This is new year and one must do something new every year, so if 2021 is the year for you and you are planning to buy a soundbar then this is the guide you need.
Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or not, an immersive 5.1 speaker system is something you are lacking. However much best your TV is, it needs a soundbar to complement it and that is why here is a guide that shows the best soundbars in the market according to the category. So choose the category that suits you the most and you are good to go.
Top 10 Best Soundbars in 2021
#1 The Best Overall Soundbar – Samsung Harman Kardon Dolby Atmos Soundbar HW-Q90R
Samsung’s brand new all-singing and all-dancing flagship soundbar HW-Q90R is the best overall soundbar there is. Not only does it support the object-based audio in the form of DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, but it also the only model in 2019 and 2020 that has been able to achieve this feat with upward firing drivers (four) and genuine rear speakers.
This cleverly designed soundbar might suspiciously look like 2018’s HW-N950 but that’s where the similarities end. This new model boasts a carbon silver finish and metal grilles yet remains unassuming in its appearance.
However, you will need plenty of space to position it where you want to, otherwise, it can always go on the wall.
The significant feature for this soundbar is the fact that it supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, but its ability to deliver the output that it does using an original 7.1.4-channel setup is a real winner.
The combination of 12 speakers and 17 drivers make this feat possible. Three channels at the front use three drivers – a wide range tweeter and two woofers and the remaining channels are dependent upon single drivers.
All the speakers are divided into 12 channels – front right and left, two rears, two sides, center, a pair of rear heights, two front heights, and a sub. A built-in amplification of 512W drives these speakers and the claimed frequency response of the system ranges from 34Hz to 17Hz.
However, despite the apparent perfection of multi-channel delivery and object-based decoding that the soundbar has managed to achieve, there are still some downpoints. One of those downsides being, the basic setup of the soundbar. Of course, that makes the installation easier but it also means that to get the best out of the system, you will have to work hard.
It would be really nice of Samsung if they could do some auto-callibration to make sure everything works optimally.
- Immersive sound quality
- Full-on immersion
- Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- Easy to install and setup
- Looks good and well made
- Limited HDMI inputs
- No auto-calibration