So I've been down the rabbit hole and arrived at too many options paralysis. TV/Movies/Music stereo setup. The goal is to buy something easy to use, minimal in appearance and good sound quality. Also something that will not be wasted money on a product with only a single purpose i.e. a soundbar. I know it's a boring discussion but... I have 3 choices in my mind.
KEF LSX - neat, relatively simple. Can connect to TV via Optical and they'll sit neatly next to the wall mounted TV on the mantlepiece. Has all the future-fi stuff I really need. Downside? No HDMI arc so volume will be a separate control. Budget allows me to add a sub for added sound scale.
Bluesound Power Node - new 80 watt version. Good, but have heard it has terrible Lip-sync issues and it leaves me with the "What speakers?" which is another world of options in the sub $800 category. Plus, I'm not encouraged by reading the numerous "customer support" threads.
Similar to the powernode, but no streaming and a hardware relative, the NAD D3045. Has all the connection I want, plus an acceptable MM phono stage. Still leaves me with the choice of what speakers but like the powernode allows for future flexibility.
For the 2 amplifier/streamer options I could could get by with an old pair of Krix bookshelves until I choose the ideal speakers to pair with it.