Archive for category Sound Bars
“I finished up with “Blade Runner 2049.” Pretty much the entire movie is an aural demo, so I just l went with the introductory credits and first scene. From the moment the music started, I was hit with a wall of sound. The haunting soundtrack didn’t just hit me from the front though; there was a real presence coming from above and from the sides. It was more like I was within a bubble of sound and I was completely immersed in the experience. Considering the $499.99 list price, this level of involvement with a soundtrack is really impressive. Once K enters the replicant’s home, I wasn’t let down either, with no issues picking up the subtle sounds from the boiling pot, nor of hearing the back and forth speech between K and his replicant target. Once the fight broke out, all the thumps and crashes were nicely weighted, and the surrounds did their part to add extra ambiance and effects where called for.”
I wanted to duck as I scampered with Wick through Rome’s catacombs, trying to elude assassins whose bullets whizzed over my head and ricocheted behind me off the cavern’s walls. And, as if the HW-N950 wanted to prove it could convey subtle as well as spectacular, it made me feel like I was one of them during the scene portraying a room filled with operators plugging and unplugging their switchboards, chattering on their phones, and clacking on their typewriters. Dialogue was also rendered clearly, too, even when Reeves spoke in low, emotionless tones.
But it was the film’s special effects, of course, that best highlighted the benefits of the HW-N950’s upward- and side-firing speakers. They filled the fairly large (about 25 by 16 feet wide) room with sound like I’ve never experienced before, despite the room being less-than-ideal for bouncing audio waves off the walls and ceiling. The ceiling is just 8 feet high, but it slopes away from the soundbar at the front of the room. There is a nice, full wall about 10 feet to the left of the soundbar, but the right side opens to a hallway. Yet whether I was listening to knives slashing at the air or bullets whizzing overhead, the directional movement was remarkably realistic.