Arcam Solo

A near hifi-quality soundbar for flatscreen TVs with clear, clean audio

Image: Hugh Threlfall

One of the technological developments I don’t expect to see any time soon is a flatscreen TV with decent sound. It’s pretty much ruled out by the physics of ever‑thinner sets. Makers such as Loewe have done wonders with thin-ish, semi-integrated soundbars, and soundbases like the superb Canton DM50 are, for my money, even better, but a proper, sizeable soundbar is still the best idea by a long chalk.

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UK audio maker Arcam now has this near-hifi soundbar, the Solo Bar+, and its associated Solo Sub, which bring, respectively, 100 and 300 watts of amplification to the party. The Solo Bar+ also transmits its audio output by Bluetooth, so you can turn the speakers off and listen to the TV sound on Bluetooth headphones, which I’d find really useful.

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The Solo Bar+ has six internal amps, and its two tweeter speakers are angled outwards by five degrees to make the sound more spatial. Oddly, at the demo, I preferred the audio without the Sub; it seemed slightly clearer and cleaner – quite magnificent, actually. But these things are very personal and some will prefer the hugeness of the full package.

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