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Pioneer Unveils Its Entry Into The Sound Bar Market

By June 27, 2013

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Although just about every audio component manufacturer seems to be making a sound bar these days, Pioneer has pretty much shied away from this product category. However, with the expertise of its "speaker designer in residence" Andrew Jones, Pioneer took the lid off its entry into the sound bar market at CE Week 2013 - the SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System.

The SP-SB23W is a self-amplified sound bar that houses a total of six speakers (four 3-inch midrange/woofers and two soft-dome 1-inch tweeters) housed inside of a composite wood cabinet with an internal waveguide design that maximizes output and sound dispersion.

Each speaker is connected to its own dedicated 28 watt amplifier (168 watts system total), and an active crossover that insures accurate assignment of the frequencies produced by the midrange/woofers and tweeters.

In addition to the Speaker Bar, the system also comes with a wireless 6.5 subwoofer that can produce usable low frequency listening down to 42Hz via its own onboard 50-watt amplifier.

However, there is more: The SP-SB23W Speaker Bar system incorporates onboard Dolby Digital decoding and three mode audio processing, as well as a Dialog enhancement setting.

Another practical feature is the inclusion of Bluetooth capability, which allows you to stream music wirelessly from compatible portable devices. Wired connectivity includes both Digital Optical (cable included) and analog stereo inputs.

The SP-SB23W Speaker Bar can be shelf or wall mounted, and comes with a wireless remote control.

The suggested price for the Pioneer Speaker Bar is $399, and is expected to be available on store shelves later in the Fall of 2013 - Just in time for the Winter Holiday Shopping Season.

For the rest of the details known so far, check out the Official SP-SB23W Speaker Bar Product Page. Photo provided by Pioneer Electronics USA

Also, check my previous reviews of speaker systems designed by Andrew Jones:

Pioneer Bookshelf Home Theater Speaker System

Pioneer SP-PK22BS Home Theater Speaker System

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