The Best Soundbars for Your TV and Budget 2023

The Best Soundbars for Your TV and Budget 2023

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Do I need a sound bar? We get asked this all the time and one thing is true across the board: today’s TVs are incredibly thin and beautiful — but with no room inside for a decent speaker, audio suffers. Dialogue can be very difficult, sometimes even impossible, to hear. Big sound effects (think "Star Wars") are tinny and unimpressive. Surround sound ain't happening. And though just about any sound bar provides a smart and relatively inexpensive way to radically improve TV audio, the really good ones are extremely impressive – and the great ones will give you goosebumps. And today, we’re going for great.

A good sound bar will vastly improve the audio quality of your TV-watching experience. The sound bars of today can bounce sound and deliver fantastic surround sound that you wouldn't believe. They deliver excellent sound quality for not just what you watch on TV, but many are now built to do double duty and stream music. They can make a significant difference to sound quality as a standalone speaker or many can easily be incorporated into a full blown home theater system with the addition of a subwoofer or pair of satellite speakers.

Last, if you’re serious about great sound and you really want to do this right, check out our “Sound Bar Buying Guide.” It’s a less-than-10-minute read; and covers everything you should know about sound bars before you buy. A sound bar truly is the most cost effective, space-saving way to add immersive sound to your home theater experience. So stop relying on your TV speakers.

And with that, off we go…

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1. The Best Compact Sound Bar Under $300:

 Sonos Ray Compact Sound Bar

$279.00

The Ray takes full advantage of its speaker array that consists of four Class-D digital amplifiers, two tweeters (off center), two elliptical Mid-woofers (centered), and proprietary low-velocity ports as part of Sonos’ bass reflex system to help lower distortion. Sonos also put in two split waveguides at the tweeter locations that expand the soundstage so the tweeter sound spreads wider and encompasses the room. Sonos made all of the speaker elements front facing, which means you can tuck it away just about anywhere without interfering with the sound quality.

Voice Enhancement helps boost dialogue and if you have a compatible iOS device you can take advantage of Sonos' Trueplay tuning to adapt the sound to the acoustics of your space and ensure that you’re always hearing your content the way it was meant to be heard. Available in black or white, the Ray is 2.79in H x 22in W x 3.74in Dand weighs 6.95 pounds. One thing we love is that Sonos really showed us that they care about how this will look in your room and that you can have a sound bar that looks great without sacrificing quality.

If you want a full surround experience, add a matching pair of speakers for rears and a Sub. The Sonos OneOne SL, and Sonos Five will work as surrounds and the Sonos SUB would be your go-to subwoofer. You can also use the Sonos AMP to power in-wall, in-ceiling, or other passive speakers as surrounds. Throw it all together and you got yourself a pretty good little surround system at a pretty good price.

Check out our full review of the Sonos Ray and our comparison of the Sonos Ray vs the Beam and Arc.

Ray Compact Sound Bar

  • Sound Bar Dimensions:  22” x 2.79” x 3.74 (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.95 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 years
  • Wireless Connectivity: WiFi, Apple AirPlay2, Spotify Connect
  • Inputs: Optical, Ethernet
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$467.00

Regular Price: $549.00

Save: $82.00 (15%)

Savings include $82 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/12/2023.

The Klipsch Cinema 600 sound bar is a true 3.1 system with a dedicated center channel speaker for enhanced vocal clarity, Klipsch's famous horn loaded tweeters, and a 10-inch wireless subwoofer that you can place anywhere in the room. With Dolby Audio built-in, Dolby digital processing delivers a powerful cinema experience. Add on a pair of Klipsch Surround 3 wireless surround speakers for an extra $249 to create a killer 5.1 package. This system will blow your TV speakers out of the water and deliver that earth-shaking home theater audio quality that Klipsch is known for.

This sound bar system has easy plug-and-play setup and comes with a motion sensing remote with LED buttons so you can control your experience easily from a dark movie-watching room.

Klipsch Cinema 600 31 Bluetooth Sound Bar with 10 Wireless Subwoofer

Klipsch Cinema 600 31 Bluetooth Sound Bar with 10 Wireless Subwoofer
Klipsch Cinema 600 sound bar on display at our Montgomeryville, PA Showroom

Cinema 600 3.1 Bluetooth Sound Bar with 10" Wireless Subwoofer

  • Sound Bar Dimensions: 45" x 2 7/8" x 3 3/8" (W x H x D)
  • Subwoofer Dimensions: 11 7/8" x 16 1/8" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 30.8 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 600
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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3. The Best All-in-One Sound Bar: 

Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar

$799.00

Regular Price: $899.00

Save: $100.00 (11%)

Savings include $100 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/12/2023.

The Sonos Arc sound bar packs an immersive Dolby Atmos experience into a slim package. The Sonos Arc is our best all-in-one sound bar because of it's Dolby Atmos capabilities, impressive speech clarity, sleek design, and ability to wirelessly stream music. It does a little bit of everything, including take voice commands. Whether you place it on your TV stand or mount it to the wall directly beneath your television (the wall mount is sold separately), you’ll be instantly impressed with the performance.

The 11 built-in speakers (two in the top of the sound bar, one at either end, and the rest front-facing) not only produce exquisite detail from the movies, TV shows, or games that you are enjoying, they also envelop you in the sound thanks primarily to the top and side speakers in the sound bar. Bass response is tight and deep thanks to the dual bass drivers that Sonos employed in the Arc’s design. Need more bass? No problem! Add the Sonos Sub for even more impact. Don’t forget that Sonos started making their systems for music, so the high-quality components that are employed in the Sonos Arc ensure superb sonic performance and sound quality.

The Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa services are built into the unit to streamline music streaming services (“Hey, Google. Play my romantic dinner playlist in Spotify”, for example), set a reminder or an alarm, check the forecast for the evening, etc. This feature alone really resonated with us because we love to use one of these two assistants to help us manage our lives. Also, Apple AirPlay 2 is built into the Sonos Arc, so you can connect your compatible iPhone or iPad easily to the unit to stream audio directly to it. With all these features, you can easily control the functionality and volume of the Sonos Arc with the Sonos S2 app (available from the App Store or Play Store) right from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

The Sonos Arc is extremely simple to set up: plug it into the wall with the supplied power cable and into your TV with the supplied HDMI cable and you’re all set. But perhaps the best feature is simply that you can very easily connect the Sonos Arc to your existing Sonos equipment (or add more Sonos equipment to the Arc if you’re new to Sonos) and really set up that killer whole-house audio solution you’ve been craving.

Need a smaller, more compact option with similar features? It's little brother, the Sonos Beam Gen 2, is another top choice.

Check out the full review of the Sonos Arc!

Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar
Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar on display at our Ardmore, PA Showroom

Arc Wireless Sound bar with Dolby Atmos, Apple AirPlay 2, and Built-in Voice Assistant

  • Dimensions: 45" x 3.4" x 4.5" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 13.78 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 600
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$499.00

Regular Price: $649.00

Save: $150.00 (23%)

Savings include $150 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/5/2023.

The Denon Home 550 sound bar packs an amazing number of high-end features and great sound quality into its mid-priced, astonishingly small footprint. Upward-facing speakers and Dolby Atmos technology let the 550 give you a deeply convincing 3D sound experience. HDMI/eARC capability means your audio will be mind-blowing, since you’ll be listening to uncompressed, high-definition audio where available — even 24-bit content from Tidal, Amazon HD, or your own high-quality audio files from an attached drive. You can stream nearly every service, right out of the box — and AirPlay 2 connectivity makes up for the fact that Apple Music is the one service you can’t.

The 550 delivers a ton all by itself, but it really shines when you make it the center of your home listening network. The built-in HEOS system lets you control an entire multi-room system, grouping multiple speakers, or playing different music on each one. You can easily expand the 550 by adding Denon’s compatible wireless subwoofer and surround speakers. Alexa is built-in as well, so you’ll be able to tell the 550 what you want, and it’ll make it happen. The Denon Home 550 sound bar is an excellent sound bar that not only upgrades your TV speakers, but lets you stream music with scalable flexibility.

Denon is offering you a front-row cinematic audio experience at a balcony price with the Home Sound Bar 550. Don’t overlook this gem!

Denon Home Sound Bar 550 with Dolby Atmos and HEOS Built-in
Denon Home Sound Bar 550 on display at our Ardmore, PA Showroom

Home Sound Bar 550 with Dolby Atmos and HEOS Built-in

  • Dimensions: 25.95" x 3" x 4.72" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 12.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, HEOS
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$399.00

Regular Price: $449.00

Save: $50.00 (11%)

Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/12/2023.

With its compact footprint and profile, great sound, and world-class voice control and smart features, the original Sonos Beam was as close to a no-brainer choice as you can get for a sound bar — especially for TVs smaller than 50", since it’s one of the few sound bars that doesn’t overwhelm smaller TVs. Now for just a shockingly small price increase over the original Beam, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 adds Dolby Atmos compatibility to its already impressive feature set, making it one of the least-expensive ways to add Atmos content to your home theater experience.

Sonos gave a major upgrade to the Sonos Beam Gen 2’s chipset, increasing its processing power by 40%, and added eARC support as well, which means the Beam Gen 2 has all the brawn it needs to deliver awesome multichannel sound into a soundstage that’s expanded not only horizontally, but vertically, as well. And it does it all with the same one-cable-does-it-all setup as the original Beam.

That added brainpower doesn’t just give you Dolby Atmos compatibility — it also opens the door to many existing and just-around-the-bend multichannel formats. The Sonos Beam Gen 2 can deliver the full DTS multichannel audio you’ve been missing from your Blu-ray discs, which will re-ignite your love affair with all those bonus features. It also opens the door to 3D music, such as Dolby Atmos Music, with which you can access truly immersive recordings by your favorite artists on streaming services like Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, and Tidal.

Sonos has simplified the process of pairing your phone and tablet with the Beam Gen 2 with the addition of Near Field Communication (NFC), which makes connecting your devices a breeze. A new polycarbonate grille makes the Beam Gen 2 not only attractive, but more likely to keep looking good for many years to come.

Check out our full review of the Beam Gen 2!

Sonos Beam Gen 2 Compact Smart Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) on display at our Ardmore, PA Showroom

Beam (Gen 2) Compact Smart Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos

  • Dimensions: 25.6" x 2.7" x 3.9" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • HDMI Inputs: 1 eARC-enabled
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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6. Best Sound Bar and Wireless Sub: 

Samsung HW-Q990B Soundbar with Wireless Dolby Atmos

$1,597.99

Regular Price: $1,899.99

Save: $302.00 (16%)

Savings include $300 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/5/2023.

The Samsung Q990B system is truly one of the best surround systems on the market today. It packs so much into an excellent package at a reasonable price. Samsung has listened carefully to customer feedback about their previous soundbar models, and the Q990B has addressed every issue. The new design is gorgeous, too — they’ve hit this one way out of the park.

What makes this system so great? Tremendous power, for one thing. Yes, it puts out so much sound that it could be too loud in some cases. But the benefit of this much headroom is extraordinary clarity, detail, and separation. Dialog is crystal-clear and never gets obscured by effects. The subwoofer gives you bass that is focused and nimble, earth-shaking when called for, but always accurate and pleasant. Even more impressive is that the Q990B delivers 11.1.4 channels of full Dolby Atmos sound wirelessly to the included subwoofer and rear speakers. Not only is the Q990B one of the first soundbars to handle Dolby Atmos wirelessly, it’s one of the most affordable — go on, check the price again, because you might not believe it. Samsung’s SmartThings app lets you control the level of each channel independently — something very few systems offer.

If you need more convincing, then check this out: Full-on Alexa voice control and built-in streaming services such as Chromecast, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, and Apply Airplay 2, plus dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make the Q990B a clear choice to be the center of your streaming world. High-definition music sounds incredible on this powerful system. Plus, gamers and Blu-ray enthusiasts will love the HDMI and eARC inputs, for passing through 4K content and keeping everything nicely synced.

The new generation of Samsung QLED TVs have a feature that lets the Q990B use the TV’s speakers as an additional set of drivers to create an even more impressive soundstage, as well as auto-configuration via the SpaceFit feature that automatically configures the system to deliver sound that suits your room. Even if you don’t have a Samsung QLED TV, Samsung has made setup and configuration a cinch. In fact, the system recalibrates every day, with built-in mics on the soundbar and on the subwoofer. The Samsung Q990B will have you enveloped in amazing sound in no time at all.

HW-Q990B Soundbar with Wireless Dolby Atmos (2022)

  • Dimensions: 48.56" x 2.81" x 4.5" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2
  • HDMI Inputs: 2
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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7. Best Sound Bar with Subwoofer Built-In: 

Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar with Dual Built-In Subwoofers

$199.95

This sound bar hits a sweet spot between convenience, affordability, and features that can really improve your home theater experience. You can connect your TV to the SR-B20A with a single cable, either an HDMI ARC or with the supplied optical cable. In addition to two 30W stereo speakers, the SR-B20A has two 60W subwoofers built in, so it’s as self-contained as they come — plus, at less that 36 inches wide, it’ll fit nicely under smaller TVs.  The remote is really well designed, with all the important features, options, and controls accessible via clearly labeled buttons.

But how about the sound? DTS Virtual:X surround sound simulation enables the SR-B20A to put you in a remarkably believable 3D sound stage, with sounds located vertically, above your head, as well as to the sides — an achievement that usually requires satellite speakers and a separate subwoofer. Yamaha’s Clear Voice processing brings the dialogue up in volume, so you don’t miss a mumble. You can also stream uncompressed audio content from any of your devices via Bluetooth with high-resolution AAC capability. The SR-B20A really delivers on the promise of an audio upgrade to your TV’s built-in stereo speakers.

SR-B20A Sound Bar with Dual Built-In Subwoofers

  • Dimensions: 35.88" x 2.13" x 5.13" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 30W
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: No (Output Only)
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: Yes
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$1,399.95

Regular Price: $1,499.95

Save: $100.00 (7%)

Savings include $100 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/12/2023.

There’s a certain magic to big, authentic, cinematic sound – and Sennheiser’s AMBEO Plus sound bar does a better job of recreating that magic than, arguably, every other sound bar on the planet. The reason: Dolby Atmos – a home theater technology that creates a layer of sound that not only hovers above and around you (Atmos = atmosphere), it hovers in different areas above and around you. The net effect is so immersive, you find yourself quite literally ducking bad guys and bullets headed your way. (See our guide on “How to Choose the Best Home Theater System” for a full explanation of Dolby Atmos.)

To make it happen, the AMBEO Plus comes with 7 high-end aluminum cone drivers working in concert to put you in the center of a true 3D soundscape. What’s more, the AMBEO Plus sound bar generates thundering bass with built-in 4" dual subwoofers – eliminating the need for an extra subwoofer. And Sennheiser’s Smart Control app makes it easy to fine-tune the sound bar to your specific room.

As for connectivity, the AMBEO Plus = an embarrassment of riches. Ports include 2 HDMI in and 1 out, plus optical, AUX, USB, ethernet, a subwoofer pre-out, a mic input, and of course: Bluetooth and Google Chromecast. Is it pricey? Yes. Is it worth it? Short of buying multiple home theater components – 5 to 7 speakers, a subwoofer and a good AV receiver – definitely yes.

AMBEO Soundbar Plus 7.1.4 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

  • Dimensions with Feet: 41.34" x 3.07" x 4.76" (W x H x D)
  • Dimensions without Feet: 41.34" x 2.95" x 4.76" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 13.88 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Watts: 400
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 2
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$299.00

Regular Price: $449.00

Save: $150.00 (33%)

The slim profile of this sound bar and the compact size of its included subwoofer make the Denon DHT-S517 sound bar system perfect for home theater setups that are challenged for space. Remarkably lightweight and unimposing in its appearance, this system nonetheless beefs up your TV and its audio system to an impressive 50 watts with the sound bar and the 100 watts with the subwoofer.

But it’s not just the power that makes this reasonably-priced system so attractive. The DHT-S517 has full Dolby Atmos capability, so you get the benefits of the complete cinematic immersion provided by Dolby Atmos content. The clarity of the sound that the DHT-S517 delivers is truly impressive, and by choosing the Dialog Enhancer setting you like best, you’ll catch every whisper. Sound modes for movies, music, and the Pure Mode for high-resolution audio make sure you’re always getting the best sound possible.

Setup is very simple with just a single HDMI cable to connect to your TV, and a simple button press to pair the subwoofer to the sound bar. You can also easily expand the DHT-S517 by adding Denon’s compatible wireless subwoofer and surround speakers. You can’t ask for a better Dolby Atmos system for this price.

If that's still a little out of your price range, consider the Denon DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Sound Bar with Bluetooth as an alternative!

Dolby Atmos is an all-encompassing surround sound theatrical experience and (usually) that is reflected in the price tag. However, every now and again a product comes along that can provide an exceptional Dolby Atmos experience without breaking the bank. The Denon DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Sound Bar with Bluetooth features dialog enhancement technology, Bluetooth streaming capabilities, and incredible sound reproduction abilities. Oh, did we forget to mention that it’s a sound bar with Dolby Atmos 2.1 capabilities for under $300? If you ask us, it's not a bad alternative if the DHT-S517 if out of your price range.

DHT-S517 Sound Bar System with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos and Bluetooth

  • Sound Bar Dimensions: 41.31" x 2.31" x 3.81" (W x H x D)
  • Subwoofer Dimensions: 6.75" x 14.5" x 11.44" (W x H x D)
  • Sound Bar Weight: 5.5 lbs
  • Subwoofer Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Sound Bar Watts: 50W
  • Subwoofer Watts: 100W
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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10. The Best High End Dolby Atmos Sound Bar: 

Devialet Dione Dolby Atmos Sound Bar

$2,400.00

We can’t avoid the following pun, because it’s true: this self-contained surround sound system raises the bar for sound bars. With its cutting-edge design and digital processing, the Devialet Dione really is an all-in-one sound system for your home theater. It delivers full 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound without the need for satellite speakers. Designed for playing high-resolution audio with perfect fidelity, the Dione connects to hi-res music streaming services with built-in Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2, as well as an included app that supports other streaming services like Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, Apple Music, and others via Universal Plug ’n‘ Play (UPnP). Devialet’s SPACE technology upmixes two-channel audio to use all 17 of its built-in drivers, which turns your favorite stereo music into a true surround sound experience.

What about the low end? Don’t worry about bass with the Dione: 8 dedicated long-throw subwoofers powered by a 950W built-in amplifier deliver astonishingly clear yet booming bass down to external subwoofer audio territory below 30Hz. A spherical rotating center speaker automatically adjusts to the sound bar’s position, so you always get perfectly configured sound. The ground-breaking engineering continues with the Dione’s automatic room calibration software, which makes it super easy to set up and dial in the optimal sound for your home theater space. The included app lets you choose the sound mode easily by swiping. One cable connection to your TV makes everything happen; it’s hard to imagine a simpler setup process.

The Dione’s profile is very low, so it’s unobtrusive and likely won’t block any part of your TV screen. And given that modest height, the enveloping surround sound is truly an amazing achievement in a sound bar. The Dione is available in two finishes to match your décor: Black and a Opera de Paris Gold Leaf Special Edition.

Click here to see our full review of the Devialet Dione.

Dione Dolby Atmos Soundbar

  • Dimensions: 47.24" x 3.46" x 6.49"
  • Weight: 26.45 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1 ARC
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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11. The Best Sound Bar for Hi-Res Audio: 

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ Wireless Streaming Sound System

$999.00

If you’re looking for a sound bar that can double as a sledge hammer, Bluesound’s got one. At 15 pounds, the Pulse Sound Bar+ is a brute – and that’s a good thing. (Like we always say, “bigger is better when it comes to all-things audio.”) Bottom line, wow. Close your eyes and you’ll think “no way that’s a sound bar.”

This sound bar is designed to support hi-res playback and streaming of the following high-resolution music  files: MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), WAV, AIFF, and FLAC, with sampling rates up to 192kHz. And you can wirelessly connect your sound bar to other Bluesound players in the house to enjoy your hi-res music in any room.

Under the hood, 120 watts of power drives a full speaker array – custom-tuned for mid and high frequencies. As a result, you get a sound stage that blends beautifully and spaciously. 

We’re also giving the Pulse Sound Bar+ an A+ for looks and an A+ for brains. Elegant and understated in spite of its brawn, this just may be the fullest-featured, all-things-streaming sound bar on the market. (See the full spec list right here.)

Pulse Soundbar+ Wireless Streaming Sound System

  • Dimensions: 42.25" x 5.5" x 2.75" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$297.99

Designed in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX exclusively for gamers, the Panasonic SoundSlayer is a compact, self-contained sound bar that delivers three-dimensional immersive sound without the need for a bunch of separate speakers. Thanks to its HDMI connectivity and some next-level digital processing, it accepts signals in the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive-audio formats and simulates a 3D soundfield. It can even synthesize a 3D soundfield from simple stereo and surround soundtracks using DTS Virtual:X.

The SoundSlayer provides three dedicated gaming modes. RPG (role-playing game) mode creates a sense of reality and intensity, as if you are inside the game's virtual world, while FPS (first-person shooter) mode provides accurate localization of various audio events so you can hear where danger lurks. Voice mode enhances human voices, which is important in adventure games where clear dialog can provide important clues. It's astounding to get this much performance from two tweeters, two full-range drivers, and one subwoofer contained within such a small cabinet powered by a total of 80 watts. Even more amazing, this little miracle worker can reproduce high-resolution audio up to 192kHz/24 bits.

In addition, the SoundSlayer offers 4K HDR passthrough, which lets you see uncompromised video on your monitor or TV without complicated connections. You can even enjoy movies and TV shows with full Dolby Atmos or DTS:X immersion! And you can connect your smartphone and other compatible devices via Bluetooth to listen to music and podcasts from the comfort of your sofa or gaming chair.

If you have limited space and budget for a game-oriented speaker system, the Panasonic SoundSlayer is the treasure at the end of your quest.

SC-HTB01PP SoundSlayer 2.1 Channel Desktop Compact Audio Gaming Speaker with Dolby Atmos and 4K HDR Passthrough

  • Dimensions: 16.94" x 2.06" x 5.13" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 80
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: Yes
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$999.95

Regular Price: $1,199.95

Save: $200.00 (17%)

Savings include $200 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/19/2023.

The JBL Bar 9.1 is a sound bar that offers all the performance of an immersive speaker system and then some. It offers true 5.1.4 with three channels across the front, two separate wireless surround speakers, a wireless 10" subwoofer, and four upfiring speakers—two in the main sound bar and one in each of the surround speakers—that reflect overhead sound from the ceiling.

A unique feature of this beauty is that the surround speakers are completely wireless. You attach them to the main sound bar to charge their batteries, then detach and place them anywhere. We recommend placing them to the sides and slightly behind your listening area, where they can operate for up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged.

The Bar 9.1 can accept and decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive soundtracks, to completely immerse you in sound. Also, it passes Ultra HD 4K video with Dolby Vision and other HDR formats straight through to your display. Wireless connectivity includes Chromecast, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth. The JBL Bar 9.1 has it all!

Check out our full JBL Bar 9.1 review!

Bar 9.1 Channel 3D Surround Sound Soundbar with Detachable Rear Speakers

  • Sound Bar Dimensions: 34.8" x 2.4" x 4.7" (W x H x D)
  • Surround Speaker Dimensions: 6.8" x 2.4" x 4.7" (W x H x D)
  • Subwoofer Dimensions: 12.0" x 17.3" x 12.0" (W x H x D)
  • Sound Bar Weight: 8 lbs
  • Surround Speaker Weight: 1.6 lbs each
  • Subwoofer Weight: 24.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 820
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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14. The Smartest Sound Bar for Surround Sound: 

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Dolby Atmos and Voice Control

$699.00

Regular Price: $899.00

Save: $200.00 (22%)

Savings include $200 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/12/2023.

Bose audio quality and design are legendary, and the Smart Soundbar 900 delivers. In fact, you’re going to want to just sit and look at this gorgeous object in your living space: It has a substantial metal grille and a polished glass top. Most significant of course is the attention Bose put into its thorough Atmos implementation: The nine drivers (three tweeters, four transducers, and two upward-firing drivers) plus superior processing give the Smart Soundbar 900 fantastic capacity to project Atmos content — including the high overhead channels.

Some streaming services are included with the Bose music app, and for those that aren’t, the 900 system has Bluetooth, so you can stream your favorite services from your own devices. Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in as well, for voice control of your system.

If you already have Bose wireless speakers throughout your home, the 900 can easily connect to deliver specific content to separate rooms. The Smart Soundbar 900 is one of the most affordable ways to get your home theater ready for Dolby Atmos content.

Smart Soundbar 900 Dolby Atmos with Alexa and Google Assistant Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 41.14" x 2.29" x 4.21" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 12.68 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: Output only
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$179.00

Regular Price: $269.00

Save: $90.00 (33%)

Savings include $90 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/5/2023.

The Polk Audio React gives you a lot of reasons to give it a close look and an even closer listen. As a stand-alone sound bar, its sound quality is remarkable, with an extremely wide soundstage that gives you great surround effects without sacrificing clarity of dialogue, smoothness of highs, low booms and bass, or the refinement of a beautiful movie score. You can add a subwoofer and surround speakers wirelessly, with the touch of a “connect” button. And it’s jaw-droppingly affordable. We've made it easy for you - check out the systems of the React with subwoofer here and the complete React home theater system here.

The remote puts just about everything you would ever want at your fingertips in clearly labeled buttons. Need to increase voice clarity or rein in the bass? Just press the dedicated up and down buttons on the remote. Feel like letting Alexa handle the adjusting? Just say what you need. Alexa is integrated into the React so deeply that the Amazon Echo control panel appears to be built right into the top.

It may not have DTS:X or eARC compatibility, but for this price, the sound is so good, you might not feel the need for uncompressed audio.

React Home Theater Sound Bar with Alexa Built-In

  • Dimensions: 34.02" x 2.20" x 4.76" (W x H x D)
  • Weight:  6.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 0 (Output Only)
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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16. The Best Sound Bar Under $400: 

Yamaha YAS-209 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

$249.95

Regular Price: $349.95

Save: $100.00 (29%)

Yamaha’s YAS-207 Sound Bar was a bonafide hit when it debuted in 2017, garnering 5-star reviews from audiophiles and regular Joes alike. Fast forward 2 years, and Yamaha’s newest version, the  YAS-209, is even better thanks to a bevy of new features. Yes, the new YAS-209 costs $50 more, yes, but it’s still the best under $400 sound bar money can buy. And like the 207, it comes in Yamaha’s nondescript, won’t muck-up your decor, design: minimalist with its gray on gray finish and gentle curves, it looks more German than Japanese. (More Audi than Lexus)

Inside, two 1-inch tweeters and four 1.75-inch drivers plus a side-firing wireless sub containing Yamaha’s 6.25-inch woofer. Also inside, more features, bells and whistles than a fully loaded Caddy, including: Wi-Fi streaming, Alexa voice control, Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, multiple EQ modes, Clear Voice (see below), an HDMI ARC for connecting to the TV, a second HDMI port for a media player, an optical digital connection, and a way-better-then-typical remote. So yeah, you can stream pretty much anything from pretty much anywhere, including Spotify over Wi-Fi with Spotify Connect.

And the YAS-209 sound? Yamaha's "Clear Voice" sound mode is designed to isolate and elevate dialogue above all else, so even whispers come through clearly. And it works: Clean, crisp and precise in small moments, big, ballsy and bombastic when it counts. Highs that tickle, lows you feel more than hear – and all with great separation in between. Of course, authentic 5.1 or higher surround sound will always = best case, but this level of sound quality at this price? Yamaha kills it with the YAS-209.

Of course, if the YAS-209 is a little too expensive, Yamaha has you covered with the YAS-109 Sound Bar. You lose the wireless subwoofer, but worry not because the YAS-109 has built-in subwoofers and Alexa! 

The DTS Virtual:X virtual 3D surround sound adds noticeable height and width to the soundstage. It’s a simple single bar solution for those who want big 3D sound but might not have the space or budget to build a more extensive home entertainment speaker system. The built-in subwoofers offer a robust low-end without sacrificing their clean midrange and crisp high-end sound. The speaker blends very nicely into the background (in the best way possible) of any room. Its minimal look makes it a versatile sound bar capable of complimenting any environment.

When you take crisp and clean sound quality, customizable sound profiles, built-in connections with Alexa and Spotify, and a minimal but refined aesthetic all put together in one bar you get the Yamaha YAS-109 Sound Bar and a great, budget-friendly, alternative to the YAS-209.

Yamaha YAS-209 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Yamaha YAS-209 Sound Bar on display at our Montgomeryville, PA Showroom

YAS-209 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Alexa Built-in

  • Dimensions: 36.63" x 2.5" x 4.25" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Watts: 200
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$397.99

Regular Price: $599.99

Save: $202.00 (34%)

Savings include $200 instant rebate. Offer ends 2/5/2023.

If you’re looking for your first sound system that can deliver a true Dolby Atmos experience, we think this sound bar might be the one for you. Overall, you can’t beat the price and performance, and the 600B system even gives you all of the sound configuration options as its more powerful sibling, the Q990B system. The Q600B delivers incredibly clear and detailed surround sound playback. Eight separate drivers in the bar itself — including upward-firing drivers that handle the height channel of Dolby Atmos content, give this system a remarkable ability to deliver clear dialogue, cinematic sound effects, and great sounding music.

Very few sound bars in this price range offer HDMI inputs and especially an eARC input, which are great for passing through 4K video and HDR 10 and HDR10+ content from a Blu-ray player or gaming consoles. Speaking of gaming, Samsung’s Game Pro Mode places all the sounds in your game world in their intended place, and tracks their movement, too. If you have one of the new QLED TVs from Samsung, your home theater sound can take another leap forward with Q-Symphony technology, which combines with your TV’s speakers to create an even wider soundstage.

The design and build quality of the Q600B soundbar and included wireless subwoofer are clean and solid. The optional rear speakers connect wirelessly as well. You can stream music and podcasts from any of your devices via Bluethooth, too. There are a lot of reasons why this might be a sound bar to consider, and they all add up to make sure the Q600B soundbar and subwoofer are included in our Best Soundbars list.

HW-Q600B 3.1.2ch Soundbar with Dolby Audio & DTS: X (2022)

  • Dimensions: 10.63" x 2.31" x 4.19" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 160
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$199.99

Regular Price: $229.99

Save: $30.00 (13%)

When the weather’s nice, nothing beats relaxing and watching a game or the latest binge-worthy show out on your patio. But having to worry about your sound gear when it starts to rain can be a major bummer. Furrion — whose TVs have been leaders in the outdoor TV marketplace for a long time — has solved this problem with their new weather-proof sound bar. Rated at IP45, the Furrion Outdoor Sound Bar will continue to operate safely and keep putting out excellent sound, even when you have to run inside to get out of a downpour.

And with its substantial 70-watt power output and built-in subwoofer, you might even be able to still hear dialog and sound effects while you keep dry behind closed doors and shut windows. That kind of output doesn’t always guarantee a first-rate listening experience, but in the case of the Furrion Outdoor Sound Bar, louder is still excellent. Its clear mid-range, sweet highs, and blast-capable lows make any soundtrack, dialog, or music a cinematic experience.

Designed to work with Furrion’s Aurora Outdoor TVs, this sound bar can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled TV or media player. You can also hard-wire your connections to the RCA, 3.5mm, and coax inputs.

Aurora 70W 2.1ch Outdoor Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer and Bluetooth

  • Dimensions: 39.4" x 3.5" x 3.5" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 8.38 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 0
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$349.00

Regular Price: $499.00

Save: $150.00 (30%)

The Polk Audio Magnifi Mini AX Ultra-Compact Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer is an easy winner for our Best Small Sound Bar Under $500 because of its pristine sound quality, compact and comfortable size, and how easy it is to get set up and enjoy.

Immersive Audio with Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility, and VoiceAdjust™ technology paired with Magnifi’s integrated center channel speaker make the Polk Audio Magnifi Mini AX and Wireless Subwoofer the perfect one-two combo for any home entertainment system.

At just 15” wide, this five-speaker sound bar pushes crystal clear midrange and high-end sound. At the same time, the down-firing wireless subwoofer completes an expansive soundstage with deep and rich bass. Bring certified Dolby Atmos, DTS:X cinematic surround sound, and Polk’s patented fourth-generation SDA 3D Audio technology to your living room and enjoy captivating surround sound that adds new levels of intensity to movies and music alike.

One problem we’ve seen a few times with sound bars is that you may love them, but your neighbors... Well, sometimes they don’t love it. Luckily for them, the Magnifi Mini AX has Night Mode, which optimizes sound by reducing bass and enhancing dialogue to ensure that you still hear what you want, and your neighbors or roommates don’t have to.

With HDMI, eARC, Optical, AUX, and Roku TV Ready TV connections and Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, and Spotify Connect enjoying high-quality sound from your phone, tablet, or computer has never been easier.

Magnifi Mini AX Ultra-Compact Dolby Atmos and DST:X Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

  • Dimensions:
    Sound Bar (W x H x D): 14.4" x 3.1" x 4.1"
    Subwoofer (W x H x D): 7.2" x 14.6" x 15.6"
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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20. The Best Dolby Atmos Sound Bar Under $2,000:

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Wireless Dolby Atmos Sound Bar

$999.00

Bowers & Wilkins has been a staple in famous recording studios and in the lives of audio enthusiasts for decades. This sound bar is another shining example of them doing what they do best: raising the bar. The Panorama 3 comes standard with HDMI eARC, Dolby True HD, and Bluetooth, and was the first sound bar to feature Dolby Atmos spatial audio.

The Panorama 3 is Alexa enabled, has multiroom support, has AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect, and has access to many more streaming services, meaning this sound bar is as smart as it is attractive, and let us tell you it is a sleek looking sound bar.

Bowers & Wilkins said, “No need to add extra components” and they meant it. Setting up the Panorama 3 is a dream. Simply get it all plugged in, get it set up in the app, and you’re ready to start streaming on any of your favorite platforms like Deezer, Last.fm, Qobuz, Soundcloud, TIDAL, and much more. Alternatively, you can take advantage of Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth aptX Adaptive.

As for TV, films, and games, you can enjoy high-resolution audio with Dolby Atmos support with a simple HDMI eARC connection.

Panorama 3 Wireless Dolby Atmos Soundbar

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 47.6" x 2.5" x 5.5"
  • Weight: 14.3 lb
  • AirPlay 2 Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 11.4 or later, Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th Generation) with tv OS 11.4 or later, MAC or PC with iTunes 12.8 or later.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes aptX Adaptive
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Still not sure? We got this.

Sound bars are tricky animals. So if you’re still not sure which is best for you and your room, give us a call or send us an email. Tell us about your room (dimensions would be very helpful), what kind of movies and TV shows you like, and your budget. We’d be more than happy to help you pick the ideal sound bar for you.

One more thing:

A last word of advice: buy your new sound bar from a trusted dealer. And the more experience and longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens.

Speaking of trusted dealers...

World Wide Stereo is home to some 90+ industry-leading audio/video professionals who love what they do and talking about it, too. We opened our doors in 1979, gained a small yet die-hard following, won a slew of national awards for everything from killer car audio installations to customer service, grew the business online… and today we enjoy a faithful following of like-minded TV-watching, music-listening, gear-loving defenders of fun for the whole family. Our only rule: no one leaves unhappy.

Plus, shopping with us means you get our guarantee, which includes perks like free shipping, 60-day returns, award-winning support, and service long after the sale — always. Hence our rule: "no one leaves unhappy."

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