Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point
Thonet & Vander Dunn 250-watt Bluetooth soundbar with wireless subwoofer.

I have to admit, I never heard of German audio company Thonet & Vander until I received their Dunn Bluetooth soundbar for this review. Essentially, it is a 2.1 stereo soundbar with 250 watts of peak power and comes with a separate wireless bass speaker.

The Thonet & Vander Dunn soundbar comes with most of the connectivity you would expect, including an optical input (S/PDIF), Bluetooth 4.0 aptX and a 3.5mm stereo AUX jack.

You get a basic remote control that allows you to switch between audio inputs, control bass, treble and of course volume. You also get two preset audio EQ settings — Movie and News. The news preset is ideal for documentary or narrative content including actual news. Movie mode does exactly what it says on the tin.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

On the right side of the soundbar are buttons for power, volume and the 3.5mm jack, which is essential if you lose the small remote control.

Also in the box, you’ll find all the hardware required to mount the soundbar on a wall, but in my case, I was able to place it directly beneath my TV for what I consider to be the optimal speaker position for most people.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

The soundbar itself consists of four speakers including two full-range and two mid-low frequency drivers for a fuller soundstage. The addition of a separate bass reflex system increases the bass response of the controller and optimises the efficiency and performance of low frequencies.

One of the best features of this soundbar is that you can place the bass speaker anywhere in a room, within reason, since bass isn’t directional. This means you can hide it away from sight if you want a more minimalistic setup. The addition of a separate bass does help to make content like action movies come to life by shaking the room with bass vibrations in scenes with explosions and gunfire.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

Sound quality can depend on the content you are watching or listening to, but in general, the Dunn offers a decent upgrade over what most modern TVs have to offer in both power and quality.

However, if you live in a flat or house where you have to be careful of turning up the volume too loud and risking the wrath of your neighbours, then maybe a sound system like this isn’t for you and you’d be better off with the feeble sound that comes from your TV.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

On the other hand, if you like to feel the action as well as see it, you can reap the advantage of the Dunn’s 250 watts of power right from the comfort of your couch.

Both the soundbar and subwoofer are all-black and are discreet without looking distracting. The width of the soundbar itself is 80.4cm making it fit easily under most TV setups.

Combining modern minimal style design, the wireless subwoofer is enclosed inside a natural polymer of high density, which is a rigid and dense material for improved accurate, efficient and sustainable bass performance.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

I like that the soundbar includes Bluetooth, so you can use it to play audio from a smartphone, tablet, DJ controller, computer or any other modern output device. You can even use it with Amazon Alexa using either the 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth.

However, if you want to use Alexa, you have to change the input to Bluetooth or AUX, then when you want to watch the TV you have to change the input again. Also, the only way you know which input you’re on is by small LED lights located behind the speaker grille on the soundbar.

Soundbar packs a punch well above its price point

On the downside, The Dunn doesn’t have any HDMI ARC support, which would have made integrating it with a TV more seamless. Also, the remote feels a little flimsy and it’s hard to see what input is selected on the soundbar although it does default to the last used, which helps.

The Thonet & Vander Dunn comes with a three-year warranty, but you must register on their website to obtain it in full. If you do not register on their website it is still protected for 12 months.

Overall, the Thonet & Vander Dunn soundbar packs a punch for its size and price point. It will work with virtually any TV and is an excellent upgrade from your TV speakers.

£129.99 at amazon.co.uk

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