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LG SL6Y

14 Reviews
Is 3.1 channels Subwoofer included  Big power 
Is 3.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Big power

£269.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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Samsung HWQ60T

 
Dolby Atmos  Is 5.1 channels Subwoofer included 
Dolby Atmos
Is 5.1 channels
Subwoofer included

£305.61

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Jul 2020
#3

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LG SL8YG

26 Reviews
Chip.de Goodhomecinemachoice.com RecommendedEISA.eu EISA Best ProductExpert Reviews Recommended

£380.00

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Feb 2020
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LG SN9YG

261 Reviews
Multiroom  Dolby Atmos  Is 5.1.2 channels
Multiroom
Dolby Atmos
Is 5.1.2 channels

£599.00

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Mar 2020
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Samsung HWQ70T

 

£439.00

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3.1.2 channels
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Jun 2020
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Samsung HWS40T

250 Reviews

£159.00

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2 channels
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Apr 2019
#7

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Philips TAB6305

3 Reviews

£199.00

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2020
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LG SN4

 

£149.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2020
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Samsung HWQ800T

 

£480.70

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3.1.2 channels
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Feb 2021
#10

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Bose Soundbar 500

813 Reviews

£479.00

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8.1 channels
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Sep 2018
#11

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LG GX

20 Reviews

£375.00

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3.1 channels
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Jan 2019
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Samsung HWT400

 

£86.01

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2 channels
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Nov 2018
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Samsung The Terrace

10 Reviews

£839.55

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3 channels
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Nov 2020
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Samsung HWQ900TXU

 

£749.00

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7.1 channels
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Jul 2020
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Samsung HWQ950TXU

 

£1,299.00

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9.1 channels
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May 2020
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LG SL4Y

1,000 Reviews

£148.99

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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Samsung HWS60T

 

£265.71

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May 2020
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Samsung HWT450XU

 

£149.00

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Dec 2018
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LG SN11RG

120 Reviews

£900.00

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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 Samsung with an average rating of 84%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

Rank Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
#1
Samsung Soundbars 83 £87 - £1,599
84%
337 reviews
#2
LG Soundbars 63 £65 - £1,325
81%
3,069 reviews
#3
Yamaha Soundbars 24 £179 - £1,015
71%
466 reviews
#4
Panasonic Soundbars 26 £65 - £550
63%
24 reviews
#5
Philips Soundbars 26 £68 - £354
59%
134 reviews
#6
Sony Soundbars 26 £87 - £1,099

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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

In total we found 204 soundbars ranging from £17 to £1,599. The average price of a new soundbar is £310 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £68 and £653. The DELL AX510 is the cheapest soundbar at only £18, and Samsung HW-Q950A is the most expensive at £1,599.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

The average price of Bang & Olufsen soundbars is £1,245 which is the highest average price of all soundbar brands. Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at £1,245 and their most expensive soundbar costs £1,245.

The average price of M&K soundbars is £1,000 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. M&K soundbars range in price from £1,000 to £1,000.

Dali soundbars range in price from £648 to £648, and the third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Dali soundbars with an average price of £648.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,705 expert reviews and 7,788 user reviews for soundbars and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top rated soundbar brand is Samsung with an average rating of 84%. The second best brand is LG with 81% and the third best brand is Yamaha with 71%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 123 current soundbar offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 111 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to soundbars. Quzo is the third biggest retailer with 85 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. The biggest month in 2020 for new soundbar releases was May, with 10 new soundbars released that month. In 2019 most new soundbars were released in March, with 10 new soundbars released that month. November was the biggest month in 2018 for new soundbars, with 22 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 16% on average.

That means a saving of £49 on a typical £310 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.

2.1 channels is the most popular audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 209 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. 2 channels is the second most frequently found audio channels amongst new soundbars. We found 79 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.

Of the 467 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 438 soundbars (94%) 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 467 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 318 out of 467 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. 76 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. 68.5% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.