Harman Kardon raises the bar

Harman Kardon’s Soundbar 16 is designed to improve the sound from today’s ever-thinning flat panel TVs, especially in those spaces where conventional 5.1 speakers aren’t welcome, or can’t be accommodated.

Simple to set up, the $1299 2.1 channel system comprises an amplified stereo loudspeaker unit that connects directly to a television, DVD player or game console, and a wireless subwoofer that enables flexible placement in most listening rooms.

The 2 x 25 watt channels in the main speaker unit each comprise a 75mm midrange driver and a 19mm soft dome tweeter, and the subwoofer offers a 250mm driver powered by a 100 watt amplifier.

A 3D virtual  sound mode helps generate surround effects without the need for a room full of speakers, and there’s an EQ switch for adjusting bass levels to compensate for wall mounting or table top positioning.