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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Pioneer SP-SB03 Review

  • Smooth and silky midrange
  • Clear extension in the treble
  • Rich and firm bass
  • Attractive, well-built composite cabinet
  • Bluetooth hiccups
  • Rudimentary UI makes adjustments a pain
Our Score 8

Yamaha SRT-1000 Review

  • Convincing virtual surround
  • Detailed treble
  • Powerful, well-balanced bass
  • Sturdy, resonance-free cabinet design
  • Pedestrian Interface
  • No HDMI, light on features
  • Midrange lacks pizazz
Our Score 7

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

Vizio S2121W-D0 Review

  • Powerful bass response
  • Accurate upper register
  • Spacious soundstage
  • Very affordable
  • Muffled midrange, especially in dialog
  • Occasional distortion when pushed
  • Sparse feature selection
  • Underwhelming design
Our Score 7

Klipsch R-10B Review

  • Thunderous, musical bass
  • Refreshingly clear treble
  • Excellent stereo spacing
  • Engaging, detailed soundstage
  • Attractive design
  • Not a lot of extras
  • Midrange a tad bright
  • Best for mounting
Our Score 8

Pinnacle Theater One 2.1 Review

  • Clear dialog
  • Big Dynamics
  • Good stereo separation
  • Holds large TVs
  • Lacks balanced bass
  • No tone Controls
  • Plain-Jane finish
Our Score 6.5

Sony HT-XT1 Review

  • Clear, present sound
  • Loaded with features and inputs
  • Elegant design
  • Intuitive interface
  • Great price
  • Midrange a tad too light and delicate
  • Won’t hit the lowest lows
Our Score 8

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