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Confusing advertising or, what the heck is SpeakerBar?
on December 3, 2013
This is a pretty decent budget center speaker bar. It has good separation of the channels, excellent mid tones and sparkly highs. The bass is MIA though and you need to supplement it with a subwoofer if you want your house to be shaken when playing bass heavy music or watching movies with explosions in them.
Couple of drawbacks: lack of power and not a soundbar, while looking like one.
I will address second concern first. A lot of folks are getting confused thinking that this is a soundbar and can be connected directly to the TV. Vendor does not help here either falsely advertising that this speaker is 'TV friendly' without specifying what that obscure 'friendly' means. Because whether you like it or not, this form factor is associated in consumer minds with soundbars that come with plug and play compatibility with TVs. Soundbar typically has built-in amplifier, several types of connections that are compatible with any TV out there and different sound modes depending on the program you are watching.
This SPEAKERBAR comes with none of those. It requires an external amplifier (called Receiver), has only bare speaker wire inputs (which is not compatible with any TV on the market and again, requires Receiver to be set up first) and has no wires or connectors in the package. So while we all here can show off our inner nerdiness and downvote reviews that come from confused buyers that expected Soundbar and received something else, the reality is vendor is not clear enough advertising the capabilities and more important, limitations of this speaker.
So now back to my first concern for folks who understand what they are buying. This speakerbar is only rated to 150Watts total max power and it shows. While it can still get pretty loud without distortions, you can not expect it to fill a large room with really groundshaking sound. For my Receiver (Yamaha RX-V571BL with 105 Watts per channel), this speaker can only handle half of the receiver range. Again, this is only a concern if you want to drive you music (or movie presentation) really loud and fill in a very large room. For smaller rooms or normal level sound, the power range is more then enough.