Originally Posted by mtn-tech
That soundbar would probably be an improvement over your TV sound, but don't expect true "home theater" sound - they simply don't have the volume or dialog clarity / intelligibility that an AVR with real speakers are going to give you. My dad has a Vizio soundbar and it is just OK - better than TV speakers, but not impressive "home theater sound" by any measure.
Give us more details - what are you trying to do and what is your budget?
This transmitter and receiver/amplifier will connect to any AVR with preamp outputs and will power any standard speakers - this will allow you to power your surround speakers without speaker wires and solves your problem:
Do you already have an AVR and don't know how to connect this? If so, what AVR do you have?
Why not just run wires for the rear channels? Do you live in a rental that you cannot add speaker wires? This is a bit of work but it will save you money and give you the best possible sound - check out this website:
I'm not trying to dispute or argue with people that know better, I'd just like to understand.
A wireless speaker has no reason to sound worse than a wired speaker if connected via Bluetooth. The protocol has more than enough bandwidth to handle HD surround sound, so I don't understand why there is not a market for these speakers.
I don't have an AVR just yet, although looking at the Yamaha YHT-49 and Onkyo HT-S3500.
Also taking a keen interest in the Vizio s425, which is a soundbar but has one several high key awards, offers true surround with bluetooth, and won best of CES 2013 by Cnet.
I'm just wondering if a receiver really offers an advantage, at least at that price range.
Between my TV and couch is a commonly used passageway, so I'd rather not have speakers going through there.
Wireless is just much, much neater to me, and I don't see why it isn't more prevalent. I would prefer not to use a bridge such as the device recommend. I will if that is the only option, but still don't understand why it isn't a standard feature by now.
Budget is 3, maybe $400. I've never had a home theater before, so don't have fancy requirements. Just want to appreciate downloaded movies and Netflix in HD.
Would like everything to turn on and off with the TV as I won't be using it without the TV. It's smart TV and I have no external appliances, nor will I.