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Models listed as "soundbar" do not include a subwoofer. A soundbase includes a built-in subwoofer.
Wi-Fi connections allow your speaker to be incorporated into a wireless home network to play music stored on your local drive, in the cloud or on your smart device, as long as it's also connected to your home network.
Multiple HDMI inputs allows you to connect different devices into the soundbar such as a PVR, Blu-ray player or games console and switch between devices to listen to and watch on the TV. If a soundbar only has an optical input then you need to plug the devices into the TV and use the audio out function from the TV to the soundbar.
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The overall score is made up of stereo sound quality (40%), multi-channel sound quality (30%), ease of use (20%), remote control (5%) and standby energy (5%).
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Ease of use score
We check how easy it is to use the connections, calibration options, on-screen and front panel displays, as well as the manual and any other instructions that come with the product.
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Stereo listening panel score
The soundbars are placed in a typical small lounge room (4 x 5m) with furnishings, and calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Our three audio industry expert listeners appraise them for their ability to cope with stereo dialogue and music. A newscast makes up 50% of the stereo assessment, while 'Fast Car' by Tracy Chapman and 'New Dorp. New York' by SBTRKT and are used to assess music quality, at 25% each.
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Multi-channel listening panel score
The soundbars are placed in a typical small lounge room (4 x 5m) with furnishings, and calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Our three audio industry expert listeners appraise them for their ability to cope with 5.1 channel film audio. They pay particular attention to the soundbar's ability to produce an immersive surround sound experience, and dialogue clarity.
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Standby energy score
We measure the amount of power the soundbar uses when in standby mode and give it a percentage rating.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Annual standby energy cost
- Overall score
- Stereo listening panel score
- Multi-channel listening panel score
- Ease of use score
- Remote score
- Standby energy score
- Good points
- Bad points
- HDMI-ARC support
- Video switching
- HDMI input
- Automatic Room Calibration
- Wall mountable
- Wireless subwoofer
- Wireless surround speakers
- Subwoofer speaker orientation
- Multi-channel claim
- Internal speakers
- Soundbar dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
- Subwoofer dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
- Soundbar weight (kg)
- Subwoofer weight (kg)
- Country of manufacture