Glad I found this thread (and site). I've been researching TVs for a few days, as I try to upgrade from our dinosaur, and I've settled in on the 50" UT50 from Best Buy. I'll sell the XBox and basically pay $600-$650 for this TV... which is ridiculous.
Anywho, the reason I'm posting is because I'm trying to get a modest home environment setup, since we'll have a nice TV now. The TV will be mounted on the wall a bit above eye-level, so I'm going to have to get a slight tilt in the mount, which isn't really a problem. Beyond that, I'm planning on buying a blue-ray (probably the BDT220) and then I need to decide what to do about sound... and that's really my question to the group here.
Our house is very small, and not much sound is needed to have something be audible from one side of the house to the other (850 sq ft footprint). With that said, I'm going to be looking for more than the TV speakers offer, as I like to listen to music and just generally would like to have better sound if I have a TV that isn't a decade+ old. I thought about posting in a more general sound forum, but decided to ask in a thread about the specific TV I'm buying to get suggestions from people actually using this same TV.
As I've been looking, I've sort of settled in on getting a sound bar as opposed to more complete systems... but I'm all ears if anyone feels that might be inadequate. Either way, does anyone suggest a particular speaker set-up/brand/product/specific piece over others? Reviews on CNet have led me to maybe a Haier SBEV40-Slim or a Vizio VHT215. My only concern with those boils down to my absence of knowledge. Will they broadcast sound well enough, do they degrade the sound somehow, are there general compatability issues that I need tobe aware of and verify aren't an issue, is there one setup (ARC or otherwise) that works better than others? I'm just trying to fill in the gaps of my knowledge here, and at the same time am ooking for a recommendation. I also liked a ZVOX Z-Base 580 that I saw at Best Buy, but it's probably more than I would want to spend.
Would I be better off merging a Panasonic Blue Ray and TV with a Panasonic soundbar?
On another note, what are the must-haves of the Blue-Ray world in either 3D or otherwise (basically ones that demonstrate how awesome my new child will be), and am I correct in my feeling that I can just use suggested settings here instead of buying one of the discs and running the same stuff myself?
Thanks in advance...