Monoprice debuts Dolby Atmos soundbar with subwoofer and satellite speakers
Updated: Feb 13
For those who are considering setting up their first sound system but don't want to spend a lot of money, Monoprice SB-600 Dolby Atmos Soundbar really seems like a good deal.
Monoprice, an electronics retailer known for exceptionally low prices for audio/video accessories such as HDMI cables, wall mounts and headphones, also produces several speakers, including soundbars.
Dolby Atmos surround sound has long been present in many high-end bars, usually at high prices that are far from the average user, but not now, since Monoprice has released its SB-600 5.1.2 system for less than $450.
Monoprice SB-600 Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Highlights
Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 soundbar
Wireless surround speakers
Wireless 8" subwoofer
Two HDMI inputs and an HDMI ARC output
Bluetooth 4.2 and USB streaming
Coaxial and optical digital inputs
3.5mm analog audio input
DSP sound modes
Includes an IR remote control
What's in the box
Remote control / AAA batteries x 2
Ac power cord X 2
3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
Surround speaker cable
Wall bracket (for main unit)
Wall mounting screw
Wall bracket for Surround
Monoprice SB-600 Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Design
The SB-600 aims for a more authentic Atmos experience by placing two upwardly firing drivers in the soundbar alongside regular left, right, and central channel drivers.
An 8-inch wireless subwoofer provides the deep, rumbling low-end, while two active wireless surround speakers fill the left and right surround channels.
Soundbar Dimensions: 40.6" x 4.3" x 3.0" (1032 x 110 x 75 mm)
Subwoofer Dimensions: 9.4" x 9.4" x 16.5" (240 x 240 x 420 mm)
Satellite Speakers Dimensions (each): 2.8" x 2.8" x 5.9" (71 x 71 x 150 mm)
Soundbar Weight: 8.8 lbs. (4.0 kg)
Subwoofer Weight: 13.2 lbs. (6.0 kg)
Satellite Speakers Weight (each): 1.1 lbs. (0.5 kg)
Monoprice SB-600 Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Power output
The main bar itself consists of a 2 x 2-inch cone for the center channel, 2.5-inch drivers for the left and right channels as well as tweeters and upward firing units for the sides. Their total capacity is 125 W.
The two satellite speakers are surround channels only and are designed to be placed behind the viewer. They provide amplification of only 15 watts per channel, with frequency responses from 120 Hz to 20 KHz.
The subwoofer, for its part, features an 8-inch driver with a 180-watt amplifier and a frequency response from 40 to 120 Hz that complements the bar's frequency response from 120 Hz to 20 kHz.
System Frequency Response: 40Hz ~ 20kHz
Soundbar Frequency Response: 120Hz ~ 20kHz
Subwoofer Frequency Response: 40 ~ 120 Hz
Satellite Speakers Frequency Response: 120Hz ~ 20kHz
Soundbar Drivers: Center: 2x 2.0" cone, L/R Midrange: 2x 2.5" cone
Soundbar Output Power:
Center: 50 watts
L/R Midrange: 25 watts each
L/R Tweeters: 25 watts each
L/R Up-Firing: 25 watts each
Subwoofer Driver: 8" down-firing cone
Subwoofer Output Power: 180 watts
Satellite Output Power: 2x 15 watts
Monoprice SB-600 Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Connectivity
There is also a decent set of inputs. Two HDMI inputs and a dedicated HDMI ARC/eARC port are available via 4K video, HDR and Dolby Vision.
There are also ports for coaxial, optical, USB and 3.5mm analog inputs to connect a variety of audio devices.
It does not have Wi-Fi features like AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, but it does offer Bluetooth v4.2 for streaming audio from your phone or tablet.
Surrounds that connect wirelessly to the main soundbar require their own power cord and 2.5mm umbilical cable to connect the left and right side to each other.
Video Inputs: 2x HDMI
Video Output: HDMI with eARC
Audio Inputs: Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical, 3.5mm Analog
Audio Input Sensitivity: 500mV
Bluetooth Version: 4.2
Supported Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Frequency Range: 2400 ~ 2483.5 MHz
Wireless Frequency Range: 5725 ~ 5850 MHz
USB Version: 2.0
Supported USB Formatting: FAT32, FAT16
Maximum Supported USB Capacity: 32GB
Supported USB File Format: mp3
Remote Control Range: up to 19.7 feet
Remote Control Operating Angle: 0 ~ 30°
Remote Control Power Source: 2x AAA batteries (included)
Monoprice SB-600: Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 playback
With Dolby Atmos processing in the soundbar, the SB-600 creates a 360-degree sound field, delivering an enveloping soundstage and cinematic surround experience for all your music and movie content, with greater realism, detail and immersion.
Monoprice SB-600: DSP sound modes
To improve your listening experience, there are three DSP modes: Movies, Music, and News. Music mode enhances the sound field of music playback, Movie mode attempts to focus on dialogs and sound effects for a more dramatic movie experience, and news mode focuses solely on dialog clarity.
Monoprice SB-600: Power consumption
Soundbar Input Power: 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Subwoofer Input Power: 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Satellite Speakers Input Power: 24 VDC, 1500mA
AC Adapter Input Power: 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Soundbar Maximum Power Consumption: 30 watts
Soundbar Standby Power Consumption: ≤ 0.5 watts
Subwoofer Maximum Power Consumption: 80 watts
Subwoofer Standby Power Consumption: ≤ 0.5 watts
Monoprice SB-600: Price & Availability
The new Monoprice SB-600 sound system is available now on the company's website and is currently only available in the United States for $450.