I bought this speaker a little over a year ago from Wal-mart. It looks amazing and the price was competitive at around $100. The first problem I noticed about the system was that it had a difficult time recognizing the remote. I later found out that a design flaw in the grill caused the IR signal to be partially blocked by the grill's "lattice." I removed the grill and snipped off a couple of the plastic lines behind the cloth and it registered much better (although, after all of the incessant button pressing I did before mending the problem, I had worn out the button-cell battery and had to buy a new one). The replacement battery is still going strong. It's been almost a year. It comes with an "auto volume limiter," but it doesn't perform very well. When it's turned on, it only lowers the maximum volume and does not actually level the highs and lows. It still lets loud sounds pass through while making normal dialogue very difficult to hear, so I am still fumbling for the remote during action scenes. It has a nice simulated surround feature which adds impressive depth of sound when it's turned on, but doing so makes the volume weak. It works well for music but makes dialogue very difficult to hear in movies and TV. Since using the speaker, I've noticed that the sound has become slightly muddled since purchase. When new, the sound was crisp (albeit weak). Now, after a little more than a year, I can hear faint distortion even at low volume. I do not recommend this for use in large rooms (or when placed more than 10 feet away). When I purchased it, I was living in an apartment with a small living room. I later moved into a larger house and the speaker just can't get loud enough for my new 12x15 ft. living room. It comes with two RCA inputs and one TOSLINK optical input. I configured mine with the optical and never had a problem. I did try the RCAs once - back when I first purchased it - to connect an MP3 player and the sound came out severely distorted. The static was present through either RCA input. I then tried running sound to the RCA inputs with my TV and a different cord to try and determine the cause. The same distortion occurred. Obviously, it was the speaker's RCA connections that were faulty and I haven't used them since. Overall, it's a nice looking unit, it has a versatile (and equally stylish) mounting kit/pedestal, it's inexpensive and, when used moderately in a small room with TOSLINK, it sounds great. But, in the long term, I'd recommend something more powerful with better design.
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