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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Samsung HW-H550 Review

  • Great feature set
  • Diminutive profile
  • Powerful sound
  • Good balance
  • Decent stereo effects for size
  • Lacks detail
  • Can lose realism in louder moments
  • Not a vast improvement over its predecessor
Our Score 7.5

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

Harman Kardon Sabre SB 35 Review

  • Gorgeous form factor
  • Powerful, full soundstage
  • Multiple input options
  • Feature packed
  • Sharp treble
  • Muffled midrange
  • Only one provided micro-HDMI cable
  • Software issue made Bass fly off the handle
  • Distortion at high volumes
Our Score 6

Definitive Technology Solo Cinema Studio Review

  • Rich, brilliantly detailed dialog
  • Powerful yet refined performance
  • Plenty of features
  • Solid, attractive design
  • Intuitive interface
  • No ARC HDMI connection
  • Not quite as stellar for music as movies
Our Score 8

Yamaha YSP-1400 Review

  • Good clarity and detail
  • Deep bass response for a stand-alone unit
  • Dimensional sound stage
  • Highly configurable audio settings
  • Can get too aggressive in the treble
  • Not ideal for music playback
  • No ARC connection/trouble with programming our TV…
Our Score 7.5

LG Sound Plate LAP340 Review

  • Detailed, clear upper register
  • Wide sound field
  • Powerful sound for the size
  • Extremely convenient design
  • Interface is too minimalist
  • Balance issues, especially for music playback
  • No EQ or tone controls
Our Score 7

Samsung HW-F550 Review

  • Warm, powerful low end
  • Smooth midrange
  • Well featured
  • Slim profile
  • Lack of detail and definition up top
  • Dialog gets cloudy in action scenes
  • Somewhat awkward cable connections
Our Score 7

Pinnacle Front Row Sys 8210 Review

  • Powerful, visceral bass response
  • Good midrange detail
  • Full digital display
  • Wide stereo field
  • A bargain if you find it at $300
  • Upper register occasionally flat and icy
  • No Bluetooth connection
  • Optical input may not be compatible with all TVs
  • Not worth it at full retail price
Our Score 6.5