Sound Bar Reviews For 2019

Soundbar Reviews

Large screen TVs are great, providing outstanding picture quality. However, one area where they sometimes don’t quite measure up is in terms of audio quality. Instead of relying on the built-in speakers of the large screen TV, you can add a soundbar for better audio performance.

To find the best buy on these devices, consider reading our soundbar reviews. A few different configurations are available with soundbar kits, meaning reviews will help you find the best soundbar to meet your audio needs.

What Are Soundbars?

A soundbar is a device that contains multiple speakers inside one unit and that connects directly to your television, boosting its audio capabilities. Unlike some other configurations of speakers, soundbars don’t don’t require a receiver, which simplifies the setup of the device.

What is a Soundbar?

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The SBD1 2.0 Channel 60W Wireless Soundbar Will Make All Of Your Movies Sound Better

The SBD1 2.0 Channel 60W Wireless Soundbar Will Make All Of Your Movies Sound Better

These days, you can get pretty decent sound out of just about any TV that you buy, but if you really want the theater experience, you want to get a soundbar to take things up a notch. The SBD1 Soundbar Delivers a Theater Experience The SBD1 2.0 Channel 60W Wireless…
Looking for an Affordable Sound Bar? AmazonBasics Delivers

Looking for an Affordable Sound Bar? AmazonBasics Delivers

Looking for a cheap sound bar that still performs well? Check out this AmazonBasics sound bar for under $100.
5 Best Budget Soundbars in 2019 In-Depth Review

5 Best Budget Soundbars in 2019 In-Depth Review

The best soundbar option for your TV setup is means understanding all of the different configurations you'll find when shopping for a soundbar. You may need a separate subwoofer for your soundbar system, or you may simply want a unit that has Bluetooth compatibility to allow for playing music from…
Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar Review

Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar Review

Soundbars come in in all sizes and costs. And with that, variability in their sonic capabilities. Fortunately, as you’ll see by reading my Yamaha YAS-203 review, that this soundbar doesn’t compromise on much, making it one of the best soundbars to take the place of a set of stand alone…
LG LAB540W 4.1 Ch 320W SoundPlate Review

LG LAB540W 4.1 Ch 320W SoundPlate Review

The whole idea behind a “sound table” is to provide convenient amplified sound from the television or any video device that is playing on it. But to integrate as the audio system of a home theater, this “sound table” needs to do more than just cram speakers and electronics into…
Vizio S2121w-D0 2.1 Sound Stand Review

Vizio S2121w-D0 2.1 Sound Stand Review

Pedestal type sound stands aren’t new — they’ve been offered as alternatives to audio systems and, more recently, sound bars for a number of years. That Vizio feels that a 2.1 sound system that can be placed under a television set has value tells you something — after all the…
Vizio S5451w-C2 54-Inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar Review

Vizio S5451w-C2 54-Inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar Review

TVs have gotten bigger — way bigger — but as a result the actual chassis holding the electronics has shrunk. That is fine as far as the display goes, but where is the room for the speakers? There is none, is the answer. This makes the need for a sound…
Vizio S5430w-C2 54″ 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar Review

Vizio S5430w-C2 54″ 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar Review

For the longest time the 19” color TV was the acme of size to be found in the home. Then along came flat panels and before you knew what had happened, the 42” size took over where the cathode tube left off. Today, size continues to matter but for some…
Sony HTST7 HD Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Review

Sony HTST7 HD Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Review

Sony’s 46” HTST7 HD Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer is massive compared to other sound bars. By that I mean the sound bar is “thicker” because of the room needed for the quality speakers inside; none of those thin tinny types found in flat-panel TVs and even some sound bars…
Sceptre SB301524W Smart Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with Built-in Subwoofer And Android Platform Review

Sceptre SB301524W Smart Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with Built-in Subwoofer And Android Platform Review

The purpose of a Sound bar is to provide louder volume than that of the TV that is has been placed or mounted in front of. This simple concept — driven home by the proliferation of ever thinner flat panel TVs that render the size of speakers puny — has…
VIZIO S4251w-B4 42″ Home Theater Sound Bar Review

VIZIO S4251w-B4 42″ Home Theater Sound Bar Review

Sound bars have started to look all alike: there’s this bar with a set of speakers inside that connects to an audio output from a TV or Blu-ray player or cable box. And in some cases a wireless subwoofer unit is part of the mix. So right from the start…
LG NB3730A 300W 2.1 Smart Soundbar Review

LG NB3730A 300W 2.1 Smart Soundbar Review

The LG NB3730A 300W Smart Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer means business because it doesn’t pack in features at the expense of audio reproduction. $350 gives you a sound bar, a wireless subwoofer, a Bluetooth player and “Smart TV” functions. But mostly it gives you enough power to kick out…
Sonos Playbar Soundbar Review

Sonos Playbar Soundbar Review

A soundbar like no other that's premium cost can be justified through versatility, convenience and all together solid craftsmanship.
Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar Boasts Rear Detachable Speakers Powered By a Battery

Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar Boasts Rear Detachable Speakers Powered By a Battery

Wireless speakers are designed to remove the clutter generally associated with installing a home theater system.  Barring a room constructed specifically to house speakers within the walls, there generally isn’t anyway to completely remove the presence of wires.  You see, wireless speakers need power, and power, at least in this…
Hitachi HSB32B26 Bluetooth Sound Bar Review

Hitachi HSB32B26 Bluetooth Sound Bar Review

Based on our extensive soundbar reviews, a sound bar must serve two purposes in order to succeed: the first being to provide an accurate and faithful rendering of the audio being outputted from a television (or video source device that is connected to the TV). The second purpose that must…

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What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Buying Soundbars?

Don't assume that every soundbar will have the ability to stream music. This is an add-on feature that only some soundbars include, usually through Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity. With the right type of soundbar, you'll be able to connect your smartphone to the soundbar through Bluetooth or access a streaming music service via WiFi.

Although it can be tempting to go with a basic soundbar to save some money, you'll probably find that these best budget priced soundbars will be missing some important features, such as the ability to adjust the treble and bass of the sound system. If you enjoy the deepest sounds in your audio, keep in mind that an inexpensive soundbar probably won't include a bass booster either.

But before you run off and buy a sound bar, you should know that nothing will beat a full surround sound system.  But as mentioned, soundbars are a much more practical way to create a more immersive, richer sound than your TV currently offers.  Also, they're far easier to install, often shipping with a set of brackets and screws, or can simply be placed in front of the TV replacing where its speakers generally are.

Size of the soundbar is a factor in output, but doesn't always guarantee sound quality.  But you'll want to make sure your soundbar can fit your living room, or room's setup, to ensure it fits in the place provided.

To connect a sound bar to your TV, all you need is an HDMI cord or a Digital Toslink or a regular A/V cable.  Each sound bar's inputs will vary, but look for one that has at least the two aforementioned inputs.  Moreover, most will ship with a stand alone remote, or can be controlled via a universal remote as the features and functions of a sound bar are fairly straight forward, including volume, treble, bass, sub and a few other DSP controls.

Common features of the best sound bars include wireless installation, an additional subwoofer for bass, Bluetooth connectivity for controls, compatibility with other speakers for surround sound programming, and more. Sometimes it's best to stick with the same brand that made your TV, gaming consoles, or other devices. Sometimes you should branch off and try a new brand, like Bose, to get the very best sound for your living room home theater. No matter what you decide, we can help out with the latest news on the best sound bars and advice on what to look for when it comes to deals. Just because a sound bar is simple doesn't mean it can't impress!

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