A compact soundbar with an excellent mixture of features- Know-how Information, AFunTab
Ameya DalviDec 21, 2020 15:27:21 IST
Worth: Rs 9,999
Earlier this month, we reviewed Realme’s price range soundbar, and we now have one from the favored PC audio model, Artistic. One putting side in regards to the Artistic Stage sequence of soundbars is their noticeably smaller dimension. Whereas the V2 isn’t as small as its predecessor, it’s nonetheless among the many most compact soundbars at present available on the market. The corporate might have knocked off a number of inches from its size, however hasn’t reduce corners in the case of connectivity choices and options. Time to set the stage for a more in-depth inspection.
Artistic Stage V2 Soundbar: Design (8/10)
The Artistic Stage V2 measures simply 68 cm in width; that’s nearly a foot shorter than most soundbars. It might not look misplaced even below a 24-inch monitor, not to mention a bigger TV. The bar has an all-black physique with a metallic grille up entrance with the corporate brand on the left. The development is sturdy and leaves little scope for grievance. You additionally get a wired subwoofer with a 5.25-inch driver. Simply as within the case of the Realme and Zebronics soundbars, the subwoofer unit is kind of slim, and measures lower than 12 cm in width. The cables are of respectable size, and the soundbar might be wall-mounted with a pair of screws.
All of the enter ports are positioned in the back of the soundbar, however they don’t face the wall. As a substitute, they face sideways, making it so much simpler to attach the required cables to the ports. The ability button together with quantity management keys and the Bluetooth button are positioned on the precise aspect of the soundbar. There’s a tiny white 7-segment LED show on the centre that’s all the time a useful inclusion. It shows the enter mode in addition to quantity/bass/treble ranges amongst different issues; one thing that was absent on the Realme soundbar. A full-function wi-fi distant management can also be bundled within the bundle.
Artistic Stage V2 Soundbar: Specs and Options (8/10)
There are many connectivity choices on the Stage V2, and nothing essential has been omitted. You get Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5 mm Aux in, Optical in, USB and my favorite, HDMI ARC. Curiously, the USB port on the bar is of type-C selection, and never the usual USB-A. The corporate does bundle a type-C to USB-A cable, however the latter is a male connector, which means you can not plug a pendrive into it. The cable ought to have ideally had a USB-A feminine connector. You will have to purchase one individually if you happen to plan to play music from a USB drive.
The soundbar has a pair of two.25-inch drivers to deal with excessive and mid-range frequencies. They’ll ship a mixed output of 40W RMS, whereas the 5.25-inch subwoofer provides one other 40W RMS of energy, thus taking the full rated output energy of the system to 80W RMS. The corporate claims a peak energy determine of 160 Watts; I’m not certain what to make of it. The rated frequency response ranges between 55 Hz to twenty KHz, with SNR >= 75 dB.
Sadly, this soundbar isn’t Dolby-certified, one thing I hoped for given its close to 10K price ticket. Bundled with the Artistic Stage V2 is a smart-looking full operate wi-fi IR distant management, which is well-built and appears completely different from what you get with most soundbars. It has controls for quantity, bass, treble, keys for encompass and dialog enhancement, and buttons for enter choice and audio playback. There’s an influence and mute button too. So the whole lot you want is on the market right here. Do take excellent care of the distant, as a lot of the capabilities aren’t accessible with out it.
Artistic Stage V2 Soundbar: Efficiency (7/10)
I attempted enjoying completely different content material sorts by Aux, Bluetooth and HDMI inputs to check the soundbar. The sound high quality isn’t drastically completely different on both of the inputs, however barely higher when utilizing HDMI. Nevertheless, you might want to set the bass and treble in another way for various inputs for greatest outcomes. When in Bluetooth mode, the grasp quantity of this soundbar doesn’t sync with the Bluetooth quantity of the supply gadget, so you need to alter each volumes individually. That is one thing I don’t like.
Transferring on to the sound high quality, it’s fairly strong as you’ll count on from Artistic, however not spectacular nor one which raises the bar on this section. The sound signature is noticeably bass-heavy, however fortunately you may have bass and treble changes that make a noticeable distinction to the sound output. You even have ‘Encompass’ and ‘Dialog’ switches to both improve the soundstage or enhance the vocal readability respectively, courtesy of Artistic’s Sound Blaster expertise.
I might keep away from utilizing the previous when listening to music because it distorts the sound so much. Switching on the ‘Dialog’ mode in bass-heavy tracks typically brings higher stability to the sound. It’s fairly useful when watching dialogue-heavy content material too. The ‘Encompass’ choice does work properly in sure film sequences, however not all. Sadly, there isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all answer right here, and you need to consistently tinker with the sound settings to fit your style.
The soundbar can get fairly loud for a mid-sized room between the 60 p.c to 75 p.c quantity stage. Solely in a handful of films did I must push it past 75 p.c. Although the sound output places additional emphasis on the low-end frequencies, the highs are fairly respectable, and there’s a good quantity of readability within the vocals too, particularly with ‘Dialog’ mode on. The instrument separation is common at greatest in tracks which have a medley of devices. When watching internet sequence or films, it enhances the audio expertise approach past what your TV audio system can ship. However don’t count on it to select and reproduce each finer element in sound precisely. It’s nonetheless a price range soundbar, in spite of everything.
Artistic Stage V2 Soundbar: Worth, options and verdict
The Artistic Stage V2 has been launched at an introductory value of Rs 9,999 with a one 12 months guarantee. The value might go as much as Rs 17,999 later, one thing I might strongly advise in opposition to. Even at Rs 9,999, the competitors is kind of stiff. The Zebronics Zeb-Jukebar 4000 is one choice that matches this Artistic bar by way of a wide range of inputs and efficiency, and it sells for an excellent 40% decrease. After all, the Stage V2 has a greater design and some extra sound tips up its sleeve to considerably justify its greater price ticket.
The opposite various amongst these now we have reviewed is the Blaupunkt SBW-01, that not solely sounds a tad higher however can also be Dolby-certified. What’s extra, it sells for a few thousand decrease, when accessible. You even have choices from Samsung and Philips nipping at its heels contained in the 10K bracket. Final however not the least, let’s not neglect its predecessor – the Artistic Stage – that gives most of its options, barring the claimed Sound Blaster enhancements at an excellent Rs 2,500 to three,000 decrease. So long as its value stays below the psychological 10K mark, the Artistic Stage V2 is an effective choice within the section. Something greater and I wouldn’t suggest it.
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