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ELAC’s new TV-friendly speakers will satisfy Dolby Atmos soundbar haters

For many movie fans, a Dolby Atmos soundbar will provide everything they need to experience the latest movies on TV with a level of audio realism that their set’s built-in speakers could never deliver. But what if you also want to hear music? The best soundbars excels at movie sound, but some listeners may end up disappointed when it comes time to play music at the same bar.

The reasons for this are many, but it mostly comes down to the fact that a soundbar must pack the speakers used to convey left, right, and center channel information—and in some cases surround and height channels as well—into a slim, compact, all-in-one device. The better designs make an effort to reproduce stereo music with a high degree of clarity, but the main task of most soundbars is generally to deliver maximum impact with movie soundtracks.