NEWS: Nakamichi unveils new Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 eARC soundbar system

Derek S-H

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That's a tremendous price and it seems you get a lot for your money.

But you've still got the perennial issue of cables everywhere, and will they be long enough?
 

HeavenlyWarrior

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You had me until I saw the price then my wallet jumped out of my back pocket, ran across the room then gave me the middle finger whilst running out of the room cursing.
 

antsims

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Forgive me, but what's the point of this, if we can't buy it in the UK?
 

invisiblekid

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Really want a replacement of the annoyingly buggy Samsung POC I have.

But this doesn’t have “UK bound” stamped on the boxes. So…..?
 

Captain Ron

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Doubt we'll see this in the UK thanks to the gift that keeps giving unless some specialist cooks up a direct import and that will no doubt push up the price. Shame because it looks the business spec wise. Dual external subs with a soundbar! That's taking it next level.
 

invisiblekid

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If you want to self import via eBay it's £1600 all in (inc import taxes), as far as I can tell.

of course you buggered if it goes wrong

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invisiblekid

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Unfortunately, this one that is for sale is the older model without all the little improvements.
Duh, so it is. Was early in the morning (for me)

Gutted these are not easier to get hold of. I refuse to buy Samsung anything ever again and this seemed a great product both old and new models.

£1600 would have been a good price for the newest one given its journey, but you'd want the latest one if you're going to risk it.
 

Doomlord_uk

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First thing I thought when I saw the pic was 'SoundSpace' =)

Hate the Shockwafe label though... but, a Nak's a Nak and that's ne'er a bad thing!

Colour me very interested in this set-up too. Maybe by the time it hits these shores I'll be able to afford it. Twins subs is always a bit of a turn-on for me, and if they actually do 20Hz, that's probably also a first for any 'sound bar' system.
 

muljao

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As great as I am sure this is, the whole idea of a sound bar imo is simplicity and less wires. This has less wires than a dedicated amp and speakers but still a lot.
 

Derek S-H

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As great as I am sure this is, the whole idea of a sound bar imo is simplicity and less wires. This has less wires than a dedicated amp and speakers but still a lot.
Yes, I said something similar.

The YouTube review link provided by @Grazina31 also suggested that it's far from a perfect system, because what you gain in soundstaging and immersion from having all those extra speakers, you lose in the quality of the actual sound from those speakers.

So, it would appear you have a choice to make: more sound but lower quality versus less sound but better quality. And the Soundbar itself, a key component regarding the Centre channel, doesn't appear to be up to scratch.

I guess they could only do much with the budget.
 

Captain Ron

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Having no upfiring drivers in the surrounds is a bit of a negative. Having to sacrifice planar surround channels for more height action and vs versa is not very elegant as a surround solution.
 

Doomlord_uk

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But you've still got the perennial issue of cables everywhere, and will they be long enough?
Not an insoluble problem :) Compared to the overall system cost, an extra few meters of speaker wire for the rear and side speakers would hardly be an issue.
the whole idea of a sound bar imo is simplicity and less wires
Yes, and I think for the front channels a soundbar works perfectly. A big system like this enables you to retain that benefit, whilst also adding proper discrete surround channels and an actual pair of decent subs. So I guess it's 'in the middle' as a solution, but still a great one IMO.

Having no upfiring drivers in the surrounds is a bit of a negative.
Depends on if you care about Atmos. I don't, myself. Not saying they shouldn't have thought about that, but I kinda feel "Atmos", especially when its just 'upwards-pointed tweeters' is a bit over-rated. I'm happier to see money going into twin subs, a la SoundSpace of old.
 

Tegs200

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Not an insoluble problem :) Compared to the overall system cost, an extra few meters of speaker wire for the rear and side speakers would hardly be an issue.

Yes, and I think for the front channels a soundbar works perfectly. A big system like this enables you to retain that benefit, whilst also adding proper discrete surround channels and an actual pair of decent subs. So I guess it's 'in the middle' as a solution, but still a great one IMO.


Depends on if you care about Atmos. I don't, myself. Not saying they shouldn't have thought about that, but I kinda feel "Atmos", especially when its just 'upwards-pointed tweeters' is a bit over-rated. I'm happier to see money going into twin subs, a la SoundSpace of old.
I feel the same and why I I went for a full Sonos set up with Sub and ones with the option of a second sub , I know its not for everyone but after returning my LG flagship bar which was terrible the sound of the Sonos and the build quality is on another level , all the best with what ever you buy.
 

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