BLUF: If you aren't in the market for a full audio system setup (i.e., AV receiver plus speakers for 7.1/5.1, etc.), but want a great, easy, and cost-effective audio upgrade, then pairing these speakers with the SJ4Y or SJ5Y soundbars is the right option for you! They more than get the job done with ease. I'm a happy customer that would purchase again!
NOW for the full review:
I have a some experience with speaker setups. In my old house, I personally ran wires behind drywall and in the attic to install a 600W 5.1 system. But I moved to another city for a job, and I was looking for a cheaper and easier solution for the time being. I decided on the SJ5Y for several reasons. (1) price, (2) good balance of price vs output (wattage per speaker), (3) ease of adding wireless, true surround speakers, (4) Dolby, DTS, and FLAC decoders, (5) connection options - HDMI in & out, optical, and bluetooth, and (6) it looks good and matches my LG TV.
Rear speaker setup is very simple. Plug in audio cables between the rear speakers and rear receiver. Cables are color coded (gray and blue) to help sort out L and R. Plug in the rear receiver, and voila, you are done. The rear receiver paired automatically with the SJ5Y soundbar for me. Distance from the rear receiver to the soundbar is about 20 feet.
Once I downloaded and installed the updated firmware via USB, as well as threw out the pack-in optical cable and used a quality one, the system's sound interruptions stopped once and for all.
ALSO, yes, please note that there are wires between the rear receiver and the speakers themselves. If you saw "wireless" and assumed there was no wires at all, then sorry to disappoint you. Battery-powered bluetooth speakers can't handle the sound output needed for a system like this. The wireless rear receiver means you don't need to connect the soundbar to the rear speakers directly. The rear receiver can be placed anywhere (within reason - it has a 6ft power cable) and the included speaker wires are at least 10ft. You can buy longer wire at the store if you really need it.
Sound quality is exceptional and clear for what it is - 60W per channel. Again, coming from a larger, more expensive 5.1 setup, I can tell the difference between output and range/fullness for the individual speakers. BUT, I was VERY IMPRESSED at what this system can do. This soundbar is easily able to fill the room. I have yet to even come close to maxing out the volume on this baby, and expect I never will. The Adaptive Sound Control (ASC) is my preferred sound mode for TV shows - it enhances voices very well - but I switch it over to BASS while listening to music to help get a more robust range of highs and lows. For my movies and games, I usually change my sound mode to STANDARD. The CINEMA option is OK, but I think it tries to widen the sound field too much, causing some distraction for me.
I experimented with my game console outputting uncompressed 7.1 audio over HDMI. The SJ5Y soundbar was able to handle all that data and push it out to the different channels superbly. So I am able to hear that wonderful behind-the-head zooming fly-by or ambient noise when the protagonist is in a crowded room. My movies and games sound wonderful; oh, how I had missed surround sound!