Soundbars continue to evolve to get as close as possible to the performance that an AV receiver speaker system can deliver. We’ve already seen soundbars that have physical rear speakers, like the great Samsung HW-Q950A, but the new Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 goes one step further. The Japanese manufacturer has presented a sound bar that seeks to make us forget about speaker systems, thanks to its two 10-inch subwoofers and four surround speakers to place around the room.
Nakamichi is a Japanese manufacturer that some older readers may be familiar with, as they made several high-end audio products. Currently the brand has focused on the development of sound bars, with some peculiarities. One of his latest creations is the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2, a sound bar that seeks to surprise with the number of speakers it includes. Let’s take a look at what this curious soundbar offers us.
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2: two subwoofers and four surround speakers to complement the main sound bar
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 consists of a 114cm wide sound bar, four satellite speakers and two subwoofers. In total we have 18 drivers, distributed between the sound bar, the satellite speakers and the subwoofers. The main unit equips 6 x 2.75-inch extended-throw dual-cone drivers and two 1-inch silk-dome tweeters.
The system also includes two subwoofers with 10-inch drivers and bottom reflex bass. Lastly, it includes four rear speakers, consisting of a 3-inch extended-range dual-cone driver and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. Nakamichi’s idea is that two speakers are used on the sides and the other two in the rear.
The total power of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 system is 1300W, broken down to 400W for the sound bar, 150W for each set of surround speakers, and 600W for the combination of the two subwoofers. On the other hand, according to manufacturer data, the system offers a frequency response of between 20Hz and 22kHz.
One thing to note about the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is that while the subwoofers are wireless, the satellite speakers connect to the subwoofers via an RCA connection, since it is the subwoofers that house the amplifiers for the satellite speakers. This quite limits the placement of both the subwoofers and the speakers, the best option being the one we see in the photo above.
When it comes to compatibility, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is compatible with Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHDDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio, DTS Digital Surround, LPCM 7.1, LPCM 5.1 and PCM 2.0. Also equip a eARC compatible HDMI 2.1 outputthree HDMI inputs compatible with 4K HDR (Dolby Vision) and a digital optical input to be able to connect the bar to an older television.
Although the system supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, interestingly does not include dedicated speakers to shoot the sound vertically. However, the manufacturer offers several options, such as the tilting mounting of the satellite speakers or the SSE Max audio processing that generates, according to the manufacturer’s data, a more immersive surround sound experience.
In short, we are facing a rather curious sound bar, since it is committed to placing more speakers around the listening position and, in addition, it has two subwoofers, something that we had not seen until now. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 will go on sale during the month of March and has an official price of $1,900. We will have to wait to know its price in Europe.