Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar : A great improvement and very affordable.

Came with incorrect power supply originally which then took a couple of weeks of chasing. Sound is good, but out of sync when connected via optical cable to new sky box due to the difference in output – would’ve been good to know this before as i was unaware. Works best connected to headphone socket of tv, but sound nowhere near as powerful as optical output.

Good for the price – not the most attractive with the cloth guaze over the front but a big improvement on tv speakers. Connects in through the headphone jack on the tv – would have preferred optical but my 50′ panny doesn’t allow.

Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

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  • analogue, optical and Bluetooth inputs audio sources
  • connect easily to any TV or audio sources – even wirelessly from your laptop, mobile ‘phone or tablet.
  • tremendous home cinema experience.
  • 80mm deep
  • Wall Mount Capable (Brackets Included)

Quality sound bar revives flagging flat screen sound. . Soundbars come in many varieties. 1 surround sound experience, bouncing sound off walls to attempt to create the effect (although i imagine this only works if your living room is set up like a show room). Some come with separate sub woofer, wired or wireless. Some condense sub woofer with bar and simply attempt to provide the richness of sound that your flat screen tv fails to deliver. As a sub £200 sound bar (sub £150 in this case), you’re not going to get all the bells and whistles that are available. I think it’s better at this price point to focus on a system that delivers on the key requirements. Mine were:* quality of sound (clarity / richness & depth with separation in the soundscape). * bluetooth wireless capability so that i could use it to deliver audio from other devices (ipad / nexus etc).

Drastically improves sound quality on flat tvs particularly the bass. A great discreate looking soundbar,easy to set up,especially great for films and music. Makes the tv speakers sound comparibly flat and insufficient.

I have it connected to a 32 inch panasonic tv and it makes the sound much better than the speakers in the tv. I have attached it to the wall just below the tv so it looks good as well. It does not have a separate sub woofer but the sound seems good to me with excellent base output. My only quibble is that the indicator lights on the front are very dim and almost impossible to see so you basically have to adjust the volume and input selection blind. I have connected it to the headphone out put of the tv and then can use the tv remote to adjust the volume. This means that i have only had to set the soundbar volume once on initial setup so the very dim lights were not a great problem.

Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth : We brought our roth soundbar as despite the brand new 50 inch television the sound was dreadful and we could not enjoy watching it. With the soundbar it has improved greatly and its great for dramas ,live television, music and definitely film. Would not be without it now.

Soundbar sounds great, ideal for my current setup. Soundbar sounds great, ideal for my current setup. Originally delivered a faulty unit but after arranging and receiving a working replacement, i’m happy with the service.

I have it connected to a 32 inch panasonic tv and it makes the sound much better than the speakers in the tv. I have attached it to the wall just below the tv so it looks good as well. It does not have a separate sub woofer but the sound seems good to me with excellent base output. My only quibble is that the indicator lights on the front are very dim and almost impossible to see so you basically have to adjust the volume and input selection blind. I have connected it to the headphone out put of the tv and then can use the tv remote to adjust the volume. This means that i have only had to set the soundbar volume once on initial setup so the very dim lights were not a great problem.

Very good sound quality for such a cheap soundbar. Very good sound quality for such a cheap soundbar. The sound was a little too bassy when hooked up via the stereo jack, but sounds much better with an optical cable (and the correct audio settings on my tv). Very happy with my purchase, would recommend.

Sorts out the mumblers on the bbc. Easy to set up, discreet and quite loud enough. Best thing about this is that it has three buttons on the remote – ‘music’, ‘movie’ and ‘voice’. I have it set by default on ‘music’, which is all you need, 90% of the time. If, however, you want to make sense of something like ‘jamaica inn’, flip to ‘voice’ and everything becomes much more clear. It helps on mumbly us imports too, but fails with billie piper on ‘penny dreadful’ – but then only subtitles can make any sense of her attempt at an irish accent. When a big blockbuster like ‘transformers’ or ‘die hard’ comes on, flip it to ‘movie’ and enjoy the rumbly explosions and screechy tyres in all their glory.

I had been the owner of the original roth sub zero, which i thought was a terrific entry level soundbar at a good price. When i saw a second hand sub zero ii going cheap, it didn’t take much for me to give it a go. Firstly, it’s vital to make sure that your equipment is set up properly. I often wonder how many of those who leave negative reviews have done that. Soundbars are mainly stereo devices that are designed to widen and sharpen the poor soundstages delivered by tv speakers and give the whole thing a more cinematic feel thanks to some extra bass. Unless your dvd/blu-ray/tv audio settings are set to downmix/stereo and/or pcm, your soundbar won’t perform as it should. In terms of connections, i connected the red and white phono cables from the soundbar to the tv and an optical cable from the bar to my blu-ray player. The roth sub zero ii is as close to perfection as you can get from a soundbar at this price.

I bought a 47′ tv and the sound of the tv was a mockery to the size and quality of the pictures. I needed a speaker with oomph on a budget. I read a few tech reviews and the roth sub ii was highly recommended. I decided to buy through amazon. I was amazed when the speaker was delivered within 3days of order. I initially connected it to the tv with the rca jack included and the production was not great. However when i purchased an optical cable and used it for my connection, the sound blew me away.

Great value for money soundbar. . I bought one for my 46inch samsung tv as i wanted to sample the sound quality and i must say i am very happy with it. I play all my music with the bluetooth facility and love it. For the price i paid i consider it a bargain recommend it to anyone.

A couple of niggles, otherwise great. . I bought this based on the reviews, and overall i’m happy. Just one thing to bear in mind (which was nearly a deal-breaker for my wife) is that you can’t control this via a sky remote. There are no codes that i could find anywhere on the internet. Couldn’t they duplicate the volume of a popular telly?. I got round this by attaching the soundbar to the tv’s headphone jack. I then simply adjust the tv volume. This method may not work on all tv’s (some have set volumes), so might be worth plugging your headphones in first if this is something that’s important to you. It does mean (of course) that you can’t control any bluetooth sound with the sky remote, but not sure that’s going to be such a big issuethe sound is very good too. We’ve just moved in to a room with wooden floors, so the samsung smart tv’s puny speakers sounded awful. It was quite a moment when i plugged it in and switched from the tv to this bad boy. It does feel kind of ironic to think ‘this is how my old crt tv used to sound’. Technology is a fickle beast. Tested it out at higher volumes via bluetooth and it holds together well.

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  1. Great sound and a great price. I bought this unit a while ago initially used the audio cables but then switched to optical fibre. I find the sound is very good and make watching movies or listening to music a joy. However, don’t put the volume full up as the sound will start to distort, apart from that i think this sound bar is great value for money. Having read all of the negative reviews for this product. The optical cable works fine with the unit sitting in front of my tv on the unit shelfthe remote control although basic functions well, yes the input lights are a little dim but usablespeakers not working, mine are still working so can’t commentpoor customer service, well on some purchases from amazon i have returned a couple of items. Each time i was sent an email with a label to print off and attach to the package. You phone the courier service and arrange collection and a courier would arrive and collect the package without a hitch.
    1. Great sound and a great price. I bought this unit a while ago initially used the audio cables but then switched to optical fibre. I find the sound is very good and make watching movies or listening to music a joy. However, don’t put the volume full up as the sound will start to distort, apart from that i think this sound bar is great value for money. Having read all of the negative reviews for this product. The optical cable works fine with the unit sitting in front of my tv on the unit shelfthe remote control although basic functions well, yes the input lights are a little dim but usablespeakers not working, mine are still working so can’t commentpoor customer service, well on some purchases from amazon i have returned a couple of items. Each time i was sent an email with a label to print off and attach to the package. You phone the courier service and arrange collection and a courier would arrive and collect the package without a hitch.
  2. It certainly makes a difference to the sound on our tv. The 3 sound “modes” do make a big difference. Movie mode is rich and loud, music mode really does make (my) mp3s sound a lot better. Thankfully the the voice mode works wonderfully well – for most tv progs, it really does boost the dialogue or makes the other sounds quieter so i guess it does what it says on the tin 🙂 the remote is a bit , mmmm and the indicator lights on the box don’t help much so its a bit of a “press a button and gamble away”. The bluetooth connection might challenge some but if you just keep pressing the buttons until you get a “chime” sound to indicate it is bluetooth mode, pairing is quite easy. If you’re struggling to hear dialogue this will probably help but the drama producers seem to think we all have 5.
  3. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    It certainly makes a difference to the sound on our tv. The 3 sound “modes” do make a big difference. Movie mode is rich and loud, music mode really does make (my) mp3s sound a lot better. Thankfully the the voice mode works wonderfully well – for most tv progs, it really does boost the dialogue or makes the other sounds quieter so i guess it does what it says on the tin 🙂 the remote is a bit , mmmm and the indicator lights on the box don’t help much so its a bit of a “press a button and gamble away”. The bluetooth connection might challenge some but if you just keep pressing the buttons until you get a “chime” sound to indicate it is bluetooth mode, pairing is quite easy. If you’re struggling to hear dialogue this will probably help but the drama producers seem to think we all have 5.
    1. In the shop where we bought our lg tv recommended it, also bought an optical cable at the. Beware -purchased this soundbar because the guy in the shop where we bought our lg tv recommended it, also bought an optical cable at the same time. We have a unit and planned to put tv and soundbar on top, soundbar does not sit flat on unit with optical cable plugged in. Contacted roth and they sent a 3. 5 lead, sound quality not as good as with optical, also the sensor for the remote on the lg tv is at the bottom and with the soundbar in front of the tv, it does not work, contacted roth again awaiting response. Think carefully about the position of this unit.
      1. In the shop where we bought our lg tv recommended it, also bought an optical cable at the. Beware -purchased this soundbar because the guy in the shop where we bought our lg tv recommended it, also bought an optical cable at the same time. We have a unit and planned to put tv and soundbar on top, soundbar does not sit flat on unit with optical cable plugged in. Contacted roth and they sent a 3. 5 lead, sound quality not as good as with optical, also the sensor for the remote on the lg tv is at the bottom and with the soundbar in front of the tv, it does not work, contacted roth again awaiting response. Think carefully about the position of this unit.
  4. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    Great price & great sound for the price. So much better than standard tv speakers. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is that the blue volume lights are very hard to see. (though no doubt if they were too bright that could also be an issue. And the remote is junk and only works if you are trained sniper and a have superior aiming arm. However luckily if you have good smart phone with an ir sensor on it. (galaxy s6 works) you can use the peel smart remote app. Unfortunately roth isn’t listed but i found that the toshiba settings give the best results and i no longer need the rather poor supplied remote.
    1. Great price & great sound for the price. So much better than standard tv speakers. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is that the blue volume lights are very hard to see. (though no doubt if they were too bright that could also be an issue. And the remote is junk and only works if you are trained sniper and a have superior aiming arm. However luckily if you have good smart phone with an ir sensor on it. (galaxy s6 works) you can use the peel smart remote app. Unfortunately roth isn’t listed but i found that the toshiba settings give the best results and i no longer need the rather poor supplied remote.
      1. Not the improvement i was hoping for when watching tv. I bought this hoping to be able to hear the dialogue better when watching my favourite dramas but it hasn’t really helped. Sound is out of sync when connected via optical cable to sky box, and there is an echo on it (using voice option). I had to buy an optical cable seperately, the 3. 5 mm stereo cable wasn’t included in the box either and it may be that the sound will be better if i buy one of these and connect it to the tv. Shouldn’t really have to go buying cables though.
  5. Not the improvement i was hoping for when watching tv. I bought this hoping to be able to hear the dialogue better when watching my favourite dramas but it hasn’t really helped. Sound is out of sync when connected via optical cable to sky box, and there is an echo on it (using voice option). I had to buy an optical cable seperately, the 3. 5 mm stereo cable wasn’t included in the box either and it may be that the sound will be better if i buy one of these and connect it to the tv. Shouldn’t really have to go buying cables though.
  6. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    Rather disappointing – intermittent connection problems and very frustrating remote, that hardly ever seems to work – even with good quality batteries.
  7. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    Rather disappointing – intermittent connection problems and very frustrating remote, that hardly ever seems to work – even with good quality batteries.
    1. The sound is great and with the added bluetooth functionality this is perfect for playing music without any hassle. The only drawback was that it didn’t have a hdmi connection so the sound is carried through an optical cable to my television. This enables sound every output to be played through the soundbar. Highly recommended if someone is looking to change from a full sound system.
  8. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    The sound is great and with the added bluetooth functionality this is perfect for playing music without any hassle. The only drawback was that it didn’t have a hdmi connection so the sound is carried through an optical cable to my television. This enables sound every output to be played through the soundbar. Highly recommended if someone is looking to change from a full sound system.
  9. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    There is a lot to like about the roth sub zero ii. It is substantially made and produces great sound. A couple of years ago i would never have thought about a soundbar for sound enhancement on my tv, thinking them more of a gimmick. Now i wouldn’t be without them. I say them, as the first one i purchased was the samsung hw-f350, (no bluetooth) and the second was the hw-f355, (with bluetooth). Both of these were for my samsung tv’s and they are excellent. When i decided to get one for my 37″ panasonic in the bedroom, i went for the roth, mainly because the trusted review site gave it 8/10, plus there were many very favourable amazon reviews. I also did not need a subwoofer. I have now mounted it on a very narrow shelf, about 15 inches above the tv.
    1. There is a lot to like about the roth sub zero ii. It is substantially made and produces great sound. A couple of years ago i would never have thought about a soundbar for sound enhancement on my tv, thinking them more of a gimmick. Now i wouldn’t be without them. I say them, as the first one i purchased was the samsung hw-f350, (no bluetooth) and the second was the hw-f355, (with bluetooth). Both of these were for my samsung tv’s and they are excellent. When i decided to get one for my 37″ panasonic in the bedroom, i went for the roth, mainly because the trusted review site gave it 8/10, plus there were many very favourable amazon reviews. I also did not need a subwoofer. I have now mounted it on a very narrow shelf, about 15 inches above the tv.
      1. Very dissatisfied with sound its a complete waste of money i since replaced it with a lg. I brought this sound bar to go with hitachi flat screen tv. Very dissatisfied with sound its a complete waste of money i since replaced it with a lg sound bar which is great the roth sits on top of the wardrobe collecting dust.
  10. This review is from : Roth Audio Sub Zero II TV Soundbar with Bluetooth

    Very dissatisfied with sound its a complete waste of money i since replaced it with a lg. I brought this sound bar to go with hitachi flat screen tv. Very dissatisfied with sound its a complete waste of money i since replaced it with a lg sound bar which is great the roth sits on top of the wardrobe collecting dust.