Best Dolby Atmos soundbars of 2020

Looking to amp up your home entertainment this summer? You may want to consider buying a Dolby Atmos soundbar. These slim, singular speakers produce a sound that seems to come from above your head using 3D sound and the Dolby Atmos protocol. It’s a game-changing piece of living room tech that will make your movies more cinematic and your music more immersive. Check out our selection for the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Best Dolby Atmos soundbars of 2020
Photo by Samsung HW-Q70R Samsung Harman Kardon

Did you buy yourself one of those 4k TVs under $1000 earlier this year? Or maybe you splurged and got yourself one of those fancy 8K or bezel-less models? Either way, a new TV deserves incredible sound, something that your TV speakers alone simply can’t provide. To make your living room setup great for Sunday night movies or that get-together you’re planning, you’ll want to look into these best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

You probably already know that Dolby Atmos soundbars aren’t your typical TV speakers. They create that object-based surround sound that makes audio from your TV seem like it’s coming from overhead. It’s a similar experience to what you’d get at a movie theater. But since most of us catch the latest flicks at home these days, it’s time to bring a bit of the cinema to your living room.

And with a Dolby Atmos soundbar, you won’t have to set up speakers strategically around your house or drill one into your ceiling. Just one thin speaker bar and maybe a rear speaker is all you need to get unbelievable audio in your own home. Setup, for most brands, is easy.

But soundbars aren’t just for your TV. Most connect to other devices via Bluetooth and can play your songs from Spotify or other music apps. So your soundbar can also serve as your DJ for parties at home or while you’re doing chores. Because you deserve theater-quality music, too.

Sonos Arc Premium Smart Soundbar

This Dolby Atmos soundbar makes a sleek, gorgeous addition to your home theater setup. But its beauty isn’t only skin-deep. The Sonos Arc Premium Smart Soundbar immerses you in games, films, and your favorite music. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, this gadget will fit right into your smart home setup.

HW-Q70R Samsung Harman Kardon Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

The HW-Q70R Samsung Harman Kardon Soundbar with Dolby Atmos lets you hear and feel the action on your TV through three-dimensional sound from speakers that project it in front and above. Gamers will love this soundbar’s Game Mode Pro which detects when you’re gaming and optimizes your sound in real-time.

HW-Q70R Samsung Harman Kardon Soundbar

HW-Q70R Samsung Harman Kardon Soundbar on a White Background

LG Meridian Audio 2020 Soundbar Series

Another of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars is the LG Meridian Audio 2020 Soundbar Series. This LG/Meridian Audio collaboration results in high-quality audio with simple connections. It also has a beautiful design and gives you smart control. Best of all, this soundbar can even update your existing home media collection to make it sound like it’s playing in a theater.

LG Meridian Audio 2020 Soundbar Series

LG Meridian Audio 2020 Soundbar Series under a TV

Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Soundbar

If you want to treat yourself to an excellent soundbar, you’ll want to check out the Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Soundbar. Reviewers say it’s huge, pricy, and rather finicky but worth the price tag and effort. At 127 cm wide and 14 cm tall, it’s much larger than your typical soundbar, but its size allows it to cover a greater range frequency. If you’ve got the cash to spare, this is an excellent home-cinema option.

Sony HT-ST5000

Also, one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars is the Sony HT-ST5000. Reviewers say that this Sony provides an accomplished Atmos sound that gives its competition a run for their money. This soundbar pairs a true sense of height with refined sound quality. Furthermore, its setup and operation are easy, giving you an uncomplicated way to get Dolby Atmos in your home.

Sony HT-ST5000

Sony HT-ST5000 with a TV

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 SSE Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Finally, the Nakamichi Shocwafe Ultra 9.2 SSE Channel Dolby Atmos Soundbar with subwoofers and rear surround effects offers a comprehensive way to get the best sound for movies, music, and games. It’s Dual Wireless Subwoofers will let you feel earth-shattering bass and the four modular surround effects speakers bring sound from every direction. It’s audio you never thought you could experience in your living room.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel 1000W Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Dual 10 Subwoofers (Wireless) & 4 Rear Surround Effects Speakers

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 SSE Dolby Atmos Soundbar on a White Background

So, are you ready to give your home theater setup the upgrade it deserves? This list of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars is sure to provide you with some inspiration. Imagine watching your favorite series on Netflix with movie-theater quality sound. It sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night if you ask me. Or what if you could hear enemies above and beside you as you game? These soundbars will immerse you in your favorite Netflix shows and make your gaming sessions life-like. Do you have one of these soundbars at home? Let us know how it’s working out for you in the comments below.

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I own the Q90R from Samsung and it's by far superior to the Q70R mentioned here. Two things that absolutely should be mentioned about it are it's wireless rear speakers as well as it it's eAEC support. Don't know how you came to your ranking but to me it looks just like a random listing of Atmos Soundbars. My personal opinion is that there is no sense in speaking of Atmos for Home Theaters if there are no rears that can produce sound coming from behind you. 

Thank you for your feedback about the products! :)
Jay Zirpolo

I have owned the Nakamichi 9.2 Shockwafe system for about a year now, and i gotta say, it still blows me away every day.. Aside from the awesome power of 1000W's, and the 2 massive wireless subs produce powerful and precise bass that rocks the house. The clarity and precision of the 3D sound all around you is something that needs to be experienced first hand.. At first, i wasn't so impressed with my purchase at $1300.. It took me learning my way around the menu's and settings, and really getting comfortable making changes to dial the system in to its surrounding environment.. In my opinion, the best part of this system is the way Nakamichi's processors work to make every sound heard, even if its not a Dolby Atmos movie playing.. If you're just getting into Atmos, theres a few things to know. First, to experience true Atmos, everything has to be correct.  The Movie you are watching must be made in Dolby Atmos. Also, the device playing the movie or streaming the movie must be Atmos capable as well. Xbox one S and one X make that possible, along with other certain DVD players and televisions. The Soundbar must also be equipped for Atmos. But once you have all these ducks in a row, and you dial the settings in, you wont stop smiling ear to ear and being all gitty lol I highly recommend the Shockwafe 9.2 system to anyone looking to invest in their audio system and experience the brilliant sound of Dolby Atmos, especially in the world we're in today.. Not being able to go to the movies because of the carona virus stinks, but having a home surround sound system  that's better then that in the movie theaters is a solution that makes the urge of going to a movie theater obsolete.. 

wow! Thanks for the detailed review :D
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