Soundbars/Soundbases

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Richard Stevenson  |  Apr 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Samsung's HW-MS650 soundbar arrives as the first of the brand's 2017 audio lineup. It hopes to build upon the good work of last year's exemplary HW-K950, and again boasts development at Samsung's state-of-the-art Audio Design Lab, which opened in 2016 with staff poached from luminary brands such as Harman, B&O and Gibson, plus Hollywood’s film industry.
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Fitting somewhere in the middle of Samsung's burgeoning range of upper-market soundbars, the HW-MS750 is a mid-sized offering festooned with features and connectivity. As with the brand's flagship HW-K950 and HW-MS650 tested previously, R&D has been completed at Samsung's California-based Audio Design Lab, so the promise here is of yet another high-performance partner for your flatscreen.

Richard Stevenson  |  Jul 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Soundbars continue to be the home entertainment sound system of choice for most people. Even those with a serious multichannel setup may well have a soundbar in another room to bolster a TV without the fuss of amps and speakers. But not all claim to create a surround sound experience – a feature which tops the spec sheet of Samsung's HW-N650.

Richard Stevenson  |  Oct 23, 2018  |  0 comments
Coming in at £1,500, Samsung's HW-N950 is 
a serious, home cinema-centric proposition, comprising 
the main soundbar, wireless subwoofer, and two wireless rear speakers. The promise is 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X sonics with a premium performance...
Richard Stevenson  |  Jul 18, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThe HW-Q70R decodes object-based audio into a 3.1.2-channel soundstage. Will total immersion addict Richard Stevenson be left wanting more?

Samsung's acoustic beaM technology has been squeezed into some slimmer, sleeker-looking soundbars in this year's lineup. The HW-Q70R sits in the middle of the range, with a fair bit of technology ported over from last year's HW-N850, including bringing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding to the feature list. There's no doubt hope it will have big appeal to gamers as well as movie fans, as these next-gen formats gain traction in both camps.

John Archer  |  Feb 11, 2014  |  0 comments

Every now and then a product comes our way that makes us wonder how its maker can possibly be earning any money on it. The Sandstrom S47S13 is one of those products.

Steve May  |  Sep 25, 2019  |  0 comments
In this premium, feature-packed home cinema soundbar, proprietary Sennheiser processing makes Dolby Atmos even more immersive
Danny Phillips  |  Jul 09, 2012  |  0 comments

One of a trio of soundbars in Sharp’s latest lineup, the £120 HT-SL50 purports to be the world’s slimmest, at just an astonishing 26mm high. I don’t have a tape measure to hand and access to every other ‘bar on the planet, so I’ll have to take its word for it.

Steve May  |  Jun 03, 2013  |  0 comments

Having effectively modernised hi-fi, the wireless titan that is Sonos has set its sights on the booming soundbar business, and seemingly almost by default, finds itself a home cinema player, too. But can the brand really replicate its audio success in the world of TV and multichannel audio?

Mark Craven  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments

The Sony HT-RT5 soundbar is a bit of an odd one. It's a soundbar accompanied not only by a subwoofer but also two wireless surround speakers. The huge success of soundbars has been based on people's distaste for multiple boxes – those who fell out of love with all-in-one systems. Now the clutter is piling up again. I, for one, couldn't be happier.

Adrian Justins  |  Feb 01, 2014  |  0 comments

If square speaker drivers existed then Sony would have certainly used them for the HT-ST7, a soundbar that’s got more hard edges than Jason Statham and more angles than a protractor factory. Even the remote control is a perfect oblong with triangular shaped buttons. And with substantial dimensions and considerable heft to both bar and subwoofer (not pictured) there is nothing subtle about the HT-ST7’s look.

Steve May  |  Jul 15, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedIt may lack upfiring drivers, but this affordable Dolby Atmos system compensates with unbridled chutzpah, says Steve May

The SONY HT-X8500 is proof that you don't need to spend big for a truly entertaining Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar. Modestly priced (given that you can easily spend twice as much for a rival system), it's surprisingly compact and compatible with both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Steve May  |  Sep 21, 2018  |  0 comments
The very idea seems preposterous. 
A 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar system that lacks upfiring speakers? But that’s exactly what Sony offers here...
Steve May  |  Oct 11, 2013  |  0 comments

The soundbar market is making quite a noise these days. The compact convenience of these sonic slivers has proved a big hit with telly addicts eager to compensate for the rubbish audio offered by most superslim TVs. The latest maker to sound off with one is specialty hi-fi outfit SpeakerCraft, better known for its high-performance in-wall architectural loudspeakers. Only the brand’s CS3 isn’t exactly a sound bar, it’s more an audio pedestal. 

Steve May  |  Jun 11, 2019  |  0 comments
Unboxing Teufel's Cinebar Pro is akin to discovering dinosaurs grazing in Jurassic Park. If you're hoping for sonic evolution you'll be disappointed. This throwback soundbar eschews fashionable immersive sound codecs in favour of conventional 2.1, but still has wow factor.

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