Skip to main content
Loading...

Featured Post

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

The Best Soundbars 2018

The Best Soundbars 2018
Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017
Soundbars give your TV audio quality that matches the picture. These long units are designed to sit below, in front or above your TV, whether it's mounted on the wall or on a stand. They contain two or more speakers, and may have a separate subwoofer that produces the lower frequency sounds. Others use clever ways to produce bass all in the one cabinet.

Your buying guide to the best soundbars in 2018
Many people are unhappy with the sound quality delivered by their flatscreen TV, but fears of a difficult setup routine and a mess of unsightly wires mean they are unwilling to install a surround-sound system. Perhaps they simply don’t have a big enough room.

Not all soundbars replicate surround, by they do offer a convenient, relatively compact solution for getting better quality audio in your living room.

What features should I look for?
Consider how the soundbar will connect to your TV. The most common method is to use an optical cable, also known as Toslink. Most modern TVs support this, but be sure to check before choosing your soundbar.

Some soundbars have HDMI inputs, which can be convenient, but do the same job as Toslink.

You should also check that this output will route all incoming audio from connected devices such as Blu-ray players and games consoles, as well as the internal TV tuner. This way, to hear audio from all your devices you need to have only one cable going to your soundbar.

Most soundbars have other inputs, including a 3.5mm minijack and/or stereo phono jacks. These take analogue feeds and allow you to play audio from just about any device, including phones and tablets.

However, if you’d prefer the convenience of wirelessly playing music from a mobile device, look for built-in Bluetooth. By this method though, be aware that unless your mobile device and soundbar both support aptX, the default codec within the A2DP standard, sound quality won’t be as good.

Should I get a separate subwoofer?
A standalone soundbar will be unable to offer full-range sound, so many come with a separate subwoofer. This produces the deep bass required by movie special effects such as explosions. You can get away without a subwoofer if you’ll mostly be watching dialogue heavy programmes.

Subwoofers are either active or passively powered. Passive models don’t have a built-in amp, so do not require mains power. These rely on an extra amp in the soundbar.

Active subwoofers have their own amp, so require an external power source. They can wirelessly receive audio though, so you can place them away from the soundbar without trailing wires. Watch out for soundbars that put all the inputs on the sub. This is an advantage if your TV and soundbar are to be wall-mounted and the cables would otherwise have to run to the soundbar.

What soundbar specifications are important?
Don’t pay much attention to manufacturers’ amplifier power figures. Even when they’re accurately described, watts don’t directly translate to volume, since the speaker sensitivity also affects things. Some brands rightly avoid printing power figures.

The number of speakers isn’t that important either. If you’re after a convincing surround-sound effect, be sure to read reviews rather than rely on makers’ claims. Also, don’t confuse terms such as ‘3D sound’ or ‘spatial sound’ with surround sound. Some soundbars use Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, while others have their own names for pseudo-surround.

Can I wall mount a soundbar?
Most soundbars are limited in where they can be mounted If you plan to wall-mount, check this is an option. Some soundbars can be positioned at different angles; others will even convert into separate stereo speakers, should you want to chop and change.

Best soundbars 2018

1. Sonos Playbar
  • RRP: $699
The Sonos Playbar is a superb soundbar. Not only is it sleek and well-built, but it also provides unparalleled sound with plenty of extra features which make it even more desirable. We can't fault the Playbar, but the high price will put it out of reach for some.

2. Orbitsound ONE P70
  • RRP: US$557.48
The ONE P70W is a great speaker, whether you use it as a traditional TV soundbar or stick it on a shelf and use it to play music via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

It's a shame that Wi-Fi adds £100 to the price compared to the ONE P70, but even at £399 it rivals the quality of speakers costing even more.

3. Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar
  • RRP: $349
The Q M3 is a great soundbar, whether you opt to use it for films and TV or as an all-in-one Bluetooth music speaker. There's a wealth of connection options, impressive sound quality, and a slick design, all at a reasonable price - and it couldn't be simpler to use.

4. Sky Soundbox
  • Reviewed on: 15 March 2018
  • RRP: £249 (Sky multi-screen customers), £299 (regular Sky customers), £799 (non-Sky customers)
  • Buy from Sky
The Sky Soundbox is a odd device to review because the price varies so much depending on whether you’re a Sky customer. If you are, the Soundbox is a steal at £299 or £249 for multi-screen subscribers.

It provides excellent audio and has some clever features, but the design makes it quite awkward to place and we’d rather it could do things like automatically change source.

But since several features are exclusive to Sky Q users, you’re best off with a Sonos Playbar, saving you £100 - unless you join Sky.


5. Sonos Playbase
  • RRP: $699
The Playbase is expensive and you can certainly get ones a lot cheaper if you don't mind a simple setup. However, you pretty much get you what pay for here in terms of superior sound quality, design and all the additional features that come with a Sonos multi-room speaker.

We still prefer the older Soundbar, hence the lower chart position here.

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Release Date & Specs

The Snapdragon 855 has 3x the AI performance of the 845 and will enable portrait mode in HDR 4K video.
At its annual Tech Summit, this year held in Hawaii, Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 855. It is the first to offer 5G and will be in many of the 2019 flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google and other phone manufacturers.

Vorwerk Kobold VR300 Review

At nearly £1000, does the VR300 offer enough to justify the purchase when you can pick up a robot vac for £100s less? Find out in our Vorwerk Kobold VR300 review
Should I Buy The Vorwerk Kobold VR300?
It’s expensive, but the Kobold VR300 provides an impressive vacuuming experience that we think could rival that of a conventional vacuum cleaner, but it’s not as smart as some rivals – yet. The low-profile design, upgraded SLAM technology and D-shape design allow the VR300 to safely navigate around obstacles and reach every last nook and cranny.

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos are the perfect thing for a busy weeknight dinner. They are easy to throw together using leftover chicken and can be customized using whatever Mexican toppings your gang enjoys.

Hot Cinnamon Hard Candy

Hot Cinnamon Hard Candy just screams Christmas cheer! We always get so many compliments when we make this recipe. I’ll share Top 10 tips for making Cinnamon Candy. And don’t forget it makes a wonderful gift.

Samsung 860 Evo Review

For those people still booting their systems from hard drives there is a simple direct replacement that will give their computer a performance kick in the pants. The Samsung 860 Evo is a great choice.
Should I Buy The Samsung 860 Evo?
If you’ve got an NVMe PCI M.2 port on your system you’ll probably want Samsung’s 960 Evo in that form factor, but for everyone else the SATA model the new Evo is an excellent option.
It’s not substantially quicker than the model it replaces, but the extended lifespan is certainly worth the modest investment.

Like Fan Page