Over the last few years, the popularity of soundbars for home has rapidly grown. Why? Well not only do they improve the sound quality which makes you feel as though you are in the cinema, but they also fit into any space with ease due to their sleek design.
Although some soundbars still have wires to plug the tv into, there are now wireless soundbars available – giving you the freedom to place it wherever you want. Within this list, you will find a variety of soundbars, each differing in price, quality and wireless capability.
If you have been thinking about investing in a soundbar but are unsure as to which offers the best value for money, here are some short reviews of our top 10 soundbars available on the market for you to choose from!
10 – Vizio SB362An-F6 Sound Bar
Kicking off our list is the Vizio SB362AN-F6 Sound Bar. This modern soundbar offers incredible, immersive sound for a fraction of the price of other models. Boasting two built-in dual subwoofers, Wireless Bluetooth and a compact size, it will fit under your TV easily. Launched in the US at the end of 2018 and available globally, it’s a wallet-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on quality.
– Two speakers
– Weight: 2.54 KG / 5.61 Lbs.
– Inputs: 1 x 3.5 mm jack and 1 x digital optical
– Sleek and modern design
– Value for money
– Wireless Bluetooth
– Includes remote and optical cable
– Built-in dual subwoofers
– No LCD display
– The sound could be better
– No HDMI cable
9 – Denon HEOS Bar
A 6-channel soundbar, the Denon HEOS Bar is a well-connected and powerful option. With the capability to handle all streams and formats, it makes it the perfect choice for any home. Its size also gives you the option to place it anywhere around the room, without having to worry about the performance. Although it does cut off the first 0.5 seconds of a song, it’s practicality and functionality make it a worthy contender.
– Three speakers
– Dimensions: 72 x 1100 x 148 mm
– Weight: 4.8 KG / 1.58 Lbs.
– Inputs: HDMI Output and 4k HDMI input
– Brilliant performance
– Outstanding sound quality
– Handles all formats and streams
– Multi-channel capability
– USB slot hard to access
– Cuts off first 0.5 seconds of a song
8 – Philips Fidelio B5
If you’re looking for a soundbar that will make you feel as though you are in a cinema, look no further than the Philips Fidelio B5. A high-tech soundbar, it boasts DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding to give you an unforgettable sound experience. Easy to install, it’s the perfect choice for those who don’t want a complicated system. However, not everyone will love the size of this option and it is one of the biggest on this list.
Key Info –
– Four speakers
– Dimensions: 1,035 x 70 x 156 mm
– Weight: 16 KG
– Inputs: Digital Optical in, Digital Coaxial in, HDMI in 1, HDMI in 2, HDMI 1.4 output (ARC), Audio in 3.5 mm jack
– Wireless Bluetooth APT-X and AAC
– Includes a subwoofer
– Impressive cinematic sound
– DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding
– East to install
– Large in size
7 – LG SK10Y
One of the most expensive soundbars on this list, the LG SK10Y has a lot of benefits that make it a good choice. Simple in appearance, this contemporary soundbar has high-tech features such as the built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast, well-integrated bass and Meridian audio. If you’re looking for a modern option that offers high-quality sound with the price tag to match, then the LG SK10Y is perfect for you.
– Dimensions: 6 x 144 x 15 cm
– Weight: 8 KG
– Connections: Bluetooth/HDMI ARC/Digital Optical/Analog Audio/Wi-Fi
– Meridian audio
– Works with Google Assistant and Chromecast
– Exceptional sound and bass
– Stylish design
– No auto-room connection
– No DTS:X
6 – Sony HT-ST5000
Another soundbar on the more pricey end of the spectrum, the Sony HT-ST5000 offers wireless music listening, extraordinary sound (granted by Dolby Atmos) and a weighty bass. Pairing its sophisticated sound quality with a simple design, it will blend into your living room or bedroom. It also boasts three HDMI inputs and high-res audio support, making it a fuss-free option.
– Dimensions: soundbar: 8 x 118 x 14.5cm, subwoofer: 40 x 25 x 43 cm
– Audio: 96k/24-bit PCM
– Dolby Atmos sound
– Simple design
– Three HDMI inputs
– Bluetooth streaming
– Easy integration
– Poorly designed remote
5 – Yamaha YAS-207
Dynamic, wireless and powerful, the Yamaha YAS-207 has a lot going for it. This soundbar is also popular due to its immersive sound, which transports you into the world you see on screen. One of the cheaper soundbars on this list, its power makes it a worthy choice in comparison to some of the more expensive options. However, if you are looking for a soundbar that has a well-refined treble, this might not be the best choice for you.
– Dimensions: soundbar: 6 x 93 x 10.8 cm, subwoofer: 44 x 14 x 40 cm
– Connectivity: 1 x HDMI
– DTS & Dolby surround sound
– Sonic performance
– Practical and simple
– Great value for money
– Crisp sound
– Poor treble capability
4 – JBL Bar Studio
Although a lot of people haven’t heard of this make, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a worthy competitor. The JBL Bar Studio holds an impressive #4 ranking on our list due to its great range of features, solid sound and the fact that it’s very affordable. However, this affordability does come with a price. Although it’s ideal for watching TV and films, it doesn’t do great with music due to its compact size. But if you are simply using it alongside your TV, then that shouldn’t be an issue.
– Dimensions: 6 x 61 x 9 cm
– Power: max 30W
– JBL Surround Sound
– Clear sound
– Good bass capability
– Compact size – allowing you to move it where you want
– Not great for music
– Struggles with higher volumes
3 – Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar
Samsung soundbars are notorious for delivering amazing sound quality and high-tech functionality. And this 2019 model is no different. Bosting four upward-firing speakers and rear speakers, this showcases what Samsung is all about. Producing an incredible DTS:X and Dolby Atmos experience, it’s sound rivals many other models available. The only issue we can see with this model is that it has few HDMI inputs, which could limit where you can place it.
– Dimensions: 1226 x 83 x 136 mm
– 512W audio power
– 7.1.4 speaker configuration
– 2 X HDMI inputs
– DTS:X and Dolby Atmos
– Four upward-firing speakers
– Rear speakers
– Easy to install
– Limited HDMI inputs
2- Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
In our second spot, we have chosen the pricey yet high-quality, Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar. This beastly soundbar has excellent dynamics, powerful surround sound (5. 1. 4) and it features an app in which you can tailor the sound. If you have the money for this, then it makes a viable option that will guarantee a wonderful experience. However, you will need to either mount it to the wall or have a large mantelpiece/table underneath your TV due to the lengthy dimensions.
– Dimensions: 14 x 127 x 17 cm
– 4 x HDMI, RCA line in, optical digital
– No subwoofer
– 4K HDR pass-through
– Four HDMI inputs
– DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support
– Impressive surround sound
– The most expensive option on this list
– Very large
1 – Sonos Beam
And with that, we are at our number one spot. You might not be surprised to find out that we have chosen the Sonos Beam. Extremely popular with consumers and critics alike, the Sonos Beam showcases why the company has grown to become one of the world’s most renowned. A smart soundbar, it echoes the ever-evolving technology industry to create a device which is truly spectacular.
Designed by oscar-winning sound engineers, this beautiful soundbar is well worth the money. With voice control assistance from Google Assistant and Alexa (with Siri not far behind), it is everything a modern homeowner could want.
– Dimensions: 7 x 65 x 10 cm
– 1 x optical digital, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 1 x HDMI ARC
– Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capability
– Dolby Digital 5.1 sound format
– 3D exceptional sound
– Designed by award-winning sound engineers
– Multi-room starts
– Easy to install
– Controlled by remote, app or voice
– Deep bass
– Compact size
– Limited HDMI inputs
– Can suffer from network connectivity issues
So there you go! There is our list of the top 10 soundbars available today. As time goes on, it’s clear that our opinions could change due to the development of technology. But in 2019, this list showcases what modern sound functionality is all about and the impact of wireless soundbars.
If you are interested in buying a soundbar as well as reading through these reviews, it’s a good idea to make sure that you compare and contrast each model. This way, you will know that you are getting the best possible value for money and a soundbar that only delivers the highest quality sound!