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BOMAKER Odine II Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 25, 2020 at 08:07 am
BOMAKER Odine II Picture
4.7
Mixed Usage
6.7
Dialogue/TV Shows
4.9
Music
3.3
Movies
Channels
2.0

The BOMAKER Odine II is a poorly performing budget-level soundbar. This 2.0 setup is pretty barebones in terms of features as it doesn't have center, surround, or height channels. It really struggles to produce bass, and even though it offers three EQ presets and a virtual surround feature, there's no separate bass adjustment level to help even out its sound profile. Although it has a wide array of physical inputs, including an HDMI ARC port, it has to downsample all audio into PCM 2.0, which is disappointing. It's not all bad, though. Despite not having a center channel, it's able to reproduce vocals and dialogue reasonably well. It can also get very loud, even if there's some compression present at max volume.

Our Verdict

4.7 Mixed Usage

The BOMAKER Odine II is poor for mixed use. It struggles to produce a satisfying bass, making it ill-suited for movies or music. While it has three EQ presets that may help its sound out a bit, they're still quite limited in scope. Since the bar also lacks center, surrounds, and height channels, it doesn't create the most immersive sound. Even though the bar has an HDMI ARC port, it has to downsample its supported audio formats into PCM, which is disappointing. That said, the bar can get loud, and you can stream audio to it using Bluetooth. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature to help improve vocal-centric content.

Pros
  • Can get loud.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Downsamples everything into PCM.
  • Limited sound enhancement features.
  • Lacks bass.
6.7 Dialogue/TV Shows

The BOMAKER Odine II is okay for dialogue and TV shows. Although it doesn't have a center channel, it has a fairly flat and well-balanced mid-range, which helps it produce clearer vocals. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature that can further improve vocal clarity. You can even stream your favorite podcasts or audiobooks to the bar via Bluetooth. There's no auto-volume or night mode, though, which is to be expected from an entry-level bar.

Pros
  • Bluetooth compatible.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature available.
Cons
  • Downsamples everything into PCM.
  • Limited sound enhancement features.
4.9 Music

The BOMAKER Odine II is poor for music. This soundbar lacks bass, and as a result, it sounds bright, which isn't ideal for genres like EDM and hip-hop. There are three EQ presets that may help it a bit, but its overall sound enhancement features are quite limited. Its stereo soundstage isn't very wide either, and its focus is diffused, which isn't good if you want to be immersed in your favorite tunes. On the upside, it can get loud enough to fill a large room or a crowded environment.

Pros
  • Can get loud.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Downsamples everything into PCM.
  • Limited sound enhancement features.
  • Lacks bass.
3.3 Movies

The BOMAKER Odine II is bad for movies. Its sound profile isn't suited for movies at all, as it lacks bass. Even though there are three EQ presets to help compensate for its default sound, there isn't a separate bass adjustment level. Its stereo soundstage is also slightly smaller than the bar itself and its focus is completely diffused, so movies may not sound very immersive. This soundbar doesn't have center, surround, or height channels, and all content is downsampled into PCM to play it.

Pros
  • Can get loud.
Cons
  • Downsamples everything into PCM.
  • Limited sound enhancement features.
  • Lacks bass.
  • Doesn't support Atmos.
  • 4.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 4.9 Music
  • 3.3 Movies
  1. Update 9/21/2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The BOMAKER Odine II is a 2020 budget-level soundbar from BOMAKER, a relatively obscure electronics manufacturer. This 2.0 soundbar is the next generation of the BOMAKER ODINE I and is fairly no-frills as it doesn't have center, surrounds, or height channels. While it has an HDMI ARC port, it needs to downsample the audio formats it supports into PCM to play them. It competes with other entry-level competitors like the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth, the TaoTronics TT-SK023, and the Vmai 2.1 Channel Sound Bar.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The BOMAKER Odine II is a rhombus-shaped soundbar that stands out from other, more traditionally shaped soundbars. It has a thin metal grille covering its top and front sides while the rest of it is smooth black plastic. There are two openings on its sides that the manufacturer calls its Bass Reflex Ports.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

This soundbar doesn't have a subwoofer.

Design
Style - Satellites

This soundbar doesn't have satellite speakers.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 37.0" (94.0 cm)
Bar Height 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Bar Depth 3.7" (9.3 cm)

The BOMAKER Odine II is a slightly long soundbar, and it most likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. However, it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width N/A
Sub Height N/A
Sub Depth N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width N/A
Sat Height N/A
Sat Depth N/A

This soundbar doesn't have satellite speakers.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting Type
Universal (holes on back)

The back of this soundbar is slightly angular. It has one opening for the power cable and inputs. You can also wall-mount this soundbar with the included screws and wall-brackets, but it won't lay completely flush with the wall.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have a subwoofer.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

This setup doesn't have satellites.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The BOMAKER Odine II has an only okay build quality. The bar is mostly thin black plastic. There's also a thin metal grille covering its top and front sides, but if you put pressure on the grille, its front bottom can cave inwards. Luckily, it flexes back in place, but this design isn't a particularly nice feature.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
N/A
Digital Optical Cable Length
5.0 ft (1.5 m)

  • Manual
  • Power adapter with built-in cable
  • Remote (batteries not included)
  • Optical cable
  • Stereo RCA to 3.5mm audio cable
  • x2 plastic wall brackets with screws

Sound
3.6
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
-0.88
ST Std. Err.
3.93 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
204.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
12.7 kHz

The BOMAKER Odine II has a bad stereo frequency response. It completely lacks bass and sounds bright, even though its treble is also underemphasized. While it's a poor choice for most audio content, it could be more suitable for podcasts or audiobooks. It also comes with a few EQ presets ('General', 'Voice', and 'Treble') that may better suit your preferences.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
5.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
1.81 dB

The BOMAKER Odine II has a sub-par stereo soundstage. Its soundstage is a little bit smaller than the bar itself and its focus isn't good either, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of sound in your room.

8.5
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
97.6 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
1.29 dB

Update 09/21/2020: We've discovered a value input bug that would cause the Dynamics box results to be slightly off. All soundbars reviewed since January 30th, 2020 have been updated.

The BOMAKER Odine II has excellent stereo dynamics. It can get pretty loud, which is well-suited for large or crowded rooms. However, there are some compression artifacts and thumping present at max volume.

6.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.60
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
7.99

The THD performance of this soundbar is passable. It produces a clean and pure sound at a normal volume. However, at max volume, there's a large jump in THD and you may notice it.

0
Sound
Center
C Localization
N/A
C Slope
N/A
C Std. Err.
N/A
C SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
C Weighted THD @ 80
N/A
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

The BOMAKER Odine II doesn't have a center channel and it can't decode or downmix surround sound content to stereo.

0
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
N/A
Rears
N/A
Sr Slope
N/A
Sr Std. Err.
N/A
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
N/A
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

This soundbar doesn't support surround channels and can't downmix into stereo.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
N/A
H Slope
N/A
H Std. Err.
N/A
H SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
H Weighted THD @ 80
N/A
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

The BOMAKER Odine II doesn't support Atmos.

2.9
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
No
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
No
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
N/A
Rear Level Adjustment
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
N/A
Virtual Surround
Yes

This soundbar has terrible sound enhancement features. It only has three EQ presets: 'General', 'Voice', 'Treble'. The 'Voice' preset also acts as a dialogue enhancement feature. There's also a 3D surround mode, but we don't currently test the performance of this feature.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1
HDMI Out
No
Full HDMI In
No
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

While the BOMAKER Odine II has a wide array of inputs such as an HDMI ARC port, it can't play any audio format except for PCM, which is pretty disappointing. On the upside, there's an AUX input, so you can play music from older devices.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

Although the BOMAKER Odine II has an HDMI ARC port, it can't play any audio format over this input except for PCM 2.0. To play this content, you need to change your TV's settings to PCM. After doing this, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, and DTS files are downsampled into PCM 2.0, which doesn't sound as immersive.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No

This soundbar doesn't have a Full HDMI In port.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
No
DTS
No

Just like the TaoTronics TT-SK023, the BOMAKER Odine II only supports PCM formats over its Optical In. To play PCM using this input, you have to specify it in your TV settings.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

This soundbar has mediocre wireless playback options. You can stream your audio from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, and that's about it.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
N/A
HDR10 Passthrough
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have an HDMI port so it can't support 4k passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have a subwoofer.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

The BOMAKER Odine II doesn't have any satellites.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The BOMAKER Odine II has a small LED screen behind the front grille. It displays your input, volume level, and EQ presets. A solid red light turns on when the bar is off, and if you mute it, the input you're currently on flashes on the display.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

This soundbar has five buttons found on its top right side. You can turn the bar on/off, adjust the volume, and change inputs. There's also a Bluetooth button that allows you to pair and disconnect your device to the bar.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

This soundbar comes with a remote to control all of its functions. Using it, you can switch inputs, adjust volume, and switch EQ presets. There's also a reset button that allows you to clear all your settings, which is handy.

Additional Features
App
App Name N/A
iOS No
Android No
Acts as the Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No

This soundbar doesn't have a companion app.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Limited Support

The BOMAKER Odine II goes into standby when the TV is turned off and automatically comes back on when the TV is turned back on. When on optical or HDMI ARC mode, you can also use your TV remote to turn the bar on/off.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The BOMAKER Odine II is a budget-level 2.0 soundbar. Just like the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth, it lacks center, surround, and height channels, and it has pretty limited sound enhancement features. Unlike a lot of other budget-level 2.0 setups, it has an HDMI ARC port, but it downsamples the audio formats it supports into PCM. If you're looking for more soundbars, check out our recommendations for the best budget soundbars, the best soundbars under $200, and the best soundbars for dialogue.

LG SK1

The LG SK1 is a better overall 2.0 soundbar than the BOMAKER Odine II. The LG is better built, its sound profile is more neutral, and it has a center channel. It can also downmix surround content into stereo, and it can support Dolby Digital over its Optical In port. However, the BOMAKER has a dialogue enhancement feature, and it can get louder, albeit with a bit more compression.

AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth

The BOMAKER Odine II is a better budget soundbar for dialogue and TV shows than the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth. The BOMAKER feels better built, it can get much louder with less compression, and it has a virtual surround feature. While it's really lacking bass, it has a more neutral mid-range, which helps out vocals. However, the AmazonBasics can play Dolby Digital via its Optical In, and it produces much more bass, even though it's still lacking in this department.

TaoTronics TT-SK023

The BOMAKER Odine II is a better 2.0 budget soundbar for dialogue and TV shows than the TaoTronics TT-SK023. The BOMAKER has a dialogue enhancement feature which can help improve vocal clarity, it can get much louder than the TaoTronics, and it also has a virtual surround feature. Although both soundbars downsample into PCM 2.0, the BOMAKER is able to do this over its HDMI ARC port, which the TaoTronics lack. That said, the TaoTronics has a more neutral and even sound profile as it can deliver somewhat more bass, and it feels better built.

Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0

The Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0 is a better overall performing soundbar than the BOMAKER Odine II. While both soundbars are very similar in terms of build quality and downsampling audio formats into PCM, the Insignia is able to produce a bit more bass and it has a bass adjustment feature, which is a nice touch. In comparison, the BOMAKER has more inputs as well as a virtual surround feature.

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