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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Philips HTB3525B Review

  • All-in-wonder that really works
  • Sounds far better than TV speakers
  • Attractive UI/good smart TV features
  • Fuzzy on the details, especially in midrange
  • Can get too icy in treble
  • No Amazon Prime Instant app
Our Score 8
User Score 0

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
User Score 0

Energy Power Bar Elite Review

  • Super simple installation
  • Clean, refined treble
  • Capable of loud volumes without heavy distortion
  • Convincing stereo effects and imaging
  • Occasionally boomy subwoofer
  • Limited input options not suitable for everyone
  • DC power converter not built in
Our Score 8
User Score 10

Sony HT-CT770 Review

  • Impressive, detailed sound for the price
  • Wide stereo image
  • Loaded with features
  • Attractive design
  • Unit blocks TV remote in optimal sound position
  • Bass can get too boom-y
Our Score 8
User Score 0

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
User Score 0

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

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-101 Review

  • Substantial low bass for a small enclosure
  • Clean, controlled high frequencies
  • Univolume keeps loud ads at bay
  • One digital optical cable included
  • No analog audio input
  • Surround mode steals from fidelity
  • Mounting screws not included
Our Score 8
User Score 0