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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews

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  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Quite Ready For Prime Time

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    After hours and hours of research, I chose the Soundwafe Pro because of the rave reviews about sound quality and unmatched support. While I can attest it does indeed sound good, my experience with customer support is not impressive. I have the Nak connected to a new LG OLED using hdmi on the ARC port. I can control the volume and the unit turns off with the tv remote, but when turning on the tv, the Nak does not turn on. I've tried everything possible with the CEC settings and it simply won't work. I've sent two emails to the Nakamichi help desk with only a canned reply that a technician had been assigned to my case. Having to use the remote to turn the thing on is unacceptable to me and I'll be returning it. Very disappointing! I really wanted this sound bar. Thank goodness Best Buy has such a great return policy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Nakamichi Support
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      Hello Radioman61, we sincerely apologize for your negative experience with Nakamichi. Even though you have already returned the unit, could you please send an email directly to us at vip@nakamichi-usa.com? We would like to discuss with you about what we can do to make amends for your experience.

      Best,
      Nakamichi Support

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

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    This was my second soundbar purchase. I went with the VIZIO - SmartCast™ 5.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6" Wireless Subwoofer the first round and the subwoofer was just too loud and you cannot turn it down. That and the wireless surround sound speakers kept disconnecting. My living room is fairly small so the sub can overpower it. I love the Nakamichi so far. The sound is clear and fantastic. The sub can be adjusted down and even on level 1 it makes movies sound great with the surround sound. If I had to pick a few flaws the speaker bar is a tad tall. My Samsung TV sits on a console not mounted and the soundbar comes above the base of it but it looks fine. I haven't been able to figure out how to make my smart TV remote connect with this soundbar so for now I have 2 remotes. One for the speakers and one for my TV. Otherwise this is worth the money. Great sound and look. Easy set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my needs!

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    I did not want wires and the thought of setting up my old surround sound with the bigger speakers made me shutter. I shopped for sound bar solutions and tried the Klipsch first. Sounded awesome, but didn't have surround sound. Tried Vizio and it sounded good, but seemed that the surround didn't sound right to me. So I tried this Nakamichi and absolutely love the smooth highs, stable mid range and enveloping bass that really connects me with the movies I watch and music I listen to. Setup was super easy! I updated the firmware which is easy to do by following the online directions. If you need help, contact Nakamichi and they will be assuring that you are happy with the their product. Has a nice wide soundstage and works great with my new Sony tv! Give it a shot!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nakamichi Gets it Right

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    Nakamichi’s new Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Chanel (GEN 2, firmware update 1.4) offers a truly great and enveloping sound experience to watching TV, BlueRay, Streaming, or Games hooked up to it. Unlike other sound bars, and even some traditional home theater sound system setups, what struck me is that sound is not suddenly shifted to the back or sides but rather it creates a flow around filling in between. Yes, when the sound should be behind you hear it as such, but it is not as if the rear speakers were suddenly switched on. The sound is much more natural, as if you were in the room with the sound doing a smooth blended transition on the sides and around to the rear, not just bits and pieces being at overtly distinct locations. Given the some limits on Bluetooth’s ability with audio as compared to copper wire, I did not notice a shortfall in sonic range or clarity even while driving the system at full volume while listening to music which covers very low to very high frequency content (Renaissance “Live at Carnage Hall”, released 1976). The base was not muddled and the operatic high vocals were crisp, clear and did not clip. It was very much like when I saw them live many years ago in Chicago when vocalist Annie Haslam hit high notes at a sound level that literally stopped my breathing for a moment – this differed only by being not quite so loud - thank goodness. When switching out of Bluetooth to another input in the Shockwafe Pro, the audio source is paused. There is an option to connect with a 3.5mm cable which is included. Dialog from the center speakers is not lost, but remains distinct, even with the front side speakers being in such close proximity to the center speakers, which is a concern with the sound bar concept. In this case it was clear and present as it should be. There is a depth and fullness to the sound from the Soundbar alone which just by itself makes this a great addition. Bass response from the Subwoofer is present and felt, but does not dominate. The rear speakers provide a full rich range and do not have a “tinny” sound despite their compact size. The new firmware update has CEC working as it should. I have the Shockwafe in a setup with a DVR and a Panasonic 3D Plasma, and when the DVR remote turns on those two components, the Shockwafe also turns on as well as off with them, there was not even the need to add it as a device then input a code into the remote, thus making the Shockwafe as if built in to the TV, just seamless. Obviously not all functions are available on that remote, but then again the remote does not have full capabilities for any device other than the cable company’s DVR. For full control in a single remote, the Nakamichi is easily recognized by newer Logitech Harmony remotes. Using the remote (or just starting the player manually) to start a BlueRay automatically switches the Soundbar to the HDMI 2 port. The Shockwafe Pro’s own remote is a small, clean design with a backlit screen to see which commands and settings are being sent. In a break from everyone else, the color is a yellow-orange with black offering easy reading in dim light. It has the ability to learn from another remote such as the DVR’s and become a universal remote, a nice option. Among the included cables are the mentioned 3.5mm audio, an Optical and an HDMI to link the TV HDMI with ARC port to the Soundbar for communication and control between the TV and the Soundbar. What will be needed is the one from the DVR (HDMI) and another for a second source like a BlueRay Player (HDMI). Using the Optical port allows a third input, the Coaxial port a fourth. The physically small rear components allow placement so that they don’t stand out and dominate the room but blend into the décor in much the same way the sound from them just blends in. The larger Soundbar spans more of the length of larger screens so it does not look like an afterthought appendage, but rather a complimenting design intent. Wall mounts for the Soundbar are included. Lastly, but far from the least important aspect of this product is the Company behind it, and specifically the President, Rayman Cheng working to build on Nakamichi’s history. Their customer service is superb and they have been actively working to improve the product with firmware updates that have even offered new or expanded capabilities. Most times we buy a product and that is it, rarely can we consider that our purchase might even become better afterwards. Sadly too many companies are not run this way. I had a review posted before but removed it and replaced it with this one because the Customer Service they provided helped me get past some glitches I had so that I could truly enjoy their outstanding product. Nakamichi gets it right.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but needs a lot more work !

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    I got this after reading great reviews about the product. I kept it for 2 weeks just because the sound was good but unfortunately had to return it. Below or the cons that were the deciding factors for return of this product: Cons 1) No Dolby Digital Plus decoding via HDMI. I had this connected to nVidia Shield TV via HDMI IN and the sound output was 2 channel from all the speakers. Shield only does DD+ via HDMI as there is no optical port nor any option to output a DD AC3 Signal. 2) The soundbar transmits on 5.8Ghz frequency to the subwoofer which literally jammed every internet device operating at that frequency in the room. The download speeds went from 65Mbps to 0.09Mbps every time the soundbar was turned on. This affected my nVidia Shield, Xbox One, iPad etc. I had to switch them to 2.4Ghz in order to get any internet bandwidth. All internet devices were connected to the Google OnHub. 3) Remote is clunky and have to be directly aimed at the soundbar in order for it to work. 4) No digital display on the soundbar which makes interpreting the 8 small white LEDs that are so close together on the soundbar as morse code. 5) No on screen display/menu either Pros 1) Great sound quality 2) Very little sound distortion and no lag 3) Great looking subwoofer and build quality 4) 2 X HDMI Inputs, 1 X ARC HDMI Output, 1 X Optical, 1 X Coax, Bluetooth 5) Only 7.1 Surround Soundbar System on the market 6) Great customer support If you can look past all the cons on this product, this is one great product.. I hope nakamichi can resolve all the issues on the next model.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A true home theater system

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    I started off with a Sony HTN5 with 2 satellite speakers to match my 65" Sony 930d- system with discounts came out to ~750$. Even at full power to each speaker, surround mode, sub maxed out, etc. There was absolutely no comparison to the nakamichi system. This is by far the best surround sound, best base, best balanced system for the size and price, available on the market. I was blown away. Sat on the couch for an hour just to cherish the beauty of theater quality sound at home. Was definitely skeptical at first and to be completely honest, the nakamichi lags way behind in terms of user interface/control, nevertheless its sound quality is astonishing, and that is afterall the point of the home audio system. A perfect compliment to any home entertainment system. I should also mention that this is my first review, and I wrote it solely because I am so overwhelmingly happy with this set up. Give it a shot, compare it to any system they have as a "display", side to side, whether in person or on paper, there is absolutely no competition for this thing . You won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Impressive

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    I’m very impressed with the surround sound and sound quality of this Nakamichi soundbar. Really like the sound of this. Very clear mids which makes the dialogue in movies very clear. The bass goes very deep but remains clear with little or no distortion. Awesome surround sound too. The speakers at the sides of the sound bar, as Nakamichi advertises, make everything sound more realistic. It’s like you can tell the direction of every sound. I’m very happy with my purchase. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality sound

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    Many options and setting to play with to adjust to your liking. Everyone who comes over feels like they are at a movie theater.. only down side is the bluetooth range.. the device connected through bluetooth needs to be very close in order for the best sound quality, other wise you would get static through interference from cellphones and other devices in the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING and AWESOME Sound!!!

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    I've never been a big audio/video person when it comes to the latest and greatest. However, a friend of mine purchased this system and highly recommended it. It was good timing for me because I just moved into a new place. The system was super easy to setup (maybe 5 minutes). No ugly wires running the length of the room. It also looks very cool with it's sleek contemporary design. My family and I watch all types of programming on the TV including movies, sports, regular broadcasts. The various settings you have available for the type of programming you're watching is a very cool feature. This system also allows the included remote control to be programmed to operate your TV. The 7.1 audio channel blew me away. I truly felt like I was sitting in a movie theater. My family and I are exceptionally pleased with the overall great quality of the system for our living room. We are so happy in fact, my wife asked me if we could get another one for the bedroom... go figure!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good purchase!!

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    The sound is very good for a soundbar. The only complaint I have is that it does not have an on screen display for the remote. Very hard to tell volume level, the base, treble, sound mode settings. Given this drawback, I would still suggest buying this system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Way worth the money!!

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    This is an excellent surround sound system for the money! In my opinion, the slight negative reviews for this product are very nit picky. The sound quality is EXCELLENT! The 7.1 does show its’ true colors. You can hear sounds projected to the sides from the sound bar to create a solid movie experience. Excellent for sports as well. The bass is dialed in and perfectly punchy with quality depth, without distortion. For $500, this surround sound packs a ridiculously awesome punch. By far, the most bang for your buck in this price range...no doubt!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Surround for the price

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    Owned for 6 months when reviewed.

    Honestly overall this was a good sound bar, It does has good sound,it’s does have a very good bass, could be stronger On midrange I wished that the rear speakers are wireless. The remote control could. Be better you actually have to point straight to the device a close distance to make it work ( even with new batteries) Other than that is cool no complaints for $500.00.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful surround sound

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    I'm impressed with the surround sound of this system. The setup was easy and I had it up within only a few minutes. Because of the layout of my living room, I had to make a small change to the individual channel volume levels before I got the desired surround sound balance. But after that, I was very pleased. The soundstage is very wide and the overall sound is very clear. The surround effects speaker seem to do the job well. I can also hear the small details, adding to the home theater feel. The subwoofer also kicks really hard and is capable of producing very low frequencies. Overall, a 5 star sound bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't sound like a soundbar

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    I had a soundbar. I didn't want another one. The Nakamichi convinced me to try, and I'm thrilled! The sound is great. The volume will rock the house if you want. It's compact and well-designed. I'm a musician and a recording engineer, so I'm pretty picky. This little beauty delivers what it promises.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound Bar

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    Nakamichi pro 7.1 had amazing sound and clear, I had trouble with the remote and sub, Troubles is that take 4-5 minutes of pressing the button to mute or turning the volume up and down. Lately I had experience the sub had high pitch sound that I have to unplug it and reset.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great surround Experience

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    When I compare with my old Samsung home theater Nakamichi is far far better. I got a good Surround experience.Subwoofer is also great.One thing I disappointed is it won’t connect with iPhone Bluetooth sometimes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Blown Away

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    I decided to buy this system after a similar sound bar system died with only 4 months of use. To be honest, I was a skeptical at first because I was moving over to a relatively unknown brand, but I did not have other options as I really like this set up with a wireless subwoofer and rear speakers. In the end, I'm so happy with my purchase because this system is amazing! It sounds significantly better than my old system and is much louder. The surround sound is the best I have ever experienced.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice sound system

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    This is probably not the best system available out there but definitely very nice for the $$$. Easy to set up and use. Doesn't require a PHd to hook up and optimally set it up. I would definitely buy another one !!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Accessible 7.1 System

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    Subwoofer is a little noisy. Still gets 4 stars, but I wish I could turn my bass up a little higher.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    I wanted a system that had rear speakers. I did a lot of searching online and read a lot of reviews. I kept coming back to this system. I am very impressed by this system and the sound it puts out.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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