Originally Posted by N8DOGG
The Nak is a HTIB vs a soundbar with a sub, they are 2 different things. Why is this even a discussion?
Originally Posted by taichi4
Because it's your opinion that it's an HTIB, not a fact. People have different opinions, and that provokes discussion.
A lot of people call the Nakamichi a soundbar, including industry people.
But you can call it whatever you like.
Let's start this with the all-important qualifier: IMO
The Nakamichi is a soundbar. Or rather, the front channels are housed in a soundbar. But it's also a Home Theater in a Box, because four speakers that you have to connect with wires to two wireless subs in order to make the system work is not "just" a soundbar, per se. But... if you are willing to do that, there's obviously a reward... you get 7.2 surround plus DTS:X with virtual height.
As far as perception goes, the Nakamichi looks good. However, it's a bit more "home theater in a box"-ish than some other solutions, including systems that offer true wireless surrounds and untethered subs.
Also, that's not a comment on how it sounds or what value you get, but rather on how it's marketed and why it's more affordable. If you have walmart distribution, you are making an "economy of scale" play for sure.
The Sonic Carrier has metal drivers and a rock-solid chassis. It is clearly built to a very high standard and is not necessarily intended to be a mass-market device. It does not need nor does it offer surround speakers, relying instead on a mix of reflected sound and processing.
It is purely a soundbar and the system ships in two boxes, on for the soundbar itself and one for the subwoofer. Therefore, IMO it is not a "home theater in a box."
In summary, the two systems are "on the surface" similar, yet in practice they are rather different things.
And by the way I have no problem believing that the Nakamichi satellites, if placed properly, create a better surround effect for the "behind your head" stuff than what any single-chassis soundbar solution can do. That's common sense, I suppose.