As info, my primary reason for a soundbar is enhanced sound compared to the built in speakers with the TV. Surround sensations are secondary to me. When I lived in my former home I had a wonderful 560 sq. ft. rectangular family room which was excellent for television and sound. At one point, I had over 21K invested in a state of the art (crica 1988-1997) hi-fi and surround sound system. Surround was strictly for movies (VHS/Laser/DVD over the years). Music was through front speakers and sub-woofers (2) only as I have yet to hear a surround music format that I felt actually enhanced what was already on a 2-channel stereo recording.
When we downsized to a condo four years ago, there was no place for the surround or even the hi-fi portion of the sound system in the new family room, so the basics of the sound system, front speakers, sub-woofer (1) and now a receiver ended up in our sun-room where we listen to music.
I was happy with a very expensive Yamaha YSP, but nevery really liked it or so far any Yamaha I have auditioned since that time. The new 2200 which is a much better design on paper than their larger units does show a lot of promise but have not heard it so far. I have also had units from Sony, Vizio and now the JVC.
Surround sound is a "nice to have", but not essential to my listening. I was thrilled with the JVC as it was a true 4-channel soundbar, something that could not be said about any of the others. The fact that I can actually hear all of the sound included on a soundtrack is enough to keep this one as my current favorite.
In my room, I do get a nice broad soundstage from the JVC. Something I also got from the Vizio but not from either the Sony or Yamaha. In defense of the Yamaha, because a lot of people can not wrap their thoughts around the idea that a $100 soundbar could possibly sound better than one costing ten to twenty times more, the Yamaha did have the best frequency balance and most natural sound as long as it remained in 2-ch (or 3-ch) only mode. As old as my ears are, I could immediately hear when the various sound processing modes of the Yamaha were activated. All had a great deal of electronic coloration and all reduced the Yamaha's already meager headroom and dynamics. My most recent Yamaha audition was the model 4100 (about 1.4k). Dynamics were better. Sound processing modes were somewhat improved compared to my memories of my previous unit, however, the electronic and phase colorations were still present and audible enough that I and the three others auditoning could all latch onto and easily hear them.
All of that is to say, I am usually looking more for sonic accuracy and dynamics. If I ever get decent surround to go along with it, I will gladly take the bonus. As it is, the JVC works better for me than any unit I have tried for home theater so far and will remain in my setup until I find a deserving replacement. I guess I just do not wish to mislead you on my sonic priorities and have you wondering why my settings may not sound all that great to you.