Summary: I gave a good review for the JVC THBA10 120watt 4 channel soundbar, thinking I was rating this one. The JVC soundbar should have been rated with fewer stars. Not because of sound quality so much. But for volume. Not much volume. The Philips HSB3280/F7 Micro Hi-Fi Soundbar System is the one that gets high praise. A refurbished item with a very reasonable marked down price.
Summary: My philips tv has a digital out coaxial as the only option for audio out, and as it is mounted to a wall, i do not want more power cords for a coaxial to optical converter. this severely limited my options for a sound bar, so my search was limited to those within the Philips brand. Philips changed over from SRS digital encoding to DTS in 2010, and I had bought the TV in 2011. This meant that there was absolutely no way that my tv could communicate with the sound bar.
Great Soundbar from Philips, if properly configured.
Gerard Villongco "avid music listener", Amazon
4 July 2011
Summary: I have had this soundbar for about 5 months now and I'm quite happy with it. I plugged this into a surge protector separate from the surge protector of the TV. So I don't have it on standby mode all the time. I connected a Sony Blu ray player with it through a digital coaxial cable. There are no HDMI inputs with this soundbar which is okay. The digital coaxial sounds very good as well.
Summary: First i would like to say why im giving it 4out5 stars its because when i hook up my ipod it wont read it but maybe its something im missing but this is the best sound bar for the price hands down i paid 124.00 at costco but anyways i have friends that have sound bars that they paid 300.00 to 400.00 for and sound like crap and for the lack or hdmi and optical ports .
Summary: The sound on my Sony TV was not up to par so I decided to buy a Sound Bar. The salesperson at Best Buy gave me the hard sell on this particular unit because one of his fellow employees had returned it deciding he wanted a "better unit". That should have been my first clue but the price was right (at $259....it was still more than what I could have purchased it for on amazon.com)and I bought it. Hooking it up was easy and I thought I was off to a good start.
Summary: I was very impressed with the quick, simple assembly and the way the wireless subwoofer pairs instantly. The rich tones and deep bass this unit generates is perfect for a small room. I am using this unit in my bedroom so the relatively small overall size (31.5"), the inclusion of a clock and radio, and the availability of up to 3 input sources met my needs perfectly.
Summary: I bought this to improve the surround sound on my new 3D plasma TV and it works very well when you have the right cable to hook it up. The sound was great unlike what other people say who probably has a defective product from the store. I like the USB feature and the FM radio. However there is no digital optical in line which will make this the perfect soundbar. There is a digital coaxial input which my new TV does not support.
Summary: This thing was junk. Very poor sound quality. I thought this would work great on my Philips TV. The people at Factory Depot where this unit came from are very very slow in helping me to return this item. It took 4 e-mails just to get them to give me a return authorization number. They make you wait up to 14 days before they will refund or replace after they receive it back and a 10% restocking fee. Don't buy. Buyer beware.
Summary: This Philips soundbar is a little gem. Small enough to set up easily, a wireless subwoofer that actually works and can be heard, without the silly DVD player to break that everyone already has, great loud gaming sound -- we use it with our Xbox for more realistic gaming sounds. We purchased it for our living room and with our old TV and old satellite box, we were very very pleased. We upgraded and realized there were no HMDI connections and we were out of luck.