Should I just switch to a soundbar?
Hello, my current setup is a 10 year old Bose Acoustimass (10 series I think) with a Denon AVR-590 receiver. Around December 2016 (When I bought my PS4 Pro) I made the switch to a digital optical cable since the Denon receiver does not have 4k passthrough so I could no longer hook my PS4 Pro up to my Denon receiver and get the full features of the PS4 Pro. I hadn't really done a lot of gaming/movies w/ my surround sound as I was mostly gaming with headphones. A couple of months ago I got a 4k TV (Vizio P-Series Quantum). With the new tv I started utilizing my surround sound with movies from netflix/amazon/other built in apps but again, the only way to get the audio to my receiver was through digital optical cable (Deno AVR-590 has no HDMI ARC). I have done almost no research on audio for about 10 years so I didn't know much of anything about ARC/eARC or Dolby Atmos or any of the "new" things of last 10 years as I was content with what I was doing. Maybe it is a combination of me getting older ears or the digital cable impacting quality of audio available to me or whatever the combination may be, but I feel like I am hearing almost nothing from my Surround Back R/L channels (5.1) unless I am standing right next to them. I bought a new receiver today (Denon S540BT) but I'm reluctant to even open it now that I have it for fear that hooking up the HDMI ARC and utilizing an HDMI bandwidth which would allow HD Audio will not actually improve my audio experience. I have only heard two sound bars (one was a higher end the other was lower end) in a home setting and both sounded great. I had no issues hearing people talk, I was clearly picking up on smaller audio cues and overall was a better experience from what I currently have now. Will setting up the new receiver with HDMI ARC but still using the same Bose speakers really be better or should I just take this receiver back and get a decent soundbar and figure out something else for the Bose Speakers? When I first got my current setup and hooked it up with HDMI, I remember (it was 10 years ago so maybe I'm remembering wrong) my audio experience being pretty good. Is it me? I know it isn't the best thing in the world but does my setup just suck? Any help/advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.