Understand what the soundbar is, how it works, and where to use it.
The soundbar is a sound enhancement developed to improve the audio capability of flat-panel TVs, whether LCD, LED or Plasma. The idea is to offer a quality sound in a product that has a more accessible format since it does not require ample spaces to be installed. There are simple soundbars, made up of two speakers and more complex models, that add subwoofers and multiple speakers to create virtual surround sound across multiple channels.
Although it does not replace a home theater, the soundbar turns out to be an often cheaper and quality alternative. Next, check out some of the central points of this type of sound equipment and see how it works, where to use and whether it’s worth investing.
The best available soundbars rely on multiple speakers to present a more engaging sound type, called “virtual surround.” The term “virtual” is significant because it denounces the fact that although the offered sound is superior to what the TV can produce alone, the surround effect does not reach the same quality and immersion as possible with the use of a real system.
Having this limitation in mind is crucial before investing in such a device, since the sound quality may disappoint anyone looking for the cinema sound of a home theater.
Active x passive sound
There are two types of soundbar: active and passive calls. The active ones, which are the most common, are built to house all the components, amplifiers and speakers required for its operation. This way the installation is very simple, and there is no need to have cables running towards the other speakers.
The passive soundbar is not so common and, unlike the active, have some external elements, which need to be connected via cable. That increases the complexity of the installation, it distributes some wires across the room and requires more space. The advantage of the passive is the sound quality, usually higher than the active ones.
Some soundbars stand out for connectivity. In addition to being able to install the accessory on the TV to the audio outputs of the TV, some can be operated via remote control and paired via Bluetooth. This feature may be appealing for those who want to connect the phone to the sound bar to listen to music, for example.
Always keep an eye on the sound outputs offered by your TV and those available on the soundbar that interests you. As a rule, complete models feature HDMI, standard audio input, and optical signal input. Some even have USB, ideal for connecting a pen drive full of music, for example.
If possible, give preference to soundbars that have built-in subwoofers. The use of the extra devices guarantees much more intense bass and a more vibrant sound overall.