I'm trying to improve the sound out of my TV. I know the market wants me to use a sound bar for this, but I'm having a hard time getting around a sound bar's awkward shape and (seemingly) small drivers of not-very-well-specified quality.
It seems like the way forward is to use bookshelf speakers. I have never owned bookshelf speakers but when I see them in the store they seem great: big drivers, exotic materials, famous brand names, relatively low prices, etc.
Of course I can't plug bookshelf speakers directly into my TV so what I would like is something that's equivalent of the electronics in a sound bar, but for bookshelf speaker use, i.e., small footprint, optical and analog inputs, subwoofer out, small and simple remote control, and ideally Bluetooth. This is all standard fare for all but the very cheapest of sound bars.
But here's what I typically see when I search for receivers and amplifiers online: a HUGE device, no optical input, no subwoofer out (unless it's a "home theater" receiver and handles video, which I don't need or want), huge remote controls (with a million buttons for a radio tuner that I don't want) or no remote control at all in the case of the amplifiers, and definitely no Bluetooth.
Am I looking at this completely wrong? Is there no convenient way to use a pair of bookshelf speakers for TV sound?
I am thinking about the Denon D-M39S... seems expensive for what it is (60W mini system)... not sure how much bass I'm gonna get from 4.75" drivers... but otherwise it seems like the closest option for what I'm looking for. Or should I just give up and get a nice sound bar...? Thoughts? Thanks in advance. :)