Best Soundbars

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 31, 2017
Is there any simple way to enhance the sound of your TV set and turn your living room into the movies? Yes! Sound bars are compact speaker systems that incredibly improve the sound quality of your TV. Read our brand-new review of the best soundbars and take your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Sound system
Power output
Frequency
Sound enhancing system
Equalizer settings
Interfaces
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS
VIZIO soundbar comes with lots of cutting-edge technologies allowing you to experience the whole depth and nature of surround sound. This unit supports wireless Bluetooth connection, which means you don't need to deal with any cables.
CONS
The LED backlight on the remote might seem insufficient.
OUR VERDICT
That's a fantastic sound system equipped with the most advanced digital sound processing technologies. Enjoy your favorite music and movies!
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Sound system
5.1
Power output
~120W
Frequency
60Hz - 19kHz
Sound enhancing system
Dolby Digital® multi-channel sound, DTS Digital Surround® for high-quality cinematic surround sound, DTS Circle Surround® multi-channel sound decoder, DTS TruSurround® for realistic 3D sound
Equalizer settings
Bass / Tremble control, Night mode, Dialogue control, Surround sound control
Interfaces
Bluetooth, 1 x 3.5mm stereo mini jack, 1 x RCA (stereo), 1 x Digital Coaxial, 1 x Optical (Toslink), 1 x USB
Dimensions
3'' x 38'' x 3'' (sound bar), 9.1'' x 8.3'' x 8.3'' (subwoofer), 5.9'' x 3'' x 3'' (satellites)
Warranty
1 year
PROS
You can control this soundbar from your mobile device with the help of Samsung Audio Remote app. Moreover, this amazing sound bar can be paired with Samsung TVs via Bluetooth thanks to the TV Sound Connect.
CONS
You can't control Samsung soundbar from cell phones of other manufacturers.
OUR VERDICT
It's a brand-new soundbar that produces a dynamic and bass-rich sound when you watch movies or listen to music. High-end device!
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Sound system
2.1
Power output
120W
Frequency
20Hz - 20kHz
Sound enhancing system
Dolby Digital® multi-channel sound, DTS TruSurround® for realistic sound, 3D Sound Plus® creates a 3D effect, Crystal Amp Pro® system filters interferences
Equalizer settings
Standard, Sound Effects (Music, Movie, Clear Voice, Sport)
Interfaces
Bluetooth, 1 x Optical audio input, 1 x AUX input, 1 x USB input, 1 x Subwoofer out
Dimensions
2.28" x 37.13" x 2.56"(sound bar), 11.81" x 5.98" x 11.18"(subwoofer)
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Built-in subwoofers enhance the sound and take little place inside the soundbar. You can quickly sync the device with your smartphone using the NFC technology.
CONS
You can't connect this sound bar to LG TVs via HDMI.
OUR VERDICT
Excellent sound system that creates a deep and surround sound with no losses when connected to Blu-Ray players.
detailed parameters
Type
TV stand
Sound system
2.1
Power output
170W
Frequency
400Hz - 20kHz
Sound enhancing system
Dolby Digital® multi-channel sound, S-Force Front Surround® technology controls the sound and creates the 3D effect
Equalizer settings
Bass / Treble control, Night mode, Sound Effects (Standard, Music, Movie, ClearAudio+, Sports, Game, Night, Portable Audio)
Interfaces
Bluetooth, NFC, 1 x Optical Audio input, 1 x AUX input, 3 x HDMI video input, 1 x HDMI video output
Dimensions
2.83" x 28.35" x 12.20"
Warranty
1 year
PROS
The front panel accommodates LED indicators showing you the sound settings and modes. You can optimize the sound settings to the volume level you wish.
CONS
Few equalizer settings.
OUR VERDICT
VIZIO sound bar is compact and stylish - ideal device for using with any 32'' TV.
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Sound system
2.0
Power output
~120W
Frequency
70Hz - 19kHz
Sound enhancing system
DTS TruSurround® for realistic sound, DTS TruVolume® technology ensures a comfortable volume
Equalizer settings
Bass / Treble control
Interfaces
Bluetooth, 1 x Optical audio input, 1 x Coaxical audio input, 1 x AUX input, 1 x Analog Stereo RCA, 1 x USB input, 1 x Subwoofer out
Dimensions
3" x 29" x 3"
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Polk Audio soundbar has the Full Complement Sub Bass Drive technology that makes the lows sound deeper. There are special sound modes for video games.
CONS
You can't change equalizer settings without using a remote.
OUR VERDICT
This is the best soundbar for people who adore playing video games on a large screen. It creates an effect of the full immersion in a game.
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Sound system
2.0
Power output
60W
Frequency
Not specified
Sound enhancing system
Dolby Digital® multi-channel sound, Polk's Surround Sound® technology for 3D sound effect
Equalizer settings
Music, Cinema, Forza Racer, Halo FPS
Interfaces
Bluetooth, 1 x Optical Audio input, 1 x Coaxical audio input, 1 x AUX input, 1 x Subwoofer out
Dimensions
4" x 39.25" x 4.5"
Warranty
1 year

What is a Sound Bar

Soundbars are the best solution for people who wish to improve the sound of their TV set without spending too much money. Unlike home theater sound systems, sound bars are much more compact. A typical soundbar is a small panel with built-in speakers. The sound bar is placed really close to the TV set, so it requires no additional space or pieces of furniture. Actually, soundbars are designed to be used with widescreen TVs. We have selected the most popular sound bars on the market to make your choice easier.

If you wish to enhance the sound on your laptop or computer, make sure to read our up-to-date review of the best computer speakers. Sometimes you want to listen to music but your family members are already asleep. In this case, you should wear headphones.

What Features to Compare

Type and Design

If you want to place a soundbar right in front of a TV, you should get a tabletop bar. Some sound bars are wall-mountable and, therefore, can be attached to the wall. Keep in mind that a soundbar doesn't block a signal from the remote. There is another type of sound bars - TV stands. They are larger and wider and TVs are usually placed on top of such bars. However, you should still check the dimensions of the stand so that it can withstand a widescreen TV (52'', for example). A TV stand must be steady and durable enough.

Sound Settings

The next issue to consider is the sound settings since a soundbar is intended to produce a high-quality sound. If you like the bass, choose the soundbars with built-in subwoofers or those supporting the connection of subwoofers. Don't forget to find out such important features as the power output, sensitivity, and frequency - they determine the maximum volume and sound clarity. However, the following features aren't sufficient for deciding if the soundbar is good or not. We strongly recommend checking all the sound enhancing system each soundbar has. For example, any top sound bar has a Dolby surround technology support for producing the multi-channel sound. Also, most sound bars are capable of creating a 3D sound effect, giving you an impression of full immersion in the world of sound. Lots of manufacturers develop their own sound enhancing technologies that maximize the performance of their sound bars. If you want to set your own sound parameters, make sure to choose the soundbar with adjustable equalizer settings. This way, you will be able to enjoy the sound you like the most.

Connections and Control

When making the final decision, don't forget to find out what interfaces a soundbar has. Apart from standard audio ports, some devices allow for other types of connection. For example, an HDMI port ensures the high-quality sound in Blu-Ray movies. The availability of the USB port allows for playing media files stored on your smartphones and flash drives. Bluetooth makes it possible to stream the music wirelessly right from your mobile device. Some soundbars even have Wi-Fi, which is used for connecting to online music services. Finally, check out the controls - you should be able to set the device and enable different modes without any troubles. The best soundbars have a remote for controlling the unit without leaving a couch. Moreover, certain sound bars can be controlled via mobile apps, so you need no remotes, just your smartphone or tablet.

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VIZIO SB3851-C0

Is There Anything Better?

Many people sooner or later start feeling that the sound produced by the TV set is far from being perfect. Therefore, it's nearly impossible to feel the atmosphere of a movie. And VIZIO SB3851-C0 sound bar is surely a device that will solve this problem! Before we go any further, let’s make a mention that this soundbar is referred to 5.1 sound system with the main unit, 2 satellites and subwoofer. The speakers aren’t massive and can be mounted on a wall anywhere in a room for better sound distribution, leaving you space for other household appliances. Yet, we’d recommend you to place them closer to TV. Subwoofer connects to the unit via Bluetooth and has several ports for pairing with the satellites. No more long wires everywhere around the room. The system will fit your decor and ensure crystal-clear sound with rich effects and echoes.

Review of VIZIO SB3851-C0 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

Premium Sound Technologies

The manufacturer equipped this soundbar with lots of sound enhancement technologies so that you could feel the whole power of sound. For example, DTS TruSurround® system helps create a truly 3D sound when you watch movies or listen to your favorite music tracks. But that's not all! DTS Circle Surround® multi-channel matrix decoder will enhance the 3D surround sound effect even more. This decoder supports scores of surround sound creation and playback apps. Besides, a loud sound isn't always pleasant and that's why VIZIO soundbar has DTS TruVolume function that saves your settings and eliminates the need to adjust the volume each time you are going to watch a movie.

Without any doubt, VIZIO sound bar is one of the best devices of its kind. It will give you a chance to enjoy movies without leaving your home. This is a great pick for those who adore watching movies with friends or family.

VIZIO SB3851-C0 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer in the use

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If you wish to mount the satellites on a wall, use special brackets.

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VIZIO SB3851 C0 38 Inch 5 1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers
VIZIO SB3851-C0
VIZIO SB3851-C0
 

Samsung HW-J355/ZA

Experience the Full Power

Samsung HW-J355 is an outstanding sound system that has an elegant look and creates an impression of a small cinema right in your home. Samsung soundbar has a 2.1 sound system comprising a couple of speakers (60W each) on a single bar and a 60W wired subwoofer. Therefore, this wireless soundbar has the total power output of 120W - enough to immerse you in the atmosphere of clear sound. Samsung engineers have applied a number of sound enhancing technologies, such as Dolby Digital, DTS True Sound, and 3D Sound Plus. As a result, the sound is always literally three-dimensional and you will enjoy watching TV or listening to music. But that's not all! This Samsung sound bar boasts the high-end Crystal Amp Pro technology that eliminates interferences and makes the sound clearer. There are several sound modes you can choose from depending on what kind of sound you'd like to listen to: STANDARD, MUSIC, VOICE, SPORTS, CINEMA, and NIGHT MODE. This feature might seem unimportant to you but it's wrong - it's really helpful and allows you to enjoy the best sound quality. Actually, that's one of the major advantages that make this soundbar so popular.

Review of Samsung HW-J355/ZA 2.1 Channel Audio Soundbar

Mobile App Control

This sound bar has one major advantage - you can control it right from your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) via a special Samsung Audio Remote App. The app is available on Android 3.0 and higher. Also, you can connect a mobile device to this soundbar using Bluetooth; you will be able to control the performance and settings. Of course, you can stream audio files from your mobile device and the HW-J355 sound bar will play them. Also, you can choose a signal source using the Source' menu.

If you are interested in the app, it's available here.

In our opinion, Samsung HW-J355 is an excellent device that has a lot of brand-new sound enhancing technologies and is really handy in use. This soundbar will turn your TV set into a small home theater, so you will be able to enjoy the perfect 3D sound.

Samsung HW-J355/ZA 2.1 Channel Audio Soundbar in the use

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Sony HT-XT2

Ideal Sound

Selecting the best soundbars for improving the sound of your TV, we have paid our attention to Sony HTXT1 sound bar. It's a TV stand, which means you place a TV set right on this soundbar. The flat body has a tempered glass top that is scratch-resistant and looks rather elegant. Sony soundbar boasts the 2.1 sound system and has not one but two built-in subwoofers (in the lower part of the casing). Together with two speakers, the overall power output reaches 170W. It's more than enough to fill your living room with a surround sound. All connection interfaces are placed on the back panel of the wireless soundbar. Sensor controls are in the lower left part of the top panel. Thus, the device is totally flat and, therefore, removing dust is effortless.

Review of Sony HT-XT2 2.1 Channel Sound Base with Bluetooth

Unique Surround Sound Technology

This Sony soundbar has a unique S-Force Sound PRO Front Surround technology. Traditional 3D sound technologies are based on reflections of sound waves from walls and ceilings. S-Force Front Surround uses precise calculations of time and volume level in order to produce the clearest sound with no interferences. The sound is distributed in the room, creating the impression of 5 speakers located all around the room. There is also an equalizer that you can fully adjust according to your preferences.

It's worth mentioning that you can connect your mobile phone to this wireless soundbar via Bluetooth. There's also the NFC (Near-Field Connectivity) function that allows you to align the devices by just touching their logos.

This all-in-one soundbar will fit into any interior and improve the sound of your TV set. No doubt, this sound bar will let you enjoy the best movies and music.

Sony HT-XT2 2.1 Channel Sound Base with Bluetooth in the use

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If you wish to enjoy not only the ultimate sound but also excellent image quality, watch movies in the perfect quality on a Blu-Ray player.

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VIZIO SB2920-C6

Made to Fit Your Style

SB2920-C6 is one of the best soundbars produced by VIZIO, which is one of the new manufacturers but known for its cutting-edge products. VIZIO was founded in 2002 and it's known to be a manufacturer of HDTVs. The company also produces a range of other high-tech items, and sound bars are among them. The company's motto is 'Simply Immersive' and that's fully described the soundbar. It's, probably, one of the best devices you can find for using with 32'' TVs. You can place the sound bar as you wish: either in front of the TV, mount it to a wall, or place on a shelf near the TV. In any case, the soundbar will fit into the interior of your room. The casing is streamlined and all corners are rounded. There are 8 light indicators on the front panel; they indicate different sound modes and settings, so you will easily know which one is on at the moment.

Review of VIZIO SB2920-C6 2.0 Channel Sound Bar

Wireless Stream of Music

This VIZIO sound bar has a Bluetooth adapter thanks to which you can pair it with your mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, and play audio files right from your devices. So, no need for any wires and cables, turn Bluetooth on, press play and enjoy your favorite music. It's really simple and convenient since you don't need to get an expensive sound system. The Bluetooth range is around 33 feet - more than enough for any home! Also, the package contents include a handy remote that allows for choosing modes and set the soundbar.

In the end, this soundbar for TV is a great compact device that will help you significantly enhance the sound of your TV. The sound bar also has DTS Tru Sound and DTS Tru Volume technologies to achieve the best sound quality possible.

VIZIO SB2920-C6 2.0 Channel Sound Bar in the use

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To transmit both video and sound signals, choose one of the HDMI cables from our review.

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VIZIO SB2920-C6
 

Polk Audio AM1910-A

New Sound in Video Games

This unique soundbar was developed in cooperation with Microsoft for getting the best sound for video games. Special sound modes were created for such games as Halo® and Forza®, there are 4 modes: Forza Motorsport Racer, Halo FPS, Music, and Cinema. The first two modes are, as you have probably guessed, designed for video games; they help you immerse in the world of gameplay. You can connect the soundbar directly to your console. Dolby Digital and Polk's Surround Sound technologies allow you to feel the whole power of surround sound. For better bass, this soundbar has a built-in subwoofer, so you don't need to buy it separately. Also, this sound bar boasts a Full Complement Sub Bass Drive technology that improves the lows. However, if you think one subwoofer isn't enough, this model has a special input for connecting an external subwoofer. If you are a true fan of music, this option will be really helpful.

Review of Polk Audio AM1910-A Bluetooth Gaming Soundbar

Creative Design

Even a quick glance is enough to appreciate the neat design of the Polk soundbar. The body of the device has a couple of legs and a trapezoidal shape; it's a tabletop unit that can be placed on a shelf or mounted on a wall. You can also place the sound bar in front of certain TV sets but make sure that the bar causes no interferences to the signal from the remote (in this case, we recommend a wall mounting). Polk Audio N1 sound bar has 4 speakers covered with a plastic grate. Some part of the casing is made of genuine wood and if you have white furniture in the living room, choose the white soundbar. The buttons have a LED backlight, so you can push the right button even in the dark room.

Having analyzed this soundbar, we came to a conclusion that this is a multifunctional sound bar that provides great sound for games, listening to music, and watching movies.

Polk Audio AM1910-A Bluetooth Gaming Soundbar in the use

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Are you an avid video game player? Then, you know how important a high-quality sound is in a game. This sound bar can be easily connected to a video game console and you will be able to enjoy not just the natural image quality on the screen of your TV set but a deep, room-filling sound as well.

Detailed review of Polk Audio AM1910-A Bluetooth Gaming Soundbar

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Comparison of Soundbars

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