"Power Bars" For Your Ears: Single Speaker Surround Sound

"Power Bars" For Your Ears: Single Speaker Surround Sound

Joel Pirela
Nov 11, 2010

When you don't have the need or space to place 5 giant speakers for your surround sound system, home theater bar speakers are a good compromise of footprint and sound quality. They manage to consolidate multiple channels into one sleek box that also imparts a sense of surround experience.

Aperion Audio SlimStage 30
More than just a sound bar, this system comes with decoders, amplifiers, and speakers rolled into one unit. It's small but heavy and includes plenty of hi-tech factor. Gloss black metal grille hides 6 drivers and 4 passive radiators inside; keeping the tweeters as separated as possible. The woofer's array are placed at the bottom of the bar, firing downward. It has a plastic cover that hides the connectors that it's removable, so connecting the sources is a snap. Also the LCD panel provides with basic information. Sound quality in stereo playback mode is quite warm and with a lot of bass but quite pleasant for a do it all device.

Yamaha YSP-4100
This is a digital sound projector, with a distinctive look and loads of essential control buttons and informative display. Four HDMI inputs and even a Jack for FM antenna which is also Sirius XM ready. A full feature remote control is included. The features are quite extensive: it has 40 tweeters and 2 individually powered midrange drivers. This array creates beam modes that can convey sound field width and depth that few other soundbars can match. It comes with a wireless iPod dock that can connect to up to 66 feet from the unit.

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