Fluance’s AB40 High Performance Soundbase is one other in an extended line of well-built, high-value house audio merchandise (although there have been occasional exceptions). This speaker delivers a chest-punching efficiency that’s certain to please house theater aficionados on a price range. Read on to search out out why I preferred the AB40 Soundbase a lot.

What’s a soundbase?

Don’t confuse Fluance’s AB40 Soundbase with a soundbar. A soundbase is particularly designed to sit down on a cupboard and assist the burden of a tv. Soundbase enclosures are usually bodily greater and deeper—although usually not as extensive—as soundbars. A soundbase can’t be mounted on a wall. A soundbar, in distinction, is usually designed to hold on a wall or sit on a cupboard in entrance of your TV.

Soundbases might be put inside cupboards, too. If you select to do that, observe the person guide’s advice and transfer the soundbase as near the entrance edge as attainable to realize optimum audio efficiency. Should you select an in-cabinet placement, let your ears be your information. Fluance’s AB40 Soundbase lacks a bass contour change or EQ for closed areas, so that you received’t have the ability to tone down the unit’s wonderful bass response. Given that it’s a ported design, you would possibly get overly boomy bass with an in-cabinet placement.


The Fluance AB40 Soundbase is a two-way design, with six energetic drivers.

Build high quality

The very first thing you’ll discover in regards to the AB40 is its dimension. This child is huge—and it must be to assist TVs. It measures 3.9 inches tall by 26 inches extensive by 14 inches deep, and it has a tank-like building. I famous the Soundbase’s 24-pound heft whereas unpacking it. There’s no trace of low cost plastic anyplace within the cupboard. Fluance says the Soundbase is rated to assist TVs as much as 65 inches extensive and weighing as much as 150 kilos.

Should your TV have a single pedestal, you’re all set. If you have got a TV with toes greater than 26 inches aside (such because the 65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum I used to be utilizing), you’ll have a possible drawback. The Soundbase’s 3.9-inch peak made it too tall to slip underneath the Vizio, so I needed to put the Vizio’s legs on wooden blocks to elevate the TV excessive sufficient to offer the wanted clearance.

Fluance’s AB40 Soundbase is available in your selection of black or “lucky bamboo” veneer finishes. My assessment pattern got here in black. The Soundbase makes use of the identical high-quality wooden veneer end as Fluance’s different audio system. Fit and end handed muster.

The included remote is high quality. Fluance

A high-quality distant management is included.

The perforated entrance grille is all metallic and conceals the Soundbase’s two-way, six-driver system: Two 1.0-inch silk dome tweeters, and 4 3.0-inch aluminum cones with rubber surrounds. A 90-watt Class D amplifier does the heavy lifting.


The AB40 Soundbase is all about audio efficiency. You will, nonetheless, discover some primary high-tech options. The AB40 Soundbase sports activities a 3D DSP mode and a bass-boost EQ setting. The former supposedly creates a “more room-filling soundstage” whereas the latter boosts the amount of low-end frequencies. These synthetic modes hardly ever attraction to me personally (and that hasn’t modified right here), although you would possibly discover them euphonic in your house setting. DTS Virutal:X, which is my favourite amongst DSP modes, isn’t out there on the AB40.

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