Soundbar

Toshiba SBX4250 Sound Bar

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Introduction to the Toshiba SBX4250 Sound Bar

Every year flat panels get smaller bezels, thinner cabinets, and hung on more and more walls. This shift has been beneficial in almost every area except for one: sound. Back with CRT displays, the size of the cabinet meant that throwing in a decent pair of speakers, or potentially even a subwoofer, was very possible with how much room was available. Unfortunately physics means that the smaller, thinner cabinets of flat panels don't have the space available to put in a pair of speakers that allows for audio that matches the picture.

Coming in to fill this niche are sound bars, which are seemingly available from every vendor in every size and price range. From simply providing a decent pair of stereo speakers to totally replacing your surround sound system and receiver, sound bars are available to fit any need. I'd always been a bit skeptical of them, but I also typically had a nice pair of speakers and a receiver hooked up to every TV in the house. Since the living room TV was now sitting on its own, the speakers put away to keep a curious toddler from hurting them or himself, it seemed like a good chance to see how a sound bar could improve the integrated speakers on my plasma. Toshiba sent over their new SBX4250 sound bar that also includes a wireless subwoofer so I can see how well it improves upon what the TV offers.

TOSHIBA SBX4250 SOUND BAR SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
  • Drivers: Two 1.5" Tweeters, Four 2.5" Midrange, 1x 6.5" Woofer
  • Amplifiers: 2 x 75 Watts (bar), 1 x 150 Watts (subwoofer)
  • Inputs: 2 Optical (SPDIF), 2 HDMI, 1 L/R RCA, 1 3.5mm stereo
  • Outputs: 1 HDMI (with ARC)
  • Remote Control
  • Dimensions (bar): 3.6" H x 37.6" W x 2.2" D
  • Weight: 4.9 Pounds
  • Dimensions (subwoofer): 14.0" H x 13.2" W x 7.6" D
  • Weight: 14.3 Pounds
  • MSRP: $330
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