http://www.gadgetspeak.com/gadget/article.rhtm/751/837340/Humax_SoundBar_STB1000BSW.html

Humax SoundBar STB1000BSW 

This is certainly the thinnest soundbar I have seen. It does however have a separate rather meaty sub woofer. So any thought you may have of a thin or sub standard sound reproduction should immediately be banished from your mind.

Humax STE 1000BSW Soundbar
click image to enlarge

The sound bar is one metre long, 5cm tall and 2cm deep. The small plastic stand that it rests in is 40cm long, 5cm deep and 3cm tall. The sub woofer is 19x26x27cm.

As with all sound bars the main use will be with your TV and an optical cable. In my past tests with such items I have had mixed results. Here however anything that would normally throw volume from the TV speakers worked, that is of course what you want but with some devices not what you get.

The TV sound is not altered so it can be left at a normal volume of reduced to nothing, on my TV if you Mute the sound then you get a message on the screen saying MUTE so I tended to reduce it to level 1 where you would need brilliant hearing to hear the output it gives.

The SoundBar gives better sound than your TV does and when the sub woofer is incorporated you wonder just what you have been missing as there is so much the TVs speakers do not pick up.

It comes with an 11x4.5x1cm remote control that is powered by a clock type battery. It has just seven buttons. Once you settle on a volume level you like you probably only use the on/off button.

Should you wish to annoy the neighbours there is a bass boost button which is very powerful. It also has a surround sound mode that may even work better if you incorporate your TVs volume into the mix.

The soundbar also works as a Bluetooth unit and any device that has Bluetooth is easy to pair with it and your iPod or SmartPhone will produce sound quality you never knew it had even from MP3 files give it better quality music files and wow.

My main problem is hearing speech from mainly American movies as certain voice types are hard to hear and being an older person they are the area of sound reception that is often lost first, this is not to say that UK films are much better but both are improved by the sound bar.

If I have a problem anywhere it’s with the sheer length of the soundbar at 1metre long – this is the smaller model – so do allow for this while it balances on the 40cm long stand it can still look out of place or not even fit if your TV resides in a corner.

The centre of the front of the sound bar has six LED’s and at the back there are four possible leads in two pairs of two. One pair to the mains and to the sub woofer, the other possible pair are the optical cable and sould you use it an Auxiliary (3.5mm) input.

Providing you have the room (length) for this then it’s great but remember you also ground space for the sub woofer.

The Humax STB1000BSW is available from the first link below for £179 with free delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N3UWC9Q?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/product.php?gid=549

Follow us on Twitter!!

add to del.icio.us Digg this review
StumbleUpon
Reddit

Reviews by related category

Have your say!

What's your experience of this product? Agree or disagree, or just have a question? Use the box below and let everyone know.

[ Add your comment | Watch this articleNew! ]

No comments on this article. Why don't you be the first?


Add Comment

Member of GadgetSpeak™?Not a member?

required but never displayed
 If you're asking a question - join GadgetSpeak first. Then you'll automatically receive an email when someone replies!
Rating for article:

Are you human?

Access code : 2966

 

Smiley Rating

Features2
Performance2
Value2
Ease of use2
Design2
OverallHumax SoundBar STB1000BSW rated 88 out of 100

If you like this article then why not link to it from your site!

Use a text link, or download an image

 

Our current Free Prizedraw!!

Why join GadgetSpeak?

Well - there are lots of reasons to join, depending on you and your interests :

  • Member prize-draws
  • Real reviews - by real people
  • Membership is free
  • Email summary of the weeks reviews
  • Share your product feedback with others
  • Keep in touch with all that's new in gadgets
  • Full of great ideas as the Christmas deadline looms!

Convinced? Come along and join in the fun!

close

Invite friends and family to GadgetSpeak

Why not invite friends or family to join in the fun?

Help us make GadgetSpeak the place to come for free and impartial reviews of the latest gadgets!

Start inviting your friends along!