Thanks for the welcome gmilitano.
No, a soundbar is a term used to describe a stereo or 3 channel speaker box, sometimes with a built in amp, possibly A/V switch included. They're typically used in smaller spaces where a 5.1 setup would be unreasonable, and though the HT surround wouldn't be present, loud and clear sound would be. Sometimes they come with a sub, some with virtual 5.1, etc...
Here's a bunch of examples:http://www.crutchfield.com/app/product/ ... ar&x=0&y=0
I was hoping to build my own with better results. Built-in suitable amp with a 4 speaker setup (2 woofers and 2 tweeters, paired on the left and right sides) I was thinking about getting an HDMI switch and integrating it.
I haven't selected my speakers yet, mainly because I want to find a suitable source and decent set of cross overs.
I think a pair of chip amp LM3875s would be enough, but I don't have much experience with DIY audio and would be worried about the heat if the enclosure was a wooden compartment. I'm hoping you guys will either set me straight that a chip amp isn't right for the job, or keep me going with my research.
That being said, any ideas on what might be suitible amp wise is very welcome. Pre-ready amps for a 2.1 system would be ok assuming the power and quality is there.