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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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