Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars

Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars

Today, we’ll compare six high-performance soundbars, many of which integrate Dolby Atmos from six of the biggest names in home audio Sonos, JBL, Klipsch, Sony, Samsung, and Sennheiser.

Here, we will highlight the high notes of each soundbar, and award bonus points to the bars that include a subwoofer and other cool features. Our list of the best high-performance soundbars is based on price and features to complement both music and home theater applications such as Dolby Atmos surround sound. 

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The high-performance soundbars we are comparing together are:

With this guide, you and your family will have everything needed to choose the right high-performance soundbar with the best sonic results and features for any room in your home. If you are ready to learn more about a specific soundbar, feel free to skip ahead and click on any of the soundbars above.

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Design

For comparison, a complete premium system that includes both the soundbar and a matching subwoofer can be bundled together for each system, respectively. We listed them all from lowest to highest price.

Complete Soundbar & Subwoofer Systems:

the best dolby atmos soundbars lined up on a table

At $999.95, JBL offers the most value. JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar is a 9 channel surround sound system that comes with a single subwoofer — hence the numbers in the name “Bar 9.1.” 

With this JBL complete soundbar system, you get 820 watts of crystal clear audio with detachable battery-powered speakers that can go anywhere in your house and a great wireless subwoofer with bass that will thrill you and your family all included for no additional cost. We think JBL Bar 9.1 is the most bang for your buck that presents great theater sound in the Dolby Atmos format for a great price. 

On the other hand, when you step up to the soundbars from Sony, Sonos, Klipsch and Samsung, you will get the most premium packages of all the bars — plus more options that will let you add to your ever-expanding Dolby Atmos system. 

Overall, we think JBL Bar 9.1 represents the most value up-front for the money. But, if you are wanting more advanced features with greater potential to expand your listening throughout the house for around $500-$1000 more, the Sony HT-A7000, Sonos Arc, Samsung HW-Q90R, and Klipsch Cinema 1200 are the most expandable systems you can own and for only $500 more.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation soundbar and sub under a TV in a room

Of course, if one of your rooms isn’t large enough to take full advantage of the acoustic effects from Dolby Atmos, or if you’re a purist who’s all about the music, then Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series is a perfect match for anyone who just wants to appreciate great sound. For less than $1,200, Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wireless Soundbar represents the best high-end sound we have ever experienced at this price-point. Plus, when you add the Formation Bass Wireless Sub, you will hear the full range of music with deep bass that drops down to 20Hz. You can couple the Bass to the Bar, Wedge, or Duo and will cover your house with high-end B&W sound. When you add the Bass subwoofer, you will have a premium 5.1 cinematic experience that’s perfect for smaller rooms and music lovers.

If Dolby Atmos is on your wish-list, then the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar will give you an immersive 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience that produces deep 30Hz bass without the need for an extra subwoofer. This state-of-the-art device harnesses the power of 13 high-end drivers and 6 built-in long-throw woofers in a sleek all-in-one design. This high-end device produces one of the best 3D home audio experiences we have ever heard coming from a single soundbar. At $2,499.95, it's not cheap, but we think the Sennheiser AMBEO delivers the most complete studio-grade package plus premium features to customize the experience for your specific room.

All of these soundbars have some important features in common. For example, HDMI ARC connection-types, multiroom support, voice assistant features, and of course the Dolby Atmos surround sound format for the most realistic 3D soundstage available, just to name a few. 

In the next section, we’ll provide a general overview of what these features mean and how they’ll make a big difference in your family’s home theater.

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Features & Technology

Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound

Built-in Dolby Atmos is the first major technology almost all of these premium soundbars share. For those who may not know, Dolby Atmos adds elevation to your soundstage. Rather than sound simply going from left to right and front to back, Atmos lets you experience sounds from top to bottom too. This immerses you in a world of sounds as if they were occurring in three-dimensional space. 

In Dolby Atmos soundbars, speaker drivers direct the sound upwards towards the ceiling where the sound then bounces back down. 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 will hear the sound of the helicopter’s rotor blades right above you. When the helicopter lands, you’ll hear and feel the sound travel 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.

All soundbars in this comparison will do multiple channels of surround sound in the Dolby Atmos format except for the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar. B&W will let you keep adding to your home theater with additional Formation Series speakers so you can cover your whole house with great B&W sound. 

rear surround speaker with dolby atmos sitting on a tabletop

Some soundbars like the JBL Bar 9.1 and the Samsung HW-Q950A include detachable speakers that allow you to place the left, right, or rear channel speakers anywhere in your room to enjoy Dolby Atmos 3D sound all around you. It’s important to note that the rear surrounds are optional add-ons in many soundbars. So, you’ll want to spend a little more on the rear surrounds in those systems. We think the additional layers of immersion you get by adding rears to your home theater setup is worth the investment. 

On the other hand, soundbars like the Sony HT-A7000, Sennheiser AMBEO, and Sonos Arc do most of (if not all of) the Dolby Atmos 3D presentation directly from the bar itself. These bars use a larger number of Atmos-enabled speaker drivers and high-performance virtualization technologies built into the bar to create the immersive Atmos 3D effect. So, the nice thing about these is there's no need to clutter your living space by adding rear speakers to these systems unless, of course, you want to! 

Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos Soundbar inside the unit showing all 11 speakers

The Sonos Arc uses 11 Atmos-enabled speaker drivers and high-end speaker technology to direct sound all over the room. Sonos Arc is one of the bars that use the most Atmos-enabled speakers of any, and it will have even more when you add the optional rear surrounds to this system. With these additional options, you will have the ultimate and complete Sonos Arc Surround Sound Set for less than $2,500.

For almost the same price as the Arc, the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar wields the power of 13 independent drivers and Sennheiser’s special virtualization tech to re-create the experience of a complete surround sound installation — all from a single bar. If you want the best performance available for both cinema and music in an all-in-one sophisticated device, the state-of-the-art technology and immersive Dolby Atmos sound coming out of the Sennheiser AMBEO is hard to beat for less $2,500.

dolby atmos effect in a living room with a family watching a movie

HDMI ARC One Remote Rules Them All

Setting up and controlling Dolby Atmos from your soundbar is another great feature. Newer TVs have a new type of HDMI port that uses HDMI ARC or eARC which is the newer version of ARC that has higher bandwidth so it can pass full Atmos without compression. 

“ARC” (short for “audio return channel”) is a technology that makes setting up your new soundbar with TVs quick and simple. “eARC” (short for “enhanced audio return channel”) is the enhanced version of HDMI ARC that enables true Dolby Atmos with newer TVs sporting the newer eARC HDMI port. 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.

If your TV supports HDMI ARC technology, then all you’ll have to do is connect an HDMI cable from your TV to the soundbar, and you’re done. If you have multiple sound sources, all sound from all of your other sources can come into the soundbar via the television. So, you simply use your regular remote to control the television and it will also control the volume on the soundbar automatically

As an example, Sonos makes this step as simple as it gets. Just by holding your smartphone up close to the Sonos Arc, all your WI FI settings will be transferred to the Arc soundbar. Plus, if you own any other Sonos speakers in the Sonos ecosystem, all of this connectivity will happen automatically.

If your TV is older and doesn’t support HDMI ARC, some soundbars like the Sonos Arc can learn to respond to your TV remote. Sonos makes this process simple with the Sonos app. Install the app onto your smartphone or tablet, and it will guide you through a few quick easy steps to allow your Sonos Arc to learn the commands of your TV remote. Either way, operation with an ARC or eARC compatible soundbar will make life easier.

controlling a soundbar with one remote control with eARC

Other Useful Features

Controlling one of these premium soundbars isn’t limited to just your TV’s remote control. For older TVs that don’t allow you to see the benefits of HDMI ARC or eARC, hands-free controls using the most popular voice assistants or apps can be used with your smartphone or tablet too. 

Bonus points are awarded to these soundbars if they include any of the following additional features: compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, calibration technology, and multi-room expandability with additional speaker modules.

We’re also including an exclusive “Tips & Tricks - How to set up your specific soundbar" video, available only to Audio Advice customers. These videos will give you some additional key tricks, including how to get the best sound for your room, and a few other tips.

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Performance

Now that we’ve provided a general overview of the top performance features in each high-performance soundbar, we’ll take a closer look at each system and compare them feature-for-feature to see how they perform against each other for the price and the benefits you get.

Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Sonos Wireless Sub

  1. Black Sonos Arc and Sub on white background Sonos 5.1.2 Entertainment Set with Sonos Arc & Sub
    $1,648.00

The Arc sets a new standard for the smart soundbar concept. Sonos invested years of research and development to create the high-end speaker technology that powers the Arc. For $899.00 , the Sonos Arc has 11 speakers all housed inside the unit which are capable of filling an entire room with premium Dolby Atmos surround sound. 

The new custom elliptical woofers in each driver provide left, center, right, and surround channels with a five-channel phased array. Two height channel speakers fire sound upward which adds the new sonic dimension of Atmos 3D for immersive cinematic sound. Sonos then hired Oscar-winning sound engineers to tune the Arc so that you will hear every nuance in the human voice with special Speech Enhancement technology that pushes the dialog a little further upfront for the easiest to understand speech.

By adding the Sonos Sub Wireless Subwoofer, or a pair of rear speakers using the Sonos One SL, the Arc’s surround channel drivers automatically adjust to extend the bass drivers accordingly. This makes the Sonos Arc the easiest-to-expand system of any Atmos soundbar on the market — simply add more Sonos speakers and you’re done. We recommend adding a pair of Sonos Fives for $549.00 each. While there are other subs in this comparison that are better, for only $749.00 , we think the Sonos Sub presents the best sounding bass at this price-point. The 5.1.2 Entertainment Set with Sonos Arc & Sub can be bunded for $1,648.00 . Or, you can go all out with the complete Sonos Arc Surround Sound Set for $1,648.00 - $2,746.00 .

We were one of the first in the country to test the Sonos Arc soundbar even before it launched and did an extensive video review which is now one of the most-watched reviews in the world.

To learn more about the Arc, watch the Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review.

Bonus Points:

  • Room Calibration: Trueplay tuning technology optimizes the sound for the unique acoustics of any room.
  • Control Features: voice control with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, AirPlay 2, and Sonos app.
  • Other connectivity options: optical cable, ethernet port, WIFI, Bluetooth, and multiroom support.

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Premium Sonos Sound

Easy To Expand Add More Sonos Multiroom Speakers

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

JBL is known worldwide as a brand audio professionals count on. Used by famous DJs in the biggest nightclubs all over the world, JBL speakers are built to last, to be tough, and they present epic sound quality that rocks dancefloors across the world.

As the least expensive all-in-one complete system on our list of high-performance soundbars, JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer delivers a lot of value for the money. This complete all-in-one Dolby Atmos system brings the surround sound experience of the movie theater into your home with two detachable battery-powered surround speakers and a wireless sub included. 4 up-firing speakers will bounce sound up to the ceiling back down to you for a thrilling 3D experience. It has 820 watts of total system power, so you can enjoy Oscar-winning performances with crystal clear audio.

With 9 channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound plus a single channel for sub-bass frequencies, you get all of this for less than $1,000. The rear surrounds are optional add-ons in the many other systems including Sonos and Bowers & Wilkins, so this really makes JBL Bar 9.1 stand out in terms of the value you get. Just place the two detachable surround speakers behind you and enjoy the cinematic 9.1 experience of Atmos surround sound. 

The JBL Bar 9.1’s detachable rear surrounds are also wireless and rechargeable. After about 10 hours of playtime, dock them to the Bar 9.1’s built-in magnets to recharge them until you’re ready to re-use them. Charge time for recharging the detachable speakers is about 3 hours. For $999.95, JBL gives you the whole Atmos experience complete with soundbar, subwoofer, and rear speakers for 9 channels of 3D surround sound immersion.

At this price point, we like that there are no extra wires or extra power connections needed. We think JBL Bar 9.1 presents the most convenient all-in-one system for the money and with JBL sound quality that will thrill you and your family.

Bonus Points:

  • Room Calibration: Microphones built into the soundbar for convenient calibration.
  • Control Features: Chromecast & Apple AirPlay 2.
  • Other connectivity options: Optical, USB, WIFI, Ethernet, and Bluetooth.

HDMI eARC

Musical & Thrilling JBL Sound

Convenient Package Includes Sub + Rears

Samsung HW-Q950A Bundle

Samsung HW-Q950A 11.1.4 Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Samsung is an innovator in home entertainment solutions and other high-tech devices. The Samsung HW-Q950A Dolby Atmos Soundbar is a true 11.1.4 channel Dolby Atmos & DTS:X system and is a very impressive all-in-one bundle for the money.  

Similar to the JBL Bar 9.1 and the Klipsch Cinema 1200, Samsung gives you a matching wireless sub and a rear wireless speaker kit all included. This puts the Q950A soundbar in the same $1,600 price category as the Sonos Arc when you bundle the Sonos Sub — but Samsung gives you a pair of wireless rear surrounds on top of the sub for a similar price-point. 

As a bundled kit, the Samsung Q950A is powered by an impressive 22 speakers all working together to surround you in 11.1.4 channels of immersive 3D Dolby Atmos sound. 15 of these speakers are dedicated to the soundbar section, itself, with 9 of these speaker drivers being front-facing — each having a tweeter and 2 midrange drivers per channel for 3 channels on the right, center, and left for a clear ear-level soundstage. 

The bar has additional full-range side-firing drivers that throw sound at all angles of the room while a total of 4 full-range up-firing speakers reproduce elevation in the sound-field — plus 4 more side-firing drivers angled behind you completely cover you in ear-level sound. The wireless subwoofer included will reproduce pretty good bottom-end weight on movie sound effects with a decent impact that will work great in a family room or a bonus room.

Not only do you get 11.1.4 channels of the immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound with rear speakers and a sub — you also get Samsung’s cool high-tech features baked in for about the same amount of money as the Sonos Arc with just the Sonos Sub bundled and no rear speakers at all. Samsung’s Adaptive Active Voice Amplifier tech will analyze each scene in a movie, and then automatically emphasize voices in each scene so you hear every line of dialogue, clearly — even on low-volume. 

Gamers will also gain an upper hand when sounds like footsteps coming from behind you are optimized for more spacious cinematic realism. We were especially impressed with how well Samsung’s Game Mode Pro enhanced the soundscape during gaming sessions. First-person shooters and even third-person stealth games like Ghost of Tsushima felt more immersive like we were inside the game and on the battlefield! The Samsung HW-Q950A is also controllable with the SmartThings app, so you can connect this soundbar system to your network, and have full control over the whole audio experience throughout your house with other SmartThings devices.

When you compare this true Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar to the Sonos Arc bundled with only the Sonos Sub for almost the same amount of money — or even when you compare this to another complete package such as the JBL Bar 9.1 — the Samsung HW-Q950A is a bargain for around $600 more. While the JBL Bar 9.1 still represents the most value for the money, we think the Samsung HW-Q950A is one of the best true Dolby Atmos systems we have experienced at this price point. 

For $1,799.00 , the Samsung HW-Q950A is a premium surround sound package with a true Dolby Atmos surround experience. If you are wanting more advanced features that will enhance your experience for playing video games, watching movies, or listening to music plus more expandable listening throughout the house, we think the Samsung HW-Q950A is one of the most premium systems you can own for the money.

Bonus Points:

  • Audio Optimization Modes: Standard, Surround, Adaptive Sound, Game Mode Pro, & SpaceFit Sound+ Auto Calibration w/ automatically calibrated tones & enriched bass, Q-Symphony optimized for compatible Samsung QLED 4K TVs, & 4K pass-through.
  • Control Features: Amazon Alexa built-in voice control with SmartThings app, & Tap Sound for mirroring music on your phone to the soundbar.
  • Other connectivity options: (2x) HDMI inputs, (1x) HDMI eARC output, digital optical audio input, WIFI, & Bluetooth TV connection.

HDMI eARC

True 11.1.4 Dolby Atmos Immersion

Includes Wireless Sub + Rear Surround Kit

Sony HT-A7000 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Sony is known for its groundbreaking technologies and ultra-high-end audio products. The company is highly innovative and constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s sonically possible. For this reason, we think the Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is a premium option to consider. This one delivers a true 7.1.2 surround sound experience from the just bar and nothing else. 

The A7000 is a complete 7.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos system that makes immersive surround sound extremely simple. For just a little bit more than the JBL Bar 9.1 and still less than $1,500, the A7000 gives you the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound experience plus a built-in subwoofer that will reproduce pretty good bass. The bar uses Sony’s special X-Balanced speaker tech, so you don’t have to buy additional rear speakers or clutter your living space. 

The built-in subwoofer inside the bar features Sony’s special X-Balanced speaker tech which maximizes the diaphragm area of the woofer to reproduce better, punchier and clearer bass from just the bar with minimal distortion. But, for the money, just go all out and add on the SA-SW5 wireless sub and the SA-RS3S Wireless Rear Surround Speakers for around $1000 more. The immersion you will get from this expanded 9.1.2 Dolby Atmos system will perform noticeably better in a medium to large-sized room. 

Some people have a room that will accommodate the extra boost in surround sound performance — so, it is really cool Sony made the A7000 so expandable.

 

With the larger Sony SA-SW5 wireless sub in the mix, you will get deeper bass extension for more impactful sound effects that really hit you in the chest on movies and TV shows — plus, you’ll have a wider soundstage with clearer details in the presentation with a pair of Sony SA-RS3S Wireless Rear speakers behind you — especially on effects like footsteps that were intended by the director to sound like they are coming from behind you. 

For music, there’s even a special digital enhancement engine (called DSEE Extreme) that will analyze your music for lost harmonics and restore the quality of compressed files to near high-resolution quality in real-time. And with USB, Wi-Fi, LDAC over Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and support for wireless multiroom streaming with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, there’s really no shortage of ways to playback hi-res music wirelessly throughout your house. 

Even though the cost is a little bit higher than the JBL Bar 9.1, you will get Sony’s innovative tech and their unique approach to the Dolby Atmos experience — all from a single soundbar — plus the ability to expand your system to 9.1.2 channels of surround sound when you add the optional wireless speakers is really cool! 

One way or another, whether it's the superb sound quality or the cool features packed inside, we think this high-performance soundbar delivers exceptional value. For less than $1500.00, it’s one of the most premium soundbar systems for the money, and the list of useful features means you’ll never run out of ways to keep enjoying it. 

To learn more, watch our overview on Sony's Dolby Atmos Soundbar Lineup.

Bonus Points:

  • Audio Optimization Modes: S-Master HX digital amp, Bravia Acoustic Center Sync, Immersive AE, & DSEE Extreme.
  • Control Features: Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, works with Google Home, and supports multi-room streaming with voice control from Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa.  
  • Other connectivity options: Keep adding to your Home Theater setup with 2x HDMI 2.1 inputs, 1x HDMI eARC output, optical SPDIF, analog AUX, USB port, Built-in WIFI, Hi-Res LDAC Bluetooth, & Apple AirPlay 2.

Features Galore

Premium Hi-Res Sony Sound Quality

Minimalistic Design Yet, Expandable.

Image of the Klipsch Cinema 1200 Sound bar with the surrounds and the subwoofer.

Klipsch Cinema 1200 Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Wireless Sub

Including the wireless sub and surrounds, there are an impressive 16 speaker drivers total in the entire Cinema 1200 Atmos system. 

But, Klipsch didn't stop there. They pulled out all the stops and brought something unique to the soundbar category — something only Klipsch is able to do extremely well. Klipsch used some very impressive driver design principles inspired by their Reference Premiere series and put them into this soundbar. 

Klipsch used a 1-inch horn-loaded tweeter called the Tractrix® Horn. This is a very well-proven tweeter design you’ll also find in some of Klipsch’s most expensive speakers. The benefit you will get with high-performance front-facing drivers like the ones used here is exceptionally clearer dialogue especially in the dedicated center channel with movies and TV shows without the use of DSP or digital trickery.

For less than $2,000, Klipsch gives you the whole Atmos experience complete with a premium horn-loaded soundbar, a subwoofer with a 12-inch down-firing driver, and side speakers exclusively made for the Cinema 1200 with the Atmos speakers on top for 5.1.4 channels of 3D immersion. The ability to fully decode Atmos up to 7.1.4 channels with Klipsch’s special virtualization tech is the icing on the cake. When you compare this complete system with other high-performance bars, the Cinema 1200 stands out as a complete premium surround sound package for the money.

We were one of the first in the country to test the Klipsch Cinema 1200 even before it launched. Klipsch actually reached out to us to help their engineers test and develop features for the new product. If you are looking for the best performance with features that will future-proof your setup in one convenient package, we think Klipsch has a solution that will deliver the experience of a professional movie theater in true 5.1.4 channels of Dolby Atmos for an impressive price point.

 

To learn more, watch the Klipsch Cinema 1200 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

Bonus Points:

  • Virtualization Tech: For Atmos content greater than 5.1.4, this will decode up to 7.1.4 virtual surround sound installation in your room.
  • Control Features: voice control with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2 & Spotify Connect built-in. EQ Control (coming via Mobile App update).
  • Other connectivity options: 3.5mm stereo-miniplug, optical cable, ethernet port, WIFI, Bluetooth 5.0, and wireless multiroom“Streamer Mode” integrates with Google Home app. 

HDMI eARC

Klipsch Horn-loaded Performance

4-Piece Bundled Kit Includes Sub Plus Surrounds

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Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

Sennheiser is an independent family-owned business headquartered in Germany where it designs and manufactures a wide variety of high-performance audio products. It was founded in 1945 by Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and soon after, it started producing some of the world’s best microphones and headphones and other products for the pro audio market and audiophiles around the globe. 

If you like keeping your home entertainment area clean and simple without any compromises to your high-end audio experience, then Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar is the best Dolby Atmos soundbar you can buy with the most minimalistic setup. 

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar will give you a complete end-to-end 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience that will produce deep low-end frequency content — even without a subwoofer. While there is an output to connect a sub, you don’t need to buy one for this soundbar. This state-of-the-art device is capable of reproducing extreme bass as low as 30Hz that will go all the way up to 20kHz. 

The Sennheiser AMBEO harnesses its power to present audio across the frequency spectrum from 13 high-end drivers in a sleek all-in-one design. 6 built-in long-throw woofers re-produce deep 30Hz bass, and 5 high-end tweeters cover your room with high-fidelity sound, while 2 top-firing drivers present the sense of vertical elevation in your sound field — all directly from the unit.

To learn more about AMBEO, watch the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Review.

The AMBEO produces one of the best 3D home audio experiences we have ever heard coming out of a single soundbar. Advanced room calibration controls using the latest virtualization technology provides the ability to personalize your studio-grade experience to taste right from within Sennheiser’s Smart Control app. The included high-quality microphones will capture the unique acoustic properties of your room for a spacious 3D experience that’s tailored-made.

If you want the best performance available for both cinema and music in an all-in-one sophisticated device, the state-of-the-art technology and immersive Dolby Atmos sound coming out of the Sennheiser AMBEO is hard to beat. When you compare it to other high-performance systems that require additional speakers to present this level of 3D immersion, the Sennheiser AMBEO re-creates the studio-grade experience of a complete surround sound installation for less than $2,500. For the money, it’s one of the best soundbars we’ve ever seen.

Bonus Points:

  • Room Calibration: calibration microphone optimizes the sound for the unique acoustics of any room.
  • Audio Optimization Modes: Movie, Music, Sports, Neutral, AMBEO Off/On, 4K pass-through.
  • Control Features: Google Chromecast and special EQs to tailor the sound with the Sennheiser Smart Control app.
  • Other connectivity options: (1x) optical input, (3x) HDMI inputs, (1x) HDMI eARC output, (1x) AUX Input, (1x) USB input, (1x) Subwoofer (Mono RCA) Pre-out, ethernet port, (1x) Mic input, WIFI, Bluetooth and UPnP.

HDMI eARC

Studio-grade Sennheiser Performance

End-to-end Atmos Immersion

Overall Recommendation

While not quite the same immersion as a full home theater installation with separate speakers all around the room, Atmos-enabled soundbars with the upward-firing speakers built in & a wireless subwoofer is a fantastic way to experience Dolby Atmos in a living room or any bedroom. 

A full surround sound installation requires careful planning for the layout of all your speakers for the best sound. Our Home Theater Speaker Layout Options will guide you, but If you want to play around with some options, check out our free Home Theater Design Tool. You can also chat with us to explore all of your options. 

Adding any soundbar to your TV watching for movies, shows, sports or music will add so much more to the experience. You really can’t go wrong by adding a soundbar. All of them will enhance movies, gaming, and music well beyond the thin sound coming out of a flat-screen TV.

However, choosing a great soundbar for the money is a more difficult decision. With so many options on the market, and so many features to understand, it can be challenging knowing which one is the best. 

We think the soundbars on this list are simply the best you can buy this year. The decision comes down to your budget and your needs. If you want a subwoofer or the rear speakers bundled into the price, then JBL Bar 9.1, Samsung HW-Q950A, Sennheiser AMBEO, or the Sonos Arc Surround Sound Set are the best choices.

And, if you don't need a subwoofer, or if you think you might add one later, then the Sonos Arc (without the Sub), and the Sony HT-A7000 are the most expandable systems for the money. Either way, we hope this comparison has made your decision to find the best of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar much easier!

When you buy from Audio Advice, we’re also including an exclusive “Tips & Tricks - How to set up your specific soundbar" video, available only to Audio Advice customers. These videos will give you some additional key tricks, including how to get the best sound for your room, and a few other tips.

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