What is a Soundbar?
Soundbar speakers have a panoramic shape mainly for acoustic reasons but also to be easily mounted underneath or atop a flat screen monitor or television. They are usually a single cabinet and can be combined with a wired or wireless subwoofer to increase the illusion of surround sound.
Beginners Guide to Sound Bars
INTRO – If you’re looking to create a surround sound effect without putting speakers in all four corners of a room then a Sound Bar might be for you.
SHAPE – A Sound Bar has a wide shape. They are shaped this way to provide a rich acoustic surround sound. The shape is also ideal to compliment the wide dimensions of a television or monitor display. The best sound bars will be shaped for optimal acoustics.
SOUND – Sound Bar Speakers create a beautiful sound from a single cabinet due to their loudspeaker enclosure construction. The best sound bars will have a crisp and clear sound with minimal noise. Better than your TV speakers and sleekly designed to complement the aesthetics of your home.
CONNECTIONS – A Sound Bar has at least one concealed speaker and some have an amplifier to create a stereo sound effect without the need to connect to a receiver. But some people prefer to connect to a receiver because a receiver provides multiple features to manipulate a myriad of acoustic sounds. The benefits of not having to connect to a receiver are twofold. Firstly it eliminates the need for extra wires that would be used to connect to the receiver, creating a much cleaner and simpler look. The sound bar can be placed directly under or above a wall mounted flat screen TV. Secondly, it can be quite cost effective to not have to dip your hands into your piggy bank to pay for both a sound bar and a receiver, the classic two-in-one feature. The best sound bars will have minimal connections to reduce the clutter in the room.
SUBWOOFER – Many Sounds Bar Speakers come packaged with a wireless subwoofer which can be placed anywhere in a room and can deliver very low frequencies that the human ear cannot distinguish the direction of the sound. This gives the impression of a surround sound effect. To state the obvious but a much needed tip, if you’re decking out a small room you can save money by buying a less powerful system and for a larger room consider spending the extra doe to deliver a quality sound. When considering a Sound Bar pay careful attention to the connectors needed as well as the ports. The best sound bars will have a wireless subwoofer to accentuate the surround sound effect with no wiring.
CONCLUSION – In conclusion I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised with the richness of the sound produced by a Sound Bar in comparison to the speakers provided by your HDTV and if your budget permits go with a wireless subwoofer Sound Bar. The best sound bars include a combination of the best design, acoustics, featured, a minimum of wiring and a wireless subwoofer.
A soundbar has a long panoramic shape which provide excellent acoustics for its size and an amicable aesthetic appeal. Soundbars are slimmer than home theater systems and are therefore attractive to reduce clutter in a room.
Soundbars were created for one of two reasons. 1. Firstly, because the standard speakers built into televisions left much to be desired; and 2. secondly because reaching into your pocket to fund a complete home stereo system also left much to be desired. 3. There are many other tangible benefits to a sound bar system such as the absence of a need for intricate wiring, presenting many opportunities to trip and fall. 4. The simple elegance of most sound bars is also quite endearing as it rests above or below your flat screen television.
Some soundbars deliver stereo quality sound and some are created to deliver a surround sound like effect on your ears. Soundbars deliver the best possible quality sound when paired with a subwoofer and what’s cool is that many sub woofers are wireless. This means a perfectly wireless environment beyond the connection of the sound bar to your TV which can remain invisible. The science involved with the sub woofer is really cool. Basically it delivers sound at decibels which are two low for the ear to detect its direction manifesting the surround sound effect.
Sound bars are created by the traditional home theatre entertainment companies such as Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Insignia and Polk Audio.
One of the most popular soundbars on the market today is the Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System. It is economically priced and received rave reviews from consumers. This Sony soundbar generates a powerful virtual surround sound effect and while not as good as a true surround sound system its price makes it worth the buy.