TV Speaker System Maximizes Sound Quality – CE Pro Review
“In addition to its TV sound improvement capabilities, the new Max TV MT2 from Proficient Audio also includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity”
There are many reasons why the home audio market is experiencing a resurgence. In the home theater category or media system category, soundbar speaker products are as popular as they ever been and as the category matures it is also becoming more diversified.
Back in September, the California-based audio manufacturer Proficient Audio announced its latest speaker solution the new MaxTV MT2 which is designed for placement underneath a flat-panel television. When it introduced the MaxTV the company explained that a vast majority of flat-panel televisions are placed on stands and not mounted on a wall. Proficient theorizes the MaxTV provides the majority of users who are placing TVs on a stand with an audio upgrade that is easy to implement. “It’s rare to find a TV with good sound, and I’ve never heard one with great sound. It’s no wonder [why the sound from a TV is substandard] … the limited space available inside a TV cabinet has been a barrier to good on-board TV sound for years. Now with today’s flat- panels [TVs] it would be difficult for TV designers to even consider great sound in a TV as a goal,” says Loren Maldoon of Proficient Audio. “The only real way to get high quality TV sound today is with an outboard solution, but for many situations a full-blown home theater sound system isn’t practical. A lot of soundbars just don’t begin to make it to the level we would consider acceptable. So we approached the challenge from a whole new direction. We asked, what if we designed a sound system that was a platform for the display? The answer was Proficient Max TV. Our first TV speaker, the MT2 is perfect for people who want great sound but don’t want to fill their room with speakers and electronics.”
Maldoon points out that Proficient’s design goals for the MT2 include vocal clarity, along with the ability to reproduce content without any coloration or limited dynamics. To bolster the product’s versatility he adds the MaxTV also incorporates digital sound processing (DSP) and Bluetooth connectivity to enable devices like an iPad or iPhone to connect wirelessly to the speaker system. “In creating the MaxTV our design and engineering team set up performance goals, focusing on voice intelligibility, dynamic range and tonal accuracy,” he says. “This is important for movies and TV, and is also essential for music listeners. Given this approach, the MT2 really sounds great with music program material too, and in addition, there is a selectable DSP to enhance the sound field.”
Internally, the MaxTV incorporates four 2.5-inch midrange drivers and two 1-inch soft-dome tweeters, mounted in a midrange/tweeter/midrange array, and two 5 1/4-inch downward-firing woofers that reside each in their own tuned and vented enclosures. These drivers are driven by four 20-watt RMS digital amplifiers set up in a two-channel, bi-amplified configuration. The 5 1/4-inch woofers each have their own 20-watt amps, and an on-board limiter protects the the woofers from clipping. Proficient says the MaxTV can support TVs that weigh up to 160 pounds.