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 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
User Score 0

Sharp HT-SB60 Review

  • Clear detail for movie content
  • Powerful low end
  • Good stereo expanse
  • Extremely sibilant treble
  • Frequency balance issues, especially with music
  • May be too big for some TV stands
Our Score 6
User Score 4

Paradigm Soundtrack Review

  • Tactile detail
  • Clear, dynamic midrange
  • Potent, lyrical bass
  • Elegant design
  • Wide stereo image
  • Occasional raw edge to upper mids
  • No Bluetooth connection
  • Limited inputs
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR Review

  • First sound bar with DTS-HD Master and Dolby…
  • HDMI ins and outs make this a true home theater…
  • Impressive simulated surround
  • Solid engineering and construction quality
  • High “spouse/partner” acceptance factor
  • Cheap plastic remote that has no place in such an…
  • Rear panel space is tight for connections
  • Music mode of little to no use
  • Subwoofer does not allow crossover or phase…
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

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
User Score 0

Pyle PSBV200BT Review

  • Robust bass
  • Crisp treble
  • Fairly impressive “3D” virtual surround…
  • Affordable
  • Poor Bluetooth audio quality
  • Weak midrange
  • Lack of detail and depth
  • Treble can be sharp at times
Our Score 6
User Score 0

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
User Score 10

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
User Score 0