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I can't decided what I want to do and I really need to get purchasing. I live in a condo, limited room and started leaning towards a polk audio 5000 surround bar system. I don't need anything that is crazy powerful but I'll want to use this stereo to play music as well. I'm a little worried I won't be impressed with it at all. My other options was the onkyo 5600 7.1 system and just run the centre speaker, the two fronts and the sub. I wish I could hear them in person to see if the polk bar even compares or see if the 5600 is just overkill. Thoughts?
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I just came across the onkyo 3100 2.1 system. seems like a good alternative as well. how would it compare to a soundbar as far as power and sound goes?
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When unable to demo a product, taking a look at reviews from others is a good place to start to get an idea of the quality of a product. If a sound bar fits in your budget it will certainly be an improvement over the small TV speakers. If most of your listening will be TV/movies then the majority of the dialogue would be focused from the center speaker, while with music listening have more separation from the FL/FR speakers might sound better to you. Budget and what features you want/need will help with your decision.

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