First Look: Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25
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First Look: Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25

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The Boston Acoustic TVee Model 25 is a competent, but unexceptional, sound bar with some design flaws that make it not quite worth its premium price tag.

Hey. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET and we're gonna take a look at the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25. It's a pretty basic sound bar with a street price of $350 and as you can see it's not exactly the most stylish device on the market. The sound bar has a matte gray finish and there's a small wireless sub woofer included and there's not much else to it aside from the few front panel buttons on the right. It's not a thick device (to roll?) but compare to some of the center sound bars coming up these, it does look a little chunky. Now the Boston actually doesn't come with a remote, instead it relies on you to program the sound bar to respond that can match one of your TV's remote which doesn't exactly works well as when you have reset up. The manual also tells you to disable the TV's internal speaker and the TV I which were testing would show a message that says not available every time I adjusted the volume. It's annoying (quirk?) that happens with a lot of sound bars that lack a dedicated remote so you may wanna check if your TV displays a similar message before buying a Boston. Around back, you'll see there's an analog audio input and optical digital audio input and many jack input. That's not much gonna give you the overall but the Model 25 is counting on you to connect all your devices right to your TV and that connect the output of your TV right to the sound bar. By means of using the TV is switched between devices and as long as your TV has an audio output, it sure works pretty well. Sound quality is actually pretty good for a sound bar of this size especially since its sound is so small. The sub woofer blends nicely with the sound bar and while larger systems will deliver a bigger impact on say action movies. The Model 25 generally handles movies pretty well. Like most sound bars, music doesn't sound great so if you're planning on listening to a lot of music, your better off with a more traditional stereo or home theater system. Aside from its design was the main issue with the Model 25 is the price, $350 is a lot to ask for a sound bar these days and there's really nothing about the TV that warrant the extra cost. If you can get it on a discount, the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 sounds good for size but otherwise, you get a better value from some of our other top sound bar picks. I'm Matthew Moskovciak for CNET and this is the Boston Acoustics TVee Model25

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