Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub Review – Awesome Design, Refined Sound, But Has a Weak Subwoofer

The Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub is a soundbar and subwoofer combi that has an astonishing feature list. It also has stunning looks and can blurt out a refined sound that clearly is a step above its competitors. However, it is placed in a price point that is even higher than high-end models. Therefore, it is immediately not ready for all audiophiles, even for those that do have the cash to burn.

Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub Review - Awesome Design, Refined Sound, But Has a Weak Subwoofer

The Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub Are Placed in at a Price Point That is Higher Than Top-End Models

When it comes to design, the Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub is beautiful inside and out. Looking at its hardware specs, and you would immediately understand why the large heft in its price. It is packed with high-end circuitry and components that are familiar from the company’s AV receivers. Its internals are enclosed in a rigid aluminum casing that is engineered to prevent and dispel resonance.

Still on the design, it boasts a curved matte read, as well as an eye-catching silver trim that divides the central display panel and the front speaker grilles located on the sides. While it does promote excellent build quality, the downside here is that it is bulkier and taller than that traditional size and weight of soundbars.

In terms of connectivity options, the Arcam Solo Bar Plus remains one of the best connected soundbars on the market. It offers four HDMI 1.4 inputs, and an ARC-enabled output. All inputs pass through 3D and 4K signals, which means that it can happily support 4K of up to 60Hz at 4:2:0 color space. However, there is a lack of HDCP 2.2 which might prove to be troublesome moving forward.

Following the size of the sound bar, the Solo Sub is taller than most subwoofers. However, it has a style that you don’t want to take away. It is finished in a classy gray, and there are curved corners that are particularly easy on the eyes.

When it comes to sound performance, some of the issues found in its predecessor still remain, particularly when it comes to crispness and attack. It can deliver a remarkably clear and open sound, and detail reproduction is top-notch, but the subwoofer packs a definite punch. It does not perform well when connected wirelessly, and bass is definitely weaker when compared to its rivals. This can be remedied, however, by connecting the subwoofer via a wired connection instead.

Even though the Arcam Solo Bar Plus & Solo Sub is placed at such a steep price point, it does come with a comprehensive feature set, an audiophile’s dream sound quality, a beautiful design, and sturdy build quality. It just falls short of being a clear winner as wireless performance of the subwoofer is below average.


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