Black Friday 2014 Ads, Sales and Deals. Alert: Major Black Friday 2014 Sales are Live!
Menu
20 Black Friday 2014 Sales to Shop Wednesday

20 Black Friday 2014 Sales to Shop Wednesday

Top 100 Black Friday 2014 Deals You Need

Top 100 Black Friday 2014 Deals You Need

$79 32-inch, $119 40-inch and $199 50-inch TV Black Friday Deals are What You Want

$79 32-inch, $119 40-inch and $199 50-inch TV Black Friday Deals are What You Want

Walmart Stores Open Thanksgiving Day at 7am

Walmart Stores Open Thanksgiving Day at 7am

The Best Amazon Black Friday 2014 TV Deals and Sales

The Best Amazon Black Friday 2014 TV Deals and Sales

Harman Kardon SB 16 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer Review

May 7 2012, 12:00am CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

Harman Kardon SB 16 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer Review
 
Buy Harman Kardon SB 16 from Amazon Cyber Monday and Black Friday Now
 

Massive sound with a big subwoofer and price tag.



Specifications

The Harman Kardon SB 16 ships with a lightweight sound bar that measures 4 5/16 x 36 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches for the sound bar and the subwoofer is 18 7/8 x 13 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches. The frequency response of the system is 50 Hz to 20 kHz. You can pick up the Harman Kardon SB 16 right now an MSRP of $599.99.

In Use

Harman Kardon has decided to start pushing the SB 16 sound bar system heavily. The system launched back at the beginning of the year and so far we haven't heard a lot from it. The company sent one over for me to check out as part of the big advertising push and the first thing I noticed is that the box it ships in is massive. The box is big enough to fit a complete surround sound system inside, including rear satellite speakers.

Having a huge box isn't really a downside other than when you're trying load the thing in your vehicle or get through your front door to begin with. The system was very well packed with lots of space between the outside of the box and hardware components. What that means is if you're ordering this sound system online the chances of it being damaged in shipment are very slim even if your UPS man is as rough as mine is on packages.

Once you crack open the big outer box, there are two smaller boxes inside. The smaller long box is the sound bar and the larger rectangular box is the subwoofer. After pulling the two boxes out of the large outer box, I ripped open the subwoofer first. The subwoofer is gigantic. If you wanted to put this behind your couch, you had better have a lot of space. The subwoofer is over 18 inches tall and 13 inches square. As you can see in the pictures, the subwoofer takes up a lot of space next to the entertainment center.

The upside to the large cabinet, which is shiny black and very attractive, is that the big subwoofer offers tremendous base. The sound bar on the other hand is small and in the photos it is sitting in front of a 50-inch plasma TV. It's rounded, but has feet on the bottom so it stands firmly in easily the entertainment center so it will fall off or roll. The cool part about this system is that it doesn't require an AV receiver. The sound bar connects directly to your TV if you TV has the correct outputs. The sound bar has an optical input, a coaxial input, and a standard RCA input. It does require its own power supply and on the left you notice wireless code switch that lets you match the wireless cold from the sound bar to the wireless code on the subwoofer. You also see little buttons there for the EQ settings if you have the sound bar on a table or against a wall. There's also a trim switch to control the sound.

There are no connectivity inputs on the subwoofer since it's wireless. You simply set the switch to the same wireless code for the subwoofer that you used on the sound bar. The subwoofer does have its own crossover control and its own volume control. You can also control the subwoofer phase with the flip switch. While the subwoofer doesn't need a wire between the sound bar and the speaker, it does need its own AC outlet.

I connected the system to my TV using the optical output and it worked flawlessly. Set up took all of 30 minutes and I was ready to watch movies. The system is very attractive looking with glossy black, the only real downside is that the subwoofer is so massive, as I mentioned before. If you have the room to the left or right of the entertainment center it might not be a big deal, but if you need to put the subwoofer next to your couch or behind your couch the massive size can be an issue.

Enough about gigantic woofers, we can talk about the sound now. I will say this is easily one of the best sound bars I've ever listened to. You can't pull off true surround sound as you would get with speakers behind you, but it does a good job of pulling off faux surround sound. In fact I would say it does the best job out of any speaker system that I've ever tested for creating surround sound from a 2.1 speaker system.

This is where you'll forgive that massive subwoofer for its size because the bass this thing produces is just insane. This massive subwoofer produces bass that you hear and feel. If you crank this thing all the way up on a movie with explosions and gunshots you will think you are in the middle of a war zone and pictures literally shake on your wall. Neighbors three houses down will know you're watching a movie if you turn the sub all the way up.

I was also impressed at how in sync the sound was with the audio. I tried speaker systems in the past for the sound was just a little bit off from the lips or the explosions on the screen. This can be especially common with lower end systems that use wireless subwoofers. I tried speakers in the past where the sound of the explosion was just a little bit off from the explosion onscreen. That is certainly not the case with the Harman Kardon SB 16. The sound is perfectly in sync with action on the screen.

What may be the biggest issue for many buyers of the system is that the sound bar doesn't include its own remote control. You have to use the remote to your TV to control the volume. That means we press the volume up on your standard TV remote the volume on the SB 16 will increase. This wasn't an issue for me, I actually prefer to use one remote and I have a universal Logitech Harmony one that worked perfectly with the Harman Kardon SB 16. You do have to deactivate the TVs own internal speakers per manufacturer recommendations. You may get messages on the screen depending on how you TV works.

If you tire of messing with remote control, the sound bar does have controls on top allow you to change inputs and control the volume as well as turn the system off. I came away for my time with the Harman Kardon SB 16 very impressed with how clear and accurate sound reproduction was. If you can stomach the nearly $600 price tag for this system, it's easily one of the best on the market.

Verdict

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Top-notch sound
  • Easy install

Cons

  • Huge subwoofer
  • No dedicated remote
  • Expensive
 

Conclusion

In the end I am more than willing to forgive the massive footprint of the Harman Kardon SB 16 subwoofer because it sounds fantastic. You will be hard-pressed to find a better sound bar on the market today. Get more details on the Harman Kardon Site.

This Review is Sponsored by:


9.0
10
 
 

Black Friday 2014 Deals

Amazon Black Friday Deals Week
Walmart Black Friday Deals and Ads
Best Buy Black Friday Deals and Ads
Target Black Friday Deals and Ads
Apple Black Friday Deals and Ads
Sears Black Friday Deals and Ads
Dell Black Friday Deals and Ads
NewEgg Black Friday Deals and Ads
Kmart Black Friday Deals and Ads
 

Read the Latest

Jerry Jones Says He's 'A Fan of RGIII'

Jerry Jones Says He's 'A Fan of RGIII' Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told NFL Network's NFL AM on Nov. 26 that he is "a fan...

2 hours ago

Top 25 Target Black Friday 2014 Deals

Target Black Friday Online Sale Starts Early Morning Thanksgiving Day When does the Target Black Friday sale start online? We have the information below. The Target Black Friday 2014 Sale...

3 hours ago

Peter Pan Live Trailer Released

Peter Pan Live Trailer Released Peter Pan Live is this year's live musical Holiday spectacle on NBC. Watch a new trailer released today

3 hours ago

$500 Cash Black Friday Giveaway Ends in 6 Hours

$500 Cash Black Friday Giveaway Ends in 6 Hours You can win $500 in the I4U News Black Friday giveaway that will have a winner in time for Black Friday. Giveaway ends...

3 hours ago

Sears Black Friday Sale is Live Online

Sears Black Friday Sale is Live Online The Sears Black Friday 2014 sale kicked off 6pm CT tonight online at sears.com.

3 hours ago, 5:54pm CST

Shaun Phillips Signs With Indianapolis Colts

Shaun Phillips Signs With Indianapolis Colts A day after the Tennessee Titans released him, veteran outside linebacker Shaun Philllips signed with the Indianapolis...

3 hours ago, 5:44pm CST

Best Buy Black Friday Sale launches Thanksgiving Day Online Shortly after Midnight

Best Buy Black Friday Sale launches Thanksgiving Day Online Shortly after Midnight Best Buy says that the Best Buy Black Friday 2014 sale is online all day on Thanksgiving Day. We expect that the first...

4 hours ago, 5:08pm CST

Home Depot Black Friday 2014 Ad is Released

Home Depot Black Friday 2014 Ad is Released Home Depot finally released the Home Depot Black Friday 2014 Ad.

4 hours ago, 4:46pm CST

99% of Black Friday Sales are Thanksgiving Day Online Sales

99% of Black Friday Sales are Thanksgiving Day Online Sales Thanksgiving Day is the online Black Friday Sales day. Thanksgiving is the Cyber Black Friday. Thanksgiving is Black...

4 hours ago, 4:32pm CST

Walmart Stores Open Thanksgiving Day at 7am

Walmart Stores Open Thanksgiving Day at 7am The Walmart Black Friday 2014 Ad is again one of the best Black Friday ads. We have analyzed the deals and identified...

5 hours ago, 4:16pm CST

Watch Obama Pardon Cheese the Turkey and then the Truth according to John Oliver

Watch Obama Pardon Cheese the Turkey and then the Truth according to John Oliver Obama just pardoned a turkey. An annual ritual.

5 hours ago, 3:49pm CST

F.Y.E. Black Friday 2014 Sale launched

F.Y.E. Black Friday 2014 Sale launched F.Y.E. Black Friday sale is underway. Members save quite a bit more on movies and music.

6 hours ago, 3:29pm CST

HP Stream 13 is $199 + $25 Gift Card now in Microsoft Store Black Friday Sale

HP Stream 13 is $199 + $25 Gift Card now in Microsoft Store Black Friday Sale Microsoft released another Black Friday 2014 deal and this one is very hot.

6 hours ago, 3:10pm CST

NewEgg Black Friday Sale begins at 1pm PT

NewEgg Black Friday Sale begins at 1pm PT The big and final NewEgg Black Friday 2014 sale is finally here. The NewEgg Black Friday 2014 Sale kicks off at 1pm PT.

6 hours ago, 2:38pm CST

MacMall Black Friday 2014 Sale has MacBook Pro with $300 Off

MacMall Black Friday 2014 Sale has MacBook Pro with $300 Off MacMall kicked off their 60 hour Black Friday 2014 Sale with MacBook Pro deals saving up to $300.

7 hours ago, 2:26pm CST

The Best Amazon Black Friday 2014 TV Deals and Sales

The Best Amazon Black Friday 2014 TV Deals and Sales The Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals Week offers this year huge discounts and specials sales on TVs. Find below the best...

7 hours ago, 2:10pm CST

$49 Kindle will be one of the Hottest Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals

$49 Kindle will be one of the Hottest Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals We just received the Kindle Deals that Amazon will offer on Thanksgiving Day in the Amazon Black Friday 2014 Sale.

8 hours ago, 1:04pm CST

Dell Black Friday 2014 Deals and Schedule

Dell Black Friday 2014 Deals and Schedule The Dell Black Friday 2014 Sale will kick off at 6am CT on Thanksgiving Day. We just posted the Dell Black Friday deal...

9 hours ago, 11:52am CST

Redskins Give in to Fans' Pressure to Bring in Colt McCoy and Bench Robert Griffin III

Redskins Give in to Fans' Pressure to Bring in Colt McCoy and Bench Robert Griffin III Redskins Give in to Fans' Pressure to Bring in Colt McCoy and Bench Robert Griffin III

9 hours ago, 11:43am CST

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Black Friday 2014 Deals Released

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Black Friday 2014 Deals Released We just received the Kindle Fire HD Black Friday Deals that Amazon will offer on Thanksgiving Day in the Amazon Black...

10 hours ago, 11:29am CST

Amazon Kindle Black Friday 2014 Deals Released

Amazon Kindle Black Friday 2014 Deals Released We just received the Kindle Deals that Amazon will offer on Thanksgiving Day in the Amazon Black Friday 2014 Sale.

10 hours ago, 11:17am CST

iPad Air with $100 Gift Card Deals Sold Out Online in Target Black Friday Sale

iPad Air with $100 Gift Card Deals Sold Out Online in Target Black Friday Sale Target offers a selection of Black Friday 2014 deals today in an early access Black Friday 2014 sale including iPad Air...

10 hours ago, 11:01am CST

Lowe's Cyber Monday 2014 Sale Unveiled

Lowe's Cyber Monday 2014 Sale Unveiled The Lowe's Cyber Monday 2014 sale will begin on December 1. See the Lowe's Cyber deals now below.

10 hours ago, 10:53am CST

Hot iPad Black Friday Deals selling Today

Hot iPad Black Friday Deals selling Today Black Friday 2014 has launched. We already track over 20 Black Friday 2014 sales that are live. Several advertised iPad...

10 hours ago, 10:42am CST

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus