Onkyo Launch new range of soundbars

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  1. Steve Withers

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    Better late than never as the Japanese manufacturer enters the fast growing soundbar market

    As modern TVs get slimmer, their sound gets worse - we all know that. The traditional remedy has been to invest in an AV receiver and multi-channel surround speaker system. However, the reality is that not everybody can either physically accommodate or afford such an option. As a result the demand for soundbars has exploded in recent years and now it's the turn of Onkyo to enter this highly lucrative market with their new range. Onkyo's aim is to bring cinematic sound to listening rooms where space or budget preclude use of a multi-speaker surround-sound setup by introducing two new Envision Cinema soundbar systems and an all-in-one TV-base speaker system.



    The LS-B40 three-way Soundbar, LS-B50 two-way Soundbar with wireless 40 watt subwoofer, and LS-T10 TV speaker system all combine a multi-channel, multi-speaker array with digital signal processing to fill rooms with panoramic, immersive sound.

 As well as boosting the audio quality from TVs, gaming consoles, and media players, these audio systems are simple to use. All require just a single digital cable to connect and are operated using the regular TV remote controller - they come with preprogrammed IR codes for nine TV brands and learning ability for others. These products can also double as home hi-fi systems with Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming via mobile and PC. USB ports are also included to play audio from flash-memory-based media players such as smartphones, tablets, and mass storage-class devices.



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    Both the Soundbars pack eight drivers (six full-range drivers and two ring-radiator tweeters for the LS-B50, and two bass woofers, four mid-range drivers, and two tweeters for the LS-B40) into very compact dimensions. The LS-T10, meanwhile, features a total of six full-range drivers plus an integrated 21 watt subwoofer on its underside, and is designed to slip neatly underneath a television. The LS-B50 adds a separate wireless 40 watt active subwoofer for deeper bass, while the LS-B40 incorporates two bass woofers and a subwoofer pre-out. Supplied wall-mounting kits and IR flashers enable flexible placement.

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All three models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by Onkyo's AuraSphere DSP circuit. Proprietary algorithms for equalisation and sound pressure level management create an immersive field from either regular PCM stereo or Dolby Digital sources.

 Three sound modes optimise the playback of different types of TV content, with News Mode cleaning up and projecting dialogue more intelligibly, Movie Mode shaped for greater realism and impact, and Music Mode equalised for a more balanced and engaging listen.



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    The LS-T10 TV Speaker System retails for £349 and will be available at the end of September. The LS-B50 Soundbar System with wireless 40 watt subwoofer will retail for £449 and will also be available at the end of September. Finally the LS-B40 Soundbar System will retail for £299 and will be available from the end of October.
     

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  2. v1bes316

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    only 40 watts , not even remotely worth the price,
    better getting standard home speakers which you get more wattage for less price.
    what a scam.:lease:
     
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    They look good to me, especially like the Bluetooth function perfect for a bedroom:thumbsup:
     

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