I remember 20 years ago when big sound came from big speakers, and deep rich bass required a 12″ subwoofer in a giant box. But gone are those days! Bose helped to usher in a new era for small “blend-into-the-environment speakers” with big sound, and other manufacturers have followed suit. In the moderate-priced range Boston Acoustics seems to have really perfected the art.
Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 – Audio Characteristics
The first thing I noticed when I plugged in the TVeeM25′s was the “big” sound coming out of the soundbar. It’s hard to describe other than to say that the sound seems to emanate from the entire wall where the soundbar is located. I found it nearly unbelievable that this much sound could come out of something so small.
It’s also hard to believe that the soundbar has only 2 drivers in it. Normally when you have only a single left and right channel speaker vocals and other center channel audio are muffled. But the TVee Model 25 replicates the center channel perfectly while still rendering excellent left and right channel separation.
As far as frequency response is concerned, I’d say the TVeeM25 is heavily midrange-centric. It doesn’t offer really crisp highs, likely because it employs only two full-range drivers. But the overall sound is quite pleasing, especially if you enjoy the low frequency response of a subwoofer.
Also of note, the relatively small wireless subwoofer, which contains only a single 6″ down-firing driver, puts out more than adequate bass response. In fact, when watching iRobot through the system I found the bass to be tight, crisp, and just plain loud! Boston Acoustics doesn’t list full specifications for the unit, but I’m guessing the subwoofer has 100 watts of the stated 150 watt system power, leaving 25 each for the left and right channel drivers in the soundbar.
Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 – Additional Details
If you want a soundbar that blends in seamlessly with its surroundings, the TVee 25 system will definitely oblige. The face of the unit is comprised of a single wide speaker grill with only a small BA logo at the bottom center and control buttons on the far right. It is designed to integrate nicely under TVs sized 32″ or larger, and can sit right beneath on a counter, or be mounted to the wall.
The unit is very simple to wall mount using just a pair of sheetrock anchors and a couple of screws. Along with this level of simplicity though comes the complexity of ensuring that you measure twice and drill once! You can’t level the speaker if you hang the mounting screws crooked the first time.
Volume control of the TVee 25 is simply awesome. The system will learn whatever remote control you want to point at it, and it’s an extremely easy thing to set up. (Here’s the complete manual.) I applaud the engineers for making the process so simple.
Unlike some competing units, the TVee Model 25 is perfect for bedrooms or other areas where you’d like to keep the room dark. The small operational LEDs near the control buttons only illuminate for a few seconds when buttons are pressed. The rest of the time they’re off, which saves the room from distracting light pollution when watching TV, or trying to sleep.
Installing the TVee M25 is quite simple. The soundbar requires a single power outlet, plus one cable to hook to the TV’s audio output jacks. You can use simple RCA cables for left and right channel connectivity, but for true surround sound you’ll need a digital optical output. Even if your TV doesn’t have one, your DVD or Blu-ray player will, and the unit will accept both connections. You can then plug the subwoofer into any power outlet anywhere in the room and the wireless transmitter will take care of the rest.
Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 – Specifications
- System Power: 150 watts
- Speakers: Dual 1.5″ x 6″ Drivers
- Subwoofer: 6″ Driver
- Soundbar: 4-7/16″ x 31-1/2 x 4-7/16″ (112 x 800 x 112mm)
- Subwoofer: 9-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ x 11″ (241 x 266 x 280mm)
- Inputs: 1 optical input, 1 RCA input, 1 mini plug (for iPod or MP3 player)
Where to Buy the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25
At the time of publication, the Boston Acoustics TVeeM25 Soundbar is available from Amazon for $349 with free shipping.
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