Soundbar

Mar 03 2017

News - Yamaha YSP-5600 soundbar reviewed at HTR

Anyone who knows me, also knows that the Yamaha YSPs are really the only soundbars that I wholeheartedly recommend. That's not to say that there aren't other models that are just fine, only that they are best if you want a real surround sound HT experience. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap though, this one is $1600, but considering what you'd spend on an AVR + speakers, maybe not so crazy.

Mar 18 2014

News - Home Theater Review, Reviews Monitor Audio's ASB-2 Soundbar

There is no substitute for discrete speakers, but sometimes compromised is required when provisioning the home theater. Soundbars are a good option when you can't put a speaker where you want - anything is better than TV speakers. I'm a little disappointed that even though the ASB-2 has HDMI it doesn't support HBR audio decoding, but that's a small tradeoff if it fits the bill otherwise.

At the moment, Monitor Audio makes one soundbar, the $1,649 ASB-2. It's certainly not the most expensive soundbar you can buy, but that price does put the ASB-2 into a category that's expected to be high-performance, especially since the ASB-2 does not include a dedicated subwoofer. It does, however, incorporate a unique auto-sensing LFE subwoofer output that changes the soundbar's filter/crossover settings when a subwoofer is connected to the ASB-2. With its long, elliptical curves and shiny, brushed-aluminum side panels, the word that comes to mind to describe the appearance of the ASB-2 is sporty or, maybe, modern chic. It's ... well ... you can see the pictures. Come up with your own hoity-toity term for the way it looks. I like the design. It's neutral enough to fit in with most decors, yet the chassis' curves and metal sides keep it from being boring.

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