The bar is incredible when it gets an Atmos signal but IMHO it struggles a lot with non-Atmos inputs. When I watched Battlestar Galactica without the Xbox Atmos app, I would just hear a thin crackling noise from the rear speakers. The same audio plays great on the tiny Bose surrounds. The Xbox Atmos app is buggy, too! Pioneer/Focal won't have the 4 height channels of the Samsung, but it is probably a better choice & worth the effort.Thinking out loud, I literally just ordered a Pioneer LX501 & Sib Evo 5.1.2... and like some I bet, wondering if I should have just waited for this bar? Not looking forward to the long run of HDMI & 5 speaker pairs and hide it somehow in my small space. Then there's the space and heat for the AVR.
Been out of hifi so long, is there huge diff in the sound quality, for those who've had both, or might this bar (w/ 2 more sides & heights) have been just as good or better without the hassle/space?