The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 may cost a pretty penny, but it delivers top-notch audio for a sound bar and includes Bluetooth connectivity. Experts say a sound bar in this price range should have a few more features, however.
Clean, balanced audio. The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 delivers some of the best audio you'll find in a sound bar, with clear dialog, excellent balance between the low, mid and high ranges and a subwoofer that might not punch you in the gut, but delivers accurate and respectable low-end sound. The sound bar sounds great with movies and music alike, though as with all sound bars, the simulated surround sound isn't terribly effective. However, some users report running into issues with defective units and poor Bluetooth connectivity.
Attractive, but it skimps on the ports. Critics love the clean look of the slightly large sound bar, calling it both easy on the eyes and simple to set up thanks to the subwoofer's wireless nature. The lack of HDMI connections or a USB port is widely cited as a major flaw in a sound bar this expensive, however. In fact, the TVee Model 30 only includes digital optical and 3.5mm inputs. The remote can be finicky and needs to be pointed directly at the sound bar, as well.
Smartphone friendly. The Bluetooth wireless capabilities make it a breeze to stream music from an iPhone, iPod or Android device, and there are onboard Dolby Digital decoders (no DTS decoders, though). However, the relative lack of other features is another major issue reviewers have with the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30.
A questionable value proposition. The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 delivers a great sonic punch, but little else, and it costs a whopping $600.
The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 combines excellent audio and Bluetooth capabilities together in an attractive package, but doesn't include a lot of bells and whistles for the money. Most critics prefer the Zvox Z-Base 580 (*Est. $500), which costs less, sounds just as good and has more functionality, but lacks Bluetooth support and only comes in a flat form factor that enables it to serve as a stand for your HDTV. If you prefer a more traditionally designed and wall-friendly sound bar and don't mind paying for fidelity, however, the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 should be at the top of your wish list.
1. Sound & Vision Magazine
The audiophiles at Sound & Vision magazine compare the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 against four other top-notch sound bars and the TVee model 30 comes out on top with a Certified & Recommended award, largely because of its high design rating and flawless performance score. Each review is based on hands-on testing and benchmarks.
Review: Roundup: Super Soundbars, Ken C. Pohlmann, Sept. 21, 2011
The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 earns an 8.5 score and a Recommended Product award from DigitalTrends.com after reviewer Caleb Denison subjects the sound bar to extensive testing. Bullet points of highlights and lowlights accompany extensive discussion; Denison loves the easy installation and accurate sound but dislikes the lack of built-in DTS decoders.
Review: Boston Acoustics Tvee Model 30 Review, Caleb Denison, July 15, 2011
The highly technical written review of the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 is accompanied by a slightly more down-to-earth video review of the sound bar. Andrew Gash gets a big kick out of how well the wireless Bluetooth connectivity works, but he holds his biggest praise for the TVee Model 30's sound quality; he says the sound bar plays music and movies equally well.
Review: Boston TVee Model 30 Soundbar Video Review, Andrew Gash, Nov. 12, 2011
The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30's reputation is decidedly mixed with Amazon.com users, with most just as likely to leave a 1-star rating as a 5-star rating. The major complaints revolve around defective units and spotty Bluetooth connectivity. Users who don't run into problems are largely very happy with the sound bar.
Review: Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 Sound System with Sleek Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2012
User reviews at Crutchfield.com follow a similar pattern to those at Amazon.com. Although users uniformly rave about the Boston Acoustic TVee Model 30's superb sound quality, occasional defects and the finicky remote control drag down the ratings from several owners.
Review: Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30, Contributors to Crutchfield.com, As of September 2012
The Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 cracks this list of the best sound bars, but the short reviews are too brief to be very helpful, and it isn't clear if the reviewer actually spent any hands-on testing time with the sound bars.
Review: 10 Best Soundbar Speakers for Your HD TV, Jamie Carter, Jan. 15, 2012