I just purchased a new TV (Costco exclusive Panasonic TC50LE64) and am trying to decide on my sound setup. I will NOT be convinced to get a traditional 5.1 surround speaker setup (hence the "soundbar" forum). I am a minimalist. I am trying to decide between a soundbar, like the
or a portable speaker system setup... I am not convinced a soundbar is really going to be that awesome anyway, so I was wondering if it is even worth it to get a soundbar versus going the bluetooth, portable speaker route, like the
Is the soundbar going to provide exceedingly superior sound to portable speakers? If not, I would go with the portable speakers because then I could also take them with me. I am living in a small CONDO, which means neighbors that share my walls may be annoyed by blasting music from my tv in the living room so I can hear it well at the back of the condo... thus, I can use portable speakers for the room and bring them over to the TV when I want to watch TV/movies.
Ideas, suggestions, tips? As you can tell I am no expert (and I'm also not rollin in the dough so buying both, which just dawned on me as an option, shouldn't really be an option). I listen to music all the time, but also care about having better sound on the TV than the included, back-facing speakers on the TV setup. Now I am just using my laptop (Lenovo ideapad U450p) or smartphone (Samsung S3) for all sound-- TV, movies, and music-- so my sound experience sucks SUPER BAD. Anything will be an improvement, I'm sure.
If y'all will insist I get a soundbar, is there a reasonably (actually CHEAP) priced option that I could pick up to have a richer sound experience when listening music from pandora on my phone or laptop when back in my bedroom or at work? Again, buying both is not ideal!