I'm in a similar situation, with a few caveats. We're going to be moving soon into temporary digs while our home undergoes a major structural and interior renovation. I'm not interested in buying a full 5.1 HT rig for the rental place, given that the space will prolly not permit it, so I'm bringing 2 TVs and my sub from the den. I'm leaving the receiver at home and will do my radio/music listening off my iphone. I have an "i-clock radio" for my bedroom, which is fine, but i have been looking for either a sound bar that has a sub-out (not wireless) or powered monitors that will both do the TV and sounds musical enough for a moderate-sized living room.
It seems that the decent sounding ones are 300-400... And up. And I really don't need simulated surround processing - my toshiba tv has a "wide" option that does fine, and music reproduction from my phone is just as important. I've really just started considering s-bars over the last couple of days. But after researching my options, i keep coming back to PSB Alpha PS1 powered monitors for $225. So i've come here wondering if there's a sound bar alternative to the PSB.
Here's a look: http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/powered-speakers/Alpha-PS1-Powered-Speaker
The PSBs are 20W x 2, have a sub out line, can take RCA stereo lines from my tv and a mini-stereo jack from my phone, and provide a USB power port for the phone. So all my input/output needs seem to be covered. And when we move back into our home, I can use them in my desktop.
My questions are as follows...
-,the PSBs ARE designed for near-field use. Will they work in a larger space and still be musical?
- it seems that many folks are using their sound bar for input switching, just as I was using my AVR for the same. Given my limited switching (I only use OTA, BD, and will prolly buy a Roku, all of which run through the TV), is there any advantage to having my switching done via the sound bar rather that through the TV? And finally...
Are there any sound bars at a comparable or slightly higher price to the PSBs that will perform as well for TV AND