The Best Sound Bars 2021

The Best Sound Bars 2021

Last updated on September, 9, 2021

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. 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.

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.

And with that, off we go…

2021 Sound Bar Deals

We’ve made it easy to find the best deals on sound bars from brands like JBL, Klipsch, Bluesound, Bose, Sonos, Yamaha and more. Our deals update daily so you don’t miss a beat, and we’ve got your back through with our price match guarantee, 60-day returns, easy financing, and free shipping. Don’t see what you want on sale? Give us at 1.866.961.7781 or chat with an expert.

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$299.95

Regular Price: $360.00

Save: $60.05 (17%)

If all you’re looking to do is improve your TV’s built-in, overall sound – particularly when it comes to the spoken word – the JBL Bar 2.1 gets it done and then some. Within seconds of turning it on, you’ll appreciate a remarkable improvement on both fronts thanks to deeper / richer sound and much cleaner / crisper dialogue. So yes – you’ll finally be able to turn those closed captions off. (Your parents would love that.)

JBL’s Bar 2.1 sound bar packs four 2.25-inch midrange drivers and two 1.25-inch tweeters in a slim, innocuous-looking, compact package. Connect the sound bar to your TV with the either the optical cable (included) or an HDMI cable. The Bar 2.1 also comes with both an HDMI input and HDMI output, so you can connect directly to your TV, or go from your cable box to your TV. The wireless subwoofer connects automatically the moment you power up.

The Bar 2.1 Deep Bass comes with its own remote, but you can sync it to your TV remote instead (Who needs another remote???), and with Bluetooth, you can easily pair it to your phone or tablet. Plus, the display screen, which shows volume levels and input options, is hidden behind the speaker grille. Great idea, and they should all do that!

As for performance: this is JBL – and that comes through loud and clear whether you’re watching an action movie or a game show. (Btw, the Bar 2.1 comes with built-in presets for sports, music and movies.) Overall, in spite of its too-good-to-be-true price, we found the JBL Bar 2.1's sound quality to be equal to (and sometimes even better) than sound bars costing twice as much.

Bar 2.1 Deep Bass 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

  • Dimensions: 38" x 2.28" x 3.35" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 4.76 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 300
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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$549.00

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 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.

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

$899.00

The brand new Sonos Arc sound bar packs an immersive Dolby Atmos experience into a slim package. 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 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 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 Arc with the Sonos S2 app (available from the App Store or Play Store) right from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

The 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 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.

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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$599.00

The Denon 550 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.

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!

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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5. The Smartest Sound Bar: 

Sonos Beam Compact Smart Sound Bar

$399.00

Had we included a “best design,” the Sonos Beam would have won that, too. Everything Sonos is elegant in an understated way — easily the most “Apple-esque” in the category. And had we included a “best (or easiest) to set up,” again Sonos would win. In all, Sonos just seems smarter in almost every respect, which is a good thing when dealing with multiple components, especially in a wireless multi-room streaming music and surround sound scenario.

The Sonos Beam neatly fills a niche: the growing desire among consumers for a smaller, more decor-friendly sound bar that, in spite of its smaller size, still offers all the great features typically found in today’s bigger streaming sound bars – including those with Amazon Alexa onboard. The Beam / Alexa duo operates other smart home devices as well. (“Alexa, turn up the thermostat.” “Alexa, open the blinds.” “Alexa, turn on ESPN.”) The Beam is Apple AirPlay 2 compatible, so you can listen to any audio from your iPad, iPhone, Mac, etc. What’s more, Sonos is promising Google Assistant integration later down the road. Good stuff.

Sonos replaced the optical cable used in the Playbar for an HDMI ARC connection, which makes some exciting new things possible. HDMI ARC acts like a speed-of-light translator and facilitator between components, with the goal of making everything smarter, yes, but easier, too. Components can send commands back and forth to each other, shuttle songs, and execute tasks like turning on your TV — all by voice control.

With the Beam, Sonos pulls it all off with two major perks: 1) The Beam costs half as much as its equally talented, more expensive competitors, and 2) At only 2.7-inches high, 4-inches deep and 25.6-inches wide, the smaller Beam is far more decor-friendly (comes in black or white). There's also a custom wall mount for the Beam available. And if you’re already building out a Sonos system, it’s an obvious choice. Down the road, spectacular is certainly attainable by adding a Sonos SUB and a couple Sonos One SL speakers to get a true 5.1 setup.

Beam Compact Smart Sound Bar with Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 25.625” x 2.7” x 3.94”(W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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6. The Best Sound Bar for Surround Sound: 

Bose Sound Bar 700

$799.00

This one stopped us dead in our tracks, briefly causing us to A) reconsider our choice for “best premium sound bar,” and  B) consider adding a “biggest sounding” category. Bose launched their line of smart wireless products in 2018 — and the Sound Bar 700  represents the very best from Bose, now with Amazon Alexa built-in. Just tell the SB700 what to do, and Alexa will get it done. Plus, access all of Alexa’s many skills — ask her for the weather, re-order that 12 pack of paper towel rolls, turn the lights on and off, and so on.

As for the techy good stuff, here’s what sets the SB700 apart from the rest: eight custom microphones in array with echo cancellation and near field detection, so they are designed to hear you, always – even when you’re playing Stevie Ray Vaughan on 10. (With decades of building microphones under their belt, Bose knows what they’re doing.) You can control the SB700 with voice commands, the Universal Remote (comes included), or the new Bose Music app. As intuitive and smart as any other on the market, you get full control over all of your music sources (whether Spotify, Amazon Music, Internet radio stations), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to and from all of your devices, plus control over every other speaker in the family, like the Bass Module 700 and Surround Wireless Speakers.

In terms of sound quality, well, let’s just say this: We played a few scenes from "Tropic Thunder" (don’t ask) and found the ongoing dialogue in the jungle easy to hear and understand, all while bullets, bugs, and bombs flew overhead. A few times, we even turned to look at sounds that seemed to pop up behind us, which of course, isn’t possible. And when we moved around the room swapping seats, the immersive surround sound effect was still present. (Freaky, but true.)

You can read our full review of the SB700 here, or just hit the button to order now.

Sound Bar 700

  • Dimensions: 31.5” x 1.75” x 4” (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 600
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 0 (Output only)
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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7. The Best Sound Bar for Hi-Res Audio: 

Bluesound Pulse Sound Bar 2i

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 2i 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 is the first Sound Bar 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 two pairs of 3-way speaker arrays – soft-dome tweeter, cone mid-range, and cone woofer. Each driver in the 2i is driven by its own dedicated amplified channel where the low and high frequencies are seamlessly blended using DSP-powered crossover filters. As a result, you get a sound stage that blends beautifully and spaciously. 

We’re also giving The Pulse Sound Bar 2i 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.)

  • 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: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No

8. The Best Premium Sound Bar: 

Sony HT-ST5000 Sound Bar

The HT-ST5000 is the 2nd most expensive sound bar on our list, and it represents Sony’s best. It also addresses the question, “just how close can we come to authentic 5.1.2 cinematic surround sound in a sound bar?” with a definitive “pretty damn close.”

To start, the HT-ST5000 comes with Dolby Atmos, which, as described above, doubles the surround sound experience by A) bouncing dedicated Atmos channels off the ceiling above, and then B) putting those sounds in specific areas in the air above. (Atmos = atmosphere.) The net effect is stunning. We only wish someone would re-master Hitchcock’s “The Birds” to include Dolby Atmos. What about Bluetooth streaming? Or game mode? Well, it's got both and higher quality wireless music streaming (with three times the data transmitted), thanks to Sony’s LDAC technology.

At almost 47 inches wide, the HT-ST5000 is a good mate for TVs 55-inches and larger. The bigger size allows room inside for nine drivers: three pairs of tweeters and woofers, plus the two Dolby Atmos units for beaming sound upwards. (Bigger is always better when it comes to audio.) The subwoofer included is huge compared to other sound bar / subwoofer combos, and it will definitely put a smile on your face. As for music, audiophiles will appreciate the HT-ST5000’s high dynamic range and high-resolution audio playback. Boston Pops, Bruno Mars, Rihanna — everything we listened to sounded fantastic.

The HT-ST5000’s remote isn’t overly complicated and the unit is easy to set up. You will definitely want to take your time with that, and carefully calibrate everything to your room and your tastes for the best sound quality. Just follow the instructions in the guide provided, and you'll be golden. Trust us, it's worth it.

The only potential flaw of this sound bar: We didn’t see any way to add two rear speakers, in the event you want to expand the system for an even better surround sound experience. In all, the HT-ST5000 is one big, very serious, very powerful sound machine that does movies and music equally well. And like everything else from Sony, it’s all very thoughtfully laid out.

  • Dimensions: 46.46" x 3.15" x 5.71" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No

$999.95

Regular Price: $1,080.00

Save: $80.05 (7%)

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!

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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10. The Best Dolby Atmos Sound Bar:

Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Home Audio Sound Bar

$2,499.95

There’s a certain magic to big, authentic, cinematic sound – and Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D 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 40-pound AMBEO 3D comes with 13 independent drivers working in concert to put you in the center of a true 3D soundscape. What’s more, the AMBEO 3D sound bar generates deep, long-throw 30Hz bass – eliminating the need for an extra subwoofer. (No wonder it’s so heavy.) And Sennheiser’s Smart Control app makes it easy to fine-tune the sound bar to your specific room.

As for connectivity, the AMBEO 3D = an embarrassment of riches. Ports include 3 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 3D Home Audio Sound Bar

  • Dimensions with Feet: 49.8" x 5.31" x 6.73" (W x H x D)
  • Dimensions without Feet: 49.8" x 4.92" x 6.73" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 40.79 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Watts: 400
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS X: Yes
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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11. The Best Sound Bar with 3D Sound: 

Samsung HWT650 Sound Bar

Many inexpensive sound bars don't have a center-channel speaker, which often makes dialog difficult to understand. The Samsung HW-T650 solves this problem with a dedicated center speaker in the middle of the sound bar so you hear every word with crystal clarity.

Even better, the HW-T650 simulates a 3D immersive soundfield thanks to DTS Virtual:X technology, putting you in the center of the action. And the powerful, wireless 8" subwoofer provides rich bass for movie soundtracks and music. You even have the option of adding a pair of wireless surround speakers, though that costs extra.

Speaking of music, you can connect two different devices to this sound bar via Bluetooth and switch between them without having to disconnect and reconnect. Other cool features include a game mode that makes real-time adjustments to the sound based on what's happening in the game as well as SMART Sound, which detects what you're watching and automatically optimized the sound for the best experience.

  • Sound Bar Dimensions: 38.6" x 2.3" x 3.5" (W x H x D)
  • Subwoofer Dimensions: 8.1" x 13.9" x 11.9" (W x H x D)
  • Sound Bar Weight: 5.3 lbs
  • Sound Bar Weight: 13.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Watts: 340
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 1
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: Yes

$197.00

Regular Price: $299.99

Save: $102.99 (34%)

Savings include $100 instant rebate. Offer ends 9/25/2021.

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.

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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$199.00

Regular Price: $249.00

Save: $50.00 (20%)

Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 9/19/2021.

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.

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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14. The Best Sound Bar Under $400: 

Yamaha YAS-209 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

$349.95

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.

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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$499.00

Got bass? The MagniFi 2 delivers spectacular low end right out of the box with its included wireless subwoofer. But this sound bar doesn’t dwell only in the basement of your soundstage: It opens up the sonic rafters, too, with virtual height speaker technology. Add to this its 3D audio mode, and the MagniFi 2 offers an immersive audio experience that rivals the sound quality of some dedicated 5.1 rigs, without the setup hassle.

The audio space isn’t the only thing the MagniFi 2 expands: With built-in Chromecast, you can easily stream your favorite movies, music, and anything else on Chromecast devices anywhere in your home. The MagniFi 2 excels at music playback, too, so you’ll want to make it the go-to system for your playlist paradise.

With the HDMI/ARC port, your audio will always be in sync, whether you’re streaming via Wi-Fi or playing a Blu-Ray disc, and Dolby Digital and DTS compatibility make the latest releases sound their best. Factor in the included subwoofer, and this system offers great value.

MagniFi 2 High-Performance Home Theater Sound Bar System with Chromecast Built-in

  • Dimensions: Sound bar: 37.5" x 2.09" x 3.01"; Subwoofer: 12.11" x 14.53" x 14.62" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Watts: 100
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Dolby Atmos: No
  • DTS X: No
  • DTS Virtual X: No
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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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