We follow our review of Sharp’s impressive HT-SB250 soundbar with another of the company’s clever home cinema solutions. This one is aimed at those who want more power than a standalone soundbar can deliver, without taking up loads of extra space in your living room.
The HT-SL70 is a 2.1-channel home cinema system that not only comes with the world’s slimmest soundbar, but also a separate subwoofer that delivers 100W of bass oomph. It’s designed to integrate with flatpanel TVs with screen sizes between 46 and 52in, and comes with a flexible array of installation options. The soundbar itself comes in two parts, which can either be joined up to create a single TV-width soundbar, or mounted vertically on the supplied stands.
The HT-SL70’s plasticky casing makes it feel less robust than the HT-SB250, but it’s solid enough. It is incredibly slim and compact though, measuring just 26mm high and 50mm deep. Placed on the wall or stand below your TV you’ll hardly notice it’s there, while the tasteful black styling also helps it blend in with its surroundings. There are no connections on the back except for springclip terminals for the supplied speaker cable – all of the sockets are found on the back of the powered subwoofer.
Finding room for the subwoofer shouldn’t be a problem thanks to its remarkably slim design. The box measures 115mm wide, which makes it easy to slide into tight spaces. The gloss black finish is easy on the eye too. On the back are two HDMI sockets, one input and one Audio Return Channel compatible output. The latter plays a crucial role in the operation of the system, as we’ll explain later. These HDMIs are joined by a 3.5mm minijack input and springclip terminals for the speakers.