Nakamichi Shockwafe Review, Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Dual Subwoofers

Not too many people would mention Nakamichi in the same breath as Samsung, Sony, and Yamaha, but that doesn't upend that the company has been making quality consumer electronics since 1948.

With over 3,400 Amazon reviews, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel Soundbar has a lot going for it.

Furnished with two high-end subs and four-rear satellite speakers, I am blown away by the system's build and performance.

Let's take a deep dive and know why buyers have a huge appetite for this surround-sound pumper.

Product Specifications

 Nakamichi Shockwafe Soundbar

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  • Product grade: sound speakers
  • Audio channel: 9.2.4  channel configuration
  • SPL Loudness: 110dB
  • Power: up to 1000W
  • Dimensions (soundbar): 45.5" x 3.0" x 3.5"
  • Dimensions (subwoofer): 12.0" x 13.5" x 20.5"
    Provides DTS:X, DTS HD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
    360° far-reaching sound
    HDMI output with ARC support

Pros and Cons

What I like about the product

  • Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel is designed for those obsessed with immersive sound, especially when you're watching movies, thanks to 360° cinema surround capabilities. Double 10-inch soundbars set you up for an explosive listening experience.
  • Brims with several add-ons that make for a highly desirable pumper, including a control app, Bluetooth functionality, HDMI compatibility, and multivariate connectivity.
  • It is made with lightweight materials, a highly durable product.
  • Simple to set up. Only a few wires to bother about.

What I don't like about the product

  • Overemphasized bass and poor detail make it less ideal for most music categories and dialog.
  • Users will experience compression at maximum volume.

How can you set up the speaker system?

Wiring and connecting are a breeze. All you need to get started are already packed: wires, mounting kit, batteries, and an instruction manual. While connecting the subwoofers to a socket, the setup does not need to be connected to the soundbar itself. However, the four-rear speakers need wires to be wired to the subwoofers to function.

Shockwave sound bar also offers an HDMI arc, HDMI input and output, an analog 3.5 mm, and USB. A remote control gives you unbridled system control but can be quite large for people with small hands.

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Build quality

Nakamichi may not be front and center in the soundbar universe, but I feel the product build is excellent. Interestingly, this heavy-duty machine has a semblance to Samsung HW-Q90R by way of dimensions.

Two premium-quality external subwoofers and four rear satellite speakers are included and can be placed behind the room. Surround speakers possess rear-mounting holes and connections to the dual subwoofers.

Rating: 4.5/5

Sound quality

Don't expect a high-frequency response of Nakamichi soundbar. Set at a range of 48.3 Hz up to 5.7 kHz, the subwoofer will balance out when you're viewing a movie or playing some records.

In all honesty, I think it's a capable soundbar for those who are invested in loud, encapsulating sound. The manufacturer's eye for fine auditory details sees a lot of emphasis being placed on the audio direction. You'll hear small details uniformly instead of having them overpower you from all directions.

I almost forgot to mention Dolby's surround product functionality. Nakamichi Ultrasound 9.2 has some enviable Dolby Atmos Surround soundbars. Switch on and let Dolby Surround deliver DTS HD, DTS:X, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Atmos functionalities.

Interestingly, the two subwoofers and two-way tweeter produce a bass that rumbles to a room-drenching point. You will also find a "bass" button to tune lower frequencies, with several personalization selections available. However, I suggest that you tune things down a notch or two because. Things can be overwhelming during use.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Entirely black with silvery accents, Shockwafe looks unique. There is a metal grille protecting the front and side speakers. What's left of the soundbar is enclosed in plastic. Space management is another product highlight. Despite so many components, it takes up little space.

DTS:X soundbar has an enhancement perk tagged "room" - a function that alters the sound, switching to different settings accordingly without making your speakers buzz. Wireless subs can be placed on either side of the soundbar for deep bass output.

Bluetooth aptX capability allows you to stream your favorite tunes wirelessly from all your smart devices.

Rating: 4/5


For best results, wall-mounting is preferred. You can also place it lower than the T.V.

Display and interface

Five buttons help with control functions: two for volume control, one for inputs, one demo button, and a power button. Pretty conservative physical controls for a sound beast.

A mini display resting at the back of the grille displays your settings and menus - a feature that comes in handy when you have an up-close soundbar setup.

Product alternatives

With all the shazam of the model unwrapped, let's see how it compares with other sound systems online.

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Bose Smart Soundbar 700

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 draws a lot of comparisons with Nakamichi Shockwafe. While Bose has a broader soundstage due to side-firing speakers, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 is louder and is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.Soundbar 700 has Wifi internet connectivity while Nakamichi does not. In summary, soundbar 700 has:

  • Wifi functionality
  • Broader soundstage
  • App control
  • Built-in Microphone

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

 Sonos Arc

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Sonos Arc with Sub & Speakers is a better soundbar than Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4. Apart from a superior build, innate neutrality renders a more even sound profile. You get to savor more soundstage capabilities and more sound enhancements. But, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 has more connectivity throughways and is Bluetooth compatible. Features include:

  • Wifi connectivity
  • Built-in microphone
  • Remote control app
  • Voice control provisions

Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q90R

Remember when we said Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 gives a compression at maximum volume? Well, Samsung Harman does one better in that department. Let's not take anything away from our darling Ultra 9.2.4. When it boils down to surround sound performance, HW-Q90R doesn't stand a chance, courtesy of Shockwafe's rear speakers. Ultimately, you'll get:

  • App control
  • Wifi-enabled
  • Multi-room support
  • Microphone

Final verdict 

I feel like I can't blow my trumpet enough. After all, we're talking about a complete home sound system. Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 emits a complete range of different forms of media and content. So, plug your sensibilities into immense, uplifting sound.

1 thought on “Nakamichi Shockwafe Review, Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Dual Subwoofers”

  1. John, I wish I knew which sound at you are reviewing!!! The Nakamihi 7-1-4 has 1 sub and 2 satalite speakers and the 7-2-4 has 2 subs and 4 satalite speakers.


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