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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 2,600 UK prices • 1,700 expert & user reviews • 320 product comparisons • 220 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Yamaha YAS‑207

10 Reviews
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£258.90

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Jul 2018
The best rated soundbar under £500, with the latest technology and very good features
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Panasonic SC‑HTB488

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£109.99

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Aug 2018
A low cost and best selling 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with great features and the latest technology
#3

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LG SH4

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£119.97

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2.1 channels
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Oct 2017
A very popular and spectacularly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with great features
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Samsung HW‑K950

37 Reviews
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£899.97

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Jun 2018
The highest scoring soundbar under £1,000, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites
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86

Razer Leviathan

143 Reviews
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£136.36

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Feb 2017
A very popular and low cost 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with good features and multiple awards
#6

86

Sony HTCT290

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£169.00

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2017
A very cheap and best selling 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with great features
#7

86

Bluesound Pulse

20 Reviews
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£49.00

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4.2 channels
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Dec 2016
An impressive value for money and award winning 4.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with great features
#8

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Samsung HW‑M360

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£165.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2017
A very cheap and best selling 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with very good features
£15 Voucher
#9

86

LG SK5

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£229.00

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
A recently released and fully featured 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price
#10

86

LG SJ9

23 Reviews
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£249.00

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5.2 channels
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Jan 2017
A top of the range and award winning 5.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar
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Canton DM 75

10 Reviews
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£299.00

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Aug 2017
A multi award winning and fairly new 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with very good features and a fair price
#12

85

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

14 Reviews
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£299.00

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Oct 2017
A multi award winning and relatively new 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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Canton DM 55

10 Reviews
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£199.95

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Sep 2017
A multi award winning and fairly new 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites
#14

85

LG SJ6

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£183.82

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May 2017
A cheap and very popular 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with great features
#15

85

Samsung HW‑K335

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£121.90

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Nov 2017
A top-value and very popular 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with very good features
#16

85

Sony HT‑RT4

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£249.00

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Jun 2017
A fully featured and very popular 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price
#17

85

LG SJ2

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£110.00

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Jul 2016
A very popular and low cost 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with very good features
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Canton DM 9

3 Reviews
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£296.30

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Aug 2017
A cheap and award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with very good features
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Samsung HW‑MS650

20 Reviews
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£295.00

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3 channels
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May 2017
A multi award winning and best selling 3 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price and good features
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84

LG SJ8

4 Reviews
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£289.99

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Mar 2017
A best selling and fully featured 4.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price and very good user reviews

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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 79%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

Rank Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
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Samsung Soundbars 50 £87 - £869
79%
220 reviews
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LG Soundbars 34 £59 - £771
77%
106 reviews

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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

The price range of soundbars is from £14 to £1,295 and in total we found prices for 165 soundbars. The average price of a new soundbar is £298 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £82 and £599. The Yamaha YSP-5600 is the most expensive soundbar that we found at £1,295, and the DELL AX510 is the cheapest at only £15.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Harman Kardon soundbars with an average price of £700. Harman Kardon soundbars range in price from £700 to £700.

Bose soundbars start at £490 and their most expensive soundbar costs £799. The average price of Bose soundbars is £589 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands.

The average price of Grundig soundbars is £559 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands. Grundig soundbars start at £64 and their most expensive soundbar costs £1,053.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 823 expert 0 reviews written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 138 current soundbar offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 114 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 55 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release dates for new soundbars over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new soundbar releases was August, with 21 new soundbars released that month. In 2016 most new soundbars were released in March, with 20 new soundbars released that month. In March 2015 33 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 8% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £23 on a typical £298 new soundbar if you wait 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 103 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes 2.1 channels the most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 39 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making 2 channels the second most frequently found 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 249 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 234 out of 249 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).

Of the 249 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 177 soundbars out of 249 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 Amazon UK. 67 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 Amazon UK. 48.6% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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