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Much better options available for very little more money
on December 3, 2012
I purchased this on one of the recent lightning deals and after using for about 3 days, I decided to return it. There are several issues with the device that cause me to feel like it is not worth the cost.
First, the device does not have optical inputs, just coax and analog stereo RCA. Though I don't need optical with my television at the moment, it is likely I will acquire additional equipment in the future that may need this input, and may products in this price range include this input.
Second, it is very picky on the format of the digital audio. I found that I constantly have to change inputs from digital to analog on the device as I change inputs to my TV. When my TV is displaying input from AT&T U-verse, everything sounds great. However as soon as I switch to digital broadcast TV or Xbox 360, the device emits a VERY LOUD buzzing sound because it does not know how to decode the audio. This is unacceptable.
Third, the audio is not very good. I had the choice of putting the device in "News" mode which sounded identical to the speakers already in my TV, negating the purpose of the sound bar, or I could put it in one of the "Music, Games, or Movie" modes, which had way too much echo or reverb and sounded very artificial and tinny.
Fourth, no subwoofer. The audio has no depth, no bass. The TV speakers had more depth than the sound bar did.
Add about $20/30 to your budget, pass on this one, and get a little more expensive device with some of these other features I have described. You will be glad you did.
Please feel free to comment on this review with any questions about the device and I will be happy to edit the review to answer them.