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Who Has The Ultimate Hi-Fi? Best Of Best Awards Announced

Nothing beats the sound of great music or the rumble of the bass from a movie explosion.

Since the gramophone, audio companies have all obsessed over producing better and better audio, bringing brighter tones and broader dynamic range.

Since the advent of smart speakers, sound is moving closer and closer to us all.

Unfortunately for the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon, you just can’t go past the quality of premium, high-fidelity audio speakers.

To get the most out of your music and movies, you need the best of the best, and the SmartHouse awards bring them all together in one place.

The Best Soundbar for 2019 is the Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Soundbar with its unique 3D home audio experience powered by 13 high-end drivers.

Even without a subwoofer, the bar outputs intense 30Hz bass frequencies, supported by the advanced Sennheiser room calibration microphone.

Heralding the next generation of home cinema audio, the Sennheiser AMBEO 3D soundbar is our top pick this year.

Highly Recommended was Yamaha’s YSP-2700 Soundbar, with a 16-speaker array for real 7.1 channel surround sound.

Supported by a wireless cubic subwoofer for vibrant and crisp low frequencies, the YSP-2700 is supported by Intellibeam technology for optimum output depending on the size of the room.

The YSP-2700 creates beams of sound via digital signal processing and reflects them off the walls of the room to reproduce 7.1 surround sound.

At a height of just 51mm, you will barely even notice its existence as it improves your Hi-Fi experience.

For those looking for the best bang for their buck, the JBL Bar Studio 2 is our Best Value Soundbar.

The all-in-one soundbar harnesses a built-in dual bass port design with JBL’s signature Surround Sound, bringing every form of entertainment to life.

Designed to fit into any TV set up with seamless integration with whatever remote it uses thanks to the HDMI-ARC input.

Highly Recommended is the Panasonic SC-HTB488 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer.

Panasonic brings immersive virtual sound from both the soundbar and wireless subwoofer, with rounded audio output from a compact and stylish design.

Outputting stereo 2.1, the 200W Pansonic system supports Bluetooth with several audio options to suit a variety of content options, from music, movies and gaming.

Stepping up a notch, we have the Best Floor Speakers of 2019, with the Q Acoustics Concept 300 floor-standing speaker blowing us away.

Reviving the classic 1950’s design, the Q Acoustic floor speaker sports a 165mm mid-bass unit for a fantastically spacious soundstage.

The stand design of the Concept 300 features compression rods and tension cables to reduce external vibrations for an improved strength-to-volume ratio.

Highly Recommended is the German-designed Canton A45 floor speaker.

Featuring 45-years of reference audio knowledge, the Canton A45 outputs high-quality ‘Jubilee’ loudspeaker sound.

Inside its ceramic chassis made of solid HDF is a three-way down-firing bass reflex system for outstanding audio.

Bringing it all together is the Denon AVR-X3600H, our choice for the Best Home Cinema Amplifier.

Boasting 180W per channel, the performance-tuned Denon amplifier delivers an impeccable 3D audio experience with support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos and the brand new IMAX Enhanced standard.

Featuring all the latest 4K UHD support like HDR10 and upscaling, the Denon AVR-X3600H will transform any source into the ultimate viewing experience.

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