Best Soundbars 2014
Looking for the best soundbars to buy? We've picked the most room-friendly surround sound set-ups to look out for this Christmas.
If you’ve had enough of the poor quality sound from your HDTV and you're on the hunt for the best soundbar to fir your tastes, you’ve come to the right place.
Click the arrow above to see the first model on the list, or select your preferred option below:
Best soundbar overall | Monitor Audio ASB-2
Best soundbar for bass | Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2
Best soundbar for music | Sonos Playbar
Best looking soundbar | Samsung HW-F751
Best soundbar for connections | Maxel MXSP-SB3000
Best soundbar under £150 | Roth Audio Sub Zero II
Best soundbar under £100 | Maxell MXSB-252
Best hidden soundbar | Q Acoustics Q-TV2
So what is a TV soundbar? Well, it’s a slim speaker system that can sit below or near your TV. The technology packed inside can deliver a surround sound experience minus the clutter of 5.1 surround sound speakers dotted around the room.
Whether you're watching a film on Blu-ray, streaming content from LoveFilm or playing Call of Duty on your Xbox One or PS4, a soundbar can take your home entertainment domain to the next level.
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.
There’s plenty out there to choose from and we want to help you find which soundbar is right for you. So if space is at a premium, and you're ready to break free from snaking cables, read on.
Looking for something more powerful for your TV? Check out our round-up of the best surround sound systems.