Budget Soundbar/Speaker Options for PC with Atmos (or Equivalent) ?

Hi, am currently looking for speakers or a soundbar to add to my PC setup. Was hoping to get Atmos for it as I enjoyed that feature on my tablet. What options do I have under 250 AUD if I want an audio setup with the Atmos/DTSX feature?

Appreciate the suggestions! :)


  • How does a tablet possibly have Atmos? Do people even understand what Atmos is?

    • It is virtual Dolby Atmos where the real thing is reproduced using supported headphones or built-in speakers. I highly doubt the "Virtual" Dolby Atmos sound quality to be nowhere close to the real deal and more likely a money making exercise by Dolby by letting tablet manufactures to slap the Dolby Atmos logo on their hardware equipped with some Dolby audio processing algorithm built-in.


      • Dolby Atmos technology doesn't have a set number of speaker requirement. But that's not to be confused with Dolby Atmos processing for a Dolby stream which is 5.1.

        And yes Dolby Atmos 'virtual' does make a difference if you like what you hear. Same goes with other algorithms like Sony's 360 audio, they are worth experimenting with.

    • I can't say I know the full experience with a thousand+ dollar setup, but I've had the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 for years and I'd have to say don't knock it til you've tried. I don't understand how they make it happen but it really does sound like things are behind me in movies that support it. Say what you will about real vs virtual, but if the effect is there, it doesn't matter to me how it's achieved.

      Link to a review of the tablet I have. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lenovo-yoga-tablet-3-8-inch-rev...

      Edit: typos.

      • Yeah, it's not Atmos though. The fact that Dolby allows it to marketed as stuff like this is ridiculous.

  • These are all above your price range, I think (cheaper secondhand, of course, if you can get it), but for what it's worth, you can read reviews on:
    Amazon Echo Studio
    Apple HomePod
    Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar
    LG QP5 Éclair
    The last one is yet to be released.
    Edifier make value speaker systems but don't do an Atmos one yet.
    From my POV the priorities should be hifi sound first (stereo, preferably with sub) then surround sound capability second. You will enjoy the movie/game more that way.
    That's coming from someone who has a 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos system. I only notice the normal surround effects about 10% of the time, and the height channels 3%, if that (depending on the movie).