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Sky Sound­box

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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.

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