Rated 3.8 out of 5áby 12
Rated 4 out of 5áby weemac Good value for money
Bought this unit to enhance the sound from my five year old Sony Bravia TV. I have connected it up to the TV's headphone socket with a mini jack plug. I can wind the sound up and down via my Sky controller.
Generally it does a reasonable job for the price that I paid.
My only real complaint is that when the volume on the TV is wound down to less that 20 (on the Sony scale) the unit can go into sleep mode. To get it going again you have to wind the volume up or use the Roth's own little controller to power up the unit, quite irritating!!!
Overall apart from being a bit bulky it is a good little soundbar.
19 November 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby chrispy So disappointed i took it back
A sound system to accompany you new smart TV is essential. The Roth looked good but after setting it up it soon became annoying.
Firstly you can only adjust the volume by using the Roth control. there is no ARC on the Roth.
Its a bit chunkier than most soundbars because it doesn't have a sub woofer, so it physically blocked the remote to TV sensor.
As reported in other reviews I noticed a strange sound accompanying speech. You could only hear it if there was no background noise but once i could hear it, it bugged me.
Finally the unit was faulty and failed to work a few times.
I took it back and Richer sounds were great. I upgraded to a Panasonic SC-HTB20 and it sounds much better and volume works off the tv controller
15 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby TonyL Why pay more?
Visited the Weybridge store to purchase a Yamaha sound bar but Lee ascertained that we had no optical connector on our old flat-screen TV and wouldn't, therefore, benefit from the best sound available. He suggested the Roth, (ú70 cheaper than the Yamaha and ú251 cheaper than our original choice of a Bose Solo). We are both delighted by the clear, well-defined sound of the Roth Sub Zero. Speech is clearer, music sounds superb and the option of adjusting the base separately means we were quickly able to set everything up to suit our taste. We will be returning to Richer Sounds to replace our TV. A shop demonstration by knowledgeable staff meant that we could buy with confidence and will return.
14 August 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Mikk Good value for money
I've been using this soundbar for about a month and have no regrets about buying it. It sits on a shelf just above the TV which it complements visually very well. I wasn't expecting anything earth shattering regarding audio quality but overall find it very acceptable and can now listen to the Proms and operas without resorting to my headphones.
The only downside I find is that sibilants can be quite noticeable in some programmes and there seems to be no way to mitigate this. This seems to be dependent on the recording technique used. For example, watching a recent documentary, the female presenter's voiceover was full of sibilants but when she was speaking to the camera there were none. However I recognise that sibilants can be a problem with even the highest quality sound systems.
05 August 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby geoand Great Soundbar - worth it for good audio!
It's got great audio, would recommend! However my Sony Bravia sits on stand and remote sensor and lights at bottom are blocked by height of soundbar. Fixed it by putting TV up on blocks! Not perfect but can't be seen as it's behind soundbar.
22 July 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby thepalefox Unacceptable dialogue clarity
I researched this soundbar and there were good reviews and a few average ones so overall a positive trend. I purchased through RH online and set up is easy, it looks good and overall it improved our tv flat screen sound enormously. It really did give an awesome surround sound experience for ú99.
However when listening to dialogue there was an annoying 'microphone in mouth' mumble in the background. I reduced the bass but no change. There are no other options to tweak the set up. My wife also noticed it and once you noticed it you can't ignore it.
I called my local Richer Sounds #Watford# who were very helpful. They had had other customers compalin of a similar issue and advised that without a separate sub woofer the problem would persist. I was very disappointed that a soundbar advertised for use with a TV could not handle speaking!
I will be returning the unit and look to get a different model with a separate sub woofer.
19 July 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Bige4r5 High quality sound at reasonable cost
Very impressed with the quality of sound which compliments my HDTV.
10 July 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby Maxx Must be doing something wrong
It's a nice looking unit, and it's got all the inputs anyone will need to hook it up to a TV. The sound quality on music and ambient noise within content is fine, but voices just don't seem to work for me?
Every time someone speaks in any situation (background noise or not# there's clearly audible "noise" produced at a low frequency alongside the voice. It's almost as if everyone's speaking directly into the microphone and you can hear their breath as they talk. I've tried both the 3.5 mil adapter and the optical #both from the TV# and neither is really listenable with the sound bar on. Turned the bass right down but no affect on the noise.
I'm assuming here that I've done something wrong as no-one else has reported this type of thing. But it's definitely there in both stereo and "virtual surround" mode. I have a small living room? Maybe that's the problem? The bar is positioned in front of the wooden TV stand, on the floor, so it may be the hollow unit amplifying something?
25 June 2013