Let’s be honest, most sound bars are pretty horrible. Unless you’re willing to pay $800 and up, most sound bars sound just a tiny bit better than your TV’s built-in speakers which makes them a tough sell. This fall, Pioneer is releasing a new sound bar that they hope will prove that you don’t have to break the bank in order to have a good sonic experience. In recent years the renowned Andrew Jones has partnered with Pioneer to produce home theater speakers that sounded great and which were affordable. Last years Pioneer SP-PK52FS speaker package received stellar reviews for its excellent sonic qualities and it’s attractive price tag.

 

Whereas most cheaper sound bars are made of flimsy plastic, the Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar is made of a solid wood composite which helps eliminate sonic vibrations. Open it up and you’ll see that the SP-SB23W has two silk dome tweeters and (4) 3 inch woofers each with their own 28-watt Class D amplifier. The SP-SB23W also uses an active crossover which should deliver better audio transitions between the woofers and tweeters. Accompanying the sound bar is a 50 watt subwoofer to help maximize the low frequency output. As far as connections, the SP-SB23W does not have an HDMI connection, but it does have both analog and digital inputs as well as bluetooth. The SP-SB23W will be available this fall and the expected MSRP is $399.

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