Originally Posted by sshamim
I'm downsizing and planning to replace my floor standing B&Ws with a passive or active sound bar. I will keep my B&W sub.
Great for stereo music listening
Good for TV dialogues
Zero interest in surround and DSP stuff
Passive LCR soundbar up to $500
Active Soundbar up to $800 (must have 2 optical inputs or combination of HDMI and optical)
Focal Dimension, but with two concerns: No real two channel stereo mode, unknown reliability.
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50: Not sure about the musical performance.
Any recommendations? Thanks!
My needs are simliar to yours, except I prefer multiple HDMI 2.0a inputs.
I too, have no need for DSP. Just want a great sounding bar for everyday use.
I have auditioned:
- Bose 300 - fantastic by itself, but really alive with the sub. Just a tad expensive with the sub, but I can deal with just the bar. Only one HDMI input, but it does support HDCP 2.2, so 4K HDR pass through is no problem. Musically, very fun and colorful. Great sound stage. I have never ever been a fan of Bose, but they seemed to make something good every once in a while. Only reason why I didn't buy it is because of one HDMI input, and the eventual need for the sub.
- Sonos playbar - Very good sounding bar, but ugly. I'm sorry, but it does make a difference to me. Only optical - which is OK I guess, makes it dead simple. Just pipe all my HDMI devices to the TV, and one optical cable to the bar. Only problem I have again, is the eventual need for the sub, and high price point for what is essentially an older bar. If the sonos was in the 4-500 range brand new, I would have gone with it. Have contemplated the used market, but worry that if something goes wrong, i'll have little recourse.
- Sony HT-NT5 - Again, great sounding, and has 3 x 2.0a HDMI ports, essentially adding 2 more ports for more devices! I actually bought this, and so far so good. Negatives are can't see the input display when i'm seated on the couch, and OSD does not come up in 4K mode. Not real showstoppers.
There's a new Denon HEOS bar coming out for $900, that has 4 X HDMI 2.0a inputs, and supposed to be good - but will need to listen. For $900 sans sub, I hope it's really really good.