The Sharp HT-SB300 is a wide and slim sound bar which might be the perfect addition to your living room. You will be surprised to see how such a small sound bar can offer strong and vivid sound. The system contains four woofers which measure 2.25 inches each and 2 mains which measure 1.5 inches each. Their combined force will be enough to fill an entire room with sound at an output of 32W. This means that the system is not a good idea for those who have a large room, but it will work perfectly for those who want to place it in a small or medium sized area. This is one of the cheapest sound bars available and you can find it at under $300.
The sound bar is black and it comes with a simple black grille. You will notice a basic display in the middle.
Setting up the HT-SB 300
You will receive a very small remote which is perfect for basic controls, including the levels of the bass. This remote can also be used on a Sharp Aquos LCD, so if you own one, you should see this as a plus.
There are many audio options available: Dolby digital decoding, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, Dolby Virtual Speaker and DTS. If you plan on using this system with Blu Ray discs, you won’t enjoy the full capability of the movies you are watching, but the HT-SB 300 will perform fairly well for a $300 system.
When watching a movie, you will appreciate the presence of bass sounds, but you won’t feel the action happening around you. Even at maximum volume, the sounds are not powerful and explosions or guns firing won’t seem as real as they would through a real subwoofer. If you switch to SRS WOW HD, you will get a high sense of surround sound, which is amazing when you think about the small price of this sound bar. The movie watching experience can be enhanced with this simple sound bar, but you shouldn’t expect a miracle.
In the end, you will forget that your sound bar is a somewhat simple 2.1 channel system, but you won’t be fooled into thinking that you have a full surround audio unit in the room. The sound offered by this product is good, but not great.
Listing to music is better than watching a movie on the HT-SB300. You won’t feel the lack of a subwoofer that much and the clear and clean sound offered by the system will make you enjoy every note. The system performs admirably when you crank up the volume to maximum, but it works perfectly if you keep the volume at a medium level.
Pros and Cons
On the other hand, the system is not that great if you want to watch movies and don’t plan on getting a subwoofer.
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