Originally Posted by daron
I'm right with you on the soundbar vs. discrete system argument. With my old system, I thought I got too obsessed with identifying which speaker each sound was coming from. It was not the passive-enjoyment experience I was looking for.
I think I'll buy that new Vizio when it comes out, too, and do a comparison with the CT-150 like you are. Perhaps we can compare notes!
Hey Daron,,,,,, I will look forward to hearing your opinions on the Vizio and see how our opinions compare.
I had the Sony CT-100 and CT-500 along with the Vizio w/wireless sub,,, in the end the Vizio was the one I kept,, while the CT-500 had the better surround effect the Vizio won out for me for overall sound and ease of use.
I wonder if the new Vizio vs the CT-150 will have the same outcome or not for me.
Originally Posted by frostylou
You just SOO nailed it. I would take my Mitsubishi Unisen or Yamaha ysp over 'most' 5.1 moderately priced setups any day. You stayed it exactly. That sound bubble is much closer to what one hears in a theater. Now there are execptions. I think the Mirage omni's are amazing at spreading the sound so it's less pin pointable, much like the way the ear perceives the movie theater experience, but.. most.. are not.
It always amazes me when people immediately jump in with, "a soundbar is ok, but of course if you can do it, you're far better off with real 5.1."
That just bewilders me really.
Yea,,,, I do get a but miffed when I see that statement as well (a 5.1 is better than a soundbar crap),,,,, in the right shaped room and set up correctly a good soundbar will blow away many "traditional" discrete systems.
I remember at CES a few years ago, sitting in Yamahas YSP room and being just stunned at how good a YSP could sound with a perfect set-up and room,,,, it blew away every other system I had ever heard or owned,,,, the sound was just so much more natural than a traditional speaker set-up.
On a side note,,,, I have always wondered why Mitsubishi never came out with a stand-alone Unisen type soundbar,,,,, the Mitsubishi Unisen display combo ROCKS,,, I would have kept mine but I just could not live with a 52" screen size,,, if Mits would have brought out a bigger screen size with the same soundbar set-up I would have bought and kept one of those.