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Sceptre SB20202B Home Theater Sound Bar (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Length & Power Output: 37.25-inch 60W (2.0 channels) - ideal for 40-inch and larger TVs
- Subwoofer: N/A
- Connectivity: 1 Stereo RCA, Input (Red & White Analog), 1 SPDIF (Digital)
- Wall Mountable: yes; Remote Included: yes
- Inputs: 1 Stereo RCA, Input (Red & White Analog), 1 SPDIF (Digital)
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- Brand Name: Sceptre
- Model Number: SB20202B
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Soundbar
- Speaker Connectivity: Wired
Top Customer Reviews
First, the device does not have optical inputs, just coax and analog stereo RCA. Though I don't need optical with my television at the moment, it is likely I will acquire additional equipment in the future that may need this input, and may products in this price range include this input.
Second, it is very picky on the format of the digital audio. I found that I constantly have to change inputs from digital to analog on the device as I change inputs to my TV. When my TV is displaying input from AT&T U-verse, everything sounds great. However as soon as I switch to digital broadcast TV or Xbox 360, the device emits a VERY LOUD buzzing sound because it does not know how to decode the audio. This is unacceptable.
Third, the audio is not very good. I had the choice of putting the device in "News" mode which sounded identical to the speakers already in my TV, negating the purpose of the sound bar, or I could put it in one of the "Music, Games, or Movie" modes, which had way too much echo or reverb and sounded very artificial and tinny.
Fourth, no subwoofer. The audio has no depth, no bass. The TV speakers had more depth than the sound bar did.
Add about $20/30 to your budget, pass on this one, and get a little more expensive device with some of these other features I have described. You will be glad you did.
Please feel free to comment on this review with any questions about the device and I will be happy to edit the review to answer them.
There are two ways to connect it to any TV.
1. Use the cable coming from the package. Insert one black connector to "coaxial" on the sound bar and the other black connector to "coaxial digital audio output" on your TV. I guess most of the modern TV has "coaxial digital audio output". I just bought a new LCD TV and it has this output. Doing this way you will hear sound coming from both TV and sound bar. If you do not like the sound from TV, you can simply mute your TV and your sound bar will work well. You need to choose "source = COAX" on sound bar or use your remote. Otherwise you will not get any sound.
2. You need to buy a "RCA sound cable" . You can find this cable around 1 dollar on amazon. You then connect this cable to headphones or analog audio output. This approach is for very old TVs without "coaxial digital audio output". You need to choose "source = AUX" on sound bar or use your remote.
I have tried both ways. Both work well. Of course this sound bar cannot be compared with 200 or thousand dollars expensive ones.
If I hear one more person say it doesn't have a sub woofer, I'm going to scream out my window, "I'm mad as Hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore. This unit is nice for the price. It isn't 500 bucks bucks for a reason. It is a nice upgrade for someone that doesn't have a receiver that has the TV as their only sound source. PERIOD. Recommended
If you are not an extreme audophile and just want some better sound that all built in HDTVs lack, this is a great choice.
This little bar can get LOUD.
The sound quality on the other hand is just OK. For $36 its friggin awesome, but not for any other price. Yes, it can get loud, but there is a major lack of bass (read: none). You can hear everything loud and clear, its just that there is no bass whatsoever. However, in comparison with the built in audio for most LCD TVs, this will no doubt be a significant improvement.
Also, if you have a Sceptre TV, it will be a pain in the ass with the remote. Basically, the TV and the soundbar have the same IR signal to shut off. BUT, with the sound bar, you have to hit the power button twice: once to get it to "wake up" and be in the ready state to accept another signal, and then again to actually shut it off. So when you press the power button the first time, your TV shuts off, but your soundbar goes to the "ready state" and if you hit the power button immediately after (basically double tapping) your TV will turn back on and your sound bar will turn off. The solution is to hit a different button other than power to get the sound bar "ready" and then hit the power button. It's annoying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was skeptical purchasing this because I was not familiar with the name, however, I got it at a great price and I could not be happier. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott
I love this sound bar, it was less than 30 when I bought it and it sounds as good as ones my friends paid 120 for, it doesn't have a great deal of bass. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Yokota
A must if you want any type of audio out of a flat screen TV.. Make the whole TV viewing more enjoyable..Published 22 months ago by Mona
I chose this rating cuz I love the stereo bar n it still works I hook it up on my n DVD player all the time.Published on January 24, 2014 by Daniel Lefler
I hadn't even realized how awful the sound was on my HDTV until I plugged this in. This sound bar has changed my movie watching experience forever.Published on November 28, 2013 by Jesse
The sound from the speakers on the back of my tv was better than this sound bar. Sent it back.Published on November 8, 2013 by C. Cox