I've been a reader of the forum for a long time now, but since i need some advice i decided to "upgrade" and become a member.
I have a Panasovic Smart Viera P55VT60 and decided to buy a sound system to complement it and enjoy better sound.
I have it conncted to a PS3 for Blurays and on my server for streaming so i just need sound.
I don't have cabling to install a surround system and i have a budget of $750.
Should i go for a sound bar a 2.1 system with a decent amplifier?
Since i am a noob on the subject i would appreciate simple answers and some links to a review.
Thanks a lot.
In theory, you would receive better sound from a GOOD 2.1 system. Of course this implies you have the room to the sides of your TV to place two speakers and make the proper connections to an AVR. The AVR is probably the least of your concerns going this way as there are numerous models from various manufacturers for under $ 300 that will all sound respectable (and unless there are serious design flaws, they will all sound the same). I will get hammered from some of the audio elite on that last comment. That leaves you a budget of $ 450 for speakers. The Andrew Jones bookshelf and preferably tower speakers from Pioneer would be an excellent choice. However, for best sound, these need to be set away from the rear and sidewalls. One meter or more is ideal, but a spacing of at least twelve inches is preferred.
You can get the overall sonic signature of the Andrew Jones seperates from Pioneer's SB23 speaker bar and make you life considerably less complicated (about $ 300) total. What you would be missing is the spaciousness of the two speakers. Very hard to do correctly from a speaker bar. For a more spacious sound, Vizio has a number of units that do a psuedo surround and less than $ 250 and are usually quite pleasing sonically accoring to most reviewers as well as owners.