Test Bench 1.0
Changelog

Updated

See the previous 0.8 changelog.

Tests

Dimensions - Subwoofer

  • Changed the picture used in our dimensions box.

Dimensions - Satellites

  • Changed the picture used in our dimensions box.

Stereo Frequency Response

  • Soundbar testing is now done using the available preset that's closer to our target curve.
  • Added ''Tested Preset''.
  • Added a testing setup diagram that shows the active channel during testing.
  • Changed the score calculation of the stereo frequency response box.
  • Changed the dB threshold to obtain our low-frequency extension and high-frequency extension value.
  • Reduced the number of tested positions of our mic array from 5 to 3, since results obtained with those two extra positions don't significantly impact the results we obtain or make them more accurate.

Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration

  • Added the Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration box.

Center

  • Added a testing setup diagram that shows the active channel during testing.
  • Changed the score calculation of the Center box.
  • Reduced number of tested positions of our mic array from 5 to 3, since results obtained with those two extra positions don't significantly impact the results we obtain or make them more accurate.

Surround 5.1

  • Added a testing setup diagram that shows the active channel during testing.
  • Rear Satellites are now always used during our surround 5.1 testing for 7.1/9.1 soundbars with only 2 satellites when the soundbar allows it.
  • Reduced number of tested positions of our mic array from 5 to 3, since results obtained with those two extra positions don't significantly impact the results we obtain or make them more accurate.

Height (Atmos) 

  • Added a testing setup diagram that shows the active channel during testing.
  • Changed the score calculation of the Height (Atmos) box.
  • Reduced number of tested positions of our mic array from 5 to 3, since results obtained with those two extra positions don't significantly impact the results we obtain or make them more accurate.

Physical Inputs - Bar

  • Added RCA In.

Latency

  • Added Latency testing.

Voice Assistants Support

  • Added Voice Assistants Support testing.

Usage Ratings

  • Updated usages to include new tests.

79 Soundbars Updated So Far

We are retesting popular models first. So far, the test results for the following models have been converted to the new testing methodology. However, the text might be inconsistent with the new results.

4 Soundbars Planned To Be Updated

We are also planning to retest the following products over the course of the next few weeks:

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