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Soundbar reviews

Last updated: 29 March 2016

Soundbars can deliver better sound for your TV and movie viewing, and are a practical solution for smaller rooms. Check out our soundbar buying guide to see if they're what you need. You can also read about how we test soundbars.

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Our expert testers give every soundbar a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best suited to your TV and your room
  • are easy to operate
  • have the best remote
  • are the most energy efficient.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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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 is also connected to your home network.

HDMI inputs
Lip sync adjustment


Multi-channel claim
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Multi-channel claim is the number of channels the soundbar can mimic according to the manufacturer.

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The overall score is made up of listening panel (70%), ease of use (20%), remote control (5%) and standby energy (5%).

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Listening panel score
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The soundbars are placed in a typical small lounge room (four metres by five metres) with furnishings, and calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Our three audio industry expert listeners appraise them for their ability to cope with stereo and 5.1 channel music, as well as 5.1 movies. They pay particular attention to the soundbar's ability to produce an immersive surround sound experience in comparison with our reference 5.1 system, which is worth about $3000.

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Ease of use score
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We check how easy it is to use the connections, calibration options, on-screen and front panel displays, as well as the manual and any other instructions that come with the product.

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Standby energy score
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We measure the amount of power the soundbar uses when in standby mode and give it a percentage rating.

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  • Listening panel score
  • Ease of use score
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  • Standby energy score
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • Lip sync adjustment
  • Subwoofer speaker orientation
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  • Stereo inputs
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  • Wall mountable
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  • Subwoofer model
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  • Subwoofer dimensions
  • Soundbar weight (kg)
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