In the last decade, we’ve seen TVs get thinner, smarter, and picture quality get better and sharper. However, one aspect that many smart TVs today struggle with is sound output. That’s one of the reasons soundbars have become so popular in recent years.
Finding the perfect one takes a lot of time and research, especially when you don’t want to splurge. Soundcore by Anker is a Dolby Atmos certified soundbar in India. Here is our review of the same.
Soundcore Infini Pro soundbar review
The soundbar design is minimalist. At just over three feet wide, it looks and feels sturdy and blends in easily with the background. There’s Soundcore branding in the middle with touch buttons on both sides including on / off, volume up / down, mode switch, and Bluetooth.
These buttons light up along with the LED indicators for different modes. The fabric on the top and sides looks nice, but catches dust easily, which means you need to wipe it clean every two weeks. The 2.1 channel soundbar has two midrange drivers, two tweeters, two built-in subwoofers, and bass reflex ports on both sides. You can mount the sound bar on the wall or place it under the TV.
The soundbar was easy to connect. It has ports for HDMI ARC, HDMI, AUX cable, USB and optical audio cable. I connected it to my TV using HDMI ARC and then plugged in the Fire TV Stick as well. The results were really good compared to the output via Bluetooth and AUX. If you managed to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you can connect it directly to the soundbar.
There are three sound modes on the soundbar: movie, music, and voice. It is very loud and easily fills the room with surround sound. I really enjoyed listening to music, watching shows, cricket matches, as the sound was crisp, clear and the bass was abundant. While watching the psychological suspense show Behind your eyes on Netflix and the sound experience was phenomenal.
The loud knocks on the door seemed realistic and the low frequencies that would normally go unnoticed were clear. Soundcore Infini Pro clearly benefits from having Dolby Atmos support, which is a feature lacking in soundbars at this price.
the WandaVision The season finale was a pleasure to watch with the volume turned up, as it provided an experience close to that of a theater. There was never a time when I felt the need for an external subwoofer as the bass was deep enough whether I was listening to music or watching movies / shows. Since you can’t always tolerate strong bass when you’re watching the news or a cricket match, it also offers the option of raising or lowering the bass. Usually I kept the bass one level below its full capacity.
You can activate the “voice” mode when you want to hear dialogue clearly. This mode is useful, especially when watching documentaries or sitcoms. In music mode, you can clearly hear different instruments as the highs and lows are well defined. You can turn the volume up to the highest levels, but you still wouldn’t notice any distortion. However, you may notice the effect of bass on your bedroom or living room furniture.
One thing the soundbar lacks is night mode. With surround sound activated, you risk disturbing your family members at night if you are not careful with the volume levels. You can turn it off, but then the sound will be too flat. Sometimes when you pause and play or start a new video, there is a slight delay before the sound is audible.
Along with the remote, you can also control the soundbar using the Soundcore app which has all the controls except the on / off switch. You can also stream from a large in-app music library to the soundbar.
Should you buy the Soundcore Infini Pro soundbar?
At Rs 14,999, there are only a handful of rivals that have this soundbar. If you are looking for a mid-range soundbar, you should have no hesitation in opting for the Soundcore Infini Pro. You don’t need an external subwoofer, which means you won’t have to clear too much space to put it on your TV unit or mount it on the wall. .
The Dolby Atmos feature may not be as refined as you’ll see on premium soundbars, but getting the latter is an expensive affair. At a time when watching movies on OTT platforms has replaced the cinema experience almost entirely, the Soundcore Infini Pro soundbar is an excellent addition to your setup.