Soundbars are emerging as a hit product in consumer electronics, offering superior sound compared with the speakers of many high-definition television sets, Phil Lozen writes. "Originally we saw soundbars used as secondary devices in bedrooms or dens," said Chris Henry of Theater and Electronic Solutions in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Now, the only place we really aren’t seeing them is the dedicated theater room. The quality range has really expanded. High-end soundbars can sound as good as traditional speakers in many cases."

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