Soundbars/Soundbases

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Mark Craven  |  Aug 27, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedMark Craven enjoys this soundbar's can-do attitude with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Blu-ray mixes

As noted at this year's IFA GPC [see p22], the soundbar market is surging. There's plenty of choice too, from budget models to Dolby Atmos power pushers. LG's SL8YG is one of the latter – a £700 soundbar/sub combi with cinematic immersion on its mind.

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.

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.
Mark Craven  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Polk Audio is the latest brand to add wireless rear speakers to a soundbar/subwoofer system, therefore offering a 5.1 solution to those not interested in the more traditional approach based around a separate amplifier, 5.1 speaker package and oodles of speaker cable.

The system in question is the Magnifi MAX SR, available for around £600. It's the expanded version of Polk's 3.1-channel Magnifi MAX, itself a more serious proposition than the compact Magnifi Mini.

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...
Jamie Carter  |  Sep 27, 2018  |  First Published: Sep 26, 2018  |  0 comments
Denon's multi-talented soundbar has Jamie Carter streaming Björk, kicking back with The Last Jedi 4K BD and pondering a wireless 5.1 upgrade...
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...
Mark Craven  |  Jul 16, 2018  |  0 comments

From the same range as JBL's multichannel-capable Bar 5.1, only less ambitious, comes the Bar Studio. A subwoofer-free, 2.0-channel design aimed at mid-size flatscreen owners, it arrives in the UK with a £150 ticket, meaning it joins an already crowded market of budget 'bars.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments

JBL's Bar 5.1 aims to bridge the gap between the soundbar norm and a multichannel setup, by the addition of wireless surround speakers that unclip from the main enclosure. The idea being that you can bring these out for movie night, and reattach them to the 'bar afterwards. 

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  |  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.

Danny Phillips  |  Jun 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Q Acoustics’ motorway-themed soundbar range continues with the M3, a slimmer and more affordable follow-up to the M4 (reviewed here and winner of our Soundbar of the Year award) and is actually still on sale three years later.

Steve May  |  May 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Is the time right to downsize that soundbar? Well, with set-top boxes, games consoles, Blu-ray players and jumbo bags of Maltesers all vying for space beneath your flatscreen, real estate is increasingly precious, so if you can shrink without impacting sound quality, going nano clearly makes a lot of sense.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Cambridge Audio could have gone back to the drawing board for its latest soundbase speaker, but has instead opted to take its previous TV5 model and refresh its audio chops and connective options while retaining the muted styling and driver technology. It's retained the naming system too, so be aware that this is known as the TV5 (v2), and the more affordable new TV2 is the TV2 (v2).

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