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Today we’ll compare 6 high-performance soundbars from 6 of the biggest names in home audio — Sonos, JBL, Bowers & Wilkins, Sony, Samsung, and Sennheiser. We’ll discuss the high-notes of each soundbar, and we will award bonus-points to the bars that include a subwoofer plus other cool features. Our list of the best high-performance soundbars is based on price and features that complement both music and home-theater applications including Dolby Atmos surround-sound. The soundbars we’ll be comparing today are the new Sonos Arc, JBL Bar 9.1, Bowers & Wilkins Formation Soundbar, Sony HT-ST5000, Samsung HW-Q90R Harman Kardon soundbar, and last but not least, the Sennheiser AMBEO.

Keep in mind that not all of these soundbars come bundled with a subwoofer, but we’ll be sure to point out the ones that do. This is something to consider when thinking about how much you want to spend. All 6 of these soundbars have some important features in common. For example, HDMI ARC connection-types, multiroom-support, voice-assistant features, and with the exception of the Bowers & Wilkins Formation soundbar, there’s Dolby Atmos surround-sound for the most realistic 3D soundstage available. With Dolby Atmos, speaker drivers direct the sound upwards towards the ceiling where the sound then bounces back down to you. This allows you to experience the sound of a helicopter flying above you with true 3D sound. If a helicopter is hovering above the screen, you’ll hear the sound of the helicopter’s rotor-blades right above you. When the helicopter lands, you’ll hear and feel the sound travel back down to your level just like in real life. The more Dolby Atmos speakers a soundbar has, the more holographic the experience will be. Add the subwoofer, and you will feel the impact of the helicopter’s landing.

“ARC” (which is short for “audio return channel”) is a technology that makes setting up your new soundbar with TVs quick and simple. “eARC” (which is short for “enhanced audio return channel”) is the “enhanced” version of HDMI ARC that enables true Dolby Atmos with newer TVs. It’s important to note that you will not get true 3D Dolby Atmos surround-sound without a TV that features the newer “eARC”. However, all of the soundbars will still use the Atmos speakers for great effect even if your TV doesn’t have the latest and greatest eARC HDMI. Controlling one of these premium soundbars isn’t limited to just your TV’s remote control though. For older TVs that don’t allow you to see the benefits of HDMI ARC or eARC, hands-free remote controls with the most popular voice-assistants will let you control your soundbar with your voice or from your phone or a tablet too.

Adding any soundbar to your TV watching for movies, shows, sports or music adds so much to the experience. All of them will enhance movies, gaming, and music compared to the thin sound coming out of a flat-screen TV. So, you really can’t go wrong with any of these soundbars, but each one will perform slightly differently in every room. So, if you have any questions regarding which one would be best for your room, feel free to reach out to us over the phone, chat with us on audioadvice.com, or stop into one of our Raleigh or Charlotte North Carolina showrooms.

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49 thoughts on “2020 Best Soundbars | Dolby Atmos, Voice Control, eARC!

  1. empel koza says:

    From the very beginning, the sundbar was warm in the middle part, after seven days of buying it, crackling sounds could be heard from the speakers from time to time. I have complained about Sundbar and am waiting for a reply. Generally the sony HT-ST 5000 is suitable for a 20 square meter room instead of a home theater, but my Panasonic SC-PT 860 home theater has been playing in a second room all the time for 13 years. What else can I write … well, each of us knows that this is a mass show and we are a consumer society. I was a bit alienated from Sony !!!

  2. Christoph Egger says:

    I find it quite annoying and stupid to plug-in devices into the soundbar instead of the TV.
    Sure, you get the benefit of the audio not having to go through the TV first and back to the soundbar BUT…. the clearly bigger downside to this is that the video signal has to go through the soundbar first instead of going straight to the TV.

    Also there is a reason why we have 3+ HDMI slots on our TVs. Soundbars don't have that many.
    Also what happens to my HDR, Dolby Vision signal when going through my soundbar? 4K120 for consoles? Variable Refresh Rate?
    Now not only does my TV need to support all of that, my soundbar does too. Thats stupid.

    Can anyone tell me what i would actually lose if i would just plugin ALL my devices into my TV (like its intended) and only use eARC to get audio signal to my soundbar?
    Am i missing something or am i really one of the few who finds that quite stupid.

  3. PS K says:

    Would you recommend the JBL Bar 9.1 over Sonos ARC + Rears for the best Dolby Atmos experience?
    I would get the JBL Bar 9.1 very cheap… like 700€
    ARC+Rears would be 1100€ and maybe 500€ additional if I want a sub

  4. Total plonker says:

    Just to set the record straight no matter what Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar or even a AV receiver you purchase, you will not be able to receive Dolby Atmos content while steaming, the best your TV will be able to decode would be Dolby d Plus! don't get me wrong it's still very good, but it is not Dolby Atmos (object-based audio) the only way one would be able to experience Dolby Atmos content though a TV would be through a Blu-ray player!
    If you really want to be able to stream Dolby Atmos content, one would need a oled tv or at least a premium atmos decoding tv and with Atmos being proprietary i would imagine one would certainly be aware of it!
    Hope this helps

  5. Angelus Comfort says:

    Well you have explained it all but the most important thing is missing. You never play them (sound test/comparison) for the viewers to determine which sound bar suit their taste better. You are just explaining which one is better from your point of view but everyone has their own different taste in sound and music.

  6. Captain America says:

    The Q90 is outdated, and there are a few other name brands out there with good audio that one should consider, like the Vizio Elevate, LG SN11RG and the Nakamichi Shockwafe 9.2. While watching newer soundbar comparison videos, I stumbled on this sheet created by another commenter that compares all the latest soundbars available in the market now, including those models mentioned above, and some in this video. You might find this specification comparison sheet useful if you're looking for your next high end soundbar:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kLu3DDUiKWA2pus3voGQNrq4bzRC1nl5hbS39SAyoy0/edit#gid=0

  7. Eric Prescott says:

    I was planning to buy the "state of the art" Ambeo until I learned it does not support AirPlay 2. So much for state of the art. Disappointing. If they get around to including it in an update or replacement, I may be persuaded to give it another look.

  8. Douglas Lee says:

    Missing Yamaha's Sound Projector. Yamaha's marketing department always seemed to fail to differentiate the difference between sound bars and sound projectors. The projectors ability to "beam" each channel using reflective surfaces around the room is superior to sound bars vaguely hosing down the room with sound

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