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Sonos Playbase

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

$349.00

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5.1 channels
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Apr 2017
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Sonos Beam

139 Reviews
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$299.00

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Aug 2018
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LG SK1

9 Reviews
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$69.00

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2 channels
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Mar 2018
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Bose Soundbar 500

17 Reviews
Multiroom  Is 8.1 channels Subwoofer included 
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$429.99

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Sep 2018
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Yamaha YAS109

111 Reviews
soundandvision.com Top PickCNET.com Editor's Choicetomsguide.com Editor's Choiceavforums.com Best Buy

$164.99

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2018
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Denon HEOS BAR

2 Reviews

$429.00

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3 channels
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Apr 2017
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews

$499.95

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
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Bose Solo 5

31 Reviews

$144.99

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2 channels
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Sep 2015
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Sonos Playbar

150 Reviews

$529.00

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3 channels
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Nov 2014
#10

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Razer Leviathan

313 Reviews

$199.98

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2014
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Sonos Arc

21 Reviews

$789.99

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2018
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LG SH7B

94 Reviews

$69.99

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4.1 channels
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May 2016
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Polk Audio Magnifi Mini

29 Reviews

$215.00

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5.1 channels
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Oct 2017
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Bluesound PULSE SOUNDBAR

 

$279.99

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Apr 2018
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LG SJ2

3 Reviews

$99.95

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2.1 channels
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Jul 2016
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Bose SoundTouch 300

29 Reviews

$299.00

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5 channels
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Oct 2016
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Samsung HWT450ZA

 

$147.99

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2.1 channels
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Dec 2018
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Audioengine B2

10 Reviews

$144.99

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2 channels
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Aug 2017
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AVerMedia SonicBlast GS333

9 Reviews

$153.99

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Oct 2017

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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 91%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 79 $160 - $1,139
91%
50 reviews
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LG Soundbars 63 $70 - $1,299
74%
378 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 $130 - $1,200
70%
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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

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.

Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

Soundbars range in price from $14 to $1,649 and in total we found prices for 130 soundbars. The average price of a new soundbar is $374 and the 80% of soundbars are priced between $76 and $899. The Lenovo 0A36190 is the cheapest soundbar at only $15, and Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage is the most expensive at $1,649.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Bang & Olufsen soundbars with an average price of $1,649. Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at $1,649 and their most expensive soundbar costs $1,649.

Canton soundbars range in price from $622 to $1,149, and the second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Canton soundbars with an average price of $833.

The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Dali soundbars with an average price of $819. Dali soundbars start at $819 and their most expensive soundbar costs $819.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1,330 expert reviews and 557 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top rated soundbar brand is Samsung with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is LG with 74% and the third best brand is Yamaha with 70%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 127 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 36 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 21 current soundbar offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Most new soundbars tend to be released between April and May. For the latest soundbar features you may be best waiting until April 2021. Also the price of the current soundbars may drop off just before the latest models are released in April. In 2019 most new soundbars were released in April, with 10 new soundbars released that month. The biggest month in 2018 for new soundbar releases was November, with 22 new soundbars released that month. In May 2017, 40 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 15%.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $57 on a typical $374 new soundbar by waiting 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.

We found 200 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes 2.1 channels the most popular audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 74 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making 2 channels the second most common audio channels 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 444 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 413 out of 444 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 444 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. 121 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. 95.3% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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