Archive for category Sound Bars
“Is the Cadence worth $1,299 as a standalone soundbar? Yes. Should you also get the wireless sub? Yes, unequivocally. If budgetary requirements force you to opt out of one element, I’d say to get the Cadence and Dynamo sub now, then save for the Bravado surrounds. The complete system performs exceedingly well and has a bleeding-edge feature set, and thus it is priced appropriately. Yes, $3,100 is a lot of money and can buy you a lot of things. But in my opinion, this is a high-end product that is well engineered and performs exceedingly well. It’s a no-brainer for someone who wants to take their home theater to the next level without adding the hassle of a dedicated surround sound system. The bottom line is that this is an epic, game-changing home theater solution that’s simple to set up, will play back just about anything you want, and will do so brilliantly.
This seemed like the right moment to demo a drummer-led band. Billy Cobham’s debut solo album, Spectrum (LP), veers between Mahavishnu Orchestra–like intensity (with Jan Hammer’s keys providing the manic repetitive flourishes) and the suave horn charts of Cobham’s subsequent albums. The satellites delighted in both the buzzy, distorted keyboard textures and the sassy timbre of the horns, saxes, and flute. Cobham is a busy and vigorous drummer, and with the sub dialed in, his rolling, stuttering line of percussive thought had just the right combination of punch and decay. With the beats coming hard and fast, the sub’s lack of overhang was refreshing.”
The Bluesound PULSE Soundbar is a very nice, well designed, high-end lifestyle soundbar. It has a warm, neutral, flat-response sound that will appeal to audiophiles who prefer few or no enhancements to the sound of the original source media. My initial reaction was reserved, but after an ample break-in period, and some time getting used to softer highs and rich mids, I really liked this speaker. The matching Bluesound PULSE Sub adds some depth to the already impressive response of the Soundbar itself, and its design allows it to be hidden virtually anywhere”