Summary: We owned this unit for four years, and were generally happy with sound qality much better than our tv set. However, it often needed to be unplugged and replugged in order to get it to turn on. Finally, it just stopped turning on altogether.
Summary: The reviews for this system are beginning to lessen my confidence in the Amazon review process. I had this system for about 2 years. It was cheap, yea. I will list the problems I had with it 1. The sound quality. I mean, if you want cheap sound quality.. use the TV speakers. The quality on this was kind of poop. The satellite speaks were not very powerful, the difference between surround and stereo were barely noticeable.
Summary: Bought this system for my girlfriend's living room. Easy setup for a simple surround 5.1 home theater setup. The speakers have proprietary plugs so don't plan on using any other speakers and the dvd player on a previous unit failed after a couple of years. Overall sound is quite good for most listening applications but obviously is not the room rumbling equivalent of a true high end system or theater experience.
Summary: I saw one for sale on Craigslist for $50.00 and was curious so I checked the specifications and found out that the frequency response is 180Hz -14kHz which is very poor. This means it cannot reproduce lower end(bass) below 180Hz and higher frequencies above 14kHz(14,000Hz). This maybe fine for mp3 players where they compress data to fit in more information. In normal case an amplifier should have a frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz(20,000Hz).
Summary: Do your research on this sound system. The DVD/component has a diode for power that goes out just about the time the warranty does. Check it out and see if you are willing to replace the DVD player which is the main part of the system. The speakers have special ends that connect to this system only so they are pretty much useless with another system unless you cut the ends are rewire them.
Summary: Yep! I concur with "wifeofskippy". Had mine for less than a year and it started to do glitchy things. I have to mash down on the remote keys to get the damn thing to toggle through the menu. Toggling through operational modes (i.e. HDMI to USB for instance) was totally frustrating. Again, mashing down on the remote buttons. Like "wifeofskippy" said: "Audio will NOT sync with our TV.. no, not even by using the "audio sync" button.
Summary: We originally received this product as a holiday gift in 2007. After a couple of months, this first version started to lock-up the dvds we would play in the last half-hour of the movie, without fail. We thought it was the dvds that we were getting from Netflix, but it also locked-up on the few dvds that we own.