Television lovers can calmly be overawed by their set’s specs and balloon one of the best important aspects of time in advanced of the telly – sound.
Having a able complete arrangement is basic to accepting the best from your TV time, and television soundbars are one of the best means of accepting a affection experience, as best TVs don’t appear with the affectionate of speakers congenital to bout their price.
However, there are some credibility to accede for accepting the appropriate kinds of soundbar. The admeasurement of your TV, the admeasurement of the allowance and, importantly, how abundant you are accommodating to spend.
First, size. Abounding soundbars appear in set sizes, which is abundant if you accept a 45-inch added TV, as they will attending aloof right. For example, Samsung’s HW-MS650 soundbar is 40-inches, which will clothing beyond TVs.
However if you alone accept a 35-inch archetypal or don’t accept the amplitude you may adopt a abate model, such as Sony HT-MT300 at 22 inches. However, this slimmer admeasurement will additionally affect sound.
This is key for authoritative abiding your soundbar can do aggregate you ask of it. Usually you aloof appetite the complete advancing through the soundbar, so best soundbars will affix via your TV application HDMI connections.
Sonos, however, mainly uses optical cables to affix to your TV. These beck best audio formats and assignment with earlier TVs and avant-garde 4K TVs. It is simpler to set up, however some 4K Blu-ray players may account it to lose beleaguer sound.
Most bodies will additionally appetite to be able to brace up their soundbar to their smartphone or book to comedy music. Lots of soundbars appear with Bluetooth, but others brace up through your Wi-Fi, which can be added advantageous as it is not disconnected by buzz notifications.
There are broadly two types of soundbar available. Slim soundbars, which sit either below your wall-mounted TV or below a TV stand, and complete bases, which act as a angle for your TV as able-bodied as a soundbar.
Sound bases can attending a tad ample and unwieldy, but do bear abundant sound.
Most soundbars appear with the advantage to add a subwoofer apostle to actualize an immersive, 5.1 audio experience. This can be abundant to architecture up the beleaguer complete from your TV, about this will decidedly add to the price. Sonos subwoofers bulk about £649, while Bose subwoofers add £599.
Others are now an all-in-one design, acceptation you don’t accept to add added speakers to get afterpiece to all-round sound.
To date abounding of the best models for best bodies appear from big cast Sonos and the brand of Samsung, Bose and Sony.
For a absolutely exceptional soundbar you could apprehend to pay amid £600 and £800, abnormally for high-end models from Sonos and LG. There are some appropriate account confined for amid £150 and £250, although at this akin complete affection is acutely reduced. If you appetite a abounding 5.1 audio acquaintance you should additionally be able to burst alike added on a subwoofer.
For our money, we admired the Samsung HW-MS650, which we begin accessible for £405 from Amazon. While it wasn’t acutely bigger in audio quality than models from Sonos, the Samsung’s hardly bigger bulk and all-in-one architecture aloof belted it.
Width: 41 inches
Samsung accept absolutely taken on 2017’s soundbar bang with an absorbing offering, the all-in-one Samsung HW-MS650 bar. As able-bodied as adorable affected in atramentous or silver, the Samsung HW-MS650 sounds able and bassy as you would hope, acceptation you should be able to adore your complete after a subwoofer and the added bulk that brings.
It is additionally awful affiliation for a ambit of alive options. It has congenital Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and an HDMI anchorage for added complete options. It comes with a alien for those who adopt not to use an app, but additionally can be configured for multiroom audio (although the Samsung multiroom speakers accept a attending which I would call… divisive).
There is additionally a arced advantage accessible for those who may own a arced 4K television.
Telegraph rating: 9/10
Width: 35 inches
Sonos is accepted for its complete quality, and the Playbar does not disappoint, aural brittle and abundant compared to the competition. Sonos is calmly accessible to set up, abutting through an optical cable to your TV. It can again affix through its wireless arrangement to beck music from the Sonos smartphone app.
At £649 it is absolutely not a bargain pick, but Sonos offers a 100 day agreement if you acquisition any issues with it. Sonos is arguably best advised for music lovers, abnormally if you are accommodating to burst added banknote you can aces up a subwoofer or added Sonos Play:1 speakers, which can now be articulation controlled with Alexa.
Sonos does not action Bluetooth access in its setup, or HDMI connectivity. This can beggarly it cannot break high-definition audio from some 4K Blue-ray players, but will accept no botheration with alive casework like Netflix.
Telegraph rating: 8/10
£899, John Lewis
Width: 47 inches
This LG Atmos SJ9 soundbar plays in the exceptional audio space, but clashing the Sonos throws in an added subwoofer in its capital allurement price, still actual abrupt at £899. What you get is Dolby Atmos complete technology and 5.1 beleaguer complete from ten speakers. It’s a affluent audio acquaintance and we acquainted it akin the bulk tag.
It has two HDMI ports, about alone one is advised for Dolby Atmos, acceptation you ability accept to about-face about your plugs if you appetite the exceptional complete from a amateur console, for example. It works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and comes with Google’s Chromecast built-in, acceptation you can beck beeline from your smartphone or tablet.
It is a massive set up, however, acceptation it could be out of abode or too ample for abate TV sets.
Telegraph rating: 8/10
£649, John Lewis
Width: 28 inches
Sonos’ latest creation, the Playbase sits below your TV as a mount, rather than army on a wall. It’s accordingly a little beyond than a accepted soundbar, but delivers actual agnate to Sonos’ Playbar at the aforementioned price.
It has the aforementioned Sonos caveats – no Bluetooth or HDMI – but it’s a beautiful product, is quick to set up and use and delivers a affluent complete experience. The Sonos app is quick to use and it can abutment a television with its own angle of up to 35kg.
Telegraph rating: 8/10
£599, John Lewis
Width: 38.5 inches
The Bose SoundTouch 300 positions itself as a absolute adversary to the Sonos Playbar, able of pumping out absorbing audio as a standalone accessory and abrogation it on a par with its abutting rival. You can add a wireless subwoofer, although this will accompany your bulk up by addition £599.
Unlike the Sonos, the Bose is able of active optical, HDMI and HDMI Arc inputs. HDMI Arc allows the SoundTouch 300 to break all 4K formats and should acquiesce you to use one alien for the accomplished arrangement for sound, whether that’s from an absorbed alive accessory like Roku or a amateur console.
We additionally admired the attending of the Bose SoundTouch 300, and its adolescent Bose multiroom speakers complete the attending too.
Telegraph rating: 7.5/10
Width: 20 inches
For abounding people, £500 or added is too abundant to burst on a TV audio system. While your set’s complete isn’t great, you alone charge a bit added bass and accuracy to feel like you are adequate the affectionate of complete acquaintance your TV should offer. This is area a simple set up like the Sony HT-MT300 comes in.
In agreement of complete quality, it will alpha to get a little tinny on the capacity back you advance it too loud, but for abate TVs or for commodity beneath arty than a big soundbar it is a ablaze account choice. For below £200 you get a subwoofer as well, but one atom is you can’t ascendancy the Sony from your TVs capital remote.
Telegraph rating: 6.5/10