There's plenty to like about the Prism+ Ripple. For one, it's pretty affordable at just S$499 for a 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar. The sound is also pretty good for its price, and the bass is very strong. Strangely enough, I think it may be a much better buy than the higher-end Prism+ Symphony.
- 3.1.2 audio channels, 580W peak power
- Dolby Atmos
- Bluetooth 5.1
- One-year onsite warranty
Design-wise, the Ripple is a slightly smaller version of the Symphony. It has the same rounded design, but flat enough to comfortably fit under your TV. There's plenty of volume coming out from the speaker. Dialogue is clear, and the mids are balanced. The sound is comparable to the Sony HT-A3000, but with a lot more bass thanks to a separate wireless subwoofer. There are also no special surround modes, or app support to tweak the sound, but you can adjust the bass and treble levels through the included remote.
Internally, the Ripple packs three racetrack speakers (i.e. speakers designed in the shape of a racetrack), two tweeters, and two upward-firing speakers. There are 3.1.2 channels, and a peak power output of 580W. It supports Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Digital. When tested with Stranger Things Volume 4's opening scene, I could make out the newspapers flying over my head. The bass is a bit strong, my cabinets were rattling too much, so you may want to tune it down a little. While there's Bluetooth, it doesn't come with Wi-Fi for Google Chromecast or Spotify Connect support. Voice assistant support is lacking as well.
At the back are ports for optical, coaxial, 3.5mm, two HDMI ports, and one HDMI eARC. You can also control the soundbar via the buttons at the top, or through the remote. As mentioned, the soundbar remote will let you adjust the bass and treble levels, but also change the sound EQ with five different profiles. With HDMI-CEC, you can also use your TV remote to control the volume.
The Prism+ Ripple is actually a pretty good bargain soundbar if you want to try out Dolby Atmos. This no-frills soundbar is competitively priced at S$499, so don't expect all the bangs and whistles you'll find in a higher-end model. Get it from Prism+, Shopee, or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.
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