In this review we feature the best Dolby Atmos soundbars that provide a full cinematic sound experience at home. These soundbars are equipped with Dolby Atmos technology which can move sound through three-dimensional spaces, allowing the listener to perceive sound in all directions and create a 3D soundstage. These soundbars are designed to produce high resolution audio and support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X performance. Furthermore, some of these soundbars are compatible with wireless Bluetooth which allow you to stream your favorite music from your smartphone to the speakers. These soundbars come with upward firing drivers which push sound upwards towards the ceiling and reflect it down to your room for object-based sound positioning (see diagram example below).
Our experts have tested numerous soundbars to determine which ones provide the best cinematic surround sound with Dolby Atmos compatibility, so be sure to check out our top picks below!
The Nakamichi Shockwafe soundbar system is one of the best Dolby Atmos compatible systems consisting of a 1000W soundbar, dual 10” subwoofers and four 2-way rear speakers. The soundbar in this system is designed to deliver up to 9.2.4 channels of 360 degree surround sound and comes with spatial surround elevation (SSE) technology with DTS:X/Dolby Atmos compatibility. The entire system is designed to provide a new level of surround sound, and features 3 advanced audio processing engines working to enhance directionality and spaciousness with detailed sound. The Nakamichi soundbar provides 9.2.4 channels of Dolby Atmos or DTS:X object based multi-directional audio that flows around and above you, giving you the sense of being immersed in a lifelike sound environment. The system also provides up to 110dB of room-filling sound which is really loud. Furthermore, this system supports virtually all latest videos standards including Dolby Vision pass-through, 4K UHD pass-through, high-dynamic range (HDR), HDCP 2.2 and HDMI audio return channel. You can connect up to 6 devices via 1 HDMI ARC, 3 HDMI (v2.0), 1 optical and 1 coaxial input.
The Nakamichi Shockwafe coms with dual 10” wireless subwoofers which produce deep punchy bass performance; they merge to distribute the bass output evenly throughout the room with no localization. You can also crank up the bass output on these speakers without hearing any distortion and get a full home theater cinematic surround sound experience. We also liked the fact that the system comes with four 4-way surround speakers which are constructed from high quality tweeters to produce clarity and full-range sound. You can also attach them as dipoles to disperse expanded surround sound effects or detached as 4 individual speakers to deliver 360 degree surround sound.
The sound quality coming from the 9-discrete channel soundbar is crystal clear, crisp and very tightly reproduced. You can hear all the sound effects coming from different directions with crystal clear clarity, and vocal and dialogues in movies sound sharp and clear. We liked the fact that you can use the new Atmos firmware update on these speakers to get Atmos played from all of the system’s speakers and the soundbar. The sounds in movies and cinematics goes all around you and you can literally feel the bass impact from anywhere in the room. The firmware update also gives every speaker the ability to produce height effects which gives the illusion that the sound is coming from an upper angle. This creates a robust and even wider soundstage which adds to the 3D sound effect, allowing you to hear minor details in the recording that you might not have heard before.
Overall, the Nakamichi Shockwafe is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar speaker system that really delivers in terms of quality and a full cinematic experience, and is highly recommended for audiophiles.
The LG SK10Y is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars you can find that provides high resolution and crystal clear sound performance. The SK10Y is designed for you to experience cinematic sound at home with Dolby Atmos technology; this allows you to hear details in a three-dimensional space with height effects for surround sound audio. This soundbar also features technology from Meridian Audio which combines advanced signal processing and hardware design to expand image height and widen the sound field, with custom clear vocal and enhanced bass presets for crisp high performance. The LG SKY10Y soundbar is designed to produce high-resolution audio with higher sampling rates and bit depth, providing a more accurate and enjoyable listening experience.
The sound performance of the LG SK10Y is impressive, producing full-range and distortion-free sound performance. The high-resolution audio soundbar can play lossless stereo audio at up to 24-bit/192kHz quality, providing cleaner details and good bass performance. We tried a couple of movies through the soundbar and enjoyed how well the soundbar handles spatial sound effects; the sound is projected a different angles to give the impression that it is coming from different heights and positions. You do get a 3D dimensional feel of where the sound is coming from while listening to the LG SK10Y soundbar. Vocals and dialogues are crystal clear and feel movie-like, with quality details and very clear frontal projection.
The LG SK10Y soundbar comes with Google Chromecast built-in, which integrates with Pandora and Google Play Music. The Chromecast audio also enables wireless audio from iPhone, tablets and Macbooks. We also liked the fact that the soundbar works with Google Assistant which allows you to play music, skip tracks and adjust volume using voice commands. The soundbar is also wireless surround ready and can integrate with the SPK8-S speakers for a full home theater experience. The LG SK10Y supports 4K pass-through with no loss of image quality.
The Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R supports Dolby Atmos sound and DTS:X, providing a full surround sound experience for home theater. The soundbar is powered by Samsung Acoustic beam which moves sound around you from all directions and above, giving a full 3D sound spatial imaging. The Samsung Acoustic beam technology provides directional sound that pans with the action on screen and makes it feel as though you are part of the scene. The HW-Q70R also comes with a center channel dedicated to delivering clear dialogue for movies, allowing you to hear vocal performances with crystal clear clarity. The system also includes a wireless subwoofer which delivers rich and deep bass performance with virtually no distortion. The HW-Q70R features adaptive sound performance and delivers optimized sound based on each scene even at low volumes. It also features a game mode pro which automatically detects if you are gaming and optimizes the sound in real time; do note that the game console needs to be connected to Samsung TVs via HDMI.
The sound performance of the Samsung HW-Q70R is very good, delivering pretty clear surround sound quality with crisp highs and nice vocal ranges. The midranges and bass on the HW-Q70R system are pretty well optimized, and come across as punchy and well-defined. The HW-Q70R system supports 4K pass-through built-in for high quality music. It also works with HDR 10 sources which allow you to enjoy audio with pristine quality. In addition, the HW-Q70R supports Bluetooth for easy wireless connectivity to other devices. You can also pair the soundbar with an optional wireless surround sound kit that allows you to expand your surround sound setup easily. Overall, the Samsung HW-Q70R is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar that delivers full-range surround sound, so don’t forget to check it out!
The VIZIO SB45614-F6 delivers crystal clear home theater sound with Dolby Atmos compatibility. This soundbar system allows you to experience full cinematic surround sound with four upward firing speakers and rear surround speakers. The wireless subwoofer comes with a 10” driver for deep bass reproduction and audio performance. We liked the fact that the five-channel soundbar comes with a dedicated center channel speaker which provides crystal clear dialogue for movies and music. You can also stream music with Chromecast, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. We liked the fact that the manufacturer also provided audio cables for easy set-up; VIZIO also released a new firmware update to eliminate noise issues and Wi-Fi interference. The soundbar supports Dolby Atmos sound and allows you to hear detailed 3D spatial sound effects; the upward firing speakers deliver a total of 10 channels of immersive sound performance with any complex setup requirements. If you are looking for one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars on a budget, the VIZIO SB46514-F6 is definitely a great choice.
Straight out of the box, we were pretty impressed by the VIZIO SB46514-F6 sound system – the sound quality is very good with well-balanced audio performance. The midranges and highs are crisp and well-defined, and we did not hear any distortion from the speakers at high volume level. The Dolby Atmos works on this speaker system with clear spatial sound effects; the height speakers on this system are very noticeable and provide depth and distance for the movie effects. The soundbar has a 5.1.4 speaker configuration with 10 amplifiers, and delivers a wide frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 khz with a total sound pressure level of 108 dBSPL. The 10” wireless subwoofers have a ported bass enclosure for much deeper bass response. Music performances also sound accurate and well-balanced on the SB46514-F6, with nice highs and good midrange frequencies. If you are looking for one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, the SB45614-F6 is a great choice.
The Yamaha YSP-5600 is a MusicCast soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technology for full surround sound performance. This soundbar delivers impressive sound performance with 7.1.2 multi-dimensional sound performance for full home theater. The soundbar can also provide wireless multi-room audio playback using your existing Wi-Fi network by adding other MusicCast speakers, sound bars or AV receivers in other rooms. The YSP-5600 soundbar has HDMI inputs with 4K ultra-HD pass through and HDCP 2.2. We liked the fact that this soundbar has versatile connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and Spotify Connect which allows you to access your music library on Pandora and Spotify easily. The YSP-5600 soundbar is designed with 44 positioned beam drivers and two woofers which create a 7-channel sound beam system. These beams are projected onto the walls and ceilings to create an immersive 3D soundfield. This surround sound beams are used to support 7.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound reproduction.
The sound quality from the YSP-5600 is accurate, clear and spacious. Music performances sound very vibrant, and the 3D spatial sound effects feel like they are coming from multiple directions and angles. The height channels on the soundbar are created by placing six array speakers on each end of the unit for maximum dimensional sound effect; they are mounted on an angled baffle with sound beam vertical control. This provides a realistic sound field reproduction with true height and feels as though the speakers were mounted on ceiling. This provides a Dolby Atmos cinematic experience without having to mount ceiling speakers or run speaker wire through the roof. Watching movies with the YSP-5600 feels as though we were sitting in a real life cinema and fills your room with richness and depth. The bass response on the YSP-5600 is punchy and goes deep, adding a layer of low-end frequency response to the YSP-5600 soundbar.
Furthermore, we liked the fact that the YSP-5600 supports DTS:X multi-dimensional audio from DTS which creates an immersive soundscape. The soundbar also provides DTS:X playback capability through firmware updates. Overall, the Yamaha YSP-5600 is one of the best Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar that delivers full-range surround sound and we highly recommend them.
The Sony X9000F is a powerful Dolby Atmos soundbar with wireless subwoofer combination that provides 7.1.2 surround sound. This soundbar comes with Sony’s vertical surround sound engine which allows you to enjoy Dolby Atmos from a single soundbar unit – the speakers produce vertical audio which creates a virtual sound field that makes you feel as though the sound is coming in from all directions. We liked the fact that the soundbar supports seven sound modes for enhanced movies, gaming and news; it can upscale close to 7.1.2 chnanel with advanced digital signal processing with a press of a button. The cinema mode enhances lower-end sound effects for 3D sound reproduction, while the Game studio mode enhances field-level action and near sound projection. The Music mode allows you to hear every single detail in the music with accurate sound, while the News mode enhances dialogue performance. The soundbar also provides voice enhancement for greater clarity with 4K HDR compatibility. It connects with HDMI, HDMI ARC or HDMI aARC to your home television set. The entire system comes with the 2.1 channel sound bar, wireless subwoofer with 4K and HDR support, remote control and quick setup guide for easy reference.
The sound quality that we experienced from the Sony X9000F is pretty impressive, with crisp details and nice timbre and vocal ranges. While not as full-range as the Nakamichi sound system, the Sony X9000F does get the sound effects pretty accurately and delivers height sound with Dolby Atmos technology. The bass output from the X9000F system sounds good and adds a layer of punch to lower end frequency ranges. We also liked the interchangeable sound modes which allow you to change the sound signature according to your listening preferences, which is a nice added touch. The volume on the Sony X9000F soundbar can get very loud without any distortion, and fill the entire room with rich and filling sound performance. The system is easy to setup and install, and produces very good sound effects with full range frequency response. On the whole, if you are looking for one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar, the Sony X9000F is definitely a great choice.
The SoundCore Infini Pro is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars you can find, deliver crystal clear surround sound with overhead audio performance. The Infini Pro comes with built-in subwoofers with a 2.1 channel design pairs with two front-facing 2.5” mid-range drivers and 1” tweeters with dual up-facing 3” built-in subwoofers. The soundbar has symmetrical bass reflex ports, exclusive BassUp technology which allows the soundbar to deliver intense low frequencies and 105dB of room-filling sound performance. Furthermore, the Infini Pro sound bar comes with customized sound modes, allowing you to switch between movie, music or voice modes to enhance the Infini Pro’s sound according to the type of media you are watching. The SoundCore Infini Pro supports various input options including HDMI, HDMI ARC, optical or Bluetooth 5.0 connections. It also supports 4K HDR and Dolby Vision pass-through to 4K TVs. The Infini Pro soundbar has a low-profile, streamlined body which is 36” in length and wrapped in a discreet black fabric to blend in with modern home interior décor.
The sound performance of the Infini Pro soundbar is crystal clear and well-defined, with cinematic surround sound performance. The acoustic drivers within the soundbar are placed in a such a manner that allows you to perceive as though audio is coming from all around you including from overhead. The Dolby Atmos technology on this soundbar provides a cinematic surround sound experience and provides a 3D spatial soundstage. We also liked the fact that the soundbar features BassUp technology which delivers over 105dB of audio power with low intense frequency response. The movie mode on the Infini Pro soundbar provides crisp dialogues and deep bass response with crisp sound effects; you can pick up details in the sound that you might not have heard before. We also liked the fact that the Infini Pro soundbar is compatible with 4K HDR and Dolby Vision to allow you to enjoy the latest movie formats in ultra-high quality. The soundbar is also compatible with 4K HDR and Dolby Vision to allow you to enjoy the latest movie formats.
Overall, the Infini Pro soundbar is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars we have tested that delivers crystal clear surround sound performance with 3D spatial effects, and comes highly recommended to movie lovers who want to upgrade their home theater system.
The Samsung HW-N950 is a powerful soundbar and subwoofer system that produces some of the deepest bass and tight mid-range performances we have heard. The entire system supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based sound performance which provides a 3D perception of where each individual sound is coming from. The HW-N950 soundbar supports 7.1.4 channels with 4 upward and 2 side-firing speakers to create an object-based sound environment; the upward and side firing speakers move sound naturally around and above you. The soundbar also comes together with a rear wireless speaker kit and connects seamlessly to Samsung TVs. Finally, the soundbar also passes through 4K @ 60Hz with Dolby Vision and HDR support for higher quality movie performance.
We were thoroughly impressed by the sound quality of the HW-N950 soundbar system. The rear speakers really standout during cinematic movie performances and can reproduce sound effects with distinct clarity. The front soundbar reproduces crisp dialogues with fine details and sound effects; the subwoofer adds to the punchy bass of the HW-N950 soundbar. We tried a couple of movies through the HW-N950 and were impressed by how crystal clear the sound was – movie sound effects were reproduced with precision and felt lifelike. You can hear sound effects move from left to right and upwards through the system which is creates a 3D dimensional perception of sound. The soundbar also connects easily to smart speakers and allows you to initiate voice commands. Overall, the Samsung HW-N950 is one of the best Dolby Atmos digital soundbars you can find and we highly recommend them for cinematic surround sound.