Excerpt: Bought this to improve sound from my big flat screen TV in a small room. (46 inch 2 yr old Samsung lcd)Thought it would be a big improvement. couldn't tell much difference. Maybe my Audiophile ears are getting too old. Product is solid in construction and looks, very easy to install and very well packaged.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV, Intuitive Controls
Excerpt: Using this speaker in my kitchen where we've got a small tv. We needed the boost in sound quality so we could hear over the stove and whatnot. It's a really clean looking product (only 2 wires) and it looks like my tv was made to sit on top of it. However, a drawback is that there is no longer volume control from your tv remote. You MUST use a separate bose remote (included) to volume up or down. There is also no indication on screen as to what volume level you're at.
Summary: Optical hook up makes connecting TV and Solo a snap. Every time I turn off the TV the Solo shuts down. This means I have to use two remotes (TV and Solo) to restart. No visible indicator of the sound level either on screen or on the box, just an on-off light. Which means you have no visible reference to set your volume to when you restart. No apparent hook up for a separate bass speaker. I expected more at this price point.
Summary: I have a Toshiba 46" TV and hoped the the Solo would significantly improve the sound. I used the optical cable to connect the Solo and the sound was improved, but not as much as I had hoped. I will use it for a few more days and then decide whether to return it and get a unit with a base component which should make a difference. Again, to be clear, the Solo is easy to install, but the sound it produces is not a whole lot better than the TV sound.
Summary: The sound from this system if very nice. Very easy to set up. HOWEVER, there appears to be a defect. I bought mine in May (2013), and by July, it wouldn't turn on. Calling Bose technical support worked very well, and they gave a 'solution' which only worked temporarily. They sent me a replacement unit in July, and the second one now has the same problem. When I talked to Bose today, I got "this is a common problem".