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Soundbar Reviews

Without question, the hottest category in consumer electronics audio is soundbars. Not everyone wants a clunky 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system for their bedroom or main system. Some people want a solution that is sleek and that fits under their HDTV yet produces a good sound. This is exactly where soundbars come in. Some soundbars are powered and packing DSP - others are passive and require the use of an amplifier or AV receiver. Either way, most are thin and meet the standards set by today's Home Theater system. Below, find one of the largest collections of Soundbar reviews on the Internet.

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Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Adrienne Maxwell auditions Polk's MagniFi Mini 2.1-channel soundbar system. The Mini soundbar uses Polk's patented SDA technology to produce a much broader soundstage than you'd expect from such a petite package. Read More

 
Fluance AB40 Soundbase Reviewed

Fluance AB40 Soundbase Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Adrienne Maxwell auditions the AB40 soundbase from Fluance. This one-piece, two-channel solution features a total of six drivers powered by a 120-watt Class D amplifier, as well as Bluetooth with aptX. Read More

 
Yamaha YSP-5600 7.1.2-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Yamaha YSP-5600 7.1.2-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

By Greg Handy

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Greg Handy auditions Yamaha's YSP-5600 soundbar, an Atmos-capable 7.1.2-channel soundbar with HDMI video switching, Bluetooth, and MusicCast multiroom audio support. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Read More

 
VIZIO SB4551-D5 5.1-Channel Soundbar System Reviewed

VIZIO SB4551-D5 5.1-Channel Soundbar System Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Adrienne Maxwell auditions VIZIO's SB4551-D5 soundbar system, which features a powered three-channel soundbar, an 8-inch subwoofer, and dedicated surrounds in a petite package. Read More

 
Atlantic Technology 3.1 HSB H-PAS TV Speaker Base System Reviewed

Atlantic Technology 3.1 HSB H-PAS TV Speaker Base System Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Dennis Burger explores Atlantic Technology's 3.1 HSB speaker base, which combines a passive three-channel L/C/R soundbar with a powered bass unit and the company's H-PAS technology to improve low-frequency response. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Read More

 
GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Soundbar Reviewed

GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Soundbar Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Brian Kahn reviews one of GoldenEar's second-generation SuperCinema 3D Array soundbars. The XL model is a passive L/C/R soundbar that's designed to be mated with larger, 65-inch-plus TVs. Read More

 
Cambridge Audio TV2 Speaker Base Reviewed

Cambridge Audio TV2 Speaker Base Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Sean Killebrew explores the TV2 speaker base from Cambridge Audio, which is designed to sit under your TV and provide a higher-quality audio experience than you'll get from your TV speakers or a basic soundbar. Read More

 
Focal Dimension Soundbar and Subwoofer Reviewed

Focal Dimension Soundbar and Subwoofer Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sean Killebrew reviews Focal's 450-watt, five-channel Dimension soundbar and its optional passive subwoofer, a combination that presents a few setup challenges but delivers big on performance. Read More

 

Sound Bar Wiki

1.0 What is a Sound Bar?
2.0 What Does a Sound Bar Do?


1.0 What is a Sound Bar?
• A sound bar is a relatively new audio/video component designed to be an all-in-one speaker system that compliments the audio needs of today's flat HDTVs. Sound bars are normally placed below or directly in front of an HDTV. They are also frequently mounted on a wall, often using included mounting hardware.
• A sound bar can include three speakers (left, center and right), a built-in receiver complete with surround sound and DSP features. Sometimes sound bars come complete with a DVD player installed in the chassis.

2.0 What Does a Sound Bar Do?
• Sound bars can reproduce relatively convincing discrete or matrixed surround sound for both music and movies.
• Sound bars often use DSP (digital signal processing) to add the sonic effect of surround from just three speakers.
• It's not uncommon for sound bars to be connected to a subwoofer to add low-frequency performance to a modest home theater system.
• Some users install rear and/or side channel speakers to allow for discrete surround sound.
• Many full-feature sound bars include many or all of the functionalities of an AV receiver, including HDMI switching, signal processing, satellite radio and terrestrial radio receivers.