I bought a new television some years ago.
It’s a good set – a Nordmende 36″ [I think]. It has a grand clear screen and does all the things it’s supposed to do.
Of course this meant I now had two remote controls: one for the television and one for the satellite. I programmed the satellite one to do all the functions of the other which is fine except for one thing – the satellite one won’t switch on the television. No matter. I can handle two remotes.
There are two things that really bugged me about the television. One is the remote control which is a horrible design and very finicky. The other is the sound but I’ll come to that.
Since that purchase I have made two additions to the system. One is a media box which is great for playing music and films that I have borrowed. The only problem with that is that it has its own remote control. So to play music or a film I start off with the TV remote to switch the set on and then use the satellite one and the media one to do the necessaries.
Then we got Netflix. At least this doesn’t have a remote control so I can use the TV one [which has its own Netflix button]. This means I’m back to using the remote I don’t like.
As I mentioned, the sound from the television is unadulterated crap. It’s tinny and even makes something in the set vibrate at certain frequencies. No mater what source I use, be it the satellite, the media box or Netflix, the speakers are the single common factor and therefore annoying.
I just bought a sound bar.
I know nothing about sound bars, never having had one. This was patently obvious when I opened the box – I didn’t know where to put it. It was a lot bigger than I expected and I really should have checked dimensions. Then there was the simple matters of finding a spare socket on one of the numerous multi-socket extensions. That wasn’t easy. Then there was the matter of connecting the bar to the television. Naturally I don’t have a spare HDMI cable but fortunately they provide a fiber optic “wire” [plastic?] and I discovered that the television has an optic socket which I never noticed before.
I balanced the sound bar with one end on a bookcase and the other end on the bed frame and switched on. It worked and it worked well. A lovely sound. Very rich as if I were listening in 3D rather than at the end of a telephone line.
There is only one problem though.
I now have another fucking remote control!
P.S. I defy anyone to find a universal remote that will work all the functions on all the boxes!