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Bose Soundbar 500

 
Is 8.1 channels Subwoofer included  Huge power 
Is 8.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Huge power

$330.00

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Sep 2018
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Bose Solo 5

 
Supports Bluetooth  Handheld remote control Wall mountable 
Supports Bluetooth
Handheld remote control
Wall mountable

$129.28

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2 channels
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Sep 2015
#8

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Bose Soundbar 700

 
Multiroom  Is 7.1 channels Supports Bluetooth 
Multiroom
Is 7.1 channels
Supports Bluetooth

$649.95

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Sep 2018
#11

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Denon HEOS BAR

 
Integrated amplification  Is 3 channels Big power 
Integrated amplification
Is 3 channels
Big power

$459.00

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3 channels
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Apr 2017
#14

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Bose SoundTouch 300

 

$299.00

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5 channels
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Oct 2016

77

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Razer Leviathan

 

$99.00

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2014

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Harman Kardon Enchant 800

 

$349.99

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Sep 2018

74

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Harman Kardon Citation Bar

 

$495.00

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5.1 channels
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Oct 2018

74

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Bluesound Pulse

 

$174.30

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4.2 channels
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Dec 2016

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Denon DHTS316

 

$299.00

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2 channels
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Nov 2018

73

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Canton DM 75

 

$726.50

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2017

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Harman Kardon Enchant 1300

 

$839.00

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May 2018

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Bose Wave SoundTouch music system IV

 

$462.96

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Mar 2017

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Canton Smart Soundbar 10

 

$1,144.68

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2.1.2 channels
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Apr 2019

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Q Acoustics M3

 

$355.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2017

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Bluesound PULSE SOUNDBAR

 

$489.30

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Apr 2018

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Denon DHT

 

$764.99

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3 channels
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May 2018

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Supersonic SC1416SB

 

$75.99

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2 channels
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Feb 2016

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Supersonic SC‑1417SB

 

$93.99

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Feb 2016

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow do soundbars connect to my TV?
ASoundbars normally use a standard 3.5mm audio jack - almost all TVs should have support for this. Some soundbars may also have bluetooth support for streaming audio.
QIs a subwoofer necessary for soundbar use?
ANo - a soundbar will work perfectly fine without a separate subwoofer. They are designed to augment the bass tones of the soundbar, but aren't a necessity.

Soundbar Buying Guide

A soundbar is a type of speaker designed to plug into a television and serve as a sound system for the device. Most soundbars are more powerful and better configured than the speakers built into TV sets, so a soundbar is a good way of improving the audio quality of your TV setup.

Soundbars are usually designed as long rectangles that can be placed directly under your TV screen, though some designers have experimented with other designs - including larger box-shaped designed that can double as a stand for the whole TV. These alternate designs are few and far between however - most are a simple rectangle, making them unobtrusive and easy to fit alongside your current TV setup.

It’s worth noting that a soundbar may be a necessity for more modern televisions - ultra-thin OLED TVs are so thin that they cannot fit any speakers into the unit, so have to rely on an external soundbar for all audio.

Subwoofer

While most soundbars comprise of just the bar itself, others come packaged with a separate subwoofer unit. This is a loudspeaker designed specifically for bass frequencies, meaning it will augment the standard soundbar and provide substantially more powerful bass notes. This boosts the overall sound quality of the TV, and is especially good if you watch a lot of action-heavy blockbusters, since the explosions and gunshots will have a lot more presence.

Some soundbars have a separate remote control, but many simply use the volume control from your standard TV remote, and run any signal from your remote to the soundbar itself. This makes using the device extremely easy - all you have to do is plug it in and continue using your TV as normal!

Wireless Streaming

The majority of soundbars are designed to be plugged in directly to the TV, rather than using a wireless connection. This is minimise any delay in the audio - wireless connections can generate a very slight delay while the data is sent from the TV to the soundbar, meaning that the video and audio signals the TV could drop out of sync. Wired connections have no such delay, meaning the video and audio will always be perfectly in sync.

Many soundbars do have wireless capabilities, but they are instead used for streaming audio from your phone/tablet/etc. Because there is no video signal, the small delay doesn’t really matter. This means that as well as TV audio, soundbars can also be used for music on demand, making them great for parties or just relaxing with your favourite music!

Simulated Surround Sound

Traditionally surround sound works by having multiple speakers (usually 5-7) arranged in such a way as to give the audio a sense of depth and 3 dimensions in order to increase immersion when watching films or playing video games.

Since soundbars only have a single speaker, they are not capable of true surround sound - however some newer soundbars have a method of simulating surround sound. They do this using a trick called ‘binaural audio’, which carefully directs sound to the left or right channels in order to simulate a 3D effect without extra speakers. You can hear an example of binaural audio here - Virtual Barber Shop

Generally only the higher-end soundbars have the is capability, but if you can afford the expenditure, you will gain a far more immersive audio quality from your movies and video games.

Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

In total we found 119 soundbars ranging from $25 to $2,164. A new soundbar costs on average $390 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $76 and $850. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage at $2,163, and the cheapest is the Logik L32SBT17 at only $26.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Bang & Olufsen soundbars with an average price of $2,163. Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at $2,163 and their most expensive soundbar costs $2,163.

The average price of Canton soundbars is $830 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. Canton soundbars range in price from $620 to $1,145.

Dali soundbars start at $649 and their most expensive soundbar costs $649. The average price of Dali soundbars is $649 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 2 expert 0 reviews and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are LG, Sony and Yamaha. LG has an average rating of 98%, Sony has an average rating of 0% and Yamaha has an average rating of 0%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 117 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 25 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to soundbars. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 22 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Most new soundbars tend to be released between March and May. If you want the latest soundbar features you may want to think about waiting until March 2021. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current soundbars tend to drop off when the next models are released. In 2019 most new soundbars were released in March, with nine new soundbars released that month. In November 2018, 23 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new soundbar releases was May, with 41 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 15% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $59 on a typical $390 new soundbar by waiting 6 months before buying.

Audio Channels

'Audio Output' denotes the number of individual channels for the soundbar to use. Specific sounds and parts of the screen are assigned to individual channels, allowing the soundbar to simulate surround sound and create a deeper audio depth.

2.1 channels is the most frequently found audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 191 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. We found 71 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making 2 channels the second most common audio channels amongst new soundbars.

More channels mean that the sound will be more spread across the channels, leading to a richer surround sound 'effect'.

Bluetooth

Whether the sounder has support for wireless Bluetooth connections or not.

Of the 433 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 404 out of 433 soundbars are soundbars which support Bluetooth.

Bluetooth support allows you to stream music from your phone or laptop directly to the soundbar, without the need for wires.

Subwoofer Included

Whether the soundbar includes a subwoofer, which is a loudspeaker for low frequencies (bass sounds).

The vast majority of the 433 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 67% of soundbars are soundbars with a subwoofer included.

A subwoofer boosts the bass quality of the soundbar, allowing it to have far more powerful bass than would otherwise be possible.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Soundbars?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer it shows the total number of soundbars where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 103 of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Soundbars for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for soundbars by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of soundbar prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's soundbar prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 88% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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