This is an excellent surround sound system for the money! In my opinion, the slight negative reviews for this product are very nit picky. The sound quality is EXCELLENT! The 7.1 does show its’ true colors. You can hear sounds projected to the sides from the sound bar to create a solid movie experience. Excellent for sports as well. The bass is dialed in and perfectly punchy with quality depth, without distortion. For $500, this surround sound packs a ridiculously awesome punch. By far, the most bang for your buck in this price range...no doubt!