Review: Boston Acoustics TVee 30 Soundbar
When is a soundbar more than just a soundbar? When it’s also a wireless music player. The TVee model 30 provides a virtual surround sound experience from one slim cabinet plus a wireless subwoofer, but beyond that, it allows you to wirelessly connect your iPhone or other mobile device via Bluetooth so you can play your stored music (or even streamed content like Pandora) over the speaker system. eCoustic’s Caleb Denison recently spent some time with the TVee 30 and had this to say:
Though the subwoofer in this system isn’t likely to set off any car alarms in the area, it does deliver some punctual bass and does it with a finesse we just don’t expect to see in a product at this price point.
The soundbar itself also sounded great. Though it lacks some of the musical refinements we might expect to hear from some of Boston Acoustics’ stand-alone bookshelf speakers, it gets pretty close…
On the other hand, to say that the Tvee Model 30 “serves its purpose” would be a gross understatement. The sound quality it delivers doesn’t just provide its listener with better sound than a TV’s speakers can provide, it delivers really great sound capable of reaching some seriously healthy volumes. We’ve seen plenty of iPod docks around the Tvee Model 30’s price range that can’t deliver half the sound it can, let alone provide virtual surround sound and bass big enough to shake the windows.
About the virtual surround: We’re generally not big fans of fake surround — probably because we’d rather have a quality two-channel sound stage than a poor virtual surround effect. Fortunately, the Tvee Model 30 doesn’t force that decision. It can sound great in two-channel mode for movies or music. Engage the movie mode, and dialogue becomes anchored to the center, with effects splashing back and forth between the left and right channels…
Read the complete review here on eCoustics.
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