Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio
TV speakers suck, but not everyone has the room—or the budget—for an A/V receiver and six or more loudspeakers. A soundbar can fit under or in front of your TV, and a good one will knock your socks off.
Technology has enabled TVs to become ever flatter, thinner, and lighter, but it can’t overcome the laws of physics when it comes to audio. Filling a room with sound requires substantial speakers that can move a lot of air, and those types of speakers just won’t fit inside a thin TV chassis. That’s where soundbars come in.
We’ll explain all the latest soundbar technology, show you the most important features you should look for, and name our top picks in budget, mid-range, and high-end categories. We’ll also provide links to all our reviews of soundbars currently on the market, so you can find exactly the right one for your needs.
Here are our current top picks, with brief summaries explaining our reasoning. These will change over time as new models come in for evaluation. Our soundbar reviews will go into some depth, so we encourage you to follow the links to read them in their entirety. Beneath our top picks you’ll find some general guidance about soundbars, followed by explanations of the features you should consider when choosing one. Links at the bottom of the page will take you the rest of our soundbar reviews.
Updated February 21, 2018 to add our review of the Polk Audio Signa S1soundbar. As much as we liked this budget-priced speaker, it doesn't displace the Yamaha YAS-107 as our favorite, or the Samsung HW-M450 as the runner-up, in that category.
Best budget soundbar: Yamaha YAS-107
Samsung 2017 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer (Model HW-M450)
Best mid-range soundbar: JBL SB 450
Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar
Best high-end soundbar: Yamaha YAS-706
Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar