Toshiba SBX4250

The Good The Toshiba SBX4250 is loaded with features, including built-in Bluetooth, two HDMI inputs, and two optical inputs. It also has onboard Dolby Digital decoding, which can be useful in a few cases. The included remote is nicely designed, with plenty of options for adjusting sound.

The Bad The SBX4250's sound quality is just average and its styling is pedestrian.

The Bottom Line Toshiba's SBX4250 is a sound bar with a good set of features at a decent price, but its sound quality and design are merely adequate.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Sound 6.0
  • Value 6.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

A ho-hum sound bar packed with features

Choosing a sound bar largely comes down to sound quality and design, with features being far less important than when evaluating other products. That's what makes the Toshiba SBX4250 ($270 street) a bit of a hard sell: it sounds and looks just about average, but has a great feature set. There's built-in Bluetooth, for wireless audio streaming from most smartphones and tablets, plus it has a ton of inputs, with two HDMI, two optical, an analog, and a minijack. And although the sound bar itself is visually lackluster, the included remote is nicely designed.

The question is whether you need all that connectivity or if you'd be better served by using your TV as a switcher, which is a more elegant solution as long as your TV has enough inputs. Still, if you're buying a sound bar now, there's not much competition at the moment at this price. The Vizio SB4021M-A1 sounds and looks better, but it lacks Bluetooth; pedestal-style sound bars have a nicer design, but you need to spend twice as much to get a system that sounds great. We'd recommend waiting a few more months until new 2013 models start to hit store shelves and seeing how the Toshiba SBX4250 stacks up against the newcomers.

Design: Just another sound bar

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $330
  • Brand Toshiba
  • Type Sound bar speaker system
  • Color Black
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