Stamford, Conn. – Harman Kardon
launched its first sound bar system, the $599-suggested SB 16 with virtual
surround processing, wireless subwoofer and audio-input switching.
Each left and right speaker channel features two 3-inch midrange drivers
and a 0.75-inch tweeter. The speaker complement is driven by a 2×25-watt
amplifier rated at 20Hz to 20kHz onto 8 ohms with less than 0.07 percent THD
with both channels driven simultaneously.
The sound bar’s jack pack consists
of a stereo analog input for source one. The source two input features both a
coaxial digital input and an optical digital input, allowing for digital
connection of two additional devices, such as a Blu-ray player, set-top box or
game console, the product’s manual shows. The sound bar doesn’t incorporate
Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1-channel decoders, product literature shows.
The sound bar also features a
switchable stereo mode for music playback.
The 4.3-inch by 36.25-inch by 3.5-inch sound bar
can be programmed to respond to a TV remote’s volume, power and source
commands, and an EQ switch adjusts response for wall mounting or table
mounting. An auto turn-on circuit
automatically turns on the subwoofer when an audio signal is present.
The subwoofer’s down-firing
bass-reflex enclosure allows for placement flexibility by loading the sub
against the floor instead of against surrounding walls, the company said. The sub also comes with level, crossover and
A trim switch lets consumers adjust the sound
bar’s input sensitivity so it will work with a variety of TVs with different
audio-signal output levels.