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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Toshiba Mini 3D Review

  • Enormous sound field easily fills a room
  • Clear, natural, and well-balanced sound
  • Sounds good with both movies and music
  • Inconspicuously-small form factor
  • Super easy to use
  • Limited loudness capabilities due to its size
  • Mids can get a little distorted when pushed too…
  • No source indicator light
Our Score 9

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

Paradigm Soundtrack Review

  • Tactile detail
  • Clear, dynamic midrange
  • Potent, lyrical bass
  • Elegant design
  • Wide stereo image
  • Occasional raw edge to upper mids
  • No Bluetooth connection
  • Limited inputs
Our Score 9

AudioXperts 4TV Model 2112 Review

  • Outstanding bass performance
  • Clear dialog delivery
  • Expansive sound stage
  • Gorgeous design and build quality
  • Solid Bluetooth sound quality
  • Supports Apple Airport Express
  • Can’t cycle through available inputs
  • Can’t switch among digital inputs
  • No HDMI connectivity
Our Score 8.5

Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR Review

  • First sound bar with DTS-HD Master and Dolby…
  • HDMI ins and outs make this a true home theater…
  • Impressive simulated surround
  • Solid engineering and construction quality
  • High “spouse/partner” acceptance factor
  • Cheap plastic remote that has no place in such an…
  • Rear panel space is tight for connections
  • Music mode of little to no use
  • Subwoofer does not allow crossover or phase…
Our Score 8.5

Vizio S5451w Review

  • Affordable true 5.1 surround sound
  • Smooth and clear overall sound signature
  • Powerful low end
  • Loaded with features
  • Intuitive interface
  • Short surround speaker cables
  • Lacks fine detail
Our Score 8.5

Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 Review

  • Huge, gutsy, exciting sound
  • Big on dynamics and low on distortion
  • Surprisingly awesome, bone-crunching bass
  • Wireless sub makes placement much easier
  • Great sound for both music and movies
  • Almost no features to speak of
  • No remote control for sub/bass level
  • Only one digital input severely limits flexibility…
  • No Bluetooth capability
Our Score 8

Yamaha YSP-2500 Review

  • Convincing virtual surround sound
  • Firm and powerful bass response
  • Sleek and slim design
  • Loaded with features
  • Highly versatile settings
  • Virtual surround may not be effective in all…
  • Lackluster music playback
  • Pricey
Our Score 8