I'm relatively new to AVS, but I haven't been able to find any comparisons of these two soundbars: Bose CineMate 1 SR vs. Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR. My apologies in advance if I missed a thread.
I am aware that most audiophiles find Bose products to be of poor quality / overpriced, but the user reviews of the Bose system on various websites seem incredibly positive. I'm amazed at how many people claim to hear noise all around. The Def Tech is about $500 more than the Bose, but I haven't read as much praise for the projected / surround sound effects. I also like that the Bose has a mic that will allow it to calibrate its performance for the shape of the room. I am not sure if/how the Def Tech can be customized for the shape of the room.
Is one soundbar hands down better than the other? I know that the Def Tech has more HDMI inputs, but I will probably use the TV for switching, so I think the Bose optical input should be enough.
I will mostly be using the soundbar for TV watching and music, maybe a blu-ray once a month. The unit will go above a fireplace and below a 55" Panasonic GT50 plasma TV. To the immediate left and right of the TV are windows about 2.5" wide. On the right is a long wall that I think should be helpful for bouncing sound to create that pseudo-surround effect. On the left, the room is open to the kitchen and a stairwell. About 25' opposite the TV are large sliding glass doors, with the main couch about half way between the TV and the sliders. The room is pretty much a rectangle with the exception of the left side opening up to the stairs and kitchen. Unfortunately, running wires for a true 5.1 isn't an option. I have read that the B&W Panorama and Yamaha YSP 5100 are excellent soundbar, but the Yamaha is a little too tall (8") and the Panaroma is too deep.
Thanks for your help!