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Last updated: 30 March 2022
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Soundbars can deliver better sound for your TV and movie viewing, particularly for older TVs. They're also a practical solution for smaller rooms, and are often cheaper than a traditional surround sound set-up.

We look at soundbars with a variety of surround configurations including stereo (2.0), 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1, as well as newer models that support Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.

Our expert testers give every model a thorough workout to help find the ones that:

  • sound the best
  • are best suited to your TV and room
  • include a subwoofer and rear speakers
  • are easy to operate with features like automatic room calibration
  • have the best remote
  • are the most energy-efficient.
 
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Our interactive comparison tool will help you find out which models have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ARC and eARC, and support for Google Assistant or Alexa. Our Recommended list will let you quickly see which models come out on top.

Some manufacturers sell rear speakers as optional extras for a true surround sound experience. In this case, we conduct two tests – one on the default kit and another with optional rear speakers. These are added to our table as two separate entries.

Though we note if Atmos and DTS-X are available, we don't conduct a specific test for these audio codecs.

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    Recommended retail price at the time of testing. We suggest shopping around where you can to find more competitive prices from retailers.

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    Stereo audio quality score

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    Audio experts listen to music and a newscast in a small loungeroom environment to assess stereo (two channel) audio quality.

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    Type

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    Models listed as 'soundbar' do not include a subwoofer. A soundbase includes a built-in subwoofer and some models also include rear speakers.

      Bluetooth

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      Bluetooth is handy for a direct connection with a smartphone to play music.

        Wi-Fi

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        Wi-Fi connections allow your speaker to be incorporated into a wireless home network to play music stored on your local drive, in the cloud or on your smart device, as long as it's also connected to your home network.

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          • Annual standby energy cost
          • Overall score
          • Stereo listening panel score
          • Multi-channel listening panel score
          • Ease of use score
          • Remote score
          • Standby energy score
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Price
          • Type
          • HDMI-ARC support
          • Video switching
          • Bluetooth
          • NFC
          • Wi-Fi
          • Dolby Atmos
          • DTS X
          • Alexa support
          • Google Assistant support
          • HDMI input
          • Automatic room calibration
          • Wall mountable
          • Wireless subwoofer
          • Wireless surround speakers
          • Subwoofer speaker orientation
          • Multi-channel claim
          • Internal speakers
          • Soundbar dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
          • Subwoofer dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
          • Soundbar weight (kg)
          • Subwoofer weight (kg)
          • Country of manufacture

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