The Pioneer SBX-N500 and N700 both feature Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, which make it possible to stream music over a network, use Miracast and navigate with Pioneer’s control app. None of these are offered here, but you do get Bluetooth, which is a real boon if you want to play music from laptops, phones or tablets with minimal hassle.
There are built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, and in terms of power the SBX-300’s Class D amp outputs 130W. The speaker bar uses two 66mm full-range cones and two 77mm subwoofers.
You’ll also find a bunch of sound modes, including Surround, which adds extra width; Night for low-level listening; Dialog, which is designed to enhance speech frequencies; plus Lip Sync adjustment and Auto Level Control, which equalises volume differences between sources and content. Phase Control technology ensures optimum bass performance.