Coupled with the CI-HV10 subwoofer, it delivers the soundstage and dynamics of a good set of tower speakers while disappearing into any room.
Soundbars are a dime-a-dozen, and most of them offer an improvement over the speakers built into your television. But none can adequately replace a good set of towers and matched center channel. Next Level Acoustics turns that notion upside down with the Fusion Reference Soundbar. It’s a passive cabinet with three isolated sectors representing the left, right, and center channels. At 66” wide, it’s an ideal fit for flat panels up to 75” wide. With a slim depth under four inches, it’s easy to wall-mount, or it can be set inside furniture thanks to its sealed design.
For my review, I’ve received a 66” Fusion Reference Soundbar finished in oak veneer with black lacquer finish. Build quality is monolithic and the cabinet feels like it’s been carved from billet. The front baffle is ¾” MDF while Baltic Birch rounds out the sides and back. This is a passive unit, basically three speaker channels in a single enclosure. I’ll be connecting it to an Integra DHC-80.1 processor and Emotiva XPA5 Amplifier. To fill in the bass, Next Level also sent their CI-HV10 subwoofer. It’s a small cabinet with an efficient 14” x 17” footprint. Inside is a 10” aluminum cone driver suspended between two chambers. It acts almost like a sealed design but a large port on the front allows air to escape. It’s rated to a low of 24Hz, driven by a 500-watt amp.
I’m looking forward to watching a few Blu-rays and listening to some familiar music. Will the Fusion Reference Soundbar rock? I’m about to find out! Watch this space for my full review coming soon.