• Angela Wilson

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

  • Main unit

  • Wireless Subwoofer

  • Wireless Surround

  • Remote control / AAA batteries x 2

  • Ac power cord X 2

  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable

  • HDMI cable

  • Adapter 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.