Getting better sound out of my tv without a 5.1 system
I've been lurking on the site for a while now and figured it was time to get some opinions on how to proceed. We just got a new Samsung 8000 series smart tv. While it is awesome, the sound sucks. We already have a dedicated theatre room with a full on home theatre set up so this tv just needs better sound period.
This is our "living room" tv. The point was to have a good looking tv that is not the focal point of our open concept modern house. The speakers need to be small and stylish to fit into the rest of the look of the house. I'd like the speakers to be able to handle tv/movie and sound great with music. The speakers will be hooked into a receiver that will connect to the tv via hdmi. We watch and listen to music and video streamed through the ethernet from a NAS and regular old Netflix. I haven't decided if I am going to keep the HD tv box with the tv or not but it would connect to the receiver via HDMI.
The tv is situated in the "living room" though that room is open to the rest of the house. The tv itself is mounted on a small wall (aprox. 50 inches wide) with a full flex mount that we angle into the room. This means the sound will be projected in the living room (not the full open space of the house) which should help with the desire for smaller speakers. The living room itself has 3 walls and a large opening into the rest of the house.
As the tv is currently angled into the room, the speakers can't be anymore than say 50 inches from each other so that they can be under the tv somehow, same issue for a soundbar. Budget is not a huge consideration as we have so many other constraints to consider. Lets just say nothing outrageous like over 2000 pounds.
Wondering if we should just go with a couple of reasonably sized bookshelf speakers into the receiver, a 2.1 system with smaller speakers and a sub, or a soundbar?