With the advent of thin LED TVs, soundbar accessories have become a necessity. It would seem that most TVs today have crappy sounds due to their size limitations. But if you have a large HDTV, then the average soundbar simply would not do because it’s too small. Thankfully, this is not a problem with the Sharp HT-SB602. It’s anything but average, not just in terms of size but also the sound it produces as well.
Features of the Sharp HT-SB602
The Sharp HT-SB602 is an upgrade of the original Sharp HT-SB60, which was designed for 60-inch HDTVs. With the 2.1 channel HT-SB602, you only need to pay $400 to get amazing sound quality across the board.
It measures 2.8 by 54.5 by 2.7 inches, and it weighs less than 8 pounds. The subwoofer comes in at 16.9 by 5.7 by 12.1 inches with a weight of 13.4 pounds. The two-tone black finish looks good, designed with a glossy top part and faux-brushed-metal matte at the bottom. Each stereo channel uses 80 watts, and the wireless subwoofer consumes another 150 watts. That’s a total of 310 watts.
Pros and Cons
Technically speaking, the Sharp HT-SB602 is just a 2.1 system; it does not have rear channels to give you a true surround sound experience. But the distance between the stereo drivers are enough to give you that big sound that should be good enough for most viewers. The higher frequency sounds are crisp and bright, without sounding the least bit tinny. Sounds of rumbles and explosions are rich and powerful, and orchestral soundtracks can truly fill up an entire room.
Since the Sharp HT-SB602 comes with Bluetooth connectivity, you can also use this as your primary music appliance at home. High notes are clear and sharp, while the low notes are pretty impressive. The bass and the percussion bits come through without any sort of distortion. If you’re really finicky, you may notice something in the mid-bass range, but for most people this is not really noticeable.
The remote controller measures 8.4 inches and it features large flat buttons that are easy to press. With the remote, you can access different inputs and music modes by assigning each option its very own button. You even get playback controls for your Bluetooth device.
When it comes to soundbars for large HDTVs, the Sharp HT-SB602 is one of the best there is. The only way you can get better sound is to get a 5.1 system, and that means you’ll have to deal with all that cables snaking in your room. You may want to get another soundbar that offers more satellites for rear channels, but that defeats the point of getting a soundbar doesn’t it?
The reason why you’re buying a soundbar is because it’s a convenient way to improve the sound system of your large HDTV and this is something that the Sharp HT-SB602 accomplishes commendably. It can even function as an audio system for your home. It handles movies and music with equal aplomb and the subwoofer is small enough to fit in most places.