Monitor Audio has extended its popular SB Soundbar range with the new SB-4. Designed to provide a visually balanced audio solution for 70-inch screens and larger, this high performance passive soundbar is ideal for installers keen to deliver premium performance in media room applications.
"More and more homeowners seek an immersive cinematic experience in their everyday living space. At the same time, larger screens are becoming much more affordable," said Monitor Audio's technical director, Dean Hartley. "In these situations, a soundbar can provide a significant uplift in audio quality, but for installers, the challenge is finding a product that's also a good, aesthetic match for the screen. The new SB-4 gives home technology professionals, and their clients, just that option, with a soundbar that is purpose-designed for 70-inch screens and larger."
The SB-4 incorporates a series of technical features and design innovations. Dual 4-inch C-CAM drivers and a 1-inch C-CAM tweeter in each Left, Center, and Right (L-C-R) section ensures the sensitivity and sound balance is matched across the front three audio channels. This performance is enhanced by using compact, flat-diaphragm “racetrack” style Auxiliary Bass Radiators (ABRs) to provide additional bass punch, increase power handling, and remove turbulent air noise. All three sections within the cabinet are partitioned and operate purely as discreet channels with the crossover also split in an identical way. The result is a soundbar that can play loud, clean, and free from any distortion.
The SB-4's 4-inch bass drivers feature concave C-CAM cone technology formed from a continuous uninterrupted dish, which ensures the center section is as rigid as possible for extra strength. They are driven by a specifically designed coupling assembly that adds decoupling and significantly reduces distortion.
The 1-inch C-CAM tweeters vent internally through a special housing and around the outside of the magnet system into a rear loading chamber for much lower resonance and better damping. The result is more accurate, distortion-free sound at low frequencies. A special horn loaded faceplate improves integration with the bass drivers and consistent off axis performance for more uniform coverage around the room.
The SB-4 cabinet is made with high-density MDF that is braced internally for maximum rigidity. The bolt-through technology utilized on the bass and tweeter drivers gives extra strength to create an incredibly stiff and low resonance cabinet for clear, defined audio reproduction. Cabinets are finished in a special seamless cloth to provide ideal acoustical transparency combined with solid, brushed aluminum ends.
Ease of installation is another advantage of the SB-4. High quality, low profile binding posts provide a trouble-free connection, with the terminals recessed neatly to enable a flush-to-wall installation. The terminal panel also houses standard fixing points compatible with SANUS TV mounts, with many options for TV and wall installation. Wall mounting is also possible using Monitor Audio's low-profile wall mount bracket with cable access, easy pre-alignment, and fixing template.
The SB-4 is designed to be used with a partnering subwoofer and crossed over to provide the best possible experience and increased system power handling.