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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

22 Reviews
soundandvision.com - Top PickDigitaltrends.com - Editor's Choicetomsguide.com - Editor's Choiceavforums.com - Recommended

$90.00

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5.1 channels
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Oct 2017
#2

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LG SK1

9 Reviews
Which? - Best Buy

$45.00

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2 channels
2.0
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Mar 2018
#3

87

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Bose SOUNDBAR500BL

17 Reviews

$489.95

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5.1 channels
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Sep 2018
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Sonos Beam

121 Reviews
99mac.se - RecommendedDigitaltrends.com - Recommended ProductTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Recommended

$325.00

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5.1 channels
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Aug 2018
#5

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Bluesound Pulse

42 Reviews
gadgetgear.nl - Goldlite-magazin.de - Upper ClassLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommendedljudochbild.se - Especially Recommended

$185.00

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4.2 channels
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Dec 2016
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AVerMedia SonicBlast GS333

9 Reviews
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$149.00

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2.1 channels
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Oct 2017
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Bose SOLO5

31 Reviews
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$129.99

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2 channels
2.0
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Sep 2015
#8

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Sonos Playbar

150 Reviews
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$579.99

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3 channels
3.0
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Nov 2014
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LG SK8

7 Reviews
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$225.97

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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$399.95

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
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JBL BAR STUDIO

9 Reviews
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$107.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2017
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Denon HEOS BAR

2 Reviews
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$899.00

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3 channels
3.0
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Apr 2017
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Audioengine B2

10 Reviews
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$174.99

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2 channels
2.0
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Aug 2017
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LG SJ9

29 Reviews
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$123.79

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5.2 channels
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Jan 2017
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Yamaha YAS207

$168.00

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5.1 channels
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Jul 2018
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LG SJ8

12 Reviews
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$199.00

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4.1 channels
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Mar 2017
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Samsung HWM360

$149.99

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2017
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Sonos Playbase

108 Reviews
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$499.99

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5.1 channels
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Apr 2017
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LG SK5

10 Reviews
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$154.95

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
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Samsung HW‑R450

$147.99

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2019

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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 71%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

Rank Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
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LG Soundbars 53 $49 - $879
71%
198 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 23 $356 - $356
66%
17 reviews
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Samsung Soundbars 65 $139 - $3,696
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Sony Soundbars 24 $128 - $796

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Polk Audio
MagniFi Mini
$90.00
$78 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Six more awards
VS
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
More popular
Better brand
Newer by nine
months
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LG
SK10Y
$400.00
$289 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
VS
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$688.88
Bigger audio
output channels
Newer by seven
months
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LG
SJ8
$199.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
$31 cheaper
17 months newer
5.1 channels
channels
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LG
SJ9
$123.79
$376 cheaper
Better brand
3 Expert Review
Sites Gave It a
Higher Review
Score
VS
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Sonos
Playbase
$499.99
Seven more
awards
Overall reviews
are better
Expert reviews
are better
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LG
SK10Y
$400.00
$550 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Samsung
HW-N850
$949.94
Newer by eight
months
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Bose
SoundTouch 300
$449.97
$449 cheaper
One more awards
Better brand
VS
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Denon
HEOS BAR
$899.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
Six months
newer
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Bose
SoundTouch 300
$449.97
$50 cheaper
Better
Goodhousekeepin
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score
VS
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Sonos
Playbase
$499.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Eight more
awards
Better brand
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Bose
Solo 5
$129.99
$38 cheaper
More popular
One more award
VS
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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LG
SK10Y
$400.00
$289 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
VS
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$688.88
7.1 channels
channels
Seven months
newer
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
$521 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$688.88
Bigger audio
output channels
Newer by one
month
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$688.88
7.1 channels
channels
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Yamaha
MusicCast BAR 400
$399.95
$289 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
$157 cheaper
Better brand
Subwoofer
included
VS
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Sonos
Beam
$325.00
19 more awards
Newer by one
month
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$168.00
3 times as many
audio output
channels
Four months
newer
VS
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LG
SK5
$154.95
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Sonos
Playbar
$579.99
$109 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$688.88
Newer by four
years
Bigger audio
output channels
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Sonos
Beam
$325.00
$75 cheaper
More popular
16 more awards
VS
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Yamaha
MusicCast BAR 400
$399.95
Better brand
Bigger audio
output channels
Newer by seven
months
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Yamaha
YSP-2700
$965.00
Better brand
7.1 channels
channels
Subwoofer
included
VS
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Bose
SoundTouch 300
$449.97
$515 cheaper
Two more awards
Newer by one
month
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LG
SK10Y
$400.00
$90 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
VS
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Bose
Soundbar 500
$489.95
More popular
Seven months
newer
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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

The price range of soundbars is from $13 to $3,696 and in total we found prices for 111 soundbars. A new soundbar costs on average $396 and 80% of soundbars are priced between $73 and $650. The Samsung HWMS750 is the most expensive soundbar that we found at $3,696, and the DELL AX510 is the cheapest at only $14.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Samsung soundbars with an average price of $1,202. Samsung soundbars start at $139 and their most expensive soundbar costs $3,696.

Denon soundbars range in price from $349 to $899, and the second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Denon soundbars with an average price of $624.

Harman Kardon soundbars start at $450 and their most expensive soundbar costs $700. The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Harman Kardon soundbars with an average price of $565.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,049 expert reviews and 103 user reviews for soundbars and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar. LG is the top rated soundbar brand with an average rating of 71%. Panasonic is the second best brand with 66% and Samsung is the third best brand with 0%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 109 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 33 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to soundbars. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 26 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new soundbars over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2018 for new soundbar releases was November, with 17 new soundbars released that month. May was the biggest month in 2017 for new soundbars, with 45 new soundbars released that month. 16 new soundbars were released in March 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 13% in the first 6 months after release.

That means that on a typical soundbar costing $396 you could save on average $53 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.

We found 162 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars. The second most popular audio output amongst new soundbars is 2 channels. We found 63 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 366 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 340 out of 366 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 366 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 67% of 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. 102 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. 93.6% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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