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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 1,900 US prices • 2,900 expert & user reviews • 500 product comparisons • 230 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LG SK1

9 Reviews
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$66.44

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2 channels
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Mar 2018
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Sonos Beam

139 Reviews
gameswelt.de Hardwareinputmag.dk RecommendedTechradar RecommendedExpert Reviews Recommended

$319.00

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5.1 channels
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Aug 2018
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Sonos Playbase

124 Reviews
soundandvision.com Top Pickandroidheadlines.com Gold AwardTrusted Reviews RecommendedEISA.eu EISA Best Product

$370.00

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Apr 2017
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Razer Leviathan

313 Reviews
elchapuzasinformatico.com GoldTechradar Great Valuetugareviews.pt Gold AwardExpert Reviews Recommended

$120.00

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Nov 2014
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Bose Soundbar 700

17 Reviews

$659.99

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7.1 channels
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Sep 2018
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Bose Soundbar 500

17 Reviews

$469.95

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8.1 channels
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Sep 2018
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Samsung HWT450

 

$144.99

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2.1 channels
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Dec 2018
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Yamaha YAS109

 

$174.99

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2018
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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

29 Reviews
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$199.00

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Oct 2017
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Bose Solo 5

31 Reviews
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$129.92

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2 channels
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Sep 2015
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Bose SoundTouch 300

29 Reviews
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$299.00

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5 channels
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Oct 2016
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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$429.99

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
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Sonos Arc

21 Reviews
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$799.00

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Nov 2018
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Denon HEOS BAR

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$429.00

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Apr 2017
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Sonos Playbar

150 Reviews
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$549.99

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Nov 2014
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Anker Soundcore Infini

7 Reviews

$160.00

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2 channels
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LG SJ2

3 Reviews

$105.00

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Jul 2016
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Samsung HWM450ZA

 

$279.99

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Samsung HWT550ZA

 

$227.99

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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 $145 - $1,400
96%
3 reviews
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LG Soundbars 63 $66 - $1,581
72%
268 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 $95 - $1,199
70%
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Panasonic Soundbars 25
66%
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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 123 soundbars ranging from $26 to $1,629. The average price of a new soundbar is $379 and the 80% of soundbars are priced between $74 and $798. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage at $1,629, and the cheapest is the Logik L32SBT17 at only $26.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

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

Canton soundbars range in price from $617 to $723, and the average price of Canton soundbars is $670 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands.

The average price of Dali soundbars is $649 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands. Dali soundbars start at $649 and their most expensive soundbar costs $649.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,170 expert reviews and 429 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews 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 72% and Yamaha has an average rating of 70%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 99 current offers for soundbars from eBay making it the biggest soundbar retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 23 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 21 current soundbar offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

The most common period for new soundbars to be released in is between March and May. In March 2019, eight new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. 24 new soundbars were released in November 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. In 2017 most new soundbars were released in May, 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 a saving of $54 on a typical $379 new soundbar if you wait 6 months before buying.

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 common audio channels is 2.1 channels. We found 192 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. The second most common audio channels amongst new soundbars is 2 channels. We found 71 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 433 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 402 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 433 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 289 out of 433 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. 90 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. 90.9% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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