Top positive review
Best bang for the buck, by far. Surprisingly good sound for a sound bar.
Reviewed in Canada on November 15, 2021
I'm an audiophile on a budget, a musician and composer and work with sound for many years. So I know my sound. First, don't expect the impossible from a sound bar. My home theater is driven by 8 large speakers and a large amp. A sound bar is a compromise, you can't cheat the physics and you can't get good lows and even mids from very small speakers powered by a small amp. For that reason, any sound bars that don't have a subwoofer are a joke, even the expensive ones. Even with a sub, the mids will be lacking, and of course stereo separation (sound stage) will be poor. "Virtual surround" is a trick that doesn't do much - it expands the stage but ruins the sound. What I expect from a sound bar is to replace an awful sound of back-firing tiny TV speakers and provide a decent sound that won't annoy me, not taking as much space as a home theater system, and not costing as much. Not for home theater, but bedroom or kitchen TV. Hint: after ordering this sound bar for the bedroom, I ordered another one for the kitchen - it's that good. The sound, considering the price and form factor - is very good. I don't have a lot of experience with sound bars, but I listen to every one at Costco (twice - before and after buying this one), including expensive ones, and wasn't impressed by any of them. Without a sub they sound like a toy, and with a sub they cost 2-3 times as much and don't sound any better at all, possibly worse.
This little gizmo really surprised me. Very nice and expressive sound from such a small form factor, a nice healthy punch from a wireless sub that's hidden in a corner.
If you want a healthy base, use "movie" EQ, then tune bass and treble to your liking. I use it for everything, including music. "News" EQ is worthless.
I bough the second one, and both are working great. The first in Android TV (Hisense) over the ARC interface (HDMI cable) - seamlessly controlled, no problems at all. The second - on a FireTV stick via BT, because that TV doesn't support HDMI ARC. Firestick control can control the sound bar power and volume, which is nice, so they power up together. The only annoying thing is that the sound bar says "paired" loudly every time. Also, if it's quiet for 20 minutes, it shuts down and I need to power it up again with its remote. But those are minor inconveniences. For the money when it's on sale there is no question - it's worth it. I doubt you can get significantly better sound from the systems that cost $400+ and you will be geting in to a home theater territory, where money is better spent on a proper home theater system instead.