Last Updated on December 13, 2022
EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our full review of this sound bar here.
When I bought my home years ago, I starting thinking about upgrading my TV situation. At that time I was still toiling with a small tube TV, and while that was adequate for my little apartment, it was not up to par for my larger house living room. I eventually purchased my first HDTV.
The sound that came out of that HDTV was … well, adequate. It was fine for watching the news in the morning. But for watching a movie or big sporting event, it felt uninspired. That would eventually get me to searching for a sound solution that could match the screen.
The problem with sound solutions? They’re not necessarily cheap. Putting together set of quality speakers can run the tab up quickly, to say nothing of the receiver necessary to power them. In addition, you’ve got to find proper spaces for everything, arrange it all, power everything, and connect it all together. A good home theater setup can be well worth it, but there is labor involved to get there.
One popular intermediate option is a sound bar. A sound bar typically connects directly to the TV, allowing for easy setup, and many of them have versatile placement options, including wall mounting.
Most people tend to gravitate toward big brands when shopping for sound bars. But if you’re looking for a budget option, those are out there, too … including one from Aldi.
What We Know:
The Medion Sound Bar (Product Code: 708014) is an Aldi Find. That means it’s only in stores for a limited time. Stores will get a single shipment, and once they’re sold out, there won’t be any more until they come back, whenever that might be. If you can’t find any in your store, you’re out of luck and can’t order one online.
Medion is an Aldi-exclusive brand. Unlike many Aldi brands, though, it’s actually a company: Medion is a German subsidiary of Chinese tech giant Lenovo. Medion makes a number of tech products for Aldi, both in the United States and in other countries.
At the time of this post, this sound bar costs $49.99. That’s on the low end of prices for a sound bar, and it’s a fraction of the cost of your big name bars, which can run $150 or more.
Based on the photos Aldi has provided on its site, the sound bar appears to have connections for RCA, 3.5 mm, and optical. There is no mention of Bluetooth, and no indication that it supports HDMI.
What We Don’t Know:
In addition to the uncertainty over Bluetooth and HDMI (which I assume is not supported), we don’t know how easily this particular sound bar sets up, how rich the sound is, or how long it lasts. We’ve created this open thread for users to share their experiences.
Do you have experience with this sound bar? Let us know about it in the comments.