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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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24 listings

Samsung Series 6 Soundbars

Samsung Series 6 Soundbars · includes 4 listings

4.7 from 16 reviews
Soundbar Width54 mm to 1,100 mm
Channels3.0, 3.1 and 5.1
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.7 (3)
  • Bass
    4.3 (3)
  • Music
    4.7 (3)
  • 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
Samsung Series 9 Soundbars

Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

3.0 from 10 reviews
Soundbar Width83 mm
Channels7.1.4
  • Voice / Dialogue
    3.7 (3)
  • Bass
    3.3 (3)
  • Music
    3.7 (3)
  • 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
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
  • Weight2.8 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-S350

Sony HT-S350

5.0 from 1 review
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
  • Weight2.4 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-S100F

Sony HT-S100F

4.7 from 6 reviews
Channels2.0

Price (RRP) A$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
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 3 Soundbars

Samsung Series 3 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

4.6 from 9 reviews
Soundbar Width907 mm
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$349.00 to A$399.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Power130 W and 200 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Sony HT-Z9RF

Sony HT-Z9RF

4.5 from 2 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$1,499.00

  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 7 Soundbars

Samsung Series 7 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

4.3 from 6 reviews
Soundbar Width59 mm
Channels3.1.2
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.7 (3)
  • Bass
    3.3 (3)
  • Music
    4.0 (3)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Power330 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Samsung Series 5 Soundbars

Samsung Series 5 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

4.2 from 5 reviews
Soundbar Width55 mm
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$549.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Power320 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Samsung Series 4 Soundbars

Samsung Series 4 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

4.0 from 6 reviews
Soundbar Width54 mm
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$349.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (3)
  • Bass
    4.0 (3)
  • Music
    4.3 (3)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Sony HT-X9000F

Sony HT-X9000F

4.0 from 2 reviews
Channels2.1
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 930 x 85 mm
  • Power300 W
  • Weight2.5 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-MT300

Sony HT-MT300

4.0 from 1 review
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$449.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (1)
  • Bass
    3.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Optical Port and USB
  • Soundbar Dimensions54 x 500 x 103 mm
  • Weight1.4 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung HW-N450

Samsung HW-N450

4.0 from 1 review
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$549.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, MicroUSB and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions55 x 904 x 80 mm
  • Power320 W
  • Weight2.2 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung HW-N650

Samsung HW-N650

3.9 from 7 reviews
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$799.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    2.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI, MicroUSB, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions59 x 1100 x 100 mm
  • Power360 W
  • Weight3.6 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung HW-N550

Samsung HW-N550

2.0 from 1 review
Channels3.1

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    2.0 (1)
  • Bass
    2.0 (1)
  • Music
    1.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, MicroUSB, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions1060.0 x 59.0 x 87.5 mm
  • Power340 W
  • Weight13.1 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-RT5

Sony HT-RT5

1.0 from 4 reviews
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$999.00

  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 8 Soundbars

Samsung Series 8 Soundbars · includes 2 listings

1.0 from 1 review
Soundbar Width1,226 mm
Channels5.1.2

Price (RRP) A$995.00 to A$1,499.00

  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Spotify Connect
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black and Natural Grey
  • Power372 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
Sony HT-X8500

Sony HT-X8500

No reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$599.00

  • FeaturesDolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI eARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions64 x 890 x 96 mm
  • Power32 W
  • Weight3.1 kg
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Sony HT-RT3

Sony HT-RT3

No reviews
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$499.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions52 x 900 x 70 mm
  • Power600 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0