Hey guys, here's my two cents as I have purchased both the 9 Element soundbar and the 2.1 Ch / Subwoofer combo soundbar.
I've installed the 2.1 channel upstairs in my bedroom below my 46" Toshiba that I purchased from Woot! Thought process being that I really dont need (but of course want) surround sound while im laying in bed but as I do watch some action films, this seemed just right.
Installation was easy. The 2.1 soundbar comes with the cardboard outline of iteself and a leveler (if I recall correctly) so you can get it installed right! That alone made life easy.
To the quality. I think the soundbar is great! I am not an audiophile by any means, but I've found the sound is crisp and really makes watching HI-Def worth it. My only complaint is that, being so new, I rely on preset profiles the remote comes with, I.e. "Movie, Sport, Game, Music, TV etc". You'd think the Movie one would work great for.. well movies. But while the ambient sounds and background music is clear, its overpowering compared to the dialogue. So changing the settings to "TV" while watching a movie is a good mix between both and somewhat solves this. But doing so I just feel like I'm missing out on some Bass or audio features just so I'm able to make out the dialogue. I mean who watches the lastes action flick with explosions in TV mode?
The second soundbar, the 9 Element I bought by mistake. I was thinking that the full retail of this soundbar is just as much or slightly more than the full retail of the soundbar/sub combo. I figured I'm getting more bang for my buck for buying this one. Later in the evening, Pinnacle stated that this sound bar REQUIRES A RECEIVER as it is a higher end soundbar. I have the Pioneer Elite, purchses from woot, but havn't set it up yet and I'm not going to have a receiver in my bedroom. After reading further the 2.1 soundbar has an amp built in, so no receiver needed. I ended up purchasing both and didn't return the 9 element. So I cannot comment on the 9 yet as it's still in the box.
Hope this helps!