Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro7.1 Sound Bar Review: An Ideal System for Film Enthusiasts. This soundbar surround system features excellent audio quality and high-quality life features such as Dolby Atmos or Bluetooth. To find the best soundbars, we tested them for over 30 hours.
We like this
Films sound great
Many customization options
Their accuracy is affected by audio delay
Not true 7.1 surround
Non-rectangular and open spaces are not good for design
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro7.1 Sound Bar Set is a great system that allows for a lot of customization. Their sound quality isn't ideal for music and games. They also don't offer the greatest value.
- Configuration & Customization
- Sound quality (General and Music)
- These are the features
- Final Verdict
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro7.1 Sound Bar was purchased to allow our expert reviewer to thoroughly evaluate and test it. Continue reading to see our complete product review.
It's both a fantastic and terrible sound bar set, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Sound Bar Set. This system is a marvel that provides a cinema-like experience and allows for a wide range of customizations. It ranks among the best sound bar sets available. Its unique design is not for everybody, so it's not a good system for music and games at a lower price than a traditional home theater with 5.1 surround sound.
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The soundbar set features semi-transparent metal grills to show drivers, and wood-textured vinyl for the subwoofer. All other parts are made from durable plastic. The speakers have a strong triangular pattern that runs across them. It gives it an elegant and bold look. These aesthetic decisions can cause major problems for speakers' sound design. Although the side-facing soundbars tweeters look great, the treble can echo off walls and reach your ears long after sound from other drivers. The sound becomes unsynchronized, and the sound gets muddy.
The Nakamichi 7.1.4 soundbar sets are compact, however. Rear speakers measure 5'x5.4'x8' and are smaller than traditional bookshelf speakers. It measures 45.5 feet in length and is 3 feet deep. This is about the same size as a 50-inch TV. It is slightly heavier than the soundbar, at almost 20lbs. The space it takes up is approximately 9.5x12x20.5x20.5x. The compromise in size is well worth it for its performance.
Although the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 sound bar set is among the best on the market it can't escape the sound bars traditional trappings.
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The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Sound Bar comes with everything needed to setup it, including HDMI and TOSLINK cables. To keep your space organized, you'll also receive wall mounting kits and cable ties.
It is a joke that the wires connecting the subwoofer and the rear speakers run for at least 15 feet. They are also very easy to get tangled. It would have been nice to have wireless rear speakers as well, considering they wirelessly transmitted the soundsbar's audio to the subwoofer.
While the remote is very handy, it's cluttered with buttons. You have exactly 50 buttons to adjust each speaker individually, each DSP preset for the room, as well as other functions. The menu is rarely used to alter a system setting. Although it is a great tool for people who have experience with setting up speakers and amplifiers, the menu can be overwhelming for someone new to this field.
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This sound bar kit comes with a comically large quickstart guide— it's a single poster that's as long and wide as the box the entire kit comes in (48.2" x 14.8")! It's hard to miss this one. It's easy to understand, and there are plenty of illustrations and explanations for your reference.
It is easy to put together. Connect the soundbar and inputs to the power supply, then connect your subwoofer and rear speakers to the power supply. Finally, turn on everything to synchronize it with the rest.
There are many customization options available for the sound bar, but they can feel very limiting. The set does not include a YPAO microphone or something similar. This means that it cannot measure the size of your space or determine your location to ensure the speaker's proper tuning. It has default room sizes that allow for some customization but are not accurate enough to avoid clarity problems caused by the asynchronization.
The remote can be used to adjust the volume of a speaker, such as the subwoofer. Each of the five speakers has its own volume button. You can also adjust the crossover frequency of your subwoofer, which allows you to personalize lower frequencies.
There are many DSP settings. Dolby DSP simulates surround sound for stereo tracks. Sometimes, it works fantastically and makes the sound richer, and other times, it turns the track into a horrid mess— it depends on how the track was mixed, so you'll have to play with it and see what works for you. Clear Voice, another useful DSP, makes it easy to discern voices in tracks that may have been obscured by other noise. It works best with high-pitched feminine voices but is great for poorly mixed films.
Otherwise, the sound bar was set to direct audio. The music, movies, sports, news and game presets didn't offer much for me. For those who have to limit their subwoofer's noises to a minimum, night mode can be extremely useful.
Before moving on to what sound like, let's first cover what sounds like. Every time you start or pause and play anything— both film and music— the speakers will play for two seconds, go silent for one second, and then resume playing. This problem has been reported in other reviews.
The speakers' audible sound quality is difficult to judge. They have great speakers, and the drivers are strong. This set is oddly made and lacks the programming tools necessary to compensate for the physical shortcomings.
The soundbar and other speakers are having trouble synchronizing so that the sound from soundbar is able to reach your ears earlier than sound from all the speakers. This can cause the sound to become distorted and unclear during loud audio tracks.
Nakamichi attempted to solve this issue by introducing a "room size" preset for the remote. This allows you to choose your room size, and the delay time accordingly. It does reduce the problem for some people.
Not everyone has a square room. The entryway to my living room is almost right next to the soundbar. This causes me to lose quite a bit of sound and I have had the need for speakers tune with this in mind. I can't do that with this soundbar, and the problem is especially bad because the tweeters are on the left and right of the soundbar instead of on the front— most other soundbar tweeters are on the front, making this a unique problem of the Shockwafe's design.
This surround sound set can be tuned to pop music, dialogue and sound effects for the majority of its contents. It has an almost cinema-theater sound when listening to films. The subwoofer's 80Hz gut-punch makes it a great way to enjoy action films. Every explosion, boom, and crash is extra exciting when you watch Kipo or the Age of the Wonderbeasts. The chase scenes in the film were charming.
Overall, the bass quality is good with the subwoofer delivering a lot of power. The subwoofer can go down to 35Hz and stays clear up to the crossover point. The bass of 'Bad Guy’s' really sings with the Shockwafe system. It has a pulse that will keep your feet tapping.
However, the highs are quite a nuisance on the Shockwafe Pro. Anything above 8,000KHz has a very recessed sound, which leaves the sound without sparkle or presence. When both sets of speakers are active, the discord between the front and soundbar makes the treble lines mushed. This is not a problem with film audio as voices and other sound effects are more common at lower frequencies. Music listening suffers greatly from this.
Depending on how they are used, the mids can be fine. These could be more obvious, though delay can also rear its ugly head, but they aren't as evident. It won't matter if you are into heavy music like metal or rock, as it will not make any difference to your experience. 180Hz is the default crossover frequency, which can cause bass to bleed in. You can lower it.
This surround system has no stereo mode, so the stereoscape is variable. It was simple to identify the Ottmar Liebert song 'Fireopal' and its beautiful strumming in the middle. On Queens of the Stone Age's mid-heavy "The Way You Used to Do" by Queens of the Stone Age instrument separation disappeared and many parts of the song were unintelligible.
Dolby can sometimes be a blessing. It makes the sound more rich and vibrant. Although it brought life to 'Plume" by Caravan Palace, the stereo surround effect made it difficult to feel depth. Gaming is not able to react appropriately without knowing exactly from where the sounds come.
Dolby enabled made it difficult for me to shoot Doom Eternal or Overwatch. I could not hear the footsteps of my opponents and couldn't see their shots. However, without Dolby the sound was not more precise, but it was only flatter.
It is soundbar technology, and it makes sense that Nakamichi would focus all of its attention on the Shockwafe Pro's vocals as well as film. They did it again. Although the sound quality isn't great, it gives the show an immersive feeling that makes you feel like you are in the movie theatre. The Expanse was easy to find dialogue, which made it a delight to watch.
Clear Voice can be used to bring out the voice tracks in films without affecting the background sounds. It works well with higher-pitched, female voices, compared to those of men, according to several movies trailers. This preset made soundtracks almost instantly better when it was needed.
Shockwafe Pro attempts to accomplish so many things with very few components. The system supports all audio formats, including Dolby Digital and DTS. It also has many audio presets that can be used to customize the sound to suit your needs. You can also listen to music from your smartphone via bluetooth.
There are buttons on the remote that can be used to adjust the volume or estimated size of the room. An LED lightbar displays the button that was pressed last. We wish the Shockwafe Pro had a calibration microphone so that you can tune the sound to your room.
The price for all of the customization and formats that it supports is reasonable, but not everyone can afford it.
The Shockwafe Pro soundbar set is for you. If you don't see them in stock, you should spend $750. The price for the Shockwafe Pro is reasonable considering all of the customizations you can make and the support it offers for many formats. However, it is not the right soundbar. You can set the volume, room size and frequency of the speaker to make life easier for non-audiophiles. But, this basic tuning doesn't give them the ability to get the clarity that they need if the user tuned more precisely. The film enthusiast will find everything they need, but it lacks a lot.
You can find the Vizio SB36512F6 5.1 soundbar set for as low as $250. It retails at $500. Although the sound quality isn't as rich as that of the Shockwafe Pro, for theaters, it still makes a great upgrade to your television speakers and has a smaller footprint. Its music performance, though, is not as good as the Shockwafe Pro.
You don't have to go with a larger, more complicated system. Instead, try a traditional setup for your home theatre. It's much easier than you might think. The Shockwafe Pro Set functions as a surround sound system, and I will recommend a great 5.1 setup.
You can purchase a Yamaha RX-385 A/V receiver (250), four Micca MB42X book shelf speakers (80 each), a Micca MB42X center speaker (70), and a Polk Audio subwoofer PSW10 ($129) for around $600 Tower speakers are more costly and can be swapped out for bookshelf speakers. However, towers tend to cost more. A matching pair of bookshelf speakers is not necessary, however, a set with the same speaker will look better than one that's mismatched. If you don't want setup problems, make sure that your front speakers are matched with your rear speakers.
Apart from the improved auditory experience, I love the fact that you can organize your video inputs using the receiver and not a separate HDMI switch on your TV. You can also upgrade your speakers piecemeal.
Although the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 sound bar set is one of our top picks, it does not escape the sound bars' more traditional trappings. Although the individual speakers are excellent, the side tweeters can cause problems in rooms that don't have standard ceilings. These shortcomings can be mitigated with a variety of customizations, which makes the system ideal for watching movies. You might consider switching to something else if you are more into music or gaming.
- Product Name Shockwafe Pro 7.1 DTS:X Soundbar
- Nakamichi Product Brand
- Prices from $749.99
- Publication Date: August 2017,
- Mix of wired and wireless
- Bluetooth and HDMI Connectivity Options
- Outputs Digital audio coaxial, HDMI x 3 and optical digital audio, USB
- Limited Warranty of 1 Year
- Bluetooth Spec Version 4.1.1 with Aptx
- Dolby Atmos Audio Codecs, Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos Dolby Digital, Dolby Digits, Dolby Atmos Dolby Digital, DolbyDigital Plus Dolby Digital, DolbyDigital / DTSX DTS HD MA DTS-HD DTS-HD DTS-HD DTS:X DTS-HD DTS-HD DTS-HD DTS:X DTS-HD DTS-HD DTS-HD
- Number of channels: 7.1.4
- Frequency Response 35 Hz - 22 kHz
- Sound Pressure Level (SPL 600W/105 dB)
- Soundbar Driver Size 6x2.5' Full Range Driver/2 x 1" High Frequency Tweeter
- Satellite Speakers Size: 1 x 3’ Full Range Driver (Each), 1 x 1’ High Frequency Tweeter, (Each).
- Size of Subwoofer Driver 1 x 8' Up-Firing Subwoofer
- Items Included Subwoofer (1) and Central Soundbar (1). Remote (1). Audio cables, digital audio cables (optical), wall brackets, batteries
- Weights Soundbar: 7.2 lbs. Rear Speakers (each), 2.8 lbs. Subwoofer 19 lbs. Shipping Box: 46.5 lbs.
- Dimensions of the Product Soundbar 45.5"x 3.5'x 3.0". Rear Speakers (each: 5.0", 5.4", 8.0") / Subwoofer: 9.0"x12.0"x20.5". Shipping Box 48.2"x14.8"x17.8"