What you should know before buying a sound bar »

If you have a new 4K TV or Ultra HD TV, you probably know that while it has a nice screen, it doesn't sound as good. This is because TV manufacturers put more emphasis on graphics and there is little room for sound. You will need an additional gadget to complete your entertainment. A home theater could probably do the trick, but soundbars are mostly preferred.

Soundbars are a preferred audio choice because of their amazing design and they don't take up space like home theater speakers. Despite its compact size, soundbars can provide full surround sound, especially when combined with mini speakers.

If you've decided to buy one, here's what you need to know about these compact speakers.

Your unboxed sound bar

When you get a sound bar, you will find a single long and narrow speaker bar with a subwoofer. Some sound bars may be delivered without a subwoofer. The subwoofer amplifies the sound to make it even better. The width of the sound bar is important as this is what produces the simulated surround sound effect. The single bar usually contains a set of speakers and usually has a built-in amplifier.

KEF KC62 compact subwoofer

KEF KC62 compact subwoofer

Subwoofer

If you get a soundbar with a subwoofer, you can connect it wirelessly, or if it includes one, connect it with a cord. You will need to tuck in the wires so that they are presentable and hidden. If it is a wireless subwoofer, you can keep it away, such as under furniture, while a corded model should be around a power outlet. Not all models will require an additional subwoofer.

Most high-end soundbars come with built-in subwoofers, so if you have one you won't need to get an extra one.

Remote control

The soundbars also come with a remote control, which you can use to adjust the volume and other device functions. If you choose a soundbar without a remote, you can only rely on your TV or Blu-ray player to control the speaker.

Wall mount or TV stand

You have the option of mounting your sound bar under your TV if it comes with a stand for it. If it doesn't give you the option to mount it, place it on your TV stand. There are different brands with different display options, so decide if you want it mounted to save space or if you want it on a surface.

Some soundbars come with their own wall mount, and if they don't, you might need to get one. You should first check if it is compatible with a wall mount, as not all models are: some soundbars are strictly designed to be placed on a stand. If you want to mount it, you can place it on top of your TV or below. It usually looks great when connected to your TV, but it all depends on your preferences. MMounting the stand is fairly straightforward, but you might need help with the installation.

Razer Leviathan Desktop Bluetooth Soundbar

Razer Leviathan Desktop Bluetooth Soundbar

Connectivity

One of the great things about owning a sound bar is that you can use it wirelessly. Good soundbars come with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity. This wireless connectivity allows you to connect to your smart devices like a smartphone, iPad, and TV. If you buy a soundbar without these options, there are still connection ports like HDMI, RCA, and 3,5mm, which you can plug into your wires. If you want to connect your soundbar to an AV receiver, you will need an HDMI cord and you can also connect your TV to one of the cords directly to the soundbar.

Passive or active

Before purchasing a sound bar, you should choose between a active or passive model. Active soundbars have all the components you need in one system: speakers and amplifiers.

Alternatively, a passive sound bar requires an additional amplifier. In this case, you will need an AV receiver that connect to adjacent speaker wires. The active soundbar is easier to configure than the passive soundbars. But you will get full surround sound with passive soundbars.

Price

When buying a sound bar, you need to consider the price. Fortunately, sound bars are available at an affordable price. However, you cannot compare the features of high-range soundbars to cheaper models. It's not that inexpensive soundbars don't deliver great sound; they do.

However, high-end soundbars guarantee surround sound, but you can only get virtual sound effect from a cheaper model. He'It is generally the same when buying electronics. The more you pay, the more advanced its features. If you want to achieve perfect sound quality, you may need to save money to get the type you want. And to make sure you get what you expect, it is advisable to read popular soundbar reviews for information on the best models.

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar

Dolby Atmos and DTS: X

Another important thing to consider when buying a sound bar is whether it supports the latest Dolby technologies. This is important because it adds to your experience. Not all soundbars have this feature.

These Dolby technologies add more effects to your sound. It helps you get the necessary surround sound effect when watching your media. If your soundbar supports these technologies, you can customize your sound. You will have access through its settings to control the effect of your music. Dolby is known for providing great sound quality for music and movies.

Smart features

There are different types of sound bars. There are those with smart features and the normal type, which is more focused only on audio. If you get a smart sound bar, you will receive additional features like voice recognition. These soundbars allow you to connect to software like Amazon's Alexa and Google's voice assistant.

These features are especially ideal for people who work virtually, as it facilitates your video calls and live streaming. If you are purchasing a sound bar, you should verify that it offers these features before purchasing it. Smart soundbars usually fall around the mid-range and high-end models. You might not find these features in affordable or low budget soundbars.

Quality

In the market today, it is not surprising that there are many brands that offer soundbars. The demand for this type of device has continued to increase. However, you have to keep quality in mind when getting one. You should not be attracted by the price or its attractiveness. You can be sure you're on the right track when reading reviews before making a purchase.

However, we recommend that you take a look at the product reviews and check the warranty to see if the chosen soundbar is durable. You don't want a product that crashes after a year of purchase. Better to go for well-known brands that have stood the test of time. Brands like Bose, Samsung, Sony and many more have made their mark in the tech market. You can be safe when you patronize these well-known brands.

The problem with these high end products is their high price. If you can't afford these great brands, there are also newer brands that have been tested and offer great quality. Just do your research and find out what others have to say about using this product. Only then can you tell if it's really worth buying.

Good soundbars are durable and you can use them for a long time without running into any flaws, but lower quality ones will cause problems. You may also find that the contents of the package are completely different from what is inside.

Latest Thoughts

There are different types of products to consider when buying a sound bar. Therefore, you will need this guide to help you find the right one for your home. RRemember to factor in the size of your living space and all the others mentioned above in this article. You don't want to get a soundbar and regret buying it.

While all soundbars are good, you'll only experience the benefits when you have the right one for your living space. For example, if you have a larger space, you can't expect to get a surround effect from a cheap sound bar. You should also consider the size of your TV when purchasing one. You can't have a bar longer than your TV. It will not look very attractive and will feel bad. If you are using a smaller TV, you may want to consider upgrading it to match your audio system. The display and sound must match if you want the full experience.

Madhurima Nag is Social Media Manager at Gadget Flow. She pushes herself around as a digital marketing speaker and loves expressing her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding, and gadgets (of course!) In general.

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