A friend of mine is doing some home renovations and will have a 24' x 12' room he'd like to set up as a media room. Due to a variety of constraints including WAF, he will be putting his TV (not purchased yet, but probably an 80" plasma) on the 24' wall. I believe the seating will be along the back wall.
He is thinking of getting a Yamaha YSP-5100, primarily for the simplicity of setup and lack of clutter. No additional speakers, no receiver to worry about, etc. Does anyone have any thoughts as to whether he'll be able to get a good surround sound experience from this soundbar? It' may be possible to demo the speaker at a local Best Buy, but I'm more concerned about its room correction capabilities.
If not the YSP-5100, is there another soundbar he should consider? He's also looking at the BIC Formula FH56-BAR system but would want to pair it with an AV Receiver and possibly some ceiling surrounds like the OSD Audio ICE670.
Please assume an overall audio budget of under $2500.
Thanks in advance!