The first thing to note is that the Sond sits under your existing TV. It’s plastic but has a lovely textured effect on top which will prevent it showing dust and scratches too easily. The sides gently curve down. What this does mean, though, is there’s limited space on top for your TV stand – you have approximately 38cm by 22cm for this purpose. In the case of my 40″ Samsung TV, the stand (which is, admittedly, quite large) overlapped but still sat steadily. The whole device is approximately 58.5cm x 22cm x 5.5cm.
The soundbar has 2.1 output – there are speakers on the front and a sub-woofer underneath., all offering up 15W RMS. Set-up is incredibly simple – there’s a figure 8 power cable for the back and an audio jack. A cable is provided but your TV may not have the 2-way audio output required (mine doesn’t). Instead I connected it via a simple male-to-male audio jack into the TVs headphone socket.
On one side of the Sond are touch-sensitive buttons controlling the audio input, volume, power, etc. An LED shows the current status of the soundbar. Also included is a simple, credit card style, remote control which has the additional option of turning on “bass boost”.
There’s no need to power it on each time as it will automatically sleep and wake when sound is/isn’t detected. However, this can take a few seconds so using this as your main sound source from your TV may mean going those first few seconds without sound, unless you plump to switch the power back on manually yourself.
Back to the Bluetooth connectivity – you can pair your smartphone, tablet or any other Bluetooth device with the Sond to play audio from it. If your device supports NFC then you can quickly pair both by touching them together. This makes Bluetooth pairing effortless and is a worthy addition.
And that’s it for the features. But how does it sound? Well, it’s not going to blow you away – it has a good level of bass and is clear but certainly won’t wow you. The important thing here, though, is the quality of sound from your TV – my Samsung is blessed with rather good sound so the Sond didn’t add much. The fact that the speakers on the Sond are closer together than on a large TV means stereo separation is always going to be affected as well. None-the-less, on a TV with lower quality sound (and I know many people complain about the tinny quality of theirs) this would be a real benefit.
Finally – packaging. The Sond lets itself down with lots of use of plastic bags, ties and polystyrene. The manual, however, is clear and only in English which means it’s concise too.
If the sound from TV sounds a bit “tinny” then this may be a worthy upgrade. Add in the Bluetooth pairing and the low price is quite a bargain.
If, however, your existing TV sound isn’t too bad then you might want to save your pennies for something more powerful.
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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