Hifonics TPS-6 Waterproof Bluetooth ATV / UTV Soundbar Review
If you own an off-road adventure sports vehicle, you might want to consider upgrading it with an all-weather sound system. It can make a big difference to your game. A spot of music can really up the tempo and feel of the sport. It can help you concentrate better on the game and make every lap more enjoyable.
In this segment, we are going to talk about a top-selling ATV soundbar by Hifonics, the Thor TPS-6. It is an active 6-speaker soundbar with a marine-grade construction. It has Bluetooth, AUX and flexible mounting options. It has audio outputs for adding more speakers and built-in illumination for reading maps.
Let us take a closer look at the technology, design and sound quality of the speaker bar.
Hifonics TPS-6 ATV / UTV Soundbar :
Technology And Design :
The Hifonics Thor TPS-6 is an all-terrain soundbar for RZR, jeeps and boats. It is sturdily built for withstanding prolonged exposure to sunlight, rain, dust, sand and debris. It has a sealed PC board. The waterproof certification of the device is IP68 which means it is unaffected by dust and water. It can be submerged in more than one meter deep water for up to 30 minutes without any repercussions. This makes the Thor TPS-6 the perfect audio system for powersports applications. It is, hence, suitable for ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides, buggies, jeeps, trucks, boats, jet skies, yachts, RVs and golf carts.
The Hifonics speaker bar is a 6-speaker 2-channel system with in-unit amplification. It is a comprehensive soundbar and does not need an external amp.
The gadget has Bluetooth for wireless sound input. It works with all iOS and Android systems including smart phones, tablets and iPods. You can enjoy Bluetooth Music Streaming on apps like Spotify and Pandora. Having Bluetooth in your audio gear makes for a neat arrangement around the dash and you don’t have to deal with messy tangled-up wires. It also means you can stow away your devices in a safe place like your backpack or the in-dash storage compartment to protect them from water and dirt.
The soundbar also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input port for playing songs via audio cable. The port is mainly provided for accepting input from devices that lack Bluetooth like MP3 players and CD players. It is, however, also compatible with Bluetooth gadgets and supports sound input from their AUX outputs.
The Hifonics Thor TPS-6 has 2-volt audio outputs for expanding the bar to a multi-device system. You can add another soundbar or a subwoofer or an amp to make the sound more powerful, deep and spacious.
The device has built-in multi-color LED lights and an overhead map-reading light. All the lights are switchable and the LED illumination mode is customizable. The overhead light lets you do small tasks at the wheel when it is dark.
The gadget has a solid extruded aluminum enclosure and cast aluminum end caps. It has a heavy-impact grille that shields the speakers from knocks and shocks. At the centre of the grille is the control panel. It lets you manage the power, song sequence, volume and illumination. The buttons are designed to be operable with gloved hands, which is helpful.
The soundbar has an adjustable track for mounting it to roll cages and overhead tubes. If roll cage mounting is not possible, the end cap angle brackets can be used for a surface mounted installation. Mounting hardware is included in the box. The clamps and brackets are designed to fit 1.5 to 2 inch roll cage pipes.
Dimensions of the Thor TPS-6 soundbar are 21 inches (width) by 5 inches (depth) by 4-5/16 inches (height). It weighs 13 lbs.
Warranty period of the bar is one year.
Sound Quality :
The Hifonics Thor TPS-6 has two pairs of full-range 3-inch speakers and one pair of 1-inch titanium dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. The speakers handle low and midrange frequencies while the tweeters process higher notes. All the drivers of the speaker bar are weather-resistant. The built-in amp has a special Super HPD (High Power Digital) amplifier topology with 30% more SPL. It makes the initial signal beefier so that you get a thunderous output with rich bass and sweet highs. For the loudest and most exhilarating ATV audio experience, we recommend the Thor TPS-6.
Key Features :
- 6-speaker 2-channel amplified UTV soundbar.
- Super HPD (High Power Digital) amplifier topology with 30% more SPL.
- Four full-range 3-inch speakers, two 1-inch titanium dome tweeters.
- Bluetooth, AUX input, 2 volt AUX output, built-in switchable LED illumination.
- Flexible mounting clamps fit 1.5 to 2 inch tubes, IP68-rated extruded aluminum enclosure.
- Roll cage and surface mountable soundbar, cast aluminum end cap angle brackets for surface mounting.