Sharp unveils two very affordable Dolby Atmos soundbars

Sharp unveils two very affordable Dolby Atmos soundbars
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Dolby Atmos surround sound has become more accessible in recent years thanks to its implementation in soundbars, and while Atmos soundbars are no longer exclusive to high price tags, Sharp's two latest entries into the market could be among the cheapest out there.

Sharp's 5.1.2-channel, 570-watt HT-SBW800 (£449 (opens in new tab)) complements a centre speaker and pair of side-firing drivers with two upward-firers that are designed to deliver the height effect of Atmos by bouncing sound off the ceiling towards the listener. 

The 440-watt HT-SBW460 (£299 (opens in new tab)), meanwhile, sports a 3.1-channel speaker arrangement but, as you may expect for the price, doesn't feature upward-firing drivers. Instead, it aims to create a sense of virtual height through processing trickery – which should make a difference over non-Atmos soundbars but in our experience won't stand up to those with actual upward-firers.

Both soundbars come with a wireless subwoofer to bring more brunt to the system, and the headline Dolby Atmos feature is backed by vast connectivity. There's three 4K-supporting HDMI ports (two inputs, one output) in addition to optical, coaxial, USB and aux inputs and Bluetooth.

The HT-SBW800 and HT-SBW460 are available now from Amazon.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.

  • no-name-123
    ref 'to bring more brunt to the' are we sure 'brunt' and not grunt? B & G are next to each other