Energy Power Bar Soundbar Preview
- Product Name: Power Bar
- Manufacturer: Energy
- Review Date: October 06, 2011 20:00
- MSRP: $399.99
- First Impression: Pretty Cool
System Type 2-way soundbar with 8” wireless subwoofer Frequency Response 50Hz to 20kHz +/- 3dB Power Handling 200 watts peak Tweeter Two .78" (20 mm) soft dome tweeters Midrange Two 3” (7.6 cm) IMG drivers Subwoofer One 8” (20.3 cm) down firing fiber composite cone / ported enclosure Inputs 1 Optical input, 1 RCA input Overall Dimensions Soundbar: 4.4” (11.2 cm) H x 30” (76.2 cm) W x 4.1” (10.4 cm) D
Subwoofer: 11.5” (29.2 cm) H x 9.5” (24.1 cm) W x 14” (35.6 cm) D
(Dimensions include grille and feet)
Weight Soundbar: 5 lbs / 2.3 kg
Subwoofer: 15 lbs / 6.8 kg
Mounting Options Two built-in keyhole mounts for wall mounting Finishes Soundbar: Satin Black
Subwoofer: Matte Black Vinyl
Included Accessories One 1.5 m optical cable, one pair of rubber feet, wall mounting template
In what appears to be an effort to be completely un-searchable on Google, Energy has released their Power Bar Soundbar. Yeah, search for Energy Power Bar and see how many speakers pop up. As you may be aware, there are two types of bar speakers - soundbars and surroundbars. The surroundbars try to simulate a full 5.1 speaker setup with a single speaker. A Soundbar, like the new Energy Power Bar, is only attempting to provide an improved two-channel experience. While both have their place, we tend to prefer the more attainable goal of the Soundbar solutions. When they come with a wireless subwoofer, we are all the more intrigued.
Starting with the actual Power Bar, the Energy solution features two 3" IMG midrange drivers paired with two .78" soft dome tweeters in a two-way configuration. The drivers (see picture below) are located on the ends of the bar to provide the widest possible stereo image. The Energy press material says that the drivers are located close together in an exclusive "Convergent Source Module" configuration. The CSM places the tweeter and midrange close together so they act as a single source. Well, the name CSM may be exclusive but placing drivers close together certainly isn't.
The Power Bar is self powered and can be fed either a digital optical or stereo analogue input (optical cable included). The back of the bar has two keyhole mounts for wall mounting or can be shelf-mounted with included rubber feet. There is an included learning remote feature which seems to indicate that the Energy Power Bar will learn your current remote's controls rather than including an additional remote (a nice feature). The Power Bar is 4.4" tall, 4.1" deep, and 30" wide. It weighs a featherweight 5 pounds and has a Satin Black finish to mesh well with your flat panel display.
The included wireless subwoofer of the Power Bar system from Energy sports an fiber composite 8" driver and slotted port both in a downfiring configuration. The sub is a fairly models 11.5" tall by 9.5" wide by 14" deep making placement options fairly easy (but, let's face it, soundbar customers are shoving it behind the couch or under a desk). At 15 pounds, the sub is easy to move around for optimal performance. The matte black vinyl wrap should help keep the sub from drawing too much attention to itself.
Energy rates the system as a whole rather then the two individual components. Together, Energy says that the Power Power system will reach down to 50Hz cleanly. While nothing to write home about from a home theater perspective, it is a great deal better than you'd get with your display speakers alone. Really, that's what Soundbars are - improvements on the built in speakers on your flat-panel display. From the Energy site:
Measuring 30-inches in length and exuding a contemporary look, the Energy Power Bar is the perfect companion for high-definition picture and a necessary substitute for underwhelming flat-screen speakers.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves (except for the "perfect" part). The one question we have, really, is about their wireless solution. There is no indication on their website about how close you need to place the sub. The next question, of course, is price. At $400 MSRP, the Power Bar Soundbar solution isn't cheap but you are getting a wireless sub in the mix. While you can find cheaper options, you can't find one much cheaper with the same pedigree of Energy. We're also betting that not many will have the same quality of subwoofer. As any Audioholic worth their salt will tell you, bass is where it is at. If we were looking for a Soundbar solution, we're fairly certain the Energy Power Bar Soundbar would make the shortlist.
The Energy Power Bar Soundbar isn't trying to be something it's not. It's an upgrade to your display's speakers, and a substantial one at that. With a frequency response rated down to 50Hz, a wireless sub you can place just about anywhere in your room, and aesthetics to match your new flat panel, this may be just the Soundbar you were looking for.
For more information, please visit www.energy-speakers.com.
So anyone here own one in their home? if so, is it worth the $399 price tag or is there something better (brand) in Soundbar / Subwoofer combo?
Needing something for our bedroom little surround / bass going. I don't want a HTIB or separates. Something simple and clean.
Oh btw... I did hear the JBL soundbar, but it cost like $599 and the subwoofer looks ugly, but did sound very nice (for a soundbar / sub).