We are already familiar with the fact that the Nakamichi Company produces high-quality audio systems. It successfully delivers the best systems which are somewhere between soundbars and full range home theatre systems.
One such product is the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 and it definitely deserves to be listed as the AudioReputation editor’s pick in the “Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems” category.
We can say that you won’t find a system of such quality in this price range so read this article first before you make your purchase.
Features and Specifications
If you have been using any sound system you have to admit that it wouldn’t be the same without a subwoofer. You will definitely miss that depth of sound and the low bass which makes everything sound just like it should. Do you agree?
And now imagine having two subwoofers. Wouldn’t it be great? Well, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 brings you just that.
If we had to describe the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 sound system we would say – complex. With this soundbar you get high-quality sound supported by two subwoofers. It also comes with four 2-way speakers. You can position these speakers at the back for a better surround sound experience. It works perfectly well with Dolby Audio and Neural:X. As an additional feature we would mention the wireless connectivity. Using your wireless connection or Bluetooth is easier than ever.
The Nakamichi Shockwafe 9.2 can be connected to the TV with a HDMI cable. In this case you will be able to use the TV’s remote to control the system and the system will also shut down when you turn off the TV. There are different opinions about this, some people like it, others don’t, so it’s up to you to decide whether you find it useful or not.
Build Quality and Design
If we take a look at the build quality of the Nakamichi Shockwafe 9.2 we can see that it has been made of high-quality PVC. At first sight it seems like the kind of PVC that can easily handle any shock. Maybe this is where it got its name from. Of course, it wouldn’t be wise to drop the unit intentionally just to see whether this is true. You will have to trust us and your eyes on this one.
The best way to position the Nakamichi Shockwafe 9.2 speakers would be in the corners of the room. This will allow the sound to circulate into the room towards the listener. This is also made easier thanks to the high-quality wall mounting brackets that come within the package.
Normally when you buy a sound system you can expect to get one soundbar, one subwoofer and two speakers. With the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 you get almost the double – two subwoofers and four speakers. You will be amazed with the details and precision compared to the traditional sound systems.
When we talk about surround formats we have to say that 5.1 is the most popular one and you alredy know that. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 supports that format perfectly. But there is more – it supports much more formats than the market hast to offer today, so you can consider this as a long-term investment. There will be no need to upgrade your system for a very long time.
One of the features we liked most in this system is the possibility to adjust the sound levels on your own. This will definitely boost your sound experience and is a feature which is normally found in much expensive home theater systems. However, don’t think that once you set the sound levels once you have set them up for good. You will still have to make some tweaks now and then when watching movies.
Setup and Ease of Use
The setup of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is neither too easy nor too difficult. We can say that it fits somewhere in between. In most cases people have had problems with the setup process because of some compatibility issues with their TV sets. But with a little help of the customer support the problem was successfully resolved. However, if you want to stay safe from such problems it is wise to check the compatibility of this system and your TV before the purchase. On the other hand, if you already have it, then just follow the instructions closely and you won’t have any problems with the setup.
As for the remote, it is easy to learn how to use it. And to make things even better you can use your TV remote which is, you have to admit, much more comfortable.
Price vs. Quality
Based on the price of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 we can’t really say it is “budget friendly”. However, when you compare it in the terms price vs. quality then this system beats the competition. If you are trying to think of any reason why not to buy this system, there isn’t any.
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 system is definitely worth the investment. Yes, it will take some time to install it properly (but not too much time), but once you get used to it, you will realize it’s the best investment you have ever made.
The extra components, compared to the standard systems, will just help you have a much better sound experience. Having all this in mind it’s easy to figure out why is the Nakamichi brand well respected in the audio industry. It offers top-class technology at affordable prices and it’s definitely an investment worth thinking about.