We all love modern flat-screen TVs, but their sound is also a bit flat. As TVs become thinner and thinner, they also have less space for built-in speakers that generally need a lot of mass to churn out a good sound (with the exception of electrostatic panel speakers). Therefore we need another method to do justice to the images on the screen. The solution? Add a soundbar to amplify their sound and thus create the home theater of our dreams. The best soundbars can pack awesome audio into a chassis small enough to place in front or under the TV.
The Sonos Arc is the best Dolby Atmos soundbar you can buy today. It is simple to set up, beautiful to watch at, extremely capable and full of useful intelligent features. It is a soundbar of rare quality that offers a premium surround experience with flawlessly balanced sound without the need of additional speakers. If you want a minimalist speaker to place in a square room, the Sonos Arc is an excellent all-in-one surround sound system.
The Yamaha YAS-209 is a mid-high-end soundbar that features immersive 3D DTS Virtual:X sound and has Amazon’s Alexa onboard.
This is the best soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X of the moment; it’s as simple as that. With a high-fidelity sound quality and an unsurpassed surround experience compared to any other soundbar, the Samsung HW-Q90R is a must-buy for anyone looking for the best possible sound in a soundbar, although for this privilege you will obviously have to dig deep in your pocket.
If you want to revamp your home cinema but you are on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha YAS-207: it sounds just as good when watching movies as when listening to music, it comes with two HDMI ports – which is by no means a given in this price range – and an unusually manageable and handy remote control.
More than five years after the Playbar, Sonos finally launched a new soundbar. More compact and less expensive than its predecessor, the Sonos Beam presents itself as a speaker full of ergonomic innovations in tune with the times, better suited to modern uses, and even integrating the Alexa voice assistant from Amazon.