Must admit that I was skeptical of the reviews on this product, because the two best reviews came from a Walmart employee, and a poster with a name of "SavingwithWalmart".
I listened to this soundbar in the Walmart store, and, I was not at all impressed - to the point that I told my wife I was scratching it from my list of possibilities. Then, I remembered that environment/settings can make a difference in both audio and video. So, with the idea that I could return it to Walmart with no penalty, if it wasn't worth the price, I decided I'd try the least expensive option (Visio)before moving on to more expensive sound options.
Much to my surprise - the quality of sound of this bar in my home, was excellent!
Even my wife, who doesn't care about sound in tv, immediately, said that she really liked it.
Certainly, it's not equal to a 5.1 surround system, and probably not equal to a more expensive soundbar.
However, if you don't need real surround sound, don't want to have extra speakers, and lots of cables,wires,etc., involved, and don't want to spend a a lot more money, this soundbar is well worth checking out.
I do not have a subwoofer attached to mine, and I'm well satisfied with the amount of bass. The amount of available volume is more than my neighbors want to hear I'm sure. LOL..
In short - it's a "very significant" improvement over the sound from my Sharp 46" widescreen. The setting that stops the blaring commercials, works really well.
Two things to note if you purchase this bar.
1. When you first turn it on after it's plugged in, you will have to use the input button on the remote to find the right source to get your sound.
2. The remote sensor is on the right end of the bar. That's where you have to aim the remote - not the middle. For $148, imo, it really is quite a bargain.
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