If you have a huge OLED or QLED TV at home that has High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) contrast and 4K UHD resolution and you want to enhance the sound, it doesn’t make sense to buy a sound bar for 100€. On this page you’ll find our recommendations for premium soundbars at the highest level. If you’re wondering if a soundbar or hi-fi system is right for your home theater, you’ll find all the information you need here.
Teufel Cinebar Pro
To call this soundbar from German manufacturer Teufel a soundbar is actually a mere understatement. For €1.299 you get a narrow, lying hifi system including subwoofer. This package gives you a sound that’s washed away.
The Cinebar Pro is up to any occasion: party music, cinema evening, Netflix afternoon – everything is possible with it.
Eight drivers and six power amplifiers together provide a virtual surround sound based on Dynamore Ultra technology, which is distributed throughout the entire room.
TV and music playback work fine with Cinebar Pro – even wirelessly. You’ll find extensive streaming options to suit your preferences.
Sonos was one of the first companies to offer a complete smart home solution. The Sonos Playbar is the 3.0 channel soundbar that delivers a wide stereo stage in addition to the center channel.
The smart Playbar connects effortlessly to other Sonos products or Amazon Echo devices. With the Sonos Sub and 2 PLAY:1 speakers, you have a full 5.1 system in your room in no time at all.
The Playbar can actually only be connected to the other devices in the home network via WLAN (or Ethernet cable). There is also a digital optical input.
- 35.4 in x 5.5 in x 3.3 in (WxHxD); 11.9 lbs
- 3.0 Channels
- Dolby Digital & Stereo
- No Bluetooth or HDMI
- 2x Ethernet Ports & 1x Digital
- optical input
- Can be coupled with Amazon Echo products
- 6 midrange & 3 tweeters
If you’re less interested in all the smart home bells and whistles and virtual surround sound and more in outstanding sound, you should take a look at a hi-fi manufacturer like Nubert.
The smaller nuPro AS-250 was even voted the test winner of the one-piece soundbars by Stiftung Warentest in issue 10/2018. The big brother, the AS-450, offers comparable sounds and is much bigger and louder.
It has two tweeters, four mid-bass drivers and one woofer. The stereo soundbase already has an integrated amplifier. Just plug it in and go!
The nuPro offers four inputs: optical, coaxial, aux in and USB. An HDMI ARC adapter is also included.
The AS-450 is rather a premium sound deck and does not belong to the premium sound bars. It can carry up to 220 lbs and is therefore the ideal base for your TV.
At the end of the day we can only give you recommendations – you have to decide for yourself. If we assume that you only have one TV in your living room and start from zero in terms of sound, buying a sound bar might make more sense. With the purchase of just one device, you get a whole new sound experience in your home.
If, however, you enjoy lovingly putting things together in individual parts, selecting the speakers individually and finding the best combination, a hi-fi system could be more your thing. Note, however, that the cost of a good hi-fi system far exceeds that of premium soundbars.
For example, if you already have an AV receiver, you should build on it. Soundbars do not require any additional peripherals.
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