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Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2.4 Channel 800W Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Soundbar with Dual 8” Subwoofers (Wireless) & 2 Rear Surround Speakers. Enjoy Plug and Play True 360° Cinema Sound & Room-Shaking Bass
Transform your living room into a premium cinema within minutes. Experience deep, room-filling bass with the industry’s only Dual Wireless Subwoofers and True 360° 7.2 channel surround sound with the Soundbar + Two Rear Surround Speakers. Discover what you have been missing from movies, music and games and step into the future of home theater. Created with the same DNA as our flagship Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 SSE, Winner of the best Dolby Atmos Soundbar Battle (hosted by Brian Tong, Ex Cnet host)
Our DUAL 8" WIRELESS SUBWOOFERS (industry's first!) produce ground-shaking rumbles that you will hear and feel from anywhere in your living room. They merge to distribute adrenaline-pumping bass effects evenly throughout the room with zero localization. Altogether, the sound bar with subwoofers unleash cinema-level volumes without a trace of distortion, replicating the perfect cinema experience. Agreed among experts, TWO subwoofers are a must for ultimate home theaters.
TWO 2-WAY REAR SPEAKERS (industry’s first!) produce spacious and dynamic surround sound. Each of them (connected to sub via RCA wires) is constructed with a tweeter that reproduces high frequencies with captivating clarity, and a full-range driver that delivers surround effects with power and precision. Simply put, the surround sound performance from simulated/virtual 2.1 or other 5.1 channel surround soundbars does not come anywhere close to this.
Experience a whole new level of surround performance with our exclusive Spatial Surround Elevation SSE Technology. Featuring 3 advanced audio processing engines working in harmony to enhance directionality, enlarge spaciousness and unlock extra details of any audio soundtrack. Envelop your home theater with up to 7.2.4 channels of Dolby Atmos or DTS:X moving audio that flows all around you. Unleash the full dynamics of your audio experience with 106dB of room-filling sound.
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black
9.5
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5
5.1 CH Surround Sound Bar with Dolby Audio, Sound Bars for TV with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Digital Plus, Bluetooth 5.0, Surround Sound System for Home Theater, Works with 4K & HD TVs| HDMI & Optical
Warranty1 Year Manufacture
5.1-CHANNEL SURROUND SOUND EXPERIENCE - Fully enjoys the thrill of DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS with the newest 5.1 Surround sound Engine, DSP technology, and impressive 400W of total system power. Dolby Audio adds room-filling excitement with floor to ceiling virtualized surround sound experience. Immerse yourself with 360° room transforming sound that adapts to your environment with included wireless rear speakers, taking TV, movies, and music into a whole new dimension.
IMMERSIVE NEXT-GENERATION BASS - The premium sound bar with 16” wireless subwoofer blends seamlessly into your living room or bedroom. The robust and dynamic bass grabs your attention in every room corner down to 50 Hz. Unleash powerful bass to turn your living room into an IMAX theater. Enjoy remarkable clarity and room-filling 5.1 surround sound with Dolby Audio to create a realistic audio experience like planes flying overhead and rain falling from above.
OPTIMIZE ENTERTAINMENT WITH UPGRADED EQUALIZER MODE - Personalize different equalizer modes: Music, Movie, News & 3D mode, and more advanced setting by using the Smart remote control for hearing and feeling every musical, explosion, dialogue, and detail with transparent and ear-pleasing loudness up to 120 dB. The remote also increases or reduces Treble and Bass Levels based on your sounding preference. So, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the best budget 5.1 surround sound system!
ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY & CONTROL - Our 5.1 sound bar adopts Bluetooth 5.0 & DSP technology to ensure faster transmission speeds and stable connectivity up to 50 ft with low consumption from your Smartphones, Tablet, PC and other Bluetooth-enabled devices; You may also connect the sound bar to TV, Projector, Computer, XBOX, PS5, Amplifier, and more via HDMI ARC, RCA, or Optical input connection. All cables are included. You may control the sound bar using your TV remote in ARC input mode.
Weight
19 lbs
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Black
9.3
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Soundbar Buying Guide - Updated Oct 2022

Author Chrystal S
Published on October 18, 2022
by Chrystal S

If you love movies, TV shows, and games, you definitely want the best sound experience that includes booming bass, crisp highs, crystal clear dialogue — and everything else in between. Soundbars bring more clarity and power to your sound system at home. There are tons of options out there. Here is everything you need to know before you buy your own soundbar.

Why You Need a Soundbar

If you want to build a home theater, or your TV has terrible speakers but you don’t have the space for multiple speakers, or the budget for a full surround sound system, then a soundbar may be just what you need.

Here are the benefits of using a soundbar:

Improved Audio Quality

You can get superior sound with a soundbar compared to what you would get from your TV alone. Some TV speakers have poor audio quality, making it impossible to hear the dialogue or even the bass. Sometimes it just isn't loud enough. In contrast, a soundbar will often provide better bass and a larger soundstage, improving dialogue clarity and allowing you to hear and appreciate every sound.

Immersive Viewing Experience

Soundbars are made to provide an immersive listening experience. The enhanced audio enables you to never miss out on key plot points in your favorite movies since you can hear every word uttered clearly. Most soundbars also create a surround sound effect that lets you feel as if you're in the middle of the action. Hear every car door slam, thunderstorm, animals, and really appreciate the soundtrack.

Cheap & Easy to Install

Compared to speakers, soundbars can save you a lot of time and money. Most soundbars are plug-and-play and will cost anywhere from $150 to $1000. Meanwhile, surround sound speakers will require multiple units that need to be wired individually to an A/V receiver and then connected to your TV. A good pair starts at $300 and can go upwards of $2,500.

Features to Look For

Size: What Best Fits Your Space?

Soundbars come in all kinds of sizes. To make sure your new soundbar won't stick out like a sore thumb, keep your television's dimensions in mind when shopping. Aesthetically, it should be around the same length as your TV. For example, for a 55-inch TV, a 40- to 55-inch soundboard is perfect.

Recommended Soundbar Sizes With TV Sizes

Speaker LengthTV Screen Size
12 inAny
38-45 in42-50 in
50 in55-65 in
60 in70 in and above

Bigger soundbars are also more powerful than smaller ones. It’s recommended to match the size of your soundbar to the size of your TV. That way, the sound will seem to be coming from the sides of the TV for a surround-sound effect.

Soundbar Connections: Which One Do You Need?

HDMI

This is the easiest way to connect a soundbar to your TV. Most soundbars come with HDMI ARC support which will allow you to connect the two devices with a single cable. Older TVs may not have ARC, so you may need to purchase a soundbar with an optical connection.

Just bear in mind that you will have one less HDMI port available on your TV for other devices. If you’re running low on HDMI ports, you could purchase an HDMI switch, which converts a single HDMI port to two or more. Or, you could get a soundbar with several HDMI inputs.

Optical

Most TVs offer optical output and HDMI connections, but if yours is older, an optical soundbar may be your only option. Optical connections are simple and reliable, but if you have the option, we recommend going with an HDMI connection because it supports more audio formats.

Wireless Connectivity

If you want to use your soundbar for more than just your TV, you might consider buying a Bluetooth-enabled one.  Many new models have Bluetooth built-in, making it easy to stream music from your computer, smartphone, tablet, and other devices.

Other soundbars are also Wi-Fi enabled, which allows you to stream music and audio from anywhere on the internet such as Spotify or iTunes. Some may even be controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Sound Features: Channels and Dolby Atmos

Have you noticed numbers in product descriptions? The number before the period indicates the number of channels while the number after the period is always "1" if there’s a subwoofer and "0" if there isn't.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on soundbar channels:

  • 2.1 - The soundbar has two channels (left and right) and a subwoofer
  • 3.1 - The soundbar has three channels (left, center, and right) and a subwoofer
  • 5.1 - This provides a surround-sound effect since it comes with 5 channels (center, right, left, and two rear) and 1 subwoofer. If the number is written 5.1.2 then this means the soundbar has Dolby Atmos

A good soundbar should have at least 3.1 channels because the center channel is where dialogue is most often placed. If you want dialogue to be loud and clear, don't settle for anything less than 3.1 channels.

Dolby Atmos

To get the best surround sound experience, you'll want to consider Dolby Atmos. It's a surround sound technology created by Dolby Laboratories that adds height channels (and hence 3D sound) to your home theater. It creates a three-dimensional sound that moves around objects making sound effects more realistic. For instance, the sound of a crashing car may be perceived as coming from the left or behind the head.

Mounting: Where Will You Put It?

The sound bar's mounting options are important to consider when deciding which one to buy. Most sound bars can be mounted in one of three ways: wall mount, stand, or table mount. However, you'll need to go with the option that is best for your space and aesthetic preferences.

For example, if you have enough space on your TV stand and would like your sound bar to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your media setup, then you could place it directly below. But if you're short on space, then perhaps a wall mount would work better for you.

Whether you put a soundbar above or below the TV is up to your discretion. Most will put it below just because it’s more aesthetically pleasing. If placed at eye level or a bit below, it could also help the sound travel faster to you. Furthermore, some TV ports are also located at the bottom, so placing the soundbar below makes more sense.

Top Soundbar Brands

The following brands are widely recognized as leaders in the audio industry:

  • Sony
  • Bose
  • Sonos
  • Klipsch
  • Yamaha
  • LG
  • Vizio
  • TCL
  • JBL

FAQ

1.   How can I tell if a sound bar is compatible with my TV?

Soundbars work with most TVs, but you should verify before buying. Most manufacturers offer this information on product pages or on their websites.

2.   Can you add speakers to a sound bar?

Yes, and no. Adding extra speakers can increase immersion, but it depends on your soundbar and its compatibility.

3.   Can you add a subwoofer to a sound bar?

Yes. Many soundbars come with a compatible subwoofer or ports to accommodate one. Check with the manufacturer for compatibility.

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