The twentieth annual Pocket-lint Awards, sponsored by EE, is simply across the nook – our yearly celebration of the best merchandise and units in tech, throughout 21 completely different classes – from smartphones and sensible residence, to electrical automobiles and TVs.
There are six merchandise in every class, every picked out for being a formidable shopping for alternative in 2023. To have made the shortlist, they will need to have been examined in full by the Pocket-lint group within the final 12 months, or have been a earlier nominee or winner that continues to be the most effective in its product class.
Right here, we’re contemplating the perfect soundbars of the yr, and included in our choice is all the pieces from petite one-box choices to multi-speaker Dolby Atmos-capable sound programs. Every has their place in the precise AV setup, however which one will the judges select as their favorite? Discover out on the 9 November when all the winners will probably be introduced.
The shortlisted nominees for Soundbar of the 12 months 2023 are:
Bose Good Extremely Soundbar
The Bose Good Extremely is a chic and achieved soundbar that delivers a strong entrance soundstage and a few wonderful sensible options. Its ADAPTiQ room calibration is helpful, the Bose Music app is extremely efficient, and the general efficiency is spectacular, particularly contemplating it’s a single-unit soundbar.
That one-box footprint could go well with you, however it’s also possible to construct the system over time, when you fancy it (and have deep sufficient pockets, after all). Nonetheless, this supercharged soundbar definitely does not depart you wanting, and greater than lives as much as its Extremely identify and flagship soundbar standing.
JBL Bar 1300
JBL’s new flagship soundbar has a good bit to shout about. Not solely does the Bar 1300 (generally known as the Bar 1300X in some areas) handle to match an enormous 11.1.4 channels of sound, however it additionally claims an nearly absurdly enormous whole energy output of 1170W.
It is also considered one of a uncommon soundbar breed that conveniently options battery-powered wi-fi rear audio system you could truly connect to the ends of the bundle’s important bar if you don’t need them cluttering the again of your room – or you might want to recharge them.
It sounds unbelievable in motion, with a colossal quantity of energy used to ship colossal dynamics and a big and exceptionally exact, detailed soundstage – in addition to blow your socks off quantity.
Polk MagniFi Mini AX
If you happen to’re searching for a compact TV audio resolution, you may be hard-pressed to seek out one thing extra spectacular than the Polk MagniFi Mini AX.
There are different compact choices, however this comes with a subwoofer – not a given at its value – and when you’re sticking to TV and film watching (and never a lot music, which the Polk does not excel at), we expect the Polk may effectively be the very best compact choice we have heard.
It feels like a a lot bigger system, one way or the other crammed right into a tiny, modern and enticing chassis. If AV is your precedence, then this miniature soundbar will not disappoint.
The Samsung HW-Q990C is the corporate’s newest and biggest Dolby Atmos soundbar, providing flagship specs at a flagship value. Which means 11.1.4 wi-fi sound that goals to fill your lounge with sound, from ceiling to couch, and gives up a options checklist that’s filled with all the good things you’d count on.
Certainly one of these options is the inclusion of two encompass sound audio system, in addition to a subwoofer, to actually assist the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X tracks sound as immersive as you’d count on. One of the crucial cinematic soundbar packages you may hear.
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Plus
The Sennheiser Ambeo Plus is a implausible soundbar which delivers some of the cinematic performances that we have heard from a soundbar this measurement. It delivers the perfect of what you are listening to with an nearly dogged dedication and from a comparatively compact, all-in-one design.
It provides a very good displaying with Atmos content material, delivering the added top and immersion you’d count on, whereas the Ambeo setting may add a fairly strong spatial expertise to non-Atmos content material. It comes at a value, however it’s a simple performer.
This yr marks the third yr that the A7000 has been in our shortlist – may it even be the third yr this flagship Atmos soundbar scoops the prize?
The Sony HT-A7000 is an enormous, daring all-in-one soundbar resolution that delivers a large and tall soundstage that may elevate any TV’s audio output to the subsequent degree. Its means to deal with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based codecs places an enormous tick within the field, as does the dual HDMI 2.1 inputs with 4K120/8K60/HDR passthrough. Not many soundbars supply such an ideal characteristic set.
As a straight out of the field resolution, the A7000 is adept at delivering expansive and immersive sound high quality from quite a few sources, leaving this all-in-one soundbar bundle has little to rival it in the case of immersion.
How the EE Pocket-lint Awards judging works
The winner for the Tv of the 12 months class is determined by the Pocket-lint group, together with a panel of skilled judges from publications throughout the business. Following a vigorous scoring course of, the Tv of the 12 months for 2023 will probably be introduced at an in-person occasion on 9 November 2023, together with the winners from the opposite 20 classes.
A Product of the 12 months winner may also be introduced, chosen from the winners of the 21 classes, and a winner of a particular new EE Award may also be revealed on the occasion. On the evening, we’ll announce the outcomes on the Pocket-lint Twitter handle as they unfold, and there may also be a characteristic detailing the winners as soon as the Awards are over.