Can't afford the Sonos Arc? This cheap Dolby Atmos soundbar may be the next-best thing

Can't afford the Sonos Arc? This cheap Dolby Atmos soundbar may be the next-best thing

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The Sonos Arc is our prime for the best Dolby Atmos soundbar connected the planet, but it's precocious terms tin beryllium off-putting – and that means Denon's latest budget-friendly soundbar could marque a fantastic alternative. 

The caller Denon DHT-S217 soundbar volition beryllium disposable to bargain successful May for £249 - planetary pricing is yet to beryllium announced, but that works retired astatine astir $320 / AU$440. That's a batch cheaper than the Sonos Arc, which volition acceptable you backmost an eye-watering $899 / £899 / AU$1,499.

To support costs down, Denon's latest soundbar is designed to beryllium utilized alone, without the request for an outer subwoofer to boost the bass frequencies. Alongside midrange drivers and tweeters, it comes with 2 built-in downwards-firing subwoofers for a almighty bass response, that should marque the rumble of explosive blockbuster movies dependable engaging and immersive. 

Virtual Atmos

the denon dht-s217 soundbar beneath   a tv

(Image credit: Denon)

It besides comes with Dolby Atmos support. Unlike the Sonos Arc, determination are nary upward-firing drivers to bounce dependable of your ceiling, with the DHT-S217 relying connected awesome processing to marque it feels arsenic though the antithetic elements of a movie soundtrack are coming astatine you from each angle.

While determination aren't immoderate of the 'true' tallness channels you request for authentic Atmos, virtual tallness channels tin inactive dependable precise immersive – and presumably, this has allowed Denon to support the terms comparatively low. If the DHT-S217 is thing similar the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, we're expecting that it won't make a sensation of overhead sound, but it volition person appreciable tallness to its presentation, arsenic good arsenic deep, textured debased frequencies.

Anyone who has struggled to decipher mumbling actors volition beryllium pleased to cognize that the DHT-S217 besides comes with Denon's Dialogue Enhancer technology, which allows you to set the measurement level of onscreen voices without affecting the wide measurement of what you're watching. You'll besides beryllium capable to take from a scope of dependable presets (Movie, Music, Night, and Pure) to suit the contented you're listening to, with the Pure preset designed to present a naturalistic audiophile acquisition by removing each dependable processing. 

You tin hook the DHT-S217 to your TV via the supplied HDMI oregon optical cables, with the enactment to usage HDMI eARC for enhanced audio quality. There;s besides Bluetooth connectivity truthful you tin watercourse euphony from your smartphone to the soundbar. 

All those specs dependable precise promising, particularly combined with the terms - we wouldn't needfully expect a soundbar of this terms to travel with virtual Atmos, downfiring subwoofers, oregon HDMI eARC connectivity, truthful the DHT-S217 could beryllium a large solution for anyone that wants the latest successful location theatre exertion without breaking the bank.

Olivia Tambini

Olivia is TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based successful TechRadar's London offices, she's a fashionable euphony postgraduate who worked successful the euphony manufacture earlier uncovering her calling successful journalism. She's antecedently been interviewed connected BBC Radio 5 Live connected the taxable of multi-room audio, chaired sheet discussions connected diverseness successful euphony festival lineups, and her bylines see T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine.  In her spare clip Olivia likes gardening, painting, and hanging with her feline Ethel and aureate retriever Dora.

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