When I first plugged this unit in, the sound was weak and there was a slight hummm type noise but that went away. Also, You MUST adjust the EQ settings, subwoofer settings, and hdmi settings.
So the key here is to READ the Manual very well.
Depending on the hdtv, you may need to turn the volume up quite a bit Even IF You have Turned the TV's speakers off. This happened to me and just through playing around discovered that was one of the problems. At first I had this unit cranked to max and it was way too quiet. Then when I turned up the volume using the tv remote the volume alss increased the soundbars volume even when though I had my tvs speakers off. I don't know yet if that will be the case when I get my Optical to Coax converter so I can use the Optical Out from my tv rather than just the left/right rca out. You can also adjust video settings if using hd component cables. HDMI is always going to be better of course, just like the digital audio is going to be better than using the aux1 rca stereo connectons. I'm using the rca audio out of my hdtv right now only because my tv has a optical out and this unit has a digital Coax in. I have purchased a Optical to Coax converter/adapter but it won't be here for a couple days. After that I'll be able to use the digital audio in. I've played with all four of the Subwoofer settings and I always seem to come back to what is callled the POWERFUL mode. And of course I followed the direction to adjust each of the eq db settings for Leftfront,center and rightfront. Also, after I made changes I toggled back and forth using the VS button from listening to stereo vs Virtual surround. After making these adjustments this soundbar sounds very good. Like I said, this unit has a lot of settings to choose from, but you have to read the manual if you want your new soundbar to sound it's best and look its best regarding dvd picture. I have a HD satalite receiver as well and the sound is very good, especially when watching a HD channel although it does its best even with older stereo programs as well. Just toggle back and forth between Stereo and VS depending on what your watching. The VS setting is what I use for DVD viewing. Hope this review is helpful to anyone seaking to buy this unit or already has one and isn't happy with the sound. By default out of the box, the settings won't make you happy. You have to make all the adjustments.
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