PRISM+, a brand synonymous with TVs and monitors, had recently launched two soundbars: the Symphony, a 5.1.2 channel surround sound home theatre setup, and the Flow, a 2.1 channel stereo sound system.
We have received the PRISM+ Flow soundbar for review, which retails for RM1399, but as the time of writing, is being sold for RM749 on the official store.
PRISM+ Flow Specifications
|Speaker Output – Number of Channels||2.1ch|
|Speaker Output – Peak Power||240W|
|Soundbar Frequency Response||150Hz-20KHz|
|Subwoofer Frequency Response||40Hz-160Hz|
|Dolby Digital Plus||Yes|
|Wireless Music Streaming||Yes|
|Connectivity||HDMI 1.4 Arc|
What’s In The Box?
- PRISM+ Flow soundbar
- Power cable
- AUX cable
- HDMI cable
- Remote control
- AAA battery
- Wall mounting kit
- User manual
The PRISM+ Flow soundbar measures 890mm long, 82mm wide, and 58mm tall. The soundbar is equipped with two racetrack full-range drivers, and two mylar dome tweeters, with one set of drivers placed at each side. At the middle, you will find an LED indicator that indicates the connection it is on and volume levels. They are all covered by a front facing mesh grille that runs the length of the soundbar. The top looks clean too, as the control buttons are placed at the right edge.
You get a good looking remote controller too. It felt nice to the touch and has a badass battery “reloading” feature. It also has all the functions you need, including bass adjustment. No squatting down to adjust the bass via a knob.
The subwoofer is 313mm long, 170mm deep, and 340mm tall. It has a 6.5-inch front firing woofer design. The woofer unit is also wireless, so you can place it anywhere you like as long as it is within range. It is quite slim for the power it produces, making it relatively compact.
Overall, the build quality feels great, with good quality matte plastics and metal mesh.
The PRISM+ Flow comes with a plethora of connectivity options, namely HDMI 1.4 (ARC), Bluetooth 5.1, coaxial, AUX, optical, and USB playback. The connectivity options provide a ton of versatility to hook the soundbar up to TVs, gaming PCs, consoles and more. You can switch channels using the remote too.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of an entry level home theatre setup, but the PRISM+ Flow proved me wrong. While it is by no means a contender against something from Sonos or Bowers & Wilkins, the PRISM+ Flow sounded surprisingly decent for the aggressive price point.
Let’s first address the elephant in the room, the “surround” sound. At 2.1 channels, this effect is more akin to an artificial widening of the sound stage rather than a true 7.1 channel surround sound. The audio is forward facing, which means sound will project directly to the front of you instead of bouncing off ceilings and walls. Using some digital enhancements, you can get a simulated effect, which is good enough for most users.
The subwoofer delivered deep and punchy bass, and certainly did not sound muddy at all. It can be quite loud at maximum output, so I’d recommend adjusting it to feel the bass, rather than hearing it.
On to the soundbar. The highs and mids were pleasant and sounded more towards the warm side. The sound stage was excellent too, with decent sound separation that allows each instrument to sound distinct.
The audio signature is more towards a V shape, however you have some control over the bass and treble response via the remote control. The PRISM+ Flow is also loud enough to fill a mid-sized apartment’s living room thanks to its 240W power.
While not mind-blowing, the PRISM+ Flow checks all the boxes on an entry-level home theatre system. With decent audio quality, loud volume and a wireless subwoofer, it is great for users who wants an easy to use, and fuss-free audio setup that sounds good out of the box.
For more information of the PRISM+ Flow, please visit the PRISM+ official website.