Best soundbars

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...so what you need is a soundbar. The very best TV speakers can pack great, meaty sound into a package small enough to sit in front of your TV. They might also boast wireless subwoofers, Bluetooth, 4K-friendly HDMI inputs and even Dolby Atmos audio.

These are our picks of the best soundbars for a range of different budgets.

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Under £100

JBL Bar Studio

The JBL Bar Studio soundbar is a solid affordable upgrade to your TV speakers. 

SPECIFICATIONS

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 £500

Sonos Beam

Small, adaptable and - most crucially - great-sounding, the Beam could be Sonos' best product so far.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dolby Digital 5.1 | HDMI ARC | Amazon Alexa

Reasons to Buy
Impressively open, spacious, three-dimensional sound
Surprising bass weight and depth
Simple setup
Compact and stylish
Usual Sonos music streaming and multi-room capabilities
Reasons to Avoid
A little bright and sibilant at high volumes and with poor audio
More HDMI inputs would be nice

Under £750

Yamaha YSP-2700

Another Yamaha soundbar that does a very convincing job of immersing you in movie soundtracks.

SPECIFICATIONS

Wireless subwoofer | 3 HDMI inputs | Bluetooth

Reasons to Buy
Wide, spacious surround sound
Tonally well balanced
Good dynamics
Slim design
Great connectivity
Reasons to Avoid
Needs careful placement to get the most from it
Back surround effects not as well pronounced
Treble could have a touch more bite

Under £1000

Dali Kubik One

One of the best premium soundbars we've tested - the sound is hugely engaging, and it looks very dapper to boot.

SPECIFICATIONS

2 optical inputs | 24bit/96kHz support | aptX Bluetooth

Reasons to Buy
Involving, engaging sound
Good number of connections
Easy to use
Good looks
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £1500

Sony HT-ST5000

Accomplished Dolby Atmos soundbars are few and far between. The HT-ST5000 is one of them. It makes film soundtracks so immersive you'll think you're inside the movie.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dolby Atmos sound | 4K HDR passthrough | Wireless subwoofer

Reasons to Buy
Excellent integration
Weighty bass
Fine detail
Chromecast compatible
Reasons to Avoid
Remote could be better designed