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I guess my thoughts are that, a pair of almost respectable bookshelf speakers and a tripath amp can be had inside the budget, which will in many cases actually sound "better" than a sound bar. Granted some sound bars will actually do surround processing and integration, which can result in a more desirable performance, especially when content involves a strong center channel presence. I'm not sure if the sound bars in this price class actually do that though so that would have to be factored in.
I'm going to really despise the day when our older Vizeo 720P plasma gives up and leaves us looking for a new one. While it isn't "great" by todays standards, that older model actually has really decent built in speakers (for a TV), far better than most modern units are coming with. They can present an intelligible dialog and don't have the nasty resonances found on the newer models. We often just use the TV speakers for regular TV watching, and only kick on the surround system for movies and such.

The Vizio soundbar has the SRS TruSurround (I think they call it). It does help but it's definitely not a 5.1 setup. I also agree with you on the bookshelves. Most people like the simplicity and streamlined look of the bar though.

I have a 47" Vizio and the speakers aren't horrible, but not exactly desirable. On the 32" Vizio I bought for my bedroom however the audio is pathetic. It sounds like everyone is talking into a tin can. My wife could even tell a difference (so you know it's pretty bad wink.gif ). For the sake of lack of space and having the ability of purchasing something that day the sound bar worked great. I mounted it above the tv and couldn't be happier for the price.
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I guess my thoughts are that, a pair of almost respectable bookshelf speakers and a tripath amp can be had inside the budget, which will in many cases actually sound "better" than a sound bar. Granted some sound bars will actually do surround processing and integration, which can result in a more desirable performance, especially when content involves a strong center channel presence. I'm not sure if the sound bars in this price class actually do that though so that would have to be factored in.
I'm going to really despise the day when our older Vizeo 720P plasma gives up and leaves us looking for a new one. While it isn't "great" by todays standards, that older model actually has really decent built in speakers (for a TV), far better than most modern units are coming with. They can present an intelligible dialog and don't have the nasty resonances found on the newer models. We often just use the TV speakers for regular TV watching, and only kick on the surround system for movies and such.

I concur...you aren't really doing surround sound so you don't need a receiver with all the bells, whistles hdmi and such..

For situations like these I highly suggest craigslist and the like to locate some higher end, but older speakers and components and put those to use.

$100 for receiver, 100 for bookshelves/towers, and $100 for sub could likely get you a very good sounding 2.1 system that will blow a bar setup out of the water.
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