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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 1,400 US prices • 1,900 expert & user reviews • 410 product comparisons • 200 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

JBL Cinema SB450

15 Reviews
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$502.60

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Sep 2016
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Samsung HW‑MS550

1 Review
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$279.92

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2 channels
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Apr 2017
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Razer Leviathan

140 Reviews
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$140.00

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Nov 2014
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Bose SoundTouch 300

29 Reviews
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$499.00

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5 channels
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Oct 2016
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#5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

7 Reviews
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$350.00

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6.1 channels
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Jul 2018
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Sonos Playbar

119 Reviews
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$599.00

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3 channels
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Nov 2014
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Samsung HW‑K850

1 Review
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$997.99

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3.1 channels
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Oct 2017
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LG SK10Y

24 Reviews
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$475.00

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Feb 2018
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Bluesound Pulse

35 Reviews
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$225.00

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Dec 2016
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LG SK8

7 Reviews
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$275.99

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Mar 2018
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LG SH7

2 Reviews
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$139.00

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May 2016
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Yamaha YAS‑106

6 Reviews
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$192.51

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Polk Audio Signa S1

8 Reviews
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$168.97

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Jul 2017
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Sonos Beam

109 Reviews
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$319.99

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Aug 2018
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Sony HT‑CT790

7 Reviews
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$255.99

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Mar 2016
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LG SJ8

11 Reviews
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$199.00

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LG SJ7

6 Reviews
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$199.99

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Mar 2017
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Canton DM 55

9 Reviews
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$492.90

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Sep 2017
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Bluesound PULSE SOUNDBAR

14 Reviews
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$799.00

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

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What Are The Best Soundbar Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every soundbar and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated soundbar brand is LG with an average rating of 54%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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LG Soundbars 46 $65 - $520
54%
164 reviews
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Samsung Soundbars 57 $167 - $1,698
53%
46 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 21 $130 - $2,398
29%
8 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 20 $138 - $253
22%
5 reviews

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Bose
SoundTouch 300
$499.00
More popular
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Samsung
HW-MS650
$365.00
$134 cheaper
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Samsung
HW-MS650
$365.00
Seven more
awards
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$299.99
$65 cheaper
Better brand
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LG
SJ8
$199.00
$101 cheaper
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$299.99
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Sony
HT-ST5000
$2,398.00
Better brand
VS
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Soundbar 700
$699.99
$1,698 cheaper
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Sony
HTCT290
$198.00
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LG
SK5
$114.98
$83 cheaper
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Bose
Solo 5
$145.00
$155 cheaper
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$299.99
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Samsung
HW-K850
$997.99
Better brand
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SoundTouch 300
$499.00
$499 cheaper
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
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Samsung
HW-MS650
$365.00
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VS
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SJ8
$199.00
$166 cheaper
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BAR STUDIO
$99.00
$54 cheaper
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HT-SF150
$153.20
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$299.99
$65 cheaper
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Samsung
HW-N650
$365.00
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LG
SJ8
$199.00
$81 cheaper
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HW-MS550
$279.92
Considerably
better expert
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HW-MS550
$279.92
$35 cheaper
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Beam
$315.00
Better brand

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

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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.

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Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

The price range of soundbars is from $13 to $2,398 and in total we found prices for 104 soundbars. A new soundbar costs on average $358 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $90 and $690. The DELL AX510 is the cheapest soundbar at only $14, and Sony HT-ST5000 is the most expensive at $2,398.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Naim soundbars range in price from $999 to $999, and the highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Naim soundbars with an average price of $999.

The second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Denon soundbars with an average price of $899. Denon soundbars range in price from $899 to $899.

Harman Kardon soundbars start at $550 and their most expensive soundbar costs $1,000. The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Harman Kardon soundbars with an average price of $716.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,017 expert reviews and 38 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top rated soundbar brand is LG with an average rating of 54%. The second best brand is Samsung with 53% and the third best brand is Sony with 29%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 100 current offers for soundbars from eBay making it the biggest soundbar retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 31 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 27 current soundbar offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

We couldn't see any clear trend in the release dates for new soundbars over the last 3 years. November was the biggest month last year for new soundbars, with 19 new soundbars released that month. 49 new soundbars were released in May 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. In 2016 most new soundbars were released in March, with 20 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 9% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $34 on a typical $358 new soundbar if you wait 6 months before buying.

Audio Output

'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 common audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 140 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. 2 channels is the second most common audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 59 soundbars that are 2 channels 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.

The vast majority of the 324 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 301 out of 324 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 324 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 217 out of 324 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. 94 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. 94% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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