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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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

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

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

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

Toshiba Mini 3D Review

  • Enormous sound field easily fills a room
  • Clear, natural, and well-balanced sound
  • Sounds good with both movies and music
  • Inconspicuously-small form factor
  • Super easy to use
  • Limited loudness capabilities due to its size
  • Mids can get a little distorted when pushed too…
  • No source indicator light
Our Score 9

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

MartinLogan Motion Vision Sound Bar Review

  • Highly musical
  • Powerful, deep bass
  • Excellent dialog clarity
  • Convincing stereo and surround effects
  • Built-in wireless sub transmitter
  • On-shelf EQ preset results in chesty bass
  • Both sound bar and wireless sub solutions are…
  • Gloss black finish refracts light
Our Score 8.5

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