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posted: Mar. 15, 2013 @ 2:41p
I have the Polk Audio - SurroundBar 6000. Same design, better sound. But... more money. Anyway, my point is the design of the 3000 is the same as the 6000. The Toslink optical cable that comes with it is beyond terrible quality - you WILL need to get a better one. It is about as thin as a strand of coarse hair. The sound quality is really poor if you try to use it. The optical source on the soundbar will not work with dolby digital signals. If this is your only digital option in your house, you will be forced to use inferior analog signal. BTW, it has just one optical input, so if your TV does not pass 5.1 from other connected devices like Blu-ray players, you'll only get stereo on the bar. There are no HDMI inputs.
Secondly, the design of the Toslink optical cable jack is strange. The Toslink optical cable plugs in at the back, but the jack is positioned such that the cord plugs in pointed upwards. I have mine sitting on a cabinet. I bought the deluxe Monoprice Toslink optical cable for it and the plug is large - since the cord plugs upwards, the plug is so large that it raises the bar off the cabinet surface at that point, destabilizing it. Had to use Monoprice's regular Toslink cable because the plug is smaller, so the bar can still sit properly on the cabinet surface.
The sound is a big improvement over that of tv speakers only, but don't be expecting high quality compared to a speaker set up. I use mine in the bedroom because I don't want to run speaker wire in there. But there is no comparison to the sound quality I get with my living room tv, with its 5.1 speaker setup.
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