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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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90 listings

Sonos Playbar
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.5 (10)
  • Bass
    4.4 (10)
  • Music
    4.2 (10)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsEthernet, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions140 x 900 x 85 mm
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam

4.8 from 17 reviews
Channels2.1
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 6 Soundbars

Samsung Series 6 Soundbars · includes 4 listings

4.7 from 18 reviews
Soundbar Width54 mm to 1,100 mm
Channels3.0, 3.1 and 5.1

Price (RRP) A$699.00 to A$799.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.6 (5)
  • Bass
    4.2 (5)
  • Music
    4.6 (5)
  • 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 and Titanium Grey
  • Power340 W, 360 W and 450 W
  • Subwoofer TypeNone and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Yamaha YSP-2700

Yamaha YSP-2700

4.5 from 15 reviews
Channels7.1

Price (RRP) A$1,499.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    3.7 (3)
  • Bass
    4.3 (3)
  • Music
    4.7 (3)
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha YAS-108

Yamaha YAS-108

3.9 from 15 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$349.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.6 (7)
  • Bass
    4.1 (7)
  • Music
    4.5 (6)
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

3.4 from 20 reviews
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$1,199.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.1 (14)
  • Bass
    4.2 (13)
  • Music
    4.2 (14)
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Bose Solo 5

Bose Solo 5

3.6 from 14 reviews
Channels5.0

Price (RRP) A$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
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
ALDI Bauhn Soundbar

ALDI Bauhn Soundbar · includes 13 listings

2.6 from 47 reviews
Soundbar Width800 mm to 1,000 mm
Channels2.0 and 2.1

Price (RRP) A$69.99 to A$299.00

  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, Spotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, NFC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1 to 2
  • Colour / Finish Black, Black or Silver, Black or White and Silver
  • Power15 W, 20 W, 30 W, 45 W and 72 W
  • Subwoofer TypeNone and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0 and 2
Samsung Series 9 Soundbars

Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

3.1 from 13 reviews
Soundbar Width83 mm
Channels7.1.4
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (6)
  • Bass
    3.5 (6)
  • Music
    3.8 (6)
  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Spotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, MicroUSB, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black and Natural Gray
  • Power512 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Yamaha ATS-2090

Yamaha ATS-2090

5.0 from 1 review
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$599.00

  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in and DTS Virtual:X
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions62 x 930 x 109 mm
  • Power200 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-CT800

Sony HT-CT800

5.0 from 5 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sonos Playbase

Sonos Playbase

5.0 from 5 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$999.00

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  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (3)
  • Bass
    5.0 (3)
  • Music
    5.0 (3)
  • FeaturesAirplay
  • Connectivity OptionsEthernet, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black, White
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 720 x 380 mm
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-S350

Sony HT-S350

5.0 from 2 reviews
Channels2.1
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha MusicCast BAR40 Soundbar

Yamaha MusicCast BAR40 Soundbar

5.0 from 1 review
Channels

Price (RRP) A$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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Panasonic SC-HTB7000

Panasonic SC-HTB7000

5.0 from 1 review
Channels3.1

Price (RRP) A$899.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions78 x 1050 x 128 mm
  • Power376 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
Panasonic SC-HTB488

Panasonic SC-HTB488

5.0 from 1 review
Channels2.1
  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth
  • Soundbar Dimensions60.5 x 853 x 90 mm
  • Power200 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Klipsch R-20B

Klipsch R-20B

5.0 from 2 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung T Series

Samsung T Series · includes 3 listings

5.0 from 1 review
Soundbar Width860 mm to 980 mm
Channels2.1 and 3.1
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDTS Virtual:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports0 to 2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Power200 W, 320 W and 340 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Klipsch SB120

Klipsch SB120

4.8 from 4 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$699.00

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

Sony HT-S100F

4.7 from 6 reviews
Channels2.0
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
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