1. Sony HT-ST3

    Sony HT-ST3

    A classic example of style over substance. Given tweaks to the sound it could be far better, but that’s not to be for now

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  2. Philips HTL9100

    Philips HTL9100

    Product of the Year, Awards 2013. If you want a shape-shifting soundbar with surround sound, make sure to seek this one out

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  3. Canton DM 90.2

    Canton DM 90.2

    A thunderous, exciting listen, but a bit of a blunt instrument – the Canton would benefit from greater subtlety and refinement

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  4. Libratone Lounge

    Libratone Lounge

    The Lounge is a tall, beefy-sounding bar. But it lacks the sonic ability needed to make an impact at this level

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  5. Sonos Playbar and Sub

    Sonos Playbar and Sub

    The Sonos combination will blow your TV's sound out of the water, but it still isn’t quite the finished article

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  7. B&W Panorama 2

    B&W Panorama 2

    Much improved on the original and delivering a quality that justifies the price

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  8. Yamaha YSP-4300

    Yamaha YSP-4300

    As close to proper surround sound as you can get from a soundbar, but struggles in stereo

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  9. Panasonic SC-HTB570

    Panasonic SC-HTB570

    The SC-HTB750 tries hard by offering a decent level of functionality, but suffers from below-par sound quality

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    Available from £350
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  10. Otone Sonora AV-Lance

    Otone Sonora AV-Lance

    A decent, affordable effort from Otone but sound quality is tainted by a distracting brightness

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    Available from £300.65
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  11. JBL Cinema SB400

    JBL Cinema SB400

    A good-looking, extremely capable soundbar solution, the JBL is a fine alternative to TV speakers

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