Nakamichi's 21-channel Dragon soundbar is the first to support DTS:X Pro

Nakamichi's 21-channel Dragon soundbar is the first to support DTS:X Pro
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If you thought JBL's new 15-channel soundbar was a bit much, get a load of this – Nakamichi has launched a soundbar with a whopping 21 audio channels! And it's the first to offer DTS:X Pro, which supports up to 32 speakers (as opposed to standard DTS:X's 11).

DTS:X Pro has previously only been seen in high-end AV receivers.

The Nakamichi Dragon is a 11.4.6-channel soundbar system that measures a gargantuan 58 inches across, which is roughly the same width as a typical 65-inch TV and bigger even than the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Max

It's pricier than Sennheiser's effort too, costing $3499 (about £2900, AU$5000).

Inside are 31 drivers, six of which are up-firing (four of these are in the main soundbar and two in the 3D Omni-Motion Reference Surround speakers), and four subwoofers. Those soundbar-housed up-firing drivers are angled at both 10 and 20 degrees (one on each side) to render vertical and overhead sound objects at precise heights. And those in the surround speakers can be rotated up to 180 degrees to better suit your room layout.

Each surround speaker is also home to two three-inch drivers for the rear and surround channels, and an Air Motion Transfer tweeter.

Both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision are supported, and Qualcomm's aptX HD also comes as standard, meaning higher-quality wireless audio via Bluetooth.

The Dragon has already picked up a CES Innovation award, and will be unleashed in the spring.


Will it make our list of best soundbars?

Or would you be better off with a full surround sound system?

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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.

  • Krzystoff
    This is too much for my budget, but its definitely tempting for those with $5k to drop on a home theatre system. As long as you are living in a rental property, or a small room, there is no better, more practical option than a soundbar. Of course they need rear satellites and at least one subwoofer to do the surround sound justice, and it has to have wired connections of your don't want leggy unresponsive unreliable audio.