RE­VIEW

Sharp HT-SB603

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by Peter Chu

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Home theater sys­tems can be plenty ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially if you de­cide to go the wire­less route to avoid hav­ing to deal with coils of ca­bles and wires be­ing strewn ev­ery­where. But the thing is, your liv­ing space or en­ter­tain­ment room may not be able to ac­com­mo­date such speaker con­fig­u­ra­tions, as of­ten times a sound­bar and sub­woofer combo, such as the Sharp HT-SB603, would be able to get the job done for much less.

But be­fore you even con­sider pur­chas­ing the HT-SB603, you should def­i­nitely make an ef­fort to check whether your TV bench is ac­tu­ally wide enough to ac­com­mo­date its sound­bar, be­cause with a width of 54.6 inches, it’s eas­ily one of the long­est we’ve tested.

The sound­bar of the HT-SB603 is ac­com­pa­nied by a wire­less sub­woofer, which has a trans­mis­sion dis­tance of up to 10 meters, pro­vided you don’t tuck it be­hind a con­crete wall. For­tu­nately for you, you won’t have to painstak­ingly pair the sound­bar with the wire­less sub­woofer your­self dur­ing the ini­tial setup, as it has al­ready been done for you while they were leav­ing the assem­bly line.

Un­like the tiny, al­most in­dis­cernible dis­plays that are found on most sound­bar sys­tems, the HT-SB603 has a siz­able 1.8-inch dis­play em­bed­ded di­rectly onto its re­mote con­trol, pro­vid­ing all the in­for­ma­tion you need – like whether you’re con­nected to the cor­rect me­dia source – at your fin­ger­tips.

The re­mote con­trol is also fur­nished with an as­sort­ment of but­tons that al­low you to ad­just its vol­ume, change its sound pro­file (Game, Sport, News, Night, Cinema, or Mu­sic), and ad­just its bass and tre­ble set­tings. You might want to en­sure that your hands are clean while op­er­at­ing it though, as its glossy sur­face is a mag­net for fin­ger­prints.

We be­gan test­ing the sound qual­ity of the HT-SB603 with the help of ac­tion-packed block­buster, John Wick: Chap­ter 2, and FLAC au­dio tracks from the likes of Daft Punk and Lon­don Gram­mar. Suf­fice to say, de­spite what its slen­der­ness might lead you to be­lieve, the HT-SBsa603 was well and truly ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing full-bod­ied au­dio.

It had the power and vigor to bel­low out the many ex­plo­sions and gun­shots in John Wick: Chap­ter 2 in such a man­ner that it lit­er­ally made the hairs on our neck stand, and also the clar­ity to en­sure that the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween char­ac­ters isn’t in­ad­ver­tently drowned out. We’re not go­ing to make a huge fuss about the fact that the HT-SB603 only has 2.1 chan­nels, as its wide sound­stage was enough to keep us feel­ing cap­ti­vated and im­mersed.

We have ab­so­lutely no prob­lems with how the HT-SB603 han­dles mu­sic ei­ther. The smooth tunes of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ was re­pro­duced in a well-bal­anced man­ner, while the ethe­real sounds of Lon­don Gram­mar and the mes­mer­iz­ingly pow­er­ful vo­cal tim­bre of lead singer Han­nah Reid was de­liv­ered with just the right amount of punch and gusto.

CoN­CLu­SioN The Sharp hTSB603 of­fers ad­mirable au­dio qual­ity at an at­trac­tive price point.

There’s some­thing about the hTSB603’s re­mote that re­minds us of an NES con­troller.

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