Originally Posted by drfreeman60
Both the Sony CT-150 and CT-350 are 3.1 soundbars. Both simulate the rear channels. Both have HDMI switching for either three or four components. Both have very good sound with good dialog and dedicated controls for tailoring the sound.
I did look at the CT-350 but we really need a wireless subwoofer.
The JVC BA1 has true 4.1 sound with center channel simulation. Inputs for two digital and one analog component. Extremely good sound and voice for around $200.
We need HDMI input for the television receiver. I'm serously considering trying it anyway though.
The Yamaha YSP-2200 sounds very good and has the best simulated surround I have heard from any soundbar
Everything I've read agrees with you. I don't think though, that anyone but an audiophile wannabee is prepared to spend 35%-80% of what the TV costs just to get decent sound.
I actually own a pair of Yamaha computer speakers and they are fantastic. The thing is, I didn't know what I was buying at the time, they were just very well priced and they are the best speakers on any of my systems.
The Vizio 510 has wireless rear speakers. However, only one digital input. This could be corrected with a digital switcher.
Like most ordinary users, we are not going to fiddle with an extra something just to make it work. And the reliability reviews of the Vizio have been terrible.
Your last sentence sums up where most of these popular priced manufacturers are going with these devices. Ordinary buyers who just want better TV sound. Of course, some execute this better than others.
Whatever the reasons, I don't think they are going about it in the right way. The SC-HTB500 could have so easily been a winner -- the setup is incredibly easy -- but it falls short in several ways and I cpuld say the same thing about the Sony's or the JVC..they all fall just a step short.