Positives: Affordable. Powerful (even at a listed 80 watts, it's really nice). And VERY NICE simulated surround.
Negatives: I took back an LG soundbar, because it's "CINEMA" mode was awful. No simulated surround like you have with the Sony's. I used to own the HT-CT60, which is the older model of the low-end soundbars from Sony. I took that one back a while ago because the sound kept cutting out at random parts whilst watching TV. Same goes for this problem. It can be solved by plugging in your optical from the cable box, directly to the soundbar, rather than TV to soundbar. Dumb, considering I have multiple devices and there's only one optical input. Also, my LG didn't have that problem, so it seems to be a Sony engineering problem.
I could live with that flaw, but I cannot live with this one; it shuts off by itself, in two ways. First way, the one everyone already knows, after 15 minutes of no-signal from the TV, the soundbar shuts off automatically. Personally, I don't like it. Let ME decide when to turn you off, okay? Second, and the dealbreaker, it will turn off whilst watching TV. Yes. Read that sentence again. It happened three times in one day. Once during the news and twice during the Chiefs/Broncos football. Unacceptable.
Final Thoughts: Great sound and power from an affordable price. But I cannot accept a soundbar with a mind of its own.
I think I'll try Vizio next time....