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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

4.4 from 60 reviews

Latest review: The sound quality is clean and crisp and second to none. The set up is very easy and works over WiFi. I highly recommend the sound bar. The only drawback is no support for Bluetooth however truly

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.9 (7)
  • Bass
    4.9 (7)
  • Music
    4.6 (7)
  • 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
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 12 reviews

Latest review: Always wanted one, didn't think i needed one. I was wrong. Love it, never listened to as much music in the lounge. Music & TV sound is superb & can turn the TV on by talking to

Price (RRP) $599.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.8 (6)
  • Bass
    4.2 (6)
  • Music
    4.5 (6)
  • 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
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

3.7 from 15 reviews

Latest review: We bought soundbar from Amazon during black Friday sale. Very good sound quality and bass. Easy to pair with Phone, TV and apple tv using HDMI arc. Its a real worthy though the price bit

Price (RRP) $1,199.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.2 (10)
  • Bass
    4.2 (9)
  • Music
    4.3 (10)
  • 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
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
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
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
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
Yamaha YSP-5600BMK2

Yamaha YSP-5600BMK2

4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: After grappling with a bluetooth only soundbar and subwoofer combo, I returned it and purchased the Yamaha. Everything went well until I went to set up the subwoofer. After almost an hour of double

  • 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
  • Weight11.7 kg
  • Channels7.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWired and Wireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2
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
Bose Soundbar 500

Bose Soundbar 500

4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: We bought it because we thought it was pretty good price. But it actually has a very good sound for a small item and the features such as Alexa is very helpful. Never thought that we would be using

Price (RRP) $799.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (2)
  • Bass
    5.0 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • 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
  • Channels2.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Yamaha YAS-207

Yamaha YAS-207

4.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: This sounds okay. Decent for the price and form factor but easily bettered by a cheap 2.1 system. What ruins it is the interface. It's meant to have an always on function but it does not work. That

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.0 (2)
  • Music
    3.5 (2)
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI, Optical Port and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Soundbar Dimensions60 x 930 x 108 mm
  • Power200 W
  • Weight2.7 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SJ8

LG SJ8

4.3 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Purchased with LG65C7T OLED TV. Plenty of input options and works seamlessly with the TV. Easy WIFI or bluetooth connection to phone, tablets and PC. Great to listen to music with. Very slim unit,

Price (RRP) $1,099.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical Port, USB and Wi-Fi
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions38 x 1220 x 105 mm
  • Power300 W
  • Weight4.3 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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LG SJ Series · includes 5 listings
14 reviews
Samsung HW-Q70R

Samsung HW-Q70R

4.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: No led display, poor base and remote doesn't work. Samsung tried to send me to an authorised repairer instead of back to the store (below) Red hot Samsung!!! Your nearest repairer is: SIBNET

  • 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
  • Weight16.3 kg
  • Channels3.1.2
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers2

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Samsung Series 7 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
6 reviews
Yamaha Music YSP-1600BMK2

Yamaha Music YSP-1600BMK2

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This machine sounds awesome, I got it from good guys for a great price, it's much better than the samsung bar we upgraded from. The other half thinks it's too loud but I love

Price (RRP) $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
  • Weight4.7 kg
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeBuilt-In
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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Yamaha YSP-1600 · includes 2 listings
2 reviews
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
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Don't get me wrong this is a good soundbar, but I guess that I expected a bit more from it than it has delivered. I have several other Yamaha MusicCast devices and they all do a great job but this

Price (RRP) $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
  • Weight2.7 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung Series 9 HW-Q90R

Samsung Series 9 HW-Q90R

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Sound is awsome. Great woofer sounds from the sub, although the rear speakers are very soft and should have been boosted some more. Would only buy on special as I think the RRP of $2000 is too

  • 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, 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
  • Weight8.8 kg
  • Channels7.1.4
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers4

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Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
10 reviews
Samsung Series 9 HW-N950

Samsung Series 9 HW-N950

2.7 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Rear speakers don't work interesting that confirmed its a problem with Blue tooth and to return the product. Very disappointing lot of effort for an expensive product. Would suggest another brand be

  • 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
  • Weight8.8 kg
  • Channels7.1.4
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers4

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Samsung Series 9 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
10 reviews
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