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Anko Gaming USB Powered Sound Bar with Bluetooth & LED Lights $10 (Was $25) + Delivery ($3 C&C) @ Kmart

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Upgrade from low-grade speakers with this sound bar and take your gaming and music listening to a whole new level!
(Not sure how low-grade your speakers have to be for this to sound better…)

Product Details:
* Includes 2 x 5W speakers

Dimensions/Size:
* Product dimensions: 41.8cm (L) x 7cm (H) x 6cm (W)

Features:
* Bluetooth V5.0
* Built in USB power cable
* 7 LED light modes
* USB powered
* Aux cable

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  • +39 votes

    Might be an upgrade from listening to your ear buds when they're not in your ears and just hang in around your neck…

    • +2 votes

      Probably perfect for killing the office silence with some low key tunes.

      • +1 vote

        Cheaper speakers can actually work on the smallest setting in this environment because it has no highs or lows, just white noise mids.

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        Some brown notes would be recommended

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      Hi Togsy, unrelated but I couldn't PM you. I wanted to ask what your thoughts were on the nanit baby monitoring system you used?

      Cheers!

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        PM'd

  • +32 votes

    Upgrade from low-grade speakers

    2 x 5W speakers

    These ARE low-grade speakers.

    • +17 votes

      Upgrade from low grade speaker to low grade speaker

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        Probably, but to be fair, the reviews don't seem too bad (given the price).

        • +3 votes

          I can't trust anyone seriously reviewing Kmart electronics.

          • +1 vote

            @Tacooo: To be fair, their gaming microphones are actually very decent for the price.

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      Reasonable upgrade from smartphone loudspeaker.
      Nothing more

      But for $10 ????

  • +6 votes

    Annoying thing with these is that each time you turn it off or lower the volume way down, it will switch to Bluetooth mode. Returned mine.

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      I'll check mine out when it arrives to gauge my tolerance of this.

      Can the lights be turned off?

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        Ye, hopefully it was just my unit.

        I think you cant turn the lights off.

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          Nothing a pair of sidecutters can't fix.

      • +1 vote

        There's a button just below the volume dial that cycles the lights (pick your favourite colour) and turns them off.

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      That's good to know. Cheers for the info!

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    Cheap chromecast audio? Is that what it is?

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      This only allows Bluetooth connectivity, not casting over wifi.

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        Includes 3.5mm auxiliary cable so direct stereo (not digital) cable connection as well if your TV is old enough to have one.

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    might be an upgrade if you were using a PC speaker

    • +6 votes

      I still enjoy the sound of enabling sticky keys

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      What about my motherboard speaker? I have RGB in my case.

  • +1 vote

    They might be worth a shot if it has passive radiators to enhance the bass, but can't complain for $10, particularly with Bluetooth built in.

  • +2 votes

    If your speakers sounds like this, then it'll be an "upgrade".

    • +9 votes

      Just played that through my Sonos Beam and it definitely sounds like that. Can't wait to replace it with the Anko!

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    Wonder if these are better than Low end 4k Hisense TV.

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      Probably about the same
      Speakers that fire directly towards you help with immersion though

    • +2 votes

      doubt it. at least in the TV they can go large and cheap.

      in the soundbar they can only go small and cheap.

      • +1 vote

        Not necessarily, modern TVs don’t have much thickness to house decent speakers, which is why all of them, even TVs that costs thousands of $$ sound worse than a $200 soundbar. The shortest side of this sound bar is 6cm, how many TVs have 6cm of interior depth to house a speaker (when you account for the screen thickness)? Depth of a speaker is just as important as the circumference.

  • +12 votes

    I've used these.
    SIGNIFICANTLY better than most TV speakers, and every monitor speaker I've heard.
    These are actually quite good.

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      I only know Sony tvs and any sort of low-mid range Sony tv speakers would be far better than this soundbar. Epecially if youre also playing back Atmos content.

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        Of course; you can't take the peak of premium brands, then be shocked when a $10 product under performs it.

        I bet ferraris are faster than holdens too; but its a silly place to start an attempt at like comparisons.

        • +1 vote

          You're the one that said "significantly better than most". I'll revise that any and all Sony range of tv's have far better sound than this sort of soundbar, even the very low end, dont need to be peak anything. I would stick to tv speaker than this thing.

      • +3 votes

        Yeah, but Sony TVs are full of flies.

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    Why is it called a gaming sound bar?

    • +7 votes

      I think it's because of the RGB LED features. Anything in their (Anko) range that has LED lights are tagged as gaming.

      • +14 votes

        Cool so that means I've got a gaming kitchen because I installed RGB&W led strip light under my top cabinets.

        • +3 votes

          I've got a gaming toaster.

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          Yeah the whole "rgb anything = gaming" trend was started by Razer and proliferated into all sorts of random companies.

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          Got ambient lighting in my car.. Gaming car ??

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            @Xiaomate: If its RGB sure.

            Im not sure why people are shocked at this specific new buzz word.

            I mean, if we're talking cars, "skyactive", "earthcare", " lev", "bluemotion".

            Taking a specific feature and adding a new buzzword is common.

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    My local stores cleared them out ages in favour of the new ones I've seen all over AliExpress. Worth it just for the RGB alone.

  • +6 votes

    Used to have this. sound was not bad but wouldn’t recommend anyway

    Switches to Bluetooth every time turned on, even if using aux cable

    Lady talks when switching modes or connecting to Bluetooth every time which is annoying

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      I'm guessing the button with the M would be for switching modes manually? So, I'm guessing if I want to use it only in AUX mode I'd have to switch it from Bluetooth to AUX every time I power it on?

      • +1 vote

        Yes. It resets to Bluetooth mode if you turn it off or reduce the volume all the way down and try to increase the volume back up again. What's more annoying is that with the RGB lights reset as well.
        Best to keep it turned on all the time.

    • +2 votes

      I had the same issue with the lady talking when switching modes, so I opened up the unit and cut the wire going to the speaker. Now I just enjoy the lights.

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    Can it be easily wall mounted?

    • +15 votes

      Did you really look at the dimensions? You could literally staple it to your ass.

  • -1 vote

    Does this work with ps4pro/ps5? Preferably USB.
    Need of cheap cups for background sometimes.

    • +2 votes

      This is USB powered not USB audio.

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    Is that a good idea to buy it for TV?

    • +3 votes

      Not a good idea to buy it at all.

    • +1 vote

      For $10, if you are willing to repurpose it for something else if the TV idea doesn't work out, why not?

      If you have better use for your $10 then perhaps not.

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    Showing out of stock for delivery now

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      Still showing in stock for me. Give it another go?

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    I listen to my laptop speakers which are under the table. These will be heaven.

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    TV manufacturers have standardized on digital optical audio output jacks for many years.

    The 3.5mm stereo output is indeed very rare nowadays rendering the included 3.5mm auxiliary audio cable and connection rather useless for TV connection.

    Yet very few sound bars and Bluetooth speakers have a digital optical audio input. (including these ones)
    Rather they rely on Bluetooth connection which only the high end smart TVs have.

    Somehow there is a great "disconnect" here

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      This particular sound bar was designed for PCs not TVs and for a specific budget market, so it's forgiveable.

      But yes, any sound bar that is designed for TVs should have optical input as a standard. I bought the RAR soundbar sold by the previous Dick Smith and even that had optical input.

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        Haha our RAR soundbar is still going strong too! Quite decent, don't regret buying. So funny.

  • +3 votes

    Just picked it up, for $10 I honestly can't complain. Has rgb and Bluetooth. Sounds better than a typical monitor speaker. My monitor doesn't have a speaker so this is a substitute.

    95% of the time i have a headset, for the other occasional 5% this is just fine.

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    Worth just for the USB powered BT module with Aux output and a volume knob. You can use the internals or just plugin a better sounding pair of regular speakers into the headphone port on the side to make them BT speakers!
    I have a an old Logitech 2.1 system that I’ve been wanting to convert to BT, Might get one of thsese if I can find one at my local store.

  • +1 vote

    Try with FxSound equalizer software, a significant improvement for sound quality IMO ;)

  • +2 votes

    It's crap, the plastic is so cheap that the speaker can't even sit flat on a desk.

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    Must of got a dud. It wants to connect to bluetooth even is selected to line in mode. And both modes disconnect. Taking them back.

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    This or Sonos?

    Hmmm…

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    Was going to get one for when playing retro games (WinUAE etc) as my Akimate speakers died recently. I have to push the PC sound through my surround sound theatre at the moment as I dont have anything else. While it's great for music and movies it's overkill for retro gaming.

    Went to Kmart at Toowong. 1 left but scanned at $25 so I didn't bother. Goodluck!

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    Still plenty of stock. At this rate I won't be surprised if it's reduced to $5 at some stage.

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    More cheap crap for me too add to my collection lolz 😁🤣👍

    Edit: does it come with a remote as I don't see one?

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      No remote control.

      Potentially supports voice activated controls if you have someone around you.

      "Hey you, would you mind turning down the volume dial on the $10 gaming soundbar? Don't turn it down by too much as it will power off the device and we will have to set it up all over again."

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        Umm guess wouldn't need it say like my Fetch I can change the volume on it,..

        There must be better Al cheapo sound bars out there so give this one a miss 🤣

  • +3 votes

    Just got mine today. Won't get compliments if you are using it to DJ at a party, but for online videos and background music it's actually quite good for a $10 BNIB product.

    A few operational things to note :
    1) The lights can be turned off. There's a button that allows you to cycle through the different lighting modes with every single press and the last option is the one that turns off the lights.

    2) On/off is controlled by the volume dial. Turn it all the way down and you will sense click that locks it in "power off". To turn it back on, turn the dial up and it will click it to "power on".

    3) Every time you power on the device, it will be in bluetooth mode. If you want to use AUX in mode you will have to hold down the button (same button as the cycling of lighting modes) until the voice tells you it's in line-in mode.

    4) Now, the thing to note is as you turn the volume down close to the "power off" zone, the potentiometer will prematurely be at the "power off" zone and will power off the device before you actually sense the click. Annoying if you intend to only lower down the volume. This means your bluetooth will have to reconnect, or if you only use it with AUX in you will have to re-engage point number 3 above.

    I am using mine as an AUX-in device. The way I will use it is to leave it powered on all the time, with the lights in off mode, with AUX-in mode selected, and the volume dial untouched (control volume via computer).

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    $7 today

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    Link doesn't seem too work for me error on Web page 🤣

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    Found an empty box. Dug a bit deeper and saw one right at the back on the lowest shelf. Scanned at $4. Bargain!