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Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 Review

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Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 Review

published: 04/29/05 last updated: 04/29/05
Reviewer: Ken Wold

I4U Reviewer Ken Wold is this time reviewing the Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550. 
These “loungers” are primarily designed for the serious “gamers” in all of us, but Ken found some interesting uses of the Pyramat for audio and video fans as well.

Wal-Mart sells the Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 for $149.83.
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Overview
So, you think you’ve experienced the best sound has to offer with your 5.1, 7.1 digital surround sound home theater system? Think again. For those of us about to rock, we salute you, Pyramat, for an amazing, creative and comfortable way to listen to any kind of audio you can imagine.  If you’re like me, you love to integrate every gadget and high tech piece of equipment you own and you use your imagination to do it just like I do.  Why not be able to do all of that and be “lazy” at the same time.

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Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 front. Hi-Res Photos

These “loungers” are primarily designed for the serious “gamers” in all of us, but believe me they are not one-dimensional.  For the audio/videophiles, don’t worry, this will quench your thirst for premium sound AND comfort (hard to find both today).

Upon opening the boxed lounger, I discovered it was packed tightly.  This is great, as we all know those packages received are sometimes “mishandled” here in the US frequently.  The Sound Lounger PM 550 (latest model) is folded into sections, which unfurl nicely to spread on the floor for instant use.  Each section folds back up just as neatly and even includes a snap lock adjustable strap that serves to hold the one-piece sections together for convenient storage or carrying.  Normally, in today’s manufacturing world, we see the proverbial “blah” black, white, or silver color palettes.  Not the Sound Lounger.  This beast lets you know it’s ready for some serious audio wildness with the orange base color, silver integrated cross-tones and black grille-look at the head of the unit where the subwoofer is encased.  Get your racing gear on and put the pedal to the metal.  Or, to give you an example of the full range of this trendsetter; sit back and relax to the music of Beethoven, New Age or the soothing sounds of nature CD.  The PM550 can handle it all and your whole family will now be fighting over who jumps on the lounger first.  Hey, lay sideways and two can enjoy the sounds together.

The PM550 is ergonomically designed with thick, comfortable cushions and triangular headrest.  In fact, the entire lounger folds into a tri shape, again, for ease in mobility/portability.  The cushions even have zippers, which I love, personally, as I plan to make it even more comfortable (hey, I love to fall asleep on it too) by filling in with micro polystyrene beads (you know, the stuff used in all those “squish” pillows).  Just goes to show you Pyramat designers thought of everything; almost.  So, what’s “under the hood” you ask? A fairly sizeable “engine” for all of your audio needs in complete comfort.


Lay the Sound Lounger completely flat near any sources of input/output audio/video equipment and use the included 2.74 meter (9’) RCA jack cables or if you prefer a greater distance, go out and spend that hard earned money on your own RCA audio cables.  The cables conveniently connect via an extended rubberized pad at the end of the lounger to ensure you don’t become entangled during the screaming, jumping, rolling and yelling you will be doing while playing games or listening to your favorite music.  Two audio outs, two audio ins and one jack for your power cord are all that’s needed to get you revving up the motor on it and they’re all recessed into the lounger. 

How-To Create and Earthquake
It’s your choice how you want to configure the lounger.  Again, I like using my imagination, so use yours too.  Hook up your MP3 player, personal media player (PMP), PSP, Nintendo, stereo, plasma, television, projector, radio or anything else with audio present.  Did I say guitars too? Hmmm, yep, with the appropriate cable jack connections.  Once “linked” up, now you can create additional sound sources in the room to go along with the PM550 and shake the entire neighborhood.  I hooked mine up to all of the above including my 14.2 (yes, really) THX certified howitzer system.  Just mix in your THX computer sound system with your home theater production and the whole city wakes up! Add in the Pyramat PM550 and I’ve got instantaneous 16.3 pumping (I’ll never go to sleep again, but no one else will either).  I really tested the speaker system on this speed demon and I had no distortion at even the highest levels.  The bass from the subwoofer will vibrate you, the floor and anyone not nailed to the floor.  It also provides a soothing massage effect to your neck and back (when in the seated position).  Did I say you can configure this into a chair with great back support too?  There you go gamers! It contains a 100-watt amplifier, 4” subwoofer and two speakers all contained in the headrest for premium sound right where you need it.  Use the included remote control to adjust the volume and bass, and power on/off.  When you’re not using the remote, the lounger has a nifty little slider pocket to hide it in.  They even have a small table you can fit over this lounger in the folded position.  Now, you’re ready to “Vroom…(oops, can’t use that tagline as some car company might be calling me.  Ok, how about “boom, boom, boom”.  You get the picture). 

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More Hi-Res Pyramat PM500 Model Photos in our Photo Gallery.


Pyramat Feature Suggestions
Now, I will inject (have to keep the Pyramat engineers and designers busy!) some recommendations for accessories, add-ons, and nice-to-have items. 

1.      The adjustable snap strap is nice, but include loops in the sections to run the strap through for safety and easier handling along with a shoulder pad (we carry it room-to-room)

2.      If no loops or shoulder strap; how about a thin luggage rack as an accessory to pull it with (have to take it with you on those long trips)

3.      For all of those devices you will be using this with, it would be nice to see a portable, adjustable “holder” for them (especially gamers)

4.      Would love many different colors to fit in the home environment and satisfy the individual tastes.  Personalization “skins” would certainly enhance the look of the lounger also

5.      Integrated adjustable, detachable armrests for the seated gamer position (beer cup holder is optional; maybe should be standard to soothe the nerves after those wild games…)

6.      This “portable” lounger is perfectly suited for the outdoors (parks, beach (don’t kick sand, please) and I would love to take it there), but we just need an optional battery pack (integrate into the headrest or a separate system).  It will increase the weight, but well worth it for mobility purposes

7.      A cargo net or zippered pouch on the bottom of the last sectional pad to keep the cords/cables stored neatly and conveniently

8.      Lastly, for the “coolness” factor, light this thing up with LED alongside the sectional pads the entire length


Conclusion
Visit Pyramat.com to get answers to any questions I may not have answered.  Retail price on this unit is approximately $150, but well worth it.  Enjoy! You deserve it.  

 
How to Buy
Wal-Mart sells the Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 for $149.83.
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Specification of Pyramat PM550
Measurements: 64x19x14inch
4" Co-axial Side Speakers
5" Active Subwoofer
RCA Audio Inputs
Connect Up to 8 Units
Headphone Jack

 



















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Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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