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Selecting a Home Theatre Soundbar

Hello. I am looking at getting a home theatre soundbar for movies and streaming music. I have read reviews (confusing) and have narrowed it down to the following, based upon prices on Ebay and Amazon. Can anyone make a suggestion? Need to have clear dialogue.
1. Bose CineMate 1 SR-no bluetooth for streaming, not newest model. 2.1?
2. Yamaha YSP 2500-sound projector, good surround? 5.1
3. Polk MagniFi--dialogue setting? 3.1?
4. Samsung HW-H750-tube amplifier.
5. Vizio SB 4051-5.1-2 satellite speakers wired to wireless subwoofer.
6. Definitive Technology SoloCInema Studio, 5.1
7. Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR 5.1

Suggestions? Looking to keep it around $400.00, incl. used.
Thanks.
Ken

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Skip anything with a wireless sub

Really not effective. Also skip the goofy 'vacuum tube' models LOL. Silly fluff.

For dialogue at typical distances you will not necessarily have too much trouble finding one that suits your needs. Anything else requires a bit more trial and error IME. Buying from Amazon, given their very liberal return policy, would allow you to do lots of testing/returning until you found one that met your standards.

Though honestly, if you are going to spend $400+, why not look at a real surround speaker system & AV receiver? You are halfway home.

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Thanks. I am trying to avoid wires, hence the soundbar and wireless sub. I have not heard of problems with the sub before. The Vizio is 5.1, with satellites connected to sub. I have a regular 5.1 with Denon receiver, but am looking at this for a different room. Spouse hates the wires.

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That's not real surround sound

It has to be wired to be true DD5.1. That means no wireless. Evan matrixed surround will be better with a wired system.

Look around youtube to see how easy it is to hide wires. Really easy with many options in the marketplace now vs 10 yrs ago.

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Vizio 4251W-B4 does the trick

I am no expert on the subject but Vizio claims that the beautiful surround sound that thrills my ears is true DD5.1. At any rate, this system that I received just over a week ago has exceeded all my expectations in sound quality, dialogue, remote, features, appearance and ease of wiring. This is the 2013 model that can lately be had for around $250 - $300 and I was fortunate to find a brand new one on eBay for just a hair over $200. The newer 40-inch and 54-inch models cost significantly more and do have a few changes/enhancements (including HDMI-ARC input) but overall are very similar. The sound bar is "wired" from the TV or other source via an optical cable which is capable of transporting DD 5.1. Mine blends in to the TV sitting securely atop via mounting straps bolted to the TV's wall bracket bolt holes. The subwoofer is fed wirelessly across the room (usually behind a couch or chair) and a 15-foot RCA cable feeds each satellite rear speaker from there. It should be easier to conceal these wires. The ONLY con is frontal stereo separation is limited by the length of the sound bar. You can't beat the value and the wife may be happy with the minimal wiring and clutter.

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