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Majority Audio Snowdon II

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If you may get previous the design and are available in the market for a soundbar to wall-mount or sit beneath your wall-mounted TV, the Majority Snowdon is a convincing improve on a TV’s built-in sound methods at a funds worth.


  • Tremendous-affordable
  • Clear, punchy sound
  • Bluetooth help


  • Dimension can impede TV receiver
  • Digital optical cable not included
  • Struggles with dynamic film soundtracks


  • UKRRP: £79.95
  • USAunavailable
  • Europeunavailable
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

  • 120W of soundMost of 120W energy

  • ConnectionsBluetooth, AUX and digital optical inputs

  • SoundThree EQ presets in Film, Voice and Music


Soundbars of as we speak function loads of fancy tech, however after we get an opportunity, we wish to have a hearken to extra reasonably priced efforts.

So, step up the Majority Audio Snowdon II, a soundbar from the Cambridge-based firm that’s a less expensive, much less spectacular providing than its Dolby Atmos Sierra Plus mannequin.

Some are more than pleased to accept a easy bar that improves the sound of their TV. Simply how effectively does the Snowdon II obtain that objective? Right here’s my verdict.


  • Too huge to sit down in entrance of most TVs
  • LED indicator mild for sign enter
  • Optical cable not included

The Majority Snowdon II, very like the mountain in Wales it shares a reputation with, is a tall unit. At 8.3cm excessive it’s too huge to sit down in entrance of the bulk (ahem) of TVs, obstructing the TV’s IR receiver.

In the event you’re trying to pair it with a monitor with a telescopic stand it’ll be tremendous, however a clue to the Snowdon’s intentions are the wall-mounting brackets connected to its rear – and that almost all of the promotional photos on the Majority web site present the soundbar sitting under a wall-mounted TV.

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The aesthetics are pretty retrograde, together with the curved entrance panel, see-through grille, gray/black end, and buttons on the facet. In any case, it issues much less the way it appears and extra about the way it sounds.

Across the again are RCA and optical digital inputs, with a line-in positioned on the Snowdon’s facet. The Majority solely ships with a RCA and auxiliary cable, which means you’ll must be sure to have an optical cable at hand to hook up with a TV.

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The show (or reasonably LED mild) is within the high right-hand nook and adjustments color relying on the enter chosen (blue for Bluetooth, yellow for optical). That’s just about all it may possibly do with no means to even gauge how loud the Snowdon goes, which appears like an oversight.

The distant is small, mild, and well-built, that includes all of the buttons wanted. Surprisingly, turning the soundbar off can result in the TCL Roku it was related to turning off as effectively, which you would possibly assume is useful till you flip the TV on first after which flip it off once more after powering up the soundbar.

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  • Customisable EQ
  • Bluetooth help

There’s no point out of Dolby or DTS audio; the briefest glimpse into any audio help is the point out of switching the audio (in your TV’s settings) to PCM.

Inputs embrace (at the least in keeping with the guide), RCA, auxiliary, Bluetooth, USB, and ARC, although the final two aren’t supported, which suggests there’s an error within the guide. There’s no point out of the Bluetooth specification both.

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Buttons on the distant principally carry over to the bar, positioned on the right-hand facet together with the auxiliary enter, quantity, supply switching, Bluetooth pairing and energy buttons. The distant options EQ customization of bass and treble, although this comes with a caveat that EQ is disabled for Dialog and Film modes.

With Music and Flat presets, EQ is enabled, and music will be adjusted from 0dB to 8dB and Flat from -8dB to 8dB. Flat can be the button to press to reset all EQ changes.

Sound High quality

  • Punchy bass
  • Agency supply of dialogue
  • Good Bluetooth efficiency

Low cost will be shorthand for nasty the place audio is worried, however the Majority Snowdon II avoids that pitfall. There are strengths and weaknesses, however by way of bettering a flatscreen TV’s audio it’s a passable win for the Snowdon II.

It’s a 2.1 system with an built-in subwoofer that produces a constantly clear, and at occasions punchy, supply. Don’t take punchy to imply the subwoofer hits the depths of low frequencies, because it lacks outright weight. When extra extension is known as for, the Snowdon finds itself on hole floor.

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When Wanda and Professor X launch right into a psychic battle in Marvel’s Dr Unusual sequel there’s a ripple of bass to be heard, however with extra testing soundtracks – Blade Runner 2049 as an example – there’s distortion invoked within the opening credit.

When requested to go deep the Majority turns into distinctly uncomfortable with the movie’s propensity for tub-thumping bass. There’s a concavity and buzzing side to its efficiency that’s evident when Okay drives over a desolate Los Angeles panorama. Fortunately, the Snowdon gained’t must take care of movies as dynamic as 2049 too usually.

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With 120W of energy at its disposal the Majority makes an honest fist of the struggle scenes in 2049, although the tussle between Sapper Morton and Okay doesn’t ship the wallop and painful thuds because the equally priced Groov-e 160 soundbar does.

Dialogue is relayed clearly in Dr Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, although Cumberbatch’s ‘distinctive’ New York tones register slightly too bassy and laborious. Streaming TV sequence Trade on iPlayer and its evident there’s a firmness to the Snowdon’s vocal supply. Watching Regular Individuals, there’s slightly distortion with some voices however to not the extent it distracts.

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Switching to the Dialog preset minimises Film Mode’s bassy register, although the Film preset is mockingly clearer and extra pure in its supply. Dialogue can be positioned effectively on the 55-inch display screen the bar is partnered with, with treble clear and comparatively sharply reproduced to be distinct from the remainder of the frequency vary.

There may be the availability to regulate the sound with the Flat EQ, however there’s a trade-off within the Film preset sounding larger in comparison with Flat sounding impartial and cleaner. My choice was to stay with the heat and scale of Film.

There are respectable dynamic shifts to the extra horror-tinged scenes and Danny Elfman’s rating to offer some influence in Dr Unusual 2, and the Majority Snowdon II could make a ruckus prefer it does within the scene the place Unusual, America Chavez and Christine are being chased by Wanda within the sewers; or the motion scenes in Tenet as gunshots explode with loads of punch, and there’s scale and loudness given to scenes similar to when a 747 aircraft crashes right into a constructing.

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Streaming audio over a Bluetooth connection is healthier than anticipated. Readability is nice, avoiding the muddiness usually related to a Bluetooth connection. Audio spans the width of the bar, presenting loads of area for vocals whereas stability throughout the frequency vary is respectable, although bass can sound ill-defined when dealing with a observe similar to Nelly Furtado’s Maneater.

Bass will be adjusted, but it surely doesn’t have a lot of an impact in both route. I additionally seen the angle of the audio system helped fireplace audio in the direction of ear top, lifting the audio from the bar higher than the Groov-e 160 soundbar might accomplish.

In terms of gaming, a play of Gran Turismo 7 on the PS5 doesn’t sound as shrill at greater volumes because the Groov-e. The Majority Snowden II is the extra composed of the 2, which makes for a extra detailed, much less blaring sound than the Groov-e. In the event you want an reasonably priced bar for some gaming, it’s a strong choice.

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Must you purchase it?

An reasonably priced soundbar to go along with your wall-mounted TV:

The design of the Snowdon lends itself higher to being wall-mounted or sitting beneath a wall-mounted TV. That, and it’s a strong improve over a TV’s personal sound system.

In the event you’re after one thing extra cinematic:

The built-in subwoofer is respectable sufficient, however its lack of depth and extension with low frequencies is noticeable. In the event you’re after extra cinematic punch, it’s price contemplating a bar/wi-fi sub combo.

Ultimate Ideas

The Majority Snowdon II doesn’t attempt something fancy and by way of bettering a TV’s audio on a funds it’s a convincing improve.

Whereas it delivers a punchy sound, if you happen to’re anticipating loads of bass from its built-in subwoofer then the Snowdon is restricted. Its agency dialogue supply does incur some hardness, but it surely doesn’t overly upset the stability it’s going for.

The design is healthier suited to wall-mounting, or at the least sat beneath a display screen with loads of clearance. The omission of a digital optical cable is an odd one, however for these on a funds trying to improve their house cinema or desktop gaming setup, the Snowdon is a strong funds purchase.

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Does the Majority Snowdon II include a HDMI port?

There’s no HDMI help with the Snowdon II. Connecting to a TV depends on its optical output (though a cable for that isn’t offered).






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