Since there has been so much talk about this Sony and Im kind of a soundbar junkie I decided to go pick one up last night to try it out at home.
I hooked it up along side my newly purchased Samsung AS720,,,( I really love my new Samsung).
My thoughts for what its worth,,,, the Sony does sound really good,, I must say I was impressed in the tone and the overall sound,,, and the HDMI switching worked perfect with my BluRay, HD-DVD and cable box.
But to the main thing I wanted to check out, the fake surround effect,,, I was not that impressed.
While the Sony had a good full sound and at times the hint of surround it was not up to par with the Yamaha YSP's (which I have owned quite a few) I would also comment that the Bose 321 (I have also owned those) gives off a better surround effect than the Sony.
And yes, I do realize the Bose 321's and the YSP's cost way more than the Sony,,, I'm just commenting on the surround effect, regaurdless of pricing.
If your looking for a convincing surround set-up with just one or 2 speakers my top choice would still be any of the Yamaha YSP systems with the Bose 321 coming in at second place.
If a convincing surround effect is not top on your list the Sony soundbar does sound pretty darn good with a nice full sound, and 3 HDMI inputs,,,, well worth the $300.00.
I will be returning the Sony this weekend,, damm that 15% restocking fee at Sears,, but hey,, I was curious.
Just my thoughts/opinion.