Surprisingly good for a soundbar with out a subwoofer- Expertise Information, Alenz

Surprisingly good for a soundbar with out a subwoofer- Expertise Information, Alenz

Value: Rs 6,199

Ranking: 3.8/5

We’ve been reviewing fairly a number of finances soundbars over the previous couple of months, however the Zebronics Zeb-Juke bar 3800 Professional Dolby is an uncommon possibility on this section. For starters, in contrast to most soundbars we’ve reviewed, it lacks a subwoofer, and the bar should deal with all of the frequency ranges (together with the lows) by itself. What’s extra fascinating is that the bar is compliant with Dolby Digital Plus, which is a rarity on this section. However how does it truly carry out, you ask. Let’s discover out.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar: Design (7.5/10)

The Zebronics 3800 Professional Dolby soundbar has a largely customary design, with an all-black physique and a steel grille up entrance sporting firm branding and a Dolby Digital Plus brand. The development is sort of rugged, and the end is respectable. The bar is about 90 cm lengthy and matches completely below a 40 to 43-inch TV. As I discussed within the intro, there isn’t a subwoofer right here and the bar has to do all of the exhausting yards. The soundbar could be mounted on a wall with a pair of screws supplied within the bundle. A full-function wi-fi distant management can be bundled, together with a pair of AAA batteries wanted to energy it.

All enter ports (besides the USB port) are behind the soundbar. Since they’re facet going through, it’s comparatively simpler to attach the cables to the ports in case you wall-mount it. One other smart move by the design group is to put the USB port along with the bar, the place it’s quite a bit simpler to plug in a flash drive as in comparison with a USB port positioned behind the bar. The facility button – together with quantity management keys – are positioned on the best facet. There’s a tiny, white, seven-segment LED show positioned entrance and centre, which is all the time a helpful inclusion. It shows the enter supply and quantity/bass/treble ranges, amongst different issues.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Pro Dolby Soundbar

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar: Specs and Options (8/10)

All widespread connectivity choices are current on the Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby. You get Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5 mm Aux in, Optical in, USB and final however most significantly, HDMI ARC. It has a lot of the bases coated. The soundbar has two pairs of 6.35 cm drivers to deal with all of the frequency ranges, together with lows; additionally they need to cowl for the lacking subwoofer. Each ship a mixed peak output of 60 W RMS. The rated frequency response ranges between 45 Hz to twenty KHz.

Beefing up the spectacular record of options right here is Dolby certification. Dolby-certified soundbars with HDMI ARC enter are a rarity on this finances, and the Juke Bar 3800 Professional is able to dealing with Dolby Digital Plus audio. The neat-looking, full-function wi-fi distant management is the one you get with most Zebronics soundbars. It’s fairly effectively constructed and has controls for quantity, bass, treble, equaliser pre-sets (Music, Information, Film, 3D), enter choice and audio playback. There’s an influence button, together with a mute button, too. I can’t consider something essential that the corporate has missed out right here. Do take excellent care of the distant, as most capabilities aren’t accessible with out it.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Pro Dolby inputs. Image: Ameya Dalvi

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby inputs. Picture: Ameya Dalvi

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar: Efficiency (7.5/10)

I attempted a number of enter sources to check the soundbar, and understandably, HDMI and USB playback was higher than Bluetooth and Aux. When in Bluetooth mode, the grasp quantity of this soundbar doesn’t sync with the Bluetooth quantity of the supply gadget. So, you must alter each volumes individually, one thing I’m not keen on. Apparently, the soundbar helps AAC codecs over Bluetooth, one thing I haven’t come throughout until date in finances soundbars.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Pro Dolby remote. Image: Ameya Dalvi

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby distant. Picture: Ameya Dalvi

Transferring on to the sound high quality, it’s surprisingly good for a 2.0 channel soundbar. The output is loud, the bass is punchy and most of the time, you don’t miss a devoted subwoofer, and that’s saying one thing. There are sound changes that allow you to throttle the bass and treble between -5 to five to fit your style, and that makes a noticeable distinction to the sound output. There are 4 sound pre-sets, and people are impartial of the bass and treble ranges. Greatest to all the time use the Film or Music pre-set and go away the opposite two alone.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Pro Dolby Soundbar controls. Image: Ameya Dalvi

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar controls. Picture: Ameya Dalvi

The soundbar can get loud for a mid-sized room at round 50 p.c quantity degree. Solely on a number of events when watching reveals or motion pictures on sure OTT platforms did I must push it as much as 70 p.c for higher readability. The dynamic vary of this bar is sort of respectable. The highs are reproduced effectively, and there’s a good quantity of readability within the vocals. The bass has a very good presence, too, although it’s not too tight. The efficiency in music playback is nearly satisfactory, particularly when taking part in it over Bluetooth or Aux. It sounds noticeably higher when performed from the USB port or by way of HDMI. Regardless of that, this soundbar isn’t the perfect for enjoying music.

It is if you’re watching an online sequence or a film (particularly ones encoded in Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus) that this soundbar involves life. There’s a noticeable distinction in audio high quality in such content material as in comparison with different finances soundbars with out Dolby certification. It fills the room with punchy audio that has ample readability in dialogues and surprisingly good element in sound. In motion sequences, you do miss the additional punch {that a} subwoofer can ship, however on most events, you gained’t miss the sub. It transcends your TV viewing expertise manner past what most TV audio system can handle, and particularly when watching content material from Netflix and Prime Video with prime quality audio. When viewing Dolby-enabled content material, the phrases ‘Dolby Audio’ flash throughout the LED show. Nonetheless, it doesn’t specify if it is a Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus sign.

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby Soundbar: Value, options and verdict

The Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 3800 Professional Dolby is priced at Rs 6,199 with a one-year guarantee, and is out there on all widespread ecommerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon. Although you get 2.1 channel soundbars (with a subwoofer) in that value vary, hardly any are Dolby-certified and a few even lack an HDMI enter. I might say this can be a good value for a soundbar with a number of audio inputs together with HDMI ARC, help for Dolby Digital Plus, good sound output and changes; it’s even higher for those who don’t have area for a subwoofer or don’t like extra bass.

As for options, there are hardly any soundbars with out a subwoofer that sound pretty much as good on this value vary. It beats the Xiaomi Soundbar (that sells for Rs 4,999) comfortably each when it comes to options and efficiency. You do have some competitors from Zebronics itself. The Zeb-Jukebar 4000 – that comes with a subwoofer and sells for Rs 200 much less – sounds fairly good, regardless of missing compliance with Dolby Audio. It has all of the connectivity choices as effectively, however in case you are in search of a easy and competent soundbar with out the litter of additional cables or a sub, the Zeb-Juke bar 3800 Professional Dolby is a wonderful possibility.


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