CineSound B3 Soundbar
The Edifier B3 Soundbar is an elegant and impressively rich sounding audio system. It’s extremely simple to set up and run with multiple connection options including Bluetooth.
Ideal for those who wish to avoid the complication of setting up an AV receiver and multiple speakers.
The Cinesound B3 can connect directly to your TV, games console, DVD or Bluray player simultaneously.
- Bluetooth 4.0 with CSR codecs
- 3 different audio modes
- 4 x 70mm drivers
- 2 x 17mm tweeters
- 10-minute smart inactivity standby
- Optical, RCA, AUX, and Coaxial inputs
- Optional Sub-Woofer output.
- Wall mount bracket included
1CineSound B3 – Design and Build Quality
The Edifier Cinesound B3 measures a metre in length and it’s three curved sides are approximately 8cms. It’s front face is uncluttered and minimalistic in its design.
There’s a small coloured LED light underneath the Edifier logo when the device is powered, to indicate its current input source.
Red indicates Coaxial or Optical mode and green for Line-in or Auxiliary. The final colour is for the Bluetooth mode – no prizes for guessing it’s colour.
On its left side is a brushed metal panel with a bright chamfered edge. Offset on the panel are the words “A Passion for Sound” – Edifiers strap line. The right side features neatly positioned buttons to manually control the SoundBar.
The plus and minus buttons are to control the volume, and the arrow button will toggle the various input modes. There is also a standby power button positioned centrally.
Both panels are very well made, and the darkened brushed finish adds a premium feel to the speaker design.
The connection ports are deeply recessed on the rear to allow plenty of room to attach cables. These include Optical, Coaxial, RCA and AUX inputs. There is also an output for an optional external sub-woofer.
There are soft silicone pads on the underside of the unit, should you wish to place the CineSound on a surface rather than the wall. You will need a one metre width and a depth of 8cms to have space for this SoundBar.
For TV’s that are wall mounted, the B3 comes with a very quick and simple wall fixing bracket. A couple of wall screws at suitable centres will retain the bracket, then the speaker will hook over it.
I have a 42″ TV and it’s almost exactly the same width and looks proportionally correct beneath it. If you happen to have a smaller screen, the B3 may not be too complimentary to its size.
2CineSound B3 – Features and Specs
The Edifier CineSound B3 provides a total of 4 wired connection options for multiple devices. These can be quickly selected with the included remote.
Additionally, by selecting the Bluetooth mode, the B3 can effectively become a wireless music centre. Pairing is quick and easy and the connection seems strong and reliable.
- Digital Sound Processing
- 100dbs max volume
- Frequency response – 60Hz~20kHz
- Signal to noise ratio – ≥85dBA
- Mid/Bass drivers – 4x70mm (2¾”)
- Tweeters – 2X19mm (3/4”)
- Aux,Line in,Coaxial ,Optical,Bluetooth
- Bluetooth 4.0 with CSR codecs
- Bluetooth range – 10m
The B3’s slender remote has volume control, mute, input selection, three audio presets and a standby button. If you happen to forget to power off the CineSound, it has a intelligent auto-standby feature after 10mins of inactivity. Your regular TV remote can control the volume directly, if you choose to connect the B3 via analogue cables.
3CineSound B3 – Sound Quality
The CineSound B3 is certainly not the slimmest, low profile SoundBar on the market. This however, is for a good reason, it’s jammed full of speaker drivers. These provide an impressively loud and undistorted volume.
The balance of sound is dependent on which of the three available preset modes you have selected:
- News – This preset definitely favours the high end and vocals. A useful mode watching talk shows at low volume, the sound is very clean and direct.
- Movies – The most balanced and natural of the three modes. There is a good level of highs, mids and lows.
- 3D – This preset produces a very spacious sound, favouring the low-end. The bass is much heavier and is great for action movies or gaming, but perhaps a little excessive when listening to music.
While there is the option to plug in an additional sub-woofer, the B3 manages to produce a substantial amount of bass on its own. I’m sure this would be sufficient for most, especially when the 3D preset is selected.
There is absolutely no hissing or buzzing noises in the background and no annoying pops when powering on or un-muting the sound.
The CineSound B3 is a well built and solid performing SoundBar with a high level of audio quality. Ideal for those looking for a cost effective way of upgrading their TV audio without having to buy an AV receiver or multiple speakers.
The B3’s width is more suited to larger TV’s (42″ and over) and it’s four inputs and Bluetooth connectivity make it a highly versatile audio device.
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