January 2023

Sound Bars: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of Sound Bar rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 3 Jan 2023 and 4 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 120 Sound Bar endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

58 Sound Bars were endorsed in total, only 27 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 4 Jan 2023, Sonos Beam Gen 2 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed sound bar with 9 expert endorsements. It is followed by Samsung HW-Q990B and Sonos Arc , with 7 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking sound bars start at $99.99 (Roku Streambar) and go up to $2400 (Devialet Dione). Median sound bar costs $399.95 (JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam).
$99.99
$2400

At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
World Wide Stereo
SoundGuys
WIRED
Digital Trends
TechHive
PCMag
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
1
- $450
Sonos Beam Gen 2
6
2
5
2
4
-
4
8
10
8
2
+1 $1598
Samsung HW-Q990B
1
-
6
-
3
7
7
7
-
6
3
-1 $899
Sonos Arc
-
3
3
-
-
1
-
3
3
3
4
- $295
Vizio M-Series 5.1
4
-
-
-
2
8
3
4
-
-
5
- $279
Sonos Ray
-
5
1
-
-
-
-
-
7
4
6
- $2000
Sennheiser Ambeo 3D
-
4
8
1
11
-
-
-
-
-
7
- $2400
Devialet Dione
-
7
10
-
-
-
-
-
1
11
8
- $1198
Sony HT-A7000
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
15
9
- $100
Roku Streambar
-
17
-
-
8
-
2
-
12
-
10
- $700
Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3
-
13
20
-
-
-
-
-
2
10
11
+1 Check price
Samsung HW-Q930
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
12
-1 $453
Klipsch Cinema 600
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
13
- $799
Vizio Elevate
3
-
-
-
-
5
6
-
-
-
14
- $165
Polk Audio React
-
-
15
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
15
- $798
Sony HT-A5000
-
6
-
-
-
6
8
-
-
-
16
- $1297
LG S95QR
-
10
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
9
17
- $250
Yamaha YAS-209
-
-
16
-
10
-
-
-
4
-
18
- $699
Bose Smart Soundbar 900
-
15
14
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
19
- $169
Roku Streambar Pro
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
2
-
-
20
- Check price
Bose Smart Soundbar 600
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
5
22
- $398
Sony HT-G700
-
19
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
23
- $499
Denon Home 550
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
24
- $1000
JBL Bar 9.1
-
-
13
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
25
- $199
ZVOX AccuVoice AV157
-
-
-
-
9
9
-
-
-
-
26
+1 $400
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
27
+1 $258
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini
-
-
19
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
28
+1 $993
Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+
-
18
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price Sound Bar
#9 $99.99 Roku Streambar [buy] [more info]
#14 $165 Polk Audio React [buy] [more info]
#19 $169 Roku Streambar Pro [buy] [more info]
#25 $199 ZVOX AccuVoice AV157 [buy] [more info]
#17 $249.95 Yamaha YAS-209 [buy] [more info]
#27 $258 Polk Audio MagniFi Mini [buy] [more info]
#5 $279 Sonos Ray [buy] [more info]
#4 $294.75 Vizio M-Series 5.1 [buy] [more info]
#22 $398 Sony HT-G700 [buy] [more info]
#26 $399.95 JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam [buy] [more info]
#1 $449.99 Sonos Beam Gen 2 [buy] [more info]
#12 $453 Klipsch Cinema 600 [buy] [more info]
#23 $499 Denon Home 550 [buy] [more info]
#18 $699 Bose Smart Soundbar 900 [buy] [more info]
#10 $700.35 Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 [buy] [more info]
#15 $798 Sony HT-A5000 [buy] [more info]
#13 $799 Vizio Elevate [buy] [more info]
#3 $899 Sonos Arc [buy] [more info]
#28 $993 Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ [buy] [more info]
#24 $999.95 JBL Bar 9.1 [buy] [more info]
#8 $1198 Sony HT-A7000 [buy] [more info]
#16 $1296.99 LG S95QR [buy] [more info]
#2 $1597.99 Samsung HW-Q990B [buy] [more info]
#6 $1999.95 Sennheiser Ambeo 3D [buy] [more info]
#7 $2400 Devialet Dione [buy] [more info]

We ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 #1 in January 2023 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Small Soundbar

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What Hi-Fi

If space and budget are limited there isn't a better virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar that we'd recommend

Pros
Effective handling of Dolby Atmos
Warm, refined sound
Streaming smarts

Cons
No additional HDMI ports
Doesn’t support DTS:X

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Smart Sound Bar

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SoundGuys

Best Smart Soundbar

Pros
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support
Size
Dolby Digital Support
Easy Setup
Simple to connect other Sonos Speakers

Cons
Not the biggest sound
Price

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WIRED

The Smartest Soundbar

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TechHive

Best mid-range soundbar, runner-up

Pros
Expansive sound
Dolby Atmost and HDMI eARC support
Can be upgraded to a full surround sound system with extra speakers and a subwoofer
Apple AirPlay 2 support in addition to Sonos' own fabled multi-room audio support

Cons
Virtualized height cues are subtle, and occasionally hissy
Drivers begin to struggle at high volume
DTS update didn't include DTS:X

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PCMag

Best Affordable Sonos Soundbar

Pros
Big sound field for its size
Full and crisp sound, from low-mids to highs
Dolby Atmos audio sounds precise and immersive, even without rear speakers

Cons
Not much deep bass without optional (and pricey) subwoofer
No Bluetooth support
Trueplay audio tuning only available for iOS

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Tom's Guide

The best-sounding soundbar for small TVs

Pros
Impressive sound for its size
3D audio with support for Dolby Atmos
Reliable TruePlay tuning
Best option for 55-inch and smaller TVs

Cons
Expensive
Some new formats not available at launch

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TechRadar

The best small soundbar with Dolby Atmos for compact rooms

Pros
Wide soundstage
HDMI eARC support
Hi-res audio compatibility

Cons
No upfiring drivers
No HDMI passthrough

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We ranked Samsung HW-Q990B #2 in January 2023 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung HW-Q990B as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Soundbar

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World Wide Stereo

Best Sound Bar and Wireless Sub

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WIRED

Best Dolby Atmos Bar

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Digital Trends

The best home theater replacement

Pros
Excellent fidelity
Impressive Dolby Atmos effects
Solid bass performance
Granular-level controls
Handles large rooms easily

Cons
Power cords are too short

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TechHive

Best high-end soundbar for Samsung TV owners

Pros
11.1.4 channels of terrific, room-filling audio
SpaceFit room correction now works for everyone
AirPlay 2 and built-in Alexa
Wireless Dolby Atmos connectivity

Cons
Q-Symphony and wireless Atmos only works with Samsung TVs
Power cords for the rear speakers are too short
No Chromecast support
4K video passthrough doesn’t support Dolby Vision

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PCMag

Most Features

Pros
Wide, accurate surround imaging with height channels
Powerful, balanced sound
Supports Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect
Interesting Samsung TV-compatible features, like Q-Symphony

Cons
Higher frequencies aren't super crisp
Only supports SBC codec for Bluetooth
Expensive

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TechRadar

The best soundbar for high-end Dolby Atmos immersion

Pros
Astounding Dolby Atmos positioning
Great connectivity

Cons
HDMI passthrough isn't 4K 120Hz
Music isn't as strong as movies

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Sound Bars.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Sound Bars, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for January 2023 ranking

We ranked Sonos Arc #3 in January 2023 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sonos Arc as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

Still one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars for TV that we've heard for the money

Pros
Convincing Dolby Atmos
Dynamic, detailed and weighty
All of the usual Sonos smarts

Cons
Music could be better projected
Heavily reliant on your TV’s specs

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World Wide Stereo

The Best All-in-One Soundbar

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Digital Trends

The best overall

Pros
Excellent surround sound
Easy and simple setup
Decent Dolby Atmos from a single speaker
Choice of Alexa or Google Assistant

Cons
No HDMI inputs
Not ideal for all music genres

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PCMag

Best One-Piece, Multi-Room Soundbar / Editors' Choice

Pros
Large sound field with powerful bass, even without a subwoofer
Supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Can easily be expanded with satellites and a subwoofer
Dolby Atmos compatibility with angled tweeters

Cons
Expensive
Only works with pricey Sonos subwoofer

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Tom's Guide

The best smart soundbar / Editor's Choice

Pros
Clear vocals and focused sound
Strong, Sonos-quality bass
Alexa and Google Assistant built-in

Cons
Will takes up quite a bit of space on a TV stand

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TechRadar

The best soundbar for Sonos fans

Pros
Dolby Atmos, TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus
Discrete all-in-one soundbar
Amazing surround sound and music playback

Cons
Needs TV of 55 inches or bigger
No HDMI passthrough

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We ranked Vizio M-Series 5.1 #4 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Lower Mid-Range Soundbar

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WIRED

Best Under $500

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Digital Trends

The best budget soundbar

Pros
eARC, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X support
Impressive subwoofer
Seamless surround effects
Comprehensive control
Excellent fidelity

Cons
One HDMI input
Less suitable for larger rooms

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TechHive

Best mid-range soundbar

Pros
Aggressively exciting audio performance
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
HDMI with eARC
Can be augmented with a smart speaker via 3.5mm input or Bluetooth

Cons
Bass can be boomy versus tight
No Wi-Fi adapter

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PCMag

Best Affordable 5.1-Channel System / Editors' Choice

Pros
Well priced for a system with a subwoofer and rear satellites
Good surround imaging with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
Powerful bass

Cons
Treble isn't quite crisp as it could be
Small visual control panel on the remote

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We ranked Sonos Ray #5 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sonos Ray as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

An assertive, punchy and petite soundbar with sparkling vocal clarity

Pros
Excellent vocal clarity
Punchy, forthright projection
Detailed high end

Cons
Not much low-end extension
Delivery a touch clinical
Narrow soundfield

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Compact Sound Bar Under $300

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Tom's Guide

Most affordable Sonos soundbar yet and a great entry to its ecosystem

Pros
Pleasingly compact
Nicely balanced sound
All the usual plus-points of Sonos multi-room

Cons
Not the most expansive sound
No HDMI

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TechRadar

The best cheap soundbar, if you're happy without HDMI

Pros
Big, balanced sound
Remote control learning part of setup
Good with music as well

Cons
No HDMI ARC option
More narrow sound
Sounds best for iPhone users

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We ranked Sennheiser Ambeo 3D #6 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sennheiser Ambeo 3D as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

The best soundbar for those with deep pockets.

Pros
Rich, balanced sound
Excellent dynamics
Impressive surround effect

Cons
Large
Fussy about positioning
Hugley expensive

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar

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SoundGuys

Best All-Around

Pros
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
Number of Inputs
Chromecast built-in

Cons
Price
Fairly large soundbar

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WIRED

Best Luxury Soundbar

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We ranked Devialet Dione #7 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Devialet Dione as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A premium Dolby Atmos soundbar that performs well with music

Pros
Excellent clarity and lack of distortion
Rhythmically responsive
Clear, crisp dialogue

Cons
Not the most immersive
Expensive
Dynamically restricted

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World Wide Stereo

The Best High End Dolby Atmos Soundbar

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Tom's Guide

Bags of power to deliver big movie thrills at home with gusto / Editors' Choice

Pros
Expansive, informative and assertive full-range sound
Intriguing design and high-quality finish
Flexible about placement

Cons
Eye-wateringly expensive
No HDMI passthrough
No remote control

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TechRadar

The best soundbar for full home theater sound in a single box

Pros
Bass like a subwoofer without a subwoofer
Excellent Dolby Atmos positional sound
Wonderful with music as well

Cons
No option for rear speakers
No HDMI passthrough

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We ranked Sony HT-A7000 #8 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony HT-A7000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

Powerful and muscular room-filling Dolby Atmos from a single soundbar

Pros
Robust low-end
Excellent Atmos performance
Feature-rich

Cons
No VRR or ALLM at launch
EQ controls would be nice
Slightly confused styling

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Tom's Guide

Best soundbar with Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio

Pros
High build quality
Best for surround format support
Clear sound with dialog

Cons
Small display
Subwoofer sold separately
High price compared to rivals

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TechRadar

Sony’s flagship is a big ‘bar for big bucks

Pros
Supremely clear dialogue
Two HDMI 2.1 ports
Atmos, DTS: X and 360 Reality Audio

Cons
Limited height channels

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We ranked Roku Streambar #9 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A great value budget soundbar with streaming onboard

Pros
Direct, well-projected sound
Great feature list
Can go loud

Cons
Doesn't sound cinematic

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WIRED

For Small Spaces

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TechHive

Best budget soundbar, runner-up

Pros
A pretty good soundbar integrated with a very good media streamer
Excellent remote control, with support for voice commands
Can be upgraded with a wireless subwoofer and surround speakers
Can also stream content from a NAS box or USB drive

Cons
Not as good as a speaker as it is a streamer
A little weak on bass response
HDR support does not include Dolby Vision

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Tom's Guide

The best soundbar with integrated media player

Pros
4K streaming
Clear, loud sound
Compact design

Cons
Relatively weak bass
No Ethernet port

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We ranked Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 #10 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A competent and weighty soundbar for those who only want a single speaker

Pros
Sleek low profile design
Weighty bottom end
Self-contained

Cons
Voices lack clarity
Not a particularly expansive soundstage
Tonally inconsistent

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Dolby Atmos Sound Bar Under $2,000

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Tom's Guide

The best soundbar overall for movies and music / Editor's Choice

Pros
Lively, muscular and expansive movie sound
Properly accomplished with music
Useful touch controls and app

Cons
Dolby Atmos effect not as pronounced as some
Close rivals cost less

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TechRadar

A musical rival for the Sonos Arc

Pros
Precise and engrossing sound with movies
Genuinely adept with music
Nice selection of control options

Cons
Dolby Atmos could be more effective

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We ranked Samsung HW-Q930 #11 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung HW-Q930 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Upper Mid-Range

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TechRadar

The best soundbar for most people

Pros
The most immersive sub-£1k Dolby Atmos soundbar experience
Powerful but also nuanced and balanced sound
Expansive channel count

Cons
Not great with music
Shrill trebles can very occasionally sound a touch harsh

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We ranked Klipsch Cinema 600 #12 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Klipsch Cinema 600 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best For The Money Soundbar

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PCMag

Best Affordable 3.1 Audio / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful audio performance with deep, theater-like sub-bass and crisp high-end definition
Wireless subwoofer
Bluetooth streaming
Virtual surround mode sounds good
Can be expanded to a true 5.1 system

Cons
No user-adjustable EQ

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We ranked Vizio Elevate #13 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Mid-Range Soundbar

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Digital Trends

The best Dolby Atmos for under $1,000

Pros
Simple setup, clear chart showing connections
Wonderfully unique design
Deep control over sound output levels
Exceptionally clear dialogue

Cons
Effects dependent on room
Costly

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TechHive

Best high-end soundbar, runner-up

Pros
Thrilling 3D sound
Rotating height drivers can also bolster stereo channels
Chromecast built in
Three HDMI ports, with eARC support on one

Cons
Bass is a bit overdone
SmartCast app frequently disconnected from the soundbar
Clunky, non-backlit remote control
No native music service support (e.g., Spotify Connect)

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We ranked Polk Audio React #14 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Polk Audio React as #1.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best Sound Bar Under $300

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TechHive

Best budget soundbar

Pros
Clean, nuanced sound given its price tag
Alexa onboard, including multi-room audio support
Expandable with wireless subwoofer and surround speaker options
Night mode and dialog volume level adjustments

Cons
No support for Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, or DTS Virtual:X
HDMI ARC only (doesn't support eARC)
Remote control buttons are flat and difficult to find in the dark

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We ranked Sony HT-A5000 #15 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

Can Sony bring its A-game to this mid-range Dolby Atmos soundbar?

Pros
Powerful, deep, well-measured sound
Excellent connectivity
Onscreen set-up

Cons
Limited EQ control
Voices lack a little sparkle
No VRR or ALLM at launch

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Digital Trends

The best for music and gaming

Pros
8K-ready HDMI input
Excellent movie and music sound
Easy on-screen setup
Tons of connection options
Hi-res, Sony 360RA, and DTS:X

Cons
No EQ adjustments
Some settings are buried
Poor integration of music services

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TechHive

Best high-end soundbar and wireless speaker package

Pros
Delivers a theater-like experience with a fully wireless speaker setup
Immersive Dolby Atmos performance
Frictionless setup and sound field optimization
Can use the speakers in certain Sony TVs as the center channel

Cons
Optional SA-SW3 subwoofer calls attention to itself
Some boxiness to the sound, particularly with music

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We ranked LG S95QR #16 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

LG’s latest flagship soundbar offers full surround and plenty of features

Pros
Excellent connectivity
Clear centre channel
Comprehensive format support

Cons
Overhead sound is not effective
It doesn’t look premium
Music sounds cluttered

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TechHive

Best high-end soundbar

Pros
Terrific Dolby Atmos and DTS:X performance
Center upfiring driver bolsters dialogue
AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support
AI-powered room correction

Cons
Glitchy Wi-Fi setup
Power cords for rear speakers are too short
Pricey

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TechRadar

Great for immersive sound

Pros
Delivers a true surround sound experience
Extremely powerful and dynamic sound
Appealing design

Cons
No 4K 120Hz or HDR10+ passthrough
Dialogue occasionally sounds over-exposed

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We ranked Yamaha YAS-209 #17 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best Sound Bar Under $400

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WIRED

A Smart Soundbar With a Sub

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Tom's Guide

Best soundbar speaker with a subwoofer and Alexa / Best Value

Pros
Clear and intelligible dialog
Excellent for music
Alexa voice control

Cons
Subwoofer lacks punch with some movie effects
Only 1 HDMI input

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We ranked Bose Smart Soundbar 900 #18 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

An impressively wide-sounding, articulate and crisp Dolby Atmos soundbar

Pros
Expansive breadth
Sleek design
Clear vocal projection

Cons
No DTS support
Noticeably processed sound
Not as Atmos-y as the best

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World Wide Stereo

The Smartest Sound Bar for Surround Sound

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Tom's Guide

Best soundbar with Dolby Atmos and multiroom

Pros
Slim and sleek design
Automatic room correction
Alexa and Google Assistant built-in
Dolby Atmos support
Good overall levels of sound for movies

Cons
Bass output is so-so
Not so great for music listening

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We ranked Roku Streambar Pro #19 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
SoundGuys

Best Features

Pros
Integrated Roku Player
HDMI ARC output
Google Assistant and Alexa support
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming
Remote access via Roku app
Value

Cons
Sound clarity lacking

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PCMag

Best for Built-In Media Streaming / Editors' Choice

Pros
Affordable
Solid audio performance
Lots of media streaming options
Remote with headphone jack

Cons
Relatively weak bass response

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We ranked Bose Smart Soundbar 600 #20 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best small soundbar

Pros
Easy setup
Excellent Atmos for its size
Clear and engaging dialog
AirPlay and Chromecast
Good music quality

Cons
No HDMI inputs
Smart speaker is Alexa-only
Limited in-app music services

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TechRadar

The best budget soundbar with Dolby Atmos

Pros
Compact, attractive design
Dolby Atmos with up-firing speakers
Extensive streaming options

Cons
Single HDMI port
Limited bass
No DTS:X support

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We ranked Sony HT-G700 #21 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A good entry-level soundbar with plenty of bass and Dolby Atmos support.

Pros
Big, weighty sound
Impressive Atmos effect
Solid and stylish

Cons
Lack of crispness and clarity
No streaming functionality

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TechRadar

The best affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar with a subwoofer

Pros
Impressively wide and tall sound
Dolby Atmos & DTS:X support
4K HDR HDMI passthrough

Cons
Can't manage true height
Not as dynamic as higher priced options

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We ranked Denon Home 550 #22 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best Wireless Soundbar

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TechRadar

A great smaller soundbar with big, bold sound

Pros
Well specified and flexible
Poised, large-scale sound (at reasonable volumes)
Nicely made and finished

Cons
Becomes socially aggressive at higher volumes
Doesn’t feel as nice as it looks
Dolby Atmos effect is lacking

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We ranked JBL Bar 9.1 #23 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

Best Sound Bar for Surround Sound

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PCMag

Best 9.1-Channel System

Pros
Powerful audio with thunderous bass depth
Dolby Atmos drivers
Wireless rear channel speakers
Easy setup

Cons
Expensive
Large
Could use more precise EQ controls

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We ranked ZVOX AccuVoice AV157 #24 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best for Those With Hearing Loss

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Digital Trends

The best for dialog enhancement

Pros
Small footprint
Easy connections and setup
Super-clear and adjustable dialog

Cons
Expensive for a small speaker
No wireless connections for music

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We ranked JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam #25 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
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What Hi-Fi

A compact, budget soundbar with virtual Dolby Atmos

Pros
Big, full-bodied presentation
Dolby Virtual Atmos
Multi-room options

Cons
Could be more detailed
Dynamic expression poor
Slovenly sense of timing

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Tom's Guide

The best soundbar for affordable Atmos

Pros
Good Dolby Atmos performance
Auto calibration
Doesn't need a subwoofer

Cons
Limited sound controls
No mobile app

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We ranked Polk Audio MagniFi Mini #26 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best Small Sound Bar Under $500

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Tom's Guide

The best soundbar for smaller spaces

Pros
Powerful bass and clear vocals
Wireless subwoofer
Google Cast audio integration

Cons
No onscreen display or mobile app
Harsh treble

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We ranked Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ #27 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sound Bars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A direct and detailed, virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar for TV

Pros
Satisfying Dolby Atmos delivery
Direct and solid presentation
Detailed, open sound

Cons
Music lacks drive and drama
No 'native' sound mode
No auto-detect of HDMI input

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Sound Bar for Hi-Res Audio

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