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Around $450 budget, wanting something for a smaller bedroom

I'll preface this by saying I know nothing about audio. I currently have a 55" X900E hooked to a Vizio soundbar, and it's been that way for almost 2 years now (and the soundbar, to my ears, was definitely a gigantic upgrade over the TV speakers). But I really would like to watch movies and play games in surround sound but I don't want to spend a lot of money. I'd LIKE to spend LESS than $400, but I can wing $450 if I absolutely have to.

Doing my own bit of research, which, tbh, has been tremendously difficult because trying to find anything about anything like this is hard because if you bring up sound bars or HTIB's, you're going to get your soul crushed, usually. Or be told to just buy "two speakers, a receiver and a sub to start"(which, I really, really, really, really don't want to do), anyways, doing that, I did come up with these two things:

(There's also one of those Vizio soundbars with the sub and surrounds as an option, but I imagine that'd be a lot worse than those?)

Any ideas what I should pick, something different, or whatever else or more info you might want to know, you can have it. I appreciate anyone even reading this, thanks a lot!
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^^^^^ out of the two you listed, I'd go with the Yamaha. My first HTiB was a Yamaha HTiB and it has proven to be very reliable and still sounds great in the family room HTS downstairs with the older LCD. I have a new Yamaha receiver for the upstairs HTS but went with separate speakers and sub to really bring out the benefits of the LG OLED. Yamaha builds really nice receivers that, in my experience, always run cool and are rock solid in performance.

However, anything you purchase is going to be better than a soundbar, which is only marginally better than the tv's internal speakers To be fair, there are some really nice soundbars but for what you pay for them, you'd be better off going with separates (receiver and speakers).

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+1 to the Yamaha
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don't know if you already decided but if you are on a budget I would consider these packages fromm Monoprice

add this Yamaha receiver from Monoprice and you will be under just slightly above your price point depending on which speakers you choose
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