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The Sound Bar: A New Definition of Quality Sound

The Sound Bar: A New Definition of Quality Sound

So your brand new TV sounds like something that is not original?  You don’t need to be worried. It wasn’t that you are inexperienced in shopping. There are few things that TV manufacturers always omit when it comes to projecting audio from today’s LCD TVs. The truth is that they never pay attention to sound quality, even when those aren’t limiting factors. The good news is that it is very easy to add a unique sound to your LCD TVs. You don’t need to use almost a year of savings to purchase a good multi-channel surround sound system, but if you simply would prefer not to trouble yourself with hanging wires everywhere throughout the room and hanging bunches of boxes on the wall, you ought to consider a sound bar.

What is a sound bar?

A sound bar encompasses multiple speakers. You can find this in a surround sound environment, which is arranged into one horizontal component. This in turn reproduces the surround sound feel without needing speakers everywhere in your room. Thanks to the unified design, a sound bar is fast and straightforward to set up and won’t consume too much room on your wall or entertainment center. Before you buy one, there some factors to keep in mind that will enable you to pick the best device for your needs.

Do you have enough space?

There are lots of benefits of owning a sound bar, from the uniformity to the balance. However, this innovation is especially appropriate in certain circumstances.

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Even though you may currently have a high-end HDTV, they tend to have small built-in speakers, which can produce a powerful sound through the external speakers. However, you will notice the lack of the low bass production during a concert DVD or stock-car race. A sound bar will beef up the bass without a lot of setup time.

If the place where you live is small, a surround-sound speaker setup is large enough to take up a significant amount of space that could be used for essential items. Sound bars are produced to be unobtrusive and can even be wall-mounted if entertainment center space is at a premium.

Looking for the low price? A sound bar is the best option to cut cost. They’re much cheaper than a full surround sound setup, with comparable quality, and there are various places where you can get them online.

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Where do you plan to place it?

Surround sound systems are typically placed in front of the TV or on the wall. However, sound bar speakers are long and slim and designed to take up little space. You do not need to put them on the base of a TV screen or mount them on the wall above.

Advantages

  • Modern design with small footprint
  • Easy to install on a wall or placed in front of the TV

Considerations

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  • Often includes an external subwoofer, which will take up more space
  • It can block the remote control of the TV when it is in front of the screen.
  • It can be placed under the TV, pedestal style

Professional tip: Consider mounting (or try a pedestal style)

True to its name, a pedestal-style sound bar features a flat, square housing designed to provide a frame on which to place your television. They might not appear as stylish, but they have a few benefits that their other counterparts don’t have.

Benefits

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  • They take up minimal space, as it will be placed where the TV is already sited.
  • They do not require an external subwoofer.
  • It will not block the remote control sensor on the TV.

Considerations

  • Not wall mounted
  • Not as elegant and sleek as traditional styles

If you are a sound lover, and you want to have a good and clean sound in your home, you need a sound bar to do the job.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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