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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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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 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
Samsung HW-R650

Samsung HW-R650

4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: So simple to use. Connects to anything that has Bluetooth connectivity’. Sound is crisp and clean. I love my music loud but I haven’t kept this at max for lon

  • Voice / Dialogue
    5.0 (1)
  • Bass
    5.0 (1)
  • Music
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesDTS:X and Wall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions59 x 1060 x 87.5 mm
  • Power340 W
  • Weight2.9 kg
  • Channels3.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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Samsung Series 6 Soundbars · includes 4 listings
15 reviews
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
  • Power2,000 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-N650

Samsung HW-N650

4.2 from 6 reviews

Latest review: I bought this hoping to add it to my Samsung TV (which has very ordinary sound) to improve on the clarity of sound in particular voices and dialogue but rather than improving it is much worse than

Price (RRP) $799.00

  • 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
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
JBL Bar Studio 2.0

JBL Bar Studio 2.0

4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Connected to 10 year old Samsung TV via optical cable. Very happy with the sound quality and that the TV remote still controls the volume. Looks like a well made product. Took all of 60 seconds to

Price (RRP) $259.95

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (2)
  • Bass
    4.0 (2)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth and HDMI ARC
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions58 x 614 x 86 mm
  • Power30 W
  • Weight1.4 kg
  • Channels2.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
LG SJ2

LG SJ2

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This soundbar was moderately priced and produces good quality sound. Sits in front of television and does not disrupt viewing, turned off subwoofer unless watching movies as it is a little too loud

Price (RRP) $199.00

  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions55 x 660 x 99 mm
  • Power160 W
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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LG SJ Series · includes 5 listings
14 reviews
Sony HT-X9000F

Sony HT-X9000F

4.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I have a Sony HT-X9000F connected to a Kogan KU8000 65" screen via HDMI ARC; the Kogan was previously connected to a LG soundbar that worked each time, every time, though the sound quality wasn't

Price (RRP) $799.00

  • 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
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung HW-R450

Samsung HW-R450

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This speaker is good for a small room. Would not be good for a large room if your like your music loud. The sound is decent for the price. If you want premium sound you will need to pay

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (1)
  • Bass
    4.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions908 x 54 x 71 mm
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

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Samsung Series 4 Soundbars · includes 2 listings
4 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
Sony HT-MT300

Sony HT-MT300

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This is a very neat, compact sound bar which packs quite a punch. It is very basic, has very few features that the user can control and best of all it will fit easily into small spaces. The

Price (RRP) $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
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • 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
Kogan 2.0CH 40W Soundbar

Kogan 2.0CH 40W Soundbar

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I purchased this Kogan two-channel soundbar for my Kogan 55" TV because Kogan TV's have very poor inbuilt speakers. I was initially going to go for something bigger, but the room we have the TV in is

Price (RRP) $59.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (1)
  • Bass
    3.0 (1)
  • Music
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth and HDMI
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions60 x 850 x 60 mm
  • Power40 W
  • Weight1.5 kg
  • Channels2.0
  • Subwoofer TypeNone
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Samsung HW-N450

Samsung HW-N450

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: We bought this sound system to go with our new Samsung TV. This is the first sound system we have owned and the overall sound quality is obviously much better than the tv speakers. Watching tv with

  • 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
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
Razer Leviathan

Razer Leviathan

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: If you're reading this review about this product and you're questioning about its realistic expectations, quality design and what relevance it has or could have in your life? Is it really necessary?

Price (RRP) $369.95

  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth and Optical Port
  • Number of HDMI Ports0
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions76 x 500 x 71 mm
  • Power30 W
  • Weight2 kg
  • Channels5.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
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
LG SL4Y

LG SL4Y

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Bought in August 2019. Can't fault it. Replaces the TV speakers for a huge improvement. Works especially well when watching footage of spacecraft launches. We don't need to use the included remote

  • Voice / Dialogue
    4.0 (3)
  • Bass
    4.7 (3)
  • Music
    4.7 (3)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity OptionsBluetooth, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions57 x 890 x 85 mm
  • Power300 W
  • Weight2.3 kg
  • Channels2.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0

Is part of...
LG SL Series · includes 6 listings
4 reviews
Philips HTL2193B/79

Philips HTL2193B/79

3.6 from 8 reviews

Latest review: This is a great sound bar and significantly improves the sound over the TV's built in speakers. The bass and different equaliser settings are very good, ensuring that you can easily hear lots of

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Voice / Dialogue
    3.3 (3)
  • Bass
    5.0 (2)
  • Music
    5.0 (2)
  • FeaturesWall Mountable
  • Connectivity Options3.5mm Jack (AUX), Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, Optical Port and USB
  • Number of HDMI Ports1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Soundbar Dimensions51 x 650 x 69 mm
  • Power150 W
  • Weight1.62 kg
  • Channels3.1
  • Subwoofer TypeWireless
  • Satellite Speakers0
  • Up-Firing Speakers0
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