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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 6,500 UK prices • 3,300 expert & user reviews • 480 product comparisons • 260 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LG SL6Y

9 Reviews

£232.16

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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LG SL8YG

4 Reviews

£449.00

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3.1 channels
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Feb 2020
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85

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Sony HT

363 Reviews
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£179.00

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2.1 channels
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Nov 2017
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LG SL5Y

£176.52

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2.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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Bose SOUNDBAR500BL

17 Reviews

£429.00

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8.1 channels
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Sep 2018
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

20 Reviews
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£447.00

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Mar 2019
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LG SL10YG

£568.58

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5.1 channels
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Dec 2019
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Sony HTZF9

£240.00

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3.1 channels
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Mar 2018
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LG SL7Y

£256.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
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LG SK9Y

5 Reviews

£599.00

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Mar 2018
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83

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LG SJ2

3 Reviews

£93.73

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Jul 2016
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Panasonic SCHTB700EBK

£249.00

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Jun 2019
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LG SK5

10 Reviews
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£208.15

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Mar 2018
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Sonos Beam

139 Reviews
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£349.99

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Aug 2018
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LG SJ3

19 Reviews

£119.00

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LG SK1

9 Reviews
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£66.00

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LG SK10Y

29 Reviews
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£727.58

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Feb 2018
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LG SK8

7 Reviews
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£259.00

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Canton DM75

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£299.00

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

22 Reviews
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£276.95

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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 96%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

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Samsung Soundbars 71 £97 - £1,179
96%
3 reviews
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LG Soundbars 54 £16 - £730
71%
265 reviews
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Yamaha Soundbars 21 £249 - £600
70%
21 reviews
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Sony Soundbars 26 £99 - £999
69%
369 reviews
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65%
17 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

Soundbars range in price from £14 to £1,542 and in total we found prices for 217 soundbars. On average, a new soundbar costs £299 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £59 and £654. The most expensive soundbar that we found is the NEC SP-ASCM at £1,541, and the cheapest is the DELL AX510 at only £14.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

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

NEC soundbars range in price from £516 to £1,541, and the average price of NEC soundbars is £1,012 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands.

The average price of M&K soundbars is £750 which is the third highest average price of all soundbar brands. M&K soundbars start at £750 and their most expensive soundbar costs £750.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,452 expert reviews and 481 user reviews for soundbars and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are Samsung, LG and Yamaha. Samsung has an average rating of 96%, LG has an average rating of 71% and Yamaha has an average rating of 70%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 113 current soundbar offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 112 offers. That means Amazon UK is very close in size to eBay when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 86 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

March to May is the most common period for new soundbars to be released in. In 2019 most new soundbars were released in March, with eight new soundbars released that month. 30 new soundbars were released in November 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. May was the biggest month in 2017 for new soundbars, with 42 new soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 12%.

That means that on a typical soundbar costing £299 you could save on average £37 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 181 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars, which makes this the most popular audio output amongst new soundbars. The second most frequently found audio output amongst new soundbars is 2 channels. We found 70 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 407 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 374 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).

Most new soundbars are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 267 out of 407 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. 71 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. 63.4% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.