Sorry for taking so long to respond, Its been busy and I forgot about this curiosity.
I've since measured and with a 50" TV there is going to be zero room on the sides for even the smallest speakers.
I like the idea of a passive soundbar, but I'd like to set my budget to around $500 (AVR + soundbar)
Any recommendations for low cost bars? This is a small second floor condo so I don't need earsplitting bass and volume. Clear dialogue is the goal here.
I've always been anti-soundbar but it doesnt look like I have a choice.
In the TV cabinet there are speaker terminals, I imagine the place was prewired for rear speakers but I have no idea where they terminate to and I doubt my landlord will let me start knocking down drywall.
Any cheap/easy way to find wire buried in drywall so I can maybe cut a small opening to fish it out. Future note right now, I have neither the money nor the need now.