Over the past few months, we have featured a few new soundbar systems. The increase in popularity for soundbars have increased substantially over the past year. According to Robert Silva of About.com, “[Soundbar] audio-systems reached $658 million in 2012 – which is an amazing 82 percent increase over 2011. At this pace, sound bar sales are predicted to be as much as $1 billion for 2013.”
There are good and bad sides to soundbars. The biggest selling feature would be the price. Soundbars are relatively cheaper than full home theater systems. Another selling feature, especially for smaller home theaters is the space factor. Soundbars do not take up a lot of space. Wha sets soundbars apart is the audio quality. Listen to a few of them and you will be amazed just how good they sound. We all want quality sound when sitting in our home theater.
The not so good side of soundars is just the fact that you will not have true surround sound. You cannot have a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system since the physical unit of a soundbar is just one piece. Soundbars don’t give the consumer a true surround sound system.
When you compare the pros and cons of soundbars, it’s ultimatley up to the consumer. If price is important than soundbars are perfect but if true surround sound is important, you may not want one. Regardless of which one you prefer, you cannot ignore the rise in popularity with soundbars.
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