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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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

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

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

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

Vizio VSB210WS Soundbar Review

  • Pumps out quality; distortion-free sound; easy to…
  • Not enough inputs; no optical audio cable supplied
Our Score 8

Denon DHT-S514 Review

  • Powerful, accurate sound signature
  • Detailed upper register
  • Full, musical bass
  • Slim, minimalist design
  • No visual display/weak interface
  • Midrange muddy at times
Our Score 8