The best
Soundbars for TVs
compared

For the best home theater experience: Soundbars that perfectly complement your TV

Those looking for a soundbar often want to use it in combination with their own TV. After all, the sound bars are perfectly suited to enhance the flat TV sound.

However, not every soundbar performs equally well in combination with the TV. Features like Dolby Vision support, for example, enhance the TV experience even more. Therefore, we have compiled a list of soundbars that are best suited for use with your TV.

You want to know how to connect the soundbar to your TV? In our buying guide, we answer the most important questions regarding the installation!

Best Soundbar for TV: JBL Bar 9.1

  • 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
Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
5.1.4
Connections
HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalLAN-Ethernet
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites

In our opinion, the JBL Bar 9.1 is best suited to complete your home theater. The 5.1.4-channel system not only has an impressive total output of 820 watts, but also four height channels. With these, the soundbar can reproduce the innovative 3D sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. There are also two detachable, wireless satellite speakers at both ends of the soundbar, which you can place anywhere in the room. In combination with the powerful external subwoofer, this results in an immersive listening experience.

The JBL Bar 9.1 supports nearly all popular sound formats and comes with a 4K pass-through with HDR support. This means that your 4K content will be synchronized seamlessly without any loss in quality. An additional room correction feature optimally adjusts the sound to your spatial conditions. Furthermore, a separate center speaker ensures clear dialogs and distinct voices.

The soundbar has an HDMI input for connecting other devices. There are also plenty of wireless streaming options, since Chromecast and Apple Airplay are integrated besides Bluetooth. A connection to the Internet can also be established wirelessly or via the Ethernet port.

With Adaptive Sound: Samsung HW-Q900A

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

The Samsung Q900A also delivers a good performance in combination with your TV. It is a 7.1.2 setup that also features a center speaker. With a total output of 406 watts, it is considerably weaker than LG’s soundbar, but it still gets quite loud and is therefore also suitable for larger rooms. In addition, it supports Dolby Vision for optimal synchronization of the picture content.

Due to the height channels, the soundbar can play back just about any audio format. Unlike the LG model, however, it comes without rear speakers, which results in a less immersive sound experience. However, Adaptive Sound is available, which analyzes the soundtrack of the content and adjusts the sound accordingly. Those who own a modern TV from Samsung can also use Q-Symphony. This feature synchronizes the TV’s sound with the soundbar’s audio output, which creates a wider soundscape.

To connect a console or player to the soundbar, there are two HDMI 2.1 inputs. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity and an integrated Alexa for voice control. Bluetooth and Apple Airplay are available as well, but the Q900A does not have Chromecast integrated.

Niedriger Preis trotz vieler Features: LG DSPD7Y

  • Niedrigerer Preis
  • Keine Smart Features

Compared to the other two models, our recommendation from LG is much more affordable. However, you do not have to do without the 3D sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, because the soundbar also comes with two height channels. Furthermore, the SPD7Y also has a 4K pass-through for optimal synchronization of the picture content. Thanks to the dedicated center speaker and a dialog enhancement feature, even dialog-heavy content is reproduced clearly.

Overall, LG’s soundbar gets quite loud, which is obviously an advantage for your home theater. However, the lower bass of the 3.1.2 setup could be a bit better – despite its external subwoofer.

Due to the lower price, you have to do without Smart Features with this soundbar. It only has a Bluetooth connection for wireless streaming. Wi-Fi, Chromecast or Apple Airplay are not supported.

Soundbars for TVs in comparison

JBL Bar 9.1
JBL Bar 9.1
Samsung HW-Q900A
Samsung HW-Q900A
LG DSPD7Y
LG DSPD7Y
Channels 5.1.4 7.1.2 3.1.2
Dolby Atmos
DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X
HDMI 2.1 1x In + 1x Out 2x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
eARC
WLAN
Room size above 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
Subwoofer External External External
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 62 x 884 x 120 mm 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 65 x 890 x 119 mm

Frequently asked questions about Soundbars for TVs

Can you use any soundbar on any TV?

The short answer to this question is yes, soundbars work with any TV. With an optical or a HDMI cable as well as Bluetooth or WiFI connectivity, you have lots of options to connect the soundbar to your TV.

Do TV soundbars make a difference?

A soundbar definitely makes a difference, as it will give you better sound quality than your TV itself. As most televisions nowadays have a thin sound, a soundbar can be a great improvement to the audio of movies and TV shows.

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