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Best Soundbars

Soundbars are an affordable way to bring professional sound to your living room by compensating for the thin speakers found in slim modern TVs. Theyre compact and there are good quality models available at affordable prices - so what's the best soundbar for you?

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The first question to ask is whether a soundbar will work in your entertainment space. Each bar has a range of speakers inside it that project audio on different channels to increase clarity and to simulate high fidelity surround (though the number of speakers and channels is not always the same). Theyll be less effective at doing this in a large, wide space, and are best suited to smaller, enclosed rooms. The size of your actual soundbar is mainly an aesthetic concern.

Next, you should consider ports and connectivity. Only buy a unit that has enough ports for your home entertainment system might have, such as the TV itself, a DVD player, or maybe a record player. Some soundbars are connectable via built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Google Chromecast, Amazon Alexa or Apple Airplay functionality. You can filter for this information, as well as the number of HDMI/USB ports and included cabling, via the panel on the left.

Channels

Knowing what soundbar numbers mean (such as 5.1) is important to find the right unit for you. The first number is how many channels it has, and more channels mean a greater surround sound effect. Satellite speakers are included in this first number, and are able to be positioned around the room to enhance the audio. The second number is whether or not it has a subwoofer, which is responsible for deep bass sounds (like in action scenes or music). The third number tells you if it has any upward-firing speakers (or Atmos speakers) to simulate sound from above. So, 2.0 means two channels and no subwoofer. 7.1.2 means there are seven channels, one subwoofer, and two upward firing speakers.

The higher the soundbar number, the better it will be at simulating high fidelity surround sound. How many channels is right for you, and the value of a subwoofer, depends on your budget and what you want from your unit. For watching movies, it's generally recommended to have a soundbar with at least 3.1 channels as the 3rd middle channel can make dialogue clearer. Real audio buffs will be encouraged to go for a 5.1 or higher system, but these require a bigger budget and may also require the placement of two satellite speakers for the full surround sound experience, which might not suit every living room. If you want to go as high as 7 channels, you should make sure that whatever you want to watch actually supports 7.1 surround sound - Netflix for example, currently only supports up to 5.1 surround sound.

Surround Sound

Some surround models come equipped with Dolby Atmos, which is renowned for its clarity, richness, and depth in creating a sense of height, and DTS-X provides a similar, surround sound sphere. These both are designed for sound to appear from above through up-firing or satellite speakers. DTS Virtual:X is designed to simulate this effect without the use of satellite or up-firing speakers.

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar

4.5 from 57 reviews

Latest review: I am not tech savvy and paranoid about setting this myself. All I did was connect the cables - though finding the digital audio line or output from my TV was the hardest part of the exercise- the app

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (5)
  • Bass
    5.0 (5)
  • Music
    5.0 (5)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsEthernet, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions140 x 900 x 85 mm
  • Weight5.4 kg
  • Channels3.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 6 Soundbars

Samsung Series 6 Soundbars · includes 4 listings

4.7 from 15 reviews

Latest review: So simple to use. Connects to anything that has Bluetooth connectivity’. Sound is crisp and clean. I love my music loud but I haven’t kept this at max for lon

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.5 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports0 to 2
  • Colour / Finish Black, Silver or Titanium Grey
  • Soundbar Width54 mm to 1,100 mm
  • Power340 W, 360 W or 450 W
  • Channels3.0, 3.1 or 5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeNone and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
LG SJ Series

LG SJ Series · includes 5 listings

4.6 from 14 reviews

Latest review: This sound bar is decently priced. It has got very fine sound quality with good bass and treble system. I would totally recommend this to anyone who would like a good soundbar in addition to their TV

Price (RRP) $199.00 to $1,699.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.7 (3)
  • Bass
    4.3 (3)
  • Music
    4.3 (3)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, Spotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports0 to 2
  • Colour / Finish Black or Silver
  • Soundbar Width660 mm to 1,220 mm
  • Power160 W, 300 W, 320 W or 500 W
  • Channels2.1 or 5.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Yamaha YSP-2700

Yamaha YSP-2700

4.7 from 13 reviews

Latest review: I've been using PC speakers plugged in to my TV for years because they were very significantly better than the inbuilt speakers in any TV I've had. I set up my YSP-2700 last night, and was blown away

Price (RRP) $1,499.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAirplay, DTS Virtual:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports4
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions51 x 944 x 154 mm
  • Power107 W
  • Weight4 kg
  • Channels7.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam

4.8 from 11 reviews

Latest review: It is a reasonable size which fits great if your tv unit isn't long. The sound is impressive given its size and price. You can play music from your Spotify directly without having to switch your

Price (RRP) $599.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.8 (5)
  • Bass
    4.2 (5)
  • Music
    4.6 (5)
  • FeaturesAirplay, Amazon Alexa built-in, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsEthernet, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black, White
  • Soundbar Dimensions68 x 651 x 100 mm
  • Weight2.8 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha YAS-108

Yamaha YAS-108

3.8 from 13 reviews

Latest review: I am very pleased with this purchase. Lots of functions, great sound, scalability with a subwoofer add on option. The sound can have a little too much bass but that’s better than not e

Price (RRP) $349.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.6 (5)
  • Bass
    4.2 (5)
  • Music
    4.5 (4)
  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in, DTS Virtual:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions53 x 890 x131 mm
  • Power120 W
  • Weight3.2 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

3.6 from 14 reviews

Latest review: This product give you rich feeling of home theater in very sleek and compact design. I researched for many home theaters and complexities of its installation but this product i found

Price (RRP) $1,199.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.1 (9)
  • Bass
    4.1 (8)
  • Music
    4.2 (9)
  • FeaturesAirplay and Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI ARC, HDMI eARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Colour / Finish Arctic White, Bose Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions57 x 978 x 108 mm
  • Weight4.76 kg
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
ALDI Bauhn Soundbar

ALDI Bauhn Soundbar · includes 12 listings

2.6 from 42 reviews

Latest review: This product was never all that great with mediocre sound quality, but the speakers suddenly stopped working. No sound. Checked all the connections, but to no avail. Don't buy

Price (RRP) $69.99 to $129.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    3.5 (11)
  • Bass
    3.1 (11)
  • Music
    3.3 (10)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, NFC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black or Black or Silver
  • Soundbar Width800 mm to 893 mm
  • Power15 W, 20 W or 45 W
  • Channels2.0 or 2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeNone and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0 or 2
Bose Solo 5

Bose Solo 5

3.5 from 13 reviews

Latest review: In short, don't buy the Solo 5 and spend that $$$ on better product. I have bought this one from JBHiFi 1 year 2 months ago. After using for 5 months, I have started using my flatmate's soundbar

Price (RRP) $399.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (2)
  • Bass
    3.5 (2)
  • Music
    3.5 (2)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth and Optical Port
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions70 x 548 x 86 mm
  • Weight1.69 kg
  • Channels5.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-CT800

Sony HT-CT800

5.0 from 5 reviews

Latest review: I bought the Sony HT-CT800 2.1ch soundbar on sale from JB HiFi. I've owned this soundbar for 7 months now and absolutely loving it. The soundbar is slim but powerful and fits in nicely under my

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.5 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • FeaturesSpotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports4
  • Soundbar Dimensions52 x 1030 x 126 mm
  • Power350 W
  • Weight2.8 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 7 Soundbars

Samsung Series 7 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

5.0 from 5 reviews

Latest review: Paid $600 for this at The Good Guys and it has served me well over the last 12 months. Sound is clear and bass is deep. Connected via ARC and responds to my TV remote for volume adjustment. A

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.5 (2)
  • Music
    4.0 (2)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Width59 mm
  • Power330 W
  • Channels3.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
JBL Bar 3.1

JBL Bar 3.1

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: We bought this with our new Sony 4K tv and honestly it was the best decision. We upgraded from a Samsung 7.1 Home theatre system and this soundbar is so much better. The bass when turned up fills

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound and Spotify Connect
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 1018 x 78 mm
  • Power450 W
  • Weight2.3 kg
  • Channels3.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-S350

Sony HT-S350

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I bought this a week ago. It has good bass and clarity. 320W output fills your room and make you feel like you are in a cinema. No display. Soundbar has 3 leds to communicate with the user. Cons - It

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    4.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions64 x 900 x 88 mm
  • Power320 W
  • Weight2.4 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Klipsch R-20B

Klipsch R-20B

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Those of you who don't know a lot about klpisch....this is one of the best American speakers brand and any "reference" series speakers are their top of the line... This sound bar is simply

Price (RRP) $1,599.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Satin Black Soundbar,Brushed Black Vinyl Subwoofer
  • Soundbar Dimensions105 x 1016 x 71 mm
  • Power250 W
  • Weight3.9 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sonos Playbase

Sonos Playbase

5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: The depth of base and clarity of sound for sports is ridiculously good, i recently paired this with two Sonos One's for surround sound and its absolutely incredible, highly

Price (RRP) $999.00

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  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    5.0 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • FeaturesAirplay
  • Connectivity OptionsEthernet, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black, White
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 720 x 380 mm
  • Weight8.6 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha MusicCast BAR40 Soundbar

Yamaha MusicCast BAR40 Soundbar

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Great all-rounder for any occasionn, watching movies, sports, or even streaming music, the Yamaha MusicCast BAR40 Soundbar is easy to set up and delivers good quality sound. I am very happy with this

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in and Google Assistant
  • Connectivity OptionsAirPlay, Bluetooth, HDMI and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions60 x 980 x 110.5 mm
  • Power100 W
  • Weight2.7 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1

4.8 from 5 reviews

Latest review: It might not have a huge range of features and adjustability settings, but it delivers on what the majority of consumers such as myself would want out of a soundbar, to deliver rich and powerful

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.8 (4)
  • Bass
    4.8 (4)
  • Music
    4.0 (3)
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 1148 x 93 mm
  • Power510 W
  • Weight3.9 kg
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Klipsch SB120

Klipsch SB120

4.8 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Can't fault it, great bass, middle & treble responses. Movies sound like the theatre!! Got a good deal at Harvey's so if you want a treat look no further than something from Klipsch!! All their gear

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Colour / Finish Brushed Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions99 X 831 X 336 mm
  • Power160 W
  • Weight10.4 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-S100F

Sony HT-S100F

4.7 from 6 reviews

Latest review: Compact & good sound. Quality of the sound is great, although it does lack in Bass. A bit more customisation to sound would be nice but presets work well. Good sound bar for the

Price (RRP) $249.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.0 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions64 x 900 x 88 mm
  • Power30 W
  • Weight2.4 kg
  • Channels2.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 3 Soundbars

Samsung Series 3 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

4.6 from 9 reviews

Latest review: For $165 this has to be the bargain of the century. I bought this one to improve the abysmal sound quality from my otherwise excellent Kogan 65in 4K TV and it does the job brilliantly. The wireless

Price (RRP) $349.00 to $399.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Width907 mm
  • Power130 W or 200 W
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
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