Sceptre is introducing a new soundbar.
If you’re already reaching for the “back” button on your browser, no hard feelings. I get it.
The soundbar was a novelty a few years ago, a lower-cost alternative to a full-blown surround sound system that in some cases, hey, sound pretty darn good.
But now soundbars are everywhere. Everywhere. And so forgive me if another soundbar announcement just doesn’t set my heart all aflutter. Especially a soundbar like this one that offers a paltry low frequency extension of only 55 Hz. The 20-watts per speaker also isn’t likely to turn any heads.
I don’t mean to disparage Sceptre. The company is simply following market trends with this soundbar. And the low price is sure to appeal to those looking to dip their toes in the world of higher-quality audio. It’s nice to look at, and offers a several nice features, like SRS WOW audio technology and four DSP sound modes tailored to movies, news, video games, and music. It’s just that there are far better options out there in a product category that’s already saturated. Sure, the SB301523 might feature its own built-in subwoofer, but again, its low-bass extension is on par with the the speakers built into the bottom of your iPhone.
So consider this one a definite upgrade to your TV speakers (unless you’re rocking something like Bang & Olufsen), but not much more than that.