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Excellent sound & build,
This review is from: Pinnacle Speakers S-BAR 3509 9-Element Speaker Bar Ideal for TVs 35-Inch and Up (Black) (Electronics)
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I wasn't quite sure what to make of this speaker when it arrived. I have no experience with 'speaker bars' as my home theater system consists of traditional front speakers, center channel, and four rear speakers.
The speaker arived in excellent condition. The styrofoam inserts kept everything secure and undamaged. Enclosed were the instructions, a wall mounting bracket, and a bracket for placing the speaker on a shelf.
My inital thought was "damn, this thing is a beast". I could probably battle Orcs in the front yard with this speaker bar. The build quality is top notch. Very tight joints, excellent black finish, and precise speaker wire hook-ups.
I chose to place the speaker on my home theater stand on the top shelf directly in front of the TV. My TV is a 46" Sony Bravia LCD with a Sony 7.1 home theater system.
To test the speaker bar I used my new BluRay disc of Transformers 2. Initially the sound was low and sounded "off". Then I remembered to recalibrate the Sony audio since I added different speakers. After a quick calibration I fired up Transformers 2.
My initial reaction was "WOW". The front sound comes directly from the front of the TV as sound should. I didn't realize that having front speakers off to the sides of the TV would make so much difference.
The sound was crisp, clear, and no distortion. I cranked the audio up to level 40 during the best Decepticon battle. The speaker bar response was spot-on. The sounds were as the movie directors intended. I didn't get any wierd sounds from the side speakers like I did with my old front speakers. I was able to enjoy the Transformers even more than my initial viewing. For a second test I tuned into a show on ScienceHD. Again, the sounds were spot-on and projected from where they should, the front of the TV. Very nice since this was a normal cable HD program.
I'm quite happy with my new speaker bar. I'm kicking myself for not embracing this technology earlier. For those of you looking for excellent sound reproduction, expecially during a raging Decepticon battle, look no further. This Pinnacle speaker bar is well worth the money. It also has a 10 year warranty, which is just icing on the cake.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2012 3:51:47 PM PST
Raymond Lariviere says:
is there aoptical digital conn.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 9:50:27 PM PDT
Joaquin Arosemena says:
Raymond: this speaker is unamplified, it requires and external amplifier to power them. Many sound bars have built in amplifiers with optical and or digital inputs, but this one is just a speaker for those who have a receiver in their home theater. Personally I prefer to use my own receiver to power the speakers, that gives me about 100 to 125 watts RMS of power per channel. This speaker has the 3 components, left front, right front and center channel, so in theory I can get power from the 3 front channel amplifiers in my receiver (300 watts total). The sound bars usually have about 25 watts per channel.
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