Hi all, the VHT215 is now $198.87 at Sam's.
This unit sounds great and works perfect so far. I can easily say it is 10 times louder and clearer than my LG's LED-LCD internal speakers.
I bought it knowing i was going to use Optical from my LG.
Zero issues at all and i am VERY happy especially at under $200.00
Personally i do not see why i would want HDMI (stiffer cable) from my TV to the soundbar. I think optical in my case works much better.
I also did not care about running wires to 5.1 etc but why bother. IMO this unit serves its purpose and then some
It even has Sub level, bass, treble settings etc.