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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 3,700 UK prices • 1,900 expert & user reviews • 390 product comparisons • 200 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Samsung HW‑M360

64 Reviews
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£159.00

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Aug 2017
The best rated soundbar under £500, with a very good spec. It's very quiet, good-looking and really easy to setup.
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Bluesound Pulse

43 Reviews
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£49.00

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4.2 channels
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Dec 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning 4.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec. It has [an excellent] sound quality, it's very quiet and compact.
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#3

88

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

19 Reviews
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£227.00

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Oct 2017
An astonishingly good value for money and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec. It has a good sound quality, it's very quiet and compact.
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88

LG SJ7

6 Reviews
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£329.00

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Mar 2017
A critically acclaimed and top-value 4.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a brilliant spec. It has [an excellent] sound quality, it's good in terms of connectivity but not quiet.
#5

88

LG SJ9

29 Reviews
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£529.97

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Jan 2017
An award winning and fully loaded 5.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a fair price. This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's quiet and well designed.
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Canton DM 75

12 Reviews
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£299.00

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2017
This soundbar is well designed, quiet and noisy. It's a good value for money and multi award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites.
#7

87

LG SJ8

11 Reviews
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£244.99

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Mar 2017
A fully featured and award winning 4.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price. This soundbar is very quiet and well designed, and compact.
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87

LG SK10Y

24 Reviews
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£749.00

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5.1.2 channels
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Feb 2018
The highest scoring soundbar under £1,000. This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's very quiet and well designed.
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Canton DM 55

9 Reviews
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£249.00

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Sep 2017
This soundbar has good features, it's well made and easy to use. It's a top-value and multi award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites.
#10

87

LG SK8

7 Reviews
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£293.39

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
This soundbar has good features but it's not quiet. It's a new and fully loaded 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price and an industry award.
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LG SK5

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£215.00

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
A newly released and high-quality 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price.
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#12

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Panasonic SC‑HTB688

3 Reviews
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£149.98

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Mar 2017
A top-value and top-quality 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with user reviews.
#13

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Samsung HW‑K450

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£119.95

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Nov 2018
A new and staggeringly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
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85

Samsung HW‑K950

27 Reviews
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£850.00

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5.1.4 channels
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Jun 2018
This soundbar has [an excellent] sound quality, it's quiet but expensive. It's a multi award winning and powerful 5.1.4 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with the latest technology.
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85

Samsung HW‑M550

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£249.00

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Nov 2018
A top of the range and newly released 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price.
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85

Sonos Beam

109 Reviews
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£340.00

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Jun 2018
A best selling and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 16 further awards from other expert sites. This soundbar is very quiet, compact and a good size.
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Razer Leviathan

140 Reviews
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£138.88

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2017
This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's quiet and well designed. It's a multi award winning but moderately out of date 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a Gold award from 11 expert review websites and 32 further awards from other expert sites.
#18

85

Philips B1

21 Reviews
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£45.20

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Aug 2016
A powerful and award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. This soundbar is quiet, compact and well designed.
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#19

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Samsung HW‑K360

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£139.00

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Apr 2016
A best selling and spectacularly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
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Canton DM 100

10 Reviews
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£383.03

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Aug 2017
A multi award winning and fairly new 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec and a fair price.

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What Are The Best Soundbar Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every soundbar and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated soundbar brand is Samsung with an average rating of 57%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 56 £85 - £1,499
57%
110 reviews
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LG Soundbars 44 £59 - £749
55%
161 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 21 £89 - £1,161
29%
8 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 20 £70 - £279
22%
5 reviews

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Polk Audio
MagniFi Mini
£227.00
£21 cheaper
Four more
awards
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Yamaha
YAS-207
£247.95
More popular
Better brand
Considerably
better expert
reviews
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Samsung
HW-K850
£479.00
£51 cheaper
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LG
SJ9
£529.97
More popular
Considerably
better expert
reviews
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Samsung
HW-MS650
£279.95
Seven more
awards
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Yamaha
YAS-207
£247.95
£32 cheaper
Better brand
Expert reviews
are better
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LG
SK10Y
£749.00
Better brand
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Bose
Soundbar 700
£729.00
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Canton
DM 100
£383.03
£116 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
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Sonos
Playbase
£499.00
Four more
awards
More popular
Better brand
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Canton
DM 75
£299.00
£200 cheaper
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expert reviews
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Sonos
Playbase
£499.00
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Sony
HT-ST5000
£999.00
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Soundbar 700
£729.00
£270 cheaper
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LG
SH4
£129.98
£39 cheaper
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Sony
HTCT290
£169.00
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LG
SJ9
£529.97
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HT-ZF9
£474.99
£55 cheaper
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Samsung
HW-N650
£422.31
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Bose
Soundbar 500
£439.00
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Bose
SoundTouch 300
£329.99
£419 cheaper
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LG
SK10Y
£749.00
One more awards
Better brand
Better expert
reviews
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LG
SJ9
£529.97
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Soundbar 500
£439.00
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow do soundbars connect to my TV?
ASoundbars normally use a standard 3.5mm audio jack - almost all TVs should have support for this. Some soundbars may also have bluetooth support for streaming audio.
QIs a subwoofer necessary for soundbar use?
ANo - a soundbar will work perfectly fine without a separate subwoofer. They are designed to augment the bass tones of the soundbar, but aren't a necessity.

Soundbar Buying Guide

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A soundbar is a type of speaker designed to plug into a television and serve as a sound system for the device. Most soundbars are more powerful and better configured than the speakers built into TV sets, so a soundbar is a good way of improving the audio quality of your TV setup.

Soundbars are usually designed as long rectangles that can be placed directly under your TV screen, though some designers have experimented with other designs - including larger box-shaped designed that can double as a stand for the whole TV. These alternate designs are few and far between however - most are a simple rectangle, making them unobtrusive and easy to fit alongside your current TV setup.

It’s worth noting that a soundbar may be a necessity for more modern televisions - ultra-thin OLED TVs are so thin that they cannot fit any speakers into the unit, so have to rely on an external soundbar for all audio.

Subwoofer

While most soundbars comprise of just the bar itself, others come packaged with a separate subwoofer unit. This is a loudspeaker designed specifically for bass frequencies, meaning it will augment the standard soundbar and provide substantially more powerful bass notes. This boosts the overall sound quality of the TV, and is especially good if you watch a lot of action-heavy blockbusters, since the explosions and gunshots will have a lot more presence.

Some soundbars have a separate remote control, but many simply use the volume control from your standard TV remote, and run any signal from your remote to the soundbar itself. This makes using the device extremely easy - all you have to do is plug it in and continue using your TV as normal!

Wireless Streaming

The majority of soundbars are designed to be plugged in directly to the TV, rather than using a wireless connection. This is minimise any delay in the audio - wireless connections can generate a very slight delay while the data is sent from the TV to the soundbar, meaning that the video and audio signals the TV could drop out of sync. Wired connections have no such delay, meaning the video and audio will always be perfectly in sync.

Many soundbars do have wireless capabilities, but they are instead used for streaming audio from your phone/tablet/etc. Because there is no video signal, the small delay doesn’t really matter. This means that as well as TV audio, soundbars can also be used for music on demand, making them great for parties or just relaxing with your favourite music!

Simulated Surround Sound

Traditionally surround sound works by having multiple speakers (usually 5-7) arranged in such a way as to give the audio a sense of depth and 3 dimensions in order to increase immersion when watching films or playing video games.

Since soundbars only have a single speaker, they are not capable of true surround sound - however some newer soundbars have a method of simulating surround sound. They do this using a trick called ‘binaural audio’, which carefully directs sound to the left or right channels in order to simulate a 3D effect without extra speakers. You can hear an example of binaural audio here - Virtual Barber Shop

Generally only the higher-end soundbars have the is capability, but if you can afford the expenditure, you will gain a far more immersive audio quality from your movies and video games.

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Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

We currently list 196 soundbars ranging from £15 to £1,499. The average price of a new soundbar is £262 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £69 and £525. The cheapest soundbar that we found is the DELL AX510 at only £15, and the most expensive is the Samsung HW-N950 at £1,499.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The average price of Polk soundbars is £629 which is the highest average price of all soundbar brands. Polk soundbars range in price from £629 to £629.

The average price of Harman Kardon soundbars is £624 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. Harman Kardon soundbars start at £599 and their most expensive soundbar costs £650.

The average price of Denon soundbars is £540 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands. Denon soundbars range in price from £540 to £540.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 992 expert reviews and 85 user reviews for soundbars and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar. Samsung is the top rated soundbar brand with an average rating of 57%. LG is the second best brand with 55% and Sony is the third best brand with 29%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 133 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 95 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 71 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

March to May is the most common period for new soundbars to be released in. If you want the latest soundbar features you may want to think about waiting until March 2019. Also the price of the current soundbars may drop off just before the latest models are released in March. May was the biggest month last year for new soundbars, with 51 new soundbars released that month. In March 2016 20 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. Also the biggest month in 2015 for new soundbar releases was March, with 32 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 11% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £30 on a typical £262 new soundbar by waiting 6 months before buying.

Audio Output

'Audio Output' denotes the number of individual channels for the soundbar to use. Specific sounds and parts of the screen are assigned to individual channels, allowing the soundbar to simulate surround sound and create a deeper audio depth.

We found 135 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most common audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 50 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making 2 channels the second most common audio output amongst new soundbars.

More channels mean that the sound will be more spread across the channels, leading to a richer surround sound 'effect'.

Bluetooth

Whether the sounder has support for wireless Bluetooth connections or not.

Of the 308 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 288 out of 308 soundbars are soundbars which support Bluetooth.

Bluetooth support allows you to stream music from your phone or laptop directly to the soundbar, without the need for wires.

Subwoofer Included

Whether the soundbar includes a subwoofer, which is a loudspeaker for low frequencies (bass sounds).

The vast majority of the 308 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 211 out of 308 soundbars are soundbars with a subwoofer included.

A subwoofer boosts the bass quality of the soundbar, allowing it to have far more powerful bass than would otherwise be possible.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Soundbars?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer it shows the total number of soundbars where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 74 of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Soundbars for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for soundbars by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of soundbar prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's soundbar prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 55.6% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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