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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 3,300 UK prices • 3,100 expert & user reviews • 460 product comparisons • 250 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LG SL6Y

9 Reviews

£219.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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#2

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LG SL8YG

4 Reviews

£401.90

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Feb 2020
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86

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LG SL5Y

£161.03

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Apr 2019
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85

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Sony HT

370 Reviews
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£187.00

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Nov 2017
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Bose SOUNDBAR500BL

17 Reviews

£399.00

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Sep 2018
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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£389.00

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
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LG SK10Y

29 Reviews
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£719.00

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Feb 2018
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LG SL10YG

£727.49

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Dec 2019
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LG SK9Y

5 Reviews

£495.00

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Mar 2018
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84

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Sony HTX8500

£250.00

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2.1 channels
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Jun 2019
#11

83

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LG SL7Y

£268.99

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Apr 2019
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Sonos Beam

139 Reviews
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£325.00

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Aug 2018
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LG SH2

31 Reviews

£89.99

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Mar 2016
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LG SJ2

3 Reviews

£91.74

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Jul 2016
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Sony HTXF9000

£299.00

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Feb 2018
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LG SK1

9 Reviews
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£52.59

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Mar 2018
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Sony HTZF9

£598.99

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Mar 2018
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Panasonic SCHTB700EBK

£339.00

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Jun 2019
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Panasonic SCHTB258EBK

£122.03

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May 2017
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Panasonic HTB258

15 Reviews

£143.00

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May 2017

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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 LG with an average rating of 71%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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LG Soundbars 53 £50 - £727
71%
263 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 £170 - £528
71%
21 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 24 £98 - £1,199
68%
370 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 23 £44 - £450
66%
17 reviews
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Samsung Soundbars 66 £84 - £1,189

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Sony
HT-ST5000
£1,199.00
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Better Kagoo
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Subwoofer
included
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Soundbar 700
£610.00
£589 cheaper
20 months newer
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Sonos
Beam
£325.00
£74 cheaper
19 more awards
Moderately
better user
reviews
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Soundbar 500
£399.00
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Twice as many
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channels
Better brand
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Sonos
Beam
£325.00
More popular
19 more awards
3 times as many
audio output
channels
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HT-X8500
£250.00
£75 cheaper
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10 months newer
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Polk Audio
MagniFi Mini
£285.00
Six more awards
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output channels
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YAS-207
£269.00
£16 cheaper
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Bar 5.1
£399.00
£211 cheaper
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£610.00
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7.1 channels
channels
13 months newer
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HW-MS650
£299.99
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YAS-207
£269.00
£31 cheaper
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SoundTouch 300
£339.00
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Two more awards
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HW-MS650
£299.99
£39 cheaper
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SK5
£218.29
One more award
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HT-RT3
£189.00
£29 cheaper
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£1,199.00
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HW-Q90R
£1,189.00
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HW-MS650
£299.99
£25 cheaper
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Beam
£325.00
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19 more awards
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SK10Y
£719.00
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Four more
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Soundbar 700
£610.00
£109 cheaper
Bigger audio
output channels
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BAR STUDIO
£90.00
£8 cheaper
Two more awards
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HT-SF150
£97.99
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Better brand
Nine months
newer
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LG
SJ8
£349.00
Better Kagoo
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One more award
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Yamaha
YAS-207
£269.00
£80 cheaper
16 months newer
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Polk Audio
MagniFi Mini
£285.00
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Six more awards
3 times as many
audio output
channels
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Bar 2.1
£299.99
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JBL
Bar 5.1
£399.00
£200 cheaper
Twice as many
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channels
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HT-ZF9
£598.99
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Better brand
Newer by six
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LG
SJ2
£91.74
£27 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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More popular
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HW-K335
£119.00
Newer by 16
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SoundTouch 300
£339.00
Better brand
3 Expert Review
Sites Gave It a
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Beam
£325.00
Better Kagoo
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23 months newer
17 more awards
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SoundTouch 300
£339.00
£210 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Two more awards
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Mu-so
£549.00
Six months
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YAS-207
£269.00
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SK5
£218.29
£51 cheaper
One more award
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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

In total we found 196 soundbars ranging from £14 to £3,478. The average price of a new soundbar is £286 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £62 and £549. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the NEC SP-ASCM at £3,478, and the cheapest is the DELL AX510 at only £15.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is NEC soundbars with an average price of £3,478. NEC soundbars range in price from £3,478 to £3,478.

The second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Bang & Olufsen soundbars with an average price of £1,250. Bang & Olufsen soundbars range in price from £1,250 to £1,250.

The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is M&K soundbars with an average price of £750. M&K soundbars range in price from £750 to £750.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1,448 expert reviews and 461 user reviews for soundbars and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top rated soundbar brand is LG with an average rating of 71%. The second best brand is Yamaha with 71% and the third best brand is Sony with 68%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 129 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Currys with 75 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to soundbars. Amazon UK is the third biggest retailer with 67 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

The most common period for new soundbars to be released in is between March and May. That means that most of the latest soundbar technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In March 2019, nine new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. The biggest month in 2018 for new soundbar releases was November, with 17 new soundbars released that month. In 2017 most new soundbars were released in May, with 42 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 13% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £37 on a typical £286 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.

2.1 channels is the most popular audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 175 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. The second most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars is 2 channels. We found 67 soundbars that are 2 channels 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.

The vast majority of the 391 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 364 out of 391 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).

Most new soundbars are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 260 out of 391 soundbars on Kagoo 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. 88 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. 68.2% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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