Originally Posted by 3Dhereicome
Originally Posted by T-Bone
Sound bars are the epitome of compromise... The compromise being decent sound in a compact package that integrates the amplifiers in the soundbar.
All of the speakers sit underneath the flat panel. But if someone is off-screen talkin, you'll hear the sound as if it were coming from the screen. because there's no dedicated speaker that you can position beyond the left and right edges of the screen.
and now they're getting Fancy by throwing in Atmos speakers as upfiring to bounce off the ceiling. I've heard numerous reports where that technique is not as good as a dedicated speaker in the ceiling. Another compromise.
then you have to throw in the rear speakers if you want 5.1. although some soundbar State they'll do 5.1 virtual. Now that adds to the cost of the soundbar.
I'm purchasing a 75" flat panel for the family room and will eventually get a soundbar. it's a family room and I don't want to bother with dedicated speakers, and the receiver, speaker wires for a 5.1 solution, etc.
Lol. This is ridiculous and it’s not a “compromise.” A compromise is going to the store and deciding to save $25 by buying the on-sale electric toothbrush over the one you were thinking of getting. A compromise isn’t buying a 1K soundbar vs an 6-8K fully equipped Atmos system. That’s like saying you wanted a Ferrari but you comprised and bought a Prius instead.
Are full systems better? Sure. Are they worth all the hassle? I mean, I guess if you’re a fanatic and you never plan on moving and you absolutely have to have that “significant” off screen talking... 😂
I think you’re misconstruing a “compromise” with a lack of caring. Most people don’t actually care enough to install a speaker system, I know I don’t.
No, I'm not misconstruing.
Compromise, per the definition:
accept standards that are lower than is desirable.
Desire, per the definition:
strongly wish for or want (something)
We don't put costs on desires. Virtually everyone here would want, for free, a 7.1.6 dedicated system installed in their room. Tell them the system is $10, they still buy it. Why? Because they desire it. We are on AVS forum after all.
tell them the system is $3,000 plus installation cost of running Atmos speakers in the ceiling, and their desire doesn't change. But now they compromise and accept something that is less desirable (albeit more cost effective).
A soundbar with Atmos is a compromise. spend less to get Atmos that doesn't really work as well as dedicated speakers. That's okay. It's a compromise. Settling for lower standards for lower cost... Or settling for lower standards for a simpler installation.
Anyway, I've said enough.