JVC BA1 / Sony CT550W vs. BIC FH-56 Opinions & Advice Wanted!
I am coming back to AVS to get help again since my last purchase (6+ years ago!!). I currently have the following 5.1 sound system:
Onkyo TX-SR604 (specs here: http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=TX-SR604&class=Receiver&p=f
BIC Acoustec H100 Subwoofer
Velodyne Front Row 5 piece speaker set
Wife and I bought a new home and now she does not want any of the velodyne speakers put up (appearance factor...doh!). To appease her, I am going to go with a soundbar option instead (and I personally do want want to run all that wiring myself throughout the room). I was going to go with either the JVC TH-BA1 (convinced by all of Davyo's posts and comments) or the Sony CT550W (for HDMI connections) and sell off all of my 5.1 equipment (probably as 1 complete system).
Now I find this soundbar and am beginning to question all my previous research I have done and wondering if my current system will work as good as or even better. Please help me with my questions:
1) Based on my Onkyo specs, I believe I gain more video coding options with the JVC/Sony option than with the Onkyo receiver. Am I correct about this?
2) Sound wise, will my receiver and BIC soundbar/ Wired Subwoofer be better than JVC/Sony with wireless subwoofer? (I know room design/layout plays a HUGE part of this, but overall opinions would be welcomed!)
3) When watching HD tv or movies, is dialogue clear and crisp or muted due to the sound stage created? (I have ready posts about how this is an issue for some people with the JVC / Sony systems)
4) Does this bar work better being below ear level or at / above ear level? ( I ask this question due to the size of it. Mounting 37lbs above my tv (above ear level) is not something I look forward to doing versus putting it below the tv on a console (at or below ear level).
I hope I have not asked too much from everyone here. I have read and researched just enough to make me "think" I am an expert at all of this ( I am the first to admit that I am NOT!). At the end of the the day, as long as my wife is convinced I am , then I am good to go.
thanks for all of your help everyone. It is grealy appreciated!