Originally Posted by DavidML3
I agree with OP.
He asked for best soundbars and you give him the option of a dedicated speaker system. Im 100% sure he knows speakers would produce better sound but he isn't looking for that. I'm not either.
Many like me dont want speakers dangling everywhere especially for atmos. Or do not have the time or money for in wall installations. I am also looking for a soundbar. I very well know the shortcomings of sound from a single speaker however I guess we are looking for the best performance/sound in a sound bar.
It seems that in my research it boils down to the Sony HT5000 and the Yamaha YSP 5600
I did no such thing. The options I listed were specifically related to sound bars. One has to decide what is more important to them. Some want features, some want surround sound, some want better quality sound. There is no sound bar that does everything the best. Between the two models you are looking I am very familiar but each has its tradeoffs.
The Yamaha has better sound quality and better surround/atmos sound IME. It needs a sub though it bass is weak without it. While it might sound like a winner it would depend on your sources. If you have 4K sources 4K with HDR it will not pass it to the TV because it uses the older HDMI chips that don't have enough bandwidth to handle anything besides basic 4K. No HDR, No wide color Gamut, no greater chroma sampling. So to use this sound bar with 4K/HDR sources besides the TV like Ultra Blu-ray, Roku 4K, Apple TV 4k, Nvidia Shield, etc. you need an HDMI splitter that can trick the EDID of the source. Something like the HDFury AVR key would work. That way the source can have one HDMI connected to the TV and the other HDMI from the splitter to go the sound bar. This is not an issue if using regular Blu-ray, or if you are just using the TV's built in Apps or your TV only has basic 4K and can't handle HDR or some of the other features of 4K.
Some might not want to deal with the extra complexity of this set up and just get the Sony. The Sony is not the better sounding sound bar. It definitely wins on convenience and features though. And for some its sound will be good enough. It's your choice which you want to go with.
There are also better sounding sound bars than both of these but they don't do Atmos, have as good surround effects or as many features as these. But these are the factors for one to decide. There is no perfect sound bar, pick the one that best fits your needs and situation.