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From 5.1 to Soundbar w/sub?

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First, I haven't kept up with the A/V scene for several years, so excuse any apparent ignorance on my part... it's legit ignorance. Consider me a newbie.

Second, here's what I've got in our living room, which is half of the front open area of the house, shared with the kitchen and dining area.

Onkyo TX-SR508

Sony Powered sub

Technics center speaker

Samsung satellites

49" LG LCD

Typical input is coming from the Xbox One, switching to TV audio for football games we catch over the open-air HD antenna. We also play records on the phonograph from time to time, so aux input is sometimes used.

The system has been great for watching movies, listening to Pandora and gaming on the Xbox. We're getting ready to add integrated bookshelves around the TV, which sits on an antique cabinet in the center of the wall. The Mrs would like me to "clean up" the sound system so that I don't have to worry about running wires here and there to the satellites and such.

Now to my question/request. If I were to switch from the 5.1 config to a soundbar and sub, what would be the most bang-for-buck config? Do I ditch everything and add a powered soundbar and sub with built-in tuner/receiver and call it a day? Do I keep the Onkyo and opt for a passive soundbar with powered sub? I don't need high-end, theater-like sound but I do want something with rich bass that provides a nice viewing experience when watching Blurays via the Xbox One and decent sound when streaming audio.

Thanks in advance,

Rusty


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