Let’s face it, the sound coming from most flat screen TVs, even high end ones, are not up to par. They can’t do justice to dialogues and music. If you want to improve your viewing (and listening!) experience, then you should consider getting a soundbar. You can choose from the top rated models below to make sure you’re getting the highest of quality.
- What is a soundbar?
Answer: A soundbar is named as such because it is shaped like a bar. It may seem like a single equipment, but it actually contains multiple speakers. There’s a reason why soundbars are shaped the way they are. The design helps in projecting sound in a wide enclosure. It also makes it easy for a soundbar to be mounted above or below a widescreen TV.
- Are they better than regular speakers?
Answer: Since a soundbar contains multiple speakers, many of them offer surround style audio making them better than regular speakers.
- Do I need a soundbar?
Answer: If you currently don’t have a home theater system or speakers for your TV, then getting a soundbar would be a huge upgrade to your viewing experience.
Our Top Picks
Soundbar, TaoTronics Sound Bar Wired Wireless Bluetooth Audio (34-inch Speaker, 2 Passive Radiators, Dual Connection Methods, Touch Remote
- Modern look
- Wired or wireless connection
- Dual-operation mode
- 34 inch, 2.0 channel audio
If you are looking for a soundbar that can give you a really loud sound without distortion then you should consider getting this one from TaoTronics. Even at its maximum volume, the treble and the bass stay clear. It features a dual-operation mode, which means you can control it using the supplied control or through the metal controls on the speaker. You can connect it to your TV, PC, or DVD player using a cable or you can enjoy wireless connection via Bluetooth. It has a sleek modern look that will surely complement the design of your living or TV room.
VIZIO SB2920-C6 29-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar by VIZIO
- Delivers up to 95 dB sound
- Easy to set up
- Minimalist look
- Provides premium audio
Minimalism is in. And this soundbar is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a speaker with a streamlined design. Don’t let the size fool you. It can deliver up to 95 dB of crystal clear sound with just 1% harmonic distortion. It features Bluetooth connectivity so you can use it to stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled devices. It offer premium audio with DTS Studio SoundTM, DTS Tru Volume TM and DTS TruSurroundTM. While sound is good, it is not recommended for audiophiles. But with a very affordable price, you would be a fool to complain about the value-for-money that it provides.
ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 Sound Bar TV Speaker with Hearing Aid Technology – 30-Day Home Trial by ZVOX
- Has built-in hearing aid technology
- Super-simple to set up
- Output leveling feature
Do you often find it hard to understand dialogues when you watch a TV show or movie? This ZVOX soundbar has the solution. It features a patented hearing aid technology called AccuVoice that amplifies and clarifies the sound of voices. This makes it perfect for people with hearing problem. It also has an output leveling feature that makes soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer to avoid having those jarring moments. More expensive than other soundbar but it’s worth the price because of its special feature. If there is an award for the most thoughtful maker of speakers, ZVOX deserves to have it.
AmazonBasics 31″ 2.0 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar with Dual Neodymium Magnet Speakers by AmazonBasics
- Dual Neodymium magnet speakers
- Up to 90 dB of expansive audio
- 3 sound modes
- Bluetooth enabled
This soundbar comes with three sound modes. Set it to Standard mode if you are watching regular TV programs. If you are watching something with dialogues, you can set it to News mode. To get most from movies and games, then you need to switch to Movie mode. It has dual Neodymium magnet speakers that delivers up to 90 dB of expansive audio. More sophisticated listeners will appreciate the speaker’s balanced output with just the right amount of bass. Delivers a solid performance despite being one of the most affordable sound bars available on the market.
Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System with Universal Remote Control by Bose
- Has dialogue mode
- Comes with universal remote
- Bluetooth connectivity
- From Bose
Bose is known worldwide for making high quality yet pricey audio equipment. At $199, this is one of the most expensive sound bars that money can buy. But if you have money to burn, don’t even bother looking at another soundbar. This one delivers high quality sound that one can only expect from a Bose product. It produces good bass without overpowering other sounds. And if you want to hear every word being spoken in the TV show or movie you’re watching, then simply turn on Dialogue mode to make the sound of voices clearer. As an extra, it comes with a universal remote that you can also use to control your TV and other electronic devices.
Dell AC511 USB Wired SoundBar by Dell
- Super simple to set up and use
- Can be attached to a compatible Dell monitor
- Sound quality belies size
- Connects via USB
Small but fierce. That’s one way to describe this small soundbar from Dell. Designed to be the perfect companion to a Dell monitor, it has an integrated T-Hook that you can use to attach it to a compatible screen. Sound quality is crisp and clear and can surely enhance your experience when you watch a movie or play a game on your desktop PC. It includes a convenient phone jack if you want to listen in private. This is a very simple and affordable device. No special controls to tinker with and no magic buttons to press. Setting it up is a snap. All you need to do is plug it into an available USB port.
When it comes to soundbars, you get what you pay for. If you have money to burn, then go ahead and splurge on the Bose. If you just want to improve the sound of your TV, then getting a cheaper model would suffice.