Saw and heard the Sharp SB60 Sound Bar at CES 2013 … and just had to have one.
Like most products at CES you have to wait till Spring before they ship.
Finally found mine at Beach Audio, $367 free shipping.
Sharp claims the SB60 is made for 60" and larger screens, and indeed it's a perfect match for my 70".
Sounds bigger than than the TV screen itself.
What more is there to say … OK ... I will elaborate just a little.
First off this thing shows up in a big ass box, no worries whats inside is very manageable.
The Sound Bar measures 54" long by 2.75" tall ... wireless Sub 17" tall X 5" wide.
Cosmetics match up perfectly with my Sharp LC-70LE6400U, or any current Sharp HDTV for that matter. Brushed metal look with a LED display in the middle. There is no grill cloth cover for the Sound Bar's exposed drivers, personally I like that, a real 1" soft dome tweeter and two 2" midrange drivers per channel. This is a 2.1 channel speaker system, 50 watts RMS per Channel, 110 watts RMS for the sub. That's Beefy for a SB my friends, trust me it gets plenty loud.
As always I tossed the instruction booklet aside and proceeded to hook this bad boy up. Plugged the Sub and SB into the wall, hooked the supplied HDMI cable to "input 1" on the HDTV & HDMI "out" on the SB. Pressed the ARC (Audio Return Channel) button on the upper left of the supplied remote and music erupted from the system. Yes, that's what I'm talking about, a Sound Bar that don't take and engineering degree to turn on.
The owners manual goes on and on but that's all it takes to work, well you do have to have "AQUOS Link" ARC turned on in the System Options Menu on your TV. Other brands call this feature other names. http://hdmicec.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-find-out-if-your-device-is-hdmi.html
I'm sure the SB60 will be equally at home with other brand HDTV's. Worst case scenario you can use the fiber optic or mini jack.
I have a Pioneer BluRay player, DirecTv Tivo, and Apple TV hooked to HDMI input 2,3,4 on my Sharp 70". Audio feeds naturally from all 3 source devices though the Audio Return Channel on HDMI input 1 to the Sound Bar. I can control volume with either the DTV Tivo or Sharp TV remote so I packed the SB remote away after I made some minor adjustments. The sub automatically sets itself up wirelessly with zero drama, a little blue light appears on the front when it's connected. From the seated position all the bass appears to come from the Sound Bar. I found the best soundstage with the Sound Bar mounted above the HDTV, brackets included. Voices appears to come directly from the characters on the TV. Very Impressive. You adjust the sub volume on the remote, then tweak a little bass and treble (I used +2, +2) and your done. Sit back and enjoy.
HOWS THE SOUND QUALITY YOU ASK?
In one word, EXCELLENT!