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Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Audio announced their newest soundbar at the CES 2018 show, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in! For a sub $300 price point the Polk Command Bar delivers the power and convenience of Amazon Alexa in what looks to be an excellent budget friendly home theater solution ideal for movies, music and wireless music streaming.

Polk Audio announced the release of their new soundbar this week at CES, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in and wireless sub for under $300!

— January 16, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Nakamichi Shockwafe DTS:X Ultra 9.2 Soundbar Preview

Nakamichi Shockwafe DTS:X Ultra 9.2 Soundbar Preview

Has audio company Nakamichi gone too far with their new 9.2 DTS:X soundbars, the Shockwafe Ultra? Check out this preview of the new and exciting 9.2 soundbar system that eliminates speaker wires and minimizes power cords. Dual subs, 4 modular surrounds, and an 8 speaker soundbar (total of 18 speakers) for only $1,199? This might be the surround system you've been waiting for. Check out our updates comparing the configuration options available and recent improvements to the products currently shipping.

Nakamichi has the cure for the common soundbar with their new Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X wireless surround system featuring dual subwoofers for only $1,199. Is this the soundbar to beat? Read on.

— November 08, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker Preview

KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker Preview

Audio manufacturer KEF released their newest addition to the Q series line, the Q50a. The Q50a is a Dolby Atmos-enabled two-way closed box speaker that sits atop your existing speaker. The speaker fires its sound upward, creating the vertical dimension programmed into any Dolby Atmos recording. Will they work as well as discrete ceiling mounted speakers? Based on the laws of physics, we doubt it, but if ceiling mounting isn't an option than the KEF Q50a might be an amiable alternative if you want to experience immersive audio in your home theater system.

KEF released their newest addition to the Q series line, the Q50a. The Q50a is a Dolby Atmos-enabled two-way closed box speaker that sits atop your existing speaker. Does it work? Read on.

— October 15, 2017 12:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Fluance AB40 High Performance Soundbase Review

Fluance AB40 High Performance Soundbase Review

Looking for improved sound from those wimpy little TV speakers? Sure you could go with one of those ubiquitous soundbars being sold in any of the big box stores, but why not buy a soundbase instead? The Fluance AB40 Soundbase goes under your TV rather than in front of it. Does the larger cabinet equate to larger sound? Read our in depth review of the AB40 to find out.

Looking for improved sound from those wimpy little TV speakers? The Fluance AB40 Soundbase goes under your TV rather than in front of it. Does the larger cabinet equate to larger sound? Read on.

— October 13, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk MagniFi MAX SR 5.1 Sound Bar and Wireless Surround Sound System

Polk MagniFi MAX SR 5.1 Sound Bar and Wireless Surround Sound System

We recently reviewed Polk's foray into a niche small soundbar market with their MagniFi Mini Soundbar and Sub. With all the acclaims of their mini sound bar last year Polk decided to unleash a full sized model based on the MagniFi Mini and announced the release of their MagniFi Max at the 2017 CEDIA Expo last week in San Diego, California. For $600 you get a premium soundbar plus a wireless subwoofer AND two wireless surrounds! Read on to find out more details.

Polk Audio released their MagniFi Max 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar and Wireless Rear Surround Sound System at CEDIA last week. For $600 you get the soundbar plus a wireless subwoofer AND two speakers!

— September 15, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Décor Custom Built TV Speakers in 3 Days!

Paradigm Décor Custom Built TV Speakers in 3 Days!

Want better sound from your new 4K UHD TV but you don't like the looks of a soundbar and don't want to setup a full stereo system? Paradigm may have a product for you with their new Décor series of custom built speakers. Each speaker is hand made to fit your TV in just three days. With several different speaker options available this may be a must have for detail oriented small spaces. Read on to see why.

Want better sound from your 4KUHD TV but you don't like the looks of a soundbar? Paradigm released their new Décor series of custom speakers to fit YOUR TV. To see if they're right for you, read on.

— September 14, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar and Sub- IN WHITE!

Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar and Sub- IN WHITE!

Last year at CEDIA Bluesound released their Pulse Soundbar and Sub. With 6 Integrated high-performance speakers and 2 Passive Radiators The PULSE soundbar from Bluesound has LESS speakers than many other soundbars on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it’s less of a product. Why mess with a good thing? They didn't. This year you can have the Pulse Soundbar and Sub in WHITE.

Looking for a high resolution soundbar to compliment you new UHDTV? Look no further than the Pulse soundbar and sub from Bluesound. Now available in white!

— September 11, 2017 08:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk MagniFi Mini Home Theater Sound Bar System Review

Polk MagniFi Mini Home Theater Sound Bar System Review

If you want surround sound for your living room or man cave, but you just don’t have the space for a large, bulky system, then look no further than the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Sound Bar System. The MagniFi Mini is a quality sound system that can fit in just about any limited space and at a reasonable price. The sound bar itself is about the size of a large alarm clock radio and includes a small subwoofer to help with the bottom end. Even though it’s tiny, the system still offers a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound experience exemplifying again that good things do come in small packages. Check out our recently added YouTube video review.

The Polk MagniFi Mini Soundbar and wireless sub has some wonderful features in a small package. Full sound, easy setup and compact size are the main highlights, but it's other features steal the show.

— August 28, 2017 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar Review

Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar Review

If you are looking for a quality soundbar to enhance your music or movie audio experience, Bluesound has delivered a product you are sure to find appealing. Their first soundbar, named the Pulse SoundBar is priced at $1,000 and is a solid contender in the quality soundbar arena. With matched pairs of tweeters, midrange, and woofers, the Pulse provides a unique listening experience that you truly must hear to appreciate. As Bluesound says, “It is time to be touched by sound”. Read our review to find out why.

Bluesound’s Pulse Soundbar is priced at $1,000 and comes with matched pairs of tweeters, midrange, and woofers and it provides a unique listening experience that you truly must hear to appreciate.

— July 31, 2017 08:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Yamaha YAS-207 Industry First Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X Processing

Yamaha YAS-207 Industry First Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X Processing

Yamaha will finally launch the successor to its popular YAS-203 sound bar this summer with some added tweaks. The YAS-207 features all-new DTS Virtual:X surround technology and updated HDMI support for 4K HDR and an included 100 watt powered wireless subwoofer. Along with the updated tech that should please any Yamaha fan, it's new sound bar will feature an even more competitive price than its predecessor of just $300 (shipped) when it launches in July.

Yamaha announced their YAS-207 Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X technology that is said to simulate a discrete surround system. The soundbar and subwoofer comes as a package deal for under $300. Read on.

Brandon Dimmel — June 14, 2017 16:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Denon HEOS Soundbar Preview

Denon HEOS Soundbar Preview

Denon has announced its latest entries into the HEOS line that includes a new soundbar they call: HEOS Bar. The Bar will take its place in the HEOS line alongside its earlier soundbar offering HEOS HomeCinema. The HEOS Bar promises to be a slightly more upscale soundbar with multiple HDMI ports and HEOS integration that lets you bring additional speakers into the Wi-Fi mix, including a subwoofer, for a truly immersive surround experience. What does this soundbar do that competitor models don't? Read the preview to find out.

Denon has announced its latest entries into the HEOS line that includes their new HEOS soundbar. The Bar will take its place in the HEOS line of multi-zone wireless speakers and is expandable to 5.1.

— April 12, 2017 10:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Fluance AB40 3D Surround Soundbase Preview

Fluance AB40 3D Surround Soundbase Preview

It's a soundbar- No! It's a T.V. stand- No! It's a soundbase! Fluance made it's contribution to the dwindling array of soundbases recently with their AB40 Soundbase. For those of you not familiar with soundbases, they're kind of like a soundbar, but your T.V. sit on TOP of them instead of the speakers sitting in front of the T.V. or behind. With 3D surround sound from a larger sturdier enclosure and a price point of $200, The Fluance AB40 might be right for your small space- if your T.V. will fit on it.

Fluance recently released their version of the soundbase with their AB40 which comes with bluetooth streaming and 3D surround. Unlike a soundbar, a soundbase is designed to fit under your TV. Read on.

— February 27, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Wisdom Audio Sage Superbar Preview

Wisdom Audio Sage Superbar Preview

So you bought a new giant 70" 4K Ultra HD Television for Christmas and the sound just isn't up to par? Sure you could get a 48" soundbar to supplement, but why waste the other 22" of space under the TV? Wisdom Audio has you covered with their NEW Customizable Sage Super Soundbars. With four different models to choose from, custom finishes, and custom lengths from 38" to 98" these new soundbars may truly be "Super". Just remember with all of these custom options comes a custom price. Read on to find out how much customization will cost you.

Looking for a custom soundbar to fit your GIANT new 4K Ultra HD TV? Wisdom Audio introduced their Sage Superbar which can be customized from 38" to a massive 98". Can your bank account handle it?

— January 26, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk Signa S1 Universal TV Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System

Polk Signa S1 Universal TV Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System

With soundbars at every booth at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada vying for your attention, will Polk Audio's Signa S1 be able to break out? For $179 not only do you get an impressive 5.1 slim soundbar that connects easily through an optical cable (included), you also get a wireless sub for extra bass. What more could you ask for? Check out our preview of the Polk Audio Signa S1 to see if it might be your new soundbar.

Polk Audio announced their Signa S1 Soundbar at CES. For $179 you get an impressive 5.1 slim soundbar that connects easily through an optical cable and a wireless sub for extra bass. Check it out.

— January 14, 2017 20:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews