ProSound 2.0 Channel 40W Bluetooth Soundbar Review
Recently I was sent the ProSound 2.0 Channel 40W Bluetooth Soundbar from Maplin. I have always insisted on having a decent sound system for my TV, so I was keen to see how these would perform.
We were impressed with just how quick it was to set up. In less than a minute of them being out of the box, we had them working and playing music out of them. This can be done via Bluetooth, optical digital socket or AUX socket. The slim, compact soundbar can be set up in two ways. You can either have it as two separate speakers stood up either side of a TV, or a single soundbar which can be placed in front of a TV or mounted on a wall.
The real selling point of the soundbar for me, is the Bluetooth feature. This means that I can play music from my phone via the speakers without needing a cable to connect. I like playing music on my phone around the house. I don’t often want to listen to music through headphones. I want music on as I am doing things – cooking or vacuuming. The girls and I like to put on songs we can sing along too. Just playing Livin’ on Prayer through my phone doesn’t really do it justice – especially with three of us singing as loudly as we can along to it. The speakers are lightweight and very portable, so I can move them around the house and have decent sound quality and volume where ever I want it.
The Bluetooth feature also means that if the girls want to watch a film on the iPad, we can connect it up wirelessly to the speakers. This means that they can sit together watching the iPad on their lap and having decent sound without wires to get tangled up. The Bluetooth range is up to 8m – more than enough for any of the rooms in our house. In reality, the speakers mean that the girls can have the soundtrack to Moana on as loud as they want in any room in the house.
The ProSound 2.0 Channel 40W Bluetooth Soundbar is not going to be used as part of a surround sound system. However, it does provide a cheap way to improve the sound quality of a TV. It would be perfect to be used in a small room with a TV where you wanted an improved sound system. The fact that they are lightweight means that they can act like a portable sound system using either Bluetooth or the cables provided.