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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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32 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
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.8 (11)
  • Bass
    4.2 (11)
  • Music
    4.5 (11)
  • 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
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
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

3.2 from 23 reviews
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$1,199.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (17)
  • Bass
    3.8 (16)
  • Music
    4.1 (17)
  • 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
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
LG SL10YG

LG SL10YG

5.0 from 1 review
Channels5.1.2

Price (RRP) A$1,699.00

  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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4 reviews
Sony HT-Z9RF

Sony HT-Z9RF

4.7 from 3 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$1,499.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.0 (2)
  • Music
    4.5 (2)
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Bose Soundbar 500

Bose Soundbar 500

4.7 from 3 reviews
Channels2.0

Price (RRP) A$799.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (3)
  • Bass
    5.0 (3)
  • Music
    5.0 (3)
  • FeaturesAirplay, Amazon Alexa built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and Spotify Connect
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, HDMI ARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions44.4 x 800 x 101.6 mm
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha YSP-5600BMK2
  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.5 (2)
  • Music
    4.5 (2)
  • FeaturesAirplay, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Spotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports4
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions212 x 1100 x 93 mm
  • Power128 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWired and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2
Yamaha YAS-207

Yamaha YAS-207

4.3 from 4 reviews
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$599.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (3)
  • Bass
    4.0 (3)
  • Music
    3.3 (3)
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Soundbar Dimensions60 x 930 x 108 mm
  • Power200 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 9 HW-Q90R

Samsung Series 9 HW-Q90R

4.0 from 4 reviews
Channels7.1.4

Price (RRP) A$1,999.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (4)
  • Bass
    3.8 (4)
  • Music
    4.0 (4)
  • FeaturesAmazon Alexa built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X, Spotify Connect and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Natural Gray
  • Soundbar Dimensions1226.0 x 83.0 x 136 mm
  • Power512 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers4

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Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
13 reviews
Yamaha Music YSP-1600BMK2

Yamaha Music YSP-1600BMK2

4.0 from 1 review
Channels5.1

Price (RRP) A$999.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    4.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAirplay, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Spotify Connect
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions65 x 1000 x 130 mm
  • Power25 W
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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Yamaha YSP-1600 · includes 2 listings
2 reviews
Samsung HW-Q70R

Samsung HW-Q70R

4.0 from 4 reviews
Channels3.1.2

Price (RRP) A$1,099.00

  • 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
  • Soundbar Dimensions1100 x 59 x 100 mm
  • Power330 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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Samsung Series 7 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
6 reviews
JBL Bar 3.1
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.3 (3)
  • Bass
    3.7 (3)
  • Music
    4.0 (3)
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

4.0 from 1 review
Channels2.1

Price (RRP) A$799.00

  • FeaturesAirplay, Amazon Alexa built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS Virtual:X and Spotify Connect
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions60 x 980 x 110.5 mm
  • Power200 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha ATS-2090

Yamaha ATS-2090

3.0 from 2 reviews
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
JBL Bar 9.1

JBL Bar 9.1

3.0 from 1 review
Channels5.1.4

Price (RRP) A$1,499.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    2.0 (1)
  • Bass
    4.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAirplay, Chromecast built-in, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, DTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsAirPlay, Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, HDMI ARC, HDMI eARC, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports2
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions62 x 884 x 120 mm
  • Power820 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers4
  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (2)
  • Bass
    3.0 (2)
  • Music
    3.5 (2)
  • 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
  • Soundbar Dimensions1226 x 83 x 136 mm
  • Power512 W
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers4

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Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
13 reviews
Sony HT-RT5
  • 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
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers2
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
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