For under 100 bucks I wasn't expecting theater quality sound, and on this front the speakers actually delivered more than I was expecting. Bass was better than I thought it would be and was a definite upgrade from my 4 year old TV's built-in speakers. Setup was easy and I was up and running in minutes. The Bad:
It is kind of annoying that the default power-on state for this is set to the FM tuner. I like that is HAS the radio built-in, but my primary use (as I can only guess is most owners of this sound bar) is as a speaker upgrade for my TV, not an extra radio in my living room. The reason I don't like having the default input as the FM tuner is because I have everything that's on my entertainment center on outlets that are tied to a wall switch. I don't see any need for all the power bricks and power "stand by" lights sucking extra power while I'm not at home. So every time I want to watch TV, I have to re-select the input source (I believe "AUX" is the last in the list, by the way) to get it to play my TV's audio. The Ugly:
I have a Vizio Blu-ray player. It's an older model by a couple years but it plays EVERY Blu-ray I've ever stuck in the drive, and it's still on it's factory supplied firmware. When I use either the remote that came with my player, or a Vizio universal remote that I bought the same day I got the sound bar, strange things happen on my sound bar. Pausing my player causes the sound bar to switch inputs to the iDevice dock. Other times I've hit buttons (I don't recall off hand what I was doing) and the sound bar has muted itself, WITHOUT going into "mute" mode - it still showed the volume was at 25. Using the sound bar's remote has no effect on my player. Strange stuff, I tell you! For the price, the sound is better than I expected and setup was easy, but because of the similarity in infrared frequencies between my Blu-ray device and the sound bar it's a deal breaker for me. I'm taking it back today and getting a Vizio sound bar to avoid this type of complication.
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