So in the interest of saving space and money what we have here is an excellent solution for the more budget concious. At least if you're unwilling to put out for the more high end / costly products like the Yamaha YSP 2200 Sound Projector (click to view).
When you're TV Speakers don't cut it (and no TV speakers cut it) soundbars are an excellent solution for those who cant purchase a full speaker system for whatever reason(Cost, space, wiring,..etc). That is if you don't waste your money on crap. I have always been a 20 year fan of JBL and the JBL SB 300 Soundbar is no less impressive.
JBL engineers designed and built the SB300 soundbar with the same technology and craftsmanship that we’ve given the sound systems in many, if not most, of today’s world-class movie theaters. Over the years, JBL engineering has been at the forefront of cinematic innovation, introducing moviegoers to everything from 70-millimeter stereo to Dolby® and THX® audio processing. When designing sound systems – whether for recording studios, concert halls or your living room – we always use all our expertise to create the most vivid, realistic, all-enveloping listening experience.
JBL SB 300 SoundbarMake the sound on your high-definition television as mind-blowing as the picture. The JBL® SB300 soundbar system creates an inspired home theater audio experience every bit as rich, powerful and detailed as the images beaming into your eyes. JBL engineers built the system’s soundbar to complement high-def TV beat for beat, with dual 2-inch (51-millimeter) mid-range transducers and a 1-inch (25-millimeter) dome tweeter. And the system’s wireless subwoofer delivers bass you’ll not only hear but also feel.
3D surround processingA high-definition television with inadequate speakers is not a home theater. What makes a home theater is the immersive experience of not just viewing a movie or television show but feeling as if you’re in the center of it. The SB300 soundbar features 3D surround processing / Dolby Digital Virtual Speaker technology to create a realistic surround-sound experience. After all, a picture enters your eyes from only one direction; sound, however, comes from all around you.
Optimized performanceWe’ve custom-designed the SB300’s soundbar and subwoofer drivers to work together as a single system, creating a synergistic experience that is more realistic than a typical pairing of mixed and matched speakers.
100-watt, wireless, powered, down-firing subwooferA downward-facing subwoofer keeps its sonic output from interacting with nearby walls, causing unwanted reflections, muddying the sound and sullying your ears. Instead, the SB300 soundbar’s 8-inch (200-millimeter), 100-watt subwoofer interacts principally with your floor, delivering a world of bass.
Versatile front soundbarThe SB300 soundbar interferes with neither picture nor sightlines. It’s magnetically shielded to protect video images and styled to blend in perfectly with both your television and your living space. The soundbar’s amplifier and left and right speakers are all housed in one sleek enclosure. Featuring the signature JBL Weave design and built to mount below your TV or on a tabletop, the SB300 soundbar engages you in the action.
IR remote controlThe SB300 soundbar allows you to control its power, volume and audio inputs from an IR (infrared) remote control the size of a credit card.
Dual input connectionsPlease remain seated. The SB300 soundbar keeps you connected to your favorite entertainment sources without making you get up to swap cables. Dual inputs enable you to connect to TV and Blu-ray Disc™ or audio sources simultaneously.
Modern designStreamlined curves and a minimal footprint combine to make the SB300 soundbar fit in with your décor and flat-screen TV. Long and powerful, the soundbar attaches to the wall below your screen or rests on your television cabinet, standing out as a piece of design while camouflaging itself as part of your overall entertainment system.
From the manufacturer:
- SB 300 Subwoofer:
- Low-frequency transducers: 200mm (8") cone
- Enclosure type: Ported (down-firing)
- Amplifier power: 100 watts
- Frequency response: 42Hz – 200Hz (–3dB)
- Audio controls: Volume, phase, crossover frequency
- Power requirement: 120V – 240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz, 160W
- Power consumption: 1W standby; 160W maximum
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 483mm x 362mm x 362mm (19" x 14-1/4" x 14-1/4")
- Weight: 11.1kg (24.5 lb)
* All-Inclusive Everything you need to turn your TV into a home theatre is included:
an amplified soundbar with audio cables and wall-mount brackets, a wireless powered
subwoofer and a quick-start guide.
* Optimized Performance The soundbar and subwoofer drivers are designed and custom-built
to work together as a single system, delivering better overall performance than stand-alone
components for more realistic movie and music experiences.
* Front Soundbar One sleek component – integrating left and right speakers, amplifiers and
controls – is styled with the distinctive JBL® Weave design to complement the look of flat-panel
TVs. May be placed on a tabletop with the TV or wall-mounted with included hardware.
* Dolby® Virtual Speaker Creates a virtual 5.1-channel surround-sound experience from just
two speakers inside the soundbar – ultimately resulting in a more compelling and immersive
soundstage for your entertainment.
* DTS® and Dolby Digital Decoding Accurate reproduction of digital audio sources.
* Wireless Powered Subwoofer An 200mm (8-inch), 100-watt subwoofer for deep, satisfying
bass without speaker wires. May be placed near any convenient power outlet.
* IR Remote A credit-card-sized remote controls system power, volume and audio inputs.
Again, for those of you who can't or wont read :)
There are a couple things you have to keep in mind if you choose this soundbar. This product appears to be designed to connect directly to your TV, as its connections are limited to an optical and RCA connects.
I mention this because generally people have more than 2 devices connected to your TV. This really isn't a problem assuming you aren't using a TV from 1982 :) You just connect your devices through the TV (which does make the setup and use of this product simpler, eliminating the need for changing audio inputs constantly every time you switch between devices).
The JBL SB 300 unlike some others, can be wall-mounted with the included brackets or placed in front of your TV. Once you've decided where you're going to put it, move the speaker's EQ switch to Wall or Table to optimize the equalization for your chosen placement scenario.
One major advantage to this product is the adjustable frequency control and volume on your subwoofer. This control is invaluable, especially when living in an apartment or shared residence. It gives you the ability to adjust the boom simply, quickly and just right.
Last word on the SB 300? The sound quality is exceptional. I may venture to say best in its price range next to the Harman Kardon SB16 (click to view) which has a more basic look with essentially the same features. So if you're not into the modern / funky look of the JBL SB300 and depending on price I'd take one or the other in this price range.
OH and if I didn't say it before, HO HO HO!