Sharp has announced two new soundbars with built-in Dolby Atmos for a 3D sound home cinema experience – and they’re actually kind of affordable.
The HT-SBW800 and the HT-SBW460 are the latest addition to Sharp’s soundbar lineup, and the two devices promise to create a 360-degree surround sound system right in your living room.
The HT-SBW460 is a small 3.1 channel soundbar that creates a heightened 3D soundscape without up-firing drivers.
The next step up is the HT-SBW800. This soundbar is even more powerful with five speakers, including a centre speaker, two side-firing speakers and two up-firing speakers. The sound bounces sound off the walls and ceiling, giving movies a full, cinema-like Atmos effect.
Both soundbars have two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output along with 4K pass-through and ARC CEC functions. They’re also compatible with loads of devices with Bluetooth 4.2, digital optical, aux, coax and USB.
The HT-SBW800 has a max power output of 570W, while the HT-SBW460 has a slightly smaller max power output of 440W. Both feature powerful wireless subwoofers and centre speaker channels designed for clear-voice reproduction.
Soundbars are generally regarded as a more affordable method of getting the 3D sound experience in the home without paying out of pocket or filling the room with speakers.
Dolby Atmos-compatible soundbars generally combine the traditional soundbar tech with upward-firing speakers – like those in the Sharp HT-SBW800 – to recreate the Atmos experience without the clutter of a proper surround sound system.
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