Brace yourselves as there's no easy way to say this: your TV's speakers probably aren't much to write home about. Don't feel bad though, few are, and there is a cost-effective way to hear dialogue more clearly and up the ante with film soundtracks. And that's with a good-value soundbar.
A soundbar or soundbase is an easy and simple solution to boost your TV's sonic performance without cluttering your lounge with multiple speakers and a chunky AV amplifier. You just pop it in front of (soundbar) or beneath (soundbase) the TV, and voila, you're all set!
And the good news just keeps on coming, as there are some great deals to be snapped up on TV soundbars and soundbases, as well as some excellent savings on more premium options if you're partnering with a bigger flagship TV.
The best soundbars will offer pseudo surround sound, while the very best (and more expensive) are what are referred to as Dolby Atmos soundbars, delivering a sense of overhead sound from a truly immersive soundfield.
Here's our pick of the best prices on TV sound-boosting solutions...
LG SN5Y with DTS Virtual:X
£299 £219 (save £80) at Currys
At LG's most affordable end of the scale, this 2020 model is a 2.1 channel, wireless hi-res audio set-up with DTS Virtual:X. AI Sound Pro adjusts sound levels, there's Bluetooth support, and LG says it best suits TVs of between 40in and 49in. Not one we've tested – but worth a gander at this price.View Deal
JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100 £60 (save £40) at Currys
This JVC soundbar has Bluetooth for wireless streaming as well as wired connections, so you can easily connect the soundbar to your TV or existing audio. It has a compact design that's compatible with TVs from 17” and over. Oh, and it's now just £40! Bargain.
£399 £379 (save £20) at Currys
One of the best performance-per-pound products Sonos has produced to date, the Beam is a blinding little soundbar that is musically capable of doubling up as your go-to wireless speaker.View Deal
Sky Soundbox Soundbar
£499 £209 (save £290) at Sky
Sky's soundbar slash wireless speaker (a collaborative effort with Parisian audio specialist Devialet) delivers a big sound from a small box. It has 4K-supporting HDMI input/output connections and a digital optical input, plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity for music. At this extra £40-off price reduction (it was reduced to £249 until very recently) it's now competitively priced indeed...View Deal
Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar
£350 £299 (save £51) at Peter Tyson
You can now save on this five-star 'bar from Yamaha – a deal so good, it even rhymes! It's a clear step above entry-level models in terms of quality, with a detailed and spacious soundfield and tight, tonally balanced delivery. Take advantage of Bluetooth connectivity and the soundbar's single 4K-compatible HDMI input.View Deal
Sony HT-S350 soundbar
£299 £179 (save £120) at Currys
Be quick and you can nab Sony's 2.1-channel soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo cut-price (a whopping £120 saving) at Currys. We say be quick because, at the time of writing, this deal is selling fast... View Deal