Will a Soundbar do the Job?????

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    1. davebeef1

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      We are knocking two rooms into one and will end up with a large room approx. 8.5m by 7.5m (64m2) and ceiling heights of about 2.6m.

      I know these top end soundbars are good but do you think any will have enough oomph (with subwoofer) to make it worthwhile?

      I did have a 5.1 setup but i'm being pressured to lose the wires!

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      If you can ‘lose’ a wall it must surely be possible to ‘lose’ the required cables and retain a decent Surround Sound system!

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      Not without a huge amount of wall chasing. That’s my preferred option....
       
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      If chasing the cables is not an option I guess then it is all about expectations, the Room and the Room layout.

      What system(s) have you had previously?

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      5.1 Monitor Audio Apex with Denon X3300 AV receiver
       
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      If I were managing your project I wouldn't want to promise you that you were going to be happy with a New system based around a Soundbar!

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      You will not get the surround effects like a full 5.1 but they can sound fairly good with a decent subwoofer. It will also depend on room positioning as they need to bounce the sound of the walls in order to be effective. I had the Yamaha ysp 2500 recently and wasn't really impressed mainly because of the layout of my room ( one side was open and with no walls). Previously I had an older Yamaha (which had a lot of mini drivers - I'm sure it was about 30 to 40 drivers but not certain) and the room layout was much better at that time and it sounded fantastic at the front but still couldn't get real rear effects.
       
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      If you are knocking two rooms into one then at some point you must be getting plastering done?
      Chase the walls, it is not hard with a SDS drill with rotary stop and a channelling chisel attached, in fact it is very easy. SDS Plus Gouge Chisel 22 x 250mm - Toolstation
      Channel the wall and get the plasterer to fill, job done.
       
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      A top class sounbar is going to struggle like hell to fill a room that size, even with a very good sub.

      If you’re not too fussed, one will certainly do the job. But not, I think, very well.

      But I’d take the plunge, Chase the walls and get a proper 5.1 sorted out.

      It’s a massive pain, but it’s a one time only job and worth the extra effort.
       
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      In my experience soundbars work efficiently in small rooms only but would never compete with a dedicated array of speakers. As previously mentioned by other members, chase in some cables. By the sounds of it, the works you have going on puts the space in the best place to do these works now. Go for it and you will be rewarded.
       
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      I agree with all of the above - if you can get 5.1 or more then do it, as there really is no substitute for real multichannel audio.

      However, have you considered something like this? Could be a compromise...

      Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review
       
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      I'll say this again, where are the obvious solutions here?

      Wireless rears are more than doable, but as rare as rocking hose poo.

      A Soundbar-esque set up could work, not at the front, but at the rear of a 7.1 system.

      Imagine having a 'rear soundbar', wireless, rechargeable.

      We have the technology, and it's not even expensive. The desire is there, as the explosion in soundbars shows.
       
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      As is often the case the I suspect the eventual solution will depend very much on your seating position relative to the TV and sound sources. The Samsung HW-K950 is worth looking at if your distances aren't excessive. It certainly goes loud enough and the overall sound is very good indeed. Soundbar sound processing is catching up with some dedicated AV amps. I think it's worth auditioning a shortlist of systems in your own home before you commit if you can find a retailer willing to co-operate.
       
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      totally agree, and as said a soundbar is going to sound disappointing after your 5.1 setup
       
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      Soundbars are plastic so they won't sound as good as speakers and a soundbar will certainly lack in bass.
       
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      Hi
      chase the walls... doesn't even need to be that deep and not that hard to do depending on how hard your walls are..at the moment I'm doing my front room and have done that exact thing and cables under the floor but also have the 2 krp500a side speakers for the kuro for general tv watching which are a bit like sound bars and they are pretty good but when it gets to a certain level it starts to sound thin... like a wasp in a coke can compared to the surround kit which has so much more weight behind it..because I know what that sounds like I could never lose all my kit and just have a soundbar.... just hope you wouldn't regret it afterwards and being in the building trade I know about all the upheavel of moving/ wrapping furniture in plastic and being unhappy not having use of the room then splashing out the cash again for a recently refurbished room..
      Good luck in what you decide to do..
       
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      I agree with others: chasing a channel is the best option. But also look at replacing the skirting. You can get skirting with hollow channels for cable runs.
       

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