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Compare the Best SoundbarsJuly 2020

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 2,000 US prices • 2,800 expert & user reviews • 500 product comparisons • 230 industry awards • Score breakdown
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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 96%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 75 $189 - $2,581
96%
3 reviews
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LG Soundbars 58 $70 - $1,397
71%
267 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 $120 - $1,199
70%
21 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 25
66%
17 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 26 $119 - $2,046

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HT-ST5000
$1,400.00
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Soundbar 700
$649.95
$750 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Sonos
Beam
$345.00
$135 cheaper
19 more awards
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Soundbar 500
$480.00
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MagniFi Mini
$249.99
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YAS-207
$249.89
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HW-MS650
$695.99
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$446 cheaper
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SoundTouch 300
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$850.00
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$649.95
$200 cheaper
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$249.89
$99 cheaper
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$349.00
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SJ8
$159.99
$90 cheaper
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YAS-207
$249.89
17 months newer
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SoundTouch 300
$299.00
$46 cheaper
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Sonos
Beam
$345.00
Better Kagoo
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17 more awards
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$345.00
$95 cheaper
16 more awards
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MusicCast BAR 400
$439.99
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Bigger audio
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SoundTouch 300
$299.00
Two more awards
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Mu-so
$85.00
$214 cheaper
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Solo 5
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$467 cheaper
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$607.41
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newer
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SoundTouch 300
$299.00
$140 cheaper
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HEOS BAR
$439.00
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Expert reviews
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Sony
HT-ST5000
$1,400.00
Bigger audio
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SL10Y
$675.00
$725 cheaper
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YAS-207
$249.89
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SK8
$60.00
$190 cheaper
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One more award
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LG
SK10Y
$850.00
Four more
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Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Soundbar 700
$649.95
$200 cheaper
7.1 channels
channels
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Sony
HT-ST5000
$1,400.00
Bigger audio
output channels
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LG
SK10Y
$850.00
$550 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
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SoundTouch 300
$299.00
$71 cheaper
Better
Goodhousekeepin
g.co.uk review
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Sonos
Playbase
$370.00
Better Kagoo
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Eight more
awards
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LG
SK10Y
$850.00
Four more
awards
Better brand
Better
Goodhousekeepin
g.co.uk review
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Soundbar 500
$480.00
$370 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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8.1 channels
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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

In total we found 111 soundbars ranging from $20 to $2,581. The average price of a new soundbar is $400 and the 80% of soundbars are priced between $73 and $800. The cheapest soundbar that we found is the Lenovo 0A36190 at only $20, and the most expensive is the Samsung HW-Q90R at $2,581.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at $1,629 and their most expensive soundbar costs $1,629. The average price of Bang & Olufsen soundbars is $1,629 which is the highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Samsung soundbars start at $189 and their most expensive soundbar costs $2,581. The average price of Samsung soundbars is $832 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Harman Kardon soundbars range in price from $350 to $810, and the average price of Harman Kardon soundbars is $649 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,169 expert reviews and 429 user reviews for soundbars and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are Samsung, LG and Yamaha. Samsung has an average rating of 96%, LG has an average rating of 71% and Yamaha has an average rating of 70%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 98 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 23 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to soundbars. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 16 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

March to May is the most common period for new soundbars to be released in. The biggest month last year for new soundbar releases was March, with eight new soundbars released that month. In 2018 most new soundbars were released in November, with 25 new soundbars released that month. May was the biggest month in 2017 for new soundbars, with 41 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 14% on average.

That means that on a typical soundbar costing $400 you could save on average $58 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.

2.1 channels is the most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 192 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. We found 72 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making this 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.

The vast majority of the 428 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 398 soundbars (93%) 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 428 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 285 out of 428 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. 86 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. 87.8% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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