Vizio M512a-H6 review: The best Dolby Atmos soundbar for the money
Dolby Atmos surround audio may have been with us for some time, but it wasn't until streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus got on board that manufacturers finally took the format seriously. There are a lot of Atmos soundbars on the market now, many of which are quite affordable, but just because they support the standard doesn't mean they can play it to full advantage. Take the Sonos Beam Gen 2 for example -- it can now decode Dolby's format, but it can only emulate height effects using digital processing.
If you want "true" Dolby Atmos sound in a soundbar, you need to look at systems with dedicated height speakers. One of the least-expensive is the Vizio M512a-H6. This $500 speaker system offers full 5.1.2 surround and looks good while doing it, borrowing some high-end bling from the superb Vizio Elevate.
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