Sound bar sales have been on the upward trajectory year after year. Most major manufacturers and some specialty audio brands already have a range sound bars to cater to those who do not want a full blown home theater system and prefer a simple no hassle set up. Bose is the most obvious example of a specialty audio brand that has entered the sound bar market with its Bose Solo system
Onkyo might be late to the game, but they could be on to something special here with their new range of Envision Cinema products. They have released two soundbars and a compact 2.1 system. The Onkyo LS-B50 and Onkyo LS-T10 sound bars both offer their proprietary AuraSphere surround simulation and Bluetooth. The Onkyo LS3100 is a compact 2.1 system that includes a class D amp to power the speakers, eliminating the need for a full-fledged AV receiver.
The Onkyo LS-B50 soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer while the LS-T10 combine a multi-channel, multi-speaker array with DSP technology. They are simple to set up and only require a single digital cable to connect. These sound bars can be controlled by using a regular TV remote control since both the LS-B50 and LS-T10 are preprogrammed with IR codes for nine major TV brands.
These soundbars double as audio systems for your stored music on your smartphones or audio devices. Its built-in Bluetooth technology enables for wireless audio streaming via mobile and PC. USB ports are also included to play audio from flash-memory-enabled media players such as smartphones, tablets, and mass storage-class devices.
The light and compact LS-B50 has eight drivers – six full-range drivers and two ring-radiator tweeters. The Onkyo LS-T10 has a total of six full-range drivers plus an integrated subwoofer and is designed to be placed under the television. This is neat and tidy.
Both models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by AuraSphere DSP. Advanced algorithms reportedly manage equalization and sound pressure levels in real time to create a realistic 3D immersion field from regular PCM stereo or Dolby Digital sources.
The Onkyo LS-B50 and Onkyo LS-T10 are priced at $699 and $499 respectively. They are not cheap compared to many of those in the market but the reputation of Onkyo’s home theater lineage speaks volumes about the sound quality.