The Elevate soundbar, which considers itself a 5.1.4 variety, has speakers that rotate upward when they're taking advantage of content encoded for Dolby Atmos, and return frontward when handling more pedestrian audio. It also has (mostly) wireless surround speakers that plug into the subwoofer, so you don't have to worry about running wires all the way around your living room.
Dolby Atmos is the audio standard that allows sounds to hang in three-dimensional space as "objects," instead of just coming at you from a certain direction.
The Elevate normally retails for $999 but already has been dropped to $699. That's a savings of $300, or 30 percent.
In addition to having the speakers that rotate — which is very cool to see in person — the Elevate also takes advantage of the new eARC standard, which allows the best audio bandwidth and bitrate you can get these days. That'll require a display that uses eARC, though. (Theoretically it'll also make the digital handshake connecting the soundbar to displays even easier.)
Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.
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