The build quality and design of the soundbar is exceptional, and its general audio performance impresses with its clarity and spatial presentation.
Power: W Speakers: 2 Dimensions: 1, x 90 x mm Weight: 4. However, you only have to hear what the M4 can do with both music and movies for your doubts about it to evaporate almost instantly. In fact, it sounds so good that it starts to make the idea of trying to deliver more channels from an affordable soundbar look a bit silly. Read the full review: Q Acoustics M4 Soundbar. Power: W Speakers: 3.
Samsung's California-based audio lab has been on a roll. The resulting soundstage is big and open, lending itself to larger screen sizes. However once you take into consideration the looks, build quality, and features, this is a solid midrange combo. Power: W Speakers: 5.
Sennheiser is best known for its range of headphones and professional microphones, but it recently extended its ambitions to home audio as well, with the introduction of its new Ambeo Soundbar. Sennheiser clearly has its sights set on the home cinema market with the Ambeo, although the bar's Wi-Fi connectivity means that it can double up as a pretty impressive music system as well.
Read the full review: Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Soundbar.
Power: Not quoted Speakers: 9 Dimensions: x 85 x mm Weight: 5. Used simply on its own it delivers a massive sonic boost to your TV listening, but operating it does require using a smartphone or tablet app. The benefit is that it can seamlessly segue in to a Sonos wireless system, and can even act as the front three speakers in a 5.
Unfortunately although it's optical-only setup will be great for most, it does exclude owners of TVs that lack this connector, which has pushed it a little further down this list. Read the full review: Sonos Playbar. Read the full review: Sonos Beam. With its nine drivers are arranged in trios for left, center and right channels and a virtual surround mode to create the illusion of having more speakers around the room, the HEOS Bar is pretty much whatever you want it to be.
Blessed with such a balanced soundscape, the HEOS Bar proved immediately adept with music, and has a consistently warm yet refined sound quality that's all its own. The fact that it lacks the opportunity to tweak the audio settings is not as important as we had feared. However, we did notice on a couple of occasions that the first half-a-second was cut-off songs.
Despite the bargain-basement price, the SBAn-F6 is neatly designed, measuring 36 inches wide, and a streamlined 2 inches high, and 5. It will sit comfortably underneath the screen of most TVs, and Vizio also includes a pair of wall-mount brackets as well. Read the full review: Polk Audio Command bar. Back to School Bluetooth connectivity is available. Music, TV and movies sound clear, balanced and highly detailed — as well as powerful.
It has three HDMI ports for passing through 4K video signals, alongside analogue and digital optical audio options. And it sounds fantastic.
The cabinet is made of MDF with internal bracing to reduce unwanted resonance — the type of material used in hi-fi speakers. Tonal balance is neutral, never adding too much bass or making voices sound crispy. That said, it packs plenty of talents into its robust package. It can play hi-res audio tunes, stream audio via AirPlay 2 ; has support for several streaming services including Spotify and is compatible with Alexa voice control.
And in terms of the audio performance, the Pulse delivers a rich, detailed sound with a convincingly deep soundstage.
If you want a soundbar that can do more than just ably assist film soundtracks, the Pulse Soundbar 2i is worth auditioning. Factor in the smooth app operation and competitive price, and this is a success in virtually every respect. The Sky Soundbox is an odd one. The first oddity is the shape, which is more like a soundbase but too small to fit a TV on. It can be tricky to find the right home for it. The other quirk is that Sky customers can buy it at a truly excellent price. With help from Devialet, the scale of sound from such a compact unit is super-impressive, while some Sky Q -specific sound modes help to get a better sonic balance during sports, movies, and so on.
Soundbars were invented to boost the sound quality of TVs — which means we end up watching a lot of TV.
More complex soundbars feature network functionality for hooking up to other speakers and playing music around the home, so we test for connectivity issues and ease of use. Every product is compared to similarly priced rivals, too. A soundbar is essentially a slim speaker system that can be mounted on the wall below your TV, or in front of it on a cabinet.
Soundbars emerged to tackle the issue of poor quality built-in TV speakers. Most are stereo offerings, but some beefier models pack enough tech inside to deliver a convincing virtual surround sound experience.
There are a few exceptions that bundle subwoofer and even more speakers into one device. The advantage of a wide soundbar is a better stereo experience, but the slim design is also what makes a separate subwoofer pretty much compulsory. A soundbase is a much flatter unit designed to sit below the TV on a cabinet or stand. Soundbases are often rated by the weight of the TV they can support, and because of the extra space, will often feature better audio processing than soundbars. Both soundbars and soundbases sometimes offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to stream content from smartphones, tablets and computers.
Best soundbars the best TV speakers you can buy. By Andy The very best soundbars can pack great, meaty sound into a package small enough to sit in front of your TV. Before you buy .. MORE: Best soundbar deals. Best soundbars for TV shows, movies and music in Black Friday deals page for the latest soundbar deals from the massive sales.
A recent trend is to have a single optical input that lets you plug everything into your TV, and then a single cable going to the soundbar or soundbase. Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.