Originally Posted by flickhtguru
Just curious why you went with the 4311. That's a 9.1 receiver, and wow that's a lot of receiver for that sound bar and very expensive too.
The two decisions weren't really related to each other.
Regarding the 4311, I'd decided it was time to step up from an older Sony ES-series AV receiver and wanted to future-proof as much as possible- we'll likely be moving within the next year or so, and a dedicated HT room has already been established as an absolute requirement in the new place
In the current house, the soundbar yields a high SAF as it integrates well with her
new den furniture
The old setup was Polk LSi7s as FR/FL with a CSi6 center, and the finishes and sizes just didn't cut it appearance-wise any more.
I'll hang onto the Polks for now (still using a pair of FX300i as SR/SL) and add something in the way of a matching tower as FR/FL (or build DIY) once we get settled in the new home... the LSi7s should work well as front-wides, and I can add more rear reinforcement when the time comes. The soundbar will be recycled for bedroom or kitchen zone 2/3 usage, since she likes the styling and isn't fussy about how it sounds.
FWIW the G-42 definitely has more to offer than originally thought, now that I've dinked around a little more with the 4311... it still won't take your breath away, of course but for movie dialog at normal listening levels it's working well.