Soundcore Infini 2.1 Channel Soundbar Review

As TVs get thinner so does the questionable audio quality of sound get projected from them. To get any form of room-filling sound from your TV we have to turn to dedicated speakers, or there is a more discrete option of using a soundbar. 

As audio technology improves, soundbar technology is vastly improving. Over the years we are starting to see technology found in high-end soundbars pass down onto more affordable soundbars.

The Anker Soundcore Infini Soundbar cost just $79 on Amazon. So when I heard this price, my initial knee jerk reaction was that this bar would sound awful. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised!

On opening the box you will find some wall mounting screws and brackets. An RF lead to 3.5 mm jack, a pair of AAA batteries and the remote. The remote looks very similar to the one that comes with an Amazon Fire TV, however this one feels much cheaper and has not much weight to it when compared to Amazon’s.

On taking the soundbar out of the box you soon notice that it has some weight to it. This will keep it sturdy when you get some room shaking bass emitting from soundbar whilst playing the latest blockbuster movie. 

Underneath the soundbar you’ll find a single USB port, an AUX-IN 3.5 mm jack for the bundle RF cable. There is a Coax digital input, an optical input, as well as the all-important figure-8 input connection for the power lead. 

On each side of the soundbar there is a large exit opening for all the air to push out of, and it is also used to direct sideways firing sound whilst in Movie mode. On the top there are controls for up-and-down volume, input source selection and power on and off. 

With the soundbar sitting flat, the two internal base speakers fire up and towards you, whilst the two tweeters sit in the edge of the bar firing directly towards you. It feels like Anker has tried to find the best middle ground between both table and wall mounting solutions, however, this decision has hindered this soundbar’s overall performance. More on this later. 

As well as a bundled power lead there is an optical cable and the usual manuals and leaflets. There is also a handy wall-mounting template and guide for easy installation. Setup took a mere few minutes. Simply plug in the power cable and the bundled optical cable to my TV output connection and off we go!

Without a dedicated display on the soundbar the Anker has to rely on a single colour-changing  LED light in the middle of the sound bar. To let you know that the power is on, a green light appears, and it conveniently disappears after a few seconds. Unfortunately with just an LED light to tell you what the soundbar is doing, navigating through various sources can feel a bit hit and miss at first, however, if you’re just going to have one input source this is something you don’t have to worry too much about. 

This soundbar has three audio modes that you can toggle. There is one for music, one for movies and one for dialogue. You will find the Music mode option will project audio more directly at you, whilst Movie mode feels much wider in its audio delivery and it is quite impressive on first impressions. Dialogue mode lowers the bass and ups the treble to make voice dialogue stand out more than the other modes. If you like your bass, you will want to keep this bar firmly locked in Movie mode. 

The 100 Watt output of the speaker can seem small on paper, however, for a small room, the soundbar can definitely fill it. Even though this doesn’t have a dedicated subwoofer to improve the bass response in this small soundbar it is quite capable of filling the room with shaking explosions. You do need a subwoofer though to have the best movie-like experience. 

Being a fairly low entry soundbar, don’t expect it to process anything such as DTS or even Dolby 5.1 from your digital sources. Instead, you have to make your source decode that first and convert to PCM before it gets sent to the soundbar. Otherwise, you will just hear nothing from this soundbar. 

One area that I think lacks with this soundbar is treble – it feels a little muted. The bass also sounds like it overwhelms everything else. Unfortunately, there is no equaliser option on the soundbar, so you are unable to tweak any treble or bass settings. If I could take the treble from Dialogue Mode and the bass from Movie Mode, this bar would sound pretty great. 

It’s speaker positioning also doesn’t help matters. Without both base and treble speakers firing-forward you get a sense that sound is being diverted upwards or away from you. A feeling like the audio is being covered over. Audio feels almost muted in comparison to more expensive soundbars. If all drivers faced towards the listener I am sure things would sound much better, but to cater for both mounting solutions it can be a challenge when there is a limit on the amount of sound drivers inside. 

When you bring the price of the Soundcore Infini Soundbar back on the table, you have to admit it’s a decent soundbar. Sure it will not compete against a top-end Samsung N950, but as music goes it’s more than capable of matching the likes of a Sonos One speaker, and whilst delivering a wide stage in Movie mode it will certainly improve your flatscreen TV and movie watching experience. 

If you’re on a very tight budget and on the lookout for a decent all-round soundbar, give the Anker Soundcore Infini Soundbar a listen. 

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