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!
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals arriving thick and fast, there are some great early holiday deals 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...
Top 5 Black Friday soundbar deals live right now
- JBL Bar Studio (Black) soundbar
£129£80 at Richer Sounds
- JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100£40 at Currys
- Sky Soundbox soundbar
£499£189 at Sky
- Samsung HW-Q60T soundbar/sub
£449£349 at Richer Sounds
- Sony HT-S350 soundbar
£299£159 at Currys
JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100 £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 less than half price! Bargain.
Samsung HW-Q60T soundbar/sub
£449 £349 at Richer Sounds
Not a model we've tested, but with DTS Virtual X digital sound processing onboard (which emulates object-based surround sound like DTS:X and Dolby Atmos) thanks to the up-firing drivers, there's a lot to like on paper – especially with this £100 discount. View Deal
Cambridge Audio TV5 v2 soundbase
£299 £249 at Cambridge Audio
We awarded Cambridge's sonically-superb soundbase five stars. Now that you can save £50 on the original asking price, it's an even more attractive proposition. Fantastic performance at an affordable price point.
Sky Soundbox soundbar
£499 £189 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 £60-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 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
JBL Bar Studio (Black) soundbar
£129 £80 at Richer Sounds
This four-star JBL is a fine budget upgrade on your TV's speakers - especially with this incredible 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
Sony HT-S350 soundbar
£299 £159 at Currys
Be quick and you can nab Sony's 2.1-channel soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo cut-price (a whopping £140 saving) at Amazon. We say be quick because, at the time of writing, this deal is selling fast... View Deal
Yamaha YSP-2700 soundbar
£599 £499 at Peter Tyson
A five-star soundbar and sub with a handy discount; there's optical, coax, 3 x HDMI in, another HDMI out and support for Airplay, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi too. Once carefully placed, you'll get excellent dynamics with a wide soundstage and an even tonal balance.View Deal