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#2086119 - 05/21/13 04:41 AM Soundbar
Eggman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/13
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Loc: UK
Killing time while waiting patiently for delivery of my new Kawai VPC1 (end of May). I will be using it mainly with Galaxy Vintage D. My main speakers are floor standing Mission M33 speakers positioned about 4m across the rooom from the VPC1. I like a really up close sound to my piano and I have been thinking about adding some close up speakers for in your face sound. I dont particularly want to drop a couple of ugly speakers on top of the Kawai VPC1. A tidy solution would be a quality soundbar, similar to these, sitting on the back of the VPC1.. http://www.amazon.co.uk/tag/soundbar/products

As anyone here tried using one of these soundbar devices for up close piano sound?
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#2086125 - 05/21/13 05:21 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Marko in Boston Online   blank
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Registered: 11/30/12
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Loc: Boston, Massachusetts
I have not used one myself, however, I am curious if soundbars will become popular in the near future for DP's and synths. Looks like Korg is giving it a shot making an optional soundbar for one of it's keyboards: http://www.zzounds.com/item--KORPAAS


#2086136 - 05/21/13 06:51 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Marko in Boston]
PuffleDunk Offline
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Registered: 05/12/13
Posts: 10
Having shopped for A/V soundbars, I'd be careful. Some are optimized for dialog. In general they're not particularly focused on music reproduction and linearity.

Please take my opinion for what it's worth (not much).

#2086158 - 05/21/13 08:00 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Eggman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/13
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Loc: UK
Point taken. A lot of the Soundbars seem to try to emulate Dolby surround sound and I guess would be pretty useless for use on top of a controller keyboard. Others emulate stereo 2.1 which again would possibly be no good for piano sounds as some frequencies would possible be sent through to a centre speaker within the enclosure. There are some however which can switch to straight stereo for use with a docked iphone etc.

I am looking for a Soundbar that gets close to the length of the VPC1 so a straight 1:1 stereo spread would be most realistic but i guess these things are designed to sit under max 50" TV's so I would have to adjust the stereo width setting on the Galaxy Vintage D. Interesting concept though :-)
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#2086187 - 05/21/13 09:56 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Jake Jackson Offline
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Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 615
Loc: Atlanta, GA
The Korg soundbar looks interesting--3 channels and 5 actual cones. And some of the Kawai stage pianos have a multiple speaker configuration that sounds very, very good. Just makes sense for a piano sound.

I would be careful about some of the soundbars that are made for tv's: beneath the mesh, many of them just have two small cones.

Edited by Jake Jackson (05/21/13 09:58 AM)

#2086190 - 05/21/13 10:05 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
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Registered: 08/03/10
Posts: 220
That would be an elegant solution, if someone clever comes up with one that's more music / keyboard-oriented. I love the sound and performance of my M-Audio SPBX8 monitors, but they're big, bulky, and a bit of an eyesore.
Yamaha CP33 | Roland XP-30

#2086195 - 05/21/13 10:20 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Eggman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/13
Posts: 53
Loc: UK
I have located one of these,


Its discontinued but my son uses one under his TV. I haven't heard it but he reckons it sounds pretty good. "big and warm" he reckons :-)

The tech spec recons..."It incorporates a powerful 60W array of 6 speakers and integrated subwoofer"

he's bringing it around tonight for me to try it out. :-)
Kawai VPC1 | Imperfect Samples Walnut Steinway Concert Grand | Galaxy Vintage D | Pianoteq |

#2086351 - 05/21/13 04:04 PM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Eggman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/13
Posts: 53
Loc: UK
Ok, I just tried it and there is definitely some worth to considering the use of a stereo soundbar. The sound was good but the unit I used had a sub built in that I could not find a way to reduce the sub level, so the bass notes where a bit boomy. The top end was lovely though. I increased the stereo width of my galaxy vintage D to match my controller width and the stereo effect was very pleasing and very natural. I think I am going to look into this further while waiting for my VPC1. The unit I just tested was a £100 budget model with 6 speakers built in, i'm going to see if I can find a better mid price solution with a greater width and controllable sub woofer. Apart from the boomy bass the test soundbar sounded really nice and warm and had strong volume and very good stereo imaging.
Bit of a result really ;-)
Kawai VPC1 | Imperfect Samples Walnut Steinway Concert Grand | Galaxy Vintage D | Pianoteq |

#2424594 - 05/25/15 10:31 AM Re: Soundbar [Re: Eggman]
Strat Offline
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Registered: 09/02/07
Posts: 624
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I'm extremely interested in this topic and am wondering which soundbar would sound great for Ivory. Looking for something accurate.

If anybody has any ideas, please let me know.
Started playing in mid-June 2007. Self-taught... for now. :p


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