Onkyo’s new SBT-A500 soundbar combines a low profile with Dolby Atmos sound

onkyo sbt a500 network surround soundbar ces 2017
Traditionally, soundbars have been a sort of halfway point between your TV’s built-in speakers and the massive sound that comes from a dedicated surround sound system. In recent years, soundbars have gotten much better, and Onkyo’s latest, the SBT-A500 Network Surround Soundbar, serves as proof of just how far soundbars have come.

While they take up less space than a surround sound system, soundbars can still have a significant profile, which is something Onkyo is looking to change with the SBT-A500. The soundbar features a low 53mm profile, and actually uses a separate A/V Center to connect to your TV and various devices, so only a single multichannel audio cable runs to it, keeping clutter to a minimum.

The SBT-A500 features four HDMI inputs. A single 4K/60p connects to your TV, complete with Audio Return Channel, so even broadcast TV signals can be processed and enhanced by the soundbar. The wireless subwoofer helps to further keep clutter and the general overall footprint to a minimum.

In addition to saving space and keeping your cables safely hidden away, the SBT-A500 supports the latest in object-based surround sound — Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. For DTS:X soundtracks, dialogue volume can be adjusted separately, meaning you won’t have to worry about waking the neighbors just so you can clearly hear what everyone is saying. Dolby Audio Surround Enhanced technology is built-in, creating virtual rear speakers and providing sound much closer to a traditional surround sound setup.

The soundbar features dual-band Wi-Fi, as well as both DTS Play-Fi and FireConnect for wireless multiroom audio, with the Onkyo Controller app seamlessly tying the two technologies together. AirPlay and Spotify Connect are supported, but if you’d rather connect via a more traditional route, Bluetooth connectivity is also included. While it isn’t included out of the box, Chromecast built-in is expected to be added in a future firmware update.

So far, we have no information on when the SBT-A500 will be released or how much it will cost, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out.


Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam soundbar and smart speaker

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon.
Home Theater

What are HDMI ARC and eARC? Here’s how they can simplify your home theater

HDMI ARC is one of the coolest TV features at your disposal. But if you're like most folks, you have no idea how it works, if you even know what it is at all. Here's our primer on HDMI ARC, as well as the next generation technology, eARC.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

Walmart abandons its plans for a streaming Netflix killer

Rumored plans for a Walmart owned, Vudu-labeled Netflix streaming killer have been shelved according to a new report from CNBC. The billions it would have needed to invest in order to compete apparently gave the mega retailer cold feet.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.
Home Theater

Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable spreads analog joy throughout your home

It can be tough to listen to your favorite analog tunes anywhere besides the room where your turntable is located. With its MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable, Yamaha allows you to stream your tunes throughout your home.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.

Here’s a look at the hottest 4K TV deals for January 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘John Wick,’ Ghostbusters,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and John Wick: Chapter 3.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, and more.