Overall, the Playbar has been one of the most welcome additions to my listening room in a long time. You know why? Because it always works. I turn my TV on and the sound comes on and it sounds good. I use the remote from my TV or Blu-ray player just as I would if there were no soundbar in the system. It's the first soundbar I've tested—in fact, the first home theater audio product I've tested—that I'd feel comfortable installing on my Mom's TV. And I love being able to pick up my Samsung Galaxy S III, touch the screen a couple of times, and tap into an effectively limitless supply of music.
I can’t say the Playbar’s sound quality is a revelation, but it's at least competitve with most of the active soundbars in ite price range. It gets extra points because it works without a sub. And it gets more extra points because it doesn’t require fussy setup.
To sum up simply what I’ve taken 2,000+ words to say: There’s no easier soundbar to live with than the Playbar. It really is the iPod of soundbars: a product so friendly that it makes everything else in its category seem somewhat less than fully thought-out.
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