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Proficient Max TV MT2

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth®

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    Supports most HDTVs (not included)

 

Our take on the Proficient Max TV MT2

by David Brown

Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

Support your TV with big sound

Finding room to improve your TV's sound can sometimes be tricky. If you aren't sure where to put a sound bar or surround speakers, then check out the Proficient Max TV MT2. It's a platform that rests under your TV and will offer sound that's far bigger and better than your TV's speakers. This 4-channel sound system with two built-in woofers is also a platform that can support flat-panel TVs weighing up to 160 pounds. Just place it on your TV stand, place your HDTV on top, and you can start actually hearing every word of dialogue and feeling the impact of every explosive sound effect.

Built-in woofers bring the bass

The MT2 features two tweeters and four midrange drivers across its front panel. Those alone are enough to dramatically improve the sound of any TV. But when you add in the MT2's dual down-firing 5-1/4" woofers and ported enclosure, you get extended bass response necessary to drive home the low frequencies that give movie and TV soundtracks depth and power. You'll hear all kinds of things you never hear through your TV's puny speakers. Eighty watts of built-in amplification and digital signal processing deliver virtual surround sound that's engaging and immersive.

Enjoy wireless music with Bluetooth

Want to listen to music through this system, too? Built-in Bluetooth lets you enjoy wireless music with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Play songs from your digital library, listen to free Internet radio streams or Pandora, and stream tunes from your favorite subscription service like Spotify® or Beats Music™.

Simple setup

All you need to get the MT2 up and running is a single cable from your TV. There are optical, coaxial, and RCA inputs, so it's compatible with just about any TV. The included remote control even lets you adjust bass and treble response, so you can fine-tune the sound of this powerful speaker system to your satisfaction.

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Highlights:

  • virtual surround sound speaker system designed to fit under flat-panel HDTVs
  • designed to support flat-panel TVs weighing up to 160 pounds
  • built-in 4 x 20-watt RMS amplifier
  • two 1" silk dome tweeters
  • four 2-1/2" midrange drivers
  • two 5-1/4" down-firing woofers for deep bass response
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • digital signal processing delivers simulated surround sound
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet offers enhanced bass response
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs (accepts 2-channel PCM only, no Dolby decoding)
  • analog stereo RCA inputs
  • optical digital and stereo RCA cables included
  • remote with bass and treble tone controls
  • frequency response: 35-20,000 Hz
  • 28"W x 4-1/16"H x 17-15/16"D
  • weight: 25 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 1" Dome (2)
Midrange 2.5" Cone (4)
Woofer 5.25" (2)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
Wall-mountable No
Mounting Bracket Included No
Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
Speaker Parts Warranty 2 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Years
Specifications
System Frequency Response 35-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 80 watts total
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Audio Inputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Audio Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/16H x 28W x 17-15/16D
Sound Bar Weight 25 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
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What's in the box?

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  • Tabletop TV speaker system
  • Rectangular grille (installed)
  • 2 Round grilles (installed)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 39" Optical digital cable
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable
  • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Tabletop TV Speaker System: The Proficient MaxTV MT2 is a one-piece tabletop TV speaker system which delvers high quality audio from your analog or digital connected flat-panel TV and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. At only 4.0625" tall, the MaxTV MT2 slips easily under your flat-panel television. Your television's pedestal base should be no more than 28" (w) x 15.5625" (d) and weigh no more than 160 lbs.

Stereo & Simulated Surround: The MaxTV MT2 provides full stereo sound for music soundtracks. The MaxTV MT2 uses advanced digital signal processing (DSP) to create simulated surround sound that enhances your listening experience by creating a wide enveloping soundstage; perfect for movies, TV shows, games, and sports.

Active 3-Way Speaker System: Proficient's MaxTV MT2 employs two 1" silk dome tweeters, four 2.5" treated-paper midrange drivers, and two down-firing 5.25" treated-paper subwoofers. These multiple drivers are driven by four 20-watt RMS digital amplifiers set up in a two-channel, bi-amplified configuration for 80-watts RMS of total system power. This active 3-way speaker system delivers powerful bass, detailed mids, and clear highs.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The MaxTV MT2 tabletop speaker system features a bass-reflex enclosure with dual rear-firing and dual front-firing ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass.

Analog + Digital Inputs: The Proficient MaxTV MT2 is fitted with both analog and digital inputs to connect your external AV components. There is one optical (toslink) and one coaxial (RCA) digital input to connect up to two digital audio sources, such as your flat-panel HDTV and Blu-ray player. The digital inputs will accept PCM (2ch) only. There is also one analog stereo RCA input for connecting an external audio device or TV without a digital output.

Note: The soundbar speaker's digital inputs do not support a Dolby Digital/DTS audio signal.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Built-in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, so you can enjoy your music collection or Internet radio through the MaxTV MT2 speaker system. Music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device. Pairing is done without the need to enter a pin-code.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the tabletop speaker system.

Remote Control: The MaxTV MT2 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the tabletop TV speaker system.

Bass & Treble Control: You can adjust the soundbar speaker's bass (100Hz) & treble (10kHz) level in order to increase or decrease low and high frequency output.

 
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4 out of 5

Proficient Max TV MT2

Written By Dave in Iowa, Delhi, Iowa on Monday, September 29, 2014
 
Overall I really like it but I think the remote is difficult to read unless the room is brightly lighted. Can't program into the Direct TV remote due to unlisted brand in DTV system. However it seems like a very good value compared to others.
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4 out of 5

Excellent System

Written By BrianB, Ardmore, OK on Monday, September 29, 2014
 
Overall, very pleased with the sound of this system. Only issues are those already raised by past reviewers - small remote that is not very 'potent' to use from any substantial distance. Well made, easy to sync with Bluetooth on my iPhone and I would definitely buy again.
Pros:
Excellent sound - surround is pretty amazing for being synthetic.
Cons:
Small remote and difficult to read LED light on front of unit.
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5 out of 5

great sound and price

Written By rich h, pelion sc on Monday, September 29, 2014
 
I was skeptical about buying this sound bar thought no way it would sound good for the price I paid the sales advisor said he was impressed with the sound of this unit and he explained the return policy I knew it was a no brainer ordered it late Wednesday was surprised I still got it by Friday unpacked it set up is simple plug into the wall and plug included cable into TV and your done was very impressed by the sound quality and the Bluetooth connectivity I would definitely recommend this product to any one who is looking to by a good sound bar and definitely recommend Crutchfield. thanks for a great buying experiance
Pros:
great sound easy set up good price sturdy construction separate bass and treble controls bluetooth
Cons:
small remote and no visual feedback
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5 out of 5

excellent sound system

Written By Gordy, Marinette, Wi on Friday, September 26, 2014
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great system at the sale price. Terrific bass and language is clear during movie scenes, tv speakers do not come close to matching this sound system. if it lasts, it is a remarkable bargain.
Pros:
easy set up,volume and mute works within dish remote, terrific sound has its own treble and bass adjustments
Cons:
doesn't turn off with dish remote, thats it!
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5 out of 5

Impressive

Written By Fred S., Chesapeake VA. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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I was surprised by how this good this sound at performed . About average size, sturdy construction with very good sound, bass sound solid not boomy, improved by placing in a corner. The higher frequency is clean and not harsh and became more alive when the surround button is activated. I use this speaker more for music than viewing tv. Very impressed with the magnetic removable grill which snaps back to its place with the powerful magnet. This is the first of a kind I had . No vibration. It also look pretty on top in front of the speaker when removed and displaying the drivers and tweeter and the led ,it's neat. The red and the blue light becomes more visible which guide the adjustment from the remote. Just count the number of click with the number of blue blinks from the bottom to the top and set my preference , 2 blinks below maximum for the bass and 0 for treble is my choice,but again I hear the treble when surround is chosen. Bluetooth is included which is nice. This speaker sound solid and great that it took me only 2-3 weeks to get my second Proficient Max TV MT2. Also good for background music while dining. My friends like the sound so much that we use it many times practicing our ballroom dancing. Looking forward for years of enjoyment. Buy a 3rd one ? If my wife permits.
Pros:
Good, clean sound,easy set up,bluetooth,magnetic grill easy to detach and snaps back to place solid. So simple but had the things you need.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Proficient Max TV MT2

Written By Jose, Stockton ca. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Good sound for the price
Pros:
Compact and easy to set up. Sounds good.
Cons:
No display to confirm adjustments and volume.
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5 out of 5

Great soundbar for the price

Written By David, Champaign,il on Sunday, September 14, 2014
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this soundbar is a steal for what I paid $179, it plays fairly loud for a soundbar and it sounds great. I was already convinced that for $179 it wouldn't sound good or not play very loud and since crutchfield has a good return policyI gave it a shot and ordered it and was shocked by how good and loud it played tv audio for the price. I don't think anyone would be disappointed by this soundbar. I consider myself a semi audiophile and have a 5.1 system in another room and for most tv viewing I like this better than my 5.1 (I always seem to be making receiver adjustments when watching tv with a 5.1..either to much bass not enough bass raising center channel volume..lowering it etc) dialogue sounds great and it can play pretty loud. The surround option is nice for action movies and live sports and it increases the volume a lil bit as well. The remote isn't great but not many soundbars have a good remote which I will never understand. I only hope it doesn't break down as there are not many reviews on this unit to know if people have had problems with it.
Pros:
Full sound , treble and bass controls, plays loud and clear, looks good, good bass
Cons:
not much visual feedback remote is cheap
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Best Sound bar Under $200

Written By Dunamis, hHawaii on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
 
This is an awesome sounding sound bar with only a couple of flaws. The remote is not great and there's no visual feedback on inputs. If you can get past these minor issues, you'll be very pleased. Setup was easy and straightforward. This replaced a Zvox 420, I like the sound from the Proficient much better.
Pros:
Great Sound & Great Price
Cons:
Remote & No Visuals
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Better sound than the TV speakers

Written By Uncle Lee, Troy, AL on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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A fairly heavy speaker system that is designed to fit under your TV stand. The increase in the bass from the subwoofers is noticable. Overall sound quality is very good.
Pros:
Sturdy construction to support weight of TV. Improves bass response and permits greater volume without distortion.
Cons:
Remote control is too small unless you are a texting expert. The off-on led hidded behind the speaker grill is difficult to see. If you have a TV with a large stand that will not fit on top of the speaker system, then the speaker system must be mounted on a shelf below the TV.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By Anonymous, 85018 on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Crutchfield was awesome to deal with, great price. Same product as speakercraft cs3 but $100 less.
Pros:
Easy setup, sturdy construction
Cons:
Included remote is lame, led is hard to see through grill so you don't get feedback when switching settings, functions, etc...
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great product

Written By Arun, Westmont, IL on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Bought it for $200, can't find a better product for that price. I wanted to get the speaker craft cs3, after reading through both the manuals, I didn't see any difference and the max tv is $100 cheaper. I'm not an audiophile, but I'm very satisfied with the audio quality and it's very easy to setup.
Pros:
Great sound for both movies and music. Bluetooth connectivity. Looks great and sits neatly below the TV. Great bass for a pedestal system. Very easy setup. Great price.
Cons:
No visual feedback for audio settings. Cheap feeling and unintuitive remote control.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Get better sound for your flat screens "flat" speakers.

Written By Mike, Weare, NH on Friday, August 01, 2014
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Tired of listening to poor sound with a tv that gives a great picture? I was, so I added the Proficient Max TV MV2 under my 40 inch Samsung LED. The speakers on the tv are small and rear mounted so the sound is reflected off the wall behind. It left it without feeling and frankly flat and boring. When I added the Proficient unit, install was very easy, it even came with all the cables including digital audio which is the way I went. The sound was now directed at me and no longer flat. The 2 small subs added some feeling. The "surround" mode does very little for close viewing, but is better at say 8 or 10 feet away. Don't expect it to blow your hair back or replace your surround system. I would say the construction is great. It weighs more than other similar units, but thats because it hold up to 160lbs! It's very sturdy. The magnet front grill comes off very easy and even looks great with or without it. The remote is small, but really there isn't much that needs to be on it. Not to mention, depending on the remotes you use, you can program your main remote to operate the system. I have directv and the higher end remote can be used with this system. I gave it 5 stars due to the sale price at crutchfield, but at the original cost of close it would have been seriously over priced and received only a 4 star in that case.
Pros:
Sounds and looks good. Very sturdy. Easy installation. Comes with all cables.
Cons:
Way over priced if not on sale. Remote MIGHT be considered fragile and easy to lose.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

Will it run on 240v? [ ryan  Sep 15, 2014 ]
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  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The owner's manual for the product states that the AC connection is a universal power connection that will automatically switch AC voltage from 100-240VAC. Even so, we cannot guarantee that the product will work as smoothly as it would normally work since it was designed with US standards in mind. There may still be compatibility issues with foreign power/voltage standards. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Sep 16, 2014 ]
I read a review on here that someone used they're Directv remote to control the volume...what remote and what code did you use do this, I cant find any info on doing it and Direct on screen programming doesn't list Proficient on its mnf list?? thanks [ david  Sep 15, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • David, I returned the MT2 for kind of the same reason. The remote is very cheap and minimally functional. I couldn't get it to connect with my Cox cable remote or my TV remote. I was told it will connect to a Logitec Harmony but I don't want to spend $100 on a new remote. Additionally, there are no controls on the speaker itself, only a power switch. If you lose the remote, you can't do anything. I also have a Klipsch speaker, around $500 from Crutchfield and that is awesome and worth the money. Good luck [ Barry   Sep 15, 2014 ]
  • It wasn't me. The unit is really nice, though. [ MARK   Sep 15, 2014 ]

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