Soundbars are large relatively thin loudspeakers that project audio from a wide enclosure. Soundbar or media bars are built wider than tall so that they can be fitted at a suitable mounting place with a display device like a computer or TV set. It is used to enhance the audio with surround sound and stereo effects. If you are looking forward to setting up your brand new HDTV with a sound bar, take a look at some of this awesome easy-to-setup gizmo which will take your home theater experience to a whole new level.
BARS OR SLABS?
Most soundbars are one or two piece devices. The sound bar itself can work fine on its own. But if you still feel the need of augmented bass performance try using a subwoofer. The subwoofer can be hidden in plain sight and synced easily with the TV speaker. In addition to the standard bar shape, multiple soundbars are being built in a slab format, like the Sonos Playbase. The Sonos Playbase integrate the entire sound system into a single base which can be placed under the TV. It does not have atangled wire setupsetup and keep a minimum profile with a single cable connecting TV and another joining to a power outlet. The greater space and volume generate midrange and bass compared to soundbars.
DO YOU NEED A SUBWOOFER?
Many a time you feel the low-frequency sounds are getting drowned compared to the low-mid to high frequencies. To circumvent this problem and get a strong bass performance, you need subwoofers in addition to the wide, shallow-shaped soundbars. The big design gets you the real eardrum-shattering, a sound-feel experience that you want to enjoy. Subwoofers can be placed anywhere and they are generally wireless. So all you’ll need is a power outlet for the audio system. If your purchased soundbar doesn’t come with a subwoofer, you can easily add one . make sure that your subwoofer is charged or connected to preamp between unpowered woofer and soundbar.
WHAT ABOUT SURROUND SOUND?
Many soundbars plus slabs claim to provide some degree of simulated sounds with their equipment. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the audio processing tech and location of the driver can give you the feeling of surround sound. This occurs even when the speakers are right there in front of your eyes. Whatever the result may be, a large sound field cannot generate the same quality of audio as surround sound system. If you wish for some surround sound action when you are enjoying your fave football game with your games or maybe catching an action flick with your partner, you have to buy a full surround-sound audio speaker system, along with a soundbar.
When you come to streaming audio, there are a considerable number of speakers and soundbars that can wirelessly stream music from your device, smartphone or tablet. They mostly use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect to audio systems. The Bluetooth soundbar system can easily play music throughout the house. Sonos or Yamaha MusicCast use Bluetooth/ Wi-Fi tech to connect and set up multi-room audio systems. The Wi-Fi set up is a bit more complicated than Bluetooth. In either way, you can do away without having to buy a separate wireless speaker if you own a soundbar.
CAN SOUNDBARS BEAT HOME THEATER SYSTEM?
When it comes to either potential or system flexibility, it is complicated to beat an assembled home theater with a sound bar or all-in-one sound system. If you add an A/V receiver, amplifier and large speakers, the home theater audio will easily defeat the soundbar system. However, the entire paraphernalia will cost way much more than standard soundbars. A good receiver may cost the same as a sound bar whereas the speakers will bear additional charges on top of the former equipment accounted. Besides, you will have to put in much more work yourself to set up the entire system unless you wish to loosen your wallet further.
When you finally decide upon your fave soundbar (or home theater), it won’t be long before you start enjoying your audio and having fun to your fill. Hope this article fulfills its aim of helping you to chose the best soundbar system you can afford.