If you want to improve your TV's sound without adding a full 5.1 surround sound cinema system, then a soundbase is a great option...

What's a soundbase? Well, it's like a soundbar - and is clearly piggy-backing on the popularity of that product category - but rather than sitting in front of your TV, a soundbase sits directly underneath your TV.

So, if space is at a serious premium around your television, then a soundbase might make more sense for you than a soundbar. And the end result is still the same: a cost-effective upgrade to your TV's sound quality.

The market has flourished in the last year, but when it comes to choosing which one is best for you, you don't have to go in blind. We've picked out the best budget and premium soundbases on the shop shelves...

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Best soundbase under £300
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Cambridge Audio entered the soundbase market last year with its TV2, and it went on to win an Award.  And now we have a larger version, the TV5.

The British company promised a ‘step up in size and sound' with the TV5 - and it does exactly what it sets out to do, delivering greater scale and an increased sense of power than its smaller sibling.

Should you buy the TV5 over the TV2? If you have the space and extra cash, then sure. 

MORE: Cambridge Audio TV5 review

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Best soundbase under £500
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Canton has a great record with soundbases. Its DM 50 and larger DM 75 got the full five stars for their excellent sound and ease of use.

With the new DM55, Canton hasn't made any drastic changes, but the addition of a glass top, some sonic tweaks and a price drop (from £400) make it an even more appealing proposition than before.

It's a classier-looking thing altogether, and its meaty-yet-subtle sound will prove a huge audio upgrade for your TV. 

MORE: Canton DM 55 review

Best soundbase under £750
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You might think this premium soundbase is a little pricey (it's certainly one of the biggest-ticket 'bases we've reviewed), but trust us every penny of the Geneva's asking price is accounted for.

The build quality is a notch above some of its cheaper rivals too, with its smooth metallic finish (in black or white) and matching metal front grille. Even the remote is stylish, and the handy LCD display is yet another bonus.

If your budget can stretch, here's where to spend it.

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