Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

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Votes 3 3
Rating 3.3 3.3

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 vs Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2
8
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8.2
4
4
Multichannel surround
10
10

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2
vs
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

Let's take a look at the comparison between Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 and Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. It will become clear that among these two devices, the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Elite 7.2 received 8 points out of 10 possible, and Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 was rated 8.2 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

  • We do not know advantages

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2

  • Comes with 4 separate speakers

Audio features

The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 is rated 9 of 10 against 10 for the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2
9
Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 and the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has 7.2.4 channels, while the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 9.2.4 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has 800 (overall) W, and 1000 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Built-in channels7.2.49.2.4
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W800 (overall)1000 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)24
Separate speaker connectionswiredwired

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 10 out of 10.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2
10
Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. If we consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both soundbars can work with this technology.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is included in each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHDDolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surround, DTS HDDTS Digital Surround, DTS HD

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. The streaming services category rating is the same - 9 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2
9
Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
9

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars. The streaming audio from Pandora, SoundCloud, it is possible to listen to each of soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudPandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2
8
Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The competitors in this comparison has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/13/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/01/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In our case, the ability to control the soundbar using the app is not implemented in any of the competitors. None of these soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.23.1/7.2
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