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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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13 listings

LG SL10YG

LG SL10YG

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I bought the LG SL10YG about 2 weeks ago now along with the rear speakers. This bar is a little on the pricey side but well worth it along with the rear speakers. The bass seems to have good

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    4.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions63 x 1443 x 146 mm
  • Power570 W
  • Weight7.5 kg
  • Channels5.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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LG SL Series · includes 6 listings
4 reviews
LG SK10Y

LG SK10Y

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Ok, It’s been a week since I purchased my LG SK10Y soundbar with Dolby Atmos and Meridiab technology. The word great is an understatement for this soundbar. It’s brand may sound off to you but thi

Price (RRP) $1,699.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions63 x 1443 x 146 mm
  • Power550 W
  • Weight7.5 kg
  • Channels5.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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LG SK Series · includes 5 listings
3 reviews
Sony HT-Z9RF

Sony HT-Z9RF

4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I had just paid $5,000 for a brand new Sony OLED TV with super thin screen, a magnificent picture, more connectivity than you can poke a stick at, and best of all, it's a SMART TV (smarter than some

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    3.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in, Chromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions64 x 1000 x 98 mm
  • Power500 W
  • Weight3.1 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SK6Y

LG SK6Y

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Just purchased this soundbar from JB HiFi and so far very happy with it. Its a mid-price bar as we decided not to spend heaps after the early death of a more expensive Klipsch bar which didn't last

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    3.0 (1)
  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, DTS Virtual:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions416 x 1061 x 207 mm
  • Power360 W
  • Weight3 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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LG SK Series · includes 5 listings
3 reviews
Sony HT-RT5

Sony HT-RT5

1.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Absolutely terrible. Surround speakers don't work at all. Connect through the HDMI arc function and it is just total dissapointment. Sound quality just is not there and for the supposed high wattage

  • Voice / Dialogue
    1.0 (1)
  • Bass
    1.0 (1)
  • Music
    1.0 (1)
  • FeaturesChromecast built-in and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions560 x 1080 x 128 mm
  • Power550 W
  • Weight3.8 kg
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SL8YG

LG SL8YG

No reviews
  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 1061 x 119 mm
  • Power440 W
  • Weight4.4 kg
  • Channels3.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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LG SL Series · includes 6 listings
4 reviews
Panasonic SC-HTB900

Price (RRP) $1,349.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS Virtual:X, DTS:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports3
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions78 x 1050 x 128 mm
  • Power505 W
  • Weight6 kg
  • Channels3.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SL9YG

LG SL9YG

No reviews

Price (RRP) $1,499.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions57 x 1220 x 145 mm
  • Power500 W
  • Weight6.3 kg
  • Channels4.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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LG SL Series · includes 6 listings
4 reviews
LG SK9Y

LG SK9Y

No reviews

Price (RRP) $1,499.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 1200 x 145 mm
  • Power500 W
  • Weight5.7 kg
  • Channels5.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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LG SK Series · includes 5 listings
3 reviews
LG SK5Y

LG SK5Y

No reviews

Price (RRP) $549.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, DTS Virtual:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 891 x88 mm
  • Power360 W
  • Weight2.4 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

Is part of...
LG SK Series · includes 5 listings
3 reviews
Panasonic SC-HTB510

Price (RRP) $549.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions60.5 x 853 x 90 mm
  • Power240 W
  • Weight1.9 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SK8Y

LG SK8Y

No reviews

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 1061 x 88 mm
  • Power360 W
  • Weight3 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

Is part of...
LG SK Series · includes 5 listings
3 reviews
LG SL7Y

LG SL7Y

No reviews
  • FeaturesChromecast built-in, DTS Virtual:X, Google Assistant and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions57 x 1060 x 85 mm
  • Power420 W
  • Weight3.5 kg
  • Channels3.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

Is part of...
LG SL Series · includes 6 listings
4 reviews