Originally Posted by mummer43
I'm in the process of shopping for a sound bar and I'm not sure weather to look at units with wired or wireless subs. What are the pros and cons of each?? My budget is pretty flexible, but I'm not looking to get something super high end.
I just came across this thread, and I don't think you got a good, specific answer to your original question.
Inexpensive soundbars (say, under $1000) typically have small speakers in the bar. One reason for this is that they figure you're likely to have it sit on a TV stand (rather than wall-mount it) so it has to be short enough to not block the IR receptor for the TV's remote. With those speakers being small, the sub needs to pick up the frequency load at a higher frequency than it would if you had a more typical multi-speaker surround system.
When the sub emits those higher frequencies (say, over 100 Hz) you can locate it spatially (i.e. you can hear where it's located) thus you need to locate it close to the soundbar. So there's no good reason to have a wireless sub with a lower-cost soundbar. And there's a good reason not to - often folks have a problem where from time to time the wireless connection gets moody and decides not to pair when you turn it on (my Polk 6000 used to do this when I still had it).
What I've said above doesn't apply to expensive soundbars with larger speakers in the bar (think Definitive Technology or maybe the new Yamaha 3300/4300).
PS: For movies I second the recommendation for the Yamaha 2200
- I'm very happy with mine.Edited by tkurkowski - 10/5/12 at 11:37am