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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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Item # 065TVM26

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Our take on the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26

Have you shopped TVs lately? They're more of a visual feast than ever before. They're bright, sharp as a tack, and thin. Great news for your eyes; not such great news for your ears. Good speakers seldom have anywhere to hide on these new, sleek models, meaning your TV's great visual quality is way under-supported by the on-board sound. That's why this Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26 sound bar makes such good sense. With a minimum, and we mean minimum (plugging in one audio wire in most instances) of effort, you can up the sound quality of your beautiful TV from anemic to fantastic, paying off that clear, detailed picture with sound to match.

Have you shopped TVs lately? They're more of a visual feast than ever before. They're bright, sharp as a tack, and thin. Great news for your eyes; not such great news for your ears. Good speakers seldom have anywhere to hide on these new, sleek models, meaning your TV's great visual quality is way under-supported by the on-board sound. That's why this Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26 sound bar makes such good sense. With a minimum, and we mean minimum (plugging in one audio wire in most instances) of effort, you can up the sound quality of your beautiful TV from anemic to fantastic, paying off that clear, detailed picture with sound to match.

Boston Acoustics hasn't forgotten that many of us are giving our mobile media players a chance to belt out some music as well. That's why this sound bar comes with two available analog stereo miniplug inputs, so (once again) one wire will take care of everything. What do you get when you mix awesome simplicity with musical, all-encompassing sound? The TVee Model 26 is one of the few correct answers to this question. Hook one up. And time yourself doing it if you want some additional satisfaction. Couldn't be easier.

This BA sound bar can't be beat for costing less than $300. It is being used in a 13X13 room and the power is great for that size room. I bought a Scratch and dent one and I could not find a flaw anywhere

Craig S, Pennsylvania

What's in the Box:

  • Soundbar
  • Wireless powered subwoofer
  • AC Power adapter (with attached 57" DC output cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • 58" Optical digital cable
  • 40" Stereo minijack cable
  • 5" Minijack-to-RCA adapter
  • Owner's Manual/Safety Instructions/Compliance Information booklet
  • Connection Guide/Template

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • Dolby® Digital and Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround to provide clear, realistic sounding home theater
    • one optical digital or analog stereo miniplug connection is all you need to improve your TV's sound
    • learns your existing remote control's volume and mute commands
    • two 2" x 5" HHRT full-range drivers
    • light, rigid HHRT speaker cones reduce distortion and enhance dynamic performance
    • dedicated movie and music modes
    • touch-sensitive controls
    • built-in transmitter sends audio signals to wireless subwoofer
    • keyhole slots for wall mounting
    • includes AC power cord
    • 31-9/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 3-1/8"D
    • 4.8 lbs.
    Wireless woofer:
    • plays bass and mid-bass frequencies
    • allows placement anywhere in the room
    • includes AC power cord
    • 6-1/2" down-firing bass driver
    • 10-1/2"W x 9-5/16"H x 12-7/16"D
    • 2 analog stereo minijack AUX inputs
    • 1 optical digital audio input
    • stereo minijack and optical digital cables included

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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange 2" x5" Cone (2)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6.5" Cone
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included No
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response 45-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 150 W (total system)
    Subwoofer RMS Power 150 W (total system)
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-1/4H x 31-9/16W x 3-1/8D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.8 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 9-5/16H x 10-1/2W x 12-7/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 6.6 lbs

    Product Research


    Overview: The Boston Acoustics TVee 26 is a two-piece home theater entertainment system that consists of a soundbar speaker and wireless subwoofer with virtual surround sound. The TVee 26 offers dramatically better sound quality than your flat-panel TV's built-in speakers. The soundbar & wireless subwoofer system brings powerful and dynamic audio to your movies, music, and games. There is only one cable which connects the system to your television and you can control it with your TV's remote.

    150 Watt (RMS) System Power: The soundbar and wireless subwoofer are self-powered and each are equipped with its own built-in amplifier. The TVee 26 features a total system power of 150 watts to drive both the soundbar and wireless subwoofer. With a total system power of 150 watts, the TVee 26 virtual surround sound speaker system envelops you in rich, room-filling audio.

    Soundbar Speaker: The TVee 26's soundbar achieves its stunning audio performance through the use of Boston's low-distortion, wide-bandwidth HHRT (Hyperbolic High Rigidity Transducer) driver technology. The Boston Acoustics TVee 26 soundbar is equipped with dual 2" x 5" HHRT (Hyperbolic High-Rigidity Transducer) drivers inside a bass-reflex enclosure made of ABS plastic. The soundbar can be placed above or below your flat-panel TV. It should be centered with your television. There are two large keyhole slots (22.75" apart) to facilitate mounting it on a wall (mounting template supplied).

    Wireless Subwoofer: The wireless-powered subwoofer is equipped with a down-firing 6.5" woofer inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a down-firing 2.25" (diameter) port. The wireless subwoofer's enclosure is made of ABS and has been internally braced with MDF to eliminate resonance. The TVee 26 system's 6.5" down-firing wireless subwoofer delivers deep and powerful bass. The TVee 26's powered subwoofer gets its signal from the system's soundbar wirelessly (2.4 GHz), so it can be placed virtually anywhere in the room (up to 25').

    Digital Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS): The TVee 26 features Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) processing for pinpoint, theater-like, surround sound. Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology from Boston Acoustics uses sophisticated digital processing to create a fully immersive, cinema-quality sound experience, whether you're listening to music, watching a movie, or playing a game. DOVS decodes the full,  Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio signal from the source material and applies a proprietary process to derive the ideal 2.1-channel version of the original surround sound mix. You can indicate whether you have table-top or wall-mounted the soundbar speaker for better imaging. The soundbar's exclusive Boston DSP control switch maximizes performance for movies and music.

    • Movie Mode: In the Movie Mode, Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround delivers clear movie dialogue and music along with cinematic surround audio effects.
    • Music Mode: The Music Mode provides enhanced digital stereo music reproduction.

    BassTrac Circuitry: The powered subwoofer utilizes BassTrac circuitry for tight, distortion-free bass at all output levels. `

    One Wire TV Connection: The TVee 26's soundbar speaker connects to your television with either a single stereo RCA cable or optical digital cable (also requires AC power). You can get this signal from your TV's audio output, or from your satellite/cable box. The powered subwoofer gets its signal wirelessly (2.4 GHz) from the soundbar; it only requires plugging into an AC outlet.

    • Analog Stereo: The soundbar speaker features two analog stereo minijack (3.5mm) inputs to connect your TV, sat/cable box, or other audio/video component.
    • Digital Optical: The soundbar speaker also features an optical digital input for Dolby Digital decoding from your connected TV or sat/cable box.

    Volume Controls: The soundbar speaker is equipped with front-mounted volume controls and comes with an IR remote control. You can also program your television's or satellite/cable box's remote control to operate the soundbar's volume. The wireless subwoofer features a rear-panel independent volume control (min-max).

    Trim Level Switch: The soundbar's trim-level switch changes the input sensitivity (1-3) of the TV 26 to match the output level of your TV or satellite/cable box.

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    Sound is incredible, I haven't tried using it as a center though. I use mine to enhance the poor sound of my TV speakers. it offers great depth and tight bass., You may find you don't need the front LR towers, but you can adjust the sound to your asking. [ Eugene  Jan 27, 2016 ]
    I think it would make an excellent mid-range center speaker. I use it with my TV as source, augmented with wooofer--works well for classical music, my main activity. [ Thomas  May 01, 2015 ]
    We don't have it wall mounted, but it can be. It sounds great in our living room, which is about 14x16 feet. The woofer is behind us in the corner. I would recommend it, and plan on purchasing another one for another room. [ RICHARD A  Dec 27, 2014 ]
    That would be just fine but you need to make shelf or brackets to hold it . I would also aim it down bit depending on how high you mount it. It sounded nice for guy I installed for. He had 65 inch tv and it sat below the TV [ MELVIN  Dec 18, 2014 ]
    Don't know, but I doubt that it would matter. I wouldn't think it would look great. [ JANET  Dec 18, 2014 ]
    I have mine below. But, I don't think that above will change the sound unless you are right up next to the TV. [ ROB L  Dec 18, 2014 ]
    Absolutely! Mount it on the wall. It projects sound all over the room anywhere it is mounted. [ Richard  Dec 18, 2014 ]
    We bought this as a Christmas gift for some friends. They have their TV mounted above their fireplace and the sound bar below that which places it approx 4 feet off the ground and it still sounds great. I think if your TV is on short stand and plan to mount it so it is nearly head level while seated you will be happy with the results. [ JON  Dec 18, 2014 ]
    Sorry, I don't know the answer. [ RHYS  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    Sorry, I cannot help you, Gary. I just installed my new sound bar and am just using the little remote that came with it. Good luck! I'm sure it just a setting that is getting overlooked. [ Richard  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Jan 06, 2014 ]  Staff
    I have directv also and got mine to work. The directions were a bit confusing though. If I remember, when going thru the steps , you have to push the button for each individual function, volume up, Volume down, mute. I think the directions just tell about doing for mute? But you have to do it for all. Good luck, it's great once it programmed. Remember to put your tv volume in mute mode on the setting menu [ Ken  Jan 06, 2014 ]