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Its made of thin, flimsy plastic that could be snapped quite easily.The passive subwoofer is remarkably compact 195 x 266 x 265mm, making it easy to tuck away in tight spaces. It might be a stretch to call a strip of metal attractive, but Humax has certainly tried its hardest the black finish and curves are easy on the eye. Build quality isnt up to the standard of the soundbar, though, with a black matt plastic finish and exposed black chipboard on the back, but it looks nice enough. But the STA1200BSWs main selling point is that its the worlds slimmest soundbar, trumping the previous record holder Sonys HT-ST3 by some margin.
Its difficult to see from the sofa a proper readout would have been more helpful but Humax is working within tight size constraints. However, this seems like a bit of an afterthought. READ MORE: Surround Sound System ReviewsAlso, the small recess on the back makes it tricky to plug in a full-size optical cable, so stick with the thinner cable provided in the box.It would have been easy for Humax to debut with a bland, no-frills soundbar, so its great to see them attempting something a bit different and if Blades performance is a cut above the rest groan then it could turn out to be a very tempting purchase indeed.
On the back are just two inputs, optical digital and a 3. It measures just 37mm high by 20mm deep, a mere slip of a speaker thatll blend surreptitiously into its surroundings.Its surprising, though, that Humax decided to put the sockets on the soundbar itself given the limited space Sony put them on the HT-ST3s subwoofer and linked it to the bar with a single cable.
The panel also houses a row of touch-sensitive controls. The subwoofer features a 6. These skinny dimensions earn it the rather cool nickname Blade. Inside the soundbar is an 80W amplifier, which supplies 20W to each of the four speaker drivers lined up along the bar.
Obviously a bar this slim is crying out to be mounted on the wall the brackets and fixings are in the box but you can also plonk it on a flat surface using the supplied shelf stand.5in passive driver.5 analogue minijack.1-channel system that brings large-scale sound to your living room while keeping clutter to a minimum.
ROUND-UP: Best SoundbarsHumax STA1200BSW Design and ConnectionsSuch is Blades slenderness that we almost missed it when we opened the box.Not only is it the slimmest soundbar ever, but its also beautifully made.There are no EQ modes or tone controls, but you do get a Bass Enhancer to boost low frequencies and a Surround mode thats supposed to deliver wide spatial sound.Humax STA1200BSW FeaturesMusic lovers will welcome the inclusion of Bluetooth, which makes it easy to stream tunes from phones and laptops.
Best known for its TV receivers and PVRs, Humax now turns its attention to the thriving soundbar market with the STA1200BSW, a 2. Once located and unwrapped, we still couldnt believe that this skinny stick, no thicker than a broom handle, is actually a soundbar. The 1200mm-wide speaker is fashioned from strong, sturdy aluminium, with rounded edges and a flat backside for mounting on the wall. Here, you have three separate cables trailing from the soundbar, which looks more untidy.
With this simple selection, Humax is going for the plug-and-play approach, so if youre after HDMI inputs look elsewhere. Bang in the middle is a small display panel that uses tiny dots of coloured light to tell you which sound modes are selected. Thank you for reading.