I’m not going to lie, I’ve never heard of Majority. So when they reached out to us about reviewing their new K2 soundbar, I was definitely interested, especially as they’re being sold right now for £62 on Amazon. It’s a completely budget offering, which still definitely have a place in the home over the big expensive surround sound systems, and if you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend the Earth on your home theatre setup, but getting annoyed with your TVs audio, then this could be for you. And, Majority are also planting a tree every time they sell one of their soundbars, so you’ll be actively improving the Earth too!
The Majority K2 is a 2.1 soundbar that has a separate freestanding, and wireless subwoofer. The bar itself measures at 76.2 x 5.3 x 6.9 cm while the subwoofer, being pretty small measures at 19.7 x 19.7 x 28 cm. It weighs around 4.9kg which is nice and light, which isn’t really what you want in an audio device, but for here, and the price of the K2, it’s admissible. It’s not a typical in-your-face type deal here, and it’s not going to blow you away when watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters, but it is smart, and it will improve your TV’s audio tenfold. Think of this as an item you would stick in the second bedroom, or your kids’ playroom for when they’re on their Playstation.
It comes in two colours being white and black, and we received the white one to review and I must say it does look quite good. If you’re looking at the subwoofer, you’ll see K2 branding on both the front and top of the device. On the front is a grill that covers the entire face, while a gloss plastic finish wraps around the entire body. Around back are two mounting holes so you can hook it to the wall underneath your TV, which will look great if you’ve got white walls. And with the subwoofer being wireless, the only cable you’ll have to worry about hiding is for power.
In terms of features, it’s pretty rich, boasting an HDMI ARC input as well as optical for your audio from the TV. There’s also an FM tuner for those who like a bit of radio in the background and also Bluetooth if you wanted to hook up your phone to it for some music from Spotify. The remote control that it comes with is easy to understand, with a Mode button to switch between inputs and separate bass and treble adjustments. If you didn’t have the remote, or if it unfortunately broke, you can find the full array of adjustments on the right-hand side.
There’s also a small display which is bright and clear enough to see from a distance, and let’s you know which source is currently being used. Most of the sources here use abreviations, but things like AUX and ARC are spelt out. BT is there for Bluetooth though, but it’s all simple enough to understand for sure. It’s not intrusive, but, if you’re someone who gets distracted easily by lights from your peripheral vision, hold down the centre button on your remote control, and you can turn it off.
Setting up the soundbar I experienced something very odd. I found that the K2 would only play audio through HDMI ARC on certain sources on my Samsung TV. To let you know, the TV I tested the K2 with is a 65″ Samsung TU8507U. I plugged it in, as any person would using an HDMI 2.0 cable, right into the ARC Return port on the TV. This is where the oddities happened. My Virgin TV, which is a TV subscription service here in the UK was absolutely fine. I set the TV settings to HDMI ARC, and the soundbar to ARC and away it went. And also the YouTube app was fine as well with this setup. But when it came to testing it on Disney+ or Netflix with some movies, it just did not want to play any audio through the ARC Return. I had to force my Samsung TV into its PCM mode to get sound through the other on-demand apps which told me that the K2 isn’t really favourable of any of the typical audio formats found on movie on-demand type apps. Once I did that though, it worked with all sources of video flawlessly.
The Majority K2 soundbar was actually an alright experience in some areas, and not so great in others. And that pretty much comes down to the amount of bass the subwoofer can kick out. Bass is definitely present, but it’s not going to rattle your floors or give you that chest-thumping experience. The driver is down-firing, to help, but the subwoofer itself is so light, it’s just not got that oomph you’d want from your action movies. The opening to Saving Private Ryan just sounded dead. Explosions were weak, and gunfire was tinny. Star Wars fared the same when watching on Disney+. However, watching a documentary about cows – and I don’t know what it was called – on BBC on Virgin TV, the audio quality was actually pretty pleasant and leagues above what the Samsung TV can produce with this type of content. Everything sounded very clear and crisp. The presenters’ voice has a nice tone to it. It’s just a shame about movies.
So, is it worth the upgrade? Sure. If you need a bit of extra quality over your TV audio, you can’t really go wrong, especially for the price. Is it going to blow away those movie buffs out there? No. A bigger subwoofer would have definitely helped in this department. But I’ve got to take into consideration the price. It’s a £60 soundbar, so you can’t really expect the Earth. It looks good, sounds better than a TVs built-in speaker system, and it looks good. It won’t shake the house, but for those who aren’t after that kind of thing, there’s the Majority K2 soundbar for you. For more information, head over to the Majority website.