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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.