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Samsung HW‑M360

64 Reviews
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£179.00

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Aug 2017
The best rated soundbar under £500, with a very good spec. It's very quiet, good-looking and really easy to setup.

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Bluesound Pulse

30 Reviews
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£225.00

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4.2 channels
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Dec 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning 4.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec. It has [an excellent] sound quality, it's very quiet and compact.
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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

19 Reviews
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£227.00

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Oct 2017
An astonishingly good value for money and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec. It has a good sound quality, it's very quiet and compact.
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LG SJ7

6 Reviews
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£329.00

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Mar 2017
A critically acclaimed and top-value 4.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a brilliant spec. It has [an excellent] sound quality, it's good in terms of connectivity but not quiet.

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LG SJ9

29 Reviews
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£529.97

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Jan 2017
An award winning and fully loaded 5.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a fair price. This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's quiet and well designed.

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Canton DM 75

12 Reviews
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£299.00

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2.1 channels
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Aug 2017
This soundbar is well designed, quiet and noisy. It's a good value for money and multi award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites.

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LG SJ8

11 Reviews
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£244.99

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Mar 2017
A fully featured and award winning 4.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price. This soundbar is very quiet and well designed, and compact.

87

LG SK10Y

24 Reviews
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£749.00

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5.1.2 channels
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Feb 2018
The highest scoring soundbar under £1,000. This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's very quiet and well designed.
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Canton DM 55

9 Reviews
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£249.00

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Sep 2017
This soundbar has good features, it's well made and easy to use. It's a top-value and multi award winning 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites.

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LG SK8

7 Reviews
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£293.39

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Mar 2018
This soundbar has good features but it's not quiet. It's a new and fully loaded 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price and an industry award.
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LG SK5

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£215.00

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2.1 channels
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Mar 2018
A newly released and high-quality 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price.
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Panasonic SC‑HTB688

3 Reviews
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£149.98

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3.1 channels
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Mar 2017
A top-value and top-quality 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with user reviews.

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Samsung HW‑K450

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£119.95

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Nov 2018
A new and staggeringly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
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Samsung HW‑K950

27 Reviews
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£850.00

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5.1.4 channels
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Jun 2018
This soundbar has [an excellent] sound quality, it's quiet but expensive. It's a multi award winning and powerful 5.1.4 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with the latest technology.

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Samsung HW‑M550

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£249.00

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Nov 2018
A top of the range and newly released 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price.
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Razer Leviathan

140 Reviews
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£138.88

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2017
This soundbar has a good sound quality, it's quiet and well designed. It's a multi award winning but moderately out of date 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a Gold award from 11 expert review websites and 32 further awards from other expert sites.

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Philips B1

21 Reviews
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£45.20

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Aug 2016
A powerful and award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. This soundbar is quiet, compact and well designed.
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Samsung HW‑K360

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£139.00

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Apr 2016
A best selling and spectacularly cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec.
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Canton DM 100

10 Reviews
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£383.03

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Aug 2017
A multi award winning and fairly new 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec and a fair price.

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Yamaha YAS‑207

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£244.00

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Jul 2018
A best selling and new 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a great spec and a good price.

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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.

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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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