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Compare the Best SoundbarsOctober 2020

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#1

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LG SN9YG

 
Multiroom  Dolby vision  Dolby Atmos 
Multiroom
Dolby vision
Dolby Atmos

£599.00

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5.1 channels
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Mar 2020
#2

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LG SL8YG

 
Multiroom  Dolby Atmos  Is 3.1.2 channels
Multiroom
Dolby Atmos
Is 3.1.2 channels

£429.00

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3.1.2 channels
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Feb 2020
#3

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LG SL6Y

 
LG Sound Sync Is 3.1 channels Subwoofer included 
LG Sound Sync
Is 3.1 channels
Subwoofer included

£259.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
#4

89

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LG SN7CY

 
Dolby truehd  Ai sound pro Dolby Atmos 
Dolby truehd
Ai sound pro
Dolby Atmos

£249.00

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3.1 channels
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Mar 2020
#5

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LG SL5Y

 

£150.26

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2019
#6

87

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LG DSN7Y

 

£352.99

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3.1 channels
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May 2020
#7

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LG SN4

 

£159.00

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2018
#8

87

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LG GX

 

£769.99

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3.1 channels
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Jan 2019
#9

86

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LG SL10YG

 

£579.84

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5.1 channels
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Dec 2019
#10

86

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LG SN5Y

 

£249.00

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2020
#11

86

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LG SN7Y

 

£499.00

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3.1.2 channels
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Aug 2020
#12

85

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LG SL7Y

 

£270.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
#13

85

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LG SN11RG

 

£1,299.00

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May 2020
#14

85

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LG SK9Y

 

£599.00

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5.1.2 channels
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Mar 2018
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85

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LG SL9YG

 

£452.80

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4.1 channels
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Jan 2019
#16

85

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LG SL4Y

 

£149.00

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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LG SJ4R

 

£180.48

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2017
#18

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LG SJ3

 

£111.00

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Mar 2017
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LG SK1D

 

£69.00

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Dec 2018

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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 98%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

Rank Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
#1
LG Soundbars 63 £65 - £1,299
98%
2 reviews
#2
Panasonic Soundbars 25 £75 - £544
17%
2 reviews
#3
Samsung Soundbars 78 £97 - £1,199
#4
Sony Soundbars 26 £98 - £1,199
#5
Yamaha Soundbars 21 £20 - £949

Trending Soundbar Comparisons

Sonos
Beam
£350.00
3 times as many
audio output
channels
VS
Sony
HT-X8500
£299.00
£51 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Sony
HT-ST5000
£949.00
Better brand
7.1.2 channels
channels
Subwoofer
included
VS
Bose
Soundbar 700
£535.92
£413 cheaper
20 months newer
Sonos
Beam
£350.00
£79 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Bose
Soundbar 500
£429.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Twice as many
audio output
channels
Newer by one
month
JBL
Bar 2.1
£299.00
Newer by three
months
VS
Sony
HT-RT3
£249.00
£50 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Polk Audio
Magnifi Mini
£299.00
Bigger audio
output channels
VS
Yamaha
YAS-207
£299.00
Better brand
Newer by nine
months
JBL
Bar 5.1
£449.00
£87 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Bose
Soundbar 700
£535.92
7.1 channels
channels
13 months newer
Yamaha
YAS-207
£299.00
Better brand
VS
Denon
DHT-S316
£199.00
£100 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three months
newer
LG
SK5
£340.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
Sony
HT-RT3
£249.00
£91 cheaper
3 times as many
audio output
channels
JBL
Bar 5.1
£449.00
Twice as many
audio output
channels
VS
Sony
HT-ZF9
£299.00
£150 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Sony
HT-ST5000
£949.00
£250 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Samsung
HW-Q90R
£1,199.00
Better brand
Newer by two
years
Polk Audio
Magnifi Mini
£299.00
3 times as many
audio output
channels
Two months
newer
VS
JBL
Bar 2.1
£299.00
Better brand
LG
SK10Y
£689.26
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Subwoofer
included
VS
Bose
Soundbar 700
£535.92
£153 cheaper
Bigger audio
output channels
Newer by seven
months
Sony
HT-SF150
£97.97
£51 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Samsung
HW-N300
£149.00
Better brand
One year newer
LG
SJ8
£395.95
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Bigger audio
output channels
VS
Yamaha
YAS-207
£299.00
£97 cheaper
16 months newer
Bose
Soundbar 700
£535.92
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger audio
output channels
VS
Harman Kardon
Citation Bar
£528.99
Better brand
Newer by one
month
Polk Audio
Signa S1
£180.53
£118 cheaper
3 times as many
audio output
channels
VS
JBL
Bar 2.1
£299.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by two
months
Samsung
HW-Q60R
£349.00
Better brand
5.1 channels
channels
VS
Sony
HT-X8500
£299.00
£50 cheaper
Newer by three
months
Bose
SoundTouch 300
£459.25
Better brand
VS
Naim
Mu-so
£49.99
£409 cheaper
Six months
newer
Polk Audio
Magnifi Mini
£299.00
£150 cheaper
Newer by two
months
VS
JBL
Bar 5.1
£449.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Sony
HT-RT3
£249.00
5.1 channels
channels
VS
LG
SL6Y
£259.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 23
months
Better brand
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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

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.

Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

Soundbars range in price from £14 to £3,478 and in total we found prices for 237 soundbars. The average price of a new soundbar is £332 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £66 and £659. The NEC SP-ASCM is the most expensive soundbar that we found at £3,478, and the DELL AX510 is the cheapest at only £14.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

NEC soundbars start at £574 and their most expensive soundbar costs £3,478. The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is NEC soundbars with an average price of £1,601.

Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at £1,000 and their most expensive soundbar costs £1,000. The average price of Bang & Olufsen soundbars is £1,000 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands.

M&K soundbars range in price from £750 to £750, and the average price of M&K soundbars is £750 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 19 expert 0 reviews and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. LG is the top rated soundbar brand with an average rating of 98%. Panasonic is the second best brand with 17% and Sony is the third best brand with 0%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 143 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Quzo with 65 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Quzo when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 51 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

The most common period for new soundbars to be released in is between April and May. For the latest soundbar technology you may want to think about waiting until April 2021. Also the price of the current soundbars may drop off just before the latest models are released in April. 12 new soundbars were released in April 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. In November 2018, 23 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. May was the biggest month in 2017 for new soundbars, with 41 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

New soundbars drop in price by an average of 13% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of £42 on a typical £332 new soundbar if you wait 6 months before buying.

Audio Channels

'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 195 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most frequently found audio channels amongst new soundbars. 2 channels is the second most common audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 73 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 439 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 406 soundbars (92%) 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 439 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 293 out of 439 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. 91 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. 63.6% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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