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Budget soundbar but great performance,
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First of all, I wouldn't buy this if I was looking to make a dedicated home cinema surround system for bluray. However it is a very good addition to a casual living room TV setup, and the lowest priced soundbar I've found with optical inputs.
I bought this to go with my parents' Sony KDL40EX723BU, which it must be said, has pretty good sound anyway (for a flat-screen TV). However this soundbar helps create more depth to the audio, filling the room with sound rather than making it obvious it's coming from a speaker under the TV.
Apparently it has a IR-relay to prevent the blocking of TV remotes when the unit is placed directly in front of a TV, however for whatever reason this did not seem to work on the unit I have, perhaps because the IR receiver is set quite far off to one side on the KDL40EX723BU. This is probably the main reason I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5, as it's messed up my plans for putting it in directly in front of the TV. ***EDIT: I've now realised the instructions are printed incorrectly, for those of you with the same problem, try using the "+ volume" instead of the "- volume" button when activating the IR relay feature. I have yet to test its effectiveness since I've now placed the soundbar where it wouldn't affect the TV's IR receiver anyway***
Does it create a surround effect? Kind of. I wasn't blown away by it, although to be fair I was only using freeview HD channels to try and get more channels of audio. The unit loses another half star here. You will get a far better effect if you buy a cheap 5.1 system - but then you've got speakers and wires everywhere and hissy speakers, which I definitely didn't want. In terms of bass, I haven't really had anything extreme to test it out with, but considering most soundbars are criticised for being too 'boomy', this unit definitely does not have that problem.
Things that did impress me however are the fact it can 'learn' signals from your TV's remote for volume and power - which is great for my parents who hate having multiple remotes. Also the 'univolume' (stops volume jumping about due to broadcasting of different a programme/adverts) and 'clearvoice' features are a welcome addition.