Been doing quite a bit of reading/research. Have learned quite a bit.
Let me link you to a post I put in the speaker area as opposed to repeating all that. Then back to here.
(Hmmm....looks like this forum does not allow link to an individual post. But my post is the very first one). Link to post
Ok. So, at this point, I'm thinking that up front could be NHT Super Zeros, or any other set of speakers. But I'm thinking for the WAF factor a soundbar may be a good bet. I'm interested in whether there would be an advantage to go with one at any rate.
Now, it may be that I do NOT end up with rear speakers. So, I've been reading all kinds of reviews. It's interesting, in a review I may often see something like this: "...I'm amazed at how this can provide immersive sound...but can't do what a full 5.1 system will do".
Of course, it makes absolute sense that a soundbar couldn't duplicate true 5.1.
So assuming that I end up with a sound bar only (and even if so, does it make sense to get a soundbar, and even an expensive one?).
As you'll notice, my room on the left will be a lot of windows. I'm not sure how that would affect the sound I'm trying to achieve.
Other thoughts/considerations/questions I've crossed are on topics of:
- Passive vs. active. I tend to think I want to continue with an AVR. Currently using an Onkyo 812. I'm thinking that simplifies wiring to the TV; As well, I'm reading that for the most part, TVs will pass 2.1 signals to the soundbar, which wouldn't be ideal, I'd think.
- I'm thinking having the Blue Tooth capability to stream from the phone would be nice (although I do that from my AVR as well). I"m not sure I can get that in a passive soundbar.
- I like the idea of a powered soundbar that I could fire up without having to turn on the AVR, etc.
- I do want to play to wireless sub and rear surrounds, assuming I have the rears. Thinking of in the ceiling...not sure how I"ll get power to them.
As you can see, I have some conflicting interests Not sure where this should/will take me.
Suggestions and comments will be interesting to see...
On specific soundbars, looking at reviews and comments from users, I've bounced interests between:
(First note...maybe this is flawed logic. I'm thinking a $200-$300 soundbar isn't going to fit my interestes for sound. I'm interested in good sound, for both music and movies, and as good of surround as I can get with the limitations of my room)
- Sonos Play Bar.
- James Sound Bar . They have quite a variety, and are 'custom made'. You can get one at whatever width you want. I see that as an advantage, as I'm getting a wide TV (at least 75"), and so it would allow for more right/left separation. I have no idea how expensive these are, but I bet high.
- Martin Logan Motion Vision: The reviews aren't leaving me overly optimistic
- Bowers and Wilkens Panorama
- PSB Imagine W3
- Paradigm Soundscape
- Yamaha YSP 4300. One review, actually mentioned in the review linked above, says this one is better than the Paradigm for music and virtual surround, but not as good as the Paradigm for music. But it requires sidewalls, which I have but not sure how the windows would affect it.
So, I am probably confused. at any rate, any input and thoughts will be appreciated.