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Maxell MXSP-SB3000 review




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Maxell MXSP-SB3000
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  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000
  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000


Our Score:



  • Assured sound quality
  • Extensive connections
  • Bluetooth and ARC support


  • USB for charging only
  • Requires SRS for detail to sparkle
  • Large footprint

Key Features

  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • 2 x 30W output, 100W woofer
  • Three HDMI inputs and ARC-compatible output
  • SRS Wow HD, TruBass and five EQ presets
  • Supports TVs up to 80kg
  • Manufacturer: Maxell
  • Review Price: £229.00

What is the Maxell MXSP-SB3000?

Anyone who compiled mixtapes or recorded the pop charts in the 80s will already be familiar with Maxell, a name forever associated with blank cassettes. The company has kept a low profile in the audio market since tape died a death, but it recently returned with a range of soundbars – and the snappily-titled MXSP-SB300 is its latest effort.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

It’s a 2.1-channel soundbar designed to offer the sort of large-scale sound quality that modern flatpanel TVs lack, without the space-hogging clutter of a full 5.1 system. At £229 it’s firmly positioned at the budget end of the market, but with a tidy range of features including Bluetooth and HDMI inputs it could be great value for money – if sound quality is up to scratch of course.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000 – Design

First things first, the MXSP-SB3000 is not a sound ’bar’ per se – it’s a TV base with a speaker inside, like the Orbitsound SB60 we reviewed recently. You can place a TV up to 80kg in weight on the Maxell’s 939 x 390mm top surface, which is a neat and tidy arrangement – although it does leave a large footprint, so make sure you have a surface big enough to place it on.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

Admittedly it’s not the prettiest unit we’ve set eyes on, but the brushed black veneer covering the wooden enclosure and curved edges are elegant touches. Pick it up and build quality is satisfyingly robust – the sturdy wooden enclosure is designed to acoustically enhance bass output.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

The tasteful styling continues on the front with a black cloth covering the drivers, and a central LED display panel with touch-sensitive controls running along the top.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

The LED readout is just about large enough to read from the sofa but could do with being a touch bigger – some of the little status icons are impossible to see unless you’re up close. The display can be dimmed using the remote control if it gets distracting.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000 – Connections

On the front panel is a USB port, although this only charges USB devices and doesn’t play music from them. Boo. Maxell makes up for this on the rear panel with an excellent selection of sockets – much better than you’d expect at this price.

There are no less than three HDMI inputs, which is rare on any soundbar, let alone one this affordable. The HDMI inputs all pass through 3D, plus the output is ARC compatible, which facilitates a two-way, single-cable connection to your TV.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

You’ll also find two digital audio inputs – one optical, one coaxial – plus two analogue inputs, RCA and a 3.5mm minijack. If you’re still struggling to hook up all your devices after that little lot then you probably need to get out more.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

Maxell MXSP-SB3000 – Features

Bluetooth is the highlight of the Maxell’s modest spec sheet. It makes music streaming from phones and other mobile devices incredibly easy, and as an added bonus you can plug the device into the USB port and charge it while playing so it doesn’t drain any power.

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

In terms of power output, the Maxell’s Class D amplifier delivers 30W per channel stereo from the front speakers, with 100W coming from the built-in woofer. Maxell’s decision to integrate the woofer rather than supply a separate wireless sub keeps clutter to a minimum.

SRS Wow HD processing aims to improve audio clarity and width, while TruBass boosts low frequencies (there are three levels). There’s a decent array of EQ presets too, including Standard, Cinema, Speech, Music and Sport. There’s no Dolby or DTS decoding – the HDMI and digital inputs only support PCM, but this isn't a problem at this price range.


September 30, 2013, 12:04 am

Trusted reviews has become the best place to read when you are interested about soundbars thanks to you, Danny and the rest of TR-team!

In your opinion which soundbar has the best sound if you have to choose between the
Maxell MXSP-SB3000 and the Philips HTL5120?


October 13, 2013, 12:27 pm

It's all very good to see that this is a great soundbar, but where/when does it become available to the masses living in the UK?


November 4, 2013, 3:42 pm

Its available on Amazon now ;)

Troy Dyall

November 22, 2013, 10:28 pm

Would also like to know the anser to robchans question. its out of those two for me too...

Troy Dyall

December 7, 2013, 11:25 am



December 8, 2013, 10:41 am

Very disappointed with this - blutooth music and PS4 was good and loud........ BUT with movies via hdmi from my ACryan or from my TV via hdmi the sound was
very low - I had to put the volume all the way up to MAX and still would prefer
a bit more loudness.......... very disappointed as if it went louder it would
have been great.......

Anthony Borg

December 17, 2013, 6:22 pm

Will this work with a wall mounted SAMSUNG 46" Series 7000 Smart TV. 1 Reviewer stated unit not suitable for wall mounted TV as the speakers project beyond the TV face.


December 18, 2013, 9:35 am

I'd say, no. It's really meant to sit underneath a TV on a pedestal.


December 19, 2013, 7:46 pm

Have been trying to buy this since it was reviewed on TR. Zero success. There must have been just a handful made available in the UK. Listed on tesco.com recently but immediately out of stock. Maxell clearly never intended to sell these in any quantity at this price. Shoddy. Should never have been given editorial space...


December 20, 2013, 9:30 am

That's not fair at all. More likely is Maxell didn't expect the product to be such a success, and didn't have the production in place to cope with demand.

This independent looks like it has some:


Nick Wilsdon

December 26, 2013, 2:32 pm

It's listed again on Tesco.com now - at £200 (in stock - 200 points). Looks like they are dealing with the stock issue. HTH


January 4, 2014, 8:52 am

I got one from Planet Gizmo online


January 7, 2014, 4:59 pm

Just bought one with no problem at all, I live in Malta and bought it on Amazon it was shipped to me within around 9-10 days via DHL.

Mark H

January 8, 2014, 1:35 pm

Would this support CEC with a Panasonic TV? i.e. will the Panasonics remote be able to control the volume? The TV has viera link and is only a couple of years old.


February 17, 2014, 2:27 pm

great review ... very thorough review ... now all there is to do is buy one !


February 21, 2014, 6:38 pm

happy days ....

only just ordered so unsure how quickly i will get



February 28, 2014, 1:22 pm

just recieved from sainsburys - very easy to set up on my lg smart tv - sound is good for a £130 piece of kit - bluetooth works a charm - very large tho - and spans the length of my 42" tv

get yourself a bargain from sainsburys online

Jacques Briffoteaux

August 4, 2014, 7:37 pm

I got some distrurbing noise when I start the sound bar, with or without cables connected to. It's pretty annoying and loud enough that I hear it clearly and need to put higher volume, Anyone experienced that? Any great idea to fix this?

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