Dolby Atmos with soundbars

You get the best surround sound with Dolby Atmos. In addition to the well-known 5.1 or 7.1 channels, elevation channels are also added, resulting in a 5.1.2 system, for example. We’ll show you that this effect is also possible with soundbars that combine several speakers in one form. This is how you bring the cinema experience home to you!

How is Dolby Atmos possible with a sound bar?

The fact that this multitude of different channels and thus directions comes from only one sound bar is made possible by reflection from the ceiling and walls. However, the Atmos effect becomes even better when rear speakers are included.

Dolby Atmos is one of the new object-based surround sound formats. It does not store audio tracks for several clearly defined channels (e.g. 5.1 channels), but audio tracks for objects in the room, which are then played back by different loudspeakers depending on the set-up.

Even though in theory Dolby Atmos can be used for many more channels, the Dolby TrueHD codec, which is the most widely used nowadays, can handle anything up to 9.1.6.

For a soundbar, however, this is at most conditionally possible. Even if high-end sound bars use the walls and ceiling to reflect the sound, 5.1.2 or rarely 7.1.2 is the end of the line. This results in a noticeably better surround sound that can’t be compared to a real Dolby Atmos surround system.


LG SL10Y

LG SL10YG 5.1.2 Channel High Res Audio Sound Bar w/Meridian Technology & Dolby Atmos
$ 1299 $ 998
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

LG throws a top product into the ring with the SL10Y. The wireless subwoofer and sound bar provide 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos sound.

The sound bar can be connected via 3.5mm jack, HDMI, LAN, Bluetooth and WLAN. So it should fit into every home cinema setup.

Operation is even easier – either by remote control or by voice control from the comfort of the couch.

  • 5.7 in x 56.7 x 2.4 cm ; 42.5 lbs
  • 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Meridian Technology
  • 2x HDMI In (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2), 1x HDMI Out (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2), 1x Optical Cable, 3.5mm Jack Input, Bluetooth, LAN, WLAN
  • Hi-Res Audio with 24 Bit / 192 kHz, Simplink, ARC and ASC support
  • Box contents: SL10Y, wireless subwoofer, remote control incl. batteries, wall bracket, optical cable, cable tie, manual, warranty card

Samsung HW-MS650/ZA

The Samsung HW-MS650/ZA is a full-grown Dolby Atmos sound bar that is not only predestined for Samsung televisions. The virtual channels are created by 9 loudspeakers from the soundbar, subwoofer and 2 rear speakers.

This soundbar gets you an action packed sound. You are really in the middle of the action with the HW-MS650/ZA!

Samsung Electronics Sound+ Premium Soundbar (HW-MS650/ZA)
$ 277
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

Sony HT-ST5000

Sony ST5000 7.1.2ch 800W Dolby Atmos Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (HT-ST5000)
$ 1499 $ 1298
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

Of course Sony also offers a Dolby Atmos sound bar. The HT-ST5000 produces virtual 7.1 surround sound using the built-in S-Master HX digital amplifier, a wireless subwoofer and seven speakers.

The surround sound is fantastic, which is confirmed by numerous customer voices.

  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 48 in x 24 in x 11.6 lbs; 59.5 lbs
  • Connectivity through WLAN, Bluetooth, HDMI, LAN, optical connection
  • wireless subwoofer
  • Box contents: Sony HT-ST5000 7.1 Channel Soundbar black, Subwoofer

Do I need HDMI eARC?

Not really. If Dolby Atmos is stored in the Dolby Digital Plus codec (which streaming services like Netflix & Amazon Prime use), then “normal” HDMI ARC is sufficient to send the Atmos sound back to the sound bar.

HDMI eARC returns Dolby Digital to a sound bar in the Dolby TrueHD codec. The Dolby TrueHD codec is actually only used with Blu-ray Discs. Depending on how you play these discs, you often have the possibility to separate picture and sound at the player, which makes an audio return channel between TV and sound bar obsolete.

However, it should be mentioned that Dolby Digital Plus is more compressed than Dolby TrueHD and that streaming services may switch to the other format in the future.

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* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 5. December 2019 at 20:32. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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