"Fantastic all-in-one at a great price!"4.5 starson by nome63
Pros: *The sound quality if fantastic
*Great to look at
*Wireless rear speakers (kind of)
Cons: *I am hearing about a firmware update that crashes the system. I have not dealt with it yet, but I sure hope I don't...
*Comes with minimal cables (no hdmi, no digital audio)
Summary: First of all, this system sounds incredible. I am no audiophile by any means, but I am a hardcore movie fan. We played the blu-ray Independence Day and it blew us away. The opening audio cinematic where the sound runs throughout the speakers was clear and crisp. We actually started laughing because it sounded so great.
The setup was relatively easy. I tend to be very stubborn and try to set things up without the manual, but I definitely needed the manual a few key times.
Yes, the rear speakers are wireless, but there should be an asterisk next to this. They are not wired in to the main unit, but they Are wired in to a separate wireless unit. So basically it's another box hidden in the back (called a sound amplifier) with two cords running out of it so that the two rear speakers and function.
In terms of the HDMI issue, there IS an HDMI IN, and if you don't have a gaming system, there is no need to worry. I set this unit up for my parents who do not have a gaming system, and there was no problem. I connected the cable box with an optical digital audio cord, and we were good to go. But I do understand that if you have an Xbox360/Ps3, this probably wouldn't be the best system...sorry friends.
My only complaint is that this system does not come with an HDMI or optical digital audio cable. Companies need to start including these items standard.
Overall, I feel like this is a fantastic value. My parents bought this product for $499, so with the $30 HDMI and $25 digital audio cord, the total ended up being about $555 before tax. Not bad for a Blue-Ray surround sound system.