Originally Posted by lazerline19
Its a condo double sided so I can't get crazy with bass. I think that is why I focus more on the quality and vocal side of things. The room is a medium sized living room with very high ceilings that are also very angled. Hard to explain the ceiling it's almost like a stop sign has me curious how maybe some atmos firing up at them would sound maybe all the angles would help or harm. I found these they have my interest....
The room acoustics are whatever they are, and without some fairly extensive room treatments, you won't be able to do much about that part. You can read a little about room acoustics and room treatments in Section I of the Guide, linked below. But, room acoustics aside, if you like some of what your soundbar is able to do, you should be able to improve on that with some decent speakers, although they will certainly cost more than the soundbar you have now.
I think that part of the problem may be that you are being a little random in your search. I think that, if your goal is an outstanding front sound stage, then that is what you should concentrate on. For the moment at least, forget about 5.1, and forget about Atmos speakers. You want a center channel and two front speakers that sound good to you. Once you have that, you can add additional speakers to your system. But, the additional channels are like building blocks. You want to start with a solid foundation, and that's the front soundstage where about 90% or more of the content originates.
There are a couple of different ways you can start. You mentioned wanting a good two-channel system. That is one way to begin, but you will never get quite as clear vocals, for movies/TV, from a two-channel system as you will from a good center channel. So, I would start by identifying two front speakers, and a more-or-less matching center channel, that you really like. To do that, you will need to set a budget, and you will need to go do some speaker auditions.
There used to be an AVS thread that listed people willing to host speaker auditions for others in their area. You could do a search for that thread and post there. You might also want to consider doing a road trip to audition some speakers at some audio stores other than just Best Buy, or someplace like that.
Ultimately, you will need to hear the speakers you like in your own room, so a free-trial period is desirable. But first, you just need to find some potential choices you like. There are a lot of good speakers out there. I'm sure you can find some that please you, while meeting the budget you set. I should warn you, though, that you will probably end-up increasing your budget from whatever number you initially set. That usually happens with everything, and not just with speakers.
I think I should also note that soundbars are pretty easy to implement. You wire them up and they play the way they are supposed to. That is part of their appeal. Integrating multiple speakers to play well together, takes good placement, and some effort in calibration. There are some aides available for that, including the Guide which I referred to before.
But, there is more knowledge and effort involved with multiple speakers, than there is with a soundbar, and that is a factor you need to consider. It's not just that a three-channel or five-channel system will cost more than a soundbar, it will also take more knowledge and effort to implement effectively. That factor could also help to explain the disappointment you have experienced, so far, with the speakers you have tried.