I've been looking around for a Soundbar / Soundbase for my parents Christmas present and surprisingly came across the brand Maxell (not heard of them since the 90's!).
Turns out they are owned by Hitachi and released this Soundbase back in 2013 - the reviews seem very impressive getting four stars out of five on What Hifi: http://www.whathifi.com/maxell/mxsp-sb3000/review
and that was at the price point of £220!
Thought it might be useful if anyone is on the lookout for something similar. Would be interested in the views of owners? So far, across the web they mostly seem positive.