Brace yourselves, 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.
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 coming, because there are some great inexpensive TV soundbars and soundbases, as well as some excellent more premium options if you're partnering with a bigger flagship TV. The best will offer pseudo surround sound, while some models even support next-generation Dolby Atmos for a sense of overhead, truly immersive sound.
Here's our pick of the best prices on our favourite TV sound-boosting solutions.
Top 5 soundbar deals live right now
- Sony HT-ZF9 Dolby Atmos soundbar
£650£475 at Amazon
- JBL Bar Studio
£129£99 at Richer Sounds
- JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100£50 at Currys
- LG SK8 with Dolby Atmos
£699£299 at Currys
- Sony HT-ST5000 with Dolby Atmos
£1500£1199 at John Lewis
JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100 £50 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 half price! Bargain.
Sonos Playbase (white)
£699 £534 at Amazon
What this Sonos soundbase offers is simplicity, style, a sonic upgrade over any flatscreen telly in existence and currently, a tidy saving. You'll also get seamless, simple multi-room integration and almost limitless musical options. An ideal buy for Sonos fans. View Deal
JBL Bar Studio (Black) soundbar
£129 £99 at Richer Sounds
This four-star JBL is a fine budget upgrade on your TV's speakers - especially with a £30 discount. HDMI, optical and Bluetooth support are all included along with a wall mount kit, optical cable and 3.5mm AUX cable bundled in. Worth a look for some solid, cheap soundbar action.View Deal
Cambridge Audio TV5 v2 Soundbase
£299 £199 at Cambridge Audio
We awarded Cambridge's sonically-superb soundbase five stars. Now that you can save £100 on the original asking price, it's an even more attractive proposition. Fantastic performance at an affordable price point.
Q Acoustics M2 soundbase
£299 £199 at Peter Tyson
Q Acoustics can now add a soundbase to its list of successes. We said the M2 was fantastic value for money at its original price, so the fact it's now £100 cheaper is unbelievable value.View Deal
Sky Soundbox soundbar
£499 £249 at Sky
Sky's soundbar-cum-wireless-speaker 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. For existing and potential Sky customers, the Soundbox is a success and, at £249, it's now competitively priced.View Deal
LG SK8 Dolby Atmos soundbar Bluetooth
£699 £299 at Currys
LG's high-tech SK8 packs Dolby Atmos tech into a 2.1-channel soundbar to deliver more immersive sound from your movies. The LG also boasts support for hi-res audio, Chromecast and Bluetooth, plus an HDMI input and wireless subwoofer. A serious sound-boosting proposition for the money.View Deal
Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar
£350 £249 at Sevenoaks
You can now save £100 on this five-star soundbar from Yamaha. 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
Samsung HW-N650 soundbar
£700 £513 at Amazon
Here, Samsung's Acoustic Beam Technology aims to deliver a more cinematic experience from the space in front of your TV. The HW-N650 delivers an impressive 360 watts of power through its 5.1 drivers, and has a wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth to boot. View Deal
Sony HT-ZF9 Dolby Atmos soundbar
£650 £475 at Amazon
If you haven't got space for a full Dolby Atmos surround package, this Sony soundbar gives you a taste of the tech in a smaller set-up. It does a very decent job of immersing you in the action despite just being just a 3.1-channel design. 4K HDR support, twin HDMI inputs and Bluetooth connectivity come as standard. View Deal
Sony HT-ST5000 Atmos soundbar
£1500 £1199 at John Lewis
This Award-winning Dolby Atmos Sony soundbar can now be yours complete with a decent saving on its original price. It produces a seriously accomplished sound and does a great job of immersing you in the action. At this price, it's well worth an audition and boasts three HDMI inputs for all your 4K and HD sources.View Deal