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Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar – Soundbar redefined

With the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar, the Danish company SL Audio A/S is presenting a solution that redefines what a so-called soundbar is capable of, as the very first Steinway Lyngdorf brand soundbar is advertised.

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  • It is the first Steinway Lyngdorf brand soundbar that SL Audio A/S is now presenting with the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar.

The company SL Audio A/S is normally known for solutions in the HiFi and Home cinema sector as well as custom installation, which can be considered to be of a quality level that is clearly in the absolute High-end segment. Hardly anyone would therefore think that the Danes would bring something as “banal” as a soundbar onto the market, but that is exactly what SL Audio A/S is now doing with the Steinway Lyngdorf brand.

With the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar, a Steinway Lyngdorf brand soundbar is now actually available for the first time, although it should be clear that this solution has little in common with a conventional soundbar.

The redefinition of the term soundbar

The Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar completely redefines what is usually understood by a soundbar, as SL Audio A/S clearly claims. It is said to be a solution that plays at the same high level as all other Steinway Lyngdorf brand solutions, and of course, in the tried and tested manner, the company was not prepared to make any compromises here either.

“The new soundbar is not of inferior quality or a compromise on sound like many other soundbar solutions. I think you’ll see that the size and appearance signal that it’s not a compromise, but rather this product is intended for a smaller setup, with the same Steinway Lyngdorf quality. It’s for installations where our other products don’t fit, but you still want a Steinway product with your TV.”

Thomas Birkelund, Managing Director and CTO at Steinway Lyngdorf

The world’s largest and most powerful soundbar

To back up this statement, the company even refers to the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar as the world’s largest and most powerful soundbar, using all the expertise it has gained over the years in the development of high-performance speaker systems.

The result is what the manufacturer itself describes as a high-performance design. This initially relies on two 10-inch long-throw woofers with aluminium cones, particularly strong neodymium magnets in the drive unit and a particularly rigid, flow-optimised aluminium suspension. Three AirMotion Transformer tweeters with Kapton foil and neodymium magnets in the drive unit are used for the treble range, and three drivers are used for the all-important mid-range frequency range, which also feature an anodised 5.25-inch aluminium cone and powerful neodymium magnets in the drive unit to guarantee a consistently clear, detailed sound image and a frequency range between 40 Hz and 20 kHz. This should also be ensured by particularly powerful amplifiers; Steinway & Sons A1 or Steinway & Sons A2 Digital Power Amplifiers with twice 400 watts or even four times 400 watts of power are recommended here.

Of course, a particularly solid housing is required to ensure that such power can be fully utilised. To this end, the developers have opted for an extremely rigid and indeed heavy enclosure consisting of milled, solid aluminium front and rear panels. This construction houses a low-resonance MDF frame with five acoustically separated chambers inside.

Exquisite design

It goes without saying that the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar is also based on Steinway Lyngdorf’s tried-and-tested exquisite design line.

The Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar features a black front with gold-plated frames around the tweeters and bronze-gold lacquered sides with black strings reminiscent of a piano and musical instruments.

Naturally, the Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar is assembled and finished by hand in Skive, Denmark, to the same quality standards as a Steinway & Sons piano, which should give this soundbar its distinctive appearance and longevity. For the sake of completeness, it should be noted that customer-specific finishes and refinements can of course be realised on request.

It should be noted that this solution weighs an impressive 48 kg with dimensions of 1.890 x 300 x 104 mm.

Part of the whole – Integrated Systems Approach

Finally, it should also be mentioned that the new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar does not stand alone, but is part of the extensive ecosystem of SL Audio A/S and can therefore be used almost at will with a wide variety of solutions from the company for the most diverse requirements.

The system approach taken here includes a wide range of other speaker systems, from Steinway & Sons stereo or surround processors to the company’s various powerful digital amplifiers. This also means that the Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar, in conjunction with the appropriate electronics, can also benefit from technologies such as the particularly accurate room calibration Lyngdorf RoomPerfect Technology.

“With the Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar, we are redefining what is possible from the audio performance of a soundbar. It’s an outstanding speaker for wall or furniture placement, with or without a TV, that takes the intensity and energy of music and film soundtracks seriously. With its immaculate paintwork and signature Steinway & Sons details, it is designed like no other soundbar.”

Roland Hoffmann, Head of Product Marketing at Steinway Lyngdorf

Prices and availability

The new Steinway & Sons Model S soundbar should be available towards the end of the year, as stated by the manufacturer during the presentation at High-end 2024. The exact price will also be announced at that time, but as a guide we can assume it will be around US$ 17.000,-.

Getting to the point

SL Audio A/S has set out to redefine the term soundbar in general with the new Steinway & Sons Model S Soundbar, the first Steinway Lyngdorf brand soundbar to be presented at High-End 2024 in Munich. It offers exceptional clarity, outstanding musicality and exceptionally powerful bass, combined with the characteristic design, materials and craftsmanship of the world’s best piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons, according to the Danes, who are also using their powerful digital amplifiers as a drive, as well as their DSP processors for optimal adaptation to a wide variety of rooms using Lyngdorf RoomPerfect Technology.

PRODUCTSteinway & Sons Model S Soundbar
Pricearound US$ 17.000,-
ManufacturerS/L Audio A/S
Distribution GermanyDREI H Vertriebs GmbH
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.at, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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