CES 2019 has been a bit of an odd year for audio, especially when it comes to soundbars. In fact, two of the biggest soundbar companies in the business, Samsung and Sony, didn’t even bring a single bar. That’s OK though, as there were still a ton of intriguing new soundbars floating around the show and we’ve rounded up our favorites so you can see what’s coming in the new year.
Here are the coolest, most interesting, and most badass bars of CES 2019.
Part of Harman Kardon’s new Citation series, this intriguing little bar is anything but affordable, landing at a gulp-inducing $1,000 price point for just a 3.0 configuration, as in without even the inclusion of a wireless subwoofer. That said, this system has some very cool tricks up its sleeve for the more affluent among us, not the least of which is a WiSA transmitter, which, in theory, should allow the unit to connect to any WiSA wireless speakers (of which we expect to see a lot this year) for a full wireless surround sound package for your TV.
That’s not all the Citation Bar has going for it, either. It also offers Google Chromecast streaming,
One of the most interesting things about this system is how you set it up. The bar can be set on a stand with the height channels facing up at the ceiling, but it can also be mounted on the wall with the height channels facing forward. There’s a gyroscope system inside the bar that is designed to adjust the front-facing channels. We’re still not totally sure how this will work, but it’s an interesting form factor that makes this bar stand out. The bar also has other modern features, including
Klipsch wasn’t kidding around when it comes to CES 2019. Apart from its awesome new WiSA speakers, and its sexy new T5 true wireless earphones (still a fair way from making it to market), the company brought a massive pack of soundbars, five in all. The captain of the ship as it were is the company’s absolutely beefy new
There’s also a massive 10-inch sub in the package, so we expect this thing to bring the noise in a big way. The system also comes loaded with features, including
On the other end of the Atmos spectrum is Vizio’s slim and tight, 36-inch
Vizio has been focusing on accessibility with its Atmos bars (no surprise for those familiar with the brand), coming in at price points that shatter the competition and still offer impressive performance, evidenced in its 46-inch 5.1.4 bar from 2018, which costs just $1,000. We don’t know the price points yet for any of Vizio’s new soundbars, but we expect this smaller model to come to play, priced well below the company’s still relatively affordable flagship bar.
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