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Why I Chose the Bomaker Odine Soundbar
Early this year, I picked up a Toptro X1 projector and mounted it to my dining room ceiling. The device exceeded my expectations, capably projecting a bright and clear image onto a 100-inch screen.
Then summer arrived, bringing with it temperatures far higher than comfortable. I responded by turning on a variety of air conditioners and fans. The noise level rose to the point where it was difficult to hear the pair of five-watt speakers incorporated into the projector.
I decided to pick up an inexpensive Bluetooth-equipped soundbar and connect it to my system. After checking out the offerings available at Amazon, I ordered the Bomaker Odine Soundbar.
The Bomaker Odine I Soundbar is 36.5 inches long, 3 inches high, and 3.5 inches deep. It is composed primarily of black-colored plastic with a dark gray cloth-like material covering the front.
The power switch, USB input, volume, Bluetooth, and mode controls are located at the right-hand end of this soundbar. The AC adaptor plugs in here as well as the optical cable.
Three indicator lights and an IR receptor, intended for use with the remote, are positioned at the front of this soundbar. Two brackets attached to the rear provide a method of mounting it to a wall.
Four 2.5-inch full-range speakers are hidden behind the cloth grill. According to the description provided by Bomaker, this soundbar is powered by a 110W amplifier. I assume they are referring to peak power.
- Brand: Bomaker
- Model: Odine 1
- Soundbar dimensions: 93 x 7.6 x 8.9 centimeters (36.5 x 3 x 3.5-inches)
- Power: 55 RMS Watts (Derived from 110W peak)
- Subwoofer: No
- Soundbar speakers: Four 63.5 millimeter (2.5-inches) full-range drivers
- Inputs: Optical, analog (3.5mm input jack), and Bluetooth
- Dolby/DTS decoding: No
- Features: Adjustable voice, bass, and treble volume
- WiFi capable: No
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0
- S / N: ≥65db
- Distortion: <0.5%
- Frequency Response:50Hz~20KHz
- Accessories: Remote, 3.5mm Aux to RCA cable, and optical cable
Bomaker is trademarked by Substanbo Innovations Technology Limited of Hong Kong.
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The Bomaker Odine is long, low-slung, and features a dark gray cloth grill. It appears overly lengthy and awkward as it perches atop the small table in front of my projector screen.
However, when I eventually get around to mounting it to the wall just above the screen, it should fit the room's decor very well.
This soundbar can be connected using the included optical cable, the included 3.5mm Aux to RCA cable, or Bluetooth. It is not equipped for use with HDMI ARC.
My projector can relay sound by either a physical 3.5mm Aux output or via Bluetooth. Since I wanted to place the soundbar alongside the screen, I chose the Bluetooth option.
Once I connected the soundbar to power and switched to the Bluetooth mode, the associated indicator began to blink.
I powered up the projector, selected its Bluetooth mode, and waited as it searched for a compatible device. Once it found Odine, I selected the connect command. The soundbar promptly connected.
From then on, every time I powered up both the soundbar and projector, they would search for each other automatically and then connect.
I was worried that there would be a slight delay between video and audio, but they work in complete synchronism.
Sound Volume and Quality
The projector speakers had sufficient volume at 75 percent, provided there was no background noise. Once I turned on the air conditioners and fans, even 95 percent volume was not adequate.
With five times the power output of the projector’s speakers, the Bowmaker soundbar easily cuts through background noise. I usually set it at 60 percent, dropping the volume even lower when the fans are not required.
I tuned into VELO and watched a few videos. The quality of sound was far better than that of the projector’s speakers. In addition, I could use the remote to adjust the bass and treble or increase the volume of sounds in the vocal range.
The final test was to play a movie and check for Big Cinema sound. The Bomaker Odine performed reasonably well for a soundbar in its price range but, of course, was not competitive with my Polk Audio 5.1 system and its 200-watt subwoofer.
The Bomaker Odine performs well when compared to other soundbars in its price range. Its power output is more than sufficient, and the four 2.5-inch speakers provide decent sound.
It won’t deliver the ear-thumping bang you expect when visiting a theatre but, if you are looking to significantly improve the sound of your television without spending much money, the Bomaker Odine is worth a close look.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington