Relating to NBA gamers, catwalk fashions and the soundbars class of the What Hi-Fi? Awards, it appears peak actually does matter. This yr, for the primary time ever, all of our Greatest Purchase winners are Dolby Atmos-enabled, which means that it doesn’t matter what your funds and room measurement, there’s an immersive, height-inclusive sound resolution to fit your residing house.
Unbeaten within the funds class for the previous three years, Sonos’s Beam has now been dethroned… by its personal successor. The not too long ago launched Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has knocked its forebear off the highest spot with the addition of (glorious) digital Dolby Atmos sound, to not point out improved tonal vary and dynamics. And sure, it nonetheless gives the identical ease of use and clever options that the model is famend for.
Launched simply final yr, the corporate’s pricier mannequin, the Sonos Arc, stays certainly one of our high picks after profitable our Product of the Yr – the best recognition within the What Hello-Fi? Awards – in 2020. Its true Dolby Atmos efficiency remains to be above and past something we have heard for a similar cash over the previous yr, even making an allowance for its recent cost increase. It is easy to arrange, slots into the Sonos ecosystem in addition to you’d count on, and delivers detailed, dramatic audio for a excessive however very cheap worth.
Whereas Sonos as soon as once more dominates within the two lowest worth bands, there’s a welcome newcomer additional up. Sony’s all-singing-all-dancing HT-A7000 makes a substantial affect with its spectacular supply of seven.1.2 channels of highly effective sound from a singular bar. Filled with next-gen options and streaming choices, the A7000 is an extremely competent, future-proofed performer that units a brand new benchmark for Dolby Atmos soundbars beneath £1500.
And on the very high finish of the value spectrum, the breathtaking and weighty Sennheiser Ambeo stays unmovable. This chunky soundbar has a sturdy sonic high quality to match its stature, conjuring up convincing Dolby Atmos encompass sound and loads of low finish, proving you’ll be able to have each with out the necessity to cram your lounge with a number of audio system.
Now, solely one of those Greatest Purchase winners will win our enviable Product of the Yr trophy when these particular awards are introduced on third November, so remember to tune into What Hello-Fi? that night.
Within the meantime, why not have your say and vote for the What Hi-Fi? 2021 Readers’ Award, which will even be introduced on that inevitably chilly November night time.
Learn our Sennheiser Ambeo review
Our choose of the best soundbars 2021: the perfect TV audio system you should purchase