£ 800

Best soundbar, Awards 2012. £800 may seem like a lot of money for this two-box system, but when you see what you get it's a steal

£ 1300

By far the best virtual surround solution we've come across

£ 300

It's not got much going for it in the looks department, but this JVC is a tidy performer that shines even at high volumes

£ 300

It's as pretty as a picture, but there's no way we can recommend this woefully lacking Samsung soundbar

£ 400

A mixture of both soundbar and receiver, this accomplished Yamaha delivers high-quality sound with plenty of presence and focus

£ 1100

The YSP-4100 is a sophisticated, modern and convincing attempt to produce surround sound from one box

£ 700

There's never been a soundbar as flexible as Samsung's HT-BD8200

£ 1500

The Panorama is a bit of a let-down. For all its unlikely low-frequency ability, it doesn't quite add up

£ 800

Impressive power, scale and extension from a one-box surround sound system, even without a subwoofer

£ 350

Not worth the pricetag especially with better options available