If you’ve been waiting for the launch of Creative Technology’s Stage 360 in the Indian market, your wait is over — the company’s revolutionary soundbar is now available on Flipkart.
The Stage 360 soundbar, a hugely popular sound device in the affordable category, has impressed the surround sound ecosystem in India with its performance. Users in East and South-East Asia, where the soundbar has performed exceptionally well in the affordable segment, applaud its ‘premium,’ ‘powerful,’ and ‘marvelous’ performance. Finally, the Indian music enthusiasts, who have longed for its commercial release in the country, can rejoice.
Equipped with premium technologies, Stage 360 has set a new performance bar for the next few launches in this category. Industry insiders believe that the soundbar, although launched in the affordable category, is giving tough competition to premium devices.
Stage 360 is perhaps the first soundbar in the affordable segment to come with the latest version of Dolby Atmos – Dolby Atmos 5.1.2. The technology gives a premium home theater feel by creating a lifelike, multi-dimensional sound experience. It delivers incredible, real-world sound to the home and offers an immersive, 360º audio experience bringing home entertainment — an experience that’s quite unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
“The newest addition to Dolby’s surround sound family, Dolby Atmos 5.0 is a fully immersive audio experience that allows you to feel like you’re in the middle of the action. This revolutionary technology delivers an astonishingly realistic soundscape — better clarity and sound separation, wider listening angles, and much better overall sound quality — that immerses you in a movie like never before,” a Creative Technology executive told the publication.
When choosing a soundbar for home, one must remember how big it must be. For example, if the living room is small, you may want to go for a soundbar that isn’t too big. Alternatively, if you want to incorporate it into a larger home theater setup, ensure it’ll fit well.
Creative’s minimalist design ensures that Stage 360 is an aesthetically pleasing machine. If you want to enhance your TV with a soundbar, you should ensure that the device you buy matches your living room’s decor and the other equipment you have. The existing users of Stage 360 we interviewed said it matched their environment perfectly. The soundbar can be seamlessly integrated into any kind of traditional or modern decor. It blends in with the other equipment the buyer already has in the living room.
Stage 360 is powered by 115 x 250 x 422 mm/4.5 x 9.8 x 16.6-inch tower-sized subwoofer. The subwoofer has a power output of 60W RMS and a 5.25′ high excursion driver. At 56.5 cm/22.2″ wide, Stage 360 doesn’t occupy much space in your living room. But despite its small size, the soundbar delivers an exceptionally powerful sound in both open but crowded areas and closed spaces with few people. This attribute of Stage 360 makes it perfect for all types of gatherings with friends and family, from evening parties to weekend Netflix and chill sleepovers.
“You can optimize your listening experience regardless of distance with Creative Stage 360’s dual sound placement features. Select near-field placement for setup distance within 3 ft / 1m from your seat placement, such as a desk, or switch to far-field placement via the IR remote control if your setup is beyond 3 feet/1 meter,” Creative Technology says.
Established in Singapore in 1981 by billionaire entrepreneur Sim Wong Hoo, Creative Technology is one of the largest manufacturers and developers of entertainment sound equipment. The company has emerged as a pioneer in audio technology and innovation in the last few decades. In the late 1980s, the company created a sensation by launching the revolutionary Sound Blaster sound card.
In 2016, Creative launched X-Fi Sonic Carrier, a hi-res audio and video delivery system for home entertainment which is often referred to as the ‘future of audio.’
In 2018, the company launched a revolutionary technology for headphones called Super X-Fi Headphone Holography. Super X-Fi’s is unique as it creates a custom audio profile using artificial intelligence, based on a person’s unique anthropometry.
The technology uses computational audio to emulate a multi-speaker studio listening experience in headphones, replicating the same original depth, detail, realism, and expansiveness as a studio. Its SXFI CARRIER, based on Super X-Fi® Headphone Holography, is also available in the Indian market. Developed by the company in association with Dolby Laboratories, the SXFI CARRIER brings some of the best features of the iconic 15.2 Sonic Carrier but at a fraction of the price.
Creative’s Stage 360, too, has been received well. The soundbar was recently named one of the ‘best budget soundbars’ by Tech Advisor. It has also received the highly-regarded Silver award at Cowcotland.