Soundbars are typically stylish speakers that sit unobtrusively in front of or below the TV screen, but luxury car brand Porsche is turning that idea around with a $12,000 / £9,100 / AU Dolby Atmos soundbar. $19,955 that is impossible to ignore.
It’s not just because the new 911 Soundbar 2.0 Pro (opens in new tab) it offers straight audio – although based on its specs it looks like it will do a solid job in that department. No – this soundbar will turn heads because it’s made from a real exhaust system from the Porsche 992 GT3 (992).
Regrettably, the audio won’t come out the tailpipe as we’d hoped – much more practical speakers will handle that side of things – but that doesn’t stop this Porsche soundbar from being one of the most unique designs we’ve ever created.
It’s not just in vogue either – the 911 Soundbar 2.0 Pro supports HDMI ports that support 4K audio if you want a wired sound system, while those who prefer a wireless setup can take advantage of AirPlay 2 support and built-in Google Chromecast. Plus, if you have a collection of Porsche 911 soundbars – or plan to purchase more in the future – this model can be synced with your others to create an even more powerful soundstage.
But while Porsche cars are known for their high-end performance and power, the same can’t be said for their soundbars. Sure, this latest model supports Dolby Atmos immersive audio and includes a 2.1.2 channel setup that can use it well, but compared to the best soundbars available, it’s far from pole position.
Those of you who want a super powerful audio setup might prefer one of the best soundbars available: the Samsung HW-Q990B. This multi-speaker setup launched in May, priced at $1,899 / £1,599 / AU$2,199 (but we’ve seen it on sale for less) and it pushes the definition of a soundbar – it has a bar, a subwoofer too like two rear speakers – but in doing so it elevates its performance above what a solo speaker can achieve. Despite being extremely compact, Samsung’s 11.1.4-channel speakers deliver incredible, immersive performance.
Even if you go for something more budget-friendly – like the Samsung HW-Q930B or the 2021 Samsung HW-Q800A – you can still find sound systems that leave Porsche in the dust (at least from an audio perspective).
That said, this limited-edition soundbar isn’t designed for audiophiles – it’s made very much for autophiles. It’s not just about having a gadget that sounds great, it’s about having a device/work of art that demonstrates your affection for Porsche cars.
If you’re looking to acquire this unique soundbar, you’ll want to act quickly – Porsche is only making 500 of them, and when pre-orders sell out, they’ll go on sale. The car brand may bring it back in the future with a slightly tweaked design, as it did with previous speakers, but once that exact model is gone, it’s over.