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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

42 Reviews
videotesty.pl 3 Staravforums.com Recommendedlite-magazin.de Middle Class

$379.99

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
#2

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Sonos Beam

929 Reviews
hifichoicemag.com RecommendedT3.com Platinum Awardchip.com.my Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews Highly Recommended

$289.00

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5.1 channels
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Aug 2018
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Sonos Playbase

136 Reviews
androidheadlines.com Gold AwardTrusted Reviews RecommendedEISA.eu EISA Best Productwhathifi.com 5 Star

$51.99

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5.1 channels
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Apr 2017
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Bose Soundbar 700

22 Reviews
Multiroom  Is 7.1 channels Supports Bluetooth 
Multiroom
Is 7.1 channels
Supports Bluetooth

$489.89

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7.1 channels
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Sep 2018
#4

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Polk Audio Magnifi Mini

963 Reviews
soundandvision.com Top Picklite-magazin.de Middle Classchipchick.com Pick Award

$169.99

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5.1 channels
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Oct 2017
#7

84

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Yamaha YAS

419 Reviews

$215.00

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2018
#6

84

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Razer Leviathan

316 Reviews

$207.47

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2014
#8

83

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Sonos Playbar

165 Reviews

$389.99

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3 channels
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Nov 2014

80

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LG SJ2

8 Reviews

$87.95

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2.1 channels
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Jul 2016
#9

83

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Yamaha YAS109

 

$160.00

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2 channels
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Sep 2019
#11

82

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LG SK1

1,000 Reviews

$37.49

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2 channels
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Mar 2018
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81

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LG SH7B

94 Reviews

$69.99

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4.1 channels
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May 2016
#10

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Sony HTS350

 

$165.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2019

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Anker Soundcore Infini

18 Reviews

$154.99

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2 channels
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Dec 2018
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82

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Audioengine B2

5 Reviews

$174.00

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2 channels
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Aug 2017
#14

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Sonos Arc

972 Reviews

$749.99

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2018
#17

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Bose SOUNDBAR500

813 Reviews

$321.99

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8.1 channels
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Sep 2018
#12

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Yamaha YAS209

 

$325.00

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
#15

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Bose Solo 5

233 Reviews

$15.59

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2 channels
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Sep 2015

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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 Samsung with an average rating of 84%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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#1
Samsung Soundbars 84 $61 - $1,398
84%
337 reviews
#2
LG Soundbars 63 $37 - $800
80%
2,080 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 26 $115 - $899
73%
693 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 24 $120 - $1,200
71%
466 reviews
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62%
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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 134 soundbars ranging from $15 to $2,428. A new soundbar costs on average $337 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $61 and $780. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage at $2,427, and the cheapest is the Bose Solo 5 at only $16.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Bang & Olufsen soundbars with an average price of $2,427. Bang & Olufsen soundbars range in price from $2,427 to $2,427.

The second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Monitor Audio soundbars with an average price of $825. Monitor Audio soundbars start at $825 and their most expensive soundbar costs $825.

The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Dali soundbars with an average price of $750. Dali soundbars start at $750 and their most expensive soundbar costs $750.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,890 expert reviews and 7,294 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar. Samsung is the top rated soundbar brand with an average rating of 84%. LG is the second best brand with 80% and Sony is the third best brand with 73%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 134 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 25 offers. That means eBay is over 5 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to soundbars. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 6 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

The most common period for new soundbars to be released in is between March and May. That means that most of the latest soundbar technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 10 new soundbars were released in May 2020 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. March was the biggest month in 2019 for new soundbars, with 10 new soundbars released that month. In November 2018, 22 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 12% on average.

A typical new soundbar costs on average $337. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $41.

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.

Amongst new soundbars, the most popular audio channels is 2.1 channels. We found 211 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. 2 channels is the second most popular audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 79 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 470 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 94% of 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).

Of the 470 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 321 out of 470 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. 121 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. 90.3% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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