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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 2,300 US prices • 2,300 expert & user reviews • 450 product comparisons • 200 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

22 Reviews
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's Choicesoundandvision.com - Top Picklite-magazin.de - Middle Classchipchick.com - Pick Award

$135.00

5.1 channels
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Oct 2017
#2

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Bose Soundbar 500

17 Reviews

$494.99

8.1 channels
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Sep 2018
#3

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Razer Leviathan

142 Reviews
custompcreview.com - Awesome Bronze AwardTechradar - Great Valuetecnogeekies.com - PlatinumExpert Reviews - Recommended

$119.98

2.1 channels
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Nov 2014
#4

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LG SK1

9 Reviews
Which? - Best Buy

$61.59

2 channels
2.0
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Mar 2018
#5

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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$394.98

6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
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Bluesound Pulse

42 Reviews
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$185.00

4.2 channels
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Dec 2016
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Sonos Beam

139 Reviews
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$260.00

5.1 channels
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Aug 2018
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Bose SOLO5

31 Reviews
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$124.88

2 channels
2.0
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Sep 2015
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JBL BAR STUDIO

10 Reviews
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$65.97

2.1 channels
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May 2017
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Sonos Playbar

150 Reviews
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$559.20

3 channels
3.0
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Nov 2014
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LG SK8

7 Reviews
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$200.00

2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
#12

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LG SJ7

6 Reviews

$138.69

4.1 channels
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Mar 2017
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Denon HEOS BAR

2 Reviews
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$739.49

3 channels
3.0
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Apr 2017
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Audioengine B2

10 Reviews
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$196.99

2 channels
2.0
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Aug 2017
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AVerMedia SonicBlast GS333

9 Reviews
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$153.65

2.1 channels
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Oct 2017
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Harman Kardon Citation Bar

4 Reviews

$1,199.95

5.1 channels
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Oct 2018
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Sonos Playbase

124 Reviews
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$519.00

5.1 channels
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Apr 2017
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Yamaha YAS209

$299.95

5.1 channels
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Mar 2018
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Bose SoundTouch 300

29 Reviews
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$374.99

5 channels
5.0
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Oct 2016
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LG SH7

2 Reviews

$59.99

4.1 channels
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May 2016

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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.

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LG Soundbars 53 $17 - $599
71%
247 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 $110 - $1,160
71%
21 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 23
66%
17 reviews
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Samsung Soundbars 66 $55 - $3,346
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Sony Soundbars 24 $84 - $195

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$100.00
$40 cheaper
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HW-M360
$139.99
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Polk Audio
MagniFi Mini
$135.00
$45 cheaper
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YAS-207
$180.00
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Beam
$260.00
$210 cheaper
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Soundbar 500
$469.99
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HW-MS650
$3,345.98
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YAS-207
$180.00
$3,166 cheaper
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SoundTouch 300
$374.99
$2,971 cheaper
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$449.00
$190 cheaper
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$638.88
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HW-MS650
$3,345.98
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Beam
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$3,086 cheaper
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SJ8
$279.00
One more award
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YAS-207
$180.00
$99 cheaper
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SJ9
$500.00
Better brand
3 Expert Review
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Playbase
$519.00
Better Kagoo
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Seven more
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SJ4
$80.00
$60 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Samsung
HW-M360
$139.99
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Four months
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Soundbar 700
$638.88
$1,059 cheaper
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Samsung
HW-N950
$1,697.99
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SoundTouch 300
$374.99
$331 cheaper
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Denon
HEOS BAR
$705.49
Better Kagoo
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Expert reviews
are a lot
better
Seven months
newer
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Bose
SoundTouch 300
$374.99
$144 cheaper
Better
Goodhousekeepin
g.co.uk review
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Sonos
Playbase
$519.00
Better Kagoo
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More popular
Eight more
awards
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LG
SK10Y
$449.00
$190 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
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Bose
Soundbar 700
$638.88
7.1 channels
channels
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newer
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Sonos
Beam
$260.00
$135 cheaper
More popular
16 more awards
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Yamaha
MusicCast BAR 400
$394.98
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Bigger audio
output channels
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$180.00
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newer
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SK5
$118.99
$61 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Solo 5
$124.88
$55 cheaper
More popular
One more award
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YAS-207
$180.00
Better Kagoo
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years
Better brand
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LG
SK10Y
$449.00
Better Kagoo
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Four more
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Better brand
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$469.99
8.1 channels
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Yamaha
YAS-207
$180.00
$459 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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More popular
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Soundbar 700
$638.88
Bigger audio
output channels
Newer by two
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HW-N650
$239.99
$230 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by three
months
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Soundbar 500
$469.99
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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

The price range of soundbars is from $13 to $3,346 and in total we found prices for 118 soundbars. The average price of a new soundbar is $314 and the 80% of soundbars are priced between $55 and $599. The cheapest soundbar that we found is the DELL AX510 at only $14, and the most expensive is the Samsung HW-MS650 at $3,346.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Samsung soundbars with an average price of $728. Samsung soundbars start at $55 and their most expensive soundbar costs $3,346.

The second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Harman Kardon soundbars with an average price of $675. Harman Kardon soundbars start at $389 and their most expensive soundbar costs $1,200.

Denon soundbars range in price from $349 to $720, and the average price of Denon soundbars is $534 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,052 expert reviews and 191 user reviews for soundbars and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are LG, Yamaha and Panasonic. LG has an average rating of 71%, Yamaha has an average rating of 71% and Panasonic has an average rating of 66%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 106 current offers for soundbars from eBay making it the biggest soundbar retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 26 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Target with 21 current soundbar offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new soundbars. In November 2018, 17 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new soundbar releases was May, with 43 new soundbars released that month. In 2016 most new soundbars were released in March, with 16 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

New soundbars drop in price by an average of 15% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of $47 on a typical $314 new soundbar if you wait 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 168 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most common audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 64 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making this the second most popular 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 377 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 350 soundbars out of 377 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 377 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 253 out of 377 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. 97 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. 91.5% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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