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The Soundbar. An Aesthetically Bundled Audio Solution

by Stone Glidden

Over the past 33 years, Stone Glidden has helped thousands of clients enhance their lives through technology, often riding the wave of latest and greatest. Today we’ll revisit a mainstay of AV solutions … the soundbar, and highlight how it’s evolved into a highly effective solution for modern homes. The truth is standard TV Audio tends to be lacking. While the visual quality in today's TV market has evolved beautifully, audio has not kept up. Enter the enhanced functionality of Soundbars.

Many, many times spaces is at an absolute premium. One of our trademarks is sleek elegant, design in a way that complements the space. We have had many a meeting in our King of Prussia showroom focused on wisely utilizing a listening and/or viewing area. Often times a minimalist approach with maximum audio and visual quality wins the day.

As the choices in mounting options for TVs grow, so do the challenges in speaker placement. Thin, lightweight displays can be mounted above the mantle, above a slim console, or on an open wall. So, where do you place the speakers? While in-walls offer an elegant solution, installing them is not always feasible. Enter the soundbar and its versatile installation and feature options.
Many leading audio manufacturers offer a soundbar solution, an all-in-one speaker system that delivers high-quality audio without requiring the space of a home theater receiver and surround sound speaker system. Mounted or placed below your display, they offer exceptional sound and stunning design. A remarkable improvement to your TV’s speakers, the soundbar features a center channel and often a full LCR (left, center, and right channels) experience. Some are designed to be paired with surround speakers and a subwoofer while others replicate full surround sound.
While they’re not exactly new to the marketplace, many of their features are. Connectivity, control and quality are prevalent across today’s models, offering conveniences such as music streaming, wireless connectivity, simple IR learning for integrated control through your current remote and even Alexa-integrated voice control!

Speaking of which…Denon “unleashes dramatic sound” with their HEOS soundbar solutions. Their HomeCinema package delivers true wide range high fidelity audio with its soundbar, Wi-Fi speaker, and subwoofer. The HEOS Bar “breaks the sound barriers” by delivering exceptional performance while retaining the elegance of a slimline soundbar. This brilliant Bar doubles as an audio streaming solution with the added advantage of, yep, Amazon Alexa voice control.

The Sonos Playbar is another great example. It features Trueplay software that measures the room and fine tunes the sound to fit and fill the space. Playbar is a versatile unit that makes games, movies, sports and music come alive!

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Sonance offers its soundbar with an exclusive, patent-pending adjustable-width design that perfectly matches your 50”-80” display. Sonance’s minimalist, industrial design complements any décor, and paired with Sonance surround speakers and subwoofer, the sound is sweet perfection.

The Proof Is in the Pudding

Listen and compare, that's the ticket. Give us a ring at (610) 270-2850 or drop us a line Here. Check out the functionality and audio quality for yourself in our King of Prussia showroom.