The SONY HT-ST5000 7.1.2 model is the winner of the Hippie World test, which was conducted back in 2017. The presented soundbar made a real impression on people. The soundbar stood out among similar models, surpassing them due to rich and realistic sound.


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The soundbar will fit especially well in a small room, where there is so little space, and even more so there is no place for eight speakers with an amplifier. And the power of a full-fledged audio system will be higher than necessary. Even budget solutions (see for an overview) will allow you to get much more emotions from the film than the built-in TV acoustics.

How do they do it

The very technology of creating a surround sound effect using only one front source is called virtual surround sound (Virtual Surround Sound). The listener's ears are deceived by various psychoacoustic effects - differences in loudness, delays, phase manipulation and sound reflections. Most soundbars use two variations of this technology:

2.1 or 3.1 based surround sound - Creates surround sound with just two or three channels. Thanks to this, soundbars are compact and inexpensive, but still give high-quality sound. The technology does not use the walls and ceiling of the room to work, and therefore can sound great in a room with a lot of furniture and fittings. However, virtual surround sound cannot convey the full scale and realism of a full-fledged 5.1 or 7.1 home theater, digital sound projection technology has been created for this. Such is, for example, JBL BAR 3.1.

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