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I assume you're referring to the ones which cost about $2500 or more. You're primarily paying for the convenience of them physically fitting under your TV, with only slightly better sound than you'll get from the smaller powered soundbars.
Small speakers that are close together simply can't provide the stereo separation, volume or the low frequencies which are available from larger standalone speakers with significantly lower system prices.
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