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post #1 of 6 Old 03-31-2013, 12:41 PM - Thread Starter
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We're turning my "man" room into our master bedroom (another story all together). I'm going to be replacing my 5.1 separates with a soundbar (yet again another story). Due to space constraints, I'm wondering if there are soundbars out there that can effectively replace my Onkyo receiver? I see a number of soundbars with 3 or 4 HDMI inputs (I have 4 components that use HDMI, but can use a switch vs. having all the inputs on the soundbar if necessary, I may end up doing this anyway since due to placement of the components, ie, only have one HDMI cable running to the soundbar). Since these have hdmi inputs, can they effectively replace the receiver?

If I'm correct, do you guys/gals have any recommendations? I can easily do a 5.1 soundbar system as well since I have rear speaker mounts and cable ran already. Preferably around $500, but can go all the way up to $1000 for the right system.

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Oh, I should also say that the room is 11x12...nearly a pefect square.
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I suggest a Rev 1 B&W panorama with a switcher like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2

HDMI out to TV, optical out to soundbar.

You can get a used one at Amazon for around $1k:

http://www.amazon.com/Bowers-Wilkins-Panorama-Integrated-System/dp/B0063C1E04/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364846610&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=panormama+bowers

and cheaper on ebay most likely.

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Ah, interesting. So that switch allows for all the components (Xbox, blu-ray, etc) to connect to it by HDMI. I can then run an HDMI cable to the tv for video and an optical cable to the soundbar for 5.1 sound. I don't need to run an optical cable from each component?

If so...that's great! It opens up many more possibilities.
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If it's just the speakers that are the space limitation I would suggest you keep your receiver and go this route: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1355998/the-official-bic-america-formula-fh56-bar-owners-thread
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Thanks Droid!

I actually picked up a similar solution from Klipsch on a killer deal.
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