Mid-range models with great features
From 400 Dollars on, the soundbars’ functionality grows immensely and design aspects slowly move further into the center of consideration, because anyone who spends that much money on a product also wants to get something attractive for it. In terms of functionality, however, you still have to think carefully about what you value. Should the soundbar be as smart as possible, for example with a Wi-Fi connection with voice control and streaming service support, or should it have the best possible surround sound? Unfortunately, both are not yet available at this price level.
Best Soundbar under 400 Dollars: Samsung HW-S60T
- Balanced Sound profile
- Acoustic Beam
- Wide Soundstage
- Adaptive Sound & Q-Symphony
- Graphic EQ
- Wi-Fi & Alexa Built-In
- No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
- Barely any low bass
The Samsung HW-S60T has one advantage over the other soundbars in this price range, and that is Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology. The side- & up-firing speakers create a better surround sound and thus a more immersive feeling when watching movies. It is supposed to be Samsung’s all-in-one solution for every household; with a quite good performance even when playing music and dialogue-heavy content like podcasts. If you do not like the sound profile, you can use the graphic equalizers and calibrate it according to your wishes.
However, a subwoofer would really do the quite compact soundbar good, which would massively improve the home theater experience in particular. It’s a good thing that the HW-S60T soundbar is very easy to expand. It can be expanded with a subwoofer and satellite speakers, so the setup can really impress with movies. But then, of course, the setup is much more expensive than $400.
Also exemplary are the smart features that have been given to the S60T. Wi-Fi ensures access to the Internet, and integrated Amazon Alexa lets you use streaming services without an additional smartphone. However, control via Samsung’s SmartThings app is also possible.
Smart with integrated Amazon Alexa: Yamaha YAS-209
- Powerful Subwoofer
- Integrated Alexa voice control
- More pleasant sound profile
- Max. Volume
- No Dolby Atmos / DTS:X
- Weaker surround sound
However, if you prefer smart features and a great stereo sound profile instead of a good surround sound, you should rather consider the Yamaha YAS-209. Thanks to the Wi-Fi/Ethernet interface, the soundbar can be controlled via app and your favorite music can be streamed easily. With built-in Amazon Alexa voice control, you don’t even need a smartphone for streaming since Spotify and Amazon Music are supported.
In terms of surround sound, it does not perform quite as well as the Samsung HW-S60T, but music is rendered more beautifully thanks to the balanced sound profile and the precise subwoofer creates a convincing atmosphere. The performance of the two soundbars is quite similar, but it depends on the intended use. For a better surround sound, you should get the Sony HW-S60T. If you want a better stereo sound that is greatly improved by a strong external subwoofer, then the Yamaha YAS-209 is the right soundbar
Even more compact : Sonos Beam
- Center Speaker
- Easily expandable
- Multiroom option
- No DTS
- No Bluetooth
- Surround Sound
The Sonos Beam is an even more compact option than the Samsung HW-S60T. The small but smart soundbar is surprisingly loud and has a very balanced sound profile. Especially dialogue-heavy content is excellently reproduced by the center speaker, which is further enhanced by the Dialogue Enhancement feature. The room correction feature allows the sound to be adjusted to the room with the help of a smartphone.
The soundstage is surprisingly wide, which is achieved by the side-firing speakers. The surround sound is not overwhelming, but the Beam can easily be expanded with satellite speakers. In addition, Sonos has the best multi-room feature. Die Soundbar unterstützt Wi-Fi und hat sowohl den Google Assistant, als auch Amazon Alexa integriert, wodurch eine reihe an Streamingdieste unterstützt werden.
Soundbars under 400 Dollars in comparison
Best Soundbar under 400 Dollars
|Channels||4||2.1||3 (5 virtual)|
|Room size||up to 25 m2||up to 40 m2||up to 15 m2|
|Dimensions Height x Width x Depth||66 x 764 x 125 mm||62 x 924 x 102 mm||68,5 x 651 x 100 mm|
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