Summary: Set up was very easy and I was surprised at the great sound it produces. The only problem was after setting it up I removed the protective cellophane that is on the front and found a rather large smug that can't be wiped off because it seems to be on the inside of the plastic front. This is an annoyance but I'll keep it since I threw out the box and packing stuff it came in and for fear of getting a replacement that may not work as well.
Summary: Bought it because I live near a street & couldn't hear the TV easily. Yes, you need to be careful removing from the box or you'll tear the speaker covering. Easy hookup. Yes the TV remote works past the soundbar. I am having trouble getting the Yamaha remote to learn the TV volume. The sound produced is like an echo. PLease do not remove past reviews because I do remember some of the reviews had better instructions than the enclosed booklet.
Summary: I am not that tech savvy, so this was an excellent answer for me. I purchased a 55 inch flat screen TV and although the picture is great, like most other flat screens, the sound quality is lacking. I saw this and knowing Yamaha is an excellent name in audio products, I decided to purchase it. I did not purchase the separate bass box, but even without, the sound is great. It has more than enough bass built right into the sound bar itself.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV