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Best cheap soundbar deals live now: TCL, Samsung, JBL, more

Want a cinematic experience from the comfort of your couch? Why, of course you do! Whether it's the latest Hollywood blockbuster or a binge-worthy Netflix series, a decent soundbar will improve your viewing immeasurably and (just as importantly) it'll do the job simply and cheaply.

Soundbars and soundbases are an easy and space-efficient way of boosting your TV's sound performance without cluttering your lounge with multiple speakers and a chunky AV amplifier. Just put a soundbar in front of your TV (or below it if you're wall-mounting) and you're good to go!

Here's our pick of the best deals from online retailers on a selection of sound-boosting TV soundbar solutions. Oh, and don't forget, we've also got a dedicated Best soundbars buying guide, and a special feature which will show you how to choose and set up a soundbar, so there'll be no issues when it arrives.

The best budget soundbar deals live right now

JBL Bar 2.1

JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass $300 $250 (save $50) at Walmart
JBL's entry-level 'bars are popular because they provide a big improvement to your TV's sound on a budget. The Bar 2.1 Deep Bass adds a wireless subwoofer to boot. The sub's 6-1/2" down-firing woofer promises a low-end rumble worthy of its name and the bar is no slouch either, housing six drivers – four long-excursion racetrack-shaped drivers and two 1" dome tweeters. It's a lot for this price... 

LG SK1

LG SK1 40W compact soundbar $100 $80 (save $20) at Walmart
Soundbars don't get much more convenient (or affordable) than the 25-in LG 2.0 Channel 40W SK1. Its compact design brings better sound without cluttering up the den, while Bluetooth wirelessly links to compatible devices, including select LG televisions via Sound Sync. 

Samsung HW-Q60T

Samsung HW-Q60T soundbar/sub $448 $348 (save $100) at Crutchfield
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. 

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TCL Alto 6+ 2.1ch sound bar $170 $120 (save $50) at Walmart
Dolby Digital Audio is onboard, it's Roku TV Ready for a quick, hassle-free setup and you get a wireless subwoofer to up the bass of your movies, shows and music. Again, not a model we've tested, but it's a solution for little money – with an extra discount. 

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