A sound bar is must for you if you have a home theatre or want to enjoy good quality surround sound without having to settle for the built-in speakers or the clutter or cost of the full speaker setup. It basically gives you best of both worlds and is perfect for you. We have selected some of the best sound bars available and reviewed them.
Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer
This is one of the best sound bars that we have reviewed and offers a great experience as well for both music and movies at a quite reasonable price as well. It has stereo sound channels and has Bluetooth as well and has both digital optical and digital coaxial as well for both input and output, one in each.
- Very smooth and clear treble
- Bass is balanced and quite powerful enough
- It’s good for both watching movies as well as listening to music as well.
- It provides a rear-mounted IP blaster just in case the speaker blocks the IR port of Tv.
- It has DTS decoding.
- Has a remote control and dedicated source indicators on front panel.
- It doesn’t have any HDMI inputs.
- In treble, brass/cymbals can often breakup.
- When using with non-aptX devices Bluetooth sound can be a bit harsh.
Review: It’s the best in the line of sound bars offered by Yamaha, it’s in budget as well as it’s much more dynamic and multi-purpose suitable then anything in its price range.
JBL Cinema SB100 Soundbar Speaker System
These days most of the sound bars come with many other features along with the original purpose of the sound bars i.e. to improve the experience of the use while watching movies or listening to music etc. They offer a good deal in a very good price as well.
- Few inputs, thus no hassle and easy to setup.
- You can use your existing TV remote to program it.
- You need to connect a sub-woofer to enjoy full details.
- No Bluetooth connectivity
- Doesn’t give the whole complete experience but is average enough if you can ignore the lacking things.
Review: It’s easy to setup and is in cheap budget though it lacks the punch that most sound bars expensive than it provides, it provides a good solution for your weak sound of TV. Can be improved a lot by adding a subwoofer but not as much as compared to Yamaha one or similar ones.
Vizio S4251w-B4 5.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer & Satellite Speakers
Vizio S4251w-B4 gives you the experience of true surround sound with the help of two satellite speakers along with sub-woofers along with a remote to tweak setting from your couch as you wish. It gives plenty of input setups and a Bluetooth option as well for Bluetooth connectivity from your mobile
- Two rear speakers which gives real surround sound experience
- Wireless connectivity up-to some extent which reduces wire clutter
- Has a built-in display
- Built-in Bluetooth and Dolby/DTS decoding
- It blocks your TV remote sensor often if used in tabletop position.
- No guided speaker calibration
- Switching input via TV doesn’t gives the best experience
Review: Overall it gives an unparallel experience for surround sound via its two rear speakers and a sub woofer but has some quirks of its own as well.
Sony HTNT5 Sound Bar with Hi-Res Audio and Wireless Streaming
This premium device has so many features to impress sound junkies that it’s overwhelming. And has an array of wired as well as wireless connections including Google cast support and is slim enough to slid under your TV without even being noticed.
- Lots of wired and wireless connectivity options
- Crisp highs and powerful bass
- Good performance for both movies and music
- Excellent build quality
- Easy to install, versatile orientation
- Doesn’t gives loud volume
- Subwoofer doesn’t go LFE deep
- Permanently attached power cables
- For power streaming only Miracast is recommended
- A bit weak in low mids for music
Review: Overall it’s musical and good but doesn’t passes the criteria for a movie night though its equipped with Google cast and 4K HDMI pass through.
Polk Audio Magni-Fi Soundbar with Wireless Active Subwoofer
It’s small in size but delivers a sound that’s enough to fill a large room, also it’s subwoofer brings good bass to it, more ports would have been great but its no-nonsense, no frills approach makes up for it.
- Powerful room filling sound with clear dialogues
- Excellent subwoofer which give rich bass
- It has a slim profile with good built quality and design
- Adjusting voice affects sound balance especially of music
- No HDMI sockets
- Fiddly unresponsive remote control
- Lacks crisp treble tones
Review: It produces a ton of bass which makes it an excellent choice for music and TV shows however it doesn’t do justice with music though.
Razer Leviathan – Elite Gaming & Music Sound Bar
At this price it offers what it can, though it’s not suited for living room or home theatre still it gives pretty good experience for gamers or music addicts in their bedrooms although can be used for living room as well with a few add-ons. Also its subwoofer is quite good and beefs up dialogues and brings the boom during action scenes.
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Powerful sound with solid music performance and clear dialogue
- Wired subwoofer adds plenty of kick and an excellent bass
- It’s very much in budget
- No remote control or mobile app
- Lacks crisp treble tones
- Not suited for living room in default setup
Review: It’s perfect for gamers and can please movie and music lovers as well with its heavy bass. Also it gives out a large volume for such small size but lack of remote control makes experience a bit unpleasant.
These were the various sound bars that we evaluated on the basis of their performance in music, movies and games etc. Also they were evaluated on the basis of the array of features they offer as well. And the quality and details of the sound experience provided. Do let us know in comments what you think and which one will you buy and why.