Minimalism is in these days – with all the gadgets out there for sale, it’s getting harder to fit them all into one space. That’s why the Harman Kardon SB16 Speaker System could get the attention of many who want upper-tier surround sound without having to carve out a place for multiple speakers around the room. It’s something that could make the high price point worth it, for those who can afford it.
The SB16 is being termed a soundbar. That’s an accurate description – the centerpiece is a sleek, black bar that houses almost all of the audio capabilities of the speaker system. It’s small enough to be appreciably space saving, and it attaches directly to televisions, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles, which cuts down on the wire clutter. There is a little bit of bulk in the form of a wireless subwoofer, but you still get the benefit of no wires, and it’ll probably be a lot more convenient than most standard surround sound speaker systems.
The SB16 is capable of traditional stereo output and 3D surround sound. It’s flexible, stays out of the way, and features audio quality that could justify the high price point of $599. Is it right for you? Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.