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on 22 January 2014
This is an excellent soundbar for the price, took about 10 minutes to set up, switched on and WOW!, what a difference to my normal TV speakers which I thought were adequate anyway but lack some bass which is the main reason I got this, and bass is what I got with this.

Unlike some other reviewers, I did'nt have a problem with the length of the optical lead for my TV, but I suppose they all differ for people dependant on which TV they have or how it is mounted.

Each time I switch it on it retains the same sound settings from last time.I am not bothered about any visual indication of the volume on TV like other reviewers as I prefer to use my ears, as each DVD/program etc.differs in volume anyway.
It comes into its own though whilst watching movies, the sound is superb for a budget unit,
If I had any small criticism, it would only be that the remote control is a little on the small side and could easily be lost down the side of your comfy armchair as its quite slippery plastic.

I would highly recommend this unit to anybody who wants to improve the sound from their TV, but who does not want to pay over the odds for a soundbar that would probably do the same job.Well pleased with my purchase.
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on 2 January 2014
Following a stroke my father's hearing deteriorated and he was experiencing difficulty in watching TV.

He bought a new flat screen TV but although marginally improved difficulties still remained. The 'deaf society' loaned him a device that enabled him to wear a pick up hearing aid but he found this uncomfortable and meant he could not join in with other conversations.

Purely by accident I learned that flat screen TV's produce the sound from the rear which then reflect back from the wall into the room. Having installed this sound bar, he has been amazed at the much improved sound due to the outward facing sound. He can hear so much better what is being said on the TV and has not stopped singing its praises since it was installed at Christmas.

His only criticism is that it does not have a any means of visually seeing how high the sound is, but that's a small price to pay for such an excellent product.
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on 6 January 2014
I didn't want to run cables all over my living room, nor did I want to spend more than 200 quid on a sound solution. After reading many, many product reviews, I finally settled on this Sony product to connect to my LG 42" TV. I am completely satisfied and pleased with how little this cost me. It took approximately 5 minutes to install and less time to figure out all the features (I advise a quick read of the manual, it's short and concise).

All my devices are connected by HDMI to the TV (Panasonic Blu-ray Player, Microsoft Xbox 360, Raspberry Pi) and the TV is now connected to the soundbar by optical cable (supplied). The sound from my Xbox and Blu-ray are astounding, REALLY good on the Pi, and not too noticeable on the TV (unless it is a movie with surround sound being broadcast). I'm very happy with the addition of the subwoofer, which really comes into play when there is music on the movie soundtrack (I watched Rocky IV on blu-ray for my initial test, and 80s music montage sequences were the best). I also watched Bladerunner, and the enhancement of the sound effects in this movie blew me away.

You can completely disable your normal TV speakers and use just the soundbar, or use both in conjunction without any ill-effects. As other reviewers stated, the lack of onscreen display for volume control is bothersome, buy not a showstopper. Lights flash on the bar itself when you reach the max levels for volume, bass and treble.

If you have a Sony TV, you can ditch your old TV remote and control the TV from the soundbar remote too. This is the only thing I miss, as my TV is an LG. However, what's one more remote these days?

If you are looking for a bargain soundbar, this is the best one on the market, by far.
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on 5 January 2013
This is exactly what I was looking for. My daughter's TV speakers were too small for the size room she was using it in, so I purchased this sound bar to boost the volume. The sound bar and sub-woofer were a breeze to set up- just attach the cables, plug in and go! We are now hearing sounds and dialogue that were hidden before. It's not surround sound, but it is a huge improvement!
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on 18 July 2014
Before I buy anything I like to read lots of reviews, I generally filter them and read the 1 and 2 star ones first to see if there's a trending problem. People seemed to be saying that the sound was no better than that from their tv's but the 5 star reviewers said the sound was great. I took a chance and bought this, second hand, at a very reasonable price. I've recently subscribed to Talk Talk and their set top box doesn't have it's own sound control meaning my set up of old hifi speakers attached to an ancient Akai amp was only controllable by the old fashioned way of getting off the sofa and turning the dial! Well, ok I know it sounds lazy but that annoying setting tv channels have of the commercials being 10 times louder than the programmes meant I was up and down every 5 minutes! Anyway, I decided this would be the solution and it is! It's very easy to set up and I find the sound is of excellent quality. It's clear and the subwoofer adds a lovely, rich bass. It won't shake the glass out of the window frames with it's volume but I don't like to annoy my neighbours so that's fine too. I haven't really tested the surround sound setting or night mode yet but I can say that so far I'm 100% happy with this.
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on 13 December 2013
We're all the same, we go for a TV with a great picture and visual qualities, and by and large don't think about the Audio output until we get it up and running, and find that the sound quality is a little lacklustre? especially with music and films.
This piece of kit will sort it, it will enable the sound to match the picture quality, and more!.
For the price, the audio output is very good.
A great purchase for those of us on a limited budget.
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on 10 May 2013
Astounding Clarity of sound now big difference in the TV now being Deaf TV Sound not good I can hear audible conversation very clear
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on 6 February 2014
I wanted a low cost soundbar with a separate subwoofer and this fits the bill perfectly. It probably won't impress the real audiophiles but for me it enhances the TV sound perfectly. I like the fact that the subwoofer is powered from the soundbar without the need for yet another power socket. The digital cable supplied wouldn't work, as neither my TV nor Freeview box has a suitable input socket.
So I had to buy a digital coaxial cable which is connected to my Freeview box.
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on 26 December 2013
Excellent sound bar.

I bought this as a Christmas to be used with a Smart SONY LED TV. The connection took seconds and we were up and running. The TV connected to the Bar by an Optical Cable which is included with the sounds bar.

Because the connection is Optical the TV volume control is still independent rather than full integrated, in short you have to turn down and off your TV volume and control the sound bar with its own remote control. No big deal and this system is allot lower in cost than the one which has an HDMI connection which will have full integration.

Sound Quality. I have a Pioneer 1000watt 5.1 system at home which I bought many years ago and gives great quality sound. With that as my reference I was really impressed with the quality of this Sony Sound Bar and subwoofer. We turned it up so that we were really participating in the movie and the sound was nice and crisp and there was no distortion that I could detect during our fiddling. The bass was excellent and you could feel it rumbling over the floor as well as giving you the quality base that you just don't get with LCD and LED TV's at this stage. The sound did bounce off of the walls to give a surround sound effect and was pretty good. The TV is in one corner of the room and the chair I was in was in the corner opposite.

On the sound synchronisation there was no issue at all, when we turned the TV speakers up so that you could hear the sound bar and the TV sound they were perfectly in sync.

Over all I was really impressed with this as it's very neat and doesn't have wires running round the room. If you enjoy a good cinema experience and don't want a full 5.1 speaker system then I would recommend this highly. It's basic but does the job intended at a good price.

A must if you are using the built in speakers of an LED/LCD TV.
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on 12 April 2013
I would recommend this sound bar to anybody who wants to vastly improve the sound from their flatscreen. The sound bar can't achive surround sound but gives a rich, full, more than stereo sound and with the subwoofer, excellent value for your money.
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