Located just ten miles from CALIBRE’s office, Majority is something of a Cambridge success story, but you could be forgiven for having never heard of the company.
Its products are all designed in its Cambridge offices, with promises of cutting edge design and high-end performance. As the producer of the world’s first Alexa-enabled DAB radio, there’s certainly evidence of innovation, but prices are surprisingly low thanks to an almost obsessive focus on cutting out middlemen and relying seemingly exclusively on selling via Amazon.
That explains why this Majority K2 soundbar with a wireless subwoofer is listed at just under £80. You usually get what you pay for, but does the K2 punch above its weight?
Majority K2 Soundbar: What Is It?
Open the box and you’ll find a pretty conventional soundbar. It’s a 75cm long cuboid, just six centimetres or so tall and deep. The subwoofer is, as you’d expect, a little larger at 28cm high, and 20cm wide and deep. The bar is presented in polished black plastic (there’s a white version available, too) with a black mesh grille (or white) along the front, running the full width of the bar.
The subwoofer doesn’t quite match, with a matt black finish and stubby chrome legs to keep the speaker from the floor. It sits a couple of centimetres off the floor, thanks to those legs, and status a total of 28cm high. It’s a wireless subwoofer, too, so there’s no need to have audio cables across your living room. You’ll still need a power socket, of course.
Connectivity options are strong – far stronger than you would have any right to expect at this price point. Sound can be sent to the soundbar via USB, an aux input, HDMI with Arc compatibility, and even via an optical cable. To make matters even more impressive, cables for all options are included in the box. Take that, Denon.
The remote control feels cheap, but does the job. Options are limited, with basic bass and treble controls, mode switching, and the ability to turn the LED display on or off. Should you lose the controller, a set of physical switches are found on the side of the bar.
Inside the subwoofer is a four-inch 75-watt driver facing south, while the soundbar has four whole-range drivers.
Majority K2 Soundbar: What’s It Like?
With an advertised 150-watt output, you can’t expect the K2 to offer stadium-filling sound, but there’s more power than you’ll find in many other rivals; JBL’s Bar 2.0 manages just 80 watts, and doesn’t come with a subwoofer.
Four speaker drivers inside the casing provide the sound, but the claims of virtual surround sound are a little wide of the mark (and the offering of just 2.1-channel audio belies the claim) but that’s true of most soundbars. However, the bar is wide so separation between the left and right channels is good but, inexplicably, the drivers aren’t spaced equally across the width of the bar leaving the sound slightly focussed to the left.
Still, the sound is clear and sharp. Treble is precise, with little clipping, and the midrange is punchy enough. Unfortunately, despite the addition of that 75-watt subwoofer, bass notes are notable by their absence. Three equaliser modes can improve things, depending on the sound source, but you’ll never feel that thump through the air.
But the performance must take into account the price. Compared to a budget brand, the Majority K2 is impressive, offering solid performance and a host of extras that you’ll struggle to find on products many times its price.
As a replacement to the built-in speakers of your television, the K2 is a winner. It’s a definite upgrade, and improves sound significantly (at least on the modern Panasonic unit we tested it on) but it won’t give you that home-cinema feeling. The incredible bass notes in Tron, with the soundtrack by Daft Punk, fades to nothing, but Richard Osman’s House of Games fares far better.
It’s really only that lack of bass that lets the K2 down, to the extent that you can’t help but think eschewing the subwoofer and dropping the price even further might have created an unbeatable budget offering. As it is, it looks good and is impressively capable, but you’ll probably want to limit it to a spare room or the kid’s PlayStation setup.
What: Majority K2 Soundbar
How much: £80
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