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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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

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

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

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 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

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

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