Preemptive apologies for being a newbie here, but I've been having a bear of a time trying to find comparative soundbar reviews, and was hoping I could get some informed, expert advice from you kind folks.
I already have a decent Klipsch THX 2.1 system, but want to upgrade to surround - although with my room configuration (not to mention a toddler and a cat) prohibits me from running wires all over. So alas I need a soundbar.
I don't want another analog 2.1 solution, so I've ruled out the ZVOX and Vizio systems. I want to be able to monitor full 5.1 mixes from HD cable, Blu-Ray, PS3 and such - ideally with some sort of surround emulation - or there's no point. So I need optical or HDMI, with at least Dolby Digital and DTS decoding.
One other caveat: I'm in a weird space, with the TV consigned to a corner (no way around this), in a fairly open/long room with a vaulted ceiling - open in the back to the dining room, and to one side to the master bedroom via double doors. So I can't rely on a standard four-wall reflectivity configuration with the TV centered against one wall. I need a system that works without having to bounce off equidistant walls.
So I've been reading up on the forums and various reviews online, and so far am considering these options...
- Yamaha YAS-71BL ($279 at Amazon)
- Sony HT-CT500 ($389 at Amazon)
- Denon DHT-FS3 ($419 at Amazon)
- Polk SurroundBar360 ($450 at Amazon)
...but I haven't been able to find a decent comparison review of all four anywhere online to see how they stack up against each other.
Oh, and I ideally don't want to spend over $500, but I could be persuaded to go up to twice that (say, for a Yamaha YSP) if it was demonstrably worth it.
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!