I have traditional 5.1 surround sound set up in my family room and my 1st floor home office, which doubles as a secondary tv room, but I couldn't justify setting up a 3rd surround sound configuration for an outdoor tv I set up on a 3 season porch.
However, I got tired of the poor sound off of the Sunbrite TV I have installed on the porch. It was drastically worse than what I was accustomed to, and made the viewing experience bad enough that I avoided watching a movie etc on that tv.
I was wary about the quality of what soundbars provided based on what I heard at friend's homes. But lately I had read some positive reviews of soundbars, so I gave it a try. I am a fan of Denon in general. Their products are not the cheapest, and they are a bit outside the norm (I see a lot more Bose for wired audio and Sonos for wireless), but I find that Denon/HEOS provides the best value and I can count on the audio quality always being the priority with their products. I have heard complaints about the HEOS app, but for me, their mixture of receivers, wireless speakers, and HEOS Amps. After not having the opportunity for the ten years I lived in my first home, when I moved to a new home in 2016 that was new construction, I wired the place up before the walls closed. Although Sonos now has amps like the HEOS ones, and Bose also technically competes across the board, I like the fact that Denon products always sound great, everything I buy for audio in my home or away from my home can be within the Denon/HEOS ecosystem - receivers, amps, peripherals, wireless speakers - and while the price point is not low, it is not top of the market either. When I see negative reviews of Denon, I often see comments that this standard or that standard isn't supported, or that they are not 100% alexa compatible, which is true for all until their most recent line of products.
I judge audio products on how they sound, not by the specs, outside of requirements. What I mean is - yes, specs matter, but it's not a specs-driven decision. I have never heard a samsung or sony audio product that sounds right to me. This soundbar, like the other products I have bought, sounds GREAT. This was the purchase I was most concerned about compared to past receivers and speakers. I have heard Vizio soundbars that in my opinion sounded terrible. Granted, they were cheaper, but still, they sucked.
The other chief complaint about denon/heos is the heos app. I have seen the sonos app and I would agree, it is cleaner and better designed from a software perspective than the heos app. But for me, I am using a harmony remote for TV, or I am using spotify on my iphone, and spotify connect integrates natively with heos/denon products, so I can choose the speaker or receiver right from my spotify iOS app. That renders the heos app inferiority null and void for me. If I was a TIDAL user, maybe it would be different. Like other denon products, the inputs and so on are excellent, an area Denon often beats Bose.
I'm actually shocked by how good this soundbar/subwoofer combo is. it approaches, not quite 100%, but it approaches the 5.1 I have elsewhere. If I set up a TV in my bedroom or somewhere else in the future, I am likely to go with a Denon soundbar again.
I don't write reviews often, but this deserved a thumbs up. It's a great product that flies under the radar.