Editors' Choice

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

Sonos PlayBase review

Sonos isn’t first to the soundbase game, but the company is playing it better than any other. Find out why we’re calling the Playbase the best alternative to a soundbar you can get. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Onkyo SBT-A500 Atmos Review

  • Rich and powerful bass response
  • Well-balanced transition from bass to midrange
  • Multiple future-proof features include 4K HDR…
  • Granular control over all settings
  • Boxy midrange glosses over the details
  • Flat soundstage, unconvincing Atmos/DTS:X height…
  • Overly complicated setup for a soundbar
Our Score 6

Sonos PlayBase Review

  • High-impact bass
  • Wide sound field
  • Great stereo effects
  • Dead simple to use
  • Add Sonos speakers for 5.1 system
  • Limited inputs/ relies on TV audio output quality
Our Score 9

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Review

  • Powerful punch in a small package
  • Expansive soundstage for the size
  • Brilliant blend between bar and sub
  • Warm and detailed midrange
  • Intuitive and concise design
  • Treble occasionally sounds strident and distorted
  • Only one HDMI input
  • 5.1 surround is more like 3.1
Our Score 8

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
  • Impressive true surround sound
  • Excellent dialog clarity
  • Remote control less than intuitive
  • Upper register can be a little icy
Our Score 7

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