Soundbars are nothing new, and the whole tech market is full of different types of soundbars. However, when you start your research to find a good soundbar, you will not find a good one in a budget segment. All the excellent quality soundbars are available in the high price range and mostly dominated by companies like SONY or Xiaomi. Even if the price is not a matter for you, they are merely running the same technology, as in the old version of soundbars. What if we tell you, now Alfawise has also started manufacturing soundbars. Isn’t it amazing! Recently Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer has been released by the company. Just a while back we got our hands on the latest speakers, and now its time to check is it really offering some value to the customer.
The popularity of soundbars is rapidly rising following various modifications in portable Bluetooth speakers in China. With the market of speakers growing, Alfawise also decided not to lag behind and unveiled a budget version of the soundbar to the market. The Alfawise XBR-08 is a soundbar transformer featuring built-in equalizer and remote control in addition.
4 x 10W sounding unit + 2 x passive radiator, perfect for displaying the tri-band effect of sound
|Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer Specifications:|
|Bluetooth emitters :||V4.2 + EDR|
|FM:||87.5 – 108 MHz|
|Frequency:||150 Hz – 15 kHz|
|Bluetooth radius :||10 meters|
|Driver unit:||2 “(52 mm) x 4|
|SNR:||75 dB or more|
|Stereo imbalance:||2 dB or less|
|Distortion factor:||THD 10 percent or more|
|Power supply:||AC 100 – 240 60/50 Hz, DC output 18 V, 2 A|
|Remote control:||powered by 2 x 1.5 V AAA batteries (not included)|
|Product weight:||1.5880 kg|
|Packaging weight:||2.2880 kg|
|Package size:||60.50 x 16.50 x 12.00 cm|
|Supports Bluetooth 4.2, USB, TF card, optical, line-in,|
|4 x 10 W speakers + 2 passive|
PACKING AND COMPLETE SET
The Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer arrives in a nice & big cardboard packaging. The original box carrying the soundbar is inside the first box. We believe Gearbest just “twisted” the original box and wrapped it in transparent tape.
However, you shouldn’t worry too much about the integrity and safety of the soundbars. The insides of the cardboard protected by an extra layer of foam solders for each of its “compartment”.
Nowadays,big manufacturers are becoming a miser, and except for the product, they are not providing any freebie to the customers. However, Alfawise was not stingy, the soundbar indulges with the presence of different bundled cables, and even an optical cable was added to the kit. Trifle, but nice.
Meter AUX 3.5 jack cable.
Audio Cable Jack 3.5 for 2 tulips – 1 meter. The audio cable to combine both the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer. There are two different cables for different scenarios, 15 cm cable when using the column as a soundbar and a meter cable with a separate connection.
Fastening, also comes with the kit.
Power Adapter – 18 Volt, 2 Ampere.
Instruction manual in English.
Plastic stand, with anti-skid feet. The Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer also provides a multi-functional remote controller. With the remote controller, you can not only switch tracks or pause them, but also select the sound source, control the equalizer and volume.
The remote controller is powered by two AAA batteries (mini-fingered).
With remote control for comfortable and convenient operation
Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer Appearance:
The Alfawise XBR-08 comes with two different soundbars. They are properly packed in a plastic bag, not only these, but also each column is covered in a thin film.
While looking at the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar, we got a mixed feeling from these speakers. Firstly, everything seems nice and pretty, but at the same time, some trifles spoil the looks.
The soundbar comes with an anti-slip piece of rubber with jagged edges. While using the column as a soundbar, this is not much noticeable, however when you separate columns, it immediately catches the eye.
Behind the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar, there is a plastic mount on the wall and “tongue” of the cable, so as not to droop and dangle.
“Toungue” is only present in the first part, as its missing in the second part of the column.
Moreover, a plastic column mount is available on both the columns for easy mounting on the wall. Instead of the usual tear-shaped slit, Alfawise has utilized a cross design.
Audio connector for connecting both the speakers in “one piece“.
The Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar features a “glossy” plastic panel on top, which collects a lot of fingerprints.
The front part of the speakers come with a metal mesh for uninterrupted sound, and on the sides, there are plastic inserts.
The main speakers feature a connector for the power supply, the optical port, and the AUX input. The long and thin cable is the antenna of the built-in radio.
On the top of the main speakers, you can find the control buttons, the slot for the microSD card and the USB port.
For connecting bot the columns in a soundbar, you have to just insert the “hooks” into the slots and make a turn. Both the columns are fastened very tightly, if you don’t know that there are two of them, you won’t understand that the column is not solid.
You can also insert speakers into stands, and connect them with a long cable and use them as two stereo speakers.
Can be placed together or separately, suitable for all kinds of home decor styles, and can feel the shocking sound brought by the left and right channels
Unfortunately, we just could not make out these columns. Inside, everything is glued, like all the screws unscrewed, and disassemble, without breaking, does not work.
Inside the net, there are two speakers with a capacity of 10 watts.
The mode indicator and the IR receiver are located in the corner under the grid.
After connecting Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar with the power, you can select the sound source or FM radio station.
You can also connect the column via Bluetooth with a smartphone or TV.
Supports Bluetooth 4.2, USB, TF card, optical, line IN, AUX, multiple device interfaces for easy connection
If you are inserting a microSD card or USB flash drive with MP3, the music will start playing automatically. When you turn on/off the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar with the remote control – the selected mode does not get lost. It means you don’t have to choose the method of playing every time you switch on the speakers. However, this cannot be said about the volume, and if it is set for a maximum of 32 points, it will drop to the average – 15 points.
While playing a track from a memory card or flash drive, the time from the beginning of the track is displayed.
You can also see the volume configuration of the device from the display. When the maximum volume is reached, each press of the volume button is accompanied by a beep.
One thing we definitely like with the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar is its built-in six equalizer modes. Moreover, they are not just for show, and the sound in different modes is entirely different.
The length of one column is 47.3 centimeters, and the collected soundbar, respectively, is 94.6 centimeters.
Width is about 6 centimeters.
If we compare in size, then Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar is clearly bigger than Xiaomi soundbar, just under 43 inch TV.
37-inch length, to meet the needs of different scenes
There is not only the size difference between Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar and Xiaomi soundbar, but it is also louder as well. However, one thing we notice with the Alfawise XBR-08 is after 30 points of loudness, unlike Xiaomi, the speakers begin to wheeze disgustingly, and the hand itself reaches for the console to lower the volume. But even at 29-30 points the volume is enough even in abundance, the soundbar really came out loud.
Regarding sound quality its hard for us to call it ideal, even though it comes with equalizer settings which save the situation a bit but still there is not enough bass, plus the high frequencies clearly dominate at any equalizer setting. If you want to use the soundbar not as a musical column, but as an addition to the TV speakers, and compare it with the regular speakers, then the Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar wins. The speakers convey speech very well, special effects and other news, and even in the soundbar format, the stereo component is entirely vocalized.
Where to buy Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer?
The Alfawise XBR-08 soundbar transformer is available at Gearbest for just $56.99.