Soundmatters SLIMstage 40

Is the SLIMstage an alternative to tinny TV speakers?

Soundmatters SLIMstage 40
Slimline speaker bars like the SLIMstage are becoming trendy

Our Verdict

It's certainly an improvement on most TV's speakers, but is nowhere near a real home cinema setup

For

  • Small size
  • Impressively broad imagery and dynamics
  • Well-built and easy to use

Against

  • Intelligibility is poor
  • Odd volume control
  • Phasey

Despite adopting a 'Surround Console' moniker, the SLIMstage 40 is from a category better known as soundbars – slimline speaker/ amplifier combinations that are positioned just below, or above a TV.

They're becoming a popular choice now that flatscreen TVs are often toting cramped, under-achieving internal speakers and amplifiers.

Soundmatters' SLIMstage is a one-piece three-channel system with 13 internal speakers, but you can add external surround speakers using the internal amplifiers, and a subwoofer. You also get a 'virtual ' surround feature called Euphony HD – but forget the HD bit.

The unit is well-built and nicely-styled. It has an LCD display, RS232 port for system control and comes with a remote handset.

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