Hifi News - Soundbars
Sonos Launch The PlayBase - A Sound Base
he new Sonos PlayBase is a sound base designed to fit underneath your TV in situations where space is tight and thereby rules out a Sonos PlayBar. In operation it will improve TV sound as well as acting as a streamer for network audio via both Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and serve up popular streaming services and internet radio. The PlayBase is also App controllable and can sync with the Play Sub and two Play 1s to form a 5.1 system. The Sonos PlayBase is not short of speakers though and uses ten amplified internal drivers – six midrange, three tweeters, and one woofer.
Monitor Audio ASB-10
Monitor Audio launch the ASB-10 Soundbar
he Monitor Audio ASB-10 is Monitor Audio’s second sound bar , the first being the ASB-2. Like the ASB-2 the ASB-10 is also priced at £399, however the ASB-10 is a two channel 100 watts per channel soundbar. The soundbar offers a lot of drivers for the money, 2 gold dome tweeters 4 C-CAM metal cone bass / mid-range drivers and two bass radiators. Connection is either wireless via apt-x Bluetooth, or wired via optical or coax S-PDIF, or even analogue via a 3.5 mm stereo jack. The ASB-10 can also be upgraded via the addition of a wireless sub-woofer, the WS-10 Wireless Subwoofer.
Bose Soundtouch 300 - Soundbar
Bose Launch The SoundTouch 300 - Soundbar
he Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar comes in at £599.95 and is a one box soundbar which can function as a Bluetooth speaker, be connected to your Wi-Fi or use wired connections. The SoundTouch 300 can be upgraded via the addition of a sub-woofer called the Acoustimass 300 bass module or two satellite speakers the Virtually Invisible 300 rear surround speakers. Finally you can even add both for the ultimate surround package.
Polk Magnifi Mini
Polk launch the Magnifi Mini - 2 box soundbar
he Polk audio Magnifi Mini at £349 is a two box and compact soundbar with a wireless sub woofer. Compatible with most TVs, it’s easy to set up and features Polk’s Voice Adjust and surround sound technologies. The Magnifi Mini features a Night Effect so you can use the Magnifi Mini at night without disturbing others. Connection to the Magnifi Mini is possible wirelessly so you can use the Magnify Mini to Stream your favourite music through Bluetooth and Google Cast.
Yamaha Launch The YSP-2700 Soundbar
he Yamaha YSP-2700 at £899 is an upgraded version of the YSP-2500 Soundbar and offers 7.1 channel surround sound from a 2 box wireless sub-woofer / Soundbar system using Yamaha's Sound Projection system. The YSP-2700 also offers MusicCast, Yamaha's new multi-room streaming technology and can act as a Bluetooth speaker.
Sony Launch The HT-NT5 Soundbar
he Sony HT-NT5 at £599 currently is a two box 400 Watt Sound Bar that offers Hi-Res Audio, Wireless Surround using Sony's superior LDAC codec, and 4K Pass Through. The HT-NT5 is a sleek design, with 3-way speakers driven by 6 discrete amplifiers in this slim with specially-designed upright tweeters and S-Master HX amplifiers.
Acoustic Energy Aego Sound3ar
Acoustic Energy Launch The Aego Sound3ar - 2 box Soundbar
he Acoustic Energy Aego Sound3ar is a 2 box Soundbar that currently costs £198.99. The 3 in the product name indicates that the Sound3ar shares the same sub woofer from the Aego 3. Price wise the Sound3ar is directly comparable with the Aego 3 2.1 speaker system. The Sound3ar is designed as a solution for poor Flat screen TV sound to give a telly soundbar system with both a superb picture and sound.
Samsung Launch The HW-K650 Soundbar
he Samsung HW-K650 is a two box six speaker (and six amplifier) soundbar combined with a wireless sub-woofer speaker system that retails for £399.00. The combination of the 6 speakers and wireless sub adds up to a 3.1 channel soundbar. The Samsung HW-K650 can function as a Bluetooth speaker offering Bluetooth streaming (as well as Wi-Fi streaming) and can be expanded to a full blown surround sound system by the addition of extra Samsung Radiant360 wireless speakers.
Yamaha YSP-5600 - Soundbar
Yamaha Launch The YSP-5600 - Soundbar
he Yamaha YSP-5600 Soundbar is just one box but is capable of creating a Dolby Atmos Sound Field. It achieves this Dolby Atmos Surround sound from a 44-speaker array in a total 46-speaker configuration — which is largest number of speakers ever in a Yamaha YSP Soundbar. The ATMOS height effect is achieved via six height channel speakers on each side which provide 3D surround sound reproduction equivalent to a 7.1.2 channels Dolby Atmos system. With Yamaha's MusicCast system you can playback music via your smart device on the Yamaha YSP-5600 and use the smart device to control the YSP-5600. The YSP-5600 can even stream music content to other MusicCast products. Playback can be both wired and wireless via Airplay Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi.
Sony HT-XT3 Soundbar
Sony Launch The HT-XT3 Soundbar
he Sony HT-XT3 Soundbar RRP £449.00 but available for quite a bit less on Amazon (£359.97 at the time of writing) is a Soundbar that can also be used as a Soundbase and a Bluetooth speaker (using Sony's top of the range LDAC Bluetooth CODEC) - both NFC, Ethernet and Wi-Fi communication with the HT-XT3 are also possible. There's 3 HDMI wired connections too. The HT-XT3 is a 2.1 soundbar so has a built in subwoofer and offers a very powerful 350 Watts per channel along with Hi-Res Audio replay.
Philips Fidelio XS1
Philips Launch The Fidelio XS1 - Soundbase
he Philips Fidelio XS1 at R.R.P. of £499 but available for less is a two box soundbase (a soundbar where the treble mid section is sturdy enough to support a TV). The XS1 can also function as a Bluetooth speaker via support for the aptX Codec. The Soundbase part of the Fidelio XS1 features two centre channel speakers and two side firing speakers to boost surround sound. The second box in the XS1 is a wireless sub woofer. Finally the XS1 offers Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround as well as NFC communication.
Polk SB1 Plus
Polk Launch The SB1 Plus Soundbar
he Polk Audio SB1Plus Soundbar was announced at CES 2016. The SB1 Plus is the successor to Polk’s Omni SB1 and includes some new features. These include a wired Ethernet port for a more stable signal and Bluetooth support. The Polk SB1 Plus is a 3.1-channel sound bar with the .1 part of the name a wireless 8 inch subwoofer.
Cambridge Audio TVB2 - Soundbar
Cambridge Audio Launch The TVB2 - Soundbar
he Cambridge Audio TVB2 is Cambridge Audio’s first Soundbar. The TVB2 consists of two boxes the sound bar and a wireless subwoofer (both pictured together) and will retail at £299..
Arcam - Solo Bar +
Arcam Launch The Solo Bar +
he Arcam Solobar + a soundbar and wireless sub woofer ( yours for £995) is an upgrade to Arcam’s existing Solo bar. Best of all is that it’s free to existing Solo bar owners as a software upgrade.
Roth Bar2 LX
Roth Launch The Bar2 LX Soundbar
etailing at £149.00 the new Roth BAR2 LX soundbar with wireless subwoofer audio system offers a simple route to stunning sound. The ideal way to transform the invariably poor sound quality of today's TVs, or add Bluetooth speaker capabilities to your listening room. The Roth BAR 2LX is equipped with aptX-ready Bluetooth technology. The cloth grille-fronted soundbar houses four full-range speaker drivers. Factor in the mirror-top finish, wireless subwoofer, plus total power of 120 watts, and what you have is a home sound system, not just a 'TV speaker'.
Yamaha launches a new sound bar the YAS-105
he new soundbar features an ultra-slim design. It also has dual built-in subwoofers that should enhance bass.
Crystal Acoustics Teevy 6
Crystal Acoustics Launch the Teevy 6 Soundbase and Bluetooth speaker
he £299 Crystal Acoustics Teevy 6 Soundbase is also a Bluetooth speaker and uses Crystal Acoustics innovative WiSound technology to deliver 3D images. The speaker section itself has 6 drivers, hinted at in the name, two of which function as sub-woofers. Also on board is Class D amplification coupled with a DSP for direct digital input. Bluetooth wise the Crystal Acoustics Teevy 6 supports the superior apt-X Bluetooth codec.
Arcam solo bar
Arcam launch the Arcam Solo bar - Soundbar
he Arcam Solo bar costs £800 and is Arcam’s first soundbar. There is a matching Wireless sub woofer called ( not too surprisingly ) the Solo sub that costs an additional £500. As well as performing as a soundbar , the Arcam Solo bar can be used as a compact stereo hifi system or alternatively as a Bluetooth speaker system.
Libratone Diva - Soundbar
Libratone launch the Libratone Diva Soundbar
he £649 Libratone Diva Soundbar has been designed with a soft, more room friendly outlook and shape.
Yamaha YAS-203 - Soundbar
Yamaha launch the YAS-203 - Soundbar
he £400 Yamaha YAS-203 is a Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer, capable of 7.1 channel sound and 200 Watts of total power. It can even function as Bluetooth speaker for hifi play back.
Sony HT-ST5 - Soundbar speaker
Sony launch the Sony HT-ST5 Sound Bar speaker
he $999.99 UK Price T.B.A. Sony HT-ST5 is a premium sound bar with wireless subwoofer. It offers a very powerful 380-watt system that features immersive 7.1 channel surround sound plus full HDMI® connectivity and Bluetooth® streaming with NFC.
Tannoy BaseStation One
Video review of the Tannoy BaseStation One – Soundbar by Tannoy
video review of the £350 Tannoy BaseStation One's features and benefits from Tannoy themselves.
Klipsch Reference R-10B
Klipsch launch the Klipsch Reference R-10B Soundbar
he £479 Klipsch Reference R-10B Soundbar is a two box soundbar, the second box being a wireless sub-woofer. The Klipsch R-10B can be used as a Bluetooth speaker with support for the aptX Codec and provides 250 Watts from the Sub-Woofer and four horn loaded speakers in the soundbar unit itself.
Sony HT-XT1 - Soundbar
Sony launch the Sony HT-XT1 - Soundbar
he £300 Sony HT-XT1 Soundbar offers a complete home audio setup. The Sony HT-XT1 is externally a slim, solid, scratch proof glass topped box but internally there’s a built-in subwoofer , two mid/treble speakers and 170 Watts of power. S-Force PRO Front Surround technology allows you to hear virtual 3D cinematic sound. The Sony HT-XT1 can be used as a Bluetooth speaker with both NFC and Bluetooth streaming possible.
Yamaha reveal the Yamaha YSP-2500 soundbar
he £799 Yamaha YSP-2500 soundbar is due out in August 2014 and is the replacement for the award winning Yamaha YSP-2200. The Yamaha YSP-2500 soundbar will offer a wireless subwoofer option. (previously in the Yamaha YSP-2200 the connection was via a cable).
B&W Panorama 2
B&W launch the Panorama 2 Soundbar
he £1649 B&W Panorama 2 Soundbar is a completely re-engineered reworking of the original B&W Panorama.
Paradigm launch the Paradigm Soundscape Soundbar
he £1295 Paradigm Soundscape is a 5.1 Powered Soundbar. 7 high-performance drivers deliver an engaging surround-sound experience. The peak power is 50 watts per channel. Inputs are both Digital optical & analog stereo inputs for direct hook-up of Blu-ray, DVD/CD player, gaming console, satellite receiver or other external source. The amplifier design is DSP based.
Q Acoustics Media 4 Soundbar
Q Acoustics launch the Media 4 M4 Soundbar
he £400 Q Acoustics Media 4 or M4 is described as a HiFi Soundbar and even has a built-in Subwoofer. It’s a 2.1 Soundbar with two BMR speakers (BMR stands for Balanced Mode Radiator see more later) accompanying the subwoofer. The Q Acoustics Media 4 doesn’t have any HDMI inputs, There are analogue inputs and digital input is optical via a supplied optical cable. It can however be used as a Bluetooth speaker allowing you to stream from a tablet or smartphone using either aptX Bluetooth or NFC. Given Q Acoustics recent speaker success it’s unlikely there will be any complaints about the Q Acoustics Media 4 Soundbar’s sound quality.
Yamaha SRT-1000 Soundbase
Yamaha launch the SRT-1000 Soundbase
he T.S.P. £399 (but available for less) Yamaha SRT-1000 (available this summer 2014) is Yamaha’s first Soundbase distinguishable as such via the SRT prefix. Although a Soundbase designed to go under your TV, it employs a Surround sound system featuring Digital Sound Projector technology taken from the award winning Yamaha Soundbars. It can also act as a Bluetooth speaker with a dedicated app for smartphone control. (Justifying its inclusion in HiFi Enthusiast !)
Tannoy BaseStation One
Tannoy launch the BaseStation One Soundbar
he £350 Tannoy BaseStation One Soundbar brings a deep, rich and unbelievably powerful sound to your TV. Delivering more punch than a traditional soundbar, this single box, surround sound system is designed to sit under a TV or inside/on top of your AV furniture. Packing in Tannoy’s renowned loudspeaker and subwoofer technology, DSP surround sound and over five times the amplifier power of most flat-panel TVs, the BaseStation One delivers room filling sound.
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