Sound comes in all shapes and sizes. If the sound from the speakers in your TV isn't good enough, the simplest option is to get a soundbar. Soundbars also come in different shapes and sizes. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Cheap is usually just that...cheap. But if you are looking for a good quality soundbar, the Onkyo LS-B50 could be for you.
Onkyo makes some nice sounding surround sound speaker systems. With those systems cost being less than the $699 MSRP for the LS-B50 sound bar system, I had high expectations. I am hoping to see there is a nice synergy of design and components. This system is designed for someone who wants better sound than the speakers built into the flatscreens, but without all of the wires that you find with full surround sound systems. The design is of a 3-way system, with separate tweeters and mids in the actual soundbar, and then the separate wireless subwoofer. I liked the fact that it had multiple digital as well as analog inputs. It also had a USB input as well. So not only does it handle the sound for you TV, it also does double duty as a music system for a portable device like your MP3 player, or play music you have stored on a flash drive. Now it is time to see if the truth is in the pudding.
As stated previously, Onkyo delivered a very musical product here. Kudos to Onkyo. And elegant design would fit in with any décor. At an MSRP of $699, they are not cheap. However the Onkyo LS-B50 is further evidence that you do tend to get what you pay for. If you are in the market for a premium soundbar, this Onkyo deserves to be on your short list. Based on it's design, features, quality and performance, the Onkyo LS-B50 has earned our Editor's Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at http://www.onkyousa.com/Products/model.php?m=LS-B50&class=EnvisionCinema&so.