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Does the job for a great price
on July 23, 2013
I've only had this sound bar installed for a day, so I'll update this review if I need to, but here is what I know so far...
-FRONT PANEL HEADPHONE PORT!! At least at the time of writing this review, finding a sound bar that has a headphone port or any audio out port is rare. Why is this a plus? Imagine having a 55" flatscreen TV hanging on the wall where access to the audio ports is a dangerous challenge and you want to watch a movie without the kids upstairs hearing it, or your infant is finally asleep and you fear waking him/her up. Having something that could easily allow you to plug in headphones is a plus and a rarity with sound bars. The "only option" provided by a popular electronics store is to get a receiver, which means more $$$ and more speakers throughout the room. This sound bar allows you to have easy front panel access to a headphone jack, and while I may not use it often, it's nice knowing I don't have to mess with my mounted TV whenever I want to use it. It also has an AUX jack if you want to plug in your mp3 player.
-Sound quality is much better than standard TV audio
-Small and compact - the dimensions are listed in the product's description above, but it is not as wide as your standard audio bar.
-Basic audio controls for remote (treble, bass, volume, mute, and reset (to default))
-No digital audio (in case you were expecting it). It's only the composite red/white audio connection.
-We've already had issues with the remote. We're only 5-7 feet away and sometimes it takes pressing the buttons (like Mute) multiple times before it works. And it's very small.
-User Manual - No mention of the manufacturer name, address, phone number or email address, which makes me nervous. Also, whoever wrote the manual didn't try very hard to correct basic mistakes like grammar or typos. I'll copy verbatim (no exaggeration) some of what the manual says:
3. Heed all waminqs.
14. Refer all servicing to gualified service personnel. Servicing is reguired when the aqqaratus has been damaged in any way.
17. WARNING:The mains plug is used as disconnect devive,the disconnect device,the disconnect device shall remain readily operable
23. This appliance may produce low frequency sound wave and resonance with the DVD/VCD,this phenomena will arouse a pause,under this situation,please move the appliance away from the DVD/VCD player or adjust the direction or volume.
24. When finish enjoy the appliance,please set up the volume on lowest level before turning off the power.
And this was only a handful of examples. I only point this out because if this product messes up, customer service could be a linguistic challenge, or you could be dealing with a company that could care less about how their products are being presented.
The cons don't outweigh the pros, so i'd still recommend this product.