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Get blockbuster audio for your Sky setup
Sky’s wall-bouncing TV soundbar/base/thing will tickle your ears with magic ● Telly addicts If you’ve got Sky Q, chances are you’ve already set your TV’S pixels to stun – but Sky’s not convinced that your built-in speakers are doing its pictures justice. Enter the Soundbox: a fancy speaker system that aims to elevate your telly’s sound to suitably ear-pleasing levels.
● Ask the family Sky is in the business of making good TV shows, not soundbars, and you can’t just pick up the audio know-how for a speaker system overnight – which is why it enlisted hi-fi specialist Devialet’s help for this. Behind the grille are six 7.5cm woofers (so no sub is required) and three 5cm full-range drivers that bounce the sound off your walls to trick your ears into thinking they’re surrounded. In total you’re getting 140 Watts of audio power.
● Catch phrase The Soundbox’s neatest trick is real-time volume management, which means it’ll automatically tweak the sound to make sure loud bits aren’t too loud and quiet bits aren’t too quiet. Plug it into a Sky Q box and you’ll also unlock some special sound modes that are designed specifically for each of the major channels. Plus it can enhance the dialogue if you’re struggling to catch what Don Corleone’s mumbling about in The Godfather, or calm the bass if you don’t want to wake the kids.
● Bargain hunt You don’t actually have to be a Sky subscriber to buy a Soundbox, but in that case it’ll set you back £799. You’ll get it for £299 if you sign up for, or already have, a Sky subscription, while new or existing multiroom customers get another £50 knocked off on top of that.
BEHIND THE GRILLE ARE NINE SPEAKERS THAT BOUNCE THE SOUND OFF YOUR WALLS
Devialet has made use of tech from its own Expert Pro amp and Phantom wireless speaker. Sky has announced Dolby Atmos is coming… pity the Soundbox doesn’t support it.