HussbonBarista on Amazon
5 years ago
10/01/2016, 15:27 PM
Great sound, good look, gotta-have features. All included.
So I've been using this for several months now. Before I bought this, I contemplated whether to just go with Samsung on me to match my Samsung TV. And also checked out Klipsch sound bar as well. As for the sound, Klipsch was the bestz. The sound was so awesome. However, the look is important too as it was going to be mounted below my TV, and Klipsch lacks the look. Simply put, it's ugly. How sad. And also lacked HDMI. Perhaps time to get up-to-date with today's technology, Klipsch? The lack of look and these latest and must-have features is really a deal breaker. So bummed that I had to decide against that.
So I'm now left with comparing the Samsung and Sony's. Checked them out at Best Buy, and I was quite impressed by Sony one. Samsung's got the more modern look but this one scored as well in terms of the look. As for the sound, guess who one? The one I bought, of course. This has more power and overall fullness. It lacks that "rounded edge" in sound if you know what I mean (which exists in Klipsch) so it's a little sharp but it could be a preference thing. The bass sounds loud and clear. No cheap plastic sound. Just solid bass. I love the HDMI connection with ARC. It's like one vable does it all thing. I don't need to worry about connecting separately to PSP or other device. Everything gets fed in from TV. Something that Klipsch lacked.
Mounting it below my TV was quite easy. Just one thing. Wish Sony was a little more thoughtful in terms of the hole locations or mounting feature. Not all houses are bulit the same and the studs in the wall are not perfect. So to align the soundbar to TV right in the middle, I had to put mount a wooden bar (I stained it black so it wouldn't stand out) on the wall first securely. Then mounted this soundbar on it on precise location. It actually turned out better for me as my TV sticks out a bit from the wall.
Overall, satisfied with the prouct! Given this price, not sure if you could get anything better in terms of the look, sound, AND latest features - the three combo!