I was hoping someone might be able to help me choose a soundbar... Im really struggling. It is for a fairly large (but not huge) open planned back room which is square, on the left side is a rectangular lounge area on the right an open planned kitchen. It is one room separated by a corner sofa.
The soundbar main requirement is to provide much better sound than from my 50" Panasonic Plasma for both regular/movies TV (SKY HD Box) and gaming (PS3/PS4). It would be a bonus if it could also be used for Music, Im happy though if this is just done via something like an Apple TV it doesn't have to be wireless streaming.
I tried an Orbit Sound but returned it as I hated the fact it had to be turned on separately when watching TV and you had to use a completely separate remote.I don't want a full 5.1 system, it is always just going to be soundbar and sub.
The list I have narrowed it down to is:
Bose Cinemate 1SR - £130
This is my max budget. The demo sounded amazing, my concerns are price (is it a rip off), in reality how well does the remote work as you have to use the BOSE remote. I have also read very mixed feelings towards BOSE.. to me the sound was amazing, but people say they use very cheap components.
Sony HT-ST3 Sound Bar - £600
This looks decent and I believe would integrate nicely with my TV so I could just use my current Sky remote. But i'm worried the sound won't be great.
Sonos Playbar - £1200
This looks good and I would stretch and get the sub. My worry is the sound has to come from the TV and have read that because my TV only passes through stereo the sound won't be great. Will this matter if I am never going to add the extra rear speakers... I like the idea of having Sonos in other rooms, but its not a requirement... I also worry the Sonos won't be as good sound as you are paying for all the streaming kit, realisticaly anyone compared it to something like a BOSE?
Monitor Audio ASB-2 - £1000
I don't kow much about this, but reviews seem to be really good.---
Really appreciate any help... I want it to be wife/kid friendly so easy to opperate ideally turning on when the TV does and using the same TV remote... or if the BOSE remote is good and can control SKY/TV I don't mind that either.