While 4K and HDR hog the TV limelight at the moment, the latest audio “must-have” is atmospheric audio. In 2017 you’re going to see a lot of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as manufacturers try to pitch those atmospheric audio formats — and the new gear they require — at the mainstream.
For every excellent Atmos device like the Samsung HW-K950, though, there is unfortunately one of these: the Onkyo SBT-A500. The best we can say is that this product looks cool, and it has a lot of features. However, with sound quality that isn’t anywhere near the level you’d expect at the price, no amount of attractive design and goosed-up extras can make up for it. Ideally this sound bar should drop in price by half before we’d consider recommending it.
The SBT-A500 is available for $999, with UK and Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.
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