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[Costco] Hisense HS218 2.1 ch Soundbar - 99.97 now!!!

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[Costco] Hisense HS218 2.1 ch Soundbar - 99.97 now!!!

Looks like pretty good value with above average reviews (3.6/5).

Sells for 229.90 on Amazon.ca : https://www.amazon.ca/Hisense-HS218-Sou ... B08GYPY2K5 with pretty decent reviews.

412 units left as of posting this post.

Edit on June 8: for the people who bought it the first time, GO PRICE ADJUST!!!
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Thanks OP, seems worth a shot at this price point. I actually bought a Vizio soundbar on sale from Costco around this same price in early 2020, and the subwoofer has started cutting in and out and sounding broken. Of course it's a few months past the 1 year warranty and I didn't think to use a MC that doubles the warranty at the time, but I suspect Costco's return policy will still cover this since it's barely over a year old. So I'll give this one a go instead, hoping someone who already owns this can provide a review.
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I support Hisense. If they could make their TV as good as Sony that be even better
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How does this compare to Sonos Arc for listening to news and watching sports? I mean how much worse is this?
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RoyF482 wrote: I support Hisense. If they could make their TV as good as Sony that be even better
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the 5.1.2 channel soundbar on sale as well for 399.97 and I bought it for 599.99 in December 2020. It is well worth the money, supports Dolby atmos.
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Anyone use this as a computer speaker?
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I picked one up last week and it arrived yesterday - same price.

Its a decent sounding unit, but a couple big negatives:

- As one reviewer mentions, its "low" volume levels are still quite loud.
- The auto-standby feature is annoying (ie if you pause a show for a bit, soundbar will go into standby and take 10-15 secs to boot back on when it detects sound signal again
- The mounting points for wall/bracket mount are on the far ends of the soundbar, which really limits a lot of TV mounted options.
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Carbo wrote: I picked one up last week and it arrived yesterday - same price.

Its a decent sounding unit, but a couple big negatives:

- As one reviewer mentions, its "low" volume levels are still quite loud.
- The auto-standby feature is annoying (ie if you pause a show for a bit, soundbar will go into standby and take 10-15 secs to boot back on when it detects sound signal again
- The mounting points for wall/bracket mount are on the far ends of the soundbar, which really limits a lot of TV mounted options.
Damn it lol. I ordered this just to mount it on my TV using the universal mounting brackets from Prime Cable. My 10-year-old Samsung Sound Bar only has a wall mount option, not mountable onto the TV.
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I got this a few months ago.

It's only OK for me.

The lowest volume level is approx 3x louder than I would want. Same goes for the bass, lowest levels still too much rumble.
Not very good for bedroom setup (which is what im using it for), but may be acceptable for a more living room environment.
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zing31 wrote: Thanks OP, seems worth a shot at this price point. I actually bought a Vizio soundbar on sale from Costco around this same price in early 2020, and the subwoofer has started cutting in and out and sounding broken. Of course it's a few months past the 1 year warranty and I didn't think to use a MC that doubles the warranty at the time, but I suspect Costco's return policy will still cover this since it's barely over a year old. So I'll give this one a go instead, hoping someone who already owns this can provide a review.
Just take it back to Costco, shouldn't be an issue. Same thing happened for me after 1.5yrs, returned and bought another one right away because it's still good value and hard to beat
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akravator wrote: I got this a few months ago.

It's only OK for me.

The lowest volume level is approx 3x louder than I would want. Same goes for the bass, lowest levels still too much rumble.
Not very good for bedroom setup (which is what im using it for), but may be acceptable for a more living room environment.
Whew, I needed this for my living room. I think it's important to constantly keep in mind the price point...there are some soundbars/subwoofers at 1000s range, so my expectations aren't gonna be at that level.
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I have this unit in my backyard gaming cottage (approx 100 square feet) that is perfectly rectangular and this unit is definitely a good value imo and fills the space with sound quite nicely. Like another poster said It is quite loud and boomy even on low settings, but if that is not too much of a concern it does make an excellent gaming unit. Voices can get muddled up by the bass but it does have bass and treble adjustment to even everything out. With the "Dolby Audio" setting on I find it to sound pretty great for the price. Definitely 1000x better than tv speakers.
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Carbo wrote: - The auto-standby feature is annoying (ie if you pause a show for a bit, soundbar will go into standby and take 10-15 secs to boot back on when it detects sound signal again
Does it take 10-15 seconds to boot up each time?

Ex: I turn on the TV (from sleep mode) to watch a TV show, will it takes 10-15 seconda before I have sound?

Thanks
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vpower wrote: Does it take 10-15 seconds to boot up each time?

Ex: I turn on the TV (from sleep mode) to watch a TV show, will it takes 10-15 seconda before I have sound?

Thanks
I’ve had this sound bar for a few months... mine does not have an “auto-standby” and will stay on until I turn it off. The delay is about 3 seconds for me from the time I turn it on until I have volume.

The high volume at the lowest with lack of more controlled reduction to lower volumes has me super annoyed to the point I disconnected it yesterday. I’m past the return period and wish I took it back. The sound quality is honestly very good for the price, but the volume issue alone drives me mental especially at night. Also, the Bluetooth range is awful, have a pretty open concept place and I can’t get more than 20ft without distortion.
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jbone14 wrote: I’ve had this sound bar for a few months... mine does not have an “auto-standby” and will stay on until I turn it off. The delay is about 3 seconds for me from the time I turn it on until I have volume.

The high volume at the lowest with lack of more controlled reduction to lower volumes has me super annoyed to the point I disconnected it yesterday. I’m past the return period and wish I took it back. The sound quality is honestly very good for the price, but the volume issue alone drives me mental especially at night. Also, the Bluetooth range is awful, have a pretty open concept place and I can’t get more than 20ft without distortion.
Costco takes nearly anything back...even after a few months you should be able to return it no problem
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robbyp17 wrote: the 5.1.2 channel soundbar on sale as well for 399.97 and I bought it for 599.99 in December 2020. It is well worth the money, supports Dolby atmos.
Hello! Is the HS512 (https://www.costco.ca/hisense-hs512-5.1 ... 80214.html) also quite loud at the lowest volume setting?

Generic question -- I'm a bit thrown off that the HS512 has rear speakers built into the soundbar. Is it a common trend? I'm getting fed up that the (otherwise great and has built-in Chromecast which we use multiple times a week) Vizio 5.1 soundbar turns off randomly, would like to replace it, but at least Vizio has remote rear speakers.

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