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Active Soundbar + Powered Sub System: The Onkyo LS-B50 Active Soundbar
+ Powered Sub System offers a simpler alternative to your typical 5.1ch home
theater speaker system. Not every room can accommodate five speakers and a
subwoofer; and not everyone wants to deal with hooking up rear surround
speakers. The Onkyo LS-B50 is a two-piece home theater system with an amplified
soundbar speaker that connects directly to your TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, or
Satellite/Cable box; plus a wireless powered subwoofer that can be placed
anywhere in your room. The Onkyo LS-B50 Active Soundbar + Powered Sub System
adds virtual surround sound to your music or movies thanks to AuraSphere DSP
(Digital Signal Processing) technology.
- Active Soundbar Speaker: The LS-B50's active soundbar
speaker features an eight driver array with two 1.1875" ring tweeters, four 2.75" full-range cone drivers
on the front, and two 2.75" full-range cone drivers on each side; all powered by an internal digital amplifier. The soundbar speaker
provides clear dialog and a wide soundstage. The two front-firing ports add
efficiency and better midbass response to the speaker. All of the system's analog &
digital inputs are found on the active soundbar speaker.
- Wireless Powered Sub: With a down-firing 6.5" cone woofer, dedicated
amplifier, and bass reflex enclosure (down-firing port), the included wireless powered subwoofer
does an excellent job of adding impact to your favorite content; from games to
music to movies. The crossover is set to blend perfectly with the soundbar
speaker, creating a deep, seamless audio image no matter where you choose to
place the sub. You can adjust the volume level (-/+10) of the subwoofer
independently from the main volume (0-30). Because its wireless, the powered subwoofer offers simplicity in
terms of hookup & flexibility in terms of placement.
Dolby Digital Decoding: Dolby Digital is a high quality
audio format commonly encoded on DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and in TV broadcasts.
Select TVs can pass Dolby Digital audio from there built-in ATSC/QAM tuner and
network apps through to the LS-B50 for dynamic playback, enhanced even further
with AuraSphere DSP technology. You must connect the audio signal of your
Blu-ray/DVD player or Satellite/Cable box directly to the soundbar speaker
to receive a Dolby Digital signal. If you route the audio signal of your
Blu-ray/DVD player or Satellite/Cable box through the TV first, it will come out
as PCM (2ch) at the TV's digital output; the AuraSphere DSP technology will
create a virtual surround sound effect either way.
Panoramic 3D Sound w/ AuraSphere DSP: The LS-B50 is powered
by AuraSphere DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology. It works by optimizing
driver output to create a 3D surround effect from stereo sources. Unlike other
DSP technologies, AuraSphere expands the sweet spot (the area in front of the TV
where audio sounds best) to create a 3D soundfield that places the listener in
the center of the action, wherever they're sitting. The LS-B50 offers three
pre-programmed AuraSphere sound modes.
- Movie: Onboard AuraSphere technology applies custom EQ
filters to get the most out of movie and game soundtracks. Deeper bass and
an open mid-range carry dialog clearly, all enhanced by AuraSphere's
panoramic 3D soundfield.
- Music: For music, you want plenty of punchy bass, that
doesn't drown out vocals and strings. AuraSphere manipulates the EQ and
sound pressure levels to best suit music playback, while expanding the
soundfield so that you enjoy balanced stereo sound no matter where you're
- News: This sound mode makes dialog more intelligible
and maintains clean, balanced response for all types of content, including
TV programs, movies, and news. With this mode engaged, you won't have to
keep raising the volume to hear what's going on. The LS-B50 simply makes TV
sound clear and rich.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Onkyo LS-B50 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) or Dolby Digital (5.1ch) audio signals.
There is also one analog audio minijack (3.5mm) input for connecting a portable
MP3 player with a headphone jack output or a TV without a digital output.
USB Port: The Onkyo LS-B50 features a USB (type-A) port
which allows you to connect a compatible USB mass storage class device; such as
select Android smartphones (Gingerbread/Froyo OS only), digital audio players,
or USB thumbdrives. The unit will support music playback and basic control
(play/pause & previous/next track) of MP3 music files (8-320kbps; 8-48kHz)
stored on a compatible USB msc device formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The speaker's
USB port will also charge your USB-enabled device while connected.
Note: The USB port is not compatible with the Apple iPod, iPhone,
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Pair your smartphone, tablet,
laptop, or desktop computer to the LS-B50 and stream music wirelessly via
built-in Bluetooth (ver.2.1+EDR) technology. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music
and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled devices to the LS-B50. You'll still use
your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device for music navigation and song/artist
information. Pairing is done with the press of a single button.
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 Onkyo system.
Remote Control: The LS-B50 features top-panel controls on
the soundbar speaker and
includes a wireless IR remote for operation of the system's power, volume, input
sound mode, and USB playback controls. It also comes preprogrammed with IR codes
for a variety of major TV brands (and learning capability for others), which
means it switches on automatically with your television and responds to your TV
remote volume commands. The included IR flasher makes controlling the LS-B50
simple no matter where it's placed.
Note: The LS-B50 is preprogrammed with IR codes for nine major TV
brands; including Funai, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony,
Toshiba, and Vizio, with learning capability for other TV brands.
Mounting Options: The LS-B50's low-profile design makes it ideal for
displaying on an entertainment unit or TV stand. Four self-adhesive rubber feet
protect your furniture and keeps the speaker from moving. The unit's flat back-panel and
shallow depth allow for easy wall mounting as well. There are two keyhole slots
on the back of the speaker that are spaced 20.25" apart (mounting hardware not
included). Because the system's powered
subwoofer is wireless, you can position it any where in the room (within 25').
Auto Standby: The system automatically turns on when an
audio signal is output from your TV. The system automatically enters standby mode
if there is no operation and no sound for approximately five minutes.