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One of the best audiovisual purchases I ever made!,
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This review is from: Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker (Electronics)
We decided during the summer that we needed a soundbar for our Samsung flatscreen TV as with the windows open we had to turn the volume up to about 25 to hear a DVD, and even then it wasn't good enough.
The problem with most soundbars is that they are quite intrusive in size, often designed to fit below a wall-mounted flatscreen. If mounted in front of a table-top TV on a low stand, they looked too big and also cover the remote sensor on the TV!
Step forward the Maxell MXSB-252. It fits underneath the TV and the TV stand sits nicely on top. the platform is very stable, and the set even gives you some sticky gel pads to further stabilise and insulate the TV from the soundbar. It has three HDMI IN and one HDMI OUT connectors, enabling HD connectivity with TV, DVD or Sky box. It has a tiny remote which can be custom-programmed with basic TV functions, enabling the use of that one teeny remote to control TV on/off, channel and volume control, AV input selection and menu ENTER buttons, and of course the soundbar functions - excellent!
As for the sound, well, it has a simulated surround sound like many 2.1 systems, and it is remarkable effective. The sound quality using the HDMI cable is superb, perfectly synchronised with the picture (no lag at all) and the volume is MASSIVE compared to the TV speakers. 70W may not sound like much, but when you consider that gives you a decent bass (30W woofer) which is non-existent on many flatscreens, as well as doubling the front speaker output with better quality speakers all-round, it is a BIG improvement.
In summary, if you have a flatscreen TV and want better sound on a smaller budget, this Maxell soundbar is superb value for money. No, it won't sound like a full home theatre system, but it will sound significantly better than your TV at a fraction of the price. The HD connectivity is a real bonus, and much better than many more expensive and intrusive soundbars you can find out there.
I'd recommend this all day long.