Australian HIFI - - SOUND­BITES -

Ar­cam has re­leased a fullfea­tured sound­bar that can be used as a Blue­tooth streamer and also wire­lessly con­nected to a match­ing sub­woofer. The alu­minium chas­sis of the Ar­cam Solo Bar has six high-qual­ity drive units and a to­tal of 100-watts of on­board power. There are two 100mm di­am­e­ter bass/midrange driv­ers and one tweeter per chan­nel, with the low-fre­quency driv­ers pow­ered by a 40-watt per chan­nel am­pli­fier and the tweet­ers by a 20-watt per chan­nel am­pli­fier. The tweet­ers are an­gled by 5 de­grees to cre­ate a greater dis­per­sion of high fre­quen­cies into the room. Sys­tem con­nec­tions in­clude four CEC-en­abled 4K pass-through HDMI ter­mi­nals, as well as dig­i­tal coax­ial and op­ti­cal in­puts and ana­logue 3.5mm line in­puts. Apt-X Blue­tooth is also fit­ted, so you can stream mu­sic to the bar from your phone, tablet or computer, plus you can stream from the Solo to any Blue­tooth-equipped head­phones. The Solo bar is sup­plied with a re­mote con­trol and a mi­cro­phone for auto-setup and equali- sa­tion, but can also be con­trolled from any iOS or An­droid de­vice, us­ing Ar­cam’s free Solo con­trol app. ‘ Most sound­bars of­fer poor au­dio per­for­mance for TV and are dread­ful on mu­sic, so there was a clear gap in the sound­bar arena for an au­dio­phile ap­proach’ said Char­lie Brennan, of Ar­cam. ‘ The new Ar­cam Solo bar trans­forms TV sound, is an amaz­ingly good stereo sys­tem and also quite prob­a­bly the best Blue­tooth stream­ing speaker on the mar­ket.’ For own­ers who want more bass than is avail­able from the Solo Sound­bar on its own, Ar­cam has an op­tional sub­woofer avail­able. ‘ The op­tional com­ple­men­tary Solo sub­woofer is a so­phis­ti­cated de­vice that adds a sub­stan­tial foun­da­tion to the sound and en­hances the low-fre­quency ex­pe­ri­ence of both mu­sic and movies,’ said John Davies, of Sennheiser Brands, which dis­trib­utes Ar­cam in Aus­tralia. ‘ It has a 300watt am­pli­fier driv­ing a down­ward-fir­ing 254mm di­am­e­ter woofer and can be con­nected wire­lessly or wired to the Solo bar.’ Avail­able now, the Ar­cam Solo Bar re­tails for $1,799, and the Solo Sub for $1,099. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Sennheiser Aus­tralia on 1800 648 628 or visit the web­site at

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