Atlantic Technology PB-235 PowerBar

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 10.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

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 Harman Kardon SB 16 ($550 street). Of course, that's assuming you want what the PB-235 is offering: an expensive, jumbo-size sound bar that isn't exactly the most attractive on the market. And for this price you can pair up a cheap AV receiver (like the Onkyo TX-NR414, $275) with some inexpensive tower speakers (like the Pioneer SP-FS52, $260 per pair) and get much better sound, although in an admittedly bulkier package.

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $899
  • Brand Atlantic Technology
  • Type Sound bar speaker system
  • Color black
  • Speaker Type sound bar
  • Connectivity Technology Wired
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