A soundbar or sound bar is a special loudspeaker enclosure that creates a reasonable stereo effect from a single cabinet. They are much wider than they are tall, partly for acoustical reasons, but also so that they can be mounted above or below a display device, for instance, above a computer monitor or under a television or home theater screen.
1. Bose Solo TV sound system
Not so much a sound bar, but more of a sound box, this device sits under your TV, connects to it via one simple connection and provides good quality noise. Audio is clear, plus there’s a good balance and it can cope really well with loud volumes. If you dislike having wires cluttering up your lounge, yet still want room filling audio, then a soundbar is a great device to invest in. Packing high-quality audio and 2.1 channel sound, a soundbar sits below your TV, out of the way. There are a lot of soundbar on the market now, ranging in price and feature sets, so to help make your decision we've put all the best ones into this handy list.
2. Sony HT-ST7
Developed in partnership with Sony Pictures’ Soundworks, this flagship sound bar features 7.1 channels driven by a discrete S-Master Digital Amplifier, while Magnetic Fluid Speakers ensure vocal clarity is crisp. Sony claim that you’ll have a far wider sound sweet spot for the best sound than the competition, so the whole room should filled with quality audio. Bluetooth support means you can easily share audio from your smartphone, while the added bonus of NFC means device pairing should be simple.
3. Harman Kardon Sabre SB 26
While quite a bit cheaper than its brother, the SB 35, the 26 still manages to sport dual drivers, a 1-inch dome tweeter and two 3-inch mid-range drivers. There are two HDMI ports, one less than the 35 and a wireless, 100-watt subwoofer to give that extra bit of oomph.
4. Sony HT-ST3
The smaller sibling of Sony’s new sound bar range, the ST3 features a 4.1 channel discrete S-Master Digital Amplifier, paired with 11 speakers to fully immerse your room in sound. Bluetooth is also supported, so you can easily play your favourite tunes from your smartphone.
5. Harman Kardon SB 35
This top of the line soundbar comes packing 1.75-inch drivers, 1-inch tweeters along with support for Dolby Digital True HD decoding. Other features include three HDMI ports, Bluetooth technology and a rather sleek and super slim design. A companion iOS and Android app is also available, allowing you to stream your music collection straight to the sound bar.