Philips has announced its 2024 soundbar range, including a new flagship Dolby Atmos model called TAB6309, and two other compact bars, TAB5309 and TAB5109. No official price or release date has been confirmed at this time, but we'll be sure to update you once we get our hands on it.
But in the meantime, here's some information about each soundbar's specs. The TAB6309 is a Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X compatible soundbar with a 2.1 system that starts in flagship mode and provides 320W of power.
One of the key design features of all three soundbars is their compact construction, and the TAB6309 is particularly small at just 37 mm in height, so it won't get in the way of even the best TVs with low stands. there is no. In fact, the TAB6309 is being touted as “the perfect companion for Ambilight TV” and arrives just in time for Philips' announcement of his 2024 TV lineup. This flagship model also comes with a wireless subwoofer, which can be placed vertically or horizontally if you prefer a more remote location.
In terms of connectivity, the TAB6309 is equipped with HDMI eARC, USB playback, optical input, and Aux-in, allowing you to connect it to, for example, one of the best turntables if you wish (with a phono stage and associated cables). (as long as it is available). ). It also features wireless connectivity in Bluetooth 5.3 and LE audio formats, making it ready for next-generation Bluetooth.
How do the other two new Philips soundbars compare to the flagship model TAB6309?
The second soundbar model is the slightly simpler TAB5309. It is also compatible with DTS Virtual:X, but supports Dolby Digital Plus instead of Atmos. This is a medium-sized soundbar with a width of 766 mm. That means it's only slightly wider than one of his best soundbars for music, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). Like the flagship model, he also has a 2.1 system with a wireless subwoofer, but the output is slightly lower at 40 W, but still plenty.
The TAB5309's connectivity is similar to the TAB6309, with optical, Aux-in, and USB playback, but the TAB5309 only comes with HDMI Arc, as opposed to the TAB6309's HDMi eARC connectivity. Wireless also supports 5.3 Bluetooth and LE audio.
Finally, the TAB5109 is a 2.0 soundbar, so it doesn't come with a subwoofer. Like the mid-range model, it's also compatible with DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital Plus, but with a slightly lower output of 120W. It has the same width of 766 mm as the TAB5309 and features the same connectivity options such as HDMI Arc and Bluetooth 5.3.
These aren't the most shocking soundbars we've seen on paper, but if the Philips TAB6309 can deliver Dolby Atmos in an effective way while still offering room-filling power in a more discrete size. It has the potential to spread worldwide. Our best soundbar guide.
Is it a top contender for a compact Atmos soundbar to replace the Bose Smart Soundbar 600? Indeed, the TAB6309 has a wireless subwoofer, which gives it the advantage of potentially more bass. Yes, but since the Bose Smart Soundbar 600 comes with high output speakers, Dolby Atmos may be more effective than the TAB6309. Once the Philips TAB6309 actually becomes available, we'll have to see how it performs in our tests.