Overall very satisfied. Upgrading from a Sony 2.1 soundbar with a subwoofer that kept cutting in and out. Wasn't able to test it out at the store, but at this price point this was the only thing I can find at 7.1. Brought it home and spent ~30 min setting it up plus mounting the speakers. Watched a movie tonight and the sound quality was a huge upgrade from before. Subwoofer, while wireless, stay connected throughout.
This was my second soundbar purchase. I went with the VIZIO - SmartCast™ 5.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6" Wireless Subwoofer the first round and the subwoofer was just too loud and you cannot turn it down. That and the wireless surround sound speakers kept disconnecting. My living room is fairly small so the sub can overpower it. I love the Nakamichi so far. The sound is clear and fantastic. The sub can be adjusted down and even on level 1 it makes movies sound great with the surround sound.
I was so close to giving this soundbar system a horrible review. It has 100% 5 star reviews so I thought there was no way I could go wrong. After getting it set up I found that voices, male voices in particular, when watching TV/movies were terrible, absolutely boomy and reverb-y, like they were in a glass box. No matter how much I messed with EQ settings the issue was there. To be fair I was replacing a reasonably high end surround sound setup (all the speakers in this kit could fit in one of the side channel speakers in the previous surround) due to the fact that I have no space for it in my new living room, but still voices sounded far worse than the $150 vizio soundbar I have in my bedroom.
I was getting ready to write Nakamichi an email and return the system when I read the review from 2 days prior to this review, where the reviewer mentioned a firmware update. Skeptical that it would assuage the issue, I went ahead and did it. To my surprise and excitement, it completely fixed the issue, and corrected the balance all around. Now it sounds absolutely fantastic, much more crisp and balanced. Very pleased, and relieved I didn't have to deal with the hassle of returning the system.
Sounds absolutely great. I couldn't stand the speakers (or lack there of) on my Sony XBR55X850C so I picked up a Yamaha 2.1 Sound Bar at my local Costco; it was a great improvement but I just could not live without a subwoofer or surround sound so I hit up Amazon to see what was on the market within my price range that was not too big (I've got a large Klipcsh system in boxes in my spare bedroom closet that I don't have room for in my condo). I found this Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Bar system but there weren't that many reviews yet. After having some Nackamichi car audio back in the day that I was thrilled with, I immediately logged into my Amazon Prime account and placed my order. It showed up a day late at no fault to Nakamichi (yes, it was UPS' fault) and I quickly replaced my Yamaha 2.1 with this and proceeded to enjoy the sound I had been missing. The Optical Cable didn't work correctly with my TV (this is an XBR issue, not Nakamichi) so I hooked it up with HDMI (ARC) right from the TV. It works perfectly.
Excellent customer service! Sent a question about Optical Cable issue and the President of Nakamichi USA responded back within a few hours, on a Saturday. Who does that? Nakamichi does that.
Pros: It rocks, the Sound Bar fits on my mantle, cordless sub, satellite speakers light enough to mount with 3M Command Strips right to the wall (I rent so no holes in walls), Amazing sound!
I would recommend this to anyone other than those audiophile snobs that won't be happy with anything other than whatever makes them feel so snobby.
Cons: Sub light continues to blink when Sound Bar powered off, which I assume means its still powered up and searching to link up with the Sound Bar. I resolved this by plugging it into a switched outlet.
You can now add me to the list of ridiculously happy people who bought this sound bar. Here is why:
I have a projector that has a fantastic image but less than decent sound due to the fact that the only sound output is a small headphone jack. I previously had a cable from that jack to the input of my previous soundbar (it didn't have HDMI input/output)
Now I use the HDMI Arc to connect my projector which means that I get the HDMI sound from the projector, while the Blu-ray player and Chromecast connected to the other 2 HDMI provide the image to the projector.
I now really have a real home cinema. Picture + sound
The sound is incredible :-)
I placed the sub-woofer behind the sofa, and right now I've got the back speakers on the side tables as I haven't bought the stands yet. It sounds incredible already. I couldn't be happier.
It took me 3 years since I bought this projector to finally understand how to resolve the lack of sound output. HDMI arc is my savior and so are the other 2 HDMI inputs.
This is the only sound bar in that price range that I could find with these connections.
I didn't buy it on amazon because I wasn't sure about their return policy on this so I went to a local store just in case. I wasn't sure if the set up would work, it does :-)
This soundbar and their customer service rocks. Having some connection issues and the President of the company interacted with me directly, yes the President of Nakamichi USA!! All my emails were answered in only a few hours.
Perhaps it is me, the 2 side firing speakers seem to make a HUGE difference when it comes to surround sound. Immediately, we noticed that the surround sound was much wider than our older top of the line Samsung soundbar. We tested using popular movies including Skyfall, Transformers (Age of Extinction), The Book Thief and Mad Max Fury Road. The dialog, surround sound and background effects were clear and realistic, even in a large room. The unit is also very loud and loaded with punchy bass. Since the bass is not boomy, I can still hear the details and vocals in the background. We also like the wider form factor underneath our 60” Samsung TV. Overall, very good value for the performance we are getting.
We have a 60” Vizio that we bought from Costco. Couldn’t find a soundbar in Costco cause they all look funny (too short) under our massive TV. Being old school, I have always been a mix and match guy. A name brand audio receiver with some good speakers and a subwoofer. I usually will not consider sound bars as I consider them to be inferior vs “REAL” home theater components. However, being on a $1000-$1200 budget, I cannot find a system that will work for me. After reading the reviews, decided to give this so call 7.1 soundbar a try. After playing with it for almost a week, all I can say is you have to experience it to believe it. This thing cranks out some serious volume, bass and the surround separation is more than adequate, definitely as good as some of the higher end ones I listened to in Magnolia but at half or a third of the price. My only issue is that the remote is difficult to operate right out of the box. It took me a few days to get used to it. All in for $550 with tax makes this a very good value. I am happy with my purchase.
Simple & effective true home theater solution. Here’s why:
-amazing sound quality for both music, movies and streaming
-can play Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 blu-ray movies
-plenty of connectivity options, HDMI 4k, ARC, Optical, Coaxial..
-can adjust volume levels of each individual channel; great customizability
-very easy setup (took me less than 5 minutes)
I recently moved out from the city into a bigger home and wanted to upgrade to a true surround sound system for my bigger living room. I used to own a 2.1 JBL sound bar and really loved it when I used it in my small apartment, but now in my bigger living room it sounds rather one-directional. It's still good for music, but not so for movies. Nakamichi Shockwafe caught my eye because it is a 7.1 channel surround sound system being sold at a decent price, so I gave it a try despite its rather unknown brand as compared to Sony, Bose and Vizio. It has exceeded my expectations and surprisingly sounds very impressive, especially its surround sound. Its surround effects speakers boost the overall experience by making movies feel a lot more immersive. The sound quality is also very good. Voices are clear, bass is solid and you can hear much detail like atmospheric noises, bird chirping, sea waves, etc. Lastly, it can also go really loud and fill my living room with no problems. I'm very happy with this purchase as it is a great solution to my new living room. I highly recommend this.
In a few words, this is the most amazing sound bar I have experienced; and I have several. Its coming to the market recently signifies that 'Actual quality' at the level of Bose, Harman Kardon, and other market leaders in receiver + wired Speakers, has arrived to the soundbar. In my opinion, the Nakamichi ShockWafe will become the standard of reference by which others are measured. And not to minimize anything, their support is fantastic. Clearly they want to become the leader in the industry and have loyal customers.
I also like the overall design of soundbar, especially from a practical standpoint. The 45” width complements my 55” TV well. For some reason, most models in the market are below 40". The subwoofer pairs wirelessly with the soundbar, so it can be placed at the back of the living room. And since it powers the rear speakers, the cables will remain at the back of the living room and not run across the room. Visually, it is appealing, metallic grille and black/silver theme making it sleek and modern.
Moving on to the sound, I’m very impressed. I started my sound test by watching Mad Men on Netflix. It is a dialogue-heavy show and I was amazed at the voice quality. From the low-pitched voice of Don Draper to the higher-pitched Joan Harris, all the characters’ voices were very clear, thick and rich. I then played my War of the Worlds bluray and was impressed again. At the alien invasion scene, the separation of the alien beams to the various channels of the soundbar system made the surround sound very realistic. The soundstage felt a lot wider than my Definitive, probably due to the 7.1 and rear speakers. And to my surprise, the subwoofer reproduced the explosions quite well and was not boomy or overpowering. I could hear lots of details too, like the dust flying from an explosion and sounds of the aliens faraway in the background. Putting these together, the experience felt more immersive than I had expected.
I'm impressed with the surround sound of this system. The setup was easy and I had it up within only a few minutes. Because of the layout of my living room, I had to make a small change to the individual channel volume levels before I got the desired surround sound balance. But after that, I was very pleased. The soundstage is very wide and the overall sound is very clear. The surround effects speaker seem to do the job well. I can also hear the small details, adding to the home theater feel. The subwoofer also kicks really hard and is capable of producing very low frequencies. Overall, a 5 star sound bar.
I would have preferred if both the rear speakers were wireless as well, but that would probably make the price go up a lot more. But more importantly, it sounds great. Firstly, this sound bar can go really loud! I have a large living room so this is good for me. In terms of surround sound, with the rear speakers it is a true 7.1 channel sound system which means it can beat any system that produces simulated surround anytime. The 8” subwoofer is very powerful and does not overpower the mids and highs. Overall, the sound is clear, rich and thick with great balance, making listening very comfortable. For its price it I think it is very worth it.
Easy to setup and great for gaming, pricing are reasonable for high end home theater entertainment. We have pretty good space of the living room with 60" Samsung TV. Specially for the digital sound crisp and clear. Strong base on subwoofer on every roar sounds. I highly recommend these system if you want surround sound home theater entertainment on a budget.
I started with a tight budget capped at $1000. I knew this money was not getting me an audiophile grade system. Atmos or a 7.1 in that budget was a tight assumption. I tried to mix and match several AV receivers and speaker systems. I stay in a rented house so wiring rear and surround speakers would have been a challenge. I don't like to do a shabby work, so finally I decided to have a wireless woofer and rear speakers. A 7.1 non simulated sound bar with wireless subwoofer and rear speakers sounded awesome because it saves me space, extra stands for front and mid-surround speakers. What I also liked about this product was just one connection to subwoofer unit and it has leads for rear speaker. This subwoofer system applifies audio for woofer and rear speakers. It receives subwoofer and rear channel signals wirelessly from the soundbar, allowing you to have all this setup at the back. I set the center speaker volume at 4, rear channels at 10, subwoofer volume at 0 and movie (audio eq) mode. All of this settings work good except there is no auto volume levelling. I have to keep the remote handy to compensate for lack of auto volume levelling. My sound bar is mounted on top of TV which has not degraded listening experience by too much (They recommend the sound bar at your ear level). The subwoofer is adequate enough and crisp. I have damped it to my needs. It's an honest 7.1 setup (it has discrete 8 channels and can be tested - not one of those phony simulated surround setups). The soundbar has adequate stereo separation to figure out the surround. left, right and center channel and it decodes DTS, DTS HD and Dolby multichannels. It's a good replacement for an entry level 5.1 system at $500 that will save you wiring and space. You will not be able to appreciate the true 7.1 experience out of this, since the center-surround speakers placement in reality in still close to your left and right channels in the sound bar. Overall, one of the best sounding soundbar that shames an entry level $1000 5.1 home theater setup.