Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker : Excellent product and services

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One of the best audiovisual purchases i ever made. We decided during the summer that we needed a soundbar for our samsung flatscreen tv as with the windows open we had to turn the volume up to about 25 to hear a dvd, and even then it wasn’t good enough. The problem with most soundbars is that they are quite intrusive in size, often designed to fit below a wall-mounted flatscreen. If mounted in front of a table-top tv on a low stand, they looked too big and also cover the remote sensor on the tvstep forward the maxell mxsb-252. It fits underneath the tv and the tv stand sits nicely on top. The platform is very stable, and the set even gives you some sticky gel pads to further stabilise and insulate the tv from the soundbar. It has three hdmi in and one hdmi out connectors, enabling hd connectivity with tv, dvd or sky box. It has a tiny remote which can be custom-programmed with basic tv functions, enabling the use of that one teeny remote to control tv on/off, channel and volume control, av input selection and menu enter buttons, and of course the soundbar functions – excellentas for the sound, well, it has a simulated surround sound like many 2. 1 systems, and it is remarkable effective. The sound quality using the hdmi cable is superb, perfectly synchronised with the picture (no lag at all) and the volume is massive compared to the tv speakers.

There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design a. Despite an issue of the product not being ‘as new’ (box & contents previously opened) i write the review on the sound base and will take this matter up with amazon and the seller. Initial view & setup – the base looks neat and well constructed and is deep enough for our 32′ curved samsung tv. There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design and keep the surface smooth. Setup is easy enough just plug in the hdmi leads from the sources and one lead from the base to the tv. Unfortunately this tv isn’t arc compatible, so i’ve installed the 3. 5mm jack plug to the base input which allows the base speaker to be used when using the digital tv only. I’m using all three of the hdmi inputs (bt vision box, pc & apple tv); which is one reason this box was ordered, as most others only have a single hmdi input. Sound – generally the sound; compared to the tv 25w speakers, is a massive improvement. The base from the speaker is a good standard and although the unit won’ make you feel like your in a cinema, the sound is clear with good depth.

Does what i expected after some configuration glitches. I recently bought an lg 32ln575v smart digital tv which i knew from the reviews had poor sound quality in common with most other 32′ flat panel tv’s. The tv sound proved to be as disappointing as the reviews said so i was in the market for a soundbase style speaker and chose the maxell mxsb 252 on the basis of cost and connectivity. Soundbars are generally too long and i did not want a large separate base woofer as my living room is compact. I also looked at units from denon, panasonic and richer sounds own brand cambridge which are more costly. Appearance wise the sounbase is just a black box and it is slightly wider than my 32′ tv. The curved top plate helps to reduce the appearance of bulk. I was as confused as some of the other reviewers getting the unit going when it was delivered (quickly and efficiently in a huge box) and thought at first it was not working as no power lights show when it has a sound connection. I had ordered an hdmi lead with the unit but could not get this to work initially so used the headphone lead that came in the box. This worked pretty well allowing the tv remote to control the sound level which i liked because the separate maxell remote is pretty small and unresponsive. Here are the specifications for the Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker:

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  • 2.1 channel Soundbar surround sound system
  • Powerful 30W Woofer speaker
  • 4 x 10W front speakers
  • Remote control offering a range of 6m and maximum 30° angle, so that the Soundbar can be controlled from the comfort of your Sofa
  • Ideal for TV’s up to 42″

Very happy with my soundbox. Very happy with my soundbox. It isn’t and does not pretend to be surround sound, but is a marked improvement on tv sound. Apart from better clarity of music and speech, one can turn up the volume without distortion.

Very happy with my soundbox. Very happy with my soundbox. It isn’t and does not pretend to be surround sound, but is a marked improvement on tv sound. Apart from better clarity of music and speech, one can turn up the volume without distortion.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Definitely an improvement on TV speakers.
  • Excellent value sound base (bar)
  • Very happy with my soundbox

Excellent value sound base (bar). Very good performance – reproduces film soundtracks impressively with good solid base notes and a clarity utterly missing from my sony bravia speakers. Ok, it is not like a top of the range hifi but it is astonishingly good. If i had a criticism it would be that people without prior knowledge of hdmi/arc will find the user guide poor. Here are the things you need to know. You must have an hdmi socket marked arc ( usually hdmi1 or hdmi2 ) and this must connected to the ‘out’, yes, the out hdmi socket on the maxell. Ensure that your tv hdmi1(arc) socket is ‘always’ enabled, and that your tv is set up for external sound system (using the tv menus). If you haven’t got hdmi/arc on your tv you must use the ‘optical’ link. If you haven’t got this you are in for a poor experience as you will have to use the rca phono cable provided.

Connected my maxell system with an optical lead work’s well in conjunction with the tv speakers when setting the sound level put the tv on mute first sounds great on films and music channels awesome on my xbox all in all a great improvement on my tv speakers well worth the money.

There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design a. Despite an issue of the product not being “as new” (box & contents previously opened) i write the review on the sound base and will take this matter up with amazon and the seller. Initial view & setup – the base looks neat and well constructed and is deep enough for our 32″ curved samsung tv. There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design and keep the surface smooth. Setup is easy enough just plug in the hdmi leads from the sources and one lead from the base to the tv. Unfortunately this tv isn’t arc compatible, so i’ve installed the 3. 5mm jack plug to the base input which allows the base speaker to be used when using the digital tv only. I’m using all three of the hdmi inputs (bt vision box, pc & apple tv); which is one reason this box was ordered, as most others only have a single hmdi input. Sound – generally the sound; compared to the tv 25w speakers, is a massive improvement. The base from the speaker is a good standard and although the unit won’ make you feel like your in a cinema, the sound is clear with good depth.

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There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design a. Despite an issue of the product not being “as new” (box & contents previously opened) i write the review on the sound base and will take this matter up with amazon and the seller. Initial view & setup – the base looks neat and well constructed and is deep enough for our 32″ curved samsung tv. There are integrated touch buttons on the right hand top face which once you get to grips with the operation are a good design and keep the surface smooth. Setup is easy enough just plug in the hdmi leads from the sources and one lead from the base to the tv. Unfortunately this tv isn’t arc compatible, so i’ve installed the 3. 5mm jack plug to the base input which allows the base speaker to be used when using the digital tv only. I’m using all three of the hdmi inputs (bt vision box, pc & apple tv); which is one reason this box was ordered, as most others only have a single hmdi input. Sound – generally the sound; compared to the tv 25w speakers, is a massive improvement. The base from the speaker is a good standard and although the unit won’ make you feel like your in a cinema, the sound is clear with good depth.

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A vast improvement over the tinny sound from my tv’s speakers. It comes with optical and rca cables which isn’t made clear in the product’s description, so beware amazon’s “frequently bought together” advice recommending the “xo digital optical toslink cable 1m”.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

A vast improvement over the tinny sound from my tv’s speakers. It comes with optical and rca cables which isn’t made clear in the product’s description, so beware amazon’s “frequently bought together” advice recommending the “xo digital optical toslink cable 1m”.

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But i could not rate this speaker as excellent. (please tick below if this review helps you). Very difficult to set uo with my lg tv. In the end i had to get help to get it working. The sound has slightly improved, but i could not rate this speaker as excellent(please tick below if this review helps you).

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

But i could not rate this speaker as excellent. (please tick below if this review helps you). Very difficult to set uo with my lg tv. In the end i had to get help to get it working. The sound has slightly improved, but i could not rate this speaker as excellent(please tick below if this review helps you).

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Good sound quality and brilliant hdmi selector. Large platform to sit the telly on but provides good sound, including three bass levels, srs emulation and three hdmi inpit selections. Prevents the need to keep changing hdmi leads into the tv and is not much more cost that a reasonable hdmi switch. Through-put of hdmi signal is perfect maintaining high definition sources. Remote is a small device but works perfectly.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

Good sound quality and brilliant hdmi selector. Large platform to sit the telly on but provides good sound, including three bass levels, srs emulation and three hdmi inpit selections. Prevents the need to keep changing hdmi leads into the tv and is not much more cost that a reasonable hdmi switch. Through-put of hdmi signal is perfect maintaining high definition sources. Remote is a small device but works perfectly.

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I got this unit to use in my bedroom and i’m not disappointed. The unit has a good range of connections and is well built. Remote control simple to use and very compact. Most importantly the sound is great considering the price. While it would never compete with a full 5. 1 system for films, it does a great job in enhancing both film and tv viewing and creates a very substantial sound when needed due to built in subwoofer. Music also sounds good making the unit a worthy secondary stereo system. Despite the size it goes quite load although wouldn’t push it too far as starts to distort.
I got this unit to use in my bedroom and i’m not disappointed. The unit has a good range of connections and is well built. Remote control simple to use and very compact. Most importantly the sound is great considering the price. While it would never compete with a full 5. 1 system for films, it does a great job in enhancing both film and tv viewing and creates a very substantial sound when needed due to built in subwoofer. Music also sounds good making the unit a worthy secondary stereo system. Despite the size it goes quite load although wouldn’t push it too far as starts to distort.
It was a present for my husband. Says it is excellent value, and a good system. Exactly what he needed in his little “study”.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

It was a present for my husband. Says it is excellent value, and a good system. Exactly what he needed in his little “study”.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

Great tv sound base speaker and great value. Really cracking sound base speaker. For the price you will not find a better speaker than this and curved ends look really good too. The base is strong but not overpowering and speech is sharp and clear. I have this connected to my tv and also my record player and really will only upgrade if this ever breaks as there is no need to spend more.
Great tv sound base speaker and great value. Really cracking sound base speaker. For the price you will not find a better speaker than this and curved ends look really good too. The base is strong but not overpowering and speech is sharp and clear. I have this connected to my tv and also my record player and really will only upgrade if this ever breaks as there is no need to spend more.
Had this for almost a year now and it’s been a fantastic buy, it turns your average movie sound to a real sound experiance, nice and flat the tv fits on top perfectly.
Had this for almost a year now and it’s been a fantastic buy, it turns your average movie sound to a real sound experiance, nice and flat the tv fits on top perfectly.
This sound base does a far better job than the thin tv speakers. This sound base does a far better job than the thin tv speakers. The tv sits comfortably on top. The only gripe is that the remote is tiny and hard to read.

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This sound base does a far better job than the thin tv speakers. This sound base does a far better job than the thin tv speakers. The tv sits comfortably on top. The only gripe is that the remote is tiny and hard to read.

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Good unit for the price and does the job required. Good unit for the price and does the job required to just boost the sound a little on our second tv. It’s being used in a small room so it’s ideal. The extreme ranges do lack detail and the maximum volume is not huge so not ideal for a larger room or area but overall it sounds much better than the original tv speaker and does the job well for the purpose for which it was purchased. The operational lights on the front of the unit are not great – you need to be right in front to see them therefore if the base unit is on a low tv stand, you need to crouch down which can be annoying. Other than that, it looks good, is nicely built for the price and provided you aren’t expecting too much for the money, it will do an adequate job.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

Good unit for the price and does the job required. Good unit for the price and does the job required to just boost the sound a little on our second tv. It’s being used in a small room so it’s ideal. The extreme ranges do lack detail and the maximum volume is not huge so not ideal for a larger room or area but overall it sounds much better than the original tv speaker and does the job well for the purpose for which it was purchased. The operational lights on the front of the unit are not great – you need to be right in front to see them therefore if the base unit is on a low tv stand, you need to crouch down which can be annoying. Other than that, it looks good, is nicely built for the price and provided you aren’t expecting too much for the money, it will do an adequate job.

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Connected hd box to soundbox via optical cable supplied. Ensure sky box sound settings switched to’ normal sound ‘so that you get sky hd channels. Use soundbox to give sound levels required normally and keep tv sound to low levels and just use tv to make slight adjustments per programme as required. Saves having to grope for the tiny remote that comes with the soundbox.

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Connected hd box to soundbox via optical cable supplied. Ensure sky box sound settings switched to’ normal sound ‘so that you get sky hd channels. Use soundbox to give sound levels required normally and keep tv sound to low levels and just use tv to make slight adjustments per programme as required. Saves having to grope for the tiny remote that comes with the soundbox.

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I bought one of these based on various reviews i’d read and i have to say that i’m thrilled with the maxell 252. First off, i was concerned as to how my 40″ sony bravia would look perched on top of it. However, the machine is somehow larger than i expected (about the size of a wii fit board) and sturdy enough to take it quite comfortably whilst remaining aesthetically pleasing, which is quite a feat. Connections-wise, the maxell is well stocked. Some may bemoan the lack of bluetooth, which would certainly make this soundbase the finished article, but having owned a roth sub zero ii and never really bothered with the bluetooth on that, it’s no big deal for me. What the maxell does have is optical, rca and 3. 5mm line connections, along with 3 hdmi inputs and one output incorporating arc capability, which means that you can connect 3 hdmi devices directly to the soundbase and run another hdmi cable from it to your tv provided it’s arc compatible, thus the maxell becomes the ‘switcher’ for everything connected. I’ve tried all variations in terms of connectivity and each one holds it’s own. 5mm jack to the headphone socket of the tv and ran it to the optical connection of the maxell via an analogue to digital converter. It meant that i could operate the unit with my tv remote and throw the maxell’s in the drawer, whilst enjoying smooth, digital sound. After a while, i decided to connect all my hdmi devices to the maxell and use the arc facility. The difference in sound was unbelievable, especially when i connected everything using ‘high speed’ hdmi cables rather than standard ones (contrary to popular belief, they do make a difference, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on them). I was still able to operate the unit using my tv remote, only using the maxell’s to change input occasionally.

This review is from : Maxell MXSB 252 Digital SoundBase TV Speaker

I bought one of these based on various reviews i’d read and i have to say that i’m thrilled with the maxell 252. First off, i was concerned as to how my 40″ sony bravia would look perched on top of it. However, the machine is somehow larger than i expected (about the size of a wii fit board) and sturdy enough to take it quite comfortably whilst remaining aesthetically pleasing, which is quite a feat. Connections-wise, the maxell is well stocked. Some may bemoan the lack of bluetooth, which would certainly make this soundbase the finished article, but having owned a roth sub zero ii and never really bothered with the bluetooth on that, it’s no big deal for me. What the maxell does have is optical, rca and 3. 5mm line connections, along with 3 hdmi inputs and one output incorporating arc capability, which means that you can connect 3 hdmi devices directly to the soundbase and run another hdmi cable from it to your tv provided it’s arc compatible, thus the maxell becomes the ‘switcher’ for everything connected. I’ve tried all variations in terms of connectivity and each one holds it’s own. 5mm jack to the headphone socket of the tv and ran it to the optical connection of the maxell via an analogue to digital converter. It meant that i could operate the unit with my tv remote and throw the maxell’s in the drawer, whilst enjoying smooth, digital sound. After a while, i decided to connect all my hdmi devices to the maxell and use the arc facility. The difference in sound was unbelievable, especially when i connected everything using ‘high speed’ hdmi cables rather than standard ones (contrary to popular belief, they do make a difference, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on them). I was still able to operate the unit using my tv remote, only using the maxell’s to change input occasionally.
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