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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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Sonance SB46 Passive Soundbar Reviewed

Sonance SB46 Passive Soundbar Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth sheds light on the new Sonance SB46 soundbar. Unlike most soundbars, this one can extend to fit your TV. Is it a must-have feature or a neat gimmick? Read on to find out. Read More

 
OSD Audio SP2.1 Sound Platform

OSD Audio SP2.1 Sound Platform

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Not quite a speaker, not quite a sound bar, the OSD Audio SP2.1 Sound Platform takes up very little space beneath your television. But does it make the compromise worthwhile and deliver quality audio. You might be surprised . . . Read More

 
Onkyo LS-T10 EnvisionCinema TV Speaker System

Onkyo LS-T10 EnvisionCinema TV Speaker System

By Alex Lezcano

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Soundbars and pedestal speaker systems have become increasingly popular in home theater applications because of their space-saving, cost-saving, and ease of use. Convenience is king when it comes to these designs. The subject of today's review is one of Onkyo's... Read More

 
Monitor Audio ASB-2 Soundbar

Monitor Audio ASB-2 Soundbar

By Darryl Wilkinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Darryl Wilkinson has trouble finding fault with one of the best sound bars currently available. Even without a subwoofer it delivers the "theatrical sound" without all the speakers and wires. Read More

 
Yamaha YSP-1400 Soundbar Reviewed

Yamaha YSP-1400 Soundbar Reviewed

By Myron Ho

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Five star value from Myron Ho on this more entry-level soundbar from Yamaha starts the discussion of audiophile soundbars versus TV-improvement speakers. Read More

 
Episode 500 Series Thin Design Three-Channel Passive Soundbar

Episode 500 Series Thin Design Three-Channel Passive Soundbar

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Episode 500 separates itself from the soundbar pack with a less conventional design that makes a big difference when compared to other soundbars. Read More

 
Sony HT-ST7 Soundbar Reviewed

Sony HT-ST7 Soundbar Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Sony HT-ST7 from Sony joins the already crowded sound bar market. How does it fare? It's worth a listen, according to Adrienne Maxwell. Read More

 
Sonos Playbar Soundbar Reviewed

Sonos Playbar Soundbar Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sonos is a name many have heard of. They are well-known and well-advertised. But how do the company's products actually sound? Brian Kahn tests out the Sonos Playbar soundbar to find out. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
Paradigm Soundtrack System Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

Paradigm Soundtrack System Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Soundbars are popular and definitely an upgrade over a television's speakers, but beyond that mileage varies greatly. Jerry Del Colliano tries out Paradigm's Soundtrack System to see where it falls in the mix. 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.