Soundbars are a great way to upgrade from your flat screen TVs cheap-sounding speakers while saving space and keeping ugly wiring to a minimum. However, a lot of inexpensive soundbars aren’t any better than the built-in speakers they’re meant to replace. The Sembrandt SB750 promises to do just that for a reasonably good price if you know where to look. Luckily enough, Kimstore was kind enough to send me a review unit for me to try out and now that it’s been mounted on my wall for a few weeks, here are my thoughts.
What’s in the Box?
- Wall brackets (built-in)
- 3.5mm aux cable
- RCA audio cable
- 2 x screw with tox for wall-mounting
Build Quality and Design
The Sembrandt SB750 is designed to go with 32 inch flat screen TVs and larger, so its width more or less matches that. With our 7 year old 32 inch Devant, it looks right at home. Although I’ve mounted it here, it looks just as good simply resting on the table underneath any TV thanks to its slightly upward-facing design.
If you do decide to mount it, there’s a recessed section in the back where you’ll find the RCA audio and power adapter ports. Unfortunately, if your TV is like mine whose only analog audio output is an aux port, you’ll be disappointed to find out the SB750’s own aux port is on the side along with the speaker’s built-in controls.
If you’re wall-mounting on concrete, you’ll find the accompanying screws to be too small and kept slipping out from the weight of the soundbar. I had to go to the hardware store to find a larger set. Thankfully, the built-in mounts could still accommodate the larger screw heads.
Another weird thing about the mounts is that they’re off-center, meaning the left and right mounts are different lengths away from their respective ends. I actually made the mistake of not adjusting for this and ended up having to drill 2 different sets of holes.
The Sembrandt SB750 is a mostly no nonsense soundbar, with a few convenient features thrown in. The small bundled remote allows you to adjust overall volume as well as granular controls over treble and bass. You also get a choice between 3 different audio profiles, namely Music, Movie, and Dialog.
You only get 3 connectivity options with the Sembrandt SB750, namely your typical wired RCA and aux ports, as well as wirelessly through Bluetooth. Bluetooth pairing is easy enough and can be initiated either by the remote or the controls at the side of the soundbar itself.
The Sembrandt SB750 is rated at 40W RMS, with two 3″ full range drivers handling the mids and highs rated at 8W and another 3″ driver for the subwoofer at 24W. It has almost 150% more powerful output versus its predecessor the SB500 which didn’t come with its own subwoofer. This results in louder and boomier sound overall.
Additionally, the SB750 comes with what the manufacturer calls Epic Sound Experience technology. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good explainer on what that actually does, so I’ll simply owe it to the fact that the SB750 is capable of functioning as a standalone home theater in just a single speaker cabinet.
That all sounds good on paper, and for the most part it actually does. My 32 inch Devant’s tinny speakers were no match for the SB750’s loud sound output. It was an instant improvement whether I was streaming my Spotify music from my phone, watching movies, or even just TV. Most inexpensive soundbars skip on the subwoofer, so the overall immersiveness suffers due to a lack of bass. Thankfully, the SB750 comes with one built-in, adding a degree of immersion to whatever you’re listening to.
However, it isn’t quite as immersive as I would like, which arises from a simple issue. Despite the increased wattage, the subwoofer is still the same size as the other 2 drivers. You’re just not going to get rich enough lows to complement the high and mid-range. If you really want to fix that, it’s an easy fix. I just hooked up mine to an inexpensive subwoofer I wasn’t already using.
So Should You Buy the Sembrandt SB750?
While there are a lot of inexpensive soundbars in the local market, there aren’t many like the Sembrandt SB750 that come with their own built-in subwoofer. It isn’t quite the perfect upgrade as the small 3″ subwoofer isn’t quite big enough to deliver immersive bass in larger spaces. Also, connectivity options are limited and you’re pretty much stuck with analog input. However, it’s an affordable and space-saving upgrade, not to mention a no-brainer if you’re not satisfied with your big screen TV’s tinny speakers.