Soundbars aren’t normally the go-to option for crazy immersive surround sound, but a Samsung-Dolby partnership is hoping to change that. Using a pair of rear speakers, a soundbar and the ceiling of your den, Samsung’s trying to recreate the 3-D feeling of a Dolby Atmos cinema.
The 38” model of one of your favorite sound bars is only $150 right now, if you don’t mind a refurb. The VIZIO 3851w normally sells for $220 refurbished, or $280 new, and has great reviews no matter where you look. I bought one myself. [VIZIO 3851w-D4 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Rear Satellite Speakers, $150]
For years peripheral maker Razer has been pumping sound directly into our ears via gaming headsets. The Leviathan marks its first attempt at sharing that sound with the rest of the room, and a valiant first attempt at that.
Vizio's new Sound Stand aims to be a simple, cheap ($250) solution for your TV's crappy sound, even simpler and more discreet than a sound bar. But even if it's cheap and convenient, the Sound Stand is less than you bargain for.
Sometimes, you don't want your technology sleek, discreet and refined: you want it big, tough and purposeful instead. So if the recent glut of streamlined soundbars isn't to your taste, how about this burly sound box instead?
Soundbars are awesome because a good one can deliver the room-shaking roar of a much larger system. Simplicity rules. These new Bose soundbars promise the company's awesome sound plus some built-in tech that makes them even easier to setup.
At $600, Harman Kardon's SB16 sound bar is intended for someone who isn't quite impressed with a $200 soundbar, but doesn't want to drop $1000 on one that will inspire envy.
Maxell's SSB-1 soundbar is by all definitions, a budget product. Combining two 7.5w speakers with a 15w subwoofer, the SSB-1 likely won't send you into a state of awe. But at the same time, it's only $130.
Helmed by English musician Ted Fletcher (who's worked with Jethro Tull, The Who, and other bands), Orbitsound's new T12 soundbar has a new way of creating pseudo surround sound—spatial stereo technology, they call it.
The new SC-HTB1 home theater audio system is fed up with subwoofers thinking they're sooooo special. So it decided to put the bass in its place: inside the soundbar.
The Yamaha YHT-S400 features a sound bar that's 31" long by 2" high and—for the first time—a subwoofer that's actually integrated into the receiver. It sounds perfect if you live in, say, a cramped city apartment. Like me!
That's not necessarily a compliment; you'll either love-or-hate the dated design of the uBoom and uBoom Q sound-bar speakers. On the upside: the Q connects directly to a notebook via USB—no need for audio-cables, drivers, or power supply.
Mitsubishi just announced a bunch of new DLPs and LCDs. But the most interesting is, by far, an 82-inch DLP for $4200 that's equipped with "3D-ready viewing technology."
The low end soundbar market has quickly become commoditized, but Samsung's latest HT-WS1 is, at minimum, a contender.
Samsung's HT-BD8200 soundbar does the standard virtual-5.1-channel sound jig just fine—the kicker is that it plays Blu-ray discs, streams Netflix/Padora, and has USB- in and an iPod dock, with optional wi-fi. That's a lotta sources.
The gadget: The ZVOX 550, the only speaker system we've ever seen designed to hold a 50" flat panel TV while packing a 60W amp, 5.25" sub, and five 2" speakers in one frame.
While soundbars are becoming ever more popular in home theater use, the iLuv iSP200 speaker is a fairly novel design for the PC industry.
The YSP line is my favorite soundbar because of the sonar-inspired tech it borrows from cold war subs. The YSP-3050 is a new 23-driver model, second best compared to the 42 driver YSP-4000. The upgrade from the 3000 now has a front mounted minijack in, and HDMI upscaling. Like the higher end models, these will provide…
Mitsubishi's 149 iSP series LCDs have a 16-speaker sound bar built-in for people who are too lazy (like me) or don't know how (like my parents) to set up a home theater. The integrated Sound Projector, as it's called, sends sound flying around the walls to act like surround sound-in my experience, it was way better…
The Gadget: A soundbar by one of my favorite A/V companies that includes a sub. It is one of the rare soundbars NOT to block your TV if mounted on the same table. Processes DTS and Dolby surround through optical and coax and stereo inputs (But no HDMI). The sub draws power off the main unit at 40 watts, and the six…