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Based on the layout of my room, a soundbar is really my only option for home audio. I had been prepared to spend quite a bit on a 7.1 surround sound setup, but unfortunately that's out of the cards.

That being said, if my budget is $2500, what are my options? I'm looking into the Bose Cinemate and Yamaha YSP-4300, but are there others I should be considering? If you have any personal favorites or can refer me to reviews on the higher end models, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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So it has to be a bar not say a 2.1 system or even 3.1?
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Not necessarily. What are you suggesting?
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If you can give us pictures or a diagram of your room and how things are laid out it will help us give you better responses.

$2,500 is a huge budget for a sound bar and I would wanna look at all other avenues before I go to a bar. Obvously 3 seperate capable speakers will be better than a sound bar.

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I would go with a ysp 4300 or YSP 5100 very said that yamaha is cutting that line so jump on the 5100 if you can. The Bose is weak sauce and over priced for what it is, if you have the depth the Atlantic Technology H-PAS power-235 is great.
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I would go with a Yamaha 4100 or 5100. The reason that I am saying that is that you could also get an extremely good sub woofer. I feel that is so important. Hsu, epik SVS.
I once thought that getting a subwoofer that was half the price of a $1500 sound bar is overkill. It is absolutely not. It makes all the difference in the world
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I saw and listened to the recently released B&W Panorama 2 at a Magnolia on Saturday. It sounded pretty good and hooks up to the TV via HDMI. MSRP is within your budget.
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Why does the layout of your room dictate using a soundbar? Is it more a matter of not having space for separates? If so, there are some amazing, diminutive systems that you could easily purchase for $2500 that would outdo any soundbar. You could get such a system and a very good receiver for that kind of budget.
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Why go for a soundbar?? Ridiculous... unless you plan on living in a dorm room for a few years, lol. For $2500 that's a very good mid-level 5.1, 7.1, 7.2 home theatre system. I'd go with the Yamaha RX-A series, prefer 2020 9.2 channel model receiver for $1599 (amazon price). That leaves a $1000 bux left over for good set of mid-level 5.1, 7.1 speakers (Energy or Kef). Check the link for Aventage series and comparisons between models of the line. I've said this many times, all soundbars suck. Either they're overrated, overpriced or they sound like cheap garbage. You pay for what you get but they dont mimic sound produced by 5.1 channel and above at all. Wasting your money if you spend that amount for a soundbar, smh. But it's your money...

Yamaha adventage series receivers. Check the chart half-way down for comparisons between models.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087KGNBA
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^^^ I would also say its a huge watse of money to spend $1500 on a receiver and $1000 on speakers. You should never spend that much of your budget on your receiver. I have $1k into 7 speakers and $1k into 2 subs and then $550 into the receiver (although its a refurb with a NEW MSRP of $1100). I would say with a $2500 budget spend no more than $800 on a receiver.

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No person's choice is ridiculous if it answers their needs, which is why I was asking if space considerations (or a disinclination to do wiring or get a receiver) was the reason.

For that money, if space is the factor, I'd get a system like a space-saving Cambridge Audio Minx 5.1 and a really great receiver. Separates will give a superior sound, as we all know.
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$2500 is quite a bit for a soundbar. My assumption is that you have an aesthetics issue, not an actual space or placement issue. That being said, I would take my time and listen to most of the brands. Yamaha, Bose, B&W, Martin Logan, Boston Acoustics, Paradigm's Shift line etc all offer soundbars. My strong advice is to buy a soundbar that utilizes a subwoofer, which many have a wireless option. Start from the top of your budget and work you way down. While great products can be had for low prices, its typically the exception, not the rule. Starting from the top will keep you from having to demo 18-25 soundbars to only about 8-10. Good luck.
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I would go with a Yamaha 4100 or 5100. The reason that I am saying that is that you could also get an extremely good sub woofer. I feel that is so important. Hsu, epik SVS.
I once thought that getting a subwoofer that was half the price of a $1500 sound bar is overkill. It is absolutely not. It makes all the difference in the world
The man speaks the truth smile.gif . You can waste your time and demo all the sound bars but all roads will lead you back and you will come back to a YSP. But talk is cheap, if you're in the SD area and would like a demo to end your search, one listen and you'll know you won't need to look at others. Which leads me to say that I'm listing my 5100 in AVS cassified if you're interested.

It's got all the bells and whistles you need: the latest audio processing Dolby HD, 1.4 HDMI switching, etc. Oh, the wireless subwoofer adapter is still sealed up never used.
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I've always heard good things about the YSPs, but have never actually heard them.

Does your 4200 give you effective surround, or just a wider soundstage? Are you upgrading to the new model? Did you treat the drivers gingerly?

You might want to provide a link, as it's hard to find on the postings.
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