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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 1,500 US prices • 2,000 expert & user reviews • 410 product comparisons • 210 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LG NB2520A

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Razer Leviathan

140 Reviews
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$140.00

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Denon HEOS BAR

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$899.00

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Samsung HW‑N400

1 Review

$197.94

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Jun 2018
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Bose SoundTouch 300

29 Reviews
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$475.00

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Oct 2016
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JBL Boost TV

24 Reviews
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$90.00

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Sonos Playbar

119 Reviews
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$555.00

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Nov 2014
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Yamaha YSP‑5600

20 Reviews
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$1,334.32

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Sony HT‑CT790

7 Reviews

$498.00

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Samsung HW‑MS750

6 Reviews
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$524.99

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Sonos Beam

109 Reviews
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$355.00

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LG SJ9

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$895.00

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Samsung HW‑MS550

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$249.88

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JBL Cinema SB450

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$464.44

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LG SH7

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$159.99

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Samsung HW‑K850

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$997.99

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Yamaha YAS‑106

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$440.70

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LG SJ8

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$179.95

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LG SK10Y

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$574.99

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$225.00

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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 86%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 57 $168 - $1,498
86%
46 reviews
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LG Soundbars 46 $50 - $2,795
73%
164 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 21 $145 - $2,396
60%
8 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 20 $356 - $356
57%
8 reviews

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MagniFi Mini
$187.69
$62 cheaper
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YAS-207
$250.00
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$2,396.00
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$709.00
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$70 cheaper
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$250.00
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$105 cheaper
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$250.00
$125 cheaper
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$446.00
$354 cheaper
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HEOS BAR
$799.95
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SK10Y
$499.00
$599 cheaper
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HW-N850
$1,097.99
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Solo 5
$119.00
$131 cheaper
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YAS-207
$250.00
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HT-ST5000
$2,396.00
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SK10Y
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$1,897 cheaper
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YAS-207
$250.00
$459 cheaper
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$709.00
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Signa S1
$169.99
$60 cheaper
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Bar 2.1
$229.97
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$250.00
$95 cheaper
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Beam
$345.00
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17 more awards
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YSP-5600
$1,199.00
$1,197 cheaper
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HT-ST5000
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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

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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

We currently list 113 soundbars ranging from $13 to $2,795. On average, a new soundbar costs $363 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $74 and $709. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the LG SK9Y at $2,795, and the cheapest is the DELL AX510 at only $14.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Denon soundbars start at $800 and their most expensive soundbar costs $800. The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Denon soundbars with an average price of $800.

The average price of Harman Kardon soundbars is $716 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. 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 Bluesound soundbars with an average price of $588. Bluesound soundbars start at $220 and their most expensive soundbar costs $956.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,044 expert reviews and 38 user reviews for soundbars and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are Samsung, LG and Sony. Samsung has an average rating of 86%, LG has an average rating of 73% and Sony has an average rating of 60%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 105 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 34 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 26 current soundbar offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

We looked at the release dates for new soundbars over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear trend. Last year most new soundbars were released in November, with 18 new soundbars released that month. 46 new soundbars were released in May 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. In March 2016, 16 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

New soundbars drop in price by an average of 13% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical soundbar costing $363 you could save on average $46 by waiting 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.

Amongst new soundbars, the most common audio output is 2.1 channels. We found 141 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. We found 62 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making 2 channels the second most common audio output 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 331 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 93% 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).

The vast majority of the 331 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 221 out of 331 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. 101 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. 96.2% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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