Onkyo today announced the LS-B50 soundbar with wireless subwoofer and LS-T10 TV speaker, both of which include Bluetooth audio streaming and a multi-speaker array with powerful DSP technology. These audio systems are require only a single digital cable to connect. Both are preprogrammed with IR codes for nine major TV brands and learning ability for others.
The LS-B50 packs eight drivers (six full-range drivers and two ring-radiator tweeters) into a very compact package. Meanwhile, the LS-T10 features a total of six full-range drivers plus an powerful integrated subwoofer and is designed to slip neatly underneath the television base.
Both models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by AuraSphere DSP from Onkyo. Advanced algorithms manage equalization and sound pressure levels in real time to create a realistic 3D immersion field from regular PCM stereo or Dolby Digital sources.
Unlike rival DSP technologies, AuraSphere expands the traditional sweet spot (the area directly in front of the TV where audio sounds best) to create an all-enveloping 3D sound field that places the listener in the center of the action wherever they are in the room.
Three sound modes optimize playback of different content, with News Mode cleaning up and projecting dialog more intelligibly, Movie Mode shaping for greater realism and impact, and Music Mode equalizing for a more balanced and engaging listen.
The LS-B50 adds a wireless active subwoofer for deep-reaching bass impact from almost anywhere in the room, while the LS-B40 includes a subwoofer pre-out. Wall-mounting kits and IR flashers enable flexible soundbar placement.
Both also include USB ports to play audio from flash-memory-enabled media players such as smartphones, tablets, and mass storage-class devices.
Price and Availability
The Onkyo LS-B50 and LS-T10 Envision Cinema sound bars will be available September 2013 for $699 and $499 respectively.