BEST SOUNDS FOR 2019
With each of these areas in mind, you should have a good idea of what to look for in a soundbar or a soundbar / sub combo. With that being said, over the years we have launched many products through their paces at Engadget and we have several favorites at different price points to get you started.
Budget Selection: Vizio SB362An-F6
Amazon Vizio SB362An-F6 – $ 100
Select Medium Range: Sonos Beam
The Sonos player is nice but also expensive. Fortunately, the company debuted a more affordable soundbar option last year. Apart from being reasonably priced at $ 399, this model also offers a number of smart features – such as voice control via Alexa and Google Assistant. There's only one HDMI output to connect to your TV and Ethernet port, so if you want to connect more gear, you're left with Sonos & Sub or One (or Play: 1) speakers to make it healthier and more wireless for home theater. The company includes HDMI to an optical adapter in the box, so if you prefer this connection, it's still an option.
Sonos gives you access to almost any streaming service through its application. For Spotify users, you can get a direct connection through Spotify Connect without having to leave the streaming library. Beam also supports AirPlay 2. for iOS faithfulness.
Benos Sonos certainly offers a boost to television audio and music, but you will probably want to consider accessories if you want really great sound for movies and shows. You can easily do this with some additional Sonos purchases, which fortunately you can add at your own pace. The Playbar is also still available, as is the Playbase, a low-profile living room speaker that sits beneath your TV. Each of these options will cost you more money, but if you're looking to create a smart audio solution and smart home setup, Beam is the best place to start with Sonos.
Sonos Beam on Amazon – $ 399
Middle Class Choice: Polk Audio Command Bar
Polk Audio Command Bar in Amazon – $ 239
Middle Class Choice: JBL Link Bar
Amazon JBL Links Bar – $ 400
Premium Choice: Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
If you want a truly immersive all-in-one setup and have almost no budget constraints, Sennheiser's Ambeo Soundbar is full of beast technology – the accent is the Ambeo 3D sound technology that the company has refined for years, and this soundbar is the first device with it that most people will want to use In addition to the support of Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H and DTS: X, Ambeo technology can also "perfect" 5.1 audio to much improved 3D sound, not as good as Atmos, but noticeably better than normal 5.1 outputs.  Sennheiser is packed in everything here in terms of connectivity. There are three HDMI inputs (v.2.0a), one HDMI output (v.2.1 eARC), optical input and aux input (stereo RCA). There is also an Ethernet jack for cable internet and a pre-output subwoofer (mono-RCA), in case you feel the need to add a lower tuning tone. If you want to stay wireless, Ambeo Soundbar has Bluetooth and Chromecast. There are also five acoustic presets: film, music, news, sports and neutral. And for each one, you can choose a lightweight, standard and upgraded Ambeo level, in addition to making EQ tweaks from the Sennheiser Smart Control app. This software will also prevent you from accessing the remote control.
Yes, this thing has everything you could want in a soundbar, but there's a huge warning: It's huge. The Ambeo Soundbar is not only bigger in every dimension than most other options, it weighs just over 40 pounds. (18.5 kg). Look, I understand. Sennheiser needs enough space for these 13 drivers to work, but you'll want to make sure (and measure twice!) That you have enough space to accommodate this monster. If you plan to put this on a mantle, it may not fit. If you have the space to stretch your muscles, you will not be disappointed with the immersive audio you will get from (some) selections on Netflix, movies, and more.
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar – $ 2500
Premium Choice: Sony HT-ST5000