REVIEW – I don’t know what happened along the way in television design but it feels like all the manufacturers forgot that sound is important when you’re watching a show. I have one television in particular that no matter how high I increase the volume, speech is still very mumbly. I have solved that problem with the Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system. Now I not only hear the dialogue, I can also feel the bass from the music. It’s a huge upgrade.
What is it?
The Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system is a four speaker surround sound system featuring Dolby Atmos 5.1 and BassMX technology.
What is in the box?
- User manual
- Sound bar
- Two surround speakers
- An eARC cable
- A power adaptor
- A Subwoofer power cable
- A Stereo 3.5mm to RCA audio cable
- A Stereo RCA to RCA cable (6m)
- A digital optical cable
- A remote control
- Brackets and screws to mount the speakers
Setup and features
I unpacked the Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system and cords and had a look at the directions that came with the system and because I had a newer television, setup with the sound bar on the Poseidon D60 was pretty simple. I just hooked the eARC cable to the sound bar and the television and plugged in the soundbar. If you have to use the RCA cables, there is a good diagram in the program manual for that as well.
Then I had to connect to the Poseidon D60 subwoofer and surround speakers. I used the long RCA to RCA cables to hook the speakers to each other, then I used the power supply to bring the subwoofer to life. The instructions said the woofer was pre-paired to the sound bar, but for some reason, mine wasn’t connecting. I went through the pairing instructions, though, and I had everything hooked together in a snap. I was really surprised at how easy it was to get the Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system up and running.
The instructions show a couple of layouts for the speakers, none of which I could really implement given the way my room is arranged. The ideal layout is to have your sound bar at eye level when you’re watching, and then behind you on one side the subwoofer and one surround speaker and behind you on the other side the other surround speaker. Most of the diagrams of this setup capitalize on a console table behind the chairs or sofa you would sit in for watching television.
I don’t really have the ability to have speakers right behind my recliners, so I did a “front surround” layout with the surround sound speakers as far apart from the TV on each side as I could get them and the subwoofer in between. It’s not ideal, but it does make it easy to hide the cords, and I figure I can move the Poseidon D60 subwoofer and surround speakers around later to try and capitalize on the “surround” feeling.
I did not try to wall mount anything. I am not sure how I would hide the cords in my room, but I saved the brackets in case I want to figure it out later. The speakers have unobtrusive holes where you can screw them to the brackets for mounting, so it seems pretty straightforward if that’s what you want to do. The instructions are very clear as well.
Once I got the Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system up and running, I just had to select the speakers on my television menu and my days of lame audio were over. The Poseidon D60 uses Dolby Atmos 5.1, which means it’s more of a traditional surround system only with a dedicated subwoofer. The sound quality was a big improvement. I could hear conversations clearly and even though my setup wasn’t perfect, I did get the surround feeling, particularly when I was watching action sequences. The bass was probably the biggest game-changer and it really made a difference when I watched action or when there was a lot of music. My built-in speaker just couldn’t reproduce the same range as the Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system.
The Poseidon D60 subwoofer features a 15mm diaphragm excursion and it creates rich, low tones. The build quality is also very nice – the subwoofer is heavy and feels solid, as do the other speakers. The remote allows you to customize your level of bass by pressing the BassMX button. There are three levels of Bass MX. I tried them all and I guess if I was watching a movie, I might crank it up but I mostly just left it on the 0 setting which is medium.
The remote also has a surround button that allows you to adjust the levels of the Poseidon D60 surround speakers. I left those alone because they were automatically set to equal, which was the best setting for my room. I wish they had a better explanation of what the bass can surround settings did, because although a small screen behind the speaker fabric on the sound bar lights up “S1,” S-1,” etc., there isn’t anything in the manual to tell you what those settings mean. I guess you can just listen and figure it out, but a little explanation would be better.
The Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system markets itself as a portable all-in-one home theater system and I think this is true. It’s super easy to get up and running and there aren’t a lot of pieces to fiddle with because of the Bluetooth connection between the subwoofer and sound bar and the myriad of options to hook it to your television. It also really improved the sound quality of my television. I could certainly tell the difference when I was watching my shows with the Poseidon D60 speakers selected versus my built-in TV speaker.
What I liked
- Ease of setup
- Clear instructions
- Vastly improved sound quality over my existing TV speaker
What I’d change
- Better explanation of some of the settings
The Ultimea Poseidon D60 surround sound system really made a difference in my television experience. I was surprised at how easy it was to set up and I was very impressed with the caliber of the components and the sound quality they produced.