Soundcore Infini Pro Review
Pros: Dolby Atmos support, easy to set up, Bluetooth connection
Cons: Not the best sound quality, not voice assistant compatible
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Soundcore Infini Pro
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|Pros||Dolby Atmos support, easy to set up, Bluetooth connection||Great sound for the price, bluetooth, external subwoofer||Easy setup, great price tag, subwoofer included||Compact footprint, simple setup, versatile physical inputs||Low price, includes subwoofer|
|Cons||Not the best sound quality, not voice assistant compatible||No wifi connection, no EQ controls||Not the best overall sound quality||No smart features, minimal EQ customization||No HDMI connection, weak low end|
|Bottom Line||This model delivers with an easy setup and plenty of volume but lacks top-tier audio and customization||This is the best sounding entry-level soundbar, and the loudest model we tested||This soundbar is loaded with great features and has an enormous sound, making it an exceptionally good value||This soundbar sounds great for its size, but can't hold a candle to higher-end models||This model is affordable and fairly easy to set up, though there are similarly priced options that deliver much better sound quality and advanced connectivity|
|Rating Categories||Soundcore Infini Pro||Sony HT-S350||Vizio V-Series 2.1...||Bose TV Speaker||Samsung HW-A450/ZA...|
|Sound Quality (45%)|
|Ease of Use (35%)|
|Specs||Soundcore Infini Pro||Sony HT-S350||Vizio V-Series 2.1...||Bose TV Speaker||Samsung HW-A450/ZA...|
|Dimensions||2.4" x 36.6" x 4.7"||Bar: 2.6" x 35.5" x 3.5"
Sub: 15.4" x 7.5" x 15.13"
|Bar: 2.28" x 36.00" x 3.20"
Sub: 9.9" x 8.25" x 8.25"
|Bar: 2.6" x 35.5" x 3.5"
Sub: 15.4" x 7.5" x 15.13""
|Bar: 2.1" x 33.9" x 2.9"
Sub: 13.5" x 7.1" x 10.7"
|External Subwoofer||No (optional)||Yes||Yes||No (optional)||Yes|
|Inputs (wired)||Digital audio in (optical), HDMI (ARC), HDMI in, 3.5mm AUX, USB||Digitcal audio in (optical), HDMI (ARC)||Digital audio in (optical), HDMI (ARC), 3.5mm AUX VA, 3.5mm AUX, USB||Digital audio in (optical), HDMI (ARC), 3.5mm AUX||Digital audio in (optical), USB|
|Supported Audio File Formats||Dolmy Atmos||Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono, LPCM 2ch||DTS||Dolby||Dolby 2ch, DTS 2ch|
|Voice Assistants||n/a||n/a||None, but has a dedicated 3.5mm AUX port to connect a VA device||n/a||n/a|
|Syncs with:||None||None||None||Bose Simplesync enabled speakers||Samsung Wireless Surround Rear Speakers|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Soundcore Infini Pro is a mid-priced model that offers Dolby Atmos, an array of connection options, and has a truly plug and play setup. It's a massive improvement on any TV speakers, though none of our testers are impressed it the overall sound quality, especially when compared to the less expensive options.
This soundbar combines a pair of forward-facing drivers and tweeters with two skyward facing subwoofers to take advantage of the Dolby Atmos tech. The result is fairly underwhelming, as we had trouble discerning the height differences provided by Atmos. Atmos uses feedback from the speaker to assess the shape and size of your room, projecting sounds in a way that you can discern them coming from above or below. For soundbars, this adds a level of immersiveness not previously experienced from a single set of speakers from one point in front of the listener. This is apparent in higher-end Atmos capable soundbars, but unfortunately, the effect is minimal in the case of the Soundcore Infini Pro. Also, keep in mind that your streaming service must be able to provide the Atmos format and offer content that supports Atmos.
Ease of Use
If your television has an HDMI connection, then all you need to do is plug in this soundbar with the included HDMI cable and let it rip. Ditto if you only have an optical connection. The Infini Pro is a true plug-and-play device so if customization or navigating menus isn't your thing, you've got nothing to worry about. It can also play music off your phone Via Bluetooth as any wireless speaker does. This model includes a small remote, and an app is available with the same functions as the remote.
On the bar itself are controls for power, input, Bluetooth, volume, though there aren't any indicator lights on the front, so your ears will have to confirm what you are inputting with the remote. Some folks will appreciate the absence of blinking indicators, but we find them quite useful when initially using a soundbar.
While this soundbar is nice and easy to set up, there are few customization options for folks looking to optimize their sound. The included presets are movie, music, voice, and surround sound, plus an option to increase the bass level.
While we observed a max volume reading of 95 dBa, the highs sound harsh, almost at the edge of break up at higher volumes. The small, built-in subwoofers add body to the whole package, but can't move air like a dedicated subwoofer, causing this soundbar to sound thin and less immersive than models with additional woofers.
On a more positive note, the Infini Pro has a decent voice setting that will bring out dialogue without increasing the overall volume. This is very useful anytime you need to watch action movies at lower volumes.
This model uses a cloth mesh wrap to protect the internal hardware without inhibiting sound projection. It has the classic speaker look but comes with the usual challenges of keeping the mesh clean and lint-free and protecting it from tearing. The Infini Pro can be mounted on the wall to keep it safe and out of the way.
The Infini Pro is priced to compete with models from Yamaha and Samsung, and after some hair-splitting test sessions, it scores better, so it represents a better value. It still isn't our favorite budget-friendly option, though.
It's great to see relatively new technologies like Dolby Atmos making their way into inexpensive soundbars. Even if the execution isn't perfect, it makes for a more immersive experience, which is impressive coming from one set of speakers sitting twelve feet in front of the viewer.
— Michelle Powell and Matt Bento
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