Ive never been into an entire home theater system, but mounting my tv above my fireplace gave me the itch to get something. Did the research and decided on an Energy Bar Elite Soundbar. Yikes! Audio us muffled, movies sound ok, but bass is just loud and boomy. Music is horrible. My $150 Logitech PC speakers sound better and im not lying. Maybe its the fact that I can use the equalizer to make the sound better & the fact it has a wired sub. This soundbar is going back ASAP. That said.... I just so happen to stop into best buy today. Explained my situation. Long story short, Im NOT looking for floor-standing speakers. They Played some smaller Bowers & Wilkins 686B with a few different subs. (energy,B&W and Definative) all subs I couldn't tell the different. And all were at different price points.($349-$649) They than played some entry level Energy book self speakers and some Definitive bookshelf speakers. There was a huge difference for me anyway, that the B&W 686's sound amazing! I than went to a local shop who sells Polk and Klipsch. He mixed and matched some bookshelf speakers with some Polk and Klipsch subs, but the sound was definitely not the same. I was quoted around $1300 for: Pair-B&W 686b Pioneer VSX 40 Energy sub: ESW-C8 or C10 not sure or BIC-PL-200-Acoustech-Platinum-Series sub Im not an audiophile, so this setup compared with the Polk and Klipsch sounded amazing. And much much better than this P.O.S soundbar. Perhaps me not knowing very much about home audio, I had my expectations to high.