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Compare the 10 Best SoundbarsJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

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The best soundbars on the market, for streaming music or for getting the best sound from your new OLED TV.
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Every week we rank the best soundbars based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 288 Soundbar Models 1,100 Soundbar Reviews 2,040 Soundbar Prices
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#1

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DM 75

Canton DM 75

10 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£249.00

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Sevenoaks Sound & Vision
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2.1channels
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200W
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Aug 2017
The highest rated soundbar under £500, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites
#2

89

SJ7

LG SJ7

6 Reviews
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£299.00

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4.1channels
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320W
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Mar 2017
A newly released and critically acclaimed 4.1channels 320W soundbar, with a reasonable price and great features
#3

88

HT-CT790

Sony HT‑CT790

7 Reviews
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£229.99

District Electricals
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2.1channels
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330W
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Mar 2016
A positively reviewed and very cheap 2.1channels 330W soundbar, with great features
#4

88

HTNT5

Sony HTNT5

22 Reviews + 2 Awards
PC Mag - Editor's Choice01net.com - 4 Star
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£325.00

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Electronic Empire
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6.1channels
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400W
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Mar 2016
An award winning and top of the range 6.1channels Wired soundbar, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
#5

88

HW-K950

Samsung HW‑K950

27 Reviews + 7 Awards
Techradar - Best in ClassCNET.com - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - RecommendedPocket Lint - Recommended
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£998.99

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Appliance Electronics
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5.1channels
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500W
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Dec 2016
A fully loaded and giant power 5.1channels Wired soundbar, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites
#6

88

Pulse

Bluesound Pulse

17 Reviews + 4 Awards
avforums.com - RecommendedLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommendedlydogbillede.dk - Best in Test 6 Starljudochbild.se - Best in Test
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£139.00

Sevenoaks Sound & Vision
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4.2channels
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120W
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Dec 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning 4.2channels 120W soundbar, with great features
#7

87

DM 55

Canton DM 55

10 Reviews + 6 Awards
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedlite-magazin.de - Middle ClassEISA.eu - EISA Best Productareadvd.de - Value for Money
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£263.72

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2.1channels
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200W
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Aug 2017
A newly released and multi award winning 2.1channels 200W soundbar, with good features and a very reasonable price
#8

86

SJ9

LG SJ9

21 Reviews + 2 Awards
avforums.com - RecommendedEISA.eu - EISA Best Product
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£625.00

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Electronic Empire
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5.2channels
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500W
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Jan 2017
A fully featured and fairly new 5.2channels Wired soundbar, with one of the biggest powers around but representing only middle of the road value for money
#9

86

DM 9

Canton DM 9

3 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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£336.83

Amazon UK
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2.1channels
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200W
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Aug 2017
A newly released and award winning 2.1channels 200W soundbar, with a fair price and great features
#10

86

Leviathan

Razer Leviathan

116 Reviews + 42 Awards
gameit.es - Recommendedpcgameware.co.uk - GoldTechradar - Great ValueExpert Reviews - Recommended
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£60.00

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2.1channels
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60W
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Feb 2017
A phenomenally cheap and multi award winning 2.1channels 60W soundbar, with a Gold award from 10 expert review websites and 32 further awards from other expert sites
#11

85

SC-HTB688

Panasonic SC‑HTB688

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£149.00

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3.1channels
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300W
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Mar 2017
A top-value and fairly new 3.1channels 300W soundbar, with great features
#12

85

HW-J8501R

Samsung HW‑J8501R

2 Reviews
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£549.00

Reliant Direct
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9.1channels
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350W
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Apr 2017
A recently released and top of the range 9.1channels 350W soundbar, with marvellous expert reviews but representing only average value for money
#13

85

SH4D

LG SH4D

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£119.99

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2.1channels
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300W
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Oct 2017
A newly released and affordable 2.1channels 300W soundbar, with great features
#14

85

HW-J8500R

Samsung HW‑J8500R

7 Reviews + 2 Awards
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedavforums.com - Recommended
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£519.00

Reliant Direct
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5.1channels
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350W
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Mar 2016
An award winning and top of the range 5.1channels 350W soundbar, but representing only middle of the road value for money
#15

85

HW-K550

Samsung HW‑K550

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£249.00

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Amazon UK
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3.1channels
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340W
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Dec 2016
A best selling and fully featured 3.1channels 340W soundbar, with a reasonable price
#16

85

SH6

LG SH6

4 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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£249.90

Amazon UK
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4channels
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150W
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Mar 2016
A cheap and award winning 4channels 150W soundbar, with good features
#17

85

SJ8

LG SJ8

4 Reviews
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£349.00

PRC Direct
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4.1channels
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300W
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Mar 2017
A fairly new and highly rated 4.1channels 300W soundbar, with a good price and very good features
#18

85

HW-J6000

Samsung HW‑J6000

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£209.95

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6.1channels
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Dec 2016
A fairly new and powerful 6.1channels 300W soundbar, with a fair price
#19

84

SJ4

LG SJ4

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£149.00

Electronic Empire
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2.1channels
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300W
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Apr 2017
A new and staggeringly cheap 2.1channels 300W soundbar, with very good features
#20

84

HW-M550

Samsung HW‑M550

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£229.00

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Amazon UK
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Mar 2017
A fully featured and relatively new 3.1channels 340W soundbar, with a good price

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What Are The Best Soundbar Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every soundbar made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated soundbar brand is Samsung with an average rating of 79%.

Logo Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
Samsung logo Samsung Soundbars 42 £85 - £999 79%
Other brands Other Soundbar Brands 90 £12 - £1,299

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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 £11 to £1,299 and in total we found prices for 129 soundbars. The average price of a new soundbar is £298 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £84 and £581. The cheapest soundbar that we found is the DELL AX510 at only £12, and the most expensive is the Yamaha YSP-5600 at £1,299.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Philips soundbars start at £739 and the most expensive Philips soundbar costs £739. The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Philips soundbars with an average price of £739.

The average price of Klipsch soundbars is £609 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. Klipsch soundbars range in price from £524 to £694.

Sonos soundbars start at £581 and the most expensive Sonos soundbar costs £581. The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Sonos soundbars with an average price of £581.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 324 expert 0 reviews and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are Canton, Samsung and Razer. Canton has an average rating of 91%, Samsung has an average rating of 85% and Razer has an average rating of 83%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 104 current soundbar offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest soundbar retailer is eBay with 81 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to soundbars. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 42 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Most new soundbars tend to be released between March and May. If you want the latest soundbar technology you may want to think about waiting until March 2018. Also the price of the current soundbars may drop off just before the latest models are released in March. 23 new soundbars were released in May 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new soundbar releases was March, with 33 new soundbars released that month. In March 2015 51 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 6% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £17 on a typical £298 new soundbar by waiting 6 months before buying.

Audio Output

This 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 63 soundbars that are 2.1channels soundbars, which makes 2.1channels the most common audio output amongst new soundbars. 5.1channels is the second most popular audio output amongst new soundbars. We found 16 soundbars that are 5.1channels soundbars.

More channels mean that the sound will be more spread across the channels, leading to a richer surround sound 'effect'.

Powers

This denotes how powerful the soundbar is, measures in watts.

Comparing all soundbars, the powers range from 2.5W to 510W. The powers of the majority of soundbars range from 310W to 360W. The LGSJ9, which can be purchased for £625.00, has the biggest power and is a 500W soundbar. The soundbar with the smallest power is the LGSJ9, which is a 2.5W soundbar and can be purchased for £23.99.

Generally speaking, the higher the power level of the soundbar, the louder the maximum volume, and the better the sound quality will be.

Connection

We found 280 soundbars that are Wired soundbars, which makes this the most frequently found connection amongst new soundbars. We found 280 soundbars that are Wireless soundbars, making this the second most common connection amongst new soundbars.

Bluetooth

This denotes whether the sounder has support for wireless Bluetooth connections or not.

Of the 184 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 87% of 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.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

We found 104 current offers for soundbars from Amazon UK making it the biggest soundbar retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 81 current offers for soundbars. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 42 current soundbar offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Soundbars?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on soundbars is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 47 soundbars.

Proportion of Soundbars for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest soundbar prices (found to be cheapest for 45.2% of its soundbars).