Originally Posted by hsinnott
Sorry I did not mean to sound so cynical in my post. I'm just frustrated that after recently moving, having sold my Atlantic Technology speakers and now needing a simpler surround set up for my new home, that I still cannot find a decent soundbar that checks all the boxes. I had high hopes for the Sony HT-ST5000 after the rave reviews from CES 2017 prior to launch, but even that has been getting negative reviews for it's lack of Atmos effects and doubts about a future dts-X upgrade.
It's all good. From a pure fidelity standpoint, the Samsung has the Sony beat. First, the sub. Sony's is good, Samsung's is better. But also, the MS750 can play clean, louder. So, for most people, that's gonna equal more dynamic range.
The reality is that a significant number of rooms are going to be sub-optimal for that Sony soundbar to have properly-rendered Atmos effects. A too short ceiling, or sitting too far back, or any combination of the two, and the potential for it not working out as hoped exists.
The way the MS750 implements elevation channels, at least to my ears, makes this less of a concern. Since it's an upmix, there's no use expecting true height effects from the MS750 soundbar, just an elevated and expanded soundfield. It delivers on that.
Will a great AVR-based system beat it? Obviously. But for a $1200 total investment, this combo is a cut above most soundbars and does have qualities akin to what $120 gets you in a 5.1 AVR-based system (total cost of speakers, subs, AVR, speaker cables, and maybe speaker stands or brackets).
and if you can get the Sony to work within your room and seeing arrangement, then it is a great sandbar. But if you can't get it to work, then obviously you might not want to spend the money on Atmos, as opposed to just better fidelity.