Sharp HT-SB200 Soundbar - Sharp HT-SB200

By Danny Phillips



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The small, centrally-placed display panel on the front shows two digits at a time. Usually this is the currently selected input (L1, L2) but switches to the volume when adjusted (which goes up to 60). If the display proves distracting there's a dimmer button to reduce its intensity.

On either side are lights indicating the currently selected sound presets, of which there are four - Standard, Cinema/Game, Sport and News. Below these is a row of miniscule buttons for up-close control of volume, sound modes, input switching and power.

Glancing at the rear panel we did a double take. There are just two inputs, one analogue stereo and a 3.5mm minijack for MP3 players. The lack of on-board decoding for Dolby Digital and DTS explains the lack of digital audio inputs, but a few more analogue ports is essential given the number of components in a typical system. You can hook up a DVD deck, but what happens if you also want to run your Sky box and games console through the system? Of course you could run your TV's audio out into the HT-SB200, which would solve that problem, but then you'd have to turn your TV on every time you wanted to listen to a CD or the radio.

In the States there's a step-up version (HT-SB300) which adds a digital audio input, Dolby Digital/DTS decoding and a subwoofer output, but there's no word on when that's being released in the UK.

Given the lack of sockets and the rudimentary display panel, setup is a quick process. The unit is also easy to operate with the terrific credit card shaped remote, which has a pleasingly low button count. In the centre there's a diamond of keys that control volume and the subwoofer level, which ranges from -5 up to +5.

You can also adjust the bass and treble levels by pressing the relevant button and using the volume keys to find the right tone. Also useful are the row of sound preset keys along the top and the cluster of controls for Aquos TVs.


August 20, 2009, 7:05 pm


Been intrigued by sound bars for a while, but found them a bit pricey.

Now trying to decide though: this soundbar or Creative Gigaworks T40 series2 speakers?


August 20, 2009, 11:02 pm

@ drdark - Probably neither. For a living room TV setup the T40s, while great 2.0 computer speakers, will be far too puny for said use. The soundbar would be better but going by the review I doubt I'd use them to listen to music. If you want the best quality for as little cash as possible, then your best bet would probably be to look at getting a second hand amp/receiver and some speakers on the cheap, which you could probably do for not much more.


August 23, 2009, 12:02 pm

@smc8788 - Going for second hand is all well and good if you know what to look for but I have no clue so I'd either end up paying too much, getting the wrong thing or buying rubbish. I'd love to get a good speaker set-up on my TV but the multitude of options just baffles me so the all in one solution is about the only way I can go. I just wish videologic had carried on with thier digitheater surround sound systems. The digitheater DTS was awesome and I'd really like a "Digitheater True-HD" if such a system existed

Geoff Richards

August 23, 2009, 1:09 pm

Digitheatre DTS - amen to that! :)

Instead, the lads in Kings Langley created the Pure brand and have dominated the DAB radio market ever since. Oh, and in their spare time they designed the 3D graphics core that's inside the iPhone, iPod touch, Palm Pre and a bunch of others. Not bad going :)

If you're looking for a quality all-in-one 5.1 setup like our old Digitheatre, Onkyo has a good set that's not crazy expensive:

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