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Last updated: 14 October 2020
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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.

Note: our listening assessment changed in October 2020 which lead to an adjustment of scores for all models available as of this date. Some models have a higher score as a result. We also increased the recommended cut-off from 70% to 75%. Models discontinued before October 2020 were not rescored.

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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 room
  • are easy to operate
  • have the best remote
  • are the most energy efficient.
Our interactive comparison tool also helps you find out which models have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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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.

      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.

          HDMI inputs

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          Multiple HDMI inputs allows you to connect different devices into the soundbar such as a PVR, Blu-ray player or games console and switch between devices to listen to and watch on the TV.

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          • HDMI-ARC support
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          • 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)
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          • Subwoofer weight (kg)
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