Here, we’ll look at the Soundbars available in Kenya, their prices and features.
In this millennium it’s easy to add phenomenal sound to your window-into-Hollywood thus for a cinema like experience. You don’t even have to spend a fortune saving every little bit of coin you have left to purchase a bona fide multi-channel surround-sound system.
Choosing exactly the right one for your needs isn’t a no brainer; but don’t worry, we’ll explain all the factors you should consider when you go shopping.
Soundbar: A soundbar is essentially a slim speaker system that can be mounted on the wall below your TV, or in front of it on a cabinet. Soundbars emerged as an alternative to poor quality built-in TV speakers. Most are stereo offerings, but some of the beefier once pack enough tech inside to deliver a convincing virtual surround sound experience.
They render a good quality sound which would have not been possible by the solo in built TV speakers thus their superiority displayed.
Below are some of the soundbars available in Kenya at Jumia (2017):
Boston Acoustics TVee 26
Enhance the sound of nearly any TV with the TVee 26 Theater System with Wireless Subwoofer from Boston Acoustics. Designed to sit above or below the display, the soundbar features the company’s Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology and BassTrac circuitry for rich, immersive sound without distortion.
Digital and optical analog inputs provide flexibility, while a mini stereo AUX input connects to your mobile device. Included with the soundbar is a 2.4 GHz wireless subwoofer with frequency hopping for reliable connection. The TVee 26 is easy to use and can be operated using your TV’s remote control.
JBL Soundbar SB 250
It connects wirelessly to its compact, powerful subwoofer, and connects with a single cable to a TV. It can also enhance the view experience with cutting-edge wireless Bluetooth streaming features like JBL SoundShift, which works with your TV and wireless mobile device at the same time to allow you to automatically switch between the audio from your TV and the audio from your phone or tablet.
JBL Cinema SB250 can learn any TV remote volume control, giving you simplified control over your home cinema experience. A wall or table EQ switch calibrates the SB250 for any type of installation and independent volume control of the subwoofer lets you customize bass response to your personal taste.
JBL Soundbar SB 150
The JBL Cinema SB150 lets you introduce big cinema sound to your home for much less than you’d expect. In addition to its powerful yet compact wireless subwoofer, the JBL Cinema SB150 allows you to stream your favorite music from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. Conveniently equipped with 3 different equalizer settings: “News”, “Music” and “Movie” ensures the best listening experience for the different video contents. Order for this JBL Speaker online from Jumia Kenya and have it delivered to you.
You can also separately adjust the subwoofer’s volume for added control over the bass performance. Easily to connect with a single cable to any flat-panel TV, the JBL Cinema SB150 delivers 150W of room rattling audio and promises to be the sound solution your home has been looking for.
HINT: One of the better looking mid-range soundbars available, the JBL SB350 comes with its own wireless subwoofer along with Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity. The sound has been praised by experts and users alike for being powerful, and adjustable levels for the subwoofer means you can set it to give you the bass response that you want.
Soundbase: is similar to a soundbar only that its designed for a TV to stand on. soundbases typically have better bass sound than soundbars because of their larger size, the playing field can be leveled by adding a separate subwoofer to the soundbar system.
They will typically include more bass drivers than a soundbar, meaning most won’t require a separate subwoofer.
Soundbases are often rated by the weight of the TV they can support, and because of the extra space, will often have better audio processing than soundbars.
Soundbars vs Soundbase
If you want to improve your TV’s audio but don’t want a 5.1 surround system cluttering up your living room, you basically have two choices: a soundbar or a soundbase.
Most soundbars you’ll find are 2.1-channel sound setups. That means you’ll get two speakers and a separate subwoofer. There are a few exceptions that bundle subwoofer and even more speakers into one device. The advantage of a wide soundbar is a better stereo experience, but the slim design is also what makes a separate subwoofer pretty much compulsory.
Both soundbars and soundbases sometimes offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to stream content from smartphones, tablets and computers. Physical connections can include USB ports to plug in external hard drives, HDMI inputs and outputs to support Full HD and 3D TV playback. A recent trend is to have a single optical input, that lets you plug everything into your TV, and then a single cable going to the soundbar or soundbase.
Things to look out for when buying a soundbar in Kenya
There are various connectivity options that soundbars come with both input and output. Many soundbars come with HDMI connectivity, along with RCA and 3.5mm stereo connectivity. HDMI being the most appropriate due to the less interruption connections might face compared to wireless connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity is also useful as well, and can be used to wirelessly transmit sound from your TV (if it’s Bluetooth enabled) or connect to smartphones and tablets for music and video.
Size of the room
Is an important factor to consider, most soundbars are not designed for too large rooms making it ideal for small rooms for maximum potential of the sound system.
Prices vary wildly from Kshs 10,000 to the thousands, as do the features they offer: faux surround, real surround, HDMI inputs, digital and analog audio inputs, USB ports, Bluetooth support, subwoofers, and more.
Most products in the market today coms with a warranty packages. The longer the warranty period the better, you should also consider what the warranty package covers for in the product.
Active or Passive
Most soundbars are active and are self-amplified, which means that you simply need to plug it into a power socket, and run standard cables to the source device. However, some soundbars are passive, and will require external amplification to run. This means that you’ll need an amplifier or AV receiver to power the soundbar and receive the source signal, which will be connected using standard speaker cable.
What size sound bar do I need?
Sound bars come in all shapes in sizes: from under a foot long to as tall as a person. While sometimes the larger sound bars offer more drivers and hence a bigger sound, sometimes all you’re paying is for longer boxes.
The length of a soundbar doesn’t correspond directly to the screen size of your TV, as televisions are measured diagonally.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Their drivers are pointed towards the listener: this is something that is very advantageous in comparison to television audio. There are some decent sound bars available in the market that also come with separate woofers and tweeters that have the capability of handling low and high sounds respectively. There are basically tow important varieties of sound bars and they are passive and active sound bars as mentioned earlier. The active sound bars possess amplifiers that are built-in and therefore they are just required to be plugged into the television and the sound can be fetched. Some models of active soundbars also feature modernized surround processing.
- The passive sound bars are very similar to traditional speakers, thus they always need spate receiver that is a bit costly and serves as the central point for the entire video and audio system of the sound bar. Both the versions of sound bars are available at different prices and qualities. Almost all sound bars come along with subwoofers that are generally wireless.
- Size: sound bars are not very deep or tall, but they possess width which might give way to placement issues of sound bars. Most of the sound bars can be easily wall mounted if required. They always require enough space to be placed or to be mounted.
- Sound quality: There are certain sound bars that possess excellent quality of sound and there can be absolutely no doubt about the fact that they always sound better than a television. But the fact is that there are sound bars that do not sound as good as speakers.