Stand alone soundbar with good sound quality and surround effect (no rear speakers)?
Just moved into a new home recently and will move my old dedicated full size system to a media room. So now the downstairs TV has no audio except the built in TV speakers which are not very good. This set up will be for casual TV and Movie watching. My wife does not want rear speakers since the sofa is in the middle of an open concept room between the kitchen and living room TV wall. I can put a subwoofer next to the TV console so no issues there, it can be wired that's fine. What is a good all in one stand alone soundbar that will give me decent "virtual" surround (atmos or not) and produce great sound quality. I prefer sound quality over surround effect/technology. Center channel dialogue and clarity is top priority. Coming from a full sized speaker setup with a Denon receiver I know I can't expect much from a soundbar will much smaller drivers but something decent and with quality sound should be attainable. Budget is $800 or less. Or should I just get something cheap in a 2.1 config and call it a day for this "secondary" system?