I would love a real surround, but with the TV in the corner of the room, it wouldn't work well. The right speaker would be far away from the TV, while the left speaker would be next to the TV and may mess with the center channel speaker audio. Once we finish the basement, I will put a "theater room" there with real surround.
Plus, I don't think the wife would appreciate speakers around the room, and with a 2 year old, they may get damaged.
Isn't ARC only for HDMI 1.4 devices/cables? This soundbar only has optical, no HDMI.
I find the Yamaha YAS-101 to lack many features such as a display, HDMI, and bluetooth (which the Samsung E450 has). The sub doesn't matter to me.
I have a Harmony 610 or something http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/support/universal-remotes/4739
, but stopped using it because I couldn't stand the delay in turning on the TV, Amplifier, etc... I wish it fired just 1 signal to turn it all on, but it doesn't. So all I use now is the PVR remote.
The YSP-2200 is $799.99 CDN (@ Futureshop.ca), on sale from $919.99. Little higher than what I hoped for.
My friend offered to sell his older Yamaha YSP-800 soundbar for $300 CDN, but it doesn't have HDMI or anything since it's so old. Is that a good one compared to the YAS-101 or Samsung E450?