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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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