Trust GXT 619 Thorne Soundbar

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It was only relatively recently that I reviewed Trust's Tytan Speaker Set, but now that it is in the books, I've turned my attention to another product from the hardware manufacturer. Namely, it's the GXT 619 Thorne soundbar, which is a device that is designed to sit on your desk without taking up too much space, all while being a capable and loud speaker system.

But does it do exactly this? Simply put, yes. The Thorne soundbar isn't a device that comes across as a top-of-the-line product, and it doesn't do anything to trick you into thinking that either, but when it comes to the most basic requirements of being a functioning, reliable, easy-to-use, aesthetically-pleasing soundbar, there isn't much to complain about here at all.

The setup process is as simple as taking it out of the box and then connecting it to your PC via a USB and a 3.5 mm audio jack cable. Once this is done, there's nothing else to do except select the correct audio output on your system. There's no additional software to customise audio profiles or the RGB suite, and on one hand that is a bit of a let down as more options are always useful, but on the other hand, there's a beauty to the true plug-and-play design here.

Trust GXT 619 Thorne

The actual size is also a highlight as being 400 mm wide and 75 mm deep means that it doesn't take up really any space on your desk, and the lack of wiring also gives it a clutter-free design to boot. It really is a friendly option for someone looking for a more interesting yet still affordably priced audio solution - as it clocks in at around £30.

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But what about the actual audio and sound profile? Well, to start with, the Thorne has no problems whatsoever with volume, as the device, which is realistically meant to be placed a couple of feet in front of you since this is a PC soundbar, effortlessly kicks out high volume stereo audio. It does struggle a little bit at times with musical clarity as the volume gets higher, and sometimes audio comes across a bit washed because of it. But generally speaking, for movies and TV, where dialogue is usually king, the Thorne excels.

Would I suggest using this as a device to play PC games with? Not really, but then again, I wouldn't recommend many audio solutions other than headphones for playing PC games, as few others manage to both overcome the overwhelming array of PC fan noise while also still capturing the most minute of audible details.

Also, as this is a straight stereo device, it does lack the immersive properties of a surround or 3D audio system, but for £30 there's not a lot to disappoint when it comes to a speaker that offers clear and loud audio. As I've said before, the Thorne does exactly what it needs to do, and I can't help but appreciate that.

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As a final point, it's worth mentioning the appearance of the Thorne, which is subtle in form and shape, but is emphasised with an RGB band across its bottom and around its volume wheel to give it some flair. It's not oppressive RGB at all, and you can customise it to one of six different styles by tapping a touch button on the Thorne's topside, but it is worth saying that a software to more creatively fiddle with this would be welcome.

Still, for a truly affordable audio solution that is incredibly easy to set up and use, there really isn't a lot that the Thorne doesn't do well. It won't give you the audio quality of a more expensive premium system, but for a PC soundbar that sits pretty much directly in front of you, that's not really a big ask anyway. This is a great option for a starting soundbar and something that you should look at if you're looking for an affordable and accessible device.

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