As always a great review thx, I get what Denon are attempting to do, but cant help feel that for that kind of money they have missed both the target and the boat. I suspect, nay believe that most peeps purchasing a soundbar , are rarely buying it for music as there are many better options out there, they are buying it to enhance there tv experience, a target the Denon has missed by not supporting the latest technical trends and codecs.
Agree. The soundbar market could fall under its own weight, thanks to these companies not getting it right properly. There is always something missing (weak bass, no dedicated sub-out, no dedicated rears, connectivity issues etc.).I still can’t believe how no manufacturer seems be be able to produce a well-rounded soundbar... is it too much to ask for - a 5.1 setup with wireless surround/sub, earc, lossless formats and Atmos, room correction and some decent performance?..
The new Sonos arc will probably tick most of those boxes, 5.0.2 by itself, sans dts, but full fat atmos and True HD. Very expensive though if you throw in their sub & surrounds.I still can’t believe how no manufacturer seems be be able to produce a well-rounded soundbar... is it too much to ask for - a 5.1 setup with wireless surround/sub, earc, lossless formats and Atmos, room correction and some decent performance?..
Interestingly Dolby themselves say up-firing drivers will give better Atmos effects than overhead speakers if ceiling are 8ft or less, in terms of the sound being non localized. I've heard the sennheisser ambeo and I would agree, amazing atmos, however lack of surrounds was apparent.I think Denon's approach of not trying to do everything is a good idea, things like atmos on a soundbar are gimmick IMO, now maybe they didn't nail it for sound quality, but I think it's the correct approach, make it the best 3.1 system that can be done and put all cost into those drivers and sub.
Perhaps they could have used there HEOS system to add surrounds wirelessly but if one is going down that road an AVR is a be a better investment.