There are tons of different speaker systems available for purchase nowadays and many of them look pretty promising. Some speakers focus on raw power while others try to be more versatile doubling as massive Bluetooth speakers and digital media players. Others try to do it all at the expense of a slightly more complicated setup consisting of multiple speakers to position. Basically consumers have to choose between the minimalistic sound bars or go for multiple speakers. But Sharp has a dedicated lineup that offers more flexibility literally giving you the best of both worlds. Sharp may not be the first company to come up with this idea but the Sharp HT-SL75 is an example of design and flexibility done right.
Sound bars typically have the same width as average 30 to 40-inch TVs or even shorter and have some added thickness so powerful drivers can be incorporated. But the HT-SL75 goes the extra mile measuring 54.5 inches wide while having a thickness of just 1 inch. When placed in front of TV, the sound bar is hardly noticeable although the included stands add a noticeable style to the sound bar. Sound bars this wide typically provide great sound reinforcement for 50-inch TVs and possibly even larger displays. With the speakers placed further apart, the sound has better range which is ideal for setups where the couch is positioned a bit further away from the large display.
But in case you have a much larger TV, the can Sharp HT-SL75 can still be that reliable companion thanks to some unique attachments. The HT-SL75 comes with 2 extra parts called “cover joints” which basically serve as extenders. One of the cover joints extends the width to match typical 60-inch displays while the other is more suitable for 70-inch displays. All you have to do is separate the left and right speaker channels and connect them to the each end of the cover joint so the cover joint becomes this bridge for both components.
If you don’t have the surface area for such a wide sound bar, there are still other possibilities. You can wall mount the entire connected sound bar using the included wall mount brackets and angles. A pattern paper is included as a guide and even the screws for the brackets are included. The other possibility is to make use of the 2 stand bases and stand covers so you can stand up these slim speakers upright and keep them separate for a traditional dual speaker system.
The sound bar lacks its own subwoofer since an external subwoofer is included as a separate component. The subwoofer also doubles as the control unit where you have to make all the appropriate connections. It is a bit odd compared to the usual wireless subwoofer and TX box setup but it does give you fewer components to worry about. The back looks pretty simple anyway as it features both an HDMI input and output terminal along with the usual speaker terminal and audio in.
Other than the cool things you can do when setting up the Sharp HT-SL75 system, there are no features to really play around with. This means no screen, no extra options to tinker, no virtual surround sound, no Wi-Fi and no Bluetooth. It is meant to be connected to the TV and it just works from there. No remote control is included either since you can simply use the TV remote control to adjust the volume. Many other sound bars in the $200 to $300 price range offer nice extras making the HT-SL75 look a bit outdated in that respect.
But a good performance can make up for a lack of features and the Sharp HT-SL75 barely gets there. It is the type of sound bar that can really bring those 50 to 70-inch TVs to life when it comes to range and the subwoofer blows away with the extra bass quite nicely. 50-watt output power may not sound like a lot but it can definitely deliver for large TVs. If you have a smaller TV, an ideal setup would be to use the vertical bases which highlights the flexibility of this sound system.
If you are after decent sound quality for a somewhat higher than average price, the HT-SL75 is a pretty good long-term solution. You get to decide how you want to set it up and you could get better results if you really experiment with the different setups. Once it is time to upgrade to a bigger TV, you won’t have to worry about buying another sound bar thanks to the extra attachments. Sharp definitely has to up its game next year if it wants to stay competitive but as of now, the Sharp HT-SL75 is pretty impressive for a beautifully thin and wide sound bar.
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