The Sharp HT-SB200 is a sound bar which can offer 32W of power from a 2.1 channel system. This unit will give you the illusion of surround sound through four built in subwoofers and a couple of other drivers. The technology used for achieving this effect is called HDSS which stands for high definition sound standard, but the HT-SB200 is also known for the SRS WOW HD technology which can really enhance the sound quality offered by this system.
A small display panel is placed on the center of the sound bar and it usually shows the current input. If you change the volume, the display will show you how close you are to the maximum value of 60. If this panel distracts you from watching a movie, you can always reduce its intensity. You will notice a few buttons around the display. They are used for switching between the four available modes: Cinema/Game, Standard, News and Sports. You can also adjust the sound modes, inputs and volume from another set of buttons or turn the sound bar on and off.
Setting up the HT-SB200
You will hear sounds which you never heard before in certain movies and the whole experience will be different. This sound bar can’t be compared to 5.1 channel systems, but the surround feel is present. It only appears from time to time, but you can’t ask for more at this price. The bass sounds are far better than what you get from a TV set, but way under the quality offered by a simple subwoofer. It all depends on what you are used to. If you own a 5.1 channel system, this sound bar won’t live up to your expectations, but if you are used to watching movies on your TV without any separate speakers, you will be more than satisfied with what you get.
The lack of a full Dolby Digital or DTS decoder can be noticed since the SRS WOW HD barley increases the size of the sound stage. You will notice this effect, but it can’t really be compared to surround sound systems. The best way to enjoy the effects offered by this system is to find the sweet spot and sit directly into it.
After you make the necessary sound adjustments, the HT-SB200 becomes a reasonable system when it comes to sound quality. It will improve your movie viewing experience and listening to music will certainly become your favorite activity.
Pros and Cons
There are a couple of models in this price range and the HT-SB200 is not necessarily the best. You need to analyze your needs and see if some other sound bar can satisfy them better. The lack of a subwoofer is a clear disadvantage and you will notice it if you are a fan of action movies. The system is not recommended to those who have very large rooms.
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