davyo, how about a summary? I've spent an hour reading all eight pages - could you be convinced to summarize your conclusions/recommendations to date?
You need some homework, don't you?
AND, inputs are important for many - but it doesn't bother me to have to disconnect my (leftover $150/pair) RCA interconnects from my cable box and re-connect them to my DVD player - I Mostly Want To Know Which Soundbars Sound
For my money, I'd like to know:What simple 2.1 systems you like?
I'm assuming you like the JVC BA1 better than the Boston Acoustics TeeVee Mocel 20?
I listened to the Polk (STA or 3000, I forget which) and own the Boston Acoustics original TeeVee2 - side by side in Best Buy the other day, the Polk was "clearer", but then I realized it was because the Boston had better midrange and the Polk was a bit tinny. Asked the guy if the source was the same... and he said of course. But, one could have easily been hooked up using optical cord and the other RCA. Or, someone had fooled with the tone controls on the unit supplying sound for the Polk soundbar. It is so frustrating trying to compare anything - you can't just do it yourself in the store, you just about have to bring two or three units home and compare them yourself.If one wants just a simple system (say under or around $300)
for television and DVD and MTV/VH1/Palladium music channel viewing and listening in a smallish room, with or without any simulated surround processing, is the JVC BA1 still the clear winner
?Which manufacturers' simple systems have you listened to and found wanting (compared to the two or three systems you like)?
Zvox, Sony, Pioneer, Samsung? (And Bose, must it be said...?)
[My opinion, and an informed one as of 20 years ago
is I never heard a Sony, Yamaha, Pioneer, Kenwood, Onkyo... any Japanese speaker that was any good at all. Bar none. Polk, Infinity, Boston Acoustics, all the American half-respectable speakers always sounded better for the same or similar money. So I'm prejudiced against the Samsungs and Vizio's also. Davyo, is this your experience with the current crop of soundbars?]
Raising our sights to still just a soundbar and wireless sub but also with some simulated surround processing ability ($300 to $500?)
, again, could you list the good/worthy models as well as the unsatisfying ones?
Finally, If one wants a soundbar with sub and rear speakers
, what systems do you think sound good?
It will be helpful to know which soundbars you really
like, what other soundbars you've tried and found to be decent (or not) but still inadequate compared to their competition, and which ones you've yet to try.
THANKS very much!