OXS Thunder Pro Review

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Soundbars offer a different experience than more customary speaker systems. Since you can’t connect the tweeters with cables, you have to place them directly in front of you to string them around the set, and this can have unintended consequences for the sound. Speakers designed specifically for gaming tend to employ this very exaggerated marketing style where the ad’s target gamer is completely blown away by the noise and immersed in the sounds of battle footsteps or the hefty sounds of a dragon overhead. With the OXS Thunder Pro, it’s the closest I’ve ever been to a marketing-level experience… and I’m not sure I like it.

Starting with the looks, this thing comes with RGB lighting, with dual speakers facing up, on the front and side, which, along with the familiar burst of color when you turn them on, completes the picture. Those dazzling lights have their purpose, as they serve to choreograph which listening mode is currently on. We’ll talk more about that later, but for now, the RGB lighting isn’t completely irrelevant, and it looks pretty nice in the murky.

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One of the main advantages of such a soundbar is that you just need to connect it to the mains and it works. You don’t have to work around clamp cables or find space on equidistant sections of your desk to get optimal sound. Place it, plug it in and start listening.

The set also includes two different controllers: a remote that lets you change settings from afar, and a diminutive wheel that you can turn and tap to adjust volume and power the device on. The knob seems a bit redundant on a remote, but it’s a chilly piece of technology that feels surprisingly intuitive to employ.

Thunder Pro Specifications

OXS Thunder Pro gaming soundbar

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Loudspeaker: 2 x 0.75-inch tweeters, 2 x 2.5-inch woofers, 4 x 1.5-inch full-range drivers
Communication: Bluetooth, USB, Aux, HDMI
Libra: 4.5kg
Frequency response: 75Hz – 20kHz
Price: 600 dollars / 600 pounds

It’s helped by great connectivity, working with USB-A, USB-C, Aux, Bluetooth and HDMI, although it doesn’t come with the necessary cables, so you’ll have to find your own. This connectivity is great, and the ability to switch between them using the remote means you can connect multiple devices at once. You can also connect a microphone and headset if you want to be able to chat with your friends while playing. The only place it loses out in terms of connectivity is the subwoofer output, but with built-in subwoofers you probably won’t need it.

It’s clearly a very nice set, and it’s solid and powerful—raucous enough to really bang on your desk. But that impressive exterior hides a quality of sound that’s lacking if you manage to catch it in the wrong audio space. Hrvrd’s On With Disease , a track filled with intricate guitar work, booming drums, and high-pitched vocals, is thunderous thanks to the speaker’s high bass output. On the other hand, Baboon TTNG , a mathematical blend of mids and highs, doesn’t quite work. The OXS Thunder Pro seems almost ideal for Loathe’s Aggressive Evolution , on the other hand, thanks to Djenta’s guitar work, booming drums, and Deftones-style vocals.

Fittingly, right after the announcement of Doom: The Dark Ages, if you go back to Doom 2016, you’ll hear every demonic rip thanks to Mick Gordon’s super bulky and distorted tone.

Destiny 2, which managed to capture my partner’s life since the release of The Final Shape, excels at fast-paced gunplay and becomes downright overkill. You see, the OXS Thunder Pro is appropriately named because it’s something that rumbles on the desk and can be almost overwhelmingly atmospheric.

While it has plenty of ways to turn the volume up and down, there’s a noticeable point where it goes from a slightly overpowering speaker to a monstrous one. For this reason, it is almost tough to recommend it as a monitor speaker only. Its volume, size and remote control make it a much better TV sound source. If you want to turn up the OXS Thunder Pro, don’t sit in front of it because it’s so raucous you get lost in the wall of sound. Several drivers enable 3D sound, which means you can hear directional sound from where you are sitting. When it works properly, it’s a honestly magical experience, even if it starts to lose its charm after a while.

Buy if…

✅ You want stern compatibility: With Aux, USB, Bluetooth, and HDMI connectivity, this device can handle almost anything you throw at it.

Do you like bass: While it’s not as bassy as the Razer Nommo V2 Pro, this thing really packs a punch.

Want immersive sound: Thanks to Dolby Atmos technology support and numerous speakers located throughout the bar, it offers an extremely immersive and engaging sound profile.

Don’t buy if…

❌ You want a spotless remedy: While the bass here is very good and the highs are mostly solid, the mids can be a bit muddy.

You plan to employ it at low volume: If you don’t crank it, it can be a bit disappointing and can get cacophonous very quickly.

You are on a tight budget: There are better options at a lower price, even if they don’t have some of the more compelling features of the OXS.

Mass Effect, a game that’s a tad more subdued than Destiny 2 thanks to its focus on character dialogue, is fine here, but not as clear as I’d have hoped given the quality of the bass and connectivity. The mids get muddy, which you really start to notice in TV shows and movies. It’s capable of working with Dolby Atmos, allowing for true surround sound, but at some point it feels more like form than function. The immersiveness of the sound can be great, but in most cases I’d go with a really high-quality set of reference speakers.

That’s before we mention the rather hefty $600 price tag for the cheapest model. For now, you can buy almost any of the best PC gaming speakers and still have some cash left for a brand novel game. The Thunder Pro valiantly attempts to cover the muddier mids with three game modes; FPS, RAC, and MOBA, which focus on different sections of the sound. In most cases, it’s a good idea, and the ability to go from hearing footsteps with greater clarity to hearing the shouts of your band makes for a more engaging listening experience.

Thunder Pro has great connectivity, a nice look, and slick controls, but it’s missing something in the overall message. OXS released a product that I really wish I liked more than I do, ultimately delivering a still solid if uninspiring experience. And this is not what you expect from such an costly product.

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