First, I have a pretty big living room in an old brownstown building with a lot of wood wall paneling, fireplace, and such. There's no easy way to run wires around it. So I figured I'd get a soundbar. I picked up a yamaha ysp 3300, new off ebay from one of those dirt cheap places. Maybe the room is just too weird. It's 19' x 19. But one side wall is blank, one has tons of books. The ceiling is 12' and is all wood beams. And the couch is not really in the middle. I knew I didn't have an ideal room but moving my main stereo speakers was a no go with my GF. So it seemed like a sound bar was worth a shot.
My TV is a Pioneer 500m monitor with limited outputs. So I needed something that also did HDMI switching and sound decoding. That restricted my choices.
The Yami is at least better than the 2.1 Dell PC speakers I had hooked up to my pioneer 500m plasma monitor. And dialog is much more articulate then when I use my regular stereo speakers with the TV. But it wasn't worth the $1000 and I'm always fiddling with it.
It has a lot of modes. 3 main modes: Multi beam surround, Stereo (kind of the same but a little less surround), and Target (no surround and minimal sub for late night viewing). But there's also an Enhance button, and 10 or so other kinds of enhancements that are some kind of EQ or reverb that are separate from the first one I mentioned. And a volume leveler option button.
All of these functions work together so there's like 90 possibilities. Plus you can 3 save presets of the room calibration for your favorite positions. Make that 270 possibilities. So I often find myself messing with the modes, never really loving any of them.
I do hear some of the simulated 3d and sometimes it catches me by surprise. But it's kind of unnecessarily and doesn't add much to the experience.
I wish I had a simple unit with 3 good sound options: Movies. Regular TV. Late night. That's it. I'm sorry I didn't listen to my sense and skip the whole thing.
In short, I will probably keep it because I bought it from a bargain place I can't really return it to. It is at least a huge improvement for dialog which is really why I wanted to upgrade in the first place. But I may eventually replace it with something simple but good quality like Artison side speakers and upgrade my NAD stereo receiver.
I will say, thanks to all who helped me on this forum. You're all very nice and it's not your fault I'm a pain in the ass! :-)