The Best Voice-Controlled Soundbars to Upgrade Your Home Cinema
Most 4K TVs come installed with pretty solid speakers, but any home cinema set-up worth its salty popcorn deserves a proper, room-rocking soundbar.
That's why we've rounded up 5 of the very best systems on the market, from the likes of Sony and Sonos, to drown out the sound of your neighbour banging on the wall. They're only jealous...
Samsung Harman/Kardon HW-N950
If you're yet to experience surround sound, then this Samsung bar could be a game-changer. Granted, the whole system hogs up any room you put it in, but that gives it a huge sound field and massive range. The N950 provides punchy bass and slots stylishly beneath any 4K TV, while the two smaller wireless speakers push ambient noise behind and around you, bringing a transcendent cinematic feel to even the most uneventful episode of Come Dine With Me.
Bose Soundbar 700
The Bose 700 soundbar is one of the best options on the market. First up, it's Alexa voice-controlled, so you don’t even need to lift a finger to adjust the (exceptional) sound. Then there's the universal remote that can control both the device and your smart TV together, meaning that you won't be rummaging between cushions on a daily basis.
It's the sophisticated design that really shines, though, with a tempered glass top and a wrap-around metal grille for a sleek finish that should sink into any setup.
Sonos Beam Compact
If you don't have the room for a giant soundbar and a bunch of satellite speakers, Sonos has an elegant, space-saving alternative. The Beam Compact packs a powerful punch that belies its small size, and can also connect wirelessly to your phone or tablet to soundtrack your next dinner party. It comes Alexa-ready, too, so you can simply bark commands at it from the comfort of your sofa.
LG Sk9y 5.1.2
Need a top soundbar on a budget? This deal gets you a Dolby Atmos-enabled device as well as an LG ThinQ WK7 voice-controlled speaker as part of the package. The Sk9y is wireless, super thin and packed full of powerful audio tech.
Sony's HT-ST5000 is a bass-pumping behemoth of sound, thanks to its powerful wireless subwoofer, nine speakers and technical wizardry. The S-Force PRO Front Sound capability creates a virtual acoustic field in front of the speaker to push out stunningly atmospheric audio.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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