Harman Kardon SB16 Home Theater Soundbar

Another reputable audio manufacturer Harman Kardon has developed a new affordable home theater alternative making wires and configuration unnecessary, allowing those who don't want to waste their time with setup to just plug it in and press play.

“To design an elegant technological solution that is convenient to use and can operate seamlessly within its environment is one of the biggest goals that drive us,” said Harman consumer division president David Slump, in a statement. “The brand-new Harman Kardon SB 16 is proof of our continual passion for this goal.”

With its sleek look, superb sound and surround-sound simplicity, the SB 16 home theater system is a consummate example of the Harman Kardon commitment to excellence. Exemplifying the balance between high style, modern design and audio ingenuity, the SB 16 embodies the true Harman Kardon spirit - one that's been celebrated by a world of discerning audio enthusiasts for almost 60 years.

From the world's first stereo receiver (the Festival TA230) to the multimedia masterpiece that became part of the permanent collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (SoundSticks II), Harman Kardon engineers consistently advance the science of sound, developing magnificent audio products that are wholeheartedly dedicated to quality, durability and generating rave reviews from audiophiles.


  • Soundbar Includes two-way, dual-driver left and right soundbar speaker modules, each with two 3" (75mm) midrange drivers and a 3/4" (19mm)-dome tweeter, video-shielded
  • Soundbar amplifier power: 25W x 2 into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, at <0.07% THD, with both channels driven simultaneously
  • Wireless, 100-watt, powered subwoofer with a 10" (250mm) driver in a ported enclosure
  • 3-D Virtual Speaker surround mode that creates a complete surround-sound experience without any extra speakers or wires
  • Programmable soundbar that can obey your TV remote?s volume, power and source commands, enabling a single remote to control your whole home theatre system

The SB 16 comes with a 100-watt wireless subwoofer with a 10-inch driver and a ported enclosure.  This is ideal, making it possible to put it wherever you want literally.  Being a 10" driver, it could even be feasible to drop it next to or behind your couch for full effect.  The adjustable frequency and volume control on the sub is an added value that is invaluable for those in apartments or shared residences who need to alter the adjust at different times.

Now some may notice this system is lacking an HDMI port.  It does have digital inputs (coaxial,optical).  Granted, many are looking for a home theater without the clutter, wires and setup hassles and this does provide all of the above.  However, before making a purchase like this you have to consider, soundbars are 2.1 audio systems so if you connect this through your television it will provide you the same quality sound as if it did have an HDMI port(so there is really no loss there).  Interestingly enough, this design may be intentional considering you would directly plug this into your TV and in turn, the devices into your TV.  Making it unnecessary to have the other connects on the sound bar.  In fact, this decreases the need for wiring if you didn't have a receiver to begin with.


  • Stylish, sleek 2.1-channel soundbar speaker
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • 3-D virtual surround processing
  • Optical and coaxial digital input connections
  • Works with your TV remote
  • Magnetically shielded speakers in the soundbar and subwoofer
  • Dual-position EQ switch
  • Soundbar trim switch
  • Music sense switching
  • Wall-mounting hardware for soundbar
  • Energy-saving features

  • Now, if you're considering the Harman Kardon SB 16 as an  addition to your flat screen........  Don't, without checking the JBL SB 300 SoundBar(Click to view), which has comparable exceptional sound quality and a different look that may appeal to you.  This one has a more simple look, which I prefer.  But again, comparable, excellent sound quality.

    In this price range, there are several options available, but this is another with excellent sound quality at a reasonable price.  Check the menu above (hometheaterbox, soundbars)