In the past interior design seemedpretty simple. Buy a gigantic bit o blackplastic, the TV, and orm the housearound it. Position urniture within itsgravitational eld and keep it withinvisual reach o the kitchen. Easy!Then things changed.
TVs became pretty. Thinner than catwalk models,moulded o glass and brushed metals and someeven emitting rays o careully chosen light.You switch it on and the visual perormance isconsummate to the design. But then there’s thesound. The thin, sleek design oten doesn't allowor an equally impressive audio.
Featured here, thePhilips 42PFL7406H, rumoured to bedue in December, throws light onto your wall in response to the on-screen image
Something needed to happen ast.
For those willing to put in the eort, separatein-wall speakers or box speakers are the solution.There’s no degree o picture quality that will giveyou goose bumps like an amazing sound system.Having said that, or all their personality, they willrequire space, cabling and, in some cases,a divorce.
Our system of choice:
The MK SoundS150THX – it probably reminds you othat girl that you reused to introduce toyour mother, but it sounds absolutelyamazing – demo by appointment only
The sound bar is the happy medium. Greatsound without the cables and eort o a ullsurround system.
On a sour note:
The new LG EM960055" TV is a thing o beauty and as thickas a pencil, but just don't expect to gettrue audio
Sound bars come in a dizzying array o brands,eatures and technologies, so here’s an attempt atnarrowing down the correct choice. Let’s considerthe Wintal WSB11 and the ull Yamaha range o 8sound bars.
Virtual 7.1 or just good sound?
Sound bars will either ocus on the soundquality only or attempt to give the impression oimmersive sound coming rom all angles. Yamahaare pioneers o virtual surround, oering ‘AirSurround’ or 'IntelliBeam'. For smaller rooms AirSurround might be ne, but oddly shaped roomsor larger rooms will probably be more suited toIntelliBeam. IntelliBeam literally uses the wallso the room to bounce the sound waves at thecorrect angle.
By monitoring the sound with the suppliedmicrophone and analysing it, IntelliBeamautomatically sets the best beam angles andmode, and optimises the level and requencyresponse o each beam. This makes initial setupboth extremely simple and acoustically perect.
Yamaha'sIntelliBeam technology uses audiorefections to not simply simulate rear audio — but to actually create it!
Will 2013 be the yearof the Sound Bar?
At last count, our manuacturer o theWintal WSB11 Sound Bar and WirelessSubwooer, was selling 60,000-70,000 unitsper month into the US.
One o the most popular models in the US. Featuringa wireless subwooer, HDMI Switching and asurprising amount o power.
2.1CH Sound bar witH wireleSS Sub
2x HDMI Inputs / 2x DIgItal Inputs
Sound Bar Market
$100m$200m$300m$400m2008 2009 2010 2011USA GermanyJapan
Thus ar, the US is the rst major marketto embrace the sound bar.