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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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

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

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

Boston Acoustics Tvee Model 30 Review

  • Extremely easy to install and use
  • Big sound with dialogue anchored in the center
  • Well-integrated subwoofer
  • Bluetooth wireless audio capability
  • No DTS decoding
  • Front grille is not well secured
Our Score 8.5

MartinLogan Motion Vision Sound Bar Review

  • Highly musical
  • Powerful, deep bass
  • Excellent dialog clarity
  • Convincing stereo and surround effects
  • Built-in wireless sub transmitter
  • On-shelf EQ preset results in chesty bass
  • Both sound bar and wireless sub solutions are…
  • Gloss black finish refracts light
Our Score 8.5

Sonos Playbar Review

  • Large, expansive sound field effectively wraps…
  • Awesome loudness capability, yet low on distortion…
  • Warm, easy-on-the-ears sound makes long-term…
  • Best aesthetic design we’ve seen yet for a…
  • Pricier than the competition – even pricier with…
  • Single input woefully limits flexibility
Our Score 8.5

Vizio S4251W-B4 Review

  • Remarkable sound quality for the money
  • LCD display on remote
  • Comprehensive channel controls
  • Wireless subwoofer and surround signal delivery
  • Multiple inputs
  • Short surround speaker wires
  • Sub doesn’t get incredibly deep
  • Volume control moves in large increments
Our Score 8.5