As our televisions have grown thinner and sleeker, so has there become less space for a powerful audio system. To this end many people are adding a sound bar to their entertainment set-up, to drastically enhance the audio and keep it in line with the technological advances of the screen resolutions.
Sound bars come in varying guises, some sit under the TV, others can be wall-mounted, some use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect, others via a cable. They also come with multiple speakers that you can place around the room for a more all-encompassing sound.
If you are thinking of buying a sound bar, have a look at the ones we are recommending:
This sound bar comes with a 70W subwoofer, connects wirelessly and despite its small size packs a hefty 120W of audio power. It has a range of special sound effects, including Cinema, Music, Flat and Boost, all to enhance the audio on your TV. Great value product.
Another good value product here that also includes a subwoofer. You get various settings which allow you to adjust the bass, a cinema mode for sharper dialogue and an all-around great quality for the price.
With surround sound and a wireless subwoofer, this connects via Bluetooth to allow you to stream music or TV to a whole new level. A massive 300W of audio power, it supports Dolby Digital for exceptional cinema quality sound. The sound is directed three different ways by Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround and all from a lovely sleek design and two speakers.
Another sleek sound bar here that won’t interfere with your remote control. The wireless subwoofer gives a booming bass, and there are connections which allow you to pass an image from a Blu-ray player to your TV through the soundbar, in full 4K resolution. You can also connect this sound bar to other speakers for a multi-audio sound system.
A good-looking sound bar here with a subwoofer which you can put anywhere. The sound bar connects to the TV with a cable and uses a proprietary system called airSOUND which provides the same quality audio wherever you are in the room.
Gorgeous slick and smart sound bar from Bose who are always at the top of their game when it comes to audio. Includes a set-up for calibrating your room for the perfect acoustics, and a nice wide stage. Connects with a cable but you can use an HDMI for better sound.
This sound bar also connects using an optical cable, and customers like the easy setup. You can use it as a proper stereo and add a subwoofer for extra bass notes. It has a wide stage and good power and it can be wall-mounted too.
This has upward-firing speakers which work to create a powerful 3D sound effect. It uses the same technology that Dolby uses in the cinema. If you want a cinema experience in your own home, this is the sound bar to buy. It includes a whopping 18 speakers inside, including one dedicated for the voice. It includes a subwoofer and connects via HDMI whilst also offering Bluetooth music streaming.
This is a big and booming sound bar that can fill a room with crystal sharp sound. You get a range of treble and bass notes and there is also Spotify Connect built in. Settings include a Clear Voice for more precise vocals. A connection is via optical cable or HDMI that supports ARC.
This is an expensive soundbar not least because it has 46 speakers inside, all working on individual delays for perfect sync. Six speakers are angled upwards and there is a built-in sub-woofer. It connects by optical cable or HDMI that supports ARC.