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The 7 Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars – Summer 2023: Reviews

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  2. Intro
  3. Best Soundbar

    1. Best Upper Mid-Range

      1. Best Mid-Range

        1. Best Budget

          1. Best Soundstage

            1. Best Small

              1. Best For Large Rooms

                1. Notable Mentions
                2. Recent Updates
                3. All Reviews
                4. Discussions

                Updated Jul 12, 2023 at 03:13 pm

                By Becca Fischer

                Dolby Atmos is an object-based surround sound format that supports height channels, which means sound can come from above your head. It results in an even more immersive listening experience since, depending on your home theater setup, you can hear sounds coming from all directions. Many 4k Blu-rays and even some streaming services like Netflix support Dolby Atmos—but not all soundbars do. The ones that do tend to be more expensive than most, but if you’re after a more natural listening experience, they’re worth considering. Soundbars usually use up-firing speakers to simulate an illusion of height by bouncing the sound off the ceiling and back to the listener. It won’t be as accurate or immersive as down-firing speakers with a more traditional home theater setup.

                We’ve tested over 175 soundbars, and below, you’ll find the top Dolby Atmos soundbars to buy. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars for music, and the best soundbars with a subwoofer.

                1. Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar

                  Samsung HW-Q990C

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                  The Samsung HW-Q990C is the best soundbar with Dolby Atmos we’ve tested. This premium 11.1.4 soundbar replaces last year’s Samsung HW-Q990B, offering an even better sound quality for your favorite audio formats. Thanks to its two discrete satellites, sound effects spread around your living room, so it seems like the action is happening all around you. Its sub also brings plenty of rumble in the bass for intense scenes, and it has a more even and controlled sound compared to last year’s model. Dialogue is also clear in the mix, so it’s easy to follow along with the conversation on screen.

                  This soundbar stands out from the crowd thanks to its wide array of sound enhancement features, including room correction, which optimizes the audio reproduction based on your room’s unique acoustics. If you prefer to adjust the sound manually, there’s even a 7-band graphic EQ on hand. You can also check out other premium Dolby Atmos models like the Sonos Ultimate Immersive Set with Arc and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module, which are handy if you already own products in their respective ecosystems. Both offer better stereo soundstage performances but don’t have as many customization tools as the Samsung model. As a result, the Samsung reigns as the more versatile pick overall.

                  See our review

                2. Best Upper Mid-Range Dolby Atmos Soundbar

                  Samsung HW-Q930B

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                  If you want a great Dolby Atmos soundbar at a more affordable price, check out the Samsung HW-Q930B. It offers a similar Atmos performance to the Samsung HW-Q990C, with a wide and immersive sound that makes it feel like you’ve been dropped into the heart of your favorite movies and TV shows. It also comes with two satellite speakers to bring a more clear and real representation of sound effects, like helicopters flying over your head. The dedicated sub isn’t as premium-looking as Q990C’s, but it still brings plenty of thump and rumble. It’s also customizable—you’ll find the same 7-band graphic EQ to customize its sound across the range.

                  We haven’t tested the next-generation Samsung HW-Q930C yet, but we’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we do. While the HW-Q930B offers many of the same features as its more premium cousin, there are a few differences to remember. First, this bar is a 9.1.4 setup, meaning that it has two fewer surround channels. Also, it doesn’t offer the same even sound right out of the box. You notice a bit more boom in the bass, which muddies voices and lead instruments.

                  Again, you can adjust this a bit, but that’s not ideal for everyone. If you want the best from the minute you plug in your soundbar; the Q990C is the way to go. Still, the Q930B is a versatile setup that shines with everything from movies to music to TV shows, and its more affordable pricing may make it a better value, depending on your listening needs.

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                3. Best Mid-Range Dolby Atmos Soundbar

                  Vizio Elevate

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                  The best mid-range Dolby Atmos soundbar we’ve tested is the Vizio Elevate. It’s a premium bar available at a more affordable price than our top picks, and although it doesn’t offer as many features, it’s still a solid choice for listening to Dolby Atmos content. Its unique design comes with sides that automatically rotate upwards when you watch DTS:X or Dolby Atmos content, resulting in a wide, immersive soundstage that stretches sound to the walls of your living room.

                  You can turn the feature on when you watch other types of content, too. Also, this setup comes with two rear speakers, so you get the impression that sound effects are coming from accurate locations in the room around you, all matching the action on screen.  It’s a versatile option, meaning you can enjoy music, podcasts, and TV shows. Its default sound is pretty balanced, especially in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce, and the sub brings a little extra boom in the bass range that emphasizes bass-heavy genres like EDM.

                  However, you won’t find a room correction feature, so it sounds slightly different depending on your room. Its bass and treble adjustments can make up for it a bit, but you don’t have a graphic EQ to customize across the range. Still, for the price, this soundbar brings a really impressive sound with everything from music to movies to TV shows, and it’s worth checking out.

                  See our review

                4. Best Budget Dolby Atmos Soundbar

                  Vizio M Series M512a-H6

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                  If you’re shopping on a budget, check out the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. This 5.1.2 setup is one of the most affordable Dolby Atmos soundbars on the market, and it can still bring a really immersive sound for the price. You get two discrete satellites to set up behind your couch for a more clear and real feel with sound effects on screen, so you feel like the action is taking place all around you. Its dedicated subwoofer brings out the deep thump and rumble with action-heavy scenes and intense movie scores. It comes with the same sound enhancement features as the Vizio Elevate, too, including subwoofer level as well as bass and treble adjustments to control its sound.

                  That said, there are some key differences between this setup and the more premium Elevate. First, its rear speakers don’t have any up-firing drivers for height content. This means that content like Dolby Atmos doesn’t feel as clear or real as our top picks, and you don’t get the same sense of sound effects from the space behind your couch. The bar also doesn’t have rotating sides to expand its soundstage, further removing the overall immersive feel. It’s a small difference, though; you must pay close attention to the bar’s sound to notice it. Still, it’s worth noting, especially for audiophiles who want the best possible sound. If you’re a more casual listener, though, you may find that this bar is still a great value pick.

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                5. Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar For Soundstage

                  Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module

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                  Dolby Atmos content is mixed to make it seem like the action on screen is happening all around you. The Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module is one product on the market that’s taking advantage of this technology to offer a truly immersive listening experience. You might not consider it a soundbar in the traditional sense, given its unique design that forgoes the standard “bar” in favor of a small control box and four discrete surround speakers that you can move around your room based on your preferences.

                  That said, it offers one of the best soundstage performances on the market—and the flexible design of the speakers means that you can move their placement around your living room to create the best possible sound. Overall, this setup’s representation of Dolby Atmos content gives a very clear and real feel. Thanks to its unique design, audio stretches around you, so you feel immersed in your movie from all angles. Sound effects come from accurate, pinpoint locations, especially those above you, like helicopters flying overhead.

                  You can get the setup on its own, but adding the dedicated subwoofer adds a little more rumble in the bass range, providing the best possible experience. However, compared to our top picks, you’ll notice that there isn’t quite as much low-bass reproduced. You still feel some thump in action-packed scenes, but it doesn’t quite shake the floor for a full cinematic feel, which is disappointing, especially for the price. That said, if you love the design and want a wide soundstage, it might be a fair trade-off for your needs.

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                6. Best Small Dolby Atmos Soundbar

                  Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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                  Whether you live in a small apartment or have a cramped living space, a more compact soundbar is a great way to enhance your Atmos experience without taking up a lot of room. The best we’ve tested is the Sonos Beam (Gen 2), and it’s a premium soundbar with built-in voice assistant support that measures less than 26 inches in width. If you’re familiar with the original Sonos Beam, you’ll recognize that the bar keeps its same sleek design with one major difference—the second generation supports Atmos content. As a result, you can enjoy your favorite Atmos movies and TV shows with an immersive sound.

                  Despite its small size, the bar achieves a wide and encompassing soundstage thanks to psychoacoustic principles, which make it seem like audio stretches well past the edges of the bar itself. Sound effects come from all around you, and the result is comparable to some of the more premium options on our list. If you want a more cinematic feel, bass lovers can add to the setup and make the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with Sub Mini + One SL Speakers. Even with all the add-ons, the bar doesn’t get as loud as the Sonos Arc and doesn’t achieve as much height in the soundstage. Still, if a small bar is what you want, this one packs a punch.

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                7. Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar For Large Rooms

                  Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC

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                  The shape and size of your living room impact how you perceive sound. If you have a larger, more open living room, you’re in luck—some options on the market are designed to spread sound evenly throughout your space to bring that cinematic feel to every corner of your living room. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC is the best we’ve tested. Its unique design offers two subwoofers and four satellites that you can position horizontally or vertically, depending on your needs. The additional subwoofer ensures an even bass reproduction throughout your space, without any “holes” in the soundstage to take away from the immersive feel. Similarly, the extra satellites mean sound effects spread throughout your room for a cinematic feel.

                  This soundbar is the next generation of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch, and it adds eARC support so you can stream more advanced formats like DTS:X, often found on Blu-rays. You won’t find a traditional room correction feature like the Samsung HW-Q990C since there’s no microphone to measure your room’s unique acoustics. Still, you can use its Spatial Surround Elevation tool to customize its performance to your room, choosing between three different size-based presets to adjust its sound.

                  The sound quality is very good, and voices are pretty clear in the mix. That said, its overall sound is boomy right out of the box due to the extra emphasis in the bass. You can switch it up, but you don’t have as many customization tools as our top picks. If you have a big space to fill with sound, it’s a solid pick.

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                Notable Mentions

                • Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module:
                  The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is a 7. 1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. It’s a premium bar, but compared to other models like the Samsung HW-Q990C, its Atmos performance isn’t as impressive, and you don’t get the same immersive feel.
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                • Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX:
                  The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a large, standalone setup that can reproduce a very extended low-bass thanks to its integrated subwoofers. However, its large, bulky design can be inconvenient for some users, and it may not be worth the value compared to other premium setups like the Samsung HW-Q990C.
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                • Samsung HW-Q900C:
                  The Samsung HW-Q900C is a 7.1.2. Dolby Atmos soundbar that’s a great alternative to the Vizio Elevate if you don’t want satellites in your living room setup. It brings an immersive sound without them, but of course, compared to the Vizio, there’s a touch less detail in the space behind your couch without the satellites.
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                • TCL Alto 8i:
                  The TCL Alto 8i is one of the most affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar we’ve tested. That said, its Atmos performance is pretty disappointing, with a boomy, muddy sound quality that overwhelms most sound effects. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s better than nothing, but it certainly doesn’t take advantage of the format like our top picks.
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                Recent Updates

                1. Jul 12, 2023:
                  Added the Samsung HW-Q900C as a Notable Mention. Added the Sonos Ultimate Immersive Set with Arc as an alternative to the Samsung HW-Q990C.

                2. May 17, 2023:
                  Replaced the Samsung HW-Q990B with the next generation Samsung HW-Q990C.

                3. Apr 11, 2023:
                  Verified product picks. Minor text updates for clarity.

                4. Feb 10, 2023:
                  Ensured that product picks are still relevant; minor updates to the text for clarity.

                5. Dec 14, 2022:
                  No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

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                Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Atmos soundbars for most people to buy. We factor in the price (a cheaper soundbar wins over a pricier one if the difference isn’t worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no soundbars that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

                If you would like to choose for yourself, here’s the list of all our reviews of soundbars sorted by their Atmos performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. No soundbar is perfect. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

                Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar for 2023

                There are plenty of features you’d like to look for if you’re in the market for a soundbar. The most popular and oft-requested feature by CNET’s readers is Dolby Atmos audio. Like DTS:X, Dolby Atmos differs from standard surround sound by adding height to your music and movies for a more dynamic and immersive sound and better listening experience. The best Dolby Atmos soundbar options are able to deliver exceptional audio quality that fills your room. 

                Dolby Atmos soundbars are now more affordable than ever, especially compared with a traditional Atmos receiver and surround-sound speakers. These soundbars are also more compact and easier to set up than a home theater system, with the trade-off being they can’t provide the same level of performance.

                The Vizio M512a is my favorite Dolby Atmos soundbar for under $500 — it offers both dedicated height channels and surround speakers and quality sound into the bargain. Some competitors at the price — such as the Sonos Beam Gen 2 and Sony HT-G700 — can only offer simulated height speakers, while you can hear the difference that the dedicated height speakers of the Bose Smart Soundbar 600 make.

                Though you can easily stop at the $500 mark, there are benefits to be had from the more expensive models: improved sound quality, music streaming and voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. For example, the $900 Sonos Arc is an all-in-one soundbar that offers great sound, exquisite build quality and excellent multiroom capabilities.

                If you want a soundbar with Dolby Atmos audio, read on. These are my favorite Atmos soundbar options from $400 and up, periodically updated as I review new products. Be aware: Some of these products are currently on backorder, so check back to see if a specific model is once again in stock.

                How I test

                At CNET I test audio equipment from compact soundbars though to surround sound speakers systems, but regardless of the device my methodology is largely the same. I always compare products against one or more reference devices which offer the best performance at a similar price. 

                When it comes to soundbars I want to see how well a system performs with music as well as with movies, as most people will want to do both. I watch from a handful of test scenes from 4K Blu-ray or streamed from a 4K streaming service (Vudu, for example) and evaluate aspects such as bass performance and dialog clarity. I also use a number of test music tracks and evaluate any streaming features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It’s systems that can perform well with both types of entertainment that inevitably score the highest.

                Other soundbars I’ve tested

                I have tested the following soundbars in the CNET audio lab against models of a similar price. Each if these soundbars are worthy in their own way, but aren’t quite as recommendable as our main picks.

                • Sonos Beam Gen 2 ($499) The Beam may only offer simulated height speakers, but it’s the best simulated Atmos I’ve heard yet. The Sonos Beam also offers a lot of features, while the Bose Soundbar 600 and Vizio M512a-H6 deliver even better Atmos performance for the same money. Read CNET’s review of the Sonos Beam Gen 2.
                • Bose Smart Soundbar 900 ($899): This is a great Bose soundbar, and it pairs well with the company’s QuietComfort headphones for late-night listening, but it’s simply not as robust as the Sonos Arc. Read CNET’s review of the Bose Smart Soundbar 600
                • LG QP5 Eclair ($599): Very cute, minimalist system which provides real Dolby Atmos from two boxes. However, I found that its performance doesn’t match the $500-$600 asking price with a surprisingly over-bright sound. Read CNET’s first take.
                • Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 ($999): An excellent soundbar with HDMI connectivity and multiroom music streaming. While music is where this soundbar shines, the system does cost more than the Arc and the peripherals are expensive.
                • Sennheiser Ambeo Plus ($1,500): A cut-down version of the $2,500 Sennheiser Ambeo Max which offers many of the same features including Chromecast built-in and voice assistance. I found the sound was enveloping and music to be more nuanced than some of the cheaper ‘bars. Yet, at its retail price of $1,500 it’s not quite $600 better than the Sonos Arc, nor is surround sound as convincing as the Max. Read CNET’s first take of the Sennheiser Ambeo Plus.

                Check out my soundbar buying guide for more about the features and things you should consider when looking for a new system.

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                Dolby Atmos Premium Soundbars – Reviews and Articles

                Obviously, soundbars as a means of sounding television panels and projectors were created as a compromise solution when a full-fledged audio system cannot be used. Nevertheless, the models assembled here can be safely called the elite of this segment of audio equipment, many of them have functionality that in some places even surpasses a conventional DC.

                Loewe klang bar5 mr

                One hundred years ago, the Loewe brothers founded Radiofrequenz in Berlin, followed by the vacuum tube company Loewe-Audion, and shortly thereafter Loewe Radio, a loudspeaker and resistor company. In 1929, the development of televisions began, and two years later the first sample was presented at the Berlin Radio Exhibition. Last year, Loewe won the Picture and Sound Expert Association’s Cinema Solution Award for its klang bar5 mr soundbar with sub5 subwoofer that supports Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and can be used with TVs from 55 inches. The base configuration provides native support for the 5.1.2 configuration, and with the addition of compatible Loewe speakers, it can be increased to 7.1.2. The workmanship and sound quality is traditionally German, premium, the functionality is also pleasing, protocols such as DTS Play-Fi, Apple AirPlay and Google Home are supported.

                Canton Smart Sounddeck 100

                Germany’s largest loudspeaker manufacturer Canton, founded by four HECO employees, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Its name is a combination of the Latin word cantare (to sing) and the German word ton (sound), and the logo shows a crescendo infographically. The Smart Sounddeck 100 model is an all-in-one system, moreover, despite the declared 2.1 format, we practically have a full-fledged three-way stereo pair. Judge for yourself: two pairs of 4-inch woofers and a pair of 2-inch mid-range speakers with aluminum cones are complemented by a pair of 0.75-inch woven tweeters, the crossover frequencies are 150 and 3000 Hz, the total power of the built-in amplifiers is 300 watts. Add to this a full-fledged HDMI connection (three inputs and one output with 4K support), Google Chromecast and Bluetooth, and you have a universal system for music, movies and other home entertainment.

                Klipsch Cinema 800

                In January 2019, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Klipsch shows prototype soundbars, from which a series of models was subsequently formed under the indices 40, 44, 48 and 54. About a year later they were significantly upgraded and renamed, now these are the 400 models, 600, 800 and 1200. The meaning of both the original and current markings is extremely simple, in the first case it was the width of the soundbar itself in inches, and in the second – the total power of the system.

                The Cinema 800 is constructed using wood and, with a height of less than three inches, fits easily under a wall-hung or stand-mounted TV. The audiophile enclosed cabinet houses two pairs of 3″ composite fiber oval cone midrange drivers and three 1″ soft dome tweeters loaded with 90° x 90° Tractrix horns. Incidentally, these horns are 30 years old and are proprietary Klipsch designs designed to reduce acoustic resonances and the associated impedance swings that impede speaker-crossover interaction.

                The subwoofer uses a 10-inch woofer, the connection is made wireless, but the panel also has a traditional wired output. In addition to HDMI with support for eARC Audio Return Channel, HDCP 2. 3 and 8K HDR, as well as Bluetooth 5.0, you can connect to the panel through a traditional optical input. The kit comes with a backlit remote control and supports Dolby Atmos, and in addition, there is Wi-Fi with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Spotify Connect, as well as a proprietary application for controlling the system. The total power of the amplifiers in the system, as we have already said, is 800 W, and its weight is almost 10 kg, so there is no doubt about the qualitative potential of the model.

                Polk Audio MagniFi MAX AX

                MagniFi MAX AX is Polk Audio’s flagship model with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support and a wireless subwoofer. In addition, music streaming via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast or Spotify Connect is available here. The eleven speaker array, including two high-height and two wireless rear channels, work with Polk’s patented SDA technology to deliver immersive sound with a stunningly realistic 3D soundstage. The 10″ down-firing subwoofer is the most powerful Polk Audio soundbar subwoofer, delivering the deep, airy bass that Polk is known for. Wireless signal transmission provides convenient placement. Polk’s patented VoiceAdjust technology for clear speech works with the optimized MagniFi Max AX center speaker to raise speech louder than the rest of the soundtrack. The intuitive front panel OLED display dims when not in use. The soundbar can be installed under the TV or mounted on the wall. The included remote control allows you to control most TV models.

                Creative SXFI Carrier

                The SXFI Carrier soundbar features a 7-speaker system, each individually driven by a dedicated DSP-controlled amplifier. The placement of these speakers is closely related to the acoustic concept developed by Dolby. Each one is built with premium components to deliver high-quality, high-definition home theater audio. The included wireless subwoofer with 10″ speaker in a deceptively small package is capable of fighting above its weight class. The grandeur and drama of the on-screen action that we all love cinemas for is now achieved with this compact subwoofer with rich bass.

                In SXFI Carrier, by integrating specially designed low distortion drivers and intelligent voice enhancement algorithm, it was possible to make sounding speech extremely clear, lively and understandable. Further enhancement comes from voice processing technology that is purposefully tuned to intelligently detect and enhance vocals and speech, so you can easily follow the story.

                Achieving accurate and powerful bass reproduction in rooms of all sizes and shapes is no easy task. Working on its solution, Creative engineers conducted countless experiments with different spaces. Acoustic design and DSP processing were then combined to carefully calculate low frequencies to ensure optimal bass reproduction in a variety of room types. The SXFI Carrier subwoofer produces powerful and high-quality low frequencies that are really impressive. Get clean, deep bass without rumble and dirt. Detailed and accurate sound without distortion will not overload your hearing.

                Denon Home 550

                The Home 550 is a powerful and compact soundbar that adds great surround sound to your TV. Users will also be able to play music from popular music services, from mobile devices and from home network in high resolution using the convenient HEOS app. The Home 550 soundbar can be used with optional Denon Home 150, 250 or 350 compact wireless speakers to create a full-length home theater experience, which can be connected to the soundbar as surround back channels. And users looking for more impressive bass can purchase the DSW-1H Wireless Subwoofer for even more realistic sound. The main thing is that the new soundbar is focused not only on cinema, but also on high-quality music reproduction. With cutting-edge audio technology, professionally tuned DSP and 6 speakers, this soundbar offers everything home audio lovers need without taking up too much space under your TV. With support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound and 4K video, the Denon Home 550 is a modern, compact home theater system. For added convenience, the soundbar’s touch control panel automatically lights up when your hand approaches, allowing you to quickly change the volume or skip to the next track without using the app or remote control. In addition, the remote control and the HEOS app have three quick select buttons. Thanks to this, users can remember and instantly turn on not only different sound sources, but also save different sound settings for each source. All Denon Home models, including the Denon Home 550, provide quick access to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL and more, as well as high-resolution music files on your mobile devices or home network via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth connection. Built-in HEOS technology gives users wireless access to thousands of albums and millions of songs, all easily controlled from the free HEOS smartphone app. Listeners can play different music in each room, or group all HEOS and Denon Home devices together to play the same music in Multiroom throughout the home or office. The soundbar is compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 to play music from Apple devices.

                Sonos Arc

                The Arc is a slim soundbar with Dolby Atmos support and built-in AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This model is suitable for watching TV, movies, games and even listening to music. Arc delivers breathtakingly realistic sound. Trueplay technology optimizes the sound for the room in which the Arc is installed, calibrating the channels for precise localization. Trueplay takes into account the size and configuration of the room in which the speakers are located and adjusts them for the best sound. All setup is done with one touch through the Sonos app on your mobile device. The Arc is equipped with 11 high-performance drivers, including eight elliptical full-range drivers and three silk tweeters. Each emitter has its own amplifying module in class D.

                Tone Winner AT-02

                Tone Winner AT-02 is an active TV soundbar. It features high-quality wireless transmission technology and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D audio standards. The top of the AT-02 soundbar consists of two 3-inch full-range speakers that form a high-altitude sound channel. The height speakers form a certain angle strictly in accordance with the requirements of panoramic sound, sending a sound signal to the ceiling, and then reflecting it down to the listener. to create a high-pitched sound effect. Adding channels that emit sound upwards allows you to more accurately position and move channel objects anywhere in 3D space (for example, fighters and helicopters in the sky), without limiting them to a specific channel. Then the scene of realistic movement reappears, the plot appears on the screen in an unprecedented form of vivid demonstration. Two built-in 4-inch subwoofers provide frequency response from 40 Hz, and the weight of the panel exceeds 10 kg. Naturally, all modern video formats are supported, up to 4K, thanks to HDMI 2.16, and the switching capabilities in general can be called exhaustive.

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                Dolby Atmos is an object-based surround sound format. There is a separate emphasis on the importance of ceiling acoustics. Creating surround sound with front, rear, ceiling speakers and subwoofers creates a more immersive experience.

                For more information about the Dolby Atmos device, see our article “What is Dolby Atmos?”.

                Many 4k Blu-rays and some streaming services such as Netflix support Dolby Atmos. However, not all acoustics and not all soundbars support this sound.

                Soundbars that support Dolby Atmos tend to be more expensive. But, if you really want surround sound, then you should pay attention to soundbars with upward-firing speakers, which will imitate ceiling acoustics, reflecting sound from the ceiling to the listener. The sound, in this case, will not be as accurate and exciting as with a home theater acoustic system. However, its quality and immersion are still good.

                Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Samsung HW-Q950T

                Channels: 9.1.4

                The Samsung HW-Q950T is the best Dolby Atmos soundbar we’ve tested. This high-quality and well-designed 9.1.4 sound system comes with a soundbar, subwoofer and two satellite speakers for impressive sound. It also comes with Q-Symphony. This feature allows the soundbar to play sound from the speakers of a compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TV at the same time as the bar’s speakers, further enhancing the sound and your movie experience.

                With its neutral sound profile, the Samsung HW-Q950T is suitable for playing a variety of audio content, including movies and TV shows. The Samsung Soundbar can produce deep low bass, which enhances the intensity of sound effects in dynamic scenes. If you prefer a different sound, the soundbar also has a graphic equalizer and presets available. The HW-Q950T has outstanding stereo speakers and can get pretty loud without too much compression.

                Unfortunately, in Samsung HW-Q900T , there is no correction for room and night mode. Surround and height performance is also inferior to home theater setups with dedicated downward facing speakers. However, this Samsung soundbar can create a “height effect” with Dolby Atmos content, making it one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

                Average price of Samsung HW-Q950T on the Market

                Immersive alternative: SONOS ARC Soundbar WITH SUB + ONE SL 9 SPEAKERS0062

                Channels: 5.1.2

                If you really want to immerse yourself in sound while watching Dolby Atmos content, then the Sonos Arc system with Sub + One SL speakers is a great choice. While the Sonos Arc doesn’t reproduce very deep bass as well as the Samsung HW-Q950T, this great looking 5.1.2 configuration comes with dedicated surround speakers that help reproduce surround sound objects such as footsteps, voices clearly and more accurately. and other elements of the sound stage.

                The default sound profile is very neutral and well balanced. Therefore, the sound in your favorite films is reproduced clearly and accurately. Sonos also comes with a room correction feature that analyzes the acoustic characteristics of your room to improve the sound quality of your audio system. Also, the Sonos Arc has a night mode function that helps to balance the volume level of various TV programs.

                Unfortunately, there is no graphic equalizer, so you cannot set up a sound profile.

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                If you want a soundbar with deep bass and lots of sound customization options, consider the Samsung , but if you prefer a bar with dedicated surround speakers to immerse you in your movies, choose the Sonos .

                Market price of the soundbar

                TWO-SUB alternative: NAKAMICHI SHOCKWAFE ULTRA 9.2CH

                Channels: 9.2.4

                0066 Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch .

                It has a warmer and more bass-rich sound profile than the Samsung HW-Q950T. Some listeners will be very impressed with the Nakamichi ‘s enhanced bass power delivered by two dedicated subwoofers. This 9.2.4 audio system also comes with four dedicated rear speakers to help enhance the immersive experience.

                If you like to listen to sound at high volume, then Nakamichi is the ideal system. Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch is one of the loudest soundbars we’ve tested. However, it may have some distortion in the low frequency range at maximum volume. On the other hand, this audio setup allows you to easily change the position of the multiple rear speakers depending on your preference.

                Average price of Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

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                If you prefer a more natural sound, the Samsung soundbar is worth choosing. If, however, a more immersive audio system with more speakers is a priority, then the Nakamichi is the best option!

                Best Soundbar

                Dolby Atmos 5.1: JBL BAR 9.1

                channels: 5.1

                The best sound panel Atmos 5.1, which we tested, is JBL BAR 9.1 . The well-designed 5.1.4 system includes two wireless satellite speakers that you can place anywhere in the room. The dedicated subwoofer reproduces amazing quality heavy bass, which is well suited for music with low frequencies and action movie scenes.

                Overall, this JBL Bar 9.1 has a neutral, balanced sound profile that is suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. Several equalizer presets are available to help you customize the sound to your individual preferences, as well as a room correction function that analyzes the acoustic characteristics of the room to improve sound reproduction.

                The volume of the audio system is so loud that you can use it for parties. Widely focused speaker performance and room tuning yield impressive results.

                Unfortunately, unlike some of the other premium soundbars we’ve tested, the JBL Bar 9.1 doesn’t have a full EQ for additional sound customization options. It also lacks a dialogue enhancement feature to make voices sound clearer.

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                However, if you enjoy watching Dolby Atmos content, the JBL Bar 9.1 is a great choice for movies.

                Soundbar price on Market

                Cheap alternative: VIZIO SB36512-F6

                Channels: 5. 1.2

                If you’re looking for a more affordable 5.1 soundbar for Dolby Atmos, check out the Vizio SB36512-F6 .

                Although it does not have a room correction function and the sound stage is not as impressive as the JBL Bar 9.1 , the Vizio soundbar has acceptable audio performance. The 5.1.2 configuration comes with a separate subwoofer and two satellite speakers. 9The 0066 Vizio SB36512-F6 has a neutral sound profile suitable for a wide range of audio content, and the extra bass helps you feel the dynamic scenes of movies much better.

                There are even several EQ presets and separate bass and treble controls. The Vizio SB36512-F6 is quite loud and supports DTS content.

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                If you want a more versatile, room-corrected, full-featured soundbar, check out JBL . However, if you love watching movies but are on a tight budget, you should consider the Vizio SB36512-F6 .