Posted Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST by Dick Ward
It's a unique design that Sharp hopes will catch some attention.
Soundbars are interesting components. They're designed to add high quality sound - far better than TV speakers at any rate - while keeping down the clutter. They sit just in front of your TV, rather than positioned around the room. Of course, when you decide to upgrade to a proper surround system, that soundbar is out of the picture.
Sharp's latest release helps to bridge the transition. While the HT-SL75 and HT-SL77 both function in the way you'd expect soundbars to function, they offer a feature you won't find elsewhere. The soundbar can be split into two pieces that are used as left and right speakers. You can go with whatever style you prefer based on the room and the look of the speakers. Plus, when you decide on an upgrade - bam - L/R speakers right there.
Both the SL75 ($329) and SL77 ($449) are 2.1 channel systems that come with the soundbar, stands for vertical positioning and a subwoofer. The 77 ups that to a wireless subwoofer.
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