This is a fascinating thread.I tried everything to keep using the Panorama 2 up and running from 2013 when Vizio went away. The panorama 2 barely worked with eArc back to the sound bar from the TV on old system and needed tinkering before watching movies
I finally upgrade to LG G1 with a 17" in wall Legrand wall box to hold a power surge and a ethernet splitter letting it mount as a picture frame, The picture difference is amazing over the old LCD. I reset an Nvidia streamer to 1080P and the old Panorama would only flash images and quit as pass through. I am no longer up to tinkering with it. I can not even get it to run off optical cable anymore. I would need to set to stereo/pcm. TV defaulted back to modern settings twice.
I am way more into stereo music than surround sound but also love simplicity for upstairs. My short list for upgrades would be the AMBEO or NAD 10 v2 / KEF LS50 Meta . Out of interest in USD 1200 for the Panorama 2 in 2013 dollars is ~1500. That is just wrong but interesting to check. The NAD can run 4.2 emulation from 5.1, where as the AMBEA is more atmos friendly/ family freindly.
Which would you pick???
Sorry to pick just this one reply, but I wanted to give my take on it.
IMO The NAD M10V2 is an absolute beast. It'll easily kill all of the high end soundbars out there, BUT the one this that I would say is that the cost for a 'Full Fat' 4.1 system would be huge.
£2K for the M10 V2. £400 for speakers? £400 plus for a decent sub. £400 minimum for bluesound surrounds
I'm being very conservative with prices there and that is £3k+ , for a non Atmos system with no centre dialogue channel!!!
I've come to the conclusion that nothing out there does everything exceptionally well without compromises, be they cost, sound, or audio capabilities... What a brilliant thread!