So my dear wife has informed me that for our family room TV setup, I need to do whatever I am going to do sound-wise within a 5.25" by 56" gap in our TV console. This surely is designed to pop in a sound bar.
I consider myself a HT enthusiast. I have my own colorimeter, calibrate my TVs, geek out over speakers, etc. I will have a mancave in the basement to do with as I please, so I am willing to compromise with her on the upstairs setup.
What are my best options? I really do not want to give up having a receiver, as I enjoy the HDMI switching and other benefits. I am allowed to have a sub which will help the cause.
1) Powered soundbar? I could slap this 54 inch beast in there, add a sub, and call it a day.
2) Passive soundbar? These seem to be quite expensive, not worth it?
3) Receiver + small bookshelves: Something like 3 of these sealed little guys, turned on their sides?
Any suggestions for speakers that will do OK put on their sides and not be over 6 inches tall?