Arcam Solo SoundBar : Fabulous build, flexibilty and sound.

Its a good sound bar – please note, without the subwoofer, i found the performance disappointing. In fact i was questioning why i had bought it in the first place. With the subwoofer, it becomes another beast and i then felt satisfied with the purchase. If price of the combined offering is an issue, i would look at an “all in one” package somewhere else. Also, if anyone knows how to stop the bluetooth auto connecting to my amazon echo when the bar is turned on, that would be a great helpits quite big as well, so make sure you have room for it, and probably at least a 40″ tv (preferably bigger).

Awsome sound bar, a no brainer if u want “sounds”, real audio from a real audio company.

Review summarysound quality (with subwoofer) 10/10sound quality (without subwoofer) 8/10appearance 10/10build quality 10/10connectivity 10/10features 10/10remote 8/10remote app (ios) 9/10ease of use 8/10instructions / user manual 10/10packaging 10/10supplied accessories 9/10value for money 10/10having read the only other review for this soundbar on amazon uk, i did a great deal of research before purchasing the arcam solo. I was relieved to find that the reviewer in question is very much in the minority. Worldwide, the solo has been almost universally praised for its sound quality, though most reviewers have recommended the addition of a separate subwoofer to extend the bass. I have been involved in designing and listening to audio amplifiers and speakers as a hobby for 50 years. Despite all this, my hearing is still good, although i struggle to hear much above 14 khz. I have owned, and still own, enough arcam equipment to know that this a brand that never fails to deliver the highest standards of build quality, and the solo does not disappoint in this regard. The unit feels reassuringly solid, with a sleek aluminium body and a build quality that places it in a class above other soundbars in a similar price range. Looks wise, it is an attractive addition to the tv. In terms of value for money, it is, in my opinion, a bargain at £299. But a soundbar needs to sound good as well as look good.

We have the bar connected via hdmi arc to a panasonic tx-49fx650b. I saw some people say the sound from this arcam solo bar, if you closed your eyes, sounds like a small hi-fi system. Forget it, that is not true. Ok it is louder than the tv’s own speakers and should last better but no way is it even nearly as good quality sound as most even average small sound systems. We have small monitor audio speakers we listen to music on. The bar sounds like cheap plastic compare to the monitor audios. We also have a very old aiwa combo system, even that has much better sound than this bar. Once you get use to the sound of this bar, which is ok but not great, the extra volume is nice to have for hard of hearing people like my mum. Now for the frustration, why i am sorry we bought this sound bar.

  • A really classy soundbar which sounds OK on its own, but really benefits from a subwoofer
  • Use a subwoofer and enjoy.
  • Good sound bar, but sub woofer is a must!

Arcam Solo SoundBar

The arcam solo soundbar is a superb sounding unit when used with a subwoofer. Without a sub it lacks depth and impact with a sub its tru quality shines through. It offers excellent flexibility with multiple hdmi inputs , optical and sub out and blutooth pairs well with alexa so it doubles as an extremely high quality blutooth speaker, it is supplied with neat handset or if preferred, arcam offers a smart remote app. So well thought out versatile and great sound, highly recommended.

I don’t often submit reviews but i like this sound bar so much that i have removed my 5. 1 system (and all its wires) and just use it with a run-of-the-mill yamaha subwoofer (or without it if it is late at night). I can live without the surround sound aspect since the sound quality is excellent. It needs a subwoofer for movies and for music. It is (and i don’t use the `awesome’ word lightly) awesome for music. The instructions seem to say that it is best when attached to a wall but my experience is that it is awful when placed that way. Try and move it to where it sounds best and then leave it. I love it and it is probably the only real `hi-fi’ thing that i own.

Needs the optional base unit to be really effective. Nice bit of kit but not to be paired with a tv less than 50″ as it will be wider.

Now this is lovely product, little bigger than i thought, sounds great.

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Arcam Solo SoundBar
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 10 reviews

One thought on “Arcam Solo SoundBar : Fabulous build, flexibilty and sound.

  1. This review is from : Arcam Solo SoundBar

    After reading dozens of soundbar reviews i decided to go for “real” audio brand arcam. How wrong could i be:- the sound is very thin and flat (even with the arcam subwoofer), sounds like a tv- no matter what i tried connecting the app with the soundbar (bluetooth) did not work- despite arc/cec the samsung remote from my qled cannot control this soundbar (to be fair: not sure if this is a samsung or arcam issue)my expectations were high and really tried to like it but returned the unit. Bought a denon bar and yes it is much more expsentive but at least the performance is very good in particular with music, even without a sub. My advice: spend some more money and get the denon.
  2. This review is from : Arcam Solo SoundBar

    After reading dozens of soundbar reviews i decided to go for “real” audio brand arcam. How wrong could i be:- the sound is very thin and flat (even with the arcam subwoofer), sounds like a tv- no matter what i tried connecting the app with the soundbar (bluetooth) did not work- despite arc/cec the samsung remote from my qled cannot control this soundbar (to be fair: not sure if this is a samsung or arcam issue)my expectations were high and really tried to like it but returned the unit. Bought a denon bar and yes it is much more expsentive but at least the performance is very good in particular with music, even without a sub. My advice: spend some more money and get the denon.
    • Not a bad soundbar, just not a very good one. I have heard much better sound from soundbars half the price of this. Sound seemed tonally very flat and unimpressive with no punch or lift whatsoever and very little difference when using different eq settings. I have been told it sounds better with the optional subwoofer but at £350 for the bar and an additional £500 (yes £500) for the sub i`m afraid they can do one,,,, literally.
  3. This review is from : Arcam Solo SoundBar

    Not a bad soundbar, just not a very good one. I have heard much better sound from soundbars half the price of this. Sound seemed tonally very flat and unimpressive with no punch or lift whatsoever and very little difference when using different eq settings. I have been told it sounds better with the optional subwoofer but at £350 for the bar and an additional £500 (yes £500) for the sub i`m afraid they can do one,,,, literally.

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