Nakamichi was a big name in hi-fi in the 80s, mainly for its high-tech tape decks. If you’re too young to remember those, they played rectangular “cassette tapes” that stored music on magnetic strips passed between two miniature reels.
As MiniDisc, CDs, MP3s and streaming music successively replaced cassettes, the company’s fortunes faded. Now the Nakamichi brand has been brought back to life and, after changing hands, its newest product is a sound bar, the Shockwafe Pro. And yes, that’s the way it’s actually spelled.
While it may not offer the latest cutting-edge tech — Wi-Fi and Dolby Atmos, for example — the Nakamichi does have bombastic performance on its side, and even sounds acceptable with music. It gives a natural sound with movies that’s bolstered by the performance of that huge sub. We still like the Vizio SB4551-D5 better than the Shockwafe overall, but the Nakamichi is a worthy competitor.
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