Monoprice SB-600 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 29, 2021 at 09:54 am
Monoprice SB-600 Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.4
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.4
Music
7.3
Movies
Channels
5.1.2

The Monoprice SB-600 is a versatile 5.1.2 setup with a fairly simple design. It supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with satellite speakers that help create an immersive surround sound experience. Out-of-the-box, it has a warm sound profile with some extra boom in the bass range, though it has bass and treble adjustments that let you tweak its sound profile. While it has some sound enhancement features, like dialogue enhancement and EQ presets, it lacks a room correction feature. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS-HD MA or DTS content, which are often found on Blu-ray discs.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Monoprice SB-600 is satisfactory for mixed usage. It's quite versatile since it supports Dolby Atmos content and has a dedicated center speaker, which helps reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. Out-of-the-box, it has a warm sound profile with some extra boom in the bass range, but you can use its bass and treble adjustments to tweak the sound profile to your liking. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS-HD MA or DTS content, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs.

Pros
  • Gets quite loud.
  • Four EQ presets.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast.
7.4 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Monoprice SB-600 is decent for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows. It has a dedicated center speaker, so dialogue is reproduced accurately. Its mid-range is well-balanced, which makes dialogue sound clear and present in the mix. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature, which makes voices sound more clear without adjusting the volume. Unfortunately, there's no auto-volume feature to make the volume more consistent across different content.

Pros
  • Supports Dolby Atmos content.
  • Wide and focused soundstage.
Cons
  • Poor height performance.
7.4 Music

The Monoprice SB-600 is decent for music. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a fairly boomy and boxy sound profile that can produce an extended low-bass. Thankfully, you can tweak its sound profile using the EQ presets and bass and treble adjustments. Also, its soundstage feels wider than the bar itself. While it can get loud, there's some compression present at max volume. Unfortunately, it lacks a room correction feature and doesn't have support for Apple AirPlay, Wi-Fi, or built-in Chromecast.

Pros
  • Gets quite loud.
  • Four EQ presets.
  • Wide and focused soundstage.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast.
7.3 Movies

The Monoprice SB-600 is satisfactory for movies. It can produce an extended low-bass, so you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. Dialogue also sounds clear and present, thanks to its well-balanced mid-range and dialogue enhancement feature. It also has dedicated satellite speakers, which creates a more immersive surround sound experience. While this soundbar supports Dolby Atmos content, it doesn't support DTS-HD MA or DTS content, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs.

Pros
  • Supports Dolby Atmos content.
  • Gets quite loud.
  • Wide and focused soundstage.
Cons
  • Doesn't support DTS-HD MA or DTS content.
  • Poor height performance.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.4 Music
  • 7.3 Movies

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Monoprice SB-600 is a high-end 2021 model from Monoprice. This soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and comes with a wireless subwoofer and two satellite speakers. This 5.1.2 setup has a fairly simple design and is a slightly larger version of the 5.1 Monoprice SB-500. Some of its competitors are the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers and the Vizio SB36512-F6.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Monoprice SB-600's bar has a fairly simple design, with a metal grille covering the top and front. The sides and the bottom of the bar are made of solid plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub is mostly made of medium-density fiberboard and plastic. It has a down-firing driver located underneath the sub, and it sits on four plastic pegs.

Design
Style - Satellites

The satellites have a similar style to the bar. The front of each satellite has a metal grille, and the rest is made of solid plastic. They both sit on rubber feet.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 40.6" (103.0 cm)
Height 3.0" (7.5 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.5 cm)

The bar is fairly wide, so it probably won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. It's not too tall, so it likely won't block the bottom of your screen unless the TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 9.4" (24.0 cm)
Height 16.4" (41.6 cm)
Depth 9.4" (24.0 cm)

The subwoofer is a bit larger than the average desktop PC, so it might be somewhat difficult to store. Fortunately, it's not too deep.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Height 5.9" (15.0 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.5 cm)

The satellites are fairly small. Although they can connect to the soundbar wirelessly, they have to be wired to each other.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

The back of the bar has openings for the inputs and the power cord. To mount the bar, you have to remove the screws and use the mounting plates that come with it. It has proprietary mounting holes, and the required screws and plates are included.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub has the port near the top. The power cable connects in the middle, but it doesn't stick out too much.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Proprietary

The Monoprice SB-600’s satellites have a plain back. They each have a port for the cable that connects them, as well as a hole for wall-mounting them. They have proprietary mounting holes, and they come with the required screws and plates.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Monoprice SB-600 has a good build quality. The bar and satellites have a very similar style, mostly made of hard plastic with a metal grille at the front. The sub is made of medium-density fiberboard and plastic and sits on four plastic pegs. While the bar and satellites feel well-made, the sub doesn't have a very premium feel.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manual
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote and 2x AA batteries
  • 2x Power cables
  • AC power cable for satellites
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm AUX cable
  • Surround speaker cable
  • Wall-mounting plates
  • Wall-mounting screws

Sound
7.6
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Music
Slope
-1.55
Std. Err.
4.30 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
34.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
17.5 kHz

The Monoprice SB-600 has a good stereo frequency response. It has a warm sound profile with some extra punch in the bass range, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy audio content. However, audio can sound boomy and boxy, which may be overwhelming for some users. Its mid-range is well-balanced, so dialogue and lead instruments are reproduced clearly, but the treble range is underemphasized, so the higher frequencies of these same instruments might sound dull. Thankfully, it comes with EQ presets, as well as bass and treble adjustments, letting you tweak the sound profile to your liking.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Music
Suggested Bass Setting
-5
Suggested Treble Setting
5
Slope
0.10
Std. Err.
2.76 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
40.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

With preliminary calibration, the Monoprice SB-600 has a very good stereo frequency response. With the bass set to -5 and the treble set to +5, it has a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content. The mid and treble ranges are well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly and accurately.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.83 dB

The Monoprice SB-600 has a good soundstage performance. The sound feels slightly wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any features to widen the soundstage even further. Thankfully, the sound is very focused, so sound objects like voices and footsteps seem to come from an accurate pinpoint location.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
93.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.20 dB

The Monoprice SB-600's dynamics are decent. It can get pretty loud, making it suitable for use in large and crowded rooms. However, there's some compression present at max volume, so audio may not sound clean and pure.

8.2
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.29
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.99

The Monoprice SB-600 has great THD performance. At a normal listening volume, there's very little distortion, so audio sounds pure and clean. Although there's a bit more distortion when using the bar at max volume, it likely won't be noticeable with real-life content.

8.0
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.36
Std. Err.
3.74 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
90.5 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.55
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.29

The Monoprice SB-600 is a 5.1.2 setup that has a very good center performance. It has a dedicated center channel with a well-balanced mid-range, so dialogue is reproduced clearly and accurately. However, its treble range is underemphasized, so sibilants like S and T sounds may be perceived as dull or veiled. Thankfully, it can get fairly loud.

7.1
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.61
Std. Err.
5.05 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.62
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.65
7.1 Rears
No

The Monoprice SB-600 has a decent surrounds performance. It has dedicated surround speakers, which help to more clearly and accurately represent surround objects in the soundstage. The sound profile is somewhat boomy, and it has an underemphasized treble range, so higher frequencies may sound dull.

5.2
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.26
Std. Err.
6.55 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
88.1 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.65
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.25

The Monoprice SB-600 has a poor Atmos performance. The bar has two up-firing speakers that bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you, which creates the illusion of height. However, this doesn't sound as accurate as the discrete localization that down-firing speakers in a home theater setup provide. Also, the Atmos sound is somewhat quieter than the audio coming from the other speakers, so the height effect may not be perceived as easily. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a height level adjustment.

3.4
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
No
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Monoprice SB-600 has poor sound enhancement features. It has EQ presets, including 'Voice', 'Music', 'Movie', and 'Sport', as well as bass and treble adjustments, but it lacks a full graphic EQ. There's also a surround level adjustment and a dialogue enhancement feature, which helps make dialogue sound more clear. Unfortunately, there's no height level adjustment or room correction feature, so audio may sound different depending on the room that the soundbar is in.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
RCA In
Yes
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The Monoprice SB-600 has quite a few physical inputs. You can connect a device via the Full HDMI In ports to use the soundbar as a hub between different devices. Also, you can use the AUX port to connect your smartphone. While it has a USB port for transferring files, there's no Ethernet port.

8.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

The Monoprice SB-600 has great sound format support over ARC. It supports Dolby Digital, which is a common format found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs. However, it doesn't support DTS or DTS-HD MA content. This soundbar is advertised to support 5.1 PCM, and while it plays all the sound, the left and right surround sound comes from the bar and not the satellites, so it's not a true 5.1 PCM.

8.7
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
Yes

The Monoprice SB-600 has amazing sound format support through the Full HDMI In port. You can playback most surround sound and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos, but it doesn't support DTS or DTS-HD MA content, which are usually found in streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.

6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

The Optical Audio has mediocre audio format support. While it supports Dolby Digital, a common format found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs, it doesn't support the DTS format, which is usually found as a fallback of DTS-HD MA on recent Blu-rays.

9.3
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
16 ms
Optical
32 ms
Full HDMI In
26 ms

The Monoprice SB-600 has a fantastic latency performance. It has low latency via its ARC, Optical, and Full HDMI In ports, making it suitable for watching videos. However, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your results may vary.

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

The wireless playback on the Monoprice SB-600 is unremarkable. You can wirelessly connect your phone or tablet over Bluetooth to play audio via the bar. However, this soundbar doesn't support Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay, and it doesn't have Chromecast built-in.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The Monoprice SB-600 can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals. This means the text will look clear on your TV when it's connected to your PC through the soundbar.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The Monoprice SB-600’s subwoofer connects wirelessly to the bar, which gives you more options when choosing where to put it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Partial, satellites wired together

The satellites connect to the bar wirelessly, but they're wired together.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The interface consists of a small display at the front of the bar that shows the feature you're adjusting using small lights.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The Monoprice SB-600 has several physical buttons on the top. They let you adjust basic functions, like on/off, volume control, and input.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote that comes with the soundbar has quite a few controls, allowing you to adjust some of the bar's functions. Unfortunately, it's not a universal remote, so you can't use it to control other devices.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Additional Features
App
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
Acts As A Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No
Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Monoprice SB-600 has a standby feature, which it enters after some time of inactivity. However, the only way to fully turn off the bar is to unplug it from the wall, which will return all the settings to default. Thanks to its HDMI CEC support, you can control some of the bar's basic functions using your TV's remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Monoprice SB-600 comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across a variant not listed here, let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Monoprice SB-600 is a versatile 5.1.2 soundbar with a fairly plain design. It supports Dolby Atmos content, which is ideal for movie fans. Although it lacks a room correction feature, it has EQ presets as well as bass and treble adjustments, which can be used to create a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS-HD MA or DTS content, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs.

If you want to see more soundbars, check out the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best 5.1 soundbars.

Vizio Elevate

The 5.1.4 Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the 5.1.2 Monoprice SB-600. The Vizio has a more unique design, with rotating speakers on each side of the bar, which creates a better height performance. It has a better-balanced sound profile and produces a more extended low-bass. Also, it gets louder with less compression present at max volume. However, the Monoprice has lower latency via the Full HDMI In port, though some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The 5.1 Vizio M Series M51a-H6 is a better soundbar than the 5.1.2 Monoprice SB-600. The Vizio has a much more neutral sound profile, and it can produce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder than the Monoprice with less compression present at max volume. Also, it provides a more immersive surround sound experience. Although the Monoprice has slightly less distortion when used at max volume, there likely isn't a noticeable difference for real-life content.

Vizio SB36512-F6

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a better 5.1.2 setup than the Monoprice SB-600. The Vizio has a more neutral sound profile and can produce a more extended low-bass. It also has a better height performance, and it has support for Wi-Fi and built-in Chromecast. However, the Monoprice has a slightly more immersive surrounds performance, and it comes with a dialogue enhancement feature.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is a better 5.1.2 soundbar than the Monoprice SB-600. With calibration, the Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile and produces a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder than the Monoprice and provides a more immersive surround sound experience. However, the Monoprice has a more focused soundstage, so sound objects seem to come from a more accurate, pinpoint location.

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