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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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

Vizio SB4021M-A1 Review

  • Exponentially better than built-in TV speakers
  • Pleasant treble response
  • Impressive bass with included wireless subwoofer
  • Capable of extremely loud, low-distortion sound
  • Optical cable not included
  • Sub gets boomy near corners
  • Midrange a bit thin for music listening
Our Score 7.5

Philips HTS8100 Review

  • All-in-one unit featuring speaker and DVD player;…
  • Lacks direct bass control; DVD insertion is…
Our Score 7.5

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

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

Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Review

  • Seamless surround sound environment
  • Smooth, clear sound signature
  • Innovative wireless design
  • Elegant aesthetic
  • Weak midrange
  • Some light distortion
  • Lack of fine detail
Our Score 7.5

Denon DHT-FS5 Review

  • Attractive design
  • powerful amplifier
  • multiple inputs
  • Doesn't deliver a true surround-sound experience
  • not enough bass response
Our Score 7

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