Acoustic Energy’s AEGO Sound3ar is compact, powerful, and specially designed to provide first-class audio to your battlestation set-up or lounge. Let’s take a closer look at this powerful compact PC sound system.
Acoustic Energy is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year. The British-based firm made its name producing the AE1 studio monitor, which received accolades from across the UK (and world) for its quality and sound.
Always on the lookout for new markets, Acoustic Energy designed the AEGO Sound3ar to appeal to the growing PC gaming and multimedia market, and as a compact unit to slot under TVs in small to medium-sized living rooms.
From testing, it’s clear in these conditions the passive Sound3ar and its accompanying 65W subwoofer, deliver exceptional quality, with low bass, a solid mid-range and clear high notes.
However, given its size (it’s pretty compact for a soundbar, measuring only 50cm wide), it might struggle to make an impact in larger rooms.
But that’s fine, how many of us have gigantic PC gaming spaces? PC gaming has always been a more personal experience, and for that the Sound3ar is more than adequate.
While not in the higher price bracket for audiophile equipment, the AEGO Sound3ar still manages to look the part.
It’s clear engineers and designers at Acoustic Energy spent a lot of time designing the unit to look as good as possible, after all, who wants an ugly, cheap looking sound bar to sit under their TV or monitor?
It’s compact, measuring just 50cm wide, by 7cm deep and 7cm high.
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If placed on a flat surface, the speakers are set at a 30-degree angle, ensuring sound flows up and outward as opposed to straight at viewers.
You can also wall mount the soundbar, using the two mounting holes on the back of the device.
The speaker’s surface is covered in a fine metallic black mesh, and is housed in a strong and smart aluminum black case, etched with silver.
It’s a stylish design that exudes quality.
The bottom-centre of the mesh sports Acoustic Energy’s nameplate, while its rear houses an RCA cable that is used to connect the passive soundbar to the active subwoofer.
Powering the whole setup is a chunky 65W subwoofer, it’s weighty and has a solid build.
While not quite as good to look at as the soundbar itself, it’s clear Acoustic Energy engineers have put a lot of thought into its matte-black design.
For example, the system’s connectors are housed in a downward-facing recess at the rear base of the sub, ensuring you can easily place the unit against a wall without it sticking out at an awkward angle.
It’s a nice feature, and means it’s easier to keep your setup tidy.
The corners of the sub have a nice rounded look, while a front-facing black metal grille covers the speaker.
The top of the grille features a glossy, black display panel, which shows system power, connections and volume.
The sub is controlled with a small remote, and doesn’t contain any physical controls itself.
The remote is simple and easy to use, with its only disadvantage being that it’s very small – it’s definitely the type of remote that could get easily lost down the back of a sofa or armchair.
It features power controls, volume up and down buttons, bass up and down buttons, audio selection – so you can choose digital or analog input – and a Bluetooth button allowing you to easily pair the system with a smartphone or other device.
Changes in volume are shown by flashing white LED lights, giving you a clear visual indicator when you adjust the volume, or bass, up or down.
A small white LED light indicates the power is on, and this switches to red when the device is in standby mode.
You can connect the subwoofer to your TV or PC using either the 3.5mm auxillary cable, or through a optical digital connection.
Both cables are supplied in the box.
The system can also be paired with your smartphone, tablet or other device using Bluetooth, meaning should you want to use it as a simple speaker system you can.
Small unit, big sound. The AEGO Sound3ar has been awarded both our top performance component and top budget component badges.
It’s affordable, powerful, lightweight and compact.
Yes, it might struggle to fill larger rooms, but for small to medium-sized lounges, games rooms and offices it offers the perfect solution for anyone demanding clear, crisp and booming audio.
The AEGO Sound3ar is available now and retails for around $400.