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Sc-HTB550 speaker bar
on November 4, 2012
I did quite a lot of research on my own before I ordered this unit. The item came complete with needed cables, except an optical cable. You may need that cable. I did and had to buy it.
The unit itself is wonderful. The instructions are easy to understand for the average person (me).
It comes with a remote and you are able to adjust volume and mode, bass and treble. The unit is also capable of receiving a blue-tooth signal from your device, such as IPod, and delivering the sound through the speaker bar from up tp 30 feet. A really great feature is the ability to separate the unit into two equal pieces (three speakers each) which I have done, mounting them upright in the provided stand, alongside my 55" Sony led tv. This then delivers better stereo or home-theatre sound reproduction due to the separation. Some reviewers have responded that they were somewhat disappointed in the bass response from the sub-woofer. I believe that not to be a problem
of the unit but of the floor material, carpet, etc. The sub-woofer is a "bottom-throwing" system, meaning that the bass speaker is mounted on the bottom of the sub-woofer, about an inch and a quarter off the floor. So, I have the subwoofer situated either on the hardwood floor or on the slate base of my fireplace and about 16 feet from the TV. This allows the bottom- throwing speaker to do its job. Delivering very solid bass response. The woofer is situated by my easy chair (wood floor and or slate surface nearby) with a small table between me and the woofer. It sound to all that the bass either comes from the direction of the TV or in the case of explosive sounds from a movie, to the right or the left of the TV. You won't, of course, get true surround-sound from any speaker bar set-up, but I did not expect to. The system delivers exactly what I wanted from my purchase. Almost forgot, you are able to adjust the sound to your liking for music or the spoken word. I have found the happy medium for that purpose. So don't expect surround-sound but do expect much better sound reproduction than your current TV delivers.I have found it great for music and movies. You do hear the intended movie special sound effects, such as, car doors closing, fires burning, creaking doors, explosions, marching heals- etc. very well.