Top 7 Soundbars

Audio and video technology has made leaps and bounds in recent years with the introduction of many new and exciting developments. If you remember 20 years ago when everyone owned thick, heavy, square tube-style TV sets, you probably remember that the sound system that came built into these televisions was more than adequate. This is because the way that old-school televisions were designed allowed for a substantial set of speakers that delivered impressive sound quality without the need for a separate sound system. Today, TVs have become impressively thin and wide, which is great for space and picture but not so much for audio quality. Most people who buy newer TV monitors find that they need something to augment their audio with. While some opt for full 5.1 surround sound systems, many do not have the space or the desire for this set up. Soundbars are the simplest and best choice for most people who want better sound quality from their TV. There is a mind-boggling amount of soundbars on the market today, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Some, however, clearly separate themselves from the competition by their superior sound quality, ease of use, and price point. To help you make the best decision, below are the top 7 soundbars on the market today.

1. Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar

The Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar makes it on our list of the top soundbars available for its highly versatile and approachable nature. In terms of sound quality, this soundbar is an obvious upgrade over TV-quality sound; it has an impressively wide soundstage that delivers great depth and tonal balance. If you are expecting theater-like, booming sound, this system may not be what you are looking for. The sound that this soundbar provides is certainly rich and detailed, but it is mostly designed to fill a room evenly rather than provide an extreme depth of impact. This system can, however, be paired with a separately-sold subwoofer system that adds significantly more bass than the soundbar could deliver on its own. The main draw of Sonos’s products is their ability to interconnect. Sonos created a unique, app-based system in which the user can connect any one of Sonos’s systems to another, creating the potential for a whole-home audio system. The great thing about this is that Sonos’s systems connect to each other through your home Wi-Fi network, so there is no need to run wires between systems.