The best
Soundbars for Music

What do you need for excellent music playback?

Most soundbars are not all-round wonders that are equally well suited for any content. Therefore, you should really think about what is important to you in a soundbar. Just because a soundbar is excellent for movies doesn’t necessarily mean that music is played back great.

The most important thing is probably that the sound is reproduced as cleanly as possible. On the one hand, this means that the degree of distortion must be kept low so that audio signals can be output from the speakers as unaltered as possible, and on the other hand, that the speakers must also be able to play back the entire frequency range as intended. In other words, the sound profile should be as balanced as possible and the distortion factor as low as possible.

But other factors also play a not insignificant role for us if we want to use the sound system mainly for music. The support of streaming services via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, as well as the maximum volume, a graphic equalizer or strong basses are not negligible for one or the other.

Best Soundbar for Music: Samsung HW-Q950T

  • ~550W total power (9.1.4)
  • Subwoofer + 2 satellite speakers
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • HDMI 2.1 / eARC
  • Up- & side-firing speakers
  • Wi-Fi & Smart Features
  • No room correction feature
  • No USB
Room size
above 40 m2
(9.1.4 virtual)
Dolby Atmos
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q950T also has a crystal clear sound with a balanced sound profile and can get very loud without distorting. Its advantage is that the sound can be flexibly adjusted with a graphic equalizer, so the soundbar can be used perfectly for just about any genre. It can also be freely adjusted with the graphic equalizer.

The subwoofer is really powerful and acts precisely. However, there are sometimes small impurities with more demanding content, but they are not really noticeable. In addition, the mids are somewhat inhibited out of the box, but this can be easily remedied by the equalizer.

As for wireless connectivity and using streaming services, the Samsung soundbar also has everything you need. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the Samsung SmartThings app are also present, but that’s not surprising for such a high-end product. Besides the excellent music playback, the Q950T is also very versatile and cuts an impressive figure in movies with up-firing Dolby Atmos speakers.

Space Saving with good Performance: Bose Soundbar 700

  • Compact
  • Easily expandable
  • Room Correction
  • Less bass
  • No Dolby Atmos
  • No graphic Equalizer

If you don’t have as much space at home to put the Samsung 9.1.4 system, the Bose 700 is an excellent choice. Despite the lack of a subwoofer, the soundbar has a very pleasant sound profile and distortion is almost non-existent even at higher volumes. Therefore, the soundbar produces a very neutral, clean sound that is unparalleled among many manufacturers – in other words, the typical Bose sound quality.

A big advantage over the Samsung soundbar is the Room Correction feature, which allows you to adjust the soundbar to the acoustics of the room. However, there is no graphic equalizer, but only presets with which you can adjust the sound profile. With Wi-Fi and the Bose Music app, the soundbar can be controlled via smartphone and streaming services are also supported.

Of course, the lack of an external subwoofer has one drawback. As expected, the bass is a bit weaker. However, it is surprisingly strong and can also be expanded very easily with the corresponding Bose Bass Module 700.

Smart but affordable music soundbar: Yamaha YAS-209

  • Powerful Subwoofer
  • Integrated Alexa voice control
  • Pleasant sound profile
  • Max. Volume

The Yamaha YAS-209 has an impressively clean sound profile for its price range and has a powerful subwoofer. Both of these aspects mean that the soundbar can be used very well for various music genres. The maximum volume is good, but could be a bit higher in order to really hold its own at house parties. However, there are almost no distortions even at higher volumes.

The real highlight of this soundbar is the integrated smart features, which can of course also be used for playing music. Via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the Yamaha Sound Bar Controller app, the soundbar can be used perfectly for all common streaming services and with the integrated Amazon Alexa voice assistant, you don’t even have to have your smartphone at hand.

Best affordable music soundbar: Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Strong bass
  • Max. Volume
  • Cheaper appearance
  • No mobile app
  • Less clean sound profile

The 2.1 soundbar with wireless subwoofer is a good option if you want to get a soundbar for music, but still want to watch your wallet. The sound profile seems a bit agitated, making it seem a bit boomy or garish on some content. However, it performs quite well in most genres and can also be customized with predefined equalizer modes so that the agitated sound profile is somewhat mitigated.

The soundbar can get quite loud and thus has no problems even in larger rooms filled with people. But at maximum volume, distortions become audible and the subwoofer no longer works quite as precisely.

The Polk Audio Signa 2 does not have Wi-Fi, but you can still stream your favorite songs from your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Soundbars for Music in comparison

Best Soundbar for Music
Samsung HW-Q950T
Samsung HW-Q950T
Bose Soundbar 700
Bose Soundbar 700
Yamaha YAS-209
Yamaha YAS-209
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Channels 9.1.4 (9.1.4 virtual) 2 2.1 2.1
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1 2x In + 1x Out
Room size above 40 m2 up to 25 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 15 m2
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 57 x 980 x 108 mm 62 x 924 x 102 mm 50 x 899 x 79 mm
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