Who’s got room, time and patience to set up a wired 5.1-channel sound system? My boo, for example, would never allow me to have cables running across the floor like that. Can’t say I disagree. Maybe if I had a dedicated home theater…
So how about the next best thing — a surround soundbar? Many have attempted such a setup, but I’m placing my bets on companies like Paradigm Electronics, who’s been doping surround sound for years. Today Paradigm began shipping its Soundscape 5.1-channel, powered music and movie soundbar. For use with flat panels of 50 inches or larger, it features seven high-performance drivers and 350 watts of peak power. Using Soundscape, you can hear that 5.1 sound on your Dolby Digital movies.
You can hook pretty much anything up to it — Blu-ray/DVD/CD players, gaming consoles and satellite receivers, to name a few. The company stresses Soundscape’s ability to produce “deliciously deep” bass; you can add an optional subwoofer… or not. Switchable EQ modes allow you to place it on a wall or flat surface and get equally good sound. It’s got Bluetooth capability (including charging) with aptX coding for high-quality audio streaming.
You can read more about Soundscape, and get a slew of its techs and specs, over here. It costs $1,499.99 and is available now.