As televisions get thinner, so too, it seems, does the sound. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best soundbars to boost your TV’s audio!
If you’re looking to build up your home cinema set-up or just improve your evening television viewing, you should consider investing in a soundbar. With screens getting sleeker and more compact, there is less room for sophisticated speaker systems. This can leave the sound from your TV feeling rather flat and lacklustre. The perfect speaker for you depends on a few factors; your aesthetic desires, your intended usage, your budget. There are some fantastic soundbars available to cater to everyone’s needs. We’ve tried to minimise the stress of choosing by listing some of our favourites!
Sonos has a bunch of fantastic speakers to offer, including their new portable speaker, the Roam. The Beam is one of two soundbars from the company, both with very different price tags. The more affordable of the two, the Beam offers excellent quality audio and a nicely compact design. Surprisingly bassy depth comes from four full-range drivers, one tweeter, three passive radiators and five class-D amplifiers. There is a lack of Dolby Atmos, but at this price that is a reasonable omission. What is included is HDMI and Ethernet connectivity and voice control abilities. You can grab the Sonos Beam in stylish white or black, to fit with whatever look you’re going for.
A crowded market perhaps, but the Yamaha YAS-207 manages to stand out amongst other low-mid priced sound bars. It really performs sonically, featuring YSP (Yamaha Sound Projection) technology, which replicates surround sound despite being a single bar. Its slim design means it will fit with most home entertainment set-ups, and it comes with a wireless subwoofer to boost that bass. It has Bluetooth connectivity, along with an HDMI port that enables 4K HDR pass-through. The sound is crisp and immersive, handling music and film soundtracks brilliantly.
This is a slightly more expensive option, available for $1,549 on Amazon, but it has features enough to justify the spend. A great choice for Samsung QLED TV owners, this slender soundbar has been tastefully designed. You get 16 drivers in total, a wireless subwoofer, surround speakers and Dolby Atmos. Plus DTS:X for object-based overhead sound, and built-in Alexa. The sound is powerful yet precise, and you can even connect some phones jut by tapping them against the body of the speaker.
Harmon Kardon Enchant 800
Available for around the $400 mark, the Enchant 800 from Harman Kardon is a soundbar which boasts eight speakers (six 2-in woofers and two 1-in side-firing tweeters). The side-firing tweeters direct sounds to reflect off walks, intended to create a surround-sound field. It has HDMI connectivity, and ports for connecting games consoles or a Blu-ray player. With built-in Chromecast and supplied aux cable, this speaker is ideal for connecting up your existing tech.
From tech giants Sony, the HT-G700 is a fantastic, reasonably priced soundbar with features aplenty. The sound is weighty and impressive, with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound formats. Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround technologies combine to produce a convincing Dolby Atmos soundscape, whilst there is HDMI connectivity for Dolby Atmos. It comes with a subwoofer that gives real oomph to louder moments, such as explosions. Although lacking a little in crispness and music streaming capabilities, the HT-G700 is a great soundbar for cinematic viewing.
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