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Best Dolby Atmos speakers in 2024

Dolby Atmos has been dominating the world of surround sound systems for several years now, and the sensation of sitting down and watching an Atmos-encoded movie simply can’t be beaten. A fully three-dimensional audio experience that blasts sound at you from every conceivable angle, once you enjoy your first Atmos flick, you’ll have a hard time going back to regular ole’ stereo sound.

As Atmos continues to grow in popularity, more and more companies are stepping up to the plate, designing speakers and soundbars that can virtualize the kind of wide, top-to-bottom soundstage that Atmos is known for. There are tons of options out there, though, so we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all the best Dolby Atmos speakers you can buy today.

Top Dolby Atmos sound systems

Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 Home Theater System

Best overall

All-round excellence

$700 $799 Save $99

The Vizio Elevate delivers excellent, full-size sound for home theater, games, and music with a center channel speaker, subwoofer, and dedicated surrounds. In a technological twist, the Elevate soundbar leverages motorized speakers that revolve to fire upward for home theater content. While they work great, we do wonder how the moving drivers will age.

ProsExcellent sound for movies and musicCompatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:XDedicated sub and rear speakers ConsRotating speakers may not age wellCould be more user-friendlyNo Apple AirPlay support

While it’s not inexpensive, the Elevate delivers versatile capabilities for music, movies, and games with its formidable soundbar, large sub, and dedicated surround speakers. The system offers excellent clarity and lively, dynamic performance, with a good bass response provided by the sub.

For movies and games, the system is a winner, with Atmos and its dedicated surrounds. Atmos and DTS:X content are adeptly delivered thanks to the Elevate’s rotating drivers, which tilt up for 3D content. The soundbar houses 13 drivers, including a dedicated center channel that contributes to a crystal-clear dialogue presentation. One caveat: there’s no way to be certain how well the mechanized speakers will hold up after years of usage.

In terms of connectivity, the Elevate has you covered. There are three HDMI ports, including an HDMI eARC connection, in addition to optical digital and 3.5mm analog audio inputs. Adding to the impressive feature list, the Elevate also has USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. While it doesn’t support Apple Airplay, the Elevate does work with Spotify and Chromecast. The Elevate’s remote layout can be a bit confusing, while the setup and its interface could be more elegant. On the whole, however, the Elevate is an excellent sounding system with great features, earning it our pick for best overall.

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Sennheiser Ambeo Max Soundbar

Premium pick

Pinnacle of performance

$1700 $2500 Save $800

An update to the original and widely-praised Ambeo soundbar, the Sennheiser Ambeo Max sits at the pinnacle of single-unit soundbar performance. Among its attributes, the Ambeo Max provides large bass, clear highs for music and home theater dialog, and a deeply enveloping soundstage. The Ambeo Max is a great option if you want premium features and performance without a lot of gear clutter.

ProsPowerful, detailed soundExcellent Atmos performanceBroad format support ConsVery expensiveToo bulky for tight spacesWall mount not included

The Ambeo Max leverages five tweeters, two up-firing drivers for 3D audio, and six front- and side-firing woofers to deliver best-in-class standalone performance. Cinematic dialog is clear, music and games are dynamic with a broad and enveloping soundstage, and the Ambeo’s bass response is palpable. The Ambeo Max is one of the best Atmos and DTS:X soundbars available, helping it earn our premium recommendation.

The Ambeo Max has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and supports many formats and technologies, including AirPlay and Spotify Connect. It also supports Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, meaning you can stream 3D Music from Sony over Tidal and Amazon Music. In addition to HDMI eARC, the system has three HDMI inputs, RCA and optical audio inputs, as well as a subwoofer output. However, dedicated surrounds are not supported. At approximately 50 inches across and 40 pounds, the Ambeo Max is a behemoth and overkill for smaller spaces. Unfortunately, a wall mount is not included.

Denon DHT-S517 Soundbar with subwoofer

Denon DHT-S517 Soundbar

Best value

Subwoofer included

$335 $449 Save $114

The Denon DHT-S517 is a versatile soundbar that upgrades your TV speakers with its 3.1.2 setup and Dolby Atmos capability. Its wireless subwoofer and up-firing speakers deliver as close to a home theater experience as you can get on a soundbar in this price range. Plus, it features HDMI eARC for easy volume control and a 4K HDMI input.

ProsExcellent room-filling sound for the priceSubwoofer adds a lot of depth to the low-endEffective dialogue enhancer

Denon is known more for its receivers, CD players, and turntables, and they’re usually pretty expensive, too. Lately, Denon has been venturing into the soundbar market with several models, all of which are affordable. The Denon DHT-S517 could be considered their mid-range model, though we found that it delivers a premium home theater experience. It’s a 3.1.2 soundbar with Dolby Atmos, and as long as your room isn’t too big, you’ll feel immersed in whatever you’re watching. One issue common with soundbars, especially the cheaper varieties, is muddled dialogue. Denon hopes to remedy that with their Dialogue Enhancer from its center speaker.

While you’d think a mid-range speaker would lack a decent low end, the DHT-S517’s wireless subwoofer goes a long way toward enhancing the bass of this soundbar. Coupled with the atmospheric overhead effect from the up-firing speakers, you have a theater-like experience.

You won’t get a ton of connections, but that’s not unusual for a soundbar at this price point. However, there is an HDMI Enhanced Audio Return Channel input, so you can easily control the volume with your TV’s remote. There’s also a 4K HDMI input that’s compatible with HDR.

Will this soundbar blow you away? Not exactly. But when the price and features are considered, the Denon DHT-S517 holds its own.

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Sonos Arc

Innovative excellence

Sonos’s best soundbar

$780 $899 Save $119

The Sonos Arc is a large soundbar that delivers excellent sound for movies, music, and games. Like other Sonos products, it easily integrates with Sonos whole-home audio systems and can be controlled and configured via the Sonos app. If you’re a Sonos user or want to become one, the Arc makes an excellent centerpiece.

ProsRich, detailed soundWorks with Sonos ecosystemGood bass without a sub ConsNo DTS:X supportLimited connectivityNo Bluetooth

At 45 inches wide, the Arc is too large for smaller home theaters, but it hits the spot for larger spaces that require more powerful sound. This all-in-one Atmos soundbar comprises eight elliptical woofers and three tweeters to deliver a full, powerful sound. Its performance is superb for movies, games, and music, hallmarked by clear dialog, strong dynamics, and excellent depth of soundstage. Upfiring drivers ensure immersive Atmos experiences, but DTS:X is not supported. Bass response is powerful and tight – no need for a subwoofer here, unless you really want to go huge on the low end.

The Sonos ecosystem is innovative and awesome. It allows you to create a completely modular whole-home audio system one piece at a time if you wish to do so. However, the Arc’s physical inputs are limited to a single HDMI eArc port and an optical digital input. The Arc supports Google and Amazon voice assistants, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and other major streaming platforms. Unfortunately, audio streaming is limited to Wi-Fi as Bluetooth has been omitted here.

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Samsung HW-Q990C

Great for large spaces

Top-tier performance for movies and music

$1400 $1900 Save $500

The Samsung HW-Q990C is a full-fledged home theater speaker system that includes a robust soundbar, two surround speakers, and a dedicated subwoofer. Ideal for larger home theaters, the HW-Q990C delivers excellent performance for Dolby Atmos content as well as non-Atmos movies, music, and games. While it is quite expensive, Samsung’s flagship soundbar system raises the bar on Atmos performance.

ProsFills large spacesSuperb Atmos performanceIncludes rear speakers and sub ConsOdd display implementationLacks highest-resolution Bluetooth audio support

With its soundbar nearly 49 inches wide, the HW-Q990C is best suited for larger rooms. The soundbar incorporates an impressive 11 front-firing drivers — while most Atmos soundbars have two up-firing drivers, the HW-Q990C incorporates four, giving it a clear and noticeable advantage when it comes to immersive 3D audio. Combined with the surround speakers and the subwoofer, this configuration adds up to a highly engaging, premium home theater experience. The system is well-balanced and also handles music with aplomb.

In addition to Atmos, the system supports DTS:X 3D audio, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay 2. You can stream audio via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, only the SBC standard is supported for Bluetooth streaming, which is a drawback compared to systems that support higher-resolution transmission using the AptX standard, for example. Moreover, while the soundbar has an integrated display, it’s oddly placed behind the soundbar grille, which can make readability a challenge. Physical connections include two HDMI 2.0 inputs, HDMI eARC, and optical digital audio. The system supports both Google and Amazon voice assistants.

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Sonos Era 300

Sonos surrounds

Complete your Sonos system

With four directional tweeters and two woofers, the Era 300 delivers a rich and full sound. Connecting a pair of Era 300s along with a Sonos soundbar, such as the Arc, creates a killer home theater experience. Like other Sonos speakers, the Era 300 offers the key benefit of modular integration with Sonos whole-home audio systems with centralized control via the Sonos app.

ProsExcellent soundWorks as a surround or main speakerSonos ecosystem integration ConsLimited physical connectivityLacks Google voice assistant

The Era 300 is an excellent surround speaker when paired with a Sonos soundbar. Its performance is detailed, rich, and dynamic, far surpassing the typical surround speaker. It creates an enveloping rear 3D soundstage with six total drivers aiming at the front, sides, and top. However, the pleasure will not come cheaply, as you’ll need two Era 300s to serve as your surround speakers. The Atmos-capable Era 300 is also a superb main speaker for music and can be moved around the house with relative ease to create different configurations with other Sonos products, making it exceptionally versatile.

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It’s worth noting that despite its versatility, the Era 300 is not a suitable Atmos soundbar substitute, mainly because it doesn’t have physical HDMI inputs. The Era 300 has USB-C line-in audio connectivity via an optional dongle, but that’s about it in terms of physical inputs. In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, the Era 300 offers Bluetooth audio. The Era 300 supports Amazon’s voice assistant but, unfortunately, omits Google support.

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Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar

Sonos alternative

Faux surround at its finest

$799 $899 Save $100

The Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar, with its comprehensive nine-speaker setup, offers a detailed sound experience. Although compact, it’s designed to significantly improve audio quality in medium to large living areas. Compatibility with streaming services and easy app control make it a practical choice for those looking to upgrade their sound system.

ProsGets very loudClear dialogue for movies and TVSounds so good it almost feels like real surround ConsNeeds a subwoofer if it’s going to be your main music source

Audiophiles once considered Bose speakers to be expensive and for people who knew nothing about sound quality. Their speakers used to be a muddled, bassy mess that made some of us cringe. Not anymore. Bose soundbars like the Smart Ultra show that overall sound quality has greatly improved in recent years.

It’s impressive how much Bose packed into the Smart Ultra. At about 3.5 feet, this soundbar is quite sleek; its slim profile should fit on most mantels and entertainment centers. Despite its compact size, you still get a nine-speaker 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos driver array with two upward-firing height speakers for a clear and enveloping sound experience.

Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar on mantle next to plant and TV

In our review, we found that mids and highs were surprisingly strong for a soundbar. Both movies and television were crisp, with enough low-end for special effects and dialogue. Music was okay, but if you’re planning on this soundbar being your sole speaker for jamming out, we’d recommend buying a subwoofer. The Smart Ultra’s bass was less impressive with music, which was surprising since Bose often has the opposite problem.

One thing we really appreciate is the Smart Ultra’s AdaptIQ; it offers customizable audio settings according to your room. Have you ever done EQ for a home theater receiver with an auto-setup microphone? AdaptIQ is similar, except you use a headband so that the mic more accurately adjusts the spatial audio. That’s pretty cool.

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When it comes to smart features, the Smart Ultra offers everything you’d expect. Alexa is built for effortless voice control and smart home management. You can also add Apple or Spotify via the Bose Music App. Or you can just use Airplay or Chromecast, too. Speaking of the Bose Music app, it provides comprehensive control of volume and EQ settings and even connects with other Bose devices for a multiroom audio setup; all you need is your smartphone.

The Bose Smart Ultra is certainly expensive, but if you’re looking for a hassle-free soundbar for your main living area, it’s a worthy contender.

The JBL Bar 1000

JBL Bar 1000 7.1.4 Soundbar

Another great Atmos soundbar

Atmos virtualization at its finest

$1000 $1200 Save $200

If you’re interested in full Dolby Atmos sound but don’t want a ton of speaker wires and other accessories hanging around the living room, the JBL Bar 1000 bundles everything we love about the Atmos experience into a comprehensive soundbar package.

ProsDelivers a 7.1.4 Atmos experience without wiresAdds extra inputs to your A/V setupSolid companion app ConsExpensiveAtmos virtualization could be a bit better

When it comes to Dolby Atmos soundbars, you want to invest in a product that will make you feel like your listening space has speakers in every corner of the room. This is exactly the kind of audio experience we had when testing the JBL Bar 1000 ourselves. Engineered to deliver a complete 7.1.4 surround experience, three-dimensional immersion from a soundbar doesn’t get much better than this.

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With Atmos surround sound and a lot of power, the Bar 1000 brings home theater immersion in soundbar form

Outfitted with HDMI, digital optical, and USB inputs, the Bar 1000 allows you to wire up all your components before wiring the system to your TV. It even includes a Bluetooth input for wirelessly streaming music and a room calibration tool that fine-tunes the JBL’s performance to whatever room you place it in.

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Klipsch R-605FA Floorstanding Speaker

Floorstanding Atmos

Up-firing drivers for the Atmos experience you’ve been dreaming about

$569 $770 Save $201

Klipsch speakers have a long-standing reputation for delivering top-notch performance. This couldn’t be better exemplified than by the company’s foray into tower speaker Atmos tech, which brings us these incredible R-605FA floor-standers.

ProsIconic horn-driver engineering with up-firing speakersSharp and detailed performanceRock-solid MDF housing ConsMay be too expensive for most folks

Everything we love about Klipsch speakers is front and center with these awesome R-605FA floorstanding speakers. From the iconic horn driver designs to the warm and full-bellied sound that the company has come to be known for. The icing on the cake with these $770 front-of-your-system speakers is the inclusion of an up-firing driver.

With two of these bad boys in play, you won’t need to buy any other height speakers for your Atmos system. We’re also glad to see a bit of a revamp on the horn architecture, with Klipsch expanding the outer dimensions. The result: bigger sound and detail-rich performance.

The Polk Audio XT90 Series

Polk Audio Monitor XT90

Excellent height channels

A snap-on speaker for other Polk Audio speakers

Polk decided to make these XT Series height modules about as plug-and-play as passive speakers get — especially if you plan on attaching them to a set of XT Series bookshelf or tower speakers.

ProsFairly priced Atmos height channelsGood sound qualityEasy to install ConsNot great for anything other than height and surround effects

The Polk XT90 height channel modules are designed to be mounted atop the company’s Polk Monitor XT Series bookshelf and tower speakers. You can also mount them separately, making them ideal for rear channel sound. The choice is yours, and at $200 for the pair, the price is right, too!

The idea behind the XT90 is a greater Atmos soundstage though. We wouldn’t recommend using these modules for any front-of-room applications unless you’re attaching them to other Polk XT speakers. Simple to set up, the 100W Polk XT height modules are also lightweight and easy to work with.

Selecting a Dolby Atmos speaker

Selecting the best Dolby Atmos speakers for you requires weighing your needs, space, and budget against a few different types of systems. These range from compact single-unit soundbar setups to configurations with multiple dedicated speakers including surrounds.

In addition to audio quality, things to look for in Atmos speakers include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio streaming support, physical connectivity such as HDMI inputs, and control with popular voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Pick your Atmos audio

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment to procure a phenomenal Dolby Atmos system. In fact, most of these speakers and other devices are sold for less than $1,000, and if you’re building a surround sound from scratch, you can always add more components over time.

As far as full-on Atmos immersion goes, the top honors go to the Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 Home Theater System. The included soundbar has all the front and up-firing drivers you need to achieve total Atmos virtualization, and the rear speakers and wireless sub complete the package. We also love that this system works with DTS:X.

If you don’t mind dropping over $2,000 for a soundbar, you should definitely check out the Sennheiser Ambeo Max Soundbar. The Ambeo Max is a flagship soundbar we’ll be singing the praises of for quite some time, offering punchy bass and rich treble. It’s also designed to work with just about any surround codec you can throw at it.

But If you’d like to save a few bucks (and who wouldn’t), the ever-affordable Denon DHT-S517 is an awesome Atmos soundbar that costs less than the rest. Unfortunately, the DHT-S517 lacks convenient smart features, with Bluetooth being the only wireless connection. But we’d gladly trade smart features for better audio.

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Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 Home Theater System

Best overall

All-round excellence

$700 $800 Save $100

The Vizio Elevate delivers excellent, full-size sound for home theater, games, and music with a center channel speaker, subwoofer, and dedicated surrounds. In a technological twist, the Elevate soundbar leverages motorized speakers that revolve to fire upward for home theater content. While they work great, we do wonder how the moving drivers will age.

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