Haier SBEV40-Slim

The Good The Haier SBEV40-Slim is an incredibly thin sound bar, with a wireless subwoofer that's nearly as svelte. The design is all-around excellent, with a front panel display hidden behind the speaker grille. And connectivity is better than average with two HDMI inputs, an optical audio input, and a minijack input.

The Bad While the SBEV40-Slim sounds good for a budget sound bar, it doesn't compare to a full surround-sound system. It also lacks built-in Bluetooth or AirPlay for wireless audio streaming. Also don't expect much "virtual surround" effect, as it's mostly a stereo-only affair.

The Bottom Line The ultraslim Haier SBEV40-Slim sounds surprisingly good for its size and features two HDMI inputs, making it one of the best budget sound bar options.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Haier SBEV40-Slim

When you think of Haier, air conditioners and other appliances are the first products to come to mind. Yes, the Chinese company has ventured into discount MP3 players and TVs, but when CNET has reviewed them in the past, they often scored low -- even when taking their bargain pricing into account.

Guess what? We don't have Haier to kick around anymore. We spent a considerable amount of time listening to the company's SBEV40-Slim sound bar ($260 street), and we're pleasantly surprised to report that it's pretty great. In fact, the Haier is one of the best-sounding sound bars at this price level.

The SBEV40-Slim (which also goes by the name "Haier Slim Evoke") has an incredibly thin profile at just 1.1 inches thick, along with a slim, wireless subwoofer, making it one of the more stylish sound bars on the market. And its connectivity is a cut above most of its competitors, with two HDMI inputs, an optical audio input, and a minijack input.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $350
  • Brand Haier
  • Type Sound bar speaker system
  • Color black
  • Speaker Type two channel speaker
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless, Wired
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