As I get up there in years (late 50s), my hearing sure isn't what it used to be. Making out the dialogue on TV is difficult sometimes. So when I recently joined the 21st century and bought an HDTV, I was disappointed to find that the sound was even worse than it was on my old CRT...and that was nothing to write home about. From what I see on the internet, bad audio on HDTVs is a fairly common complaint. So I'm pondering either a soundbar or a 5.1 system. I have no particular models in mind at this time. But in the opinion of one columnist I read, home theater systems (as opposed to soundbars) are virtually always the better choice for someone wanting clear center channel dialogue. Before I delve further, I thought I'd see what the MacRumors community has to say on that. Has anybody else looked at it from this angle (center channel clarity)? Frankly, I don't need a speaker in every corner, and I like the simplicity of a soundbar. But will a soundbar give me clearer dialogue? BTW, I'm under no delusions that, with my hearing loss, I'll never have to rely on closed captioning. It's just that I think a newer, better TV should involve a step up, not down, in audio quality.