Best budget soundbars and soundbases


A lot of flatscreen TVs are lacking a certain something when it comes to sound. And that something is quality. These soundbars and soundbases provide a great audio upgrade without emptying your wallet.

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Under £75


If you've got a flatscreen that's struggling for sound but are on a tight budget, this honest, hard-working JVC is worth an audition.


Optical digital input | Coaxial digital input | Remote control

Reasons to Buy
Well built
Decent for dialogue
Goes impressively loud
Effective sound modes
Reasons to Avoid
Unsurprisingly short of bass
No digital optical cable supplied
A touch strident when played loud

Under £150

JBL Bar Studio

As excellent upgrade on your TV's speakers at an eye-catching price.


Bluetooth | JBL Surround Sound | Dimensions (hwd): 6 x 61 x 9cm

Reasons to Buy
Solid and punchy sound
Plenty of bass
Decent detail
Good range of features
Reasons to Avoid
Hardens slightly at higher volumes
Lacks timing and dynamics with music

Under £250

Q Acoustics M2

Sonically superb, from the bass all the way to the treble. And it's sturdy, stylish and a current Award-winner.


aptX Bluetooth | HDMI ARC | RCA

Reasons to Buy
Crisp, punchy, detailed listen
Easy to use
Rugged, fuss-free design
Reasons to Avoid
Remote could be nicer

Under £350

Yamaha YAS-207

The 207 is a compelling, class-leading performer wrapped up in a simple-to-use package.


Bluetooth | HDMI | DTS Virtual:X

Reasons to Buy
Crisp, insightful and dynamic sound
Spacious and immersive performance
Slim and practical design
Reasons to Avoid
Treble a little unrefined
Could do with more midrange solidity