I've long wanted a soundbar, but now I need
one (because I'd like to get a Popcorn Hour A-410U
[I'm in the US], but my TV
can't handle Dolby and the A-410U won't downmix Dolby
So I need a soundbar with at least one HDMI input, or I'm thinking perhaps multiple so it can act as an HDMI switcher. I don't plan to use the soundbar for music, only for the audio of TV and films.
My other primary component is a Comcast DVR (DCH3416)
which has optical and coax digital audio outputs, and an HDMI output.
My viewing position is (in bed):
6.5 feet from my 40" TV
7 inches from the (relatively bare) rear wall (the bed is up against)
3 feet from the (relatively bare) left wall (the bed is up against)
6.5 feet from the (relatively cluttered) right wall
5.3 feet below a popcorn ceiling
I plan to mount it on the dresser the TV is atop; the soundbar could be as wide at 56 inches and fit in the space.
I hope to avoid a subwoofer since making room for it wouldn't be easy.
Last year I was lusting after a MartinLogan Motion Vision Soundbar
, but I see it has no HDMI inputs or output, so I guess it isn't an option. And I see it no longer tops one The Best Soundbar
list anyway; unfortunately the one that does (Paradigm SHIFT Series Soundscape
has no HDMI inputs or output.
I'm ready to spend this kind of money to get the best SQ; on my very tight budget I'll be using it for many years. If I thought I could afford a new TV any year soon I'd consider a budget soundbar to solve my current TV's Dolby downmix need, but I'm afraid this 2008 TV will be it for many years.