviews of those).

It's better that we spend the time we have reviewing display quality.


External sound system i agree. But there must be a difference regarding default speakers. Maybe a subjective test at least. Or simply state how many watts they use. (and other stuff from the manual)

http://hubpages.com/hub/Speaker-Watt

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Re: Test the speakers of TVs
« Reply #3 on: 02 December 2014, 08:05:35 AM »
Copying manufacturer specs for wattage isn't a good use of HDTVtest time, either. You can get that information from the manufacturer spec sheet.

TV speakers are generally "meh". How many different flavors of vanilla are there? These days, we mention the sound if we feel it's worth mentioning (as it has been on some Philips TVs).
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Re: Test the speakers of TVs
« Reply #4 on: 02 December 2014, 09:33:16 AM »
The TV speakers are generally crap, there's absolutely no point in "testing" them or copying some useless specs. RMS wattage does not represent the actual performance, either.
The only speakers worth mentioning are Sony X9005A/X9005B (very good stereo), LG with Harman/Kardon (good stereo), Panasonic VT60 (decent stereo) and some Philips models.
I totally agree with David that speakers should be mentioned only if they're worth someting.

Also state if the TV is capable of 24 bit 192 kHz reproduction (has high quality audio chip)
Do you really expect TV speakers to handle that level of detail, even if the audio chip is theoretically capable?
This is absolute nonsense. You have to have a dedicated sound system with very capable drivers to even start appreciating the difference of hi-res audio.
« Last Edit: 02 December 2014, 09:37:08 AM by FoxHounder »
Video: Panasonic TX-PR55VT60 + Pioneer BDP-140
Audio: Onkyo TX-NR626 + Boston Acoustics CS260 II 5.1

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Re: Test the speakers of TVs
« Reply #5 on: 14 December 2014, 10:08:21 PM »
There would be no time+cost versus usefulness advantage. Flat panel TV speakers are mediocre at best so we recommend anyone who really cares gets an external sound system or soundbar (see HDTVtest reviews of those).

It's better that we spend the time we have reviewing display quality.

Test the speakers of the TVs you review.
There is a big difference going from low end models to mid range models to high end models.

Example :

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Audio quality

The superior audio quality of the Series 7 is a match for its other features. Although all slimline televisions suffer from a lack of bass, the UE46H7000 is better than most, with four separate speakers, including two dedicated subwoofers, delivering an overall power of 40W (10W x 4). The subwoofers deliver the bass that's missing in cheaper TVs, making the audio experience much more satisfying. Having said that, if you want the best from your home cinema set up, it would still be worth considering a dedicated 5.1 home cinema speaker system, especially if you enjoy action movies.

The H7000 also includes support for Dolby MS11, which allows the system to decode a wider range of audio formats, including HE AAC, and all AAC bitstreams.