Thanks for this. I've been doing a little more digging around on the Sonos Playbar/Sub setup, which seems to have rave reviews. My biggest hangup with this was the fact that 1) my TV (like most others) can't decode 5.1 surround sound and 2) I have multiple inputs for which 5.1 is available. However, it seems there are devices out there such as this HDMI to Toslink switch
that would seem to solve the issue. Basically, I'd set this up as Cable Box, Apple TV, PS3 all going into this switch, with video out to TV, and the optical cable going into the Playbar. So this now leaves me with a couple questions:
1) Will this work? Will I be able to get 5.1 DD to the Playbar?
2) How do folks think the Playbar + Sub setup compares to the YSP-4300? Based on ttlnb's feedback, it seems that I'd be best2 served going with the Sonos; even though I'd be sacrificing the surround effects (I wouldn't pick up Play 1s/3s right away), the overall sound quailty seems as though it'd be decisively better.
3) Back to the YSP-4300, my room is a rectangular setup with the TV on one long side of the wall in the corner and the couch on the other long side against the wall facing the TV with windows behind it. Given the fact that my couch is directly on the wall, is that going to create an issue with the rear channels and minimize my ability to fully appreciate the 7.1 effects the YSP-4300 can deliver?
I'm really quite torn at this point. It's somewhat frustrating that it seems that I have to accept a tradeoff (surround sound vs. overall sound quality) at this price point, but I suppose it is what it is. I guess ultimately I'll have to decide what's most important, but it would be quite helpful to hear some thoughts on just how great the YSP-4300 surround sound experience is, whether I'll be able to take advantage of it given my room set up, and just how different the sound quality from the YSP-4300 vs. others (incl. the Playbar + Sub setup) is (presuming the answer to 1) above is yes).
Thanks to all