It's time to face the ugly truth, your TV speakers are compromised. No matter how amazing they're advertised to be, the speakers you'll find built into your TV are likely dinky, downward-firing speakers that can't live up to their potential due to feeble-sized drivers.
As flat-panel technology improves and TVs get thinner, real estate for drivers is ever decreasing, and your TV's in-built speakers have an almost impossible task of delivering sound that matches up with the dizzying visuals onscreen. But there is a cost-effective way to hear dialogue more clearly and up the ante with film soundtracks. Just grab yourself a great-value TV soundbar from some excellent brands currently discounted.
A soundbar is a 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 the TV, hook it up (either physically or wirelessly) and voila, you're all set!
There are currently some extra-tasty deals to be snapped up on wallet-friendly TV soundbars, as well as some excellent savings on more premium options if you're partnering with a bigger flagship TV.
Not sure which model is right for you? We have buying guides with all the info on the best soundbars and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars that we've tested across a range of prices. And at the more affordable end of the market, our best budget soundbars page has you covered.
SOUNDBAR DEALS QUICK LINKS
- Amazon: up to 50% off soundbars
- Richer Sounds: soundbars available from £99
- Sevenoaks: up to £300 off soundbars
- Box: big discounts on soundbars from Samsung, LG and more
- Peter Tyson: save hundreds on premium soundbars
Best soundbar deals under £100
JVC TH-D227BA 2.0 Compact Sound Bar
£100 £50 at Currys (save £50)
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.
Hisense HS214 all-in-one soundbar
£129 £79 at Amazon (save £50)
Not a model we've tested but at this price Hisense's 65cm 'bar with multiple connections (line-in, USB, Bluetooth, optical, HDMI out ARC), three Audio Modes (movie, music and news) and a bundled universal remote presents an awful lot to like.
Best soundbar deals £100 to £250
£199 £170 at Amazon (save £20)
Denon is renowned for its stellar AVRs, but the company also makes some decent inexpensive soundbars. At this price, this Denon might not have top-tier features, but it's a great starter soundbar for the price. It features Dolby Digital and DTS encoding, Bluetooth connection and HDMI Arc support.
£279 £197 at Amazon (save £82)
Like the look of the other Denon but fancy a soundbar with a bit more oomph? The DHT-S316 includes a dedicated wireless sub for enhanced bass without the clutter of cords. It also includes Dolby Digital and DTS encoding, alongside Denon's speech enhancing mode.
£349 £249 at Amazon (save £100)
Here's a juicy £100 saving on a 3.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with wireless subwoofer. We rated this 2020 model four stars, praising its "big, weighty sound" and "impressive Atmos effect".
Bose TV Speaker
£270 £239 at Amazon (save £31)
This soundbar thrives on simplicity: there's a one-connection set-up to your TV via an optical audio cable or an HDMI. You can use your current TV remote to control the volume of the speaker and it detects the signal from your TV when turned on and automatically turns on, too. There's Bluetooth for streaming and setting for vocal clarity and extra bass too.
Bose Solo 5 Soundbar
£240 £150 at John Lewis (save £90)
Bose's Solo 5 soundbar is a simple and effective way to improve your TV's audio. It's not got all the bells and whistles of more expensive soundbars, however, at £150 it's a solid deal.
Best soundbar deals £250 to £500
Bowers and Wilkins Panorama 3
£899 £499 at Peter Tyson (save £400)
Bowers & Wilkins's first Dolby Atmos soundbar is a sleek, stand-alone system that delivers 3.1.2 channels of audio from a single unit. There’s Amazon Alexa onboard for hands-free voice commands and streaming is well catered for with AirPlay 2, aptX Adaptive Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, while high-resolution listening is supported via the Bowers & Wilkins Music App.
JBL Bar 5.0
£350 £279 at Amazon (save £71)
Want big sound from a small Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar that doesn't cost the earth? The four-star JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a real bargain at this price.
£350 £319 at Amazon (save £31)
Not one we've tested but wireless 5.1 systems at this price don't come along every day. The catch is that it isn't completely wireless, requiring an included compact wireless amplifier to power the rear speakers. But if you have the space to house it this looks to be a decent compact system with Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, a USB port, plus optical and analogue inputs.
Denon Home Sound Bar 550
£599 £449 at Peter Tyson (save £150)
This is a good deal on what looks like a very good soundbar. Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HEOS built-in and AirPlay 2 support combine to make it one of the more feature-rich of its kind we've seen.
Best soundbar deals £500 to £1000
Bose Smart Soundbar 900
£899 £767 at Amazon (save £132)
This slick soundbar has all the specs you'd expect from Bose with wifi connectivity, Airplay, Bluetooth, Chromecast and multi-room streaming. Sonically it produces an impressively wide sound field and an articulate and crisp Dolby Atmos performance.
Best soundbar deals over £1000
£1299 £1103 at Amazon (save £196)
This five-star, Award-winning soundbar delivers amazing Atmos and a bountiful feature set that culminates in a truly impressive soundbar. Equally as impressive are these savings, meaning you can get one for £200 the usual asking price right now.
Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Plus
£1299 £1049 at Sevenoaks (save £200)
Sennheiser's Ambeo Plus impresses with a wide, spacious soundfield, excellent musical ability and a fine spread of useful features and connectivity options. HDMI inputs are included as are a number of different steaming options, from Bluetooth to Spotify Connect. The Ambeo Plus sits among the best Dolby Atmos soundbars at this level. To get this price, use code GDSAVE100 at checkout.
Sennheiser Ambeo Max
£2199 £1899 at Sevenoaks (save £300)
Standing almost 1.3m wide, Sennheiser's Ambeo is not for the faint of heart or short of space, but it takes up much less space than a full home cinema, sounds sensational and boasts Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. This is a hefty discount on Sennheiser's stellar soundbar so snap it up while you can.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage
£1499 £1399 at Peter Tyson (save £100)
The Beosound Stage, much like the rest of B&O's product portfolio. blends sound and style to create an elegant Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbar. At £200 off the asking price, it's a great time to get your hands on this sophisticated soundbar.
Despite it’s class leading connectivity, functionality & sonic performance - particularly with respect to movies & TV - i doubt that i’d be willing to part with much more if I were shopping around now. And probably not at SONY’s current prices.
Although movie & TV dialogue & soundtracks are handled with aplomb, i do think there are soundbar & sub. options, a couple of them for significantly less, that offer slightly better replay of stereo or multi-channel music.