Soundbars are simple speaker systems that are typically positioned underneath a television. Sound bars are a simple and space-saving approach to achieve next-level sound in your living room compared to complex surround sound systems.
Multiple speakers and amplifiers are enclosed to make up sound bars. Some sound bars contain an additional pair of speakers that can be placed on either side of your sofa in the back of the room.
Along with providing a surround sound experience for listeners, the compact audio components are easier to connect to other devices. Most televisions are not designed to produce high quality sound because of the slim design.
Compact Size: Soundbars are one single elongated speaker that can be placed underneath your television, you don't have to worry about multiple speakers in your room - there are some soundbars that come with additional speakers which can be placed at the back
No Wire: You don't have to worry about cables running through your room
Affordability: Soundbars are typically lesser expensive than home theater systems with lots of speakers
Components of a Soundbar:
Tweeters: Tweeters are the smallest kind of speaker, measuring between 1-2 inches in diameter. They are designed to generate high-frequency sounds such as cymbals, high-pitched percussion, screams, or sharp "s" sounds in speech.
Mid-range drivers: These cover the middle frequency range, they measure from 2-7 inches.They comprise the main chunk of the music - with harmonic and melodic instruments such as guitar, piano, and most vocals. Most dialogue and sound effects in movies will be heard through the mid-range drivers.
Woofers & Subwoofers: They cover the lowest frequencies and are the largest of the three speaker kinds, measuring from 3-16 inches. The woofer is loaded with kick drum and bass frequencies, as well as deep, booming sound effects like explosions or rumbling thunder.
Some soundbars use passive radiators, which are not speakers but amplify the signal from another speaker to give you the feeling of having two speakers rather than one.
Features of a Soundbar to look out for:
Power output and amplification:
When selecting a soundbar, it is important to evaluate its power output and amplification. The power output of a soundbar is usually measured in watts and reflects how loud it can get.
Higher wattage equals louder and stronger sound. It is crucial to note, however, that power output alone does not define sound quality or overall performance of a soundbar.
The process of raising the power of an audio signal is known as amplification. Some soundbars include amplifiers that amplify the audio signal, resulting in improved sound quality and volume.
To ensure a good audio experience, look for soundbars with enough power output and quality amplifiers.
A soundbar's frequency response relates to the range of audio frequencies it can reproduce. A soundbar with a greater frequency response can reproduce a wider range of frequencies, which give you more accurate and detailed music.
Virtual Surround Sound:
Many soundbars provide virtual surround sound, which gives a more immersive audio experience without the use of several speakers positioned throughout the room.
Virtual surround sound simulates a surround sound effect by using various audio processing techniques to give a feeling that sound is coming from different directions.
Audio technology such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X enhance virtual surround sound by including sound from above. These technologies generate a three-dimensional audio environment by using upward-firing speakers or advanced audio processing. Consider soundbars that have these technologies if you want a really immersive audio experience.
Bluetooth connectivity is included in modern soundbars, allowing you to wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Make sure the Bluetooth version supported by the soundbar is compatible with your devices.
Bluetooth & Streaming:
Multiroom allows you to sync audio across multiple rooms, creating a seamless audio experience throughout your home. Look for soundbars that are compatible with popular multi-room audio platforms such as Sonos or Chromecast. If you have numerous soundbars or other sound systems in your home, you can consider multiroom.
Choosing the right soundbar:
Single Piece Soundbars:
Soundbars that contain all of the necessary speakers and amplifiers in a single unit are called single piece soundbars. They are compact and simple to assemble. They are ideal for smaller areas or those who prefer a minimalist touch.
Multi Piece Soundbars:
Multi-piece soundbars feature an extra subwoofer. The external subwoofer adds depth and punch to bass, making the audio experience more immersive. Multi-piece soundbars are great for individuals who want powerful audio quality, particularly when watching movies or listening to music.
Some soundbars include wired connections such as HDMI, optical, or analog (3.5mm or RCA) inputs. If you want to connect several devices to the soundbar, make sure it has enough input options to accommodate your setup.
Wireless soundbars give you convenience and flexibility. You can stream audio wirelessly from compatible devices. Some soundbars have wireless subwoofer connectivity, eliminating the need for a cable between the soundbar and subwoofer.
Make sure the soundbar you choose is compatible with your existing audio equipment and devices.
Compatibility with T.V. - Check to see if the soundbar is compatible with the audio output options on your TV. HDMI ARC, optical, and HDMI eARC are all common connections. Check that the soundbar's inputs match the output options on your TV.
Compatibility with Audio Formats - If you prefer formats like Dolby Digital or DTS, check if your soundbar is compatible with them. If you intend to use your sound bar with a gaming console or blu-ray, this is important.
Compatibility with Devices - If you have game consoles, streaming devices, or media players, ensure that the soundbar is compatible in terms of connectivity with them. Check compatibility with the required audio connectors, such as HDMI or optical inputs.
Placement & Positioning:
Placement & Postioning -Set your soundbar directly beneath or above the TV. This placement creates a unified audio-visual experience and ensures that the sound is in sync with on-screen action.
Align the soundbar with the center of the TV screen. This directs the sound towards the viewer and improves clarity in dialogue.
Place the soundbar away from walls or other items that can block or reflect the sound. Leave enough room around the soundbar for proper sound dispersion.
Many soundbars can function without a separate subwoofer. They are intended to deliver enough bass response on its own. If you want deeper and more powerful bass, you can choose a soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer or buy a separate subwoofer to boost the soundbar's performance.
Soundbars are compatible with both smart and non-smart tvs. They connect to the audio output of the television, which is normally available on all televisions whether they are smart TVs or not.
You may be able to manage certain functions of the soundbar using your TV remote, depending on the features of the soundbar and its compatibility with your TV. HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) or other compatible features offer this feature.
The setup procedure differs based on the model of the soundbar. Connect the soundbar to your TV or audio source, configure the audio settings, and position the soundbar for best sound. Calibration and customization options, such as changing sound modes or using built-in calibration tools, can improve your audio experience.