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
User Score 2

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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
User Score 0

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
User Score 10

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
User Score 0

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
User Score 8

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
User Score 0

Pioneer SP-SB23W Review

  • Warm, detailed sound signature
  • Musical bass response
  • Integrates well with all content
  • Convenient setup and design
  • Bluetooth connection spotty/possible stereo issues…
  • Treble is slightly tinny on occasion
Our Score 8
User Score 10

Yamaha YAS-152 Review

  • Powerful bass response without a separate…
  • Good feature set
  • Relatively affordable
  • Anemic upper register
  • Muffled midrange
  • Poor detail
  • Narrow soundstage
Our Score 6
User Score 0

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
User Score 0