Best Soundbars
2022/09

What makes the best soundbar?

Not all soundbars are created equal. Each model has its individual strengths and weaknesses and comes at a different price. This makes it incredibly difficult to keep track of the huge number of manufacturers and models. Sonos, Bose, Samsung, LG and countless more – who makes the soundbar that is just right for me?

Most of the time, it’s not so easy to determine whether a soundbar meets your personal requirements or not. Of course, special features like Dolby Atmos or satellite speakers are always advertised directly, but you can often only guess at a lot of other features.

That’s why we’ve created this list for you, in which we’ve gathered what we think are the best soundbars according to different criteria, so you can find just the right one to fill your living room with rich, spatial sound.

You do not know what to consider when buying a soundbar? Then take a look at our buying guide! There, we answer all the basic questions about soundbars.

Soundbars by type

The best 5.1 Surround Soundbars

2022/09

5.1 Surround Soundbar: JBL Bar 9.1

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
5.1.4
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 820W total power
  • External subwoofer
  • Wireless battery satellites
  • Impressive surround sound
  • Room correction
  • HDMI eARC, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • No Dialogue Enhancement Feature
  • No Equalizer

The JBL 9.1 Soundbar is a 5.1.4 channel soundbar with excellent surround sound and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support. It creates an extremely immersive TV experience with its freely placeable battery-powered satellite speakers, which have up-firing speakers just like the soundbar itself, and envelops the user in a breathtaking soundscape.

Although there is no dedicated app for operating the soundbar, the Wi-Fi interface with integrated Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2 supports almost all popular streaming services, so you can easily stream your music to the JBL 9.1 soundbar.

Alternative: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

Best 5.1 Standalone Soundbar
  • Ambeo 3D Mode
  • No external Hardware needed
  • No Satellite Speakers
  • No external Subwoofer
  • Huge dimensions

The best Mini Soundbars

2022/09

Mini Soundbar: Sonos Beam Gen. 2

Room size
up to 25 m2
Channels
5
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar
  • 220W total power
  • Compact design
  • Room correction feature
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wi-Fi & Apple Airplay2
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant built-in
  • No DTS:X
  • Low volume
  • No Bluetooth

In its compact size of just 65 by 10 centimeters, the second-generation Sonos Beam comes with all sorts of features. With the help of side-firing speakers, the 5.0 setup produces a room-filling sound. In addition, uncompressed Dolby Atmos is supported via an HDMI eARC port. However, you will hear that the bar lacks a bit of bass when playing 3D sound.

With a separate center speaker, Apple Airplay and a network connection, the Sonos Beam is well equipped for streaming TV shows or podcasts. Thanks to the integrated voice assistant, you can also control it easily via speech.

Alternative: Samsung HW-S60A

Pretty smart
  • Bluetooth
  • Larger dimensions

Alternative: LG DQP5

With subwoofer
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Very small & discrete
  • Up-firing speaker
  • Bluetooth
  • No smart features
  • No network connection

The best Soundbars with internal Subwoofer

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Soundbar with internal subwoofer: Sony HT-A7000

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
7.1.2
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar
  • 500W total power
  • DTS:X & Dolby Atmos
  • Integrated subwoofer
  • Up-firing speakers
  • Room correction feature
  • Many input ports
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi
  • Chromecast & Apple Airplay
  • Poor surround performance
  • Low volume
  • No voice assistants

500 watts in just one unit – this powerful performance makes the Sony HT-A7000 one of the best one-body soundbars. The 7.1.2 setup has both a center speaker for clear voices and two height channels for playing 3D sound formats. The built-in subwoofer can also convince with the reproduction of stereo sound.

Sony’s HT-A7000 does not skimp on connectivity: It has a USB interface, a headphone jack and a LAN port, among others. With Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the wireless streaming options are also impressive.

Alternative: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

Massive soundbar with top sound
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Many connection possibilities
  • Large dimensions
  • High price

Alternative: TCL TS8111

Cheap Dolby Atmos soundbar
  • Sound customization features
  • Low price
  • Many connection options
  • No Center Speaker
  • No HDMI eARC

The best Soundbars with Subwoofer

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Soundbar with subwoofer: Samsung HW-Q900A

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
7.1.2
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • 406W total power
  • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Upfiring Speakers
  • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
  • Auto EQ
  • High Volume
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
  • Built-In Amazon Alexa
  • No integrated Chromecast

The Samsung HW-Q900A includes almost everything you would expect from a soundbar with a subwoofer. The sound profile of the 7.1.2 setup is very balanced and it gets decently loud, making it suitable for a variety of uses. The external subwoofer provides a rich bass that makes the thump noticeable in action scenes. Furthermore, the sound can be individually optimized thanks to the graphic equalizer and a variety of other settings.

Smart home fans also get their money’s worth with features like the network connection, Apple Airplay and the integrated Alexa. The only drawback: Chromecast is not included.

Alternative: Samsung HW-A650

Affordable 3.1 alternative
  • Price
  • Weaker bass
  • Only DTS Virtual:X
  • No Wi-Fi and Apple Airplay

Alternative: LG DSP8YA

3.1.2 Setup with a lot of power
  • Integrated Chromecast
  • No graphic equalizer
  • Downmix of surround content into stereo

The best Soundbars without Subwoofer

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Soundbar without Subwoofer: Sonos Arc

Room size
up to 25 m2
Channels
5.2
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar
  • HDMI eARC
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Up- & Side-firing speakers
  • Wi-Fi, Smart Features & Voice Control
  • Easily expandable & Multiroom Option
  • Automatic room correction
  • No DTS
  • No Bluetooth
  • No HDMI IN

The slim Sonos Arc is a 5.0.2-channel soundbar that does without a subwoofer. Its eleven speakers include up-firing and side-firing speakers, which are used to reproduce surround content and Dolby Atmos. The latter is played back via the HDMI eARC port, which also enables smooth transmission of 4K content. Since a software update from Sonos, DTS content is also supported.

The Sonos Arc is also perfectly suited for streaming content. Thanks to the separate center speaker, TV shows and podcasts can be heard clearly. The wireless transmission of content is possible via Wi-Fi or Apple Airplay. Dialog enhancement and room correction functions are also available.

Alternative: JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

Affordable & compact solution
  • Space saving design
  • Bluetooth
  • Chromecast integrated
  • No Dolby Atmos
  • No DTS
  • No integrated voice assistants

Alternative: Bose Smart Soundbar 900

With smart room correction
  • ADAPTiQ room correction feature
  • Neutral sound profile
  • Bluetooth
  • No DTS
  • Few connections
Soundbars by purpose

The best Bluetooth Soundbars

2022/09

Bluetooth Soundbar: LG SP8YA

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1.2
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • 440W total power
  • 220W subwoofer
  • Center speaker
  • HDMI 2.1 & eARC
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Meridian sound-technology
  • Gets very loud
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast & Airplay
  • Surround sound turns into Stereo
  • No voice control

With the LG DSP8YA, the South Korean market leader has launched a 440-watt 3.1.2-channel setup. Overall, the system is quite loud and the external subwoofer provides a strong bass. All common sound formats can be played back by the soundbar – including three-dimensional Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound, which can be transmitted uncompressed via the HDMI 2.1 eARC interface.

For wireless connectivity with all sorts of devices, the DSP8YA has a Bluetooth 5.0 interface. Chromecast, Apple Airplay and a WiFi interface are also on board as wireless content transfer options. Thus, series, music and podcasts can be streamed comfortably and are also optimally adapted to your room in terms of sound thanks to LG’s AI room calibration.

Alternative: Bose Smart Soundbar 900

Without subwoofer channel
  • Five main channels
  • Built-in voice assistants
  • No Subwoofer
  • No DTS

Alternative: JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

Compact solution
  • Very compact
  • No "real" 3D Sound
  • No DTS
  • No subwoofer

The best Dolby Atmos Soundbars

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Dolby Atmos Soundbar: Samsung HW-Q950A

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
11.1.4
Connections
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 616W total power
  • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
  • 140W Rear Kit
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Upfiring Speakers
  • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
  • Auto EQ
  • High Volume
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
  • Built-In Amazon Alexa

    You get the best overall package with the Samsung HW-Q950A. The 11.1.4 soundbar with wireless Atmos satellite speakers and subwoofers delivers a great 3D surround sound with an excellently balanced sound profile, which means it can be used for almost every content. Music as well as dialog-heavy content and movies can be impressively staged. Especially when it comes to surround sound, the irrefutable advantage of freely placeable satellite speakers becomes apparent.

    The soundbar also has many features to improve the sound, which can be used via the Samsung SmartThings app. This is operated via the Wi-fi interface and thus via smartphone, which enables a variety of smart features and streaming services for the soundbar. These can also be used via the integrated Amazon Alexa voice control.

    Alternative: JBL Bar 9.1

    Freely placeable battery satellite speakers
    • Battery Atmos satellites
    • 3D surround sound
    • Room correction
    • No app
    • No graphic equalizer
    • No Dialogue Enhancement Feature

    Alternative: Sony HT-G700

    Affordable Atmos Soundbar
    • Great price/performance ratio
    • Vertical Surround Engine
    • More versatile
    • No Wi-Fi
    • Atmos downmix to stereo
    • Slightly bass-heavy sound

    The best Smart Soundbars

    2022/09

    Smart Soundbar: Samsung HW-Q800A

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2
    Connections
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 330W total power
    • 160W Subwoofer
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
    • Built-In Amazon Alexa
    • Weak Surround Sound

    The Samsung HW-Q800A offers an outstanding overall package of excellent sound and smart features. Thanks to the integrated Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, there are no limits to streaming. In addition, the Tap Sound function only requires a touch of the smartphone to the soundbar to transfer music in seconds. Those who don’t have a smartphone at hand, can also control the 3.1.2 setup via voice command, as it has a built-in Amazon Alexa.

    In addition to the soundbar’s countless smart features, its audio quality is also impressive: The Q800A supports all common sound formats and can also reproduce 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    Alternative: Sonos Arc

    Built-in Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
    • Alexa as well as Google Assistant built-in
    • Multiroom feature
    • Room correction function
    • No Bluetooth
    • No DTS
    • No external subwoofer

    Alternative: Samsung HW-S60A

    Cheaper smart soundbar for beginners
    • Low price
    • Integrated Amazon Alexa
    • Apple Airplay
    • No Dolby Atmos or DTS:X
    • Little bass

    The best Soundbars for better voice clarity

    2022/09

    Soundbar for better voice clarity: Polk Audio Signa S4

    Room size
    up to 25 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2
    Connections
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 3.1.2-channel-system
    • External subwoofer
    • Sound modes
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Dialog Enhancement Feature
    • HDMI eARC
    • Bluetooth
    • No DTS
    • No network connection

    The Signa S4 from the American manufacturer Polk Audio is a 3.1.2-channel system with an external subwoofer and a total of seven built-in speakers. Among them are also up-firing speakers that are used to play Dolby Atmos content or virtual surround sound. For clear voices and dialogs, the soundbar is equipped with a dedicated center channel as well as Polk’s VoiceAjdust feature for dialog enhancement. This allows the volume of voices to be adjusted separately.

    For wireless content transfer, the soundbar has a Bluetooth interface. Other smart features are not available due to the lack of a network connection. The Signa S4 has an HDMI output with eARC support as well as an AUX port and an optical input.

    Alternative: Samsung HW-S60A

    Slim Smart Soundbar
    • Smart Features
    • Compact design
    • No Subwoofer
    • No Dolby Atmos & DTS:X

    Alternative: Sony HT-A5000

    All-in-one Soundbar
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Smart Features
    • High price

    The best Soundbars for Computers

    2022/09

    Soundbar for Computer: LG QP5

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2
    Connections
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 320W total power
    • External subwoofer
    • Small dimensions
    • HDMI 2.1 with eARC
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • 4K pass-through
    • Center speaker
    • Bluetooth
    • Control via app
    • No network connection
    • No voice assistants
    • No Chromecast or Airplay

    With its width of just 30 centimeters, the LG QP5 should definitely fit in front of your monitor. However, it comes with a strong subwoofer and can impress with a total power of 320 watts. Moreover, the soundbar is equipped with a center speaker which ensures that voices and dialogs are reproduced clearly. It also supports the 3D sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, for the reproduction of which it uses its height channels.

    The QP5 can play almost every sound format currently available. For faster transmission of contents, it comes with an HDMI 2.1 port with eARC. Through this, the lossless transmission of 4K contents is possible as well. Other connection options include an HDMI output, an optical input, a USB interface and Bluetooth.

    Alternative: Yamaha C20A

    All-in-one model
    • Integrated Subwoofer
    • Larger dimensions

    The best Soundbars for Music

    2022/09

    Soundbar for Music: Samsung HW-Q950A

    Room size
    above 40 m2
    Channels
    11.1.4
    Connections
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
    • 616W total power
    • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
    • 140W Rear Kit
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
    • Built-In Amazon Alexa

      The Samsung HW-Q950A is more than just a soundbar. It is a complete 11.1.4 Dolby Atmos sound system that can be used perfectly for most content. The soundbar has a crystal clear sound profile, so music can be played back impressively.

      The extremely powerful subwoofer acts very precisely at both high and low volumes and blends excellently into the sound picture. Distortion is almost non-existent and the maximum volume is very high, making the soundbar perfect for house parties.

      In terms of smart features and wireless connectivity, the HW-Q950A has everything you could want. The soundbar can be controlled with the SmartThings app and music can be streamed comfortably.

      Alternative: Bose Soundbar 700

      Space Saving with good Performance
      • Compact
      • Easily expandable
      • Room Correction
      • Less bass
      • No Dolby Atmos
      • No graphic Equalizer

      Alternative: Polk SIGNA S2

      Best affordable music soundbar
      • Strong bass
      • Max. Volume
      • Cheaper appearance
      • No mobile app
      • Less clean sound profile

      The best Soundbars for TVs

      2022/09

      Soundbar for TV: JBL Bar 9.1

      Room size
      above 40 m2
      Channels
      5.1.4
      Connections
      Dolby Atmos
      Set
      Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
      • 820W total power
      • External subwoofer
      • Wireless battery satellites
      • Impressive surround sound
      • Room correction
      • HDMI eARC, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
      • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
      • No Dialogue Enhancement Feature
      • No Equalizer

      The JBL Bar 9.1 has just about everything you need to complement your home theater. It can play almost any sound format and syncs 4K content without quality loss thanks to its 4K pass-through. The external subwoofer and two detachable satellite speakers provide genuine cinema feeling, with sound coming from different directions. In addition, four height channels for the reproduction of 3D sound ensure an impressive, immersive soundscape.

      Above all, the soundbar’s wireless connectivity options are remarkable. Chromecast as well as Apple Airplay and Bluetooth are integrated. Additionally, a network connection via Ethernet cable or the Wi-Fi interface is possible. If you want to connect a console or BluRay player, you can use the HDMI input.

      Alternative: Samsung HW-Q900A

      With Adaptive Sound
      • Adaptive Sound
      • Two HDMI 2.1 ports
      • Without satellite speakers
      • No Chromecast

      Alternative: LG DSPD7Y

      Niedriger Preis trotz vieler Features
      • Niedrigerer Preis
      • Keine Smart Features

      The best Soundbars with HDMI 2.1

      2022/09

      Soundbar with HDMI 2.1: Sony HT-A7000

      Room size
      above 40 m2
      Channels
      7.1.2
      Connections
      Dolby Atmos
      Set
      Soundbar
      • 500W total power
      • DTS:X & Dolby Atmos
      • Integrated subwoofer
      • Up-firing speakers
      • Room correction feature
      • Many input ports
      • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi
      • Chromecast & Apple Airplay
      • Poor surround performance
      • Low volume
      • No voice assistants

      Sony’s flagship has two HDMI 2.1 ports. Via these, the HT-A7000 can receive uncompressed Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. For playback, it uses its up-firing speakers, which reflect the sound on the ceiling. It can also transmit Dolby Vision and HDR10 content without any problems.

      Besides the HDMI interfaces, there are many other connection options. Wireless connectivity is also provided for with Bluetooth, WLAN, Chromecast and Airplay.

      The 7.1.2 system has an integrated subwoofer and a total output of 500 watts. Unfortunately, the soundbar does not get really loud though and is therefore less suitable for particularly large rooms.

      Alternative: Samsung HW-Q900A

      For large rooms and parties
      • Higher volume
      • External subwoofer
      • Better surround sound
      • No Chromecast
      • Fewer ports

      Alternative: JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

      Space-saving solution
      • Small dimensions
      • Low price
      • No subwoofer
      • No height channels

      Alternative: LG DSP8YA

      With extra powerful bass
      • Powerful subwoofer
      • High volume
      • Fewer channels
      • Poor surround sound

      The best Soundbars with Radio

      2022/09

      Soundbar with Radio: Sonos Beam Gen. 2

      Room size
      up to 25 m2
      Channels
      5
      Connections
      Dolby Atmos
      Set
      Soundbar
      • 220W total power
      • Compact design
      • Room correction feature
      • Dolby Atmos
      • Wi-Fi & Apple Airplay2
      • Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant built-in
      • No DTS:X
      • Low volume
      • No Bluetooth

      The second-generation Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar with countless features. Radio reception happens via DAB+, so content is transmitted digitally. The soundbar also has an integrated Alexa, Airplay and a Wi-Fi connection.

      Dolby Atmos content is also supported by the soundbar, which ensures an immersive sound experience. In addition, a separate center speaker reproduces voices and dialogs clearly.

      Alternative: Bose Smart Soundbar 300

      Radio listening via Alexa
      • Built-in Alexa & Google Assistant
      • Bluetooth
      • Supports few audio formats

      Alternative: Samsung HW-Q800A

      With external subwoofer
      • External subwoofer
      • Up-firing speakers
      • Higher price
      Soundbars by budget

      The best Premium Soundbars

      2022/09

      Premium Soundbar: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

      Room size
      up to 25 m2
      Channels
      5.1.4
      Connections
      Dolby Atmos
      Set
      Soundbar
      • 250W total power
      • HDMI eARC
      • Dolby Atmos & DTS: X
      • Immersive 3D surround sound
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & ChromeCast
      • Room Correction
      • Very voluminous
      • Moderate Bass

      The Sennheiser AMBEO is a powerful sound bar that is certainly not that discreet. The 5.1.4-channel system can reproduce three-dimensional sound and has thirteen built-in speakers. The AMBEO 3D mode produces first-class surround sound – even with an integrated subwoofer. This ensures that you are no longer just a spectator, but become part of the movie action yourself.

      The connection options of the Sennheiser AMBEO are also impressive. In addition to the conventional ports, there is an HDMI eARC interface as well as three additional HDMI inputs. Those who want to connect wirelessly can do so via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Chromecast.

      Alternative: Sonos Arc

      Offers all kinds of smart features
      • Integrated voice assistants
      • Slim design
      • Without subwoofer
      • No Bluetooth
      • No integrated Chromecast

      Alternative: Sony HT-A7000

      Powerful one-body soundbar
      • 500W total power
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Poorer surround performance
      • Low volume

      The best Soundbars under 100 Dollars

      2022/09

      Soundbar under 100 Dollars: Polk Signa S2

      Room size
      up to 15 m2
      Channels
      2.1
      Connections
      Set
      Soundbar + Subwoofer
      • 100W total power
      • 5.1 virtual channels
      • Wireless Subwoofer
      • Can become quite loud
      • HDMI ARC/CEC
      • Bluetooth
      • Flat design
      • No Dolby Atmos and DTS
      • Surround Sound
      • No internet connection

      The Polk SIGNA S2 has the best price-performance ratio in this category. It is a 2.1 setup that comes with an external subwoofer. Overall, the soundbar has a balanced sound. It especially convinces with a clear reproduction of voice-heavy content as well as an additional feature for dialogue enhancement. Wireless streaming of podcasts as well as audio books is also possible thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity.

      Alternative: TCL TS8111

      All-in-one soundbar with Dolby Atmos
      • Dolby Atmos
      • Many ports

        Alternative: Samsung HW-A450

        With an external subwoofer and DTS Virtual:X
        • 300W total power (RMS)
        • Virtual surround sound
        • Graphic equalizer
        • DTS Virtual:X
        • Few connections

        The best Soundbars under 200 Dollars

        2022/09

        Soundbar under 200 Dollars: Samsung HW-A550

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        2.1
        (3.1.2 virtual)
        Connections
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 160W Soundbar (RMS)
        • 250W Subwoofer (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound Lite
        • Bass Boost & Game Mode
        • Bluetooth connectivity
        • Lacks low-bass
        • Poor surround performance
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No Center Speaker
        • No WiFi connectivity
        • No Apple Airplay

        The Samsung HW-A550 is a solid 2.1 stereo soundbar with a strong wireless subwoofer. It’s sound profile is pretty decent, but surround sound is not really available. Stereo content like music is reproduced very well and dialogues are optimized by the Adaptive Sound Lite feature so that they sound clean and crisp. The HDMI ARC supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital and the Soundbar can be controlled with the remote control of the TV.

        The graphic equalizer is an absolute highlight in this price range, with which the sound can be adjusted to individual preferences.

        Alternative: LG SL5Y

        Virtual Surround Sound
        • Powerful subwoofer
        • Virtual surround sound
        • No HDMI 2.0
        • No smart features

        Alternative: Polk SIGNA S2

        With great dialog reproduction
        • Higher max. Volume
        • Only few Equalizer Presets
        • No DTS
        • Distortion at high Volume

        The best Soundbars under 300 Dollars

        2022/09

        Soundbar under 300 Dollars: Samsung HW-S60A

        Room size
        up to 25 m2
        Channels
        5
        (5.2 virtual)
        Connections
        Set
        Soundbar
        • 200W Soundbar
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound & Q-Symphony
        • Center Speaker
        • Slim design
        • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
        • Integrated Alexa
        • Apple Airplay2
        • Lacks low-bass
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No subwoofer
        • Few ports

        Samsung’s all-in-one solution for music, movies and dialogue-heavy content. The Acoustic Beam technology with side- and up-firing speakers creates an immersive movie experience, but the soundbar would really benefit from an additional subwoofer. The setup is expandable with a subwoofer and satellite speakers to create a true home theater setup.

        If you don’t like the sound profile or want to adjust it to different genres, you can freely adjust it with the graphic equalizer. Still, there are soundbars in this price range that have a more balanced profile, so that music in particular can be reproduced a little better. In terms of smart features, the HW-S60T has everything you could want. Internet access is ensured with Wi-Fi, and the integrated Amazon Alexa makes the soundbar really smart.

        Alternative: Yamaha YAS-209

        With external Subwoofer
        • Great stereo sound
        • External Subwoofer
        • Wi-Fi & Smart Features
        • No Center Speaker

        Alternative: Samsung HW-A550

        With Center Speaker
        • 410W total power
        • External Subwoofer
        • No Internet Connectivity
        • No Voice & App Control

        The best Soundbars under 400 Dollars

        2022/09

        Soundbar under 400 Dollars: Yamaha YAS-209

        Room size
        up to 25 m2
        Channels
        2.1
        Connections
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 200W total power
        • 100W Subwoofer
        • Balanced Sound Profile
        • Great Stereo Sound
        • DTS Virtual:X
        • HDMI ARC, Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth
        • Wi-Fi, Smart Features & Amazon Alexa
        • No Dolby Atmos

        Smart 2.1 soundbar with a precise, wireless subwoofer and an excellent sound – especially for music. Thanks to Dolby Digital Surround and DTS Virtual:X, the simulated surround sound is quite good for movies, but can be surpassed by other models at a similar price. Thanks to Yamaha’s Clear Voice feature, dialogs are rendered clearly.

        The Wi-Fi connection and integrated Amazon Alexa voice control turn the soundbar into a truly smart device that supports Amazon Music and Spotify without a third-party device. Normal music streaming is of course possible via Bluetooth. Furthermore, in addition to the convenient control via TV remote, control via mobile app is still possible. So the Yamaha YAS-209 has a really well-rounded complete package with some great features at a fair price.

        Alternative: Samsung HW-S60A

        Smart with integrated Amazon Alexa
        • Integrated Alexa voice control
        • Apple Airplay
        • Acoustic beam technology
        • Center speaker
        • Lacks some bass

        Alternative: Samsung HW-Q600A

        3D Surround Sound
        • Surround Sound
        • High volume
        • Bluetooth
        • No Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa or Apple Airplay

        The best Soundbars under 500 Dollars

        2022/09

        Soundbar under 500 Dollars: Samsung HW-Q700A

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        3.1.2
        Connections
        Dolby Atmos
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 330W total power
        • 160W Subwoofer
        • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
        • Upfiring Speakers
        • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
        • Auto EQ
        • High Volume
        • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
        • Lacks low-bass
        • Weak surround sound

        The Samsung HW-Q700A is a premium soundbar which can reproduce Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound. For this, it uses up-firing speakers and Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology. However, it downmixes surround content into stereo content in order to reproduce it.

        The sound profile is quite balanced, making most content very enjoyable in reproduction. Moreover, the soundbar gets decently loud. If you do not like the sound profile, you can adjust it individually thanks to many optimization features.

        Alternative: Sony HT-G700

        Virtual 3D Surround Sound
        • Vertical Surround Engine
        • Night Mode
        • Max. Volume
        • No internet connectivity
        • No Side- & Up-firing speaker
        • No Room Calibration

        Alternative: LG DSP8YA

        Loud & bass-heavy sound
        • Integrated Chromecast
        • Strong bass
        • Center speaker
        • Weak surround performance
        • No built-in voice assistant