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Maxell SSB-1 Maxsound Soundbar Tabletop Speaker w/ Built-in Subwoofer (High Gloss Finish)
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- 2.1 Channel / 30w
- Bring your movies and music to life with a built-in subwoofer and two dynamic stereo speakers
- Ideal design for flat panel televisions - holds up to 55 lbs.
- Use on any flat surface - no wall mounting necessary
- Works with iPod, iPhone, iPad, TV & MP3 players
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- Brand Name: Maxell
- Model Number: 193002
- Color: Black piano
- Speaker Type: Soundbar
- Speakers Maximum Output Power: 30 Watts
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* Small - you can set up to a 40" TV (55 pounds) on top of it or set it nearby on a table or shelf. For the best sound, it should be set on a wood (or laminated) surface. If the TV or PC monitor is placed on top of it, it does not take up any additional space on your TV stand or desk.
* No wall mounting required. Looks great compared to a traditional soundbar or speakers.
* Idiot-proof setup. Plug it into the wall then hook one audio cable (included) from the TV (or PC) to the unit. Done. Two 3.5 mm audio inputs allow you to connect two devices (such as a TV and a PC) without switching out cables.
* If hooked to the TV sound output, the volume control on the TV can be used to raise/lower the sound level. Just set the volume on the sound bar to the max and use the TV sound control to raise, lower and mute the volume (FYI, the chance of a TV remote being compatible with a soundbar's seperate volume level control is almost impossible unless the TV and sound bar are the same brand).
* Impressive sound quality for the price. Although you won't easily confuse it with a $500+ Polk Audio or Bose system, this is the best unit I've heard in the $100 or less price range. It will improve the audio quality of most flat screen TVs by 1000%.
* A delay of about 5 seconds for the audio signal to kick in when you turn on the TV or start playing music while the soundbar is in standby mode.
* Placing the unit on glass or carpet will result in poor sound quality (not really a con; just a "heads up").
* It's not Polk Audio or Bose level sound. If you're a true audiophile, you'll need to spend at least a few hundred bucks more for a higher-level system.
If you are considering this soundbar you are probably considering something that you did not expect to buy. It is odd at first blush. The thing does not look like a regular soundbar. But look again and ponder a work of pure genius. Not only is it a space saver with your flat screen on top, but it's beautifully designed. It looks like part of the tv.
Hook-up is easy, but there are issues to consider and experimentation becomes an absolute necessity. How will you actually use this unit?
> Do you want to use it as a supplement to your tv speakers? Or would you prefer not using your tv's speakers?
> Which remote control is your preference? The Maxell, tv or cable remote?
> Which of two prescribed connections will best suit your needs? The one to your tv's headphone input or the other one using the RCA cable?
I, personally, use the headphone connection. This permits use of standard tv and cable remotes. (I stored the Maxsound remote in a drawer somewhere).
I use my Comcast (cable) remote for changing channels and for volume control; volume on the Maxsound automatically increases or decreases accordingly. As for power, Max + tv, I can blow up the room!
As for overall sound quality, I experimented with keeping my tv's speakers on or off. I noticed better sound quality with the tv speakers on. The Maxsound, meanwhile, provides excellent base supplementation. That's what it's best for: SUPPLEMENTATION. And that's what I needed. I'm so happy with my Max!*
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The good news: Performance is precisely what one might expect given the technical specs. Readers plagued by the tinny internal speakers on their 32" HDTVs will notice an immediate improvement, especially with the additional depth generated by the bass boost. It's also attractive; its piano gloss finish complements the TV base as if they were destined to be together (as long as the display weighs less than 55 lbs). Two other nice features are a second input (for your favorite MP3 device) and an automatic standby mode that kicks in when the unit no longer detects audio input.
My only complaint with the unit is the remote (or that fact that it even has one). Consider the most common applications of the soundbar:
As a computer speaker: With power/volume and input/source controls conveniently at your fingertips on the right side of the unit, you have no need for a remote (other than base boost which should have been implemented on the unit itself anyway).
As a supplemental speaker for an HDTV or STB/HDTV: The unit's two inputs will only accept 3.5mm mini-plugs. Thoughtfully, Maxell provides both an RCA-to-3.5mm stereo cable (suitable for audio out from the TV, the set top box, or an amplifier) and a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable (suitable only for headphone output on some TVs -- I know of no cable/satellite STBs with headphone output).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
SMH just great invention ...maxell sound bar save room , easy to put any where and able to hold a 32in TV maybe even bigger tv, i travel with this sound bar for bbq, game nights,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RegisPrime Member
It may be I just got a defective unit but the one I got, (and returned), would constantly lose sound while watching a TV program. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sacto Fred
Bad quality...I have to constantly unplug from the power and plug back it...the remote become unresponsivePublished 4 months ago by smileydude
Not bad for a sound bar for a little extra kick for a tv in a small room.Published 6 months ago by R
I have had this sound bar about 6 months and the sound is cracking and going out. It was good until this happened.Published 6 months ago by Richard Sontag
It's a "decent" addition if you want the sound from your TV boosted some. It does add a little more bass. It's certainly not theater quality. You get what you pay for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SafetyGuy