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Soundbars under 200 Dollars

Is there a soundbar with good performance at budget price?

Finding a good all-round solution in this price category is really not easy. Therefore, you should think carefully about what you want in a soundbar or what you can do without. Most manufacturers save the upscale features like Dolby Atmos, wireless satellite speakers and a well-rounded surround sound for the higher-end models. However, you can also find soundbars at a good price that put the meager sound of most flat-screen TV speakers to shame.

Best Soundbar under 200 Dollar: Samsung HW-T550

  • 160W Soundbar (RMS)
  • 160W Subwoofer
  • 7-band Equalizer
  • DTS Virtual:X / Dolby Digital
  • Bluetooth & USB
  • No Surround Sound
  • No Dolby Atmos / DTS:X
  • No Center Speaker
Room size
up to 40 m2
(2.1.2 virtual)
Soundbar + Subwoofer

The Samsung HW-T550 is a good entry-level, all-round solution. It is a 2.1 channel 160W soundbar with 160W wireless subwoofer, with a very pleasant sound profile and a strong bass. The surround sound isn’t quite convincing, which isn’t optimal for movies, but music can be reproduced very precisely. Dialogues are well optimized by the Dialogue Enhancement feature, which makes dialogue-heavy content sound very pleasant. Unfortunately, there is no center speaker, which would be a significant improvement for movies.

Rarely found in this price range is the equalizer with 7 separately adjustable bands, with which the sound of the HW-T550 can be adjusted according to your own preferences. There is also a fully functional HDMI port that supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital. With the HDMI ARC the Soundbar can be controlled with the TVs remote control.

Virtual Surround Sound: LG SL5Y

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

Just like the Samsung HW-T550, LG’s cheap competitor, the SL5Y, can also reproduce DTS:Virtual X. The setup includes a wireless subwoofer that is more powerful than the one from Samsung. Thus, the setup reaches a total power of 400W. If you want to create an even more immersive listening experience, you can expand your setup with additional rear speakers.

The connectivity is a bit limited. You can connect many devices via Bluetooth, but the soundbar does not come with any other smart features beyond that. Moreover, it only supports HDMI 1.4 but not HDMI 2.0.


With great dialog reproduction: Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Higher max. Volume
  • Only few Equalizer Presets
  • No DTS
  • Distortion at high Volume

The 2.1 soundbar with wireless subwoofer has a powerful, pleasant sound profile and can especially shine when it comes to dialog-heavy content, such as TV Shows. Dialogs sound clear and crisp thanks to the Dialogue Enhancement feature. Nevertheless, the sound is a bit bass-heavy, but this can be somewhat compensated by the equalizer presets.

The Polk Audio Signa S2 has an HDMI ARC interface, which allows practical operation with the TV remote control. Unfortunately, DTS is not supported as a sound format, but Dolby Digital is supported via HDMI and the optical input. Wi-Fi is usually not available in this price category, but Bluetooth is available for wireless playback – so you can conveniently use your favorite music streaming portals via cell phone.

Soundbars under 200 Dollars in comparison

Best Soundbar under 200 Dollar
Samsung HW-T550
Samsung HW-T550
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Channels 2.1 (2.1.2 virtual) 2.1 2.1
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1
Room size up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 15 m2
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 55 x 860 x 85 mm 57 x 890 x 85 mm 50 x 899 x 79 mm
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