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Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 Soundbar Review

If you are looking for a drastic change in a soundbar, this sound system is incredible. The 9.2 channels alone are amazing. As an underrated product, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is a premium choice and we will tell you why.

Pros

  • Very well built
  • 9.2.4 channels setup
  • Can pump out loud volumes
  • Provides Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • 1000 watts of power
  • Comprehensive sound system
  • Dual wireless subwoofers
  • 360-degree expansive sound
  • 4 modular speakers
  • Flexible placement
  • Comes with everything in the box
  • Multiple forms of connection
  • Remote and bar controls plus app
  • Power saving mode
  • Supports Bluetooth

Cons

  • The sound will be a bit compressed at max volume

Design

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is a heavy-duty home theater system that has all the right accessories and a beautiful design. Equipped with 2 external subwoofers and 4 rear satellite speakers, get ready to be met with awesome sound.

They are all a matte black with black grilles and embellished with silver trim for a futuristic design. Even with so many components, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 design is compact and takes up as little space as possible.

Placement

Due to the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 having so many moving parts and being a relatively large soundbar system, placement can be limited. If you are placing it level with your TV on a surface, it could be tall enough to obstruct the bottom part.

We would suggest placing it lower than your TV or to wall-mount it for the best aesthetics and sound. It is also the optimum location for connecting your Nakamichi soundbar to your TV.

Interface and Display

The bar control on the soundbar has 5 buttons: two for the volume, one for inputs, a demo button, and a power button. The power button helps you test the tones for each individual channel.

The soundbar also has a mini display that sits inconspicuously behind the grill. It will show your settings and menus, which could be helpful for some.

Features

Known more as a car audio brand [1], Nakamichi is more than capable of producing an all-encompassing audio experience for your home.

Channels

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is an amazing soundbar with 9.2.4 channels. The first number is the number of channels it has (where sound is emitted from), the second is the number of subwoofers and the last is the number of external speakers (in this case, the rear satellite speakers).

5 for the first number is the industry standard for surround sound, so you can imagine the type of immersive and expansive sound the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 can provide, compared to other well-reviewed soundbars like the Sony HT-CT80 but come with fewer channels.

Sound Quality

The frequency response of the soundbar isn’t astounding but it’s still pretty good. With a range from 48.3 Hz up to 5.7 kHz, the subwoofer does help even everything out. 

Its quite a capable soundbar for those who like loud sounds as the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is one of the loudest soundbars on the market. They also pinpoint the sound direction for smaller details instead of having it envelop you from all directions. 

When listened to at a regular volume, the sound is pure and clear with minimal harmonic distortion. 

Surround Sound

With so many extra components and being a 9.2.4 soundbar, it’s not very difficult for the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra to achieve surround sound. To be able to play DTS and Atmos content however, you need to be sure to turn the Dolby Surround function on.

It also has a sound enhancement feature and this comes up on the remote as “room”. This feature will change the sound and adjust accordingly depending on the size of your room.

Subwoofer

With two subwoofers, you can imagine the rumbling and room-filling bass you can experience. The “bass” button on the remote can help tune the bass with tons of other sound customization options available.

The subs can be placed on either side of the soundbar to propel deep and rich bass across the room aimed right at you. The subwoofer is larger already than regular subwoofers included with soundbar systems, so having two you would need to allocate even more space.

Satellite Speakers

The 4 rear satellite speakers can be strategically placed around the room to further produce immersive sound. This is a complete home theater system in one with 9.2.4. The satellite speakers have rear mounting holes in case you want to place them on the wall and connections to the subwoofers.

Connection

Speaking of connection, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra offers HDMI arc, HDMI input, and output, an analog 3.5 mm, and supports USB. With three HDMI ports, it’s easy to run all the sound through the soundbar posing as the command center.

It also supports Bluetooth wireless playback, but unfortunately doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connections. While you need to connect the subwoofers to some sort of power outlet, it doesn’t need to be wired to the soundbar itself, but the 4 satellite speakers do need to be connected to the subs to work.

Remote and Controls

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra comes with a remote that is quite large and gives you full control over the soundbar system. Unfortunately, it’s not a universal remote, which means you will have at least two remotes in the house.

You can either use the convenience of the remote or the control panel on the soundbar itself. There are only two options as the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra does not have an app.

Power Saving

The soundbar also comes with a power-saving mode or “eco mode”. It’s basically just the soundbar going into standby if it’s been inactive for over 20 minutes.

Setup and Accessories

Setup is easy and your purchase comes with everything you need right in the box including All the cables you need, the remote, batteries, user manuals, and of course, the mounting kit.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 Review Conclusion

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 provides an unsurpassed experience in terms of heavy-duty and explosive sound. With 9 channels, 2 subwoofers, and 4 satellite rear speakers, you can imagine the sound quality that emanates from this soundbar system.

Need a great soundbar for a large TV? Check out our guide on the market’s best soundbars for 60-inch TVs.

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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