SOUND­BARS

AN IM­PRES­SIVE WAY TO IM­PROVE YOUR TV’S SOUND

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Q Acous­tics Me­dia 4 £330

Awards 2016 Q Acous­tics’ de­but sound­bar is re­mark­able value – even more so at its re­duced price – and more than wor­thy of its two-time POY sta­tus. Size (hwd) 9 x 100 x 14cm In­puts Op­ti­cal, RCA Sub­woofer No

Yamaha YAS-207 £350

Best sound­bar un­der £500, Awards 2017 The lat­est in a se­ries of fine Yamaha sound­bars, this is a com­pelling, class-lead­ing per­former in a prac­ti­cal, easy-to-use pack­age. Size (hwd) 6 x 93 x 11cm In­puts Opt, HDMI, 3.5mm, B’tooth Sub Yes

Dali Ku­bik One £800

Best sound­bar £500-£1000, Awards 2017 A gor­geous and com­plete pack­age, Dali’s de­but sound­bar im­presses with its hugely en­gag­ing sound and smart, well-equipped ex­te­rior. Size (hwd) 15 x 98 x 10cm In­puts Op­ti­cal, RCA x2 Sub­woofer No

Sonos Play­bar £700

Au­gust 2017 It’s not per­fect but, given the choice of this and the Play­base (see op­po­site), we’d go for this bet­ter-sound­ing Play­bar. Size 9 x 90 x 14cm In­puts op­ti­cal, eth­er­net Sub Yes

Yamaha YSP-2700 £800

Fe­bru­ary 2017 With a spa­cious, in­volv­ing sound the YSP-2700 is the most con­vinc­ing sur­round ex­pe­ri­ence you’ll get out­side of a full 5.1 sur­round sys­tem. Size (hwd) 5 x 94 x 15cm In­puts HDMI x3, opt, coax Sub­woofer Yes

Sony HT-ST5000 £1500

Best sound­bar £1000+, Awards 2017 De­liv­ers an ac­com­plished At­mos per­for­mance that we’d have no hes­i­ta­tion in rec­om­mend­ing. It is a su­perb-sound­ing ef­fort. Size (hwd) 118 x 8 x 15cm In­puts HDMI x3, opt, USB, a’log Sub Yes

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