OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar review – a nice upgrade over built in speakers, but at what cost

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REVIEW – When I was in college I got into PC gaming and had a friend help me weld custom speaker stands for a surround sound setup to enhance my gaming. Fast forward a few years (decades), and I’ve long since ditched 6+ speaker setups for my hybrid work/gaming desk setup for a couple reasons: less clutter, modern headphones are excellent, and having babies/toddlers means I’m not blasting games/music/movies throughout the house anymore. However, I do like having the option to run game or media audio over speakers when my head is tired of wearing headphones, and the features of the OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar seemed perfect for my setup so I volunteered to try it out.

What is it?

The OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar is a gamer-focused soundbar with Dolby Atmos-certified audio and a compact footprint compared to similarly specced soundbars. It supports a wide variety of audio inputs, but your best experience is going to be on Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X (for the Dolby digital audio formats).

What’s included?

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  • OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar
  • 2 extra sets of detachable feet (different heights for angle adjustment)
  • AC adapter
  • Remote control (2xAAA batteries included)
  • User manual
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB-A to C cable

Tech specs

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  • Drivers: 2 x 2.5″ Full-range Drivers, 4 x 1.5″ Full-range Drivers, 2 x 0.75″ Tweeters
  • Soundbar size: 23.9″w x 4.8″d x 3″h (608 x 122 x 78mm)
  • Output: 90 watts recommended, 180 watts peak
  • Frequency response: 75 Hz-20kHz
  • Sound Level: 96 dB
  • Distortion: <1%
  • Connectivity: HDMI-in, HDMI eARC, USB-C (and USB-A with included dongle), Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5″ Mic-in, 3.5mm stereo jack, Aux in
  • EQ modes: FPS, RAC, MOBA, Standard
  • Dolby Atmos supported: Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital+ (all over HDMI only)


Design and features

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The OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar is a rectangular pill-shaped soundbar containing more speakers than most soundbars it’s size. You have two upward-firing speakers (which reflects sound off the ceiling above you, which in theory makes the audio sound like it’s coming from above you), two side-firing speakers for extra wide surround, and four other speakers and tweeters to provide a full rich surround sound experience.

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There are RGB LEDs all over the place, including on the upwards and side-firing speakers. The color can be customized or disabled via remote. These do have a subtle strobing effect and cool power-on and power-off animations as well.

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Four rubber feet provide stability and can be switched out for different height feet to adjust the angle the soundbar faces. The front of the unit has a speaker grill protecting the innards.

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A large wired knob acts as both a volume and power button.

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Around back on the wired remote are quick EQ and input switch buttons.

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Speaking of inputs, from left to right: power input, Aux in, headphones out, mic in, wired remote, USB-A, USB-C, HDMI x 2 (allowing for 4K/120 FPS or even 8K video passthrough and eARC).

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The included remote has volume and media playback controls, as well as quick input buttons and lighting controls.

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An LED display hidden under the speaker grill shows information like current input and volume (or different values as you’re adjusting levels with the remote).

Assembly, Installation, Setup

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The first thing I did to set up the OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar was to swap out the front rubber feet with the largest option available, to tilt the speakers towards my tall torso. This was quickly done by simply unscrewing the front two feet and screwing the new ones in.

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I plugged into my PC using the USB-C connection. I also paired the soundbar to my phone via Bluetooth, and tested with both. Setup was easy and straightforward with no surprises.


I started my performance testing of the OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar by running a sweeping frequency test – where a constant volume noise is generated and slowly switches from very low to very high frequencies (ie. a very low note slowly rising until you can’t hear it anymore). The combination of full range speakers and passive radiators resulted in more bass than I expected from a subwoofer-less soundbar, but it definitely isn’t an even performer across all frequencies. In high-end speakers or headphones, a sweeping frequency test should sound at roughly the same volume from low to high, but I had very pronounced spikes at a couple spots with the OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar. I could start feeling and hearing bass at 40 Hz (below their rated frequency range), then had a large volume spike at 150 (I have a feeling that the passive radiators resonate the most at this frequency), then another volume spike at 12 kHz. The sound dropped for me around 16 kHz (though that could be my aging millennial ears damaged by 90’s-era punk rock concerts).

Gaming performance on PC was excellent, the soundbar excelled at everything from footsteps to explosions to ambient music. I tried the different modes (like FPS and Racing) with suitable FPS and racing games (Helldivers 2 and Forza Horizons), but didn’t notice any major advantage with the genre-specific EQ modes, and it sounds better to me with the regular Standard EQ setting. Most of my testing was with PC, but I did connect my Xbox Series X via HDMI to verify the Dolby digital modes, which sound fantastic on supported games.

At full volume (which is right about at my pain limit), I could detect zero distortion (I’m always a fan of companies that tune their maximum power out appropriately to the speakers/woofers). The sound can easily fill an office or smaller living room so it’s well-suited for desktop use or for use with a game console in a smaller gaming room or living room.

The only issue I ran into was some serious lag at one point (hitting play on a YouTube video or local media file would take nearly 3 seconds to start playing audio, which was then way out-of-sync). The fix was to unplug and power cycle the soundbar, and the issue didn’t come back after that.

What I like about the OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar

  • Compact footprint for the amount of sound it can produce
  • No big subwoofer – for single person experiences this is more than enough
  • Customizable RGB LEDs and switchable EQ settings
  • Bluetooth is great for music while working (control with phone)

What needs to be improved?

  • Surround sound features restricted to HDMI
  • No companion app on PC or mobile to further tweak the EQ settings

Final thoughts

I’d be hard-pressed to recommend someone dropping $600 (price at time of review) for a soundbar regardless of quality unless they’re a real audiophile (and this soundbar is not audiophile grade). The OXS Thunder Pro Gaming Soundbar makes for a great desktop speaker solution, and it works great for what I need it to, but there are just too many other excellent options at lower price points (like premium headphones for $200 or less) or other soundbars like the Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 Gaming soundbar I previously reviewed which is nearly half the price.

Price: $599
Where to buy: Amazon or OXS
Source: The sample of this product was provided for free by OXS. OXS did not have a final say on the review and did not preview the review before it was published.

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