Often in our quest for theater quality of sound we invest in audio set-ups now known as a Home-Theater in a Box. These are low-cost set-ups that deliver an experience that is normally tenable for a layman who does not care much about audio detail, but rather just wants the surround sound swishing effect. While doing so one major trade-off is clutter because these set-ups normally have multiple speakers that have wires dangling all over the place, which basically means that the look of the room goes for a toss. Of late, companies have started making virtual surround sound systems that dramatically reduce the number of speakers with a large speaker bar that tries to mimic the surround sound effect by way of bouncing the sound waves from near by opaque surfaces. These systems are easier to install, look much better and normally don’t have many wires. The LG Speaker Bar is another system that is of this kind but also adds a wireless woofer module that further reduces the clutter. Let’s see if it can provide a solid sonic experience while looking good at the same time.
Bose has launched two new virtual home theatre solutions in India – the Lifestyle 135 and the CineMate 1 SR home theatre systems. Bose has incorporated some unique proprietary technologies in both the home theatre systems such as its PhaseGuide Technology, which facilitates larger soundscape and Unify technology (Lifestyle 135 only), which acts like a hub for the users content sources. More →