Harman/Kardon SB 30 Home Theater Soundbar System: The Harman/Kardon SB
30 Home Theater Soundbar System offers an elegant and simpler alternative to your
typical 5.1ch home theater speaker system. Not every room can accommodate 5
speakers + a subwoofer; and not everyone wants to deal with hooking up rear
surround speakers. The Harman/Kardon SB 30 is a two-piece home theater system
with a single amplified loudspeaker unit that connects directly to your TV,
Sat/Cable box, or Blu-ray player and a single wireless powered subwoofer that can
be placed anywhere in your room. The SB 30 Home Theater Soundbar System delivers
true Harman/Kardon sound, whether you are listening to music or watching a
Active Soundbar: The SB 30 active soundbar contains six 2"
woofers and seven 1" tweeters, powered by four 40W amplifiers and seven 10W
amplifiers. It features a powerful triple-core DSP (digital signal processor)
with two Harman-exclusive surround modes (Virtual and Harman Wave) that utilize different combinations of the soundbar's 13 transducers
and 11 amplifier channels to create an astonishingly realistic surround-sound
experience in any size room and for listeners at any position in the room,
without needing any extra speakers or wires. The SB 30 soundbar speaker is
designed to fit elegantly alongside your flat-panel TV and is magnetically
shielded. The H/K SB 30 simply plugs into your TV, Sat/Cable box, or Blu-ray player with a single
analog or digital audio cable.
Note: The active soundbar speaker will
need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet.
Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The SB 30's
wireless powered subwoofer offers you simplicity in terms of hookup &
flexibility in terms of placement. The powered subwoofer receives its signal
from the soundbar speaker via wireless technology, so you can place it anywhere
in your room without having to run any wires. With a down-firing 8" woofer and
built-in 100W amplifier, the wireless powered subwoofer delivers powerful bass
performance when combined with the system's soundbar speaker. And thanks to its
sealed (acoustic suspension cabinet), you can expect more realistic, tight bass
performance, and higher bass output, since the subwoofer fires downward against
the floor instead of against surrounding walls.
Note: The wireless powered subwoofer
will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet. The powered subwoofer is not
Dolby Digital + DTS Decoding: The Harman Kardon SB 30 home
theater system has advanced Dolby Digital and DTS sound decoding. When you
listen to a movie using the SB 30, you'll experience superb spatial realism; the
sense that you're inside the movie, with all of its sounds moving as the
characters on screen do. You'll hear every detail of your movie soundtrack.
Harman NSP Surround Modes: Given that it's powered by exclusive
surround technology, the SB 30 soundbar achieves a new pinnacle of realism
thanks to extremely advanced digital signal processing (DSP) and 13 transducers
fed by 11 individual amplifiers, creating a highly immersive surround sound
environment. You can choose from the following Harman NSP Surround Modes.
- Harman Wave: The Harman Wave mode utilizes all 13 of the soundbar's
transducers to create both left and right surround sound fields, in addition
to using the left and right transducer groups to reproduce the front left
and right stereo signals. Extremely sophisticated digital signal processing
uses wave field synthesis to separately control direct and indirect sound
fields, creating an impressive surround sound sensation in even a large room
and for many listeners seated over a large listening area. The Harman Wave
mode features a Room Size adjustment that allows you to tailor the
soundbar's energy field to match the size of your listening room (Small,
Medium, or Large).
- Virtual: The Virtual mode utilizes sophisticated
digital signal processing and an additional four transducers to simulate the
reflected sounds that would be created by the rear channel speakers in a
room with a dedicated surround-sound system. The soundbar's digital signal
processing is specifically designed to maximize the useful listening area
while reducing sonic colorations. This digital processing also enhances
conventional stereo and MP3 sources by creating rear ambience that adds
depth to the sound presentation.
- Stereo: The Stereo mode reproduces the input signal in
conventional two-channel stereo, utilizing the soundbar's left and right
speakers. Digital equalization and digital crossover filters help achieve
accurate performance for listeners in a variety of seating positions, not
just those directly on the speaker's center line.
Note: To get the best audio performance out of the SB 30
system, it's recommended that you switch off the sound coming from your TV's
Dolby Volume: The SB 30 integrates Dolby Volume technology,
which maintains the same volume level, no matter which channel or program you
may be watching. No more being jolted out of your seat by a loud commercial or
having to adjust the volume every time you change channels. Dolby Volume ensures
that the sound's original balance will be kept at all times and at all volumes,
so your entertainment happens seamlessly while sounding precisely how the artist
Soundbar Controls: The following controls are found on the active
- Power Button: When the soundbar is in the Standby mode
(the Power LED is amber), pressing the Power button will turn on the
soundbar. When the soundbar is on (the Power LED is blue), pressing the
Power button will put it into the Standby mode.
- Input Select: This button switches between the analog (source 1)
and digital (source 2) inputs of the soundbar speaker system.
- Volume Up/Down: The Volume Up/Down buttons on the soundbar
speaker controls the system's overall volume.
- EQ Switch: The EQ switch lets you adjust the soundbar's bass for wall mounting or
table-top mounting to deliver the most natural-sounding bass performance with any
- Surround Mode: Pressing the Surround Mode button cycles the
soundbar's audio output through the following three surround modes: Stereo,
Virtual, or Harman Wave.
- Dolby Volume: Pressing the Dolby Volume button cycles the Dolby
Volume setting between off, low and high.
Powered Sub Woofer Controls: The following controls are found on the wireless
- Subwoofer Level: Use this control to balance the subwoofer's
volume with that of the soundbar. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the
subwoofer's volume; turn it counterclockwise to decrease the subwoofer's
Switch: This switch determines whether the subwoofer driver's
piston-like action moves in and out in phase with the speakers in the
soundbar. If the subwoofer were to play out of phase with the soundbar
speakers, the sound waves from the soundbar could cancel out some of the
sound waves from the subwoofers, reducing bass performance and sonic impact.
This phenomenon depends in part on the placement of the subwoofer and
soundbar relative to each other in the room
Remote Control: The SB 30 comes with a small IR remote that provides
control over all your SB 30 soundbar functionality. This convenient, easy-to-use
remote control helps you to get the best audio performance out of your SB 30
Wireless Code Switch: There is a Wireless Code switch on the
rear-panel of the soundbar and subwoofer. The Wireless Code switches let you
select between 4 different channels for the wireless subwoofer signal and the
soundbar. The wireless codes (1-4) need to be the same on the soundbar and
Auto Turn-On/Off: Auto Turn-On/Off Circuitry automatically switches the
SB 30 soundbar speaker system on when an audio signal is present, and off when
there is no audio signal.
- Soundbar: The soundbar has a signal detector that will
automatically turn the unit on when it senses an audio signal at any of its
inputs. To minimize power consumption, the signal detector is not activated
unless the soundbar first senses any kind of IR remote signal. The
soundbar will automatically enter the Standby mode if no audio signal is
detected at any of its Source input connections for approximately 15
minutes. If you have programmed the soundbar to respond to the remote's
on and off commands, you can manually put the soundbar into the Standby
- Subwoofer: The subwoofer will automatically turn itself on when
it receives an audio signal, and it will return to the Standby mode when it
has received no audio signal for 15 minutes. The subwoofer's LED will turn
blue when the subwoofer is on, and will turn amber when the subwoofer is in
Analog Audio Inputs: Use the supplied stereo audio cable to connect
the soundbar's Source 1 (analog) input to your TV's stereo audio output. If your
TV has two sets of audio output jacks, use the set that has a fixed (not
variable) output level. This will let you turn your TV's speakers all the way
off while the TV still supplies a constant audio signal to the soundbar.
Digital Audio Inputs: If your TV, Sat/Cable box, or Blu-ray player
have coaxial or optical digital outputs, you can use the supplied optical
digital audio cable or an optional coaxial digital audio cable to connect
them to the soundbar's Optical (toslink) and Coaxial (RCA) digital inputs.
Soundbar Placement: The active soundbar speaker can be placed on a
table-top or wall mounted.
- Table-Top Mounting: If your TV is placed on a table, you can
place the soundbar on the table directly in front of the TV stand, centered
with the TV screen. Attach the supplied rubber feet to the soundbar to
protect your furniture.
- Wall-Mounting: If your TV is attached to a wall, you can use the
included wall-mount brackets to mount the soundbar on the wall directly
below the TV screen. There are two different pair of wall-brackets supplied.
One pair is to be used when connecting the soundbar via Stereo RCA or
coaxial digital, and the other pair is to be used when connect the soundbar
via optical digital.
Note: The soundbar speaker is magnetically shielded so it can be
placed safely next to your TV.
Subwoofer Placement: Since the human ear does not hear directional
sound at the low frequencies where the subwoofer operates, it will perform well
from just about any location in your room. However, the strongest bass
reproduction is likely to be heard when the subwoofer is placed in a corner
along the same wall as the soundbar. The maximum wireless operating distance between the soundbar
and subwoofer is approximately 50'.
Note: The wireless powered subwoofer is not
magnetically shielded and should not be placed near your TV.