The low end soundbar market has quickly become commoditised, but Samsung's latest HT-WS1 is, at minimum, a contender.
Expelling 260W over 2.1 channels that can simulate surround sound, the system is only 2.6-inches deep and appears wide enough to distinguish right and left channels, plus it includes a wireless subwoofer to avoid any cord runs in your simple speaker setup. The HT-WS1 will be available this April for $US350. And if you can stand the lack of HDMI input (optical only for 5.1 decoding), it might be worth investigating further. [Samsung]