Soundbar Reviews (85 Reviews)


Roku Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

Roku Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

Scott Wasser says the Roku Smart Soundbar may not be for everyone, but it's great for anyone shopping for a fantastic media streamer and simple two-channel (or 2.1) soundbar at the same time. Continue Reading

Soundbar Reviews

As flat-panel HDTVs have gotten increasingly thinner, so has their sound quality. The soundbar was born to provide a higher-quality audio experience than your HDTV delivers in a convenient all-in-one box. Most soundbars on the market are active (or powered), combining the speakers, amplification, and audio inputs (sometimes video inputs, too) into one box that sits near your TV. Some manufacturers offer passive (non-powered) left/center/right soundbars to replace the front channels in a surround sound setup. These days, the configurations are endless: Soundbars can have two, three, five, or even seven speaker channels. Sometimes they’re packaged with separate surrounds and/or subwoofers, and sometimes they’re not. Check out our review archive below to read about the latest entries to this popular category.

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Soundbar Reviews Archives

Jan 01, 2020

LG SL10YG Soundbar Reviewed

I pick up a small remote, press a button, and say, "Hey Google! Turn on the media room lights and... Continue Reading
LG SL10YG Soundbar Reviewed

Dec 09, 2019

Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

As 2019 comes to a close, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from affordable favorites to flagship products that make us drool. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

Sep 24, 2019

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar with Formation Bass

In my time covering the CE industry, I've had the pleasuring of reviewing many of the top-performing soundbars in the... Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar with Formation Bass

Sep 18, 2019

Orb Audio Booster1 Micro Soundbar/Stereo Speaker System Reviewed

Is it just me, or are TV and movie sound engineers actually getting worse at making dialogue easily discernable in... Continue Reading
Orb Audio Booster1 Micro Soundbar/Stereo Speaker System Reviewed

Sep 02, 2019

Sennheiser Ambeo 5.1.4 Soundbar Reviewed

Bob Barrett goes big with Sennheiser's new Ambeo soundbar, installing it in a dedicated home theater to hear how it stacks up against a full-fledged component surround sound system. Continue Reading
Sennheiser Ambeo 5.1.4 Soundbar Reviewed

Apr 24, 2019

Vizio SB36512-F6 36" 5.1.2 Sound System with Dolby Atmos Reviewed

Perched in front of my 70-inch television, Vizio's 36-inch soundbar looked curiously diminutive, if not downright puny. By all rights,... Continue Reading
Vizio SB36512-F6 36

Jan 16, 2019

Samsung Harman/Kardon HW-N950 Soundbar Reviewed

Can a soundbar ever truly replace a component home theater system? Continue Reading
Samsung Harman/Kardon HW-N950 Soundbar Reviewed

Nov 28, 2018

Polk Audio Command Bar Sound Bar System with Amazon Alexa Reviewed

What's not to like about having a digital voice assistant built into your soundbar? Not much, says Scott Wasser. Continue Reading
Polk Audio Command Bar Sound Bar System with Amazon Alexa Reviewed

Oct 10, 2018

Sony HT-Z9F Sound Bar and SA-Z9R Wireless Surround Speakers Reviewed

Immersive object-based surround sound from a soundbar with minimal setup muss and fuss? Seriously? Scott Wasser says it's totally a thing thanks to Sony's HT-Z9F/SA-Z9R combo. Continue Reading
Sony HT-Z9F Sound Bar and SA-Z9R Wireless Surround Speakers Reviewed

Apr 09, 2018

HEOS Bar Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

I have a weird confession to make. Over the past few years, I've reviewed a handful of receivers with HEOS... Continue Reading
HEOS Bar Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Feb 26, 2018

Integra DLB-5 Object-Based Soundbar System Reviewed

Myron Ho auditions Integra's DLB-5 object-based soundbar system, which combines a standalone AV receiver, Atmos-friendly soundbar, and wireless subwoofer to deliver more flexibility and options than your average powered soundbar. Continue Reading
Integra DLB-5 Object-Based Soundbar System Reviewed

Dec 18, 2017

Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

It's that time of year again--when the HomeTheaterReview.com staff looks at all of the products we reviewed this year and picks the best of the best. We've tried to hit all the product categories and price points. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2017 list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

Jul 31, 2017

MartinLogan Cadence Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Sean Killebrew auditions MartinLogan's Cadence three-channel soundbar, which uses a total of nine drivers and features HDMI video pass-through, Anthem Room Correction, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and DTS Play-Fi. Continue Reading
MartinLogan Cadence Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Jul 19, 2017

Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Samsung's Sound+ HW-MS650 ($399.99) is a three-channel soundbar that uses nine built-in speakers (three tweeters and six mid/bass drivers), each... Continue Reading
Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Jul 05, 2017

LG Sound Bar Flex SJ7 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

LG's new Sound Bar Flex SJ7 ($399.99) is a three-piece surround sound system that includes two speaker units and a... Continue Reading
LG Sound Bar Flex SJ7 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

May 29, 2017

Paradigm PW Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Dennis Burger auditions Paradigm's PW soundbar, a three-channel soundbar that features Anthem Room Correction, HDMI/HDR pass-through, and network functions like DTS PlayFi and Airplay. Continue Reading
Paradigm PW Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

May 01, 2017

Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Mar 13, 2017

Fluance AB40 Soundbase Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Fluance AB40 Soundbase Reviewed

Feb 27, 2017

Yamaha YSP-5600 7.1.2-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Yamaha YSP-5600 7.1.2-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'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. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

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