If you’re on the lookout for an excellent soundbar, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best high-end soundbars and the best cheap soundbars on the market to take your home entertainment setup to the next level.
Whether you have a top-end 4K TV, a HDTV or something more basic, you’ll be all-too-familiar with the fact that tellies generally don’t deliver the best of audio experiences. Fortunately, it’s easy to address this.
Soundbars offer an excellent surround sound experience, but do away with the clutter that comes with having a load of different speakers scattered around your living room.
They’re sleek enough to be either wall-mounted or slipped beneath your TV, and often come with an in-built subwoofer for powerful bass.
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Roth Audio Sub Zero II – Width: 850mm | Sub: None | Price: £69 – A remarkably cheap soundbar that's loud, bassy and robustly-built
Q Acoustics Q-TV2 – Sub: In-built | Price: £149 – A soundbar that attaches to the back of your TV, making it virtually invisible
Philips HTL5140 – Width: 1,045mm | Sub: External | Price: £239.95 – A sleek, discreet soundbar that offers generous features at a resonable price
Orbitsound M10 – Width: 500mm | Sub: External | Price: £250 – A chunky yet compact soundbar that's powerful and easy to use
Canton DM 9 – Width: 1,210mm | Sub: In-built | Price: £314 – A wall-mounted subwoofer that delivers stupendous sound
Q Acoustics Media 4 – Width: 1,000mm | Sub: In-built | Price: £400 – A solidly-built soundbar that offers powerful, natural sound
Monitor Audio ASB-2 – Width: 1,005mm | Sub: None | Price: £699 – A great-looking soundbar with generous features and AirPlay support
Samsung HW-J8500 – Width: 1,450mm | Sub: External | Price: £750 – An elegant, curved soundbar designed to be used alongside a curved TV
DALI Kubik One – Width: 980mm | Sub: None | Price: £799 – A stunning soundbar that can be wall-mounted or used on a table-top
Focal Dimension – Width: 1,155mm | Sub: None | Price: £899 – A terrific soundbar aimed at discerning listeners with lots to spend
So what is a TV soundbar? It’s essentially a slim speaker system that can sit below or near your TV. The technology packed inside can deliver a surround sound experience without the annoying clutter that comes with having 5.1 surround sound speakers dotted around the room.
Most soundbars are 2.1 channel sound setups. That means you’ll get two speakers and a separate subwoofer. There are of course a few exceptions that bundle subwoofer and speakers all into one device.
Beyond hooking it up to a TV, soundbars can offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to stream content from smartphones, tablets and computers. Physical connections can include USB ports to plug in external hard drives, HDMI inputs and outputs to support Full HD and 3D TV playback.
SEE ALSO: Best Surround Sound Systems
There are plenty of excellent models out there to choose from and we want to help you find the soundbar that's best for you. So if space is at a premium, and you're ready to break free from snaking cables, read on.
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