Xiaomi has launched a new soundbar in India. Called the Mi Soundbar, it's priced at INR 4,999 ($71) and will be available exclusively through Mi.com and Mi Home stores starting January 16.
The Mi Soundbar has eight drivers, consisting of two tweeters, two woofers and four passive radiators, all of which are powered by a 28W amplifier. The soundbar accepts optical, coaxial, RCA, and line-in inputs. It also has Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity. For whatever reason, Xiaomi does not provide a remote control for the unit, and it's not clear if it supports one at all.
Overall, it looks like a well-designed, affordable soundbar for basic listening but the relatively low power rating and the lack of a remote means you should definitely try it out first before purchasing.
Xiaomi also launched two new televisions. First is the Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55 that has a 4K HDR panel, 20W speakers, Xiaomi's PatchWall UI built on top of Android TV OS and a new 64-bit quad-core Amlogic processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB storage and improved image processing. This model is priced at INR 39,999 ($568).
The other is the Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43, which has a 1080p display, 20W speakers, PatchWall UI, and a quad-core Amlogic processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. This model is priced at INR 22,999 ($327).
To adjust the volume? I thought that was obvious since you can't do it from the TV if you connect it using the optical cable.
The Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43 was already available on the Mi store for some time. Bought mine in November. Strange!!
I've had this soundbar for months, it's not new. But I can tell you that without a remote you cannot adjust its volume or change its mode without physically touching it.