Saiyin Sound Bars for TV, 16.5” Wooden TV Speakers Soundbar

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  • Soundbar size: 16.5” x 2.5” x 5.5”
  • Total power: 40W RMS
  • 2 full range drivers
  • Frequency response: 150Hz – 20KHz
  • Inputs: HDMI ARC, Optical, Aux, Bluetooth
  • Output: Analog L/R (subwoofer out)
  • Wall mountable

As TVs get thinner and more wall-mounted, built-in speakers sound worse than ever. Dialogue becomes muddy, effects lack impact, and you constantly fiddle with the volume trying in vain to hear clearly.

You don’t have to strain your ears or ruin the look of your sleek flatscreen with bulky speakers. The clever solution? A compact soundbar like the Saiyin 16.5” 2.0 Channel Soundbar.

This slim yet powerful soundbar instantly boosts audio from TVs 32-55 inches. Multiple input options combined with 40W power provide crisp, immersive sound. The compact design mounts discreetly right under your TV.

In this in-depth review, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the Saiyin 16.5” soundbar. From convenient setup to audio performance, let’s see how it stacks up!

Soundbar Overview and Specs

Here’s an overview of the key specs for this 2.0 channel Saiyin soundbar:

  • Soundbar size: 16.5” x 2.5” x 5.5”
  • Total power: 40W RMS
  • 2 full range drivers
  • Frequency response: 150Hz – 20KHz
  • Inputs: HDMI ARC, Optical, Aux, Bluetooth
  • Output: Analog L/R (subwoofer out)
  • Wall mountable

While fairly compact given the 16.5-inch width, this soundbar still packs decent power to give your TV audio a serious boost.

Key Features and Benefits

What are the standout features that make the Saiyin 16.5” soundbar compelling compared to other budget models?

HDMI ARC Connectivity – HDMI ARC makes connecting to your TV’s ARC port a breeze for digital audio.

40W Total Power – Provides impactful volume with headroom for most rooms.

Optical and Aux Inputs – Optical and 3.5mm aux inputs allow connectivity to any TV.

Bluetooth Streaming – Wirelessly play music from any Bluetooth device like your phone or tablet.

Wall-Mountable – Low-profile design mounts right under your wall-mounted TV. Brackets included.

Built-in Subwoofer Output – Allows adding a compact external powered subwoofer down the road.

Real Wood Construction – Real wood cabinet offers durability and natural aesthetics.

Sound Quality and Performance

With 40 watts of total power driving two full-range drivers, the Saiyin 16.5” soundbar delivers impressive audio performance for the price.

Voices sound far clearer compared to flimsy built-in TV speakers. You can understand dialogue without constantly adjusting volume or rewinding.

TV and movie sound effects like explosions gain impact and immersion. The wider soundstage makes it seem like audio is coming from beyond the soundbar itself.

Music sounds reasonably good considering the limited frequency response. There’s decent stereo separation thanks to the separate drivers.

While serious bass is lacking without a subwoofer, the soundbar still provides much fuller, detailed sound compared to most TVs. For the price, it’s tough to beat.

Connectivity for Any TV

Setting up the Saiyin soundbar with your existing TV is quick and painless thanks to its multiple input options.

For starters, if your TV has HDMI ARC, you can connect via a single HDMI cable between the TV ARC port and soundbar HDMI ARC input. This supports uncompressed digital audio for the best quality.

If HDMI ARC isn’t available, the included optical cable can connect from your TV’s optical audio out to the soundbar optical in. Make sure to enable optical/SPDIF audio on your TV.

You can also use the included aux cable or any standard stereo cable from your TV headphone jack or RCA outputs to the soundbar aux input. Just note analog provides lower quality than digital HDMI or optical.

And Bluetooth lets you easily stream music wirelessly from any smart device. All these choices ensure painless setup with any TV.

Compact Profile Disappears Under Your TV

A big benefit of the Saiyin 16.5” soundbar is its slim, compact footprint measuring just 16.5 x 2.5 x 5.5 inches.

This allows it to sit inconspicuously right under wall-mounted TVs 32-55 inches without sticking out like a sore thumb. The matte black finish blends in subtly.

And the wood construction offers a touch of warmth while providing durability compared to cheap plastic designs. Rubber stoppers keep the soundbar firmly in place.

Given many modern TVs are Moving to wall mounting, having a soundbar that integrates seamlessly is a major advantage. And the included wall mount makes placement totally flexible.

Who Is This Soundbar Good For?

This soundbar is ideal for several scenarios:

  • Smaller TVs (32-55 inches) where a huge soundbar looks awkward
  • Wall-mounted flatscreens since it mounts right underneath
  • Secondary spaces like bedrooms, offices, basements where a full surround system is overkill
  • Music streaming thanks to easy Bluetooth from your phone
  • Dialogue clarity for news shows, sports, and talk shows
  • Condos and apartments where booming audio will bother neighbors

If you want a simple yet effective audio upgrade that won’t clutter the living room, the space-saving Saiyin soundbar is a perfect option.

Potential Shortcomings to Consider

While we recommend this soundbar overall, there are a few compromises worth noting:

  • Lacks real low bass without a subwoofer
  • Distorts at max volume
  • No advanced decoding for surround formats like Dolby Atmos
  • Wall mounting solution a bit clunky
  • Remote feels cheap and flimsy
  • No smart streaming features built-in

If you want heart-pounding bass or immersive home theater audio, consider adding a subwoofer or surround speakers. But for boosting everyday TV sound, it hits the mark.

Alternatives Worth Comparing

The compact soundbar market has exploded with new models, so shop around! Some notable alternatives include:

Yamaha ATS-2090 – Similar compact size with added subwoofer for full bass response.

Polk Magnifi Mini – Impressive sound and streaming features packed into 13-inch soundbar.

JBL Link Bar – Full-featured Android TV streaming smarts built right into the JBL soundbar.

Sonos Beam – Premium Sonos sound quality and multi-room audio. But no subwoofer.

Vizio Elevate – Rotating speakers provide height effects for a more immersive experience.

As always, pay close attention to sound quality reviews from experts and buyers to make the right choice for your needs and budget.

Bottom Line

The Saiyin 16.5” soundbar delivers a straightforward yet effective audio boost for smaller TVs. Setup is painless, and the slim profile integrates seamlessly under wall-mounted flatscreens.

Considering the affordable price and multiple input connectivity, it’s hard to find a better single-soundbar option to boost everyday TV sound, music, and dialogue.

If you hear more mumbling than action from a new thin LED or OLED TV, do yourself a favor and consider adding the Saiyin 16.5” soundbar. Your ears will thank you, and your shows will sound like never before without breaking the budget or cluttering your space.


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