Amazonbasics Soundbar Review 2022: Is It For You?

Amazonbasics Soundbar Review 2022 Is It For You

AmazonBasics is unbeatable in terms of ease-of-use, surround sound, features, and other aspects. It comes with many audios presets that can be customized to suit your needs.

You can set it to amplify voices or audio effects while keeping other subtleties intact in the audio mix. This soundbar is powerful and doesn’t clutter your desk.

This AmazonBasics soundbar review will provide a detailed look at the product and other information to assist consumers in navigating the world of these fantastic devices.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Form factor: Slim and sleek
  • Great value

Cons

  • Quality builds at a low price.
  • Bass’s response is limited.
  • There are almost no bells or whistles.

So that our expert reviewer could thoroughly test and evaluate the AmazonBasics Soundbar, we purchased it. Please continue reading to see our complete product review.

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AmazonBasics’ 31-inch soundbar, as its name suggests, is a primary option for people who want to create a more decadent sound system. It does all you need. It can take audio from various cables and project a much richer sound than your TV’s built-in speakers. You also have Bluetooth connectivity to stream media from other devices.

Design: Extraordinarily Thin Without Visual Touches

AmazonBasics’ bar design is not a feature. It measures 31 inches in length (Amazon is known for using practical terms to name their products), but its depth and height are both 2.5 inches. It has the smallest footprint of any bar.

amazonbasics 2.1 soundbar review Design

Its small size makes it look great and will fit under your TV or on the wall in an unassuming way. The entire device is matte black and has a soft mesh speaker liner. The top has six buttons and several bright indicator LEDs. It is designed to be a minimalist bar, and it does this well, in our opinion.

Build Quality: Simple, Light, And Slightly Fragile

Although build quality won’t be your primary concern when using a device that isn’t likely to move, it is essential to point out that the bar appears to be entirely made of thin, cheap plastic. There are pros and cons to this.

It was amazing how large the soundbar made our entertainment systems feel.

We don’t recommend wall-mounting without careful consideration. A drop from any height could cause damage to the enclosure, which could lead to performance issues. The lightness of your setup is a plus because it enhances the sleek, slim form factor.

It weighs in at just over three pounds, so you won’t have to drill into any studs to mount it. Most drywall will be able to support their weight. It’s straightforward to lift and move the bar, and it can be easily slipped into any setup you require.

Although we can’t comment on the long-term reliability of the bar (we had it for a week), the poor build quality does not bode well.

Setup And Connectivity: It’s A Simple Plug-And-Play Solution

Connectivity is another essential feature on the bar, even though it may sound like a broken record. This is, however, a positive thing for most people. Amazon does not attempt to compete with Sonos by creating an app. Instead, it gives you the most basic options.

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You have a simple RCA input (red and blue cables used to connect to DVD players), a 3.5mm au-in, and a digital optical in. We recommend this last option for this unit as it will allow the transfer of surround sound and digital features from your TV home system.

Amazon provides every cable you will need (one for each input) to choose the one that suits your needs. The buttons on the top of the bar and the remote are intuitive and do not require any knowledge.

Sound Quality: The Sound Quality Is Fantastic, Despite The Specs

The sound of the AmazonBasics 31 inch soundbar is a subject that we aren’t entirely happy with. If you are looking for the best soundbar on Amazon, the price of this unit will likely reflect what you expect. This speaker won’t pack a premium punch in terms of audio quality.

It only includes two full-range speakers and covers a frequency range between 90Hz-20kHz. The system is thin because the drivers cannot be more than 2.5 inches.

This means that the top end misses 70 Hz. Although it was not the most impressive sound profile, we were pleasantly surprised by how substantial the bar made the entertainment system feel.

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Bluetooth 2.0 is a dated version of Bluetooth. It has limited range and stability.

Amazon measures the loudness at 90 decibels. That sounds pretty good. The loudness of 90 decibels is not a problem as long as the speaker is directly in front of you.

You can choose from three sound profiles: Standard for the best response, Movie for more cinematic soundtracks, and News to get a sharper response in dialogue.

Although these internal signal processing signatures are subtle, we found that the soundbar displayed a surprisingly dynamic range in the Movie setting.

Remember that the bar uses Bluetooth 2.1, which is somewhat outdated. (Amazon does not indicate what codecs are included). Streaming wirelessly from your home device may be slow and prone to lag.

Features: As Simple As It Gets

The AmazonBasics soundbar isn’t as flashy and feature-rich as Sonos and Bose. This is the only soundbar we tested that didn’t have Alexa support. Amazon may be hoping that you will purchase an Echo on its own.

Amazon does what Sonos and other competitors try to do by creating an app. Instead of giving you the most basic options, Amazon accomplishes this.

amazonbasics 2.0 channel bluetooth soundbar review Setup & Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity is what you have, which proved highly reliable in our testing. Although you will have limited range and stability due to the outdated Bluetooth 2.1 specification, it won’t be a problem as you will only connect to the bar device when you are in the same room.

The Bluetooth sound bar offers all the input and output options that you would expect. It also doesn’t have flashy apps or integrated sound shaping of premium options.

Ease Of Use

AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel soundbar stays true to its name by keeping things simple. Its simplicity earned it an excellent score in ease-of-use testing.

It was up and running in 5 minutes. The interface was so simple that we didn’t even need the manual. The remote control is easy and intuitive, and it has simple rules for those who lose it. It also worked well with Bluetooth devices, and the connection was stable.

Price: This Is The Most Affordable Soundbar That You Can Buy

This is the best soundbar we found, barring off-brand and refurbished units. It is usually priced at just under $70 (at the time of writing it was $68).

When you compare it with its closest competitors, which can easily break below $80, you will see that this Bluetooth sound bar is an apparent bargain. It is a simple product that can be easily explained. If price is your primary concern, it should be on your top priority list.

Sound Customization

The AmazonBasics 2.1 channel sound bar doesn’t offer any EQ adjustments, but it does have a few preset sounds modes. There are three options: standard, Movie and new.

amazonbasics 2.1 channel bluetooth soundbar with built-in subwoofer review Sound Customization

These sound modes are similar to those found in many other models’ enhanced dialogue modes. The movie mode had better bass, and the news mode made speech sound a little crisper.

Competition: Very Few Options At This Price Point. Much More Expensive

Vizio 29 inch: We found the closest unit in price at Vizio’s 29-inch bar for around $80. The Vizio will give you a better surround sound response, mainly because of the brand.

Yamaha’s ATS Line: You have a variety of sizes and options, some with Bluetooth, others without, in the Yamaha ATS Range. However, you will pay approximately 50% more than AmazonBasics if your purchase is new. Sometimes you can find an excellent refurb deal. You will get a great set of features at a reasonable price in those cases.

Sonos Beam: While it is not in the same price range as AmazonBasics, it will give you better sound and great integrations with your favorite apps. Although it is cheaper than AmazonBasics, $399 is a significant amount.

Value

This seems like a fair price for what it is. This is a great way to improve the sound quality you already own. The Yamaha YAS-108 has a superior sound, but it’s not the best deal if you want to eliminate the tinniness or lack of depth associated with modern TV speakers.

Specifications

  • Product Name: 2.1-Channel Bluetooth 31-Inch Soundbar
  • AmazonBasics is the product brand
  • SKU: B01EK7TEL4
  • Price: $68.66
  • Weight: 3.31 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2×2.7×2.7in
  • Black color
  • App No
  • Bluetooth Spec Bluetooth 2.0
  • Audio Codecs: SBC
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Conclusion

AmazonBasics is an excellent soundbar that is ideal for budget-conscious consumers.

The manufacturer has crafted an affordable bar with high-quality features and a competitive price point. It is simple to use and comes with a surprising amount of customization options.

In conclusion, it has all the right features without any glaring negatives.

Hooke Audio hopes you enjoyed the Amazonbasics 2.1 soundbar review. Our intention with the article is to provide you with all the information you need so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a soundbar or any other similar product.

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