Summary: I like many others bought this item sight and sound unseen based on the mostly excellent reviews posted online.It is an attractive looking thing to be sure, glossy black finish and not at all cheap looking. Hookup was easy as could be, it has 2 HDMI version 1.4 inputs for DVD, Media Box, Game Console etc and one version 1.4 HDMI output which is meant to go to the ARC input on your TV, it also has an optical input if needed which sounds as good as HDMI for audio.
Summary: The sound is better than TV speakers, but mostly due to the sub. At the refurbished price point I am happy but at full price I would have sent back. I suspect that is why there are so many available refurbished.
Summary: After many years in the music biz, sitting in front of P.A. systems doing stage lighting, my hearing has suffered a bit. I don't get some hi-mid range and hi-freqs like I used to. I was hoping this system would help boost those freqs. for me but unless I crank it up it's not much better than the speakers already in my Vizio 42" (except of course for the bass).
Summary: Bought this for my parents, who needed an assist in hearing their Panasonic plasma TV. The TV speakers just weren't loud enough for them, even at full volume (we thought). After hooking up this 2.1 system, it wasn't louder at all. The sound quality was improved, with richer, better sounding audio, but it did nothing to solve their volume issues.
Good sound quality but I could not use the subwoofer
M. Kooiman "nerdette", Amazon
20 February 2012
Summary: I don't know much about sound systems and already had 5 speakers set up for surround sound using an Onkyo receiver. I expected to be able to plug everything in to the receiver and have 7.1 surround but that wasn't the case. If you don't have a receiver, you can plug the two speakers into the subwoofer and the subwoofer into the TV and you better sound than if you just had the TV speakers.
It's ok with 60" Panasonic Viera Plasma, but.........
R. Landon "rlandon5", Amazon
13 February 2012
Summary: I was hoping for a better sound than what the SC-HTB15 speakers produced. Once connected to my new 60" Pany (P60S30) using the ARC HDMI connection it sounds as lifeless as the oem tv speakers. When I attempted to use the TV menu audio settings to adjust the bass treble I discovered they are now greyed out and no option to adjust the sound quality. Being there are no adjustments on the speaker system, it's basically a factory default and leave it sound.
Summary: Be careful if you order this item, make sure that your TV has a PORT labeled HDMI (ARC) (Audio Return Channel) or a HDMI IN port plus a OPTICAL OUT port is your only second option. You will need a high speed HDMI cable and and a Optical cable (if you do not have the HDMI ARC port). My flat screen TV did not have the HDMI ARC port and does not have any Optical out port so this sound bar will NOT work.
Summary: We have a small entertainment center and had been using an older stereo system to boost up the volume for our flat screen because it's pretty quiet like most TVs that style. We wanted some more bass, but nothing over the top. After hooking this up, the sound is OK. The extra bass is nice, and during louder parts it sounds great, but doesn't do well with dialogue/quieter parts. It's basically just a step up from the stereo system we had going before.
Was hoping it would replace my slapped-together speaker/receiver Setup... no such luck.
M. Kim "gadget freak and man-toy expert", Amazon
29 October 2011
Summary: Just received my order for this product today. To put some context to my review and why I gave it 3 stars, let me preface by saying that I purchased the HTB15 to replace a recently purchased receiver/speaker setup of a Yamaha receiver, 2 x Polk RTi4 bookshelf speakers, and 1 Polk center channel speaker (note that I do not have a subwoofer or rear speakers, this is because I live in an apartment and don't like to disturb my neighbors).