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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 5,300 UK prices • 2,100 expert & user reviews • 440 product comparisons • 200 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LG SK5

10 Reviews
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£115.00

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Mar 2018
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LG SK10Y

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£427.72

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Bluesound Pulse

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£297.48

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Dec 2016
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LG SK1

9 Reviews
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£53.99

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Mar 2018
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LG SL5Y

£225.00

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Apr 2019
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Sonos Beam

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£329.00

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Aug 2018
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Canton DM75

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£245.95

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Aug 2017
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LG SK9Y

2 Reviews

£325.87

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LG SK8

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£226.24

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Mar 2018
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Philips B1

22 Reviews
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£329.00

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Jul 2017
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LG SL10YG

£600.72

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

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£187.37

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Oct 2017
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LG SJ8

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£239.00

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Mar 2017
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Yamaha YAS207

£249.00

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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£449.00

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Mar 2019
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LG SJ7

6 Reviews

£329.95

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Mar 2017
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Bose Soundbar 500

17 Reviews

£380.00

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Sep 2018
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LG SL7Y

£258.99

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Panasonic SCHTB488EBK

£139.99

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Yamaha YAS306B

£219.00

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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 70%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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LG Soundbars 53 £54 - £800
70%
198 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 20 £159 - £989
70%
21 reviews
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Panasonic Soundbars 23 £59 - £580
66%
17 reviews
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Samsung Soundbars 66 £97 - £1,240
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Sony Soundbars 24 £93 - £1,199

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£62 cheaper
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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 223 soundbars ranging from £13 to £1,320. The average price of a new soundbar is £264 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £60 and £551. The DELL AX510 is the cheapest soundbar at only £14, and Canton DM 900 is the most expensive at £1,320.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Harman Kardon soundbars range in price from £620 to £800, and the average price of Harman Kardon soundbars is £710 which is the highest average price of all soundbar brands.

The second highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Dali soundbars with an average price of £649. Dali soundbars start at £649 and their most expensive soundbar costs £649.

The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Naim soundbars with an average price of £585. Naim soundbars start at £585 and their most expensive soundbar costs £585.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,054 expert reviews and 136 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are LG, Yamaha and Panasonic. LG has an average rating of 70%, Yamaha has an average rating of 70% and Panasonic has an average rating of 66%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 142 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 92 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 73 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new soundbars. Last year most new soundbars were released in November, with 17 new soundbars released that month. The biggest month in 2017 for new soundbar releases was May, with 43 new soundbars released that month. 16 new soundbars were released in March 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average soundbars drop in price by 15% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £40 on a typical £264 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 163 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most common audio output amongst new soundbars. The second most common audio output amongst new soundbars is 2 channels. We found 63 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 369 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 343 soundbars (93%) 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 369 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 250 soundbars (68%) 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. 96 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. 67.6% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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