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Home Cinema & Soundbars

Home Cinema & Soundbars

In order to form an immersive and memorable movie viewing experience at home, you're going to need to rely on an external set of components, and not the very basic loudspeakers your television will most likely possess. As TVs have become thinner and thinner, unfortunately, so has the sound element of these sets. Picking the right television for picture quality is essential, but when it comes to sound - it's better to go with a set of stereo speakers, a full surround sound package, or a dedicated soundbar/sound-base

We have a large number of soundbars and sound-bases on display here at HifiGear, as well as a number of different surround sound packages and AV receivers to suit every budget. If you're interested in experiencing a full surround sound set-up, or wish to to see exactly how much of an improvement a soundbar makes; give us a call on 01432 354921 and book a demonstration at a time convenient for you. 

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Latest reviews for Home Cinema & Soundbars

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Sonos Playbar

Very Good TV Sound, And Extra Sonos Zone For Free

My Panasonic TV sound was very poor in quality, so I jumped at the chance when I heard about the new Playbar. I already had 3 zones of Sonos for music, and new I have another via the Playbar. Set up was child's play, and the extra bass depth and voice intelligibility on TV sound makes this one of the best tech equipments I have purchased. Fast delivery from Hifi Gear too.

Onkyo TX-NR3010 AV Receiver

Bags Of Power And Facilities

Onkyo have had a habit of producing a lot of award winning amplifiers in the past few years and have a range to rival any of their competitors. In the high end series you have 3 potential options I chose the middle model to trail out for a few weeks and to see what you get for £2000. Design & Construction Now for the boring part, as you would expect the TX-NR3010 comes with a host of connections and no less than 9 HDMI inputs and two outputs, so you shouldn’t have problems wiring in your multiple high definition devices. The speaker options are many with the main system being a 9.2 channel amp (& for all you people who don’t think that’s enough you have an 11.4 analogue output to fulfil your entire home cinema needs) & 160 watts per-channel will be more than ample to power your speakers. As with most AV receiver’s you have a range of networking options to make it the hub of your entertainment such as internet radio, last.fm & Spotify & with the ability to play all of your flac & apple loss less files quality music is just a fingertip away. Performance When it came to giving this a good I try out I decided to attack it on three fronts, 1-Bluray 2-Gaming & 3 music streaming. BLU-RAY On the blu-ray front I went with star trek and from the opening volley of shots I was blown away with the power, the base was hard but but with no loss detail dealing exceptionally well with a difficult start. Where the amp really came into it’s on was the first warp jump the dynamics were mind blowing, I was expecting to lose a little of the detail but it was composed & controlled. GAMING On the gaming front I went with my favourite game Mass effect 3, this has the feel of summer blockbuster with massive movie sequences & intense game play , from the sharpness of the dialog in the attack on earth to the massive base drops of the reaper attack the onkyo dealt with the dynamics beautifully. In solid game play the separation of gun fire & vocals was tight & clear with a layer of depth I hadn’t heard on my previous amp. MUSIC/2 CHANNEL When it came to music I listened to Linkin Parks ‘a thousand suns’ this was a little more experimental and cutting edge and used numerous genres but I find it really does test most systems. In the track ‘waiting for the end’ the amp makes the most of the rip soaring ballad, the verses are subtle with great depth & explode with chester’s massive chorus. When it comes to the harsher ‘wretches & kings’ again the amp deals with harshness & power with confidence. Conclusion As I said in the beginning there are a lot of high end amps on the market, and at this price point you would expect a lot for your money and I’m happy to say at the Onkyo delivers on almost everything. The amp has no problem with power, but it’s how it controls that power that really impresses, no matter the input. Detail is not the sharpest out there but with the right speakers and set up its no issue.