What We Like
- Immersive sound.
- Great performance.
- Abundance of speakers.
What We Don’t Like
- Satellite volume control.
Nakamichi’s Shockwafe series soundbars are by far some of the most capable systems you can get for less than $500. It’s not only about the number of speakers, but how they are used. Let’s take a look.
One glance at Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro will tell you just about everything you need to know about this system. The reason for this is the semi-transparent grille which wraps around the soundbar as well every satellite speaker. It allows you to see thosetransducers pretty clearly. The bar itself features two drivers on each side, two in the center and two tweeters on each side panel. That is a lot of coverage in a single bar. The design of the system itself is pretty modern.
Soundbar features a triangular profile with each end angled towards the listener. That means you have six speakers shooting to the front of the bar, while two tweeters on each end are directed at a 45-degree angle. Build quality of the entire setup is great, to say the least. You won’t find a single surface on Shockwafe Pro that feels cheap. Lastly, the soundbar comes with a wall mounting kit, should you need one.
Aside from an impressive array of speakers, Shockwafe Pro brings all the necessary features as well. We are talking full HDMI including 4K HDMI compatibility. When it comes to surround sound management, they went with a comprehensive Dolby Digital suite. This way you have a fairly capable system that is harnessing the raw power of the transducers, giving you a refined audio experience. Power rating for this setup is 400 Watts peak and 150 Watts RMS. Combine that with 105 dB of max SPL, and you have a very capable system that isn’t overpowered.
If you look at the remote control, you will see that it offers 9 different EQ modes. This allows you to cater the output depending on what you are watching as well as what time of the day it is. The subwoofer is wireless, meaning that you have all the freedom you could need when it comes to speaker positioning. Same goes for satellites as well.
Performance wise, this soundbar is pushing the limit. Not only is every portion of the frequency range covered with its own set of speakers, but the way everything works together is just impressive. When you position everything correctly, meaning that your satellites go behind you, the immersion becomes very real. Nakamichi’s design creates a very radiant sound stage in that field. What is great about it is that you don’t have to worry too much if your room is larger. All of the drivers ‘throw’ the sound pretty far while retaining a comfortable focus field.
The only real issue here is the volume of the satellite speakers. Even at the lowest settings, you might feel like they are just too loud. Fortunately, a lot of that can be mitigated using one of the nine available EQ modes. Overall, the performance of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro is one a whole different level compared to most of its competition.
Those who are looking for a complex and super effective surround system for their home will love the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro. This entire system is just full of potential and versatility that is rarely found in this price range.