i have looked into getting a dedicated Onkyo 5.1 system, but my room arrangement and tv stand are prohibitive of this - the AVR is too tall for my low slung tv stand. so i am thinking if a soundbar would be the way to go for me.
however, my living room doesnt necessarily lend itself to surround sound - the room is about 12' wide and about 23' long. the couch and tv are opposite each other going widthwise across the room, as those are the only solid walls. the third wall has 2 sizeable windows. there really isnt a 4th wall - it is the walkway to the bedrooms as well as the entrance to the kitchen. (i am going to attach an image to make things a bit clearer).
would a soundbar make sense for me? not sure how well the sound would bounce around here.
price range is sub-$500, and i dont really need HDMI, as i prefer to feed everything to TV. i have a bluray, cable box, and ps3 all connected to TV via HDMI. to keep that clean look, i would only connect the TV to soundbar with optical, and use the TV for component switching.
please let me know your thoughts about the feasibility of the soundbar, as well as any product recommendations (after a cursory look here, i see the vizio and JVC are well recommended)
Edit: looks like my TV (Sammy LN46B750) will only output 2.1 sound when the source is a digital component. are there any soundbars that have 3 optical inputs?