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Anker Nebula Soundbar TV Edition 2020 Updated Review.
Obviously, there’s a lot of variety in the soundbar market. No matter what your needs are, there’s at least one available that’s going to meet your needs. Here is a review on Anker Nebula soundbar to help you make a choice when you want to get your soundbar.
About Anker Nebula Soundbar
The Nebula Soundbar was developed through a partnership with Anker Innovations, an established manufacturer of all kinds of quality sound equipment.
This will be the first soundbar available with fully-integrated Alexa and Fire TV functionality. It will connect to virtually any TV, and act as your fire TV streaming hub in addition to working as a soundbar.
The Nebula is marketed as a 2.1 system, which is pure marketing gibberish. There is no subwoofer. The claim that built-in woofers make this a 2.1 system is not accurate. This is a stereo system with some built-in woofers, end of the story.
If you want subwoofer audio, you need to go a different route—those seeking serious movie theatre-like rumble will be disappointed. There are dual 3-inch “subwoofers” (also known as woofers) and dual 1.5-inch full-range drivers, along with two bass ports on either end of the soundbar. The system delivers a combined total of 100 watts, and a frequency range of 60Hz-20kHz.
- Can get quite loud, with crisp, clear audio.
- Built-in Amazon Fire TV media player and Alexa voice control.
- Lacks true deep bass depth, despite the claim of a built-in subwoofer.
- Fire Tv Edition: Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition brings cinematic sound and powerful streaming to any TV by combining a 2.1 channel soundbar with a Fire TV 4K streaming media player built-in. No additional Fire TV streaming device needed.
- Big Sound: A 2.1 channel design immerses you at the moment by combining 2 speakers and 2 subwoofers to create 100W of room-filling cinematic sound.
- 4k Hdr Support: Enjoy breathtaking picture quality with access to 4K Ultra HD streaming at up to 60fps, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. A 4K TV is required to access 4K streaming.
- Endless Entertainment: With a Fire TV 4K streaming media player built-in, choose from over 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Enjoy favourites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and more. Subscriptions fees may apply.
- Voice Remote With Alexa: Use the included Voice Remote with Alexa to control your soundbar and compatible TV functions like power, volume, navigation, and playback. Press the microphone button and ask Alexa to find your favourite content.
- What’s In The Box: Nebula Soundbar, Power Cord, Remote Control, AAA Batteries, HDMI Cable, RCA to 3.5mm Cable, Digital Optical Cable, Screws, Wall Mount Brackets, Quick Start Guide
Specifications of the Anker Nebula Soundbar
We know you’re excited about our in-depth review. We’re getting there. First, here’s a quick look at the Anker Nebula’s specifications, including all the features you’re likely to be interested in.
- 100-watt speakers
- 2.1 channels
- Supports 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Vision pass-through
- Dual built-in subwoofers
- The built-in Fire TV adapter
- USB, HDMI, and Bluetooth inputs and outputs
- Additional aux and optical inputs
- Can pair with Amazon Echo devices
- Includes an Alexa-compatible remote control
- 36.2” wide
- Weighs 7 pounds, 1.8 ounces
As you can see, this is a long soundbar that’s relatively lightweight. It’s also packed with features, with enough inputs and outputs to work with virtually any media device. So how does it actually stack up? We’re about to find out!
As you can tell, we’re really excited about the Anker Nebula Soundbar. But we understand that it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Maybe you’re a hardcore audiophile, and you want the loudest sound possible. Or maybe you have a smaller TV and want a proportionally smaller soundbar.
If you need a soundbar, but the Nebula isn’t up your alley, check out these other soundbars we’ve reviewed in the past.
- The Sony HT-Z9F. This soundbar offers a 3.1-channel stereo instead of 2.1. While it’s still not a surround-sound system, the addition of a centre speaker allows Sony to angle the left and right speakers outward, resulting in a significantly broader sound that really fills the room. On the other hand, this setup requires Dolby Atmos-compatible audio to glean any benefit from it, and there’s not much Atmos-compatible content out there.
- The Wohome S9920. This 40-inch soundbar is ideal if you want to position your soundbar on the floor. It has large rubber feet that absorb vibrations, so you can crank up the volume without rattling the room. Unfortunately, it only accepts RCA, aux, USB, and optical inputs. The lack of HDMI may be frustrating, depending on your TV.
- The Bluesound Pulse SOUNDBAR 2i. This is a big, beefy soundbar that draws a full 150 watts of power. For that power draw, you get a pair of 5.5-inch subwoofers that can put out enough sound for any party. It offers multi-room connectivity so that you can pair multiple SOUNDBAR 2i units together. It’s also affordably priced.
The Anker Nebula looks like a smart buy, and it makes sense that Amazon would choose to partner with Anker to create this product. It goes well with their other Fire TV devices, such as their Fire TV Cube and their line of smart TVs. And by partnering with Anker, Amazon has ensured that sound quality isn’t going to be a problem.
Ultimately, whether or not this device is a good choice for you is going to depend on how much value you’re going to get out of the Fire TV adapter. If you’re going to get some use out of it as a set-top box for watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or other streaming services, it’s a good all-around package. If you already have a set-top box or a Fire TV, though, it’s hard to see where the value comes from.
I'll split the audio performance analysis into two parts - gaming and music. Even though the headset produces the same sound regardless of what it's being used for, you won't necessarily look for the same things while annihilating your virtual opponents as you will when listening to your favorite tunes.
It being a $20 gaming headset, it should come as no surprise that the Rosewill Nebula GX10 can't offer the precision you may expect (and get) from a more expensive model. In terms of spatial positioning, it does a decent job of informing you of enemies that are afoot and closing in on your position, but you won't be able to pinpoint their exact locations and figure out their movement patterns on sound alone. Then again, no other headset of this price will offer you that. If I bought a $20 gaming headset, I'd be quite happy to just get a general sense of what's happening around me.
The bass is quite bloated, so the explosions sound fun. It isn't too boomy, so if the characters in your favorite RPGs or adventure games have deep voices, they won't be annoying to listen to. The mids and highs generally have enough presence and a fair amount of clarity as long as there's not too much bass present, as it will otherwise spill outside of its frequency spectrum and make the finer details hard to hear and make sense of.
The passive noise isolation is good, so you don't have to worry about any sound leaking out and into your surroundings. Even though the metal mesh makes it seem like the ear cups are perforated, this is a completely closed-back headset.
Gaming-performance-wise, the acoustic presentation of the Nebula GX10 has its flaws, although its price makes it very hard to ask for more than it offers. If $20 is as high as your budget can go, you should be quite satisfied by the sound of this headset. It would be easy for me to say that you should stretch it by another $17 and get the Rosewill Nebula GX30, but I have to keep in mind that that's a price increase of almost 100% and, as such, not something you'll be prepared for if considering a $20 headset.