Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in sound bars.

Yamaha YAS-203 review

While it may not be the most powerful or feature-packed bar in the Yamaha family, when it comes to sheer dollar to performance value, few outpace the YAS-203. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Vizio SB4551-D5 Review

  • Powerful, engaging 5.1 surround sound
  • Full and punchy bass
  • Detailed upper register
  • Packed with features
  • Highly affordable
  • Icy touch to the treble
  • Midrange lacks presence
  • Interface less than intuitive
Our Score 7

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Review

  • Thrilling Dolby Atmos experience
  • Excellent matching of all components
  • Wireless, hassle-free surround sound
  • Rich and powerful bass
  • Thin enough to rest beneath your TV
  • Midrange can be flat and boxy
  • No DTS surround sound decoding
  • Wireless satellite speakers emit white noise
Our Score 7

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Review

  • Bold, powerful bass
  • Fluid, detailed treble
  • True surround sound
  • EQ forces choice between piercing or muddled…
  • Multiple DSP modes convolute sound
  • Remote control less than intuitive
  • Bar can block TV’s infrared sensor
Our Score 5

Yamaha YSP-5600 Review

  • Powerful Dolby Atmos/DTS:X virtual surround sound
  • Feature-rich
  • Extremely detailed dialog and sound effects
  • Easy to use
  • Too bulky for some setups
  • Expensive
  • Tight sweet spot for surround sound
Our Score 7

Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 soundbar…

  • Warm and detailed midrange
  • Clear, present dialog and upper register
  • Rich musical bass
  • Play-Fi multiroom technology
  • Upper mids can sound a bit pinched
  • Needs a better remote
Our Score 8

Focal Dimension Soundbar and Sub Review

  • Great, consistent sound quality
  • Versatile setup options
  • Solid connectivity options
  • Attractive, neutral design
  • Setup requires thinking ahead
  • Inadequate speaker wire for sub
  • Wish for more HDMI ports
Our Score 7

Monoprice 42-inch Sound Bar Review

  • Clear upper midrange
  • Reasonably balanced sound
  • MDF cabinet
  • Crazy affordable
  • Fuzzy midrange and treble
  • Sluggish bass
  • Poor user interface
  • Budget build quality comes with budget price
Our Score 6

Yamaha YAS-203 Review

  • Excellent detail in subtler nuances and dialog
  • Clear and smooth treble
  • Powerful, balanced bass
  • Equally talented for music or movies
  • Solid feature set includes IR repeater
  • Brass/cymbals can break up in the treble
  • Would prefer second optical input to coaxial
Our Score 9