The Good The Atlantic Technology PB-235 PowerBar is a truly innovative sound bar, capable of producing credible bass performance without a separate subwoofer. Its sound quality is best-in-class for a sound bar, even compared with competitors that include a sub. It also has more connectivity than the average sound bar, including three digital inputs.
The Bad The PB-235 is massive. It's tall enough to obscure most TV screens so wall-mounting (of the sound bar or your TV) is almost a must. It's also very expensive, and you can get better sound with a pair of tower speakers and an inexpensive receiver. A system this high-end deserves a better remote.
The Bottom Line It's pricey and cumbersome, but Atlantic Technology's PB-235 sound bar works near-magic by pumping deep bass without a subwoofer.
Sound bar delivers real bass, sans subwoofer
They're called sound bars, but the truth is that an external subwoofer is often what separates the so-so sound bars from the good ones. That's why the claims behind Atlantic Technology's PB-235 PowerBar ($720 street) are so bold: true, deep bass sans a sub, thanks to its proprietary H-PAS bass system.
The crazy thing is the PB-235 largely works, delivering full, subwoofer-worthy bass without an actual subwoofer cluttering up your living room. It has the best sound quality of any sound bar we've tested recently, besting even our reference, external-sub-equipped
But if you want Atlantic's subwoofer-free design and are willing to pay for it, the PB-235 is an outstanding performer with truly innovative speaker technology.