If you’re just purchased a new TV but you’re not impressed by its sound, the quick solution is to buy from soundbar deals. The slim design of new TVs leave little space for powerful speakers, so you’ll need to augment the audio with a soundbar. The boost that they provide can create an immersive cinematic experience, so if you’re interested, you should check out the offers that we’ve rounded up here. You have to make a decision soon though, as we’re not sure when these discounts will get taken down. For additional help, check out our guide on how to buy a soundbar.
- Insignia 2.0-channel Mini Soundbar — $45, was $80
- VIZIO V-Series 2.1-channel soundbar — $140, was $160
- LG SN4A 2.1 -channel soundbar — $150, was $200
- VIZIO V-Series 5.1-channel soundbar — $200, was $250
- Samsung HW-B550 2.1-channel soundbar — $230, was $280
- Samsung HW-B650 3.1-channel soundbar — $300, was $400
- Vizio M-Series Elevate 5.1.2-channel soundbar — $600, was $800
- Samsung Q-Series 5.1.2-channel soundbar — $680, was $800
- Bose Smart Soundbar 900 — $750, was $900
- Samsung Q-Series 11.1.4-channel soundbar — $1,600, was $1,900
- Sennheiser Ambeo Max 5.1.4-channel soundbar — $2,000, was $2,500
- How to choose a soundbar
For a cheap soundbar that still gets the job done, go for the Insignia 2.0-channel Mini Soundbar. You’ll have your choice between three different sound modes — theater, news, and standard — and you can also stream music to it from a mobile device through a Bluetooth connection. The soundbar’s compact design also means that you can make it fit into tight spaces.
The VIZIO V-Series 2.1-channel soundbar is still very affordable, but with its sleek design and the addition of a wireless subwoofer for deep and accurate bass, it may be your TV’s new best friend. The soundbar supports DTS Virtual: X for room-filling sound, HDMI ARC for a higher-quality connection, and support for voice commands through devices powered by Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google Assistant.
The LG SN4A 2.1 -channel soundbar also comes with a wireless subwoofer, but with a carbon diaphragm that ensures excellent sound clarity. The soundbar also features LG’s Adaptive Sound Control to automatically make adjustments depending on whether you’re listening to music or watching movies. It also supports DTS Virtual: X and Bluetooth connection.
The VIZIO V-Series soundbar introduces center and rear speakers to the mix to give an even more expansive soundscape. It connects wirelessly with its subwoofer as well as to your phone or other Bluetooth device. One nice feature of this subwoofer system is its ability to be controlled via voice input, using Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Though, if you do want to use its remote, you can do so easily even when the room is darkened for that horror movie feel — its fully backlit.
The Samsung HW-B550 2.1-channel soundbar supports Dolby Audio to create 3D sound, and DTS Virtual: X for an expanded listening experience. The included wireless subwoofer enables rich and powerful bass, but you also have the option of activating Bass Boost for an extra punch. You can also use Game Mode for more realistic in-game sounds by plugging in your console to the soundbar.
The Samsung HW-B650 3.1-channel soundbar adds center speaker to the usual left and right channels, which is dedicated to improving the clarity of dialogue so that you wouldn’t miss anything that anybody is saying in the shows that you’re watching. The soundbar keeps all of the features of its 2.1-channel version, including Bass Boost and Game Mode.
With five channels, a wireless subwoofer, and two dedicated drivers that fire up to the ceiling for surround sound, the Vizio M-Series Elevate 5.1.2-channel soundbar definitely has what it takes to bring your home theater setup to the next level. The soundbar also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual: X, as well as HDMI eARC so that you’ll only need one cable to get everything working.
Designed to work with Samsung TVs but also compatible with other brands, the Samsung Q Series 5.1.2-channel soundbar offers SpaceFit Sound Pro to fill your room with audio, and Adaptive Sound for automatic optimizations. The soundbar also works with all of the most popular voice assistants, and it can connect to other devices through Apple’s AirPlay 2 or Google’s Chromecast.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is an update to the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 that adds Dolby Atmos support to a package that includes six full-range transducers, a center tweeter, ADAPTiQ technology that adjusts the system’s sound to cater to your room, and support for digital assistants. The soundbar connects through an HDMI eARC connection, but you can also use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple’s AirPlay 2, Google’s Chromecast, or Spotify Connect to use it.
Enjoy the complete cinematic experience at home with the 11 front-facing speakers, wireless subwoofer, and four up-firing channels of the Samsung Q-Series 11.1.4-channel soundbar. Samsung’s Q-Symphony technology will make your Samsung TV work as one with this soundbar, which comes with built-in voice assistants for hands-free access to its features and settings.
The Sennheiser Ambeo Max 5.1.4-channel soundbar comes with 13 high-end drivers that produce powerful sound, and it delivers 3D surround sound that’s adjusted according to the characteristics of your living room. You’ll be able to further customize your audio with the soundbar’s built-in equalizer and three bespoke AMBEO 3D technology modes.
There are a few main features you’re going to want to keep an eye out for when searching for the soundbar of your dreams, and you’re in luck because we’ve done all the hard work for you, making sure all of the bars we’ve selected have all the tools you need to create an immersive home viewing experience.
Having said that, there are some soundbars that bundle features that aren’t necessarily required but could be a welcome addition to your entertainment setup. For example, Vizio’s SmartCast bars have Chromecast Audio built-in, opening up the door to a Sonos-like multi-room music-streaming experience with support for both Google Play Music and Spotify right out of the box.
It’s also worth checking if the soundbar you’re eyeing up has an HDMI slot on board (all of the ones we’ve featured do) since it supports far more audio formats than a standard optical cable, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS:X. You’re going to want at least one of these if you’re hoping to create the home theater to rule all home theaters — or something close.
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby True HD|
And if you’re only just starting to spruce up your home entertainment setup and haven’t invested in one already, you will probably benefit from a soundbar that comes with a subwoofer in the box. Fortunately, almost all bars on the market can be purchased as part of a bundle that includes a wireless subwoofer, so you shouldn’t have to search far and wide for this.
Whatever the case, for anyone looking for a soundbar, the core features are HDMI with support for either a Dolby or DTS format (or both) and a subwoofer if you want to add some floor-shaking kick to the experience.
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