I, too, have been trying to tackle this issue for quite awhile. I'd love to do a full 7.1 surround system, but I worry that the install will be quite expensive. As a result, I've considered soundbars or systems like the Bose 3-2-1, which are obviously much easier to install. The stumbling block for me when it comes to these types of systems, however, is the fact that I've been told numerous times that the sound needs to bounce off the walls to give the proper effect. Also, I'd like to get something that allows for HDMI, which I don't believe the Bose systems (and several of the soundbars I looked at) had. Is this really a big deal or am I expecting too much?
The pictures below should give some of you better-versed in this stuff than me an idea of what I'm talking about. Who knows? Maybe I'm underestimating what one of these units could do with my setup.
showing the space behind the TV and a/v equipment
This is the part that scares me - if these units need something to bounce off of, how will they handle the open arch into the kitchen?
again, it's very open on this side, plus you also begin to see what's behind the couch - a very high ceiling.
As you can see, there's a walkway behind the couch that has an extremely high ceiling behind it. Will this cause a problem for one of those soundbar/3-2-1 systems?
If I need to get a separate subwoofer with whichever system I choose, can I place it either behind the cable box/PS3 shelves to keep it out of the way or is there a wireless (bluetooth?) subwoofer I could use that could be placed on one of the shelves on that bookcase?