As much as I would have preferred a soundbar with a separate sub, I don't have the space for it, so decided to opt for this soundbar to improve my new Samsung TV.
First off, this is my first soundbar, as I have a full surround sound in the living room, which I can't live without any more. The TV sound is just awful in comparison, but where the new TV is, I had to settle on this and didn't want to spend a lot on it.
Having some sort of small sub built into it is noticeable, but it isn't anything as good as a separate sub, so when I first turned it on, I wasn't sure if the sound was coming out the TV or the soundbar. After switching between the two a few times, I started to notice a difference, and it is an improvement, but a subtle one.
It was the preset sound setting that was the problem. Either auto or standard mode are useless, but once I switched to cinema or music, there was a noticeable improvement.
Highs are more defined and separated from each other, and lows are... Present but not room shaking.
You'll definitely need to read the manual to figure out the settings and make sure voice mode is on, and night mode is off, but then hopefully not need the manual or remote again.
Connect via hdmi, and TV controls the volume, and also turns it on and off. Bluetooth connectivity is also available but I've not tried it out.
So summary... This is a low end soundbar. Obviously better than a no name budget soundbar, especially with hdmi arc, but it is not much more than a better TV speaker. There is no surround sound, or sound bouncing, but instead provides the minimum expected sound improvement over TV speakers.
Is it worth the money... Well that's up to the listener. I appreciate it, the wife does not (but she definitely sees the value from the surround sound in the other room). Am I tempted to spend more on a different soundbar... A little, but if all soundbars lack real bass, and the higher end one's only provide better surround sound, I wouldn't be willing to spend much more than I have on this Sony.