AT A GLANCE
HDMI, lossless surround decoding
UHD-capable video passthrough
No HDCP 2.2 DRM for UHD
If you close your eyes, the Arcam Solo Bar and Solo Sub sound more like a decent component system than a soundbar.
Soundbars take three forms. The main distinction among them is what serves as the heart of your system. With a passive soundbar, the A/V receiver—with all its features, joys, and woes—is the clearinghouse, and all signal sources go through it. With a less expensive active soundbar, the TV often replaces the receiver, and all signals go through the TV into the bar. But the Arcam Solo Bar is the type of active soundbar that replaces both the receiver and the TV as the heart of your system.