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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in soundbars.

Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review

Samsung’s first Dolby Atmos soundbar was the bar to beat for thrilling Atmos sound. With the HW-N950, the company has one-upped its own creation by offering the best surround soundbar in the business. But is it worth… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar Review

  • Incredibly detailed sound for all formats
  • Breathtaking Atmos virtualization
  • Polished, intuitive interface
  • Loaded with features
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and MPEG-H decoding
  • Frustrating latency for TV audio
  • Beefy size (and no IR repeater) requires mounting
  • Sennheiser Control App can be buggy
Our Score 7

TCL Alto 7+ Review

  • Great dialogue clarity
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Hefty bass
  • Understated design
  • No subwoofer level adjustment
  • Very basic features and interface
Our Score 7

LG SL9YG Review

  • Clear, powerful bass
  • Impressive immersion for a single bar
  • Google Assistant built in
  • Sexy brushed-metal look
  • Multiple audio codecs and audio file support
  • Mediocre music streaming
  • No center channel or satellites included
  • Streaming setup can be a headache
Our Score 7

Sony HT-S350 Review

  • Easy setup
  • Big bass response
  • Powerful sound
  • Bluetooth connection to newer Sony TVs
  • Lacking in inputs and audio processing
  • Sound is boxy and occasionally unbalanced
  • Poor visual interface
Our Score 6

Sonos Beam Review

  • Great sound
  • Elegant, simple design
  • Reasonably priced
  • TV voice control with Alexa on-board
  • AirPlay 2, Google Assistant coming
  • Still no HDMI pass-through
  • No Dolby Atmos support
Our Score 8

Samsung HW-N950 Review

  • Clear and detailed performance
  • Thrilling 3D surround sound
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Simple, intuitive operation
  • DTS surround decoding
  • Equal parts bulky and expensive
Our Score 9

Vizio 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

  • Clear, immersive Atmos sound
  • Potent, musical bass
  • Slick, understated design
  • Multiple ways to play
  • Unintuitive menu and controls
  • Height speaker volume not adjustable
Our Score 8

Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 (YAS-408) Review

  • Clear, detailed sound
  • Powerful bass
  • Multiroom audio support
  • Available surround satellites
  • Impressive control via MusicCast app
  • Upper register can get shouty
  • No front display
  • Virtual surround just OK
Our Score 7