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Audio Pro’s new speakers promise a large, easy TV audio upgrade for soundbar haters

Audio Pro A48 speakers in living room, on either side of a TV

(Image credit: Audio Pro)

Audio Pro has just announced its latest group of wireless speakers, and they are aimed straight at giving your TV an enormous sound upgrade as much as your music. The Audio Pro A48 floorstanding speakers feature an HDMI ARC port for direct link with your TV, in addition to Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Cast. Oh, and you could wire in sound from audio gear too that’s still something with speakers, nearly.

The Audio Pro A48 can be acquired from mid-September, and can cost $1,200 / 1,200. They’re the most recent in the line-up of would-be “soundbar killer” (their words) speakers from the business, with the much cheaper A28 bookshelf speakers and the A38 smaller floorstanding speakers rounding out the number, all offering exactly the same connectivity, just at different degrees of punch.

Talking about punch, the A48 speakers certainly are a three-way design, meaning they ought to deliver a large, powerful sound with great dynamic range, predicated on our experience with Audio Pro gear. They’re quite definitely targeted at as an alternative to among the best soundbars at the top quality this is actually the sort of money you’d purchase a Sonos Arc with a subwoofer, or for a Sony HT-A7000 for those who don’t like the thought of a soundbar.

All physical connections (power, HDMI, any audio connections) go in to the left speaker, and the proper speaker connects to it with an individual cable that carries everything it requires.

They’re active speakers, this means they have all of the amplification they want in already, so that you can just connect among the best turntables directly (so long as it includes a built-in phono stage).

They’re obtainable in black or white, with optional grilles on leading and you could customize the grilles in order to add more of your touch.

Audio Pro A48 speakers in living room, on either side of a TV

(Image credit: Audio Pro)

Analysis: What’s wrong with a soundbar?

Soundbars are perhaps one of the most popular products on earth right now, for a couple reasons partly because many individuals upgraded their TVs within the last year or two because a many more time was suddenly spent in the home in the 2020/2021 period for some reason and so are now searching for a matching sound upgrade; partly the because Dolby Atmos is becoming this type of buzzword for home entertainment and the very best Dolby Atmos soundbars have grown to be a lot more affordable; and partly because of the convenience, for the reason that they just take a seat on your present TV stand and do not take up a lot more you will ever have.

However, not everyone is pleased with how soundbars work. Soundbars are small, and which means they will have certain physical limitations on which sort of sound they are able to offer, particularly when it involves sheer scale and power. Smaller drivers and less volume within the cabinet means less air gets moved. High-end ‘bars bypass this by simply packing themselves with multiple drivers, which also helps create the multi-direction 3D aftereffect of Dolby Atmos but this often makes them weaker for sound.

We at TechRadar truly love an excellent Dolby Atmos soundbar with positional audio tricks, however, many people just don’t want that they’re pleased with having stereo sound, but stereo sound that’s as effective as it could be, with serious speaker engineering that works aswell for music since it does for movies.

We’ve seen growing fascination with this within the last couple of years as soundbars have started getting people considering TV audio more, and several of the best stereo speakers have started including HDMI connectivity too and we’ve discussed what speakers can perform much better than Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Soundbars remain perfect for a lot of people, but more competition is never a negative thing, and perhaps speakers such as this will push soundbars to up their music game a lot more.

Matt is TechRadar’s Senior Editor for TV and Audio, meaning he’s responsible for persuading we of reviewers to view gorgeous TVs and pay attention to fantastic speakers and headphones. It is a tough task, obviously. Matt has over ten years of experience in tech publishing, and previously ran it & audio coverage for the colleagues at T3.com, and before he edited T3 magazine. During his career, he’s also contributed to places as varied as Creative Bloq, PC Gamer, PetsRadar, MacLife, and Edge. TV and movie nerdism is his speciality, and he would go to the cinema 3 x weekly. He’s always pleased to explain the virtues of Dolby Vision over a glass or two, but he could have to use props, like he’s explaining the offside rule.

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