Compared with other similar Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 soundbars in the market, the Prism+ Symphony is pretty affordable. Based on the specs alone, the soundbar is impressive. It has two up-firing speakers and a wireless subwoofer. So it begs the question, does the sound hold up? Yes, especially if you like it loud.
- 5.1.2 audio channels, 760W peak power
- Dolby Atmos
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 1 year onsite warranty
Sound-wise, the Symphony offers plenty of volume, which means you don't need it at maximum. Guns and explosions will feel impactful. There's clarity in the higher ranges. Height channels are definitely there, and are distinct. The soundbar is best experienced with Netflix's 6 Underground, where the initial car chase sequence lets you experience the wild ride and explosions, while the yacht magnet scene plays around with the height channels, too.
However, the sound from the Symphony isn't comparable to my four-year-old 5.1.2 LG soundbar. The sound just isn't as lush or full-bodied, and bass sounds a little soft at default to my ears. It also feels muddy in comparison. On the other hand, the Symphony's soundstage feels wide and easily fills the room. There's also a LED display, which is handy since it shows you the source and volume. The brightness is also adjustable with the remote control. Speaking of which, you won't need the remote much if you're using HDMI-CEC. But the remote will let you adjust the bass and treble, as well as switch EQ settings for various modes.
Impressively, the Symphony doesn't skimp on ports, which includes three HDMI ports, with one dedicated for eARC. The other two ports will be useful for plugging in other devices such as an Apple TV or a Blu-ray player. There's also a co-axial, optical and a USB port for flash drives. The wireless sub-woofer pairs automatically with the soundbar, and delivers the thumping bass you want. Something to note though, is that when I switch from my TV to the PS5, the volume becomes incredibly loud. It's usually one or two steps louder on my normal soundbar, but on the Symphony, it's at least 10 steps and I have to dial it all the way down.
I was honestly expecting a catch with the Prism+ Symphony soundbar. But surprisingly, the sound is great for its price. Sadly, it's not as good as higher-end soundbars, and doesn't have AirPlay or Google Cast for Wi-Fi streaming audio, but you can use Bluetooth. Get it for S$699 from Lazada, or direct from Prism+.
Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.
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