Are you ready to give up the lousy sound of your TV for a high quality soundbar? We have rounded the best in the market. Let's take a look at the details to find the best sound bar for you.
Things to Look Out for in a Soundbar
Buying speakers is always a tedious task. It's hard to remember what you really need ̵
Here's what to look for in a soundbar:
- Quality and Channels : All the soundbars in this article offer a high sound quality. However, for an even more immersive experience, you want one with multiple channels. For example, a 5.1 system offers more immersion than a 2.1 system.
- Subwoofer : Subwoofers give your movies and music a punchy bass, but they do not always have soundbars. They are also not "housing friendly". Do not stress too much if your soundbar does not have a subwoofer – the extra money goes into the quality of your soundbar.
- Bluetooth and inputs : All The soundbars we select support the Bluetooth connection. You can also connect some of them to your Wi-Fi network and stream music from any device. If you (want to) plug in an old audio device, you may also be looking for physical inputs such as AUX or optical ports.
- Wall Mount : Depending on the configuration of your media center, you can choose to attach your soundbar to the wall instead of placing it on a stand. With the exception of the Polk MagniFi Mini, all soundbars can be mounted in this article.
- Smart Features : Most modern soundbars come with the integration of Alexa or Google Assistant. It's not for everyone, but if you're obsessed with smart home devices, make sure your soundbar offers that option.
Now that you know what you're looking for, it's time to buy your dream soundbar.
Best Overall: JBL Bar 3.1
The JBL Bar 3.1 offers a good balance between price and performance quality. For less than $ 500, you get a solid 3.1 system with a great soundbar and a fat 10-inch wireless subwoofer. It has a Bluetooth connection, an AUX connection and three HDMI ports. It also has an optical input that you can change quickly – just press the SoundShift button on the JBL remote.
This sound bar is equipped with JBL surround sound and Dolby Digital technology. It has some EQ settings, including one for "language". It also has sound sync controls (in case the video and audio go out of phase on a wireless connection) and skip track options for connected music devices.
Best budget tip: Vizio SB2821 2.1 system
The Vizio SB2821 2.1 is a cost-effective full-featured 2.1 sound bar with a 5-inch wireless subwoofer combination. It uses Dolby Digital decoding to bring high quality sound to your living room. It has coaxial, optical, RCA, AUX and USB inputs as well as a Bluetooth connection. For the price, this soundbar and subcombo is unbeatable.
The Premium Selection: Bose 700 3.0
If you're looking for a high-quality soundbar with everything that goes with it. Look at the Bose 700 soundbar. This is Bose's most powerful soundbar. It consists of seven custom drivers and includes a full-featured universal remote control. Alexa is integrated, but also works with Apple Airplay. You can connect it to your Wi-Fi network to integrate it into the Smart Home (it even works with the Bose Music app). And of course it has an optical input for cable connections.
This soundbar was designed to work with other Bose Smart speakers, so you might be able to use it as your home audio unit. If you're looking for a bit more oomph you can connect it to other Bose home theater products like the Bose Bass 700 subwoofer.
Best with Smarthome integration: Sonos Beam 3.0
Sonos has a great track record of integrated home speakers and audio solutions. The Sonos Beam is no exception. It's a great little soundbar with built-in Alexa and Google Assistant (Google is not mentioned on the Amazon site, but is available there) and can connect to other Sonos speakers via Wi-Fi. You can also control the Sonos Beam from the Sonos app if you want to play music from your phone.
Of course, the Sonos Beam has HDMI ARC and optical inputs for TVs that do not have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi compatible. These inputs are ideal for media centers with a mix of old and new electronics, as you can connect an older amplifier to the beam via an optical cable.
Best Compact Option: Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1
Yes, the Polk MagniFi Mini is a very small soundbar, but that makes it perfect for smaller TVs, rooms or even computers. For its size, the MagniFi Mini offers great Dolby Digital sound and has a surprisingly large 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer.
Of course, this soundbar connects to your audio source via Bluetooth. It also includes HDMI ARC and optical inputs as well as an AUX input for older audio sources.