I like my SB 16, but there is a note or two to consider
25 November 2013
Summary: I bought an SB16 this past weekend from a local retailer. I typically buy from Amazon for items like this, but I paid less than $300 for it, so I couldn't be happier. Users buying this device typically don't use Amplifiers This is a powered sound bar. You want a non-powered sound bar if you have an amplifier for your home theater system. Unless you have an audio out of your system that is non-powered, you'd best continue shopping.
Summary: Absolutely perfect for my home. I have a Sharp Aquos 60" LED. Many reviews on this sound bar complain about not having a volume indicator or a separate remote control. I found there is not reason to have either. I plugged my unit in, programmed my uverse remote for volume of sound bar and turned off speakers of tv. Even when tv speakers are off, i still have a volume level indicator on screen of tv.
Summary: Near audiophile sound quality at an affordable price point. Easy set-up with no connection issues. Enjoying it thoroughly. Still expensive at the big box retailers so grab it off Amazon definitely!
Summary: I was looking for a replacement for my current "full surround sound" system. The main purpose was to "unclutter" the living area, as my current system has 7 speakers and an amplifier, and enough wiring to take a full day if you rearrange any furniture in the area. Aesthetics (5 stars): Both components are visually appealing. I am considering moving the sub out from behind my couch as it would enhance the room.
Summary: I ended up going with this unit after going to a local store and hearing for myself the actual difference between this unit and the Yamaha and Klipsch soundbars that are similarly priced. It was the clear winner, to my ears anyway. And there is no question a soundbar is night and day from the small speakers that come with your flat screen.