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!