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Compare the Best SoundbarsNovember 2018

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 1,100 US prices • 1,700 expert & user reviews • 330 product comparisons • 220 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Yamaha YAS‑207

10 Reviews
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$289.00

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Jul 2018
The best scoring soundbar under $500, with a great spec and the latest technology.
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Razer Leviathan

143 Reviews
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$129.99

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Feb 2017
A bargain price and multi award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec.
#3

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

14 Reviews
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$229.97

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Oct 2017
A very popular and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec and a very fair price.
#4

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VIZIO SB3821‑D6

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$162.99

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May 2016
A very popular and top-value 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
#5

86

VIZIO SB3651‑E6

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$169.99

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Jan 2017
An affordable and very popular 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
#6

86

Samsung HW‑M360

64 Reviews
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$144.90

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Aug 2017
A very popular and amazingly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
#7

86

Naim Mu‑so

42 Reviews
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$999.00

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Apr 2017
The best rated soundbar under $100, with a great spec.
#8

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VIZIO SB3621N‑E8

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$148.00

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2.1 channels
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Jan 2017
A best selling and low cost 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec.
#9

86

Audioengine B2

10 Reviews
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$189.00

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2 channels
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Aug 2017
An award winning and bargain price 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
#10

86

VIZIO SB2820N‑E0

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$78.00

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2 channels
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Apr 2017
A best selling and excellent value for money 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
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#11

86

Polk Audio Signa S1

5 Reviews
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$117.79

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Jul 2017
A best selling and astoundingly cheap 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with fantastic user reviews and a very good spec.
#12

85

Sony HT‑CT790

12 Reviews
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$139.97

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Mar 2016
A positively reviewed and phenomenally good value for money 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec.
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#13

84

Supersonic SC‑1417SB

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$71.09

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2 channels
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Feb 2016
A bargain price and fully featured 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar.
#14

84

LG SH2

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$77.49

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2016
A fully featured and top-value 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar.
#15

84

Samsung HW‑N400

1 Review
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$172.93

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2 channels
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Mar 2018
A best selling and bargain price 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec and great user reviews.
#16

83

Supersonic SC‑1416SB

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$75.99

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2 channels
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Feb 2016
A low cost and fully featured 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar.
#17

83

LG SJ4

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$141.80

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2017
A bargain price and fully featured 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar.
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#18

83

JBL BAR STUDIO

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$99.99

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May 2017
A bargain price and fully featured Bluetooth soundbar.
#19

83

Samsung HW‑MS550

1 Review
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$279.92

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2 channels
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Dec 2017
A critically acclaimed and very popular 2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a fair price and a very good spec.
#20

82

Sonos Beam

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$340.00

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Jun 2018
A fully featured and very popular 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with the latest technology and a reasonable price.

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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 79%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 50 $138 - $3,096
79%
220 reviews
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LG Soundbars 34 $72 - $813
77%
106 reviews

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$289.00
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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

Soundbars range in price from $13 to $3,096 and in total we found prices for 130 soundbars. A new soundbar costs on average $368 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $80 and $698. The DELL AX510 is the cheapest soundbar at only $14, and Samsung HW-MS750 is the most expensive at $3,096.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Harman Kardon soundbars start at $900 and their most expensive soundbar costs $900. The average price of Harman Kardon soundbars is $900 which is the highest average price of all soundbar brands.

The average price of Canton soundbars is $731 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. Canton soundbars range in price from $486 to $1,146.

Denon soundbars range in price from $640 to $640, and the third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Denon soundbars with an average price of $640.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 823 expert 0 reviews available online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 97 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 95 offers. That means eBay is very close in size to Amazon US when it comes to soundbars. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 21 current 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 obvious trend. The biggest month in 2017 for new soundbar releases was August, with 21 new soundbars released that month. In March 2016 20 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. March was also the biggest month in 2015 for new soundbars, with 33 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new soundbar costing $368, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $10.

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.

We found 103 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes 2.1 channels the most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars. 2 channels is the second most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 40 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.

Of the 250 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 233 soundbars out of 250 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 250 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 175 out of 250 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. 80 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. 82.5% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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