With so many soundbar options to choose from, selecting one in particular can present somewhat of a challenge.
In this review, we break down the best sound bars on the market this year based on price versus performance and situations they will be used in. We’ll be taking a look at products in every budget range, so regardless of whether you’ve got a few bucks to spare and want the best value or are looking for the best of the best, we’ll have an option for you.
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Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar
The Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar delivers superior sound quality with advanced technologies that give you remarkably clear audio. The dialog mode allows you to make out every single word without any issues
This sound bar offers Bluetooth connectivity so you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet. Establishing a connection is very simple and only takes a few seconds; there is one connection for your TV and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input.
The universal remote that comes with this sound bar allows you to control the bass TV, Bluetooth connections, and more. It has a straightforward design that makes it easy to use. You can adjust the volume of the audio with the touch of a button.
Measuring 3.4” by 21.5” by 2.8” with a weight of 3.7 pounds, it delivers impressive overall sound quality and thumping bass. It will provide you with an immersive audio experience that will enhance your movies, TV, and video games.
The sheer versatility of this soundbar is very impressive, to say the least. You will be able to position it wherever you want without any issues; you can mount it on your wall or just keep it on a shelf. It has a stylish modern design that will fit right in with the rest of your home entertainment system.
The Vizio SB82821D6 has a 2.0 audio channel design with a sound pressure level of 95 decibels. The wireless subwoofer it comes with delivers deep bass and gives you an impressive and well-rounded overall sound.
This sound bar also has built-in Bluetooth, so you will have no problem establishing a wireless connection with your smartphone, tablet, and other compatible devices. This makes it easy to stream music from your mobile devices.
The Dolby Digital sound that you will get with this sound bar provides you with cinema-quality audio that is ideal for watching DVDs, Blu-ray, and listening to music. It can also enhance your gaming experience in a very noticeable way.
The DTS true surround provides you with virtual surround sound that makes for an even more immersive experience. You will also receive a remote control that will allow you to switch between Bluetooth connections, adjust volume, and much more.
The wall mount bracket allows you to mount this sound bar to your wall, which can be useful if you don’t have a lot of surface space. You’ll also get audio cables to get this device set up quickly.
Measuring 28” by 3” by 3” with a weight of just 3.85 pounds, this soundbar is reasonably light and doesn’t take up a ton of space. It will provide you with excellent sound quality throughout the entire dynamic range.
Sony CT290 Ultra-slim 300W Sound bar
The Sony CT290 soundbar has a robust 300-watt design with 2.1 channel S-Force PRO front surround sound. This soundbar will give you a fully immersive experience, whether you are watching a movie or listening to music.
The Sony sound bar’s Bluetooth connectivity allows you to quickly and easily connect a wide range of mobile devices. You will be able to stream music from your device anywhere in your home.
The voice mode feature allows you to hear voices clearly and the night mode makes the audio crisp and clear when listening at a low volume. There is also a USB port on the rear of the sound bar that you can use to establish a wired connection with numerous devices.
The subwoofer that comes with this soundbar weighs only 13.89 pounds and delivers a deep and full overall bass sound. This will provide you with a better overall listening and viewing experience.
We really like the wall mountable of this soundbar, which can help you save space. You can mount it right under your TV with the hardware that is provided.
The soundbar itself measures 35.5” by 2.1” by 3.4” with a weight of just 13.89 pounds.
Yamaha YAS-108 Sound Bar
The Yamaha YAS-108 has built-in subwoofers that give you a deep thumping bass without taking up any additional space. The clear voice option allows you to enhance dialogue so you can hear everything that is being said without any issues when watching TV or movies.
This sound bar features impressive DTS virtual 3D Surround sound. This means that you will experience audio from all directions for a truly immersive experience.
The Bluetooth streaming feature lets you switch between up to two different devices. This enables you to listen to music without having to deal with any annoying cables or wires. The simple setup of this sound bar lets you get it up and running in just a matter of minutes. It has an HDMI port, optical audio, and auxiliary port. This lets you connect a variety of devices for extreme versatility.
There is also a remote control that you can use to quickly switch inputs, change the volume, pair devices with Bluetooth, and much more. It has a beautifully simple design that you shouldn’t have any issues with.
This soundbar also offers Alexa integration, so you can perform a variety of commands without using your hands at all.
Samsung HW-R550 Sound Bar
The Samsung Halloween-R550 allows you to always hear voices clearly so that you never miss a single word of dialogue again. This can be particularly useful if you are hard of hearing or you are just listening with the volume low at night.
The wireless subwoofer that this sound bar comes with gives you a deep rumbling bass that you will be sure to appreciate. It gives you a sweet full sound that will deliver the best possible listening experience.
There is a particular setting that will even allow you to optimize the audio performance of this sound bar for gaming; it will give you a more immersive overall gaming experience that will help you enjoy your virtual worlds even more.
The Samsung remote that comes with this soundbar allows you to fine-tune the sound from your TV menu. This enables you to get the best overall audio performance to match your needs.
It measures 3.2” by 35.7” by 21.7” inches with a total weight of 9.9 pounds. It also has an Energy Star certification, which means that it doesn’t use more power than necessary.
The products on this list all prove a point that you don’t have to spend big to upgrade the stock sound of your TV. The Vizio SB3621 is one of those soundbars that provides excellent value, and because of its amazing output, it can fill large rooms quite comfortably.
It’s not a huge sound bar, and it’s incredibly affordable for its performance. It just sounds very smooth and enjoyable. In the package there’s a wireless subwoofer, and the sound bar has Bluetooth connectivity.
It’s not the most feature-packed but it is an excellent package for the price. When buying budget products many buyers usually get inferior build quality and aesthetics, but that’s not the case with the Vizio.
The sound bar is 36” wide and has a 2.1” height which won’t interfere with your remote control if you choose to place it under your TV. It as a smooth, industrial design that works great with the overall vibe, with controls on top of it that can be useful if you can’t find the remote control.
The remote control of the device is excellent, and it’s definitely the best at this price point. It’s understated and very well designed, with intuitive controls and vast range. In the package you also get a small subwoofer that has a 5-inch woofer inside that helps the sound get down to 50 Hertz
Connectivity-wise, the Vizio SB3621 features two digital inputs, a coaxial and an optical one, plus the USB port, which plays only WAV files. On top of that you also have a 3.5mm audio jack, but thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity you can do with a wireless setup as well.
When we first got the device, we didn’t expect this 36” wide sound bar could produce much, but its sound stage was amazing. It gave a large living room an immersive experience. Vizio has also included its true surround processing for a brighter sound, and the tiny subwoofer produced intense and punchy sounds. It was excellent for everything and will deliver ample fun. A unique sound bar with a great price.
Another Vizio soundbar back to back; this time around we have the Vizio SB, a best seller on Amazon for a good reason. It provides massive value for its price with excellent features and excellent sound quality, and it’s the absolute best entry-level sound bar.
It’s a breathtaking product that in our opinion should be priced at least twice its price, but let’s dive deeper into this gorgeous sound bar to see what it offers. Most of the budget product manufacturers opt for the most provocative designs that look very cheap, but budget-conscious buyers that appreciate value can’t stand these designs. Vizio has opted for a minimalist design with clean lines that’s just excellent.
The body of the device is covered with a black grille and panels. The side panels have a brushed aluminum texture and the sound bar itself is not very large, and you have the option to order it with a subwoofer that’ll provide even more value.
You can set this anywhere in a medium-sized room and it will do its job and provide a clean look without any cables as an eyesore. Performance-wise, the Vizio SB3821 comes packed with two 2.75” drivers and it can output a sound of 100 decibels, pretty good for small to medium-sized rooms.
Dolby Digital decoder controls the power; also, the DTS true surround and DTS true volume. All of this in a very light package that does a massive task. The most exciting part is the wireless subwoofer, a feature that is more prominent in more expensive sound power systems.
For a 2.0 system, the Vizio SB3820c6 performs accurately. The drivers in the sound bar do a particularly good job of delivering the treble and mid-range, and they also provide a decent base that has some punch to it but don’t expect profound lows without buying the subwoofer. Maybe around 50 Hertz, but certainly not lower than that.
The Dolby features accomplished a fantastic task of clearing the voices so the dialogues come out nice and sharp and clear. It uses a technology that dampens the transition from quiet to loud scenes as it can get shocking, and the music listening experience is quite clean and accurate.
Razer has manufactured a sound bar dedicated for gamers: The Leviathan. It provides excellent gaming experience with its deep bass sound thanks to its amazing imitation of the 5.1 surround setup.
The Leviathan is excellent for music and movies, making it a very versatile sound bar. It’s best suited for small to medium-sized rooms as it can’t output the same audio quality at higher volumes, but it shines in smaller rooms.
The Razer Leviathan is not a massive soundbar as it’s just 20” long. It’s really perfect for your PC desk. On the front of this sound bar is a black perforated grill and in the middle of it, you can locate the Razer logo. Under that grill there are two 2.5” drivers and two 0.4” tweeters, and on top of that it has a small subwoofer that also sports a black design.
It connects and gets the power from a single cord that connects to the soundbar. On top of the bar there’s a large power button. A little farther back there are the other controls such as the volume control and source. There are three modes supported: the movie mode, the game mode, and the music mode. It activates a Virtual Surround feature that takes the stereo signals and imitates a 5.1 surround setup.
You can connect the Leviathan to your TV or PC in various ways. However, we would recommend connecting it with a digital optic cable for the best output quality. It can also connect to mobile devices thanks to its NFC support.
The Leviathan also supports Bluetooth, a feature that improves the fidelity of streamed music. It may look small, but the Razer Leviathan provides lots of sound quality and interesting features. The surround sound with low-end effects is perceptible. It is 30 Watts of power, enough to fill the room, but the audio quality drops at higher volumes. In every scenario it performed well and presented an awesome experience. A great budget soundbar that’s dedicated to gamers but you can find watching movies will be great as well.
MEGACRA Sound Bar S7020
Megacra may not be a household name in the audio industry, but the Chinese manufacturer is beginning to make a name for itself with its great products that provide excellent value for their price. The MEGACRA Sound Bar S7020is such a product. It’s a remarkable soundbar with great features and fantastic performance, especially down low in the bass range.
It’s not the widest sound bar, but its output is large and it can be used in various setups. The S7020 is a 32” wide mid-sized soundbar and despite its price the product doesn’t look cheap. It has a great industrial design with no frills or any significant attractions. It has a black outline on its body with silver panels on the side and just the silver logo in the middle. The sound bar is covered in the mesh that’s very clean and tight and the overall structure of the device is excellent and will fit in your room’s design remarkably.
It has a high number of connectivity ports for its price including a coaxial port, an optical port, a USB, port and a DC port, and also you can connect the device via Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of up to 33 feet.
It’s also worth stating that the Megacra soundbar can be wall-mounted with its included brackets. This 40-Watt soundbar uses two 3-inch high-performance full-range drivers that use reliable magnetic drive technology and have a frequency response range from 20 Herts to 20 kilohertz with a meager distortion rate.
Thanks to his drivers the Megacra S7020 is a perfect budget sound bar for bass heads as it will provide the punches and deeper space sounds. Moreover, the sound quality is excellent throughout the range and it’ll give clean tones without bleeding. It’s the deepest budget sound bar that you can find on the market.
Samsung HW-J355 2.1 Channel
Manufactured and designed with Samsung precision, it may be a little pricier than some of the soundbars in this list but it’s the best upgrade to the stock TV speakers in the budget range hands-down.
Its main aim is to enhance the overall audio experience that you get from a TV, with a wide range of features and its also compatible with many devices, which will justify its price.
The Samsung HWJ355 is a 37” wide soundbar with a beautiful design. It has great aesthetic and it’s very understated. It’ll fit into any room design that you want because it doesn’t crave attention.
It has a total weight of 3.5 pounds and it also has a great subwoofer in the package that provides an excellent low range. The overall build quality of this product is unique and offers extreme durability, just as you’d expect from Samsung.
In the box of this device, apart from the sound bar and the subwoofer, you’ll find a remote control that’s actually pretty good, but you can find the Samsung audio remote app in the Play Store as well that lets you control the device through your smartphone. It gives you a wide range of controls, like the equalizer settings, making playlists, and much more.
In the package, you’ll find a wall mount kit, a USB cable, and an optical cable for excellent sound quality, and you can also connect via Bluetooth to mobile and other Bluetooth devices.
This soundbar provides 120 watts of excellent audio, 60 of which go to the subwoofer to provide a proper 2.1 home theater experience. The soundbar has four speakers: two tweeters and two mid-range speakers that offer excellent mid-range and treble, and to complete the package, the subwoofer provides perfect bass. The sound quality is near-perfect through everything that we tested it with and it’s the best sound upgrade you can make to your TV.