Soundbars appeared on store shelves relatively recently, and their appearance is inextricably linked with the improvement of TV sets. Every year the latter are becoming thinner and “frameless”. Modern televisions look quite impressive, but there is absolutely no room for full-size speakers in thin housings. As a result, the sound of many even top-of-the-line TVs is inferior in quality to many budget systems. And today we are going to discuss how to choose the best soundbar for projector!
Advantages of Sound Projectors (Soundbars)
- compact dimensions
- low weight
- easy installation
- minimal wiring
- placement on a wall, shelf, or rack
Based on this, there is no need to find space in your room for each of the components of a multi-channel (5.1 or 7.1) audio system. For a review of new soundbar models, see the article Best soundboards for a small home theater in the living room.
No matter how you look at it, the main parameter of any audio solution is sound quality, although often the user buys acoustics “blindly” in an online store, paying attention to the functionality, equipment, and appearance. One of the best sound projectors by this parameter is Yamaha YSP-2200, which is equipped with 16 speakers with excellent sound quality, but in order to provide the right surround sound effect, such equipment needs to be adjusted to the specific conditions of the room. For this purpose, you need to connect a microphone to the sound projector and put it in the center of the room, which will allow the system to choose the optimal sound parameters by itself while playing test signals.
Pay Attention to The Way the Subwoofer Is Connected – To Its Inputs
AUX is an analog input for connecting audio equipment. It usually refers to 3.5 or 6.3 mm jack (“jack”, TRS, TRRS). Most smartphones, players, laptops, tablets and computers can be connected to it.
S/PDIF coaxial – looks indistinguishable from analog RCA, but is used to transmit digital audio, including multi-channel audio. You can use regular RCA cables of short length (up to 50 cm) to connect to this standard.
S/PDIF optical (Toslink) – An optical connector of the S/PDIF digital standard. Less susceptible to interference than coaxial.
USB – a wide-range digital data connector, can also be used for digital audio. Before using this connector, check the instructions for what it is intended for.
HDMI is a modern connector for high-speed digital transmission of audio and video data, supporting multichannel sound. This is the connector you should preferably use for high quality audio.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can successfully replace audio cables, especially since more and more televisions are equipped with these interfaces.
Soundbars capable of connecting to a local network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi may also have support for DLNA, a technology that makes it easier to share media content with other devices.
Connecting the soundbar via NFC is as simple as possible – all you need to do is to bring a device that supports this interface to it.
The total output power affects the maximum volume of the soundbar. Devices with a total power of up to 100 W will be suitable for “sounding” home TV sets installed in small-sized rooms – up to 20m2.
The power of the subwoofer must be approximately twice as big as the power of the soundbar itself – only in this case, its sound will not “sag” at maximum volume.
The width of the panel is chosen by many based on aesthetic considerations (e.g. to match the width of the TV). At the same time, the greater the width of the panel, the further the right and left channels can be separated, and the stronger the stereo effect will be.
And in the end, don’t forget that the material of the soundbar and subwoofer enclosure can also have an effect on sound quality. The enclosure must shield the “unnecessary” sound coming from the rear side of the speakers, and materials with high sound-absorbing characteristics are better suited for this purpose. That’s it! We hope you enjoyed this article! Share your opinion in the comments!