1-channel soundbar that sits underneath your TV and turns the sets thin, weedy sound into something bigger and louder, without making unreasonable demands on your space. If youre simply connecting the Maxell to an ARC-compatible TV, then a single HDMI cable will suffice.As a result, its remarkably easy to hook up your kit.Elsewhere the MXSB-252 offers a couple sound features Bass Boost two levels and SRS HD WOW, which spreads the sound wider than the usual stereo output.
If it backs this up with decent performance, we could be looking at a real bargainROUNDUP: Best SoundbarsMaxell MXSB-252 DesignThe MXSB-252 is a slimmer and prettier animal than the MXSP-SB3000.Maxell MXSB-252 FeaturesSo far so great then, but in terms of features theres one glaring omission Bluetooth. But as we said, a minor niggle. In the recess on the back are three HDMI inputs and one Audio Return Channel-compatible output, an optical digital audio input, analogue stereo RCA input and a 3.
But bring a Blu-ray deck, Sky box and games console into the equation and you can connect each one to its own HDMI input and switch between them using the Maxells remote. These are clearly labelled on the front lip.One minor niggle is that it can be a tiny tricky given to connect portable audio devices to the 3. choose it up and the cabinet feels light, lacking the solid heft of the Denon DHT-T100 or Cambridge Audio Minx TV, nevertheless its sturdy enough to withhold TVs weighing up to 50kg.
Its also finished in an eye-catching brush effect, which is hopefully scratch resistant given that youll be plonking a TV on summit. We were hugely impressed by the MXSP-SB3000s superb sound quality, plentiful features and excellent sub-200 price. To put that into context, the 350 LG LAP340 offers just a single optical digital input, while the 250 Denon DHT-T100 is similarly HDMI-free. Inside the MXSB-252 are four 10W speakers and a 30W woofer.
If it doesnt withhold ARC, then connect your TV to the optical input or one of the analogue inputs. A row of lights runs along the summit indicating selected inputs and active sound modes. The MXSB-252 follows in its enormous brothers frugal footsteps, offering an attractive spec for an astonishingly low 90.on the front is a slender black speaker mesh bearing the Maxell logo.
Maxell says its ideal for TVs up to 46in, although its stand has to fit within the 530 x 300mm summit surface area. Its 54mm-high cabinet is surprisingly elegant, with a summit panel that curves down at both ends.5mm input on the back it would have been more convenient on the front.Maxell MXSB-252 ConnectionsThe MXSB-252 offers a remarkably generous range of sockets for the money.
This isnt a massive surprise given the wallet-kind price, but its such an appealing and convenient feature on other soundbases that we cant help but bemoan its absence.Thats a great ask the jurys yet out on what these products are actually called Soundbase Plinth, but basically the Maxell MXSB-252 is a 2.5mm minijack input.Its one of three soundbars in Maxells current TV speaker range, sandwiched between the summit-end MXSP-SB3000 and entry-level MXSB-250.