Small but mighty: These soundbars are particularly space-saving
The purchase of a soundbar often is also a question of space. After all, the Soundbars are not very discreet and quickly reach a width of more than one meter. Depending on the intended use, it may not be easy to place the soundbar – because of course it should not cover the TV used with it.
The following soundbars differ in their features, but they all have one thing in common: They have very small dimensions and are thus particularly space-saving. Thanks to their compact size, they are also easy to integrate into your living space.
Best Mini Soundbar: Sonos Beam Gen. 2
- 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 Sonos Beam is the smallest soundbar from Sonos and is already available in the second generation. The 5.0 setup is just 65 centimeters wide and even supports Dolby Atmos is a 3D sound format that adds sounds from above to surround sound systems and can also assign additional information to sounds so that they can be reproduced even more realistically. content. The soundbar has an HDMI Enhanced Audio Return Chanel: A significant increase in the data transfer rate, which means that audio signals no longer need to be compressed before being transmitted to the music system. This noticeably increases audio quality. port and These speakers emit the sound to the side. This creates a wider soundscape and a certain surround sound. speakers that are supposed to provide an immersive sound. The reproduction of three-dimensional sound is quite impressive, but the lack of a subwoofer becomes obvious.
Overall, the sound profile of the Sonos Beam is quite balanced. The sound can be adjusted via bass and treble settings, but there is no graphic equalizer. Since the soundbar has a separate center speaker, voices and dialogs are reproduced very clearly. An additional function for dialogue enhancement is also available. With Trueplay, a feature for room correction is also available, which is, however, reserved for iOS users.
The Sonos Beam has a network connection and Apple Airplay for wireless playback. The voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are also integrated, thanks to which you can easily control the bar with your voice. Unfortunately, the sound bar is not very loud overall, but you cannot expect a sound miracle from a setup of this size.
Pretty smart: Samsung HW-S60A
- Larger dimensions
The Samsung HW-S60A also is a 5.0-channel system that features a total of seven integrated speakers, including a center speaker. Two These speakers emit the sound to the side. This creates a wider soundscape and a certain surround sound. speakers in combination with Samsung’s AcousticBeam technology provide room-filling sound. With a width of about 76 centimeters, the soundbar is the largest on this list – and almost looks bulky in direct comparison with the other soundbars – but with its discreet design, it integrates perfectly into your living room.
Especially the smart features of the S60A are convincing: It has a network connection and Amazon’s Alexa as well as Bixby are integrated. Apple’s Airplay is also available for wireless streaming. If you prefer the classic way, you can connect via Bluetooth as well.
With subwoofer: LG DQP5
- Wireless subwoofer
- Very small & discrete
- Up-firing speaker
- No smart features
- No network connection
LG’s DQP5 is definitely the smallest soundbar on this list – and comes in an unusual look as well. With a width of less than 30 centimeters and its subtle style, it should fit in every room. Likewise, the wireless subwoofer also has small dimensions that definitely make it suitable for living rooms. Due to the compact size and design, however, you have to do without a display and find the control buttons on the back of the bar. Otherwise, it can be controlled via app or remote control – voice assistants are not available since it lacks a network connection.
The tiny soundbar features a center speaker and two These speakers are positioned diagonally upwards so that the reflection of the sound from the ceiling reaches the viewers from above. They are mainly used for 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. speakers. These are used for playing 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos is a 3D sound format that adds sounds from above to surround sound systems and can also assign additional information to sounds so that they can be reproduced even more realistically. and Just like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X is also a 3D sound format, with which the surround sound is expanded by height speakers. In addition, it is also an object-based sound format, whereby additional information is assigned to sounds, making them sound even more realistic., which are supported via the HDMI 2.1 port with Enhanced Audio Return Chanel: A significant increase in the data transfer rate, which means that audio signals no longer need to be compressed before being transmitted to the music system. This noticeably increases audio quality.. In addition, 4K content is synced without delay, so nothing should stand in the way of your home theater experience with the DQP5.
Mini Soundbars in comparison
Sonos Beam Gen. 2
|Channels||5||5 (5.2 virtual)||3.1.2|
|DTS||DTS HD-Master + DTS:X|
|HDMI 2.1||1x In||1x In + 1x Out|
|Room size||up to 25 m2||up to 25 m2||up to 40 m2|
|Dimensions Height x Width x Depth||69 x 651 x 100 mm||68 x 764 x 125 mm||60 x 296 x 126 mm|
Frequently asked questions about Mini Soundbars
Are small soundbars worth it?
In short: yes, a small soundbar is worth it. Since today’s TVs provide poor sound, even a small soundbar can offer a significant improvement in sound quality.
What size soundbar should I get for a 55 inch TV?
A soundbar with a size between 40 to 50 inches is the right choice, if you own a 55 inch TV. In that case, the soundbar fits perfectly in front of your device.