Sonos Beam among five soundbar and soundbase What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Soundbars and soundbases continue to come to the rescue of those that want immersive, exciting sound quality from their big-screen 4K TVs but don't have the space (or budget) to install a 5.1 surround sound system. 

You'll find familiar faces amongst this year's five Best Buy winners, but we'll start with the new entry first: the Sonos Beam.

Coming in at a modest £399, Sonos' compact soundbar cements its place among the cream of the 2018 crop by delivering immensely open, bigger-than-it-looks sound quality with a generous dash of deep, powerful bass. It even packs unrivalled multi-room streaming features, voice control and the all-important HDMI input.

It's easily the best performance-per-pound product Sonos has ever produced, and will completely transform your TV-watching experience. A worthy winner.

On the more affordable end of the scale, the Yamaha YAS-207 continues to be our top budget choice for soundbars under £300, while the compact Q Acoustics M2 is our sole soundbase winner at a similar price for a second year running.

The stylish Dali Kubik One once again runs away with an Awards trophy. Its £799 price tag might seem a lot for a soundbar that doesn't have the streaming features of newer rivals, but the Dali still sounds absolutely spectacular.

And finally, Sony's HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar has become even more appealing than it was last year thanks to a welcome price drop. 

Now available for £1199 (down from £1500), the bar/sub combination's immersive performance (helped by a convincing Atmos effect), stunning insight and powerful bass will make watching 4K Blu-rays at home a delight. 

So there you have it - four soundbars and one soundbase that have won us over in 2018. 

All that's left is to announce is which will be our Product of the Year - you'll have to wait until the night of Wednesday 7th November for the big reveal, so stay tuned.

Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.