Help - Giant Open Room Soundbar guidance needed!
I have one of those impossible family rooms. I'm attaching pictures as well. It has 16ft vaulted ceilings, is 16' X 22' with an open back and open left (both to wide open rooms).
To further complicate things, the TV is in the far right in a cubby hole (I will be upgrading and mounting a 55" though so I won't need to worry about height of soundbar). I have a Dennon AVR 1912 already with airplay but unsure if I will need it. Along with that I have Cable box, dvd player, and a cd player.
I don't hear the best when it comes to dialogue so the TV speakers aren't cutting it. Viewing distance from TV is 14-15' approximately. Main use would be for TV 85% of the time and music 15%. I'm dealing with a big WAF as this is our main great room/family room and we already have a media room.
*** Budget is approximately $1,500 (I can increase a bit more if needed, however for a soundbar I'd rather not).
Considering a Sony HT-ST7, Yamaha YSP-4300, and GoldenEar Technology SuperCinema 3D Array Soundbar (GE 3D array). Any others I should consider given the above? The Bose CineMate 1 SR just dropped to $1,000 however it seems the others have better features/sound from reviews I have read - thoughts?
So it is my understanding that the Yamaha YSP-4300 bounces sound off walls, ceilings, etc. to create a very dynamic effect with surround sound. HOWEVER - given I have a lack of walls on two sides and a vaulted ceiling, won't that just be a dealbreaker in my room?
The Sony HT-ST7 sounds like it has quite a few features minus airplay (but it does have bluetooth connectivity). It also does 7.1 supposedly. I have read some reviews where folks really liked that you can turn the dialogue up on the soundbar to make voices clearer when listening to movies, etc. Thoughts on this compared to others? I'm leaning this way just given the dialogue feature.
GoldenEar 3D array is passive so I would use my Denon AVR 1912 with it and I would need to a solid subwoofer as well. I have a read a few reviews on it. I'm not sure where I could even go to hear it in a store though. It would mean an extra remote given the AVR, however I would get my airplay feature as we are an apple household.
If anyone has any thoughts on the room and soundbars I'm considering, I would LOVE to get any/all feedback from folks.
Thanks in advance,
Last edited by davidndallas; 10-02-2014 at 08:06 AM.