When it comes to audio components, soundbars are a great addition for any home, providing a significant improvement over built-in TV speakers and helping to create an immersive audio experience. However, when looking for the best placement for a soundbar, some may consider placing it in a cabinet or a closed entertainment unit. While this can be done, it is important to consider the pros and cons and take the necessary steps to pick the correct cabinet for the job.
You can put a soundbar in a cabinet, but it must be an open-facing cabinet. Otherwise, the sound quality will be muffled and the remote’s IR signals will be blocked.
What are the Pros and Cons of Placing a Soundbar in a Cabinet?
If you want to place your soundbar in a cabinet, there are a few important things to consider: space, ventilation, and room for connections and some overall pros and cons.
- The soundbar is hidden
- Neat and tidy with minimal clutter
- The sound quality may be muffled
- A closed cabinet may overheat and damage the soundbar
- The remote signal may not be able to reach the soundbar through a closed cabinet
How to Make a Cabinet Work for a Soundbar?
If you are still committed to the idea then look for these 3 important features when choosing a cabinet or entertainment unit:
Lots of Space
Make sure the cabinet has enough space to fit the soundbar and leave room for ventilation on all sides; ideally 3 inches all around.
Make sure to provide optimal ventilation surrounding the soundbar, ideally with an open shelf style cabinet.
Room for Connections
You’ll need to make sure there is enough room and accessibility for all of your soundbar's connections.
Floating entertainment stands can be a great choice for a soundbar cabinet as they provide lots of space, are open, and are designed to fit media components - just make sure you have good wire management so they can be properly tucked away.. You may also consider other placement options for your soundbar, such as mounting it below or above the TV, or placing it on an open shelf.
While putting a soundbar in a cabinet can be done, it is important to take the necessary steps to pick the correct cabinet for the job. Make sure to consider the space available, ensure proper ventilation, and make sure there is enough room for connections. Additionally, consider other placement options for your soundbar such as mounting it below or above the TV, or placing it on an open shelf. By taking the time to consider your options and find the best placement for your soundbar, you can ensure that you are getting the best audio experience possible.