Arcam Solo SoundBar : Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must!

Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must. Its a good sound bar – please note, without the subwoofer, i found the performance disappointing. In fact i was questioning why i had bought it in the first place. With the subwoofer, it becomes another beast and i then felt satisfied with the purchase. If price of the combined offering is an issue, i would look at an ‘all in one’ package somewhere else. Also, if anyone knows how to stop the bluetooth auto connecting to my amazon echo when the bar is turned on, that would be a great helpits quite big as well, so make sure you have room for it, and probably at least a 40′ tv (preferably bigger).

Use a subwoofer and enjoy. . I don’t often submit reviews but i like this sound bar so much that i have removed my 5. 1 system (and all its wires) and just use it with a run-of-the-mill yamaha subwoofer (or without it if it is late at night). I can live without the surround sound aspect since the sound quality is excellent. It needs a subwoofer for movies and for music. It is (and i don’t use the `awesome’ word lightly) awesome for music. The instructions seem to say that it is best when attached to a wall but my experience is that it is awful when placed that way. Try and move it to where it sounds best and then leave it. I love it and it is probably the only real `hi-fi’ thing that i own.

A really classy soundbar which sounds ok on its own, but really benefits from a subwoofer. Review summarysound quality (with subwoofer) 10/10sound quality (without subwoofer) 8/10appearance 10/10build quality 10/10connectivity 10/10features 10/10remote 8/10remote app (ios) 9/10ease of use 8/10instructions / user manual 10/10packaging 10/10supplied accessories 9/10value for money 10/10having read the only other review for this soundbar on amazon uk, i did a great deal of research before purchasing the arcam solo. I was relieved to find that the reviewer in question is very much in the minority. Worldwide, the solo has been almost universally praised for its sound quality, though most reviewers have recommended the addition of a separate subwoofer to extend the bass. I have been involved in designing and listening to audio amplifiers and speakers as a hobby for 50 years. Despite all this, my hearing is still good, although i struggle to hear much above 14 khz. I have owned, and still own, enough arcam equipment to know that this a brand that never fails to deliver the highest standards of build quality, and the solo does not disappoint in this regard. The unit feels reassuringly solid, with a sleek aluminium body and a build quality that places it in a class above other soundbars in a similar price range. Looks wise, it is an attractive addition to the tv. In terms of value for money, it is, in my opinion, a bargain at £299.

Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must. Its a good sound bar – please note, without the subwoofer, i found the performance disappointing. In fact i was questioning why i had bought it in the first place. With the subwoofer, it becomes another beast and i then felt satisfied with the purchase. If price of the combined offering is an issue, i would look at an ‘all in one’ package somewhere else. Also, if anyone knows how to stop the bluetooth auto connecting to my amazon echo when the bar is turned on, that would be a great helpits quite big as well, so make sure you have room for it, and probably at least a 40′ tv (preferably bigger).

Now this is lovely product, little bigger than i thought, sounds great.

Arcam Solo SoundBar : Now this is lovely product, little bigger than i thought, sounds great.

Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with. Needs the optional base unit to be really effective. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with a tv less than 50′ as it will be wider.

Use a subwoofer and enjoy. . I don’t often submit reviews but i like this sound bar so much that i have removed my 5. 1 system (and all its wires) and just use it with a run-of-the-mill yamaha subwoofer (or without it if it is late at night). I can live without the surround sound aspect since the sound quality is excellent. It needs a subwoofer for movies and for music. It is (and i don’t use the `awesome’ word lightly) awesome for music. The instructions seem to say that it is best when attached to a wall but my experience is that it is awful when placed that way. Try and move it to where it sounds best and then leave it. I love it and it is probably the only real `hi-fi’ thing that i own.

Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with. Needs the optional base unit to be really effective. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with a tv less than 50′ as it will be wider.

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  1. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with. Needs the optional base unit to be really effective. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with a tv less than 50″ as it will be wider.
    1. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with. Needs the optional base unit to be really effective. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with a tv less than 50″ as it will be wider.
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    Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must. Its a good sound bar – please note, without the subwoofer, i found the performance disappointing. In fact i was questioning why i had bought it in the first place. With the subwoofer, it becomes another beast and i then felt satisfied with the purchase. If price of the combined offering is an issue, i would look at an “all in one” package somewhere else. Also, if anyone knows how to stop the bluetooth auto connecting to my amazon echo when the bar is turned on, that would be a great helpits quite big as well, so make sure you have room for it, and probably at least a 40″ tv (preferably bigger).
    1. Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must. Its a good sound bar – please note, without the subwoofer, i found the performance disappointing. In fact i was questioning why i had bought it in the first place. With the subwoofer, it becomes another beast and i then felt satisfied with the purchase. If price of the combined offering is an issue, i would look at an “all in one” package somewhere else. Also, if anyone knows how to stop the bluetooth auto connecting to my amazon echo when the bar is turned on, that would be a great helpits quite big as well, so make sure you have room for it, and probably at least a 40″ tv (preferably bigger).