That's interesting, didn't think to buy them separately. (y)
I'd also add that most AV receivers are alot more bulky too - there's not always the space to plop an AVR in front of the TV. Also all the buttons/option on an AVR probably scares most people away from them haha. But yeah like you say - soundbars in this price range are never going to be able to come close to an AVR overall though :)
That’s the problem - wires. People don’t want the aggro plus having to hide wires isn’t appealing. No doubt it’s better because wired always is and probably always will be.
You can get wireless 5.1 speakers. But yes in general you'd need to do some cable management if you went for a wired setup, nothing that some floor tape and carpets can't cover though. I get the appeal of this, but for pure sound quality you'll be sacrificing a lot.