Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs ZVOX SB380 review

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Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs ZVOX SB380 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8.2
4
4
4

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs ZVOX SB380 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
vs
ZVOX SB380

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs ZVOX SB380 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 was rated 8.2, while the ZVOX SB380 has a rating 4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 and power, volume down, volume up, input for the SB380.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 9.2.4 and SB380 has 3.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 1000 (overall) versus 45 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Rate 10 out of 10 received the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 for audio features and specs, but the ZVOX SB380 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. We rated the connectivity of the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 at 8 out of 10, while the SB380 was rated 4/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. The Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 was rated 10/10, while the SB380 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 over ZVOX SB380

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

  • Built-in subwoofer
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
ZVOX SB380

Model

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
SB380

Brand

Nakamichi
ZVOX

Reviews

2241
581

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

9.2.4
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

1000 (overall)
45

Separate speaker (in package)

4
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
0/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
4/9.8

Other

Release year

2018
2017
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
ZVOX SB380
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
ZVOX SB380

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 4
  • 8.2Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
  • 4ZVOX SB380