4 of our best soundbars - whatever your budget

By Mike Atherton 16 Apr 2018
Best soundbars

A soundbar is a great way to give an old TV a new lease of life, or to add that cinema-sound experience to your movies, TV shows, and sport.

Here are four of our favourite soundbars, whatever your budget.

Sony HT-ST5000

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At £1499, the Sony HT-ST5000 doesn’t come cheap, but that’s because it’s one of the best soundbars you can buy.

The HT-ST5000 comes with a 7.2.1 speaker configuration, meaning it has seven front firing speakers, two up-firing speakers, and one wireless subwoofer, giving this system a massive 800 watts of total output - to put this into context, even the most expensive TVs can't handle much more than 50 watts of audio output.

It comes with loads of great features too, like Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi streaming, and Spotify built-in.

You can also link it to other Sony smart speakers though your home's Wi-Fi network to listen to your music anywhere in your home using the Sony Music Center app.

As you’d expect from a high-end Sony product, the sound quality from it's ten speakers is excellent and it can easily handle anything you throw at it - whether it's the explosions of a high-octane action movie, or the crystal clarity of a 50 piece orchestra.

There’s plenty more that the Sony HT-ST5000 can do, take a look here.

LG SJ9 5.1.2 Wireless Sound Bar - with Dolby Atmos

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The LG SJ9 is one of the best soundbars available and uses some very clever audio technology to surround you with sound.

It has ten internal speakers with two of them firing upwards to bounce sound off your ceiling making it feel like a full surround sound system. It also comes with Dolby Atmos to give you that true cinema experience. 

It comes with a wireless subwoofer too, so no annoying wires trailing all over the place.

You also get Wi-Fi built-in, rather than just the usual Bluetooth. This means you get better sound quality when playing your music, and with the added Chromecast Audio software, you can cast music to your soundbar using Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, and Tunein.

The LG SJ9 has lots of very clever features like Adaptive Audio, which adjusts the sound depending on what you’re watching to make sure you get the best possible experience, whether you’re watching music, movies, or sport.

So if you’re looking for the ultimate soundbar to complete your home entertainment setup, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the LG SJ9. It’s currently available at £749, take a look at what else the SJ9 can do here.

Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar

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This is one of our most popular soundbars, and for good reason - it offers great sound quality from both the soundbar and the wireless subwoofer, and it has a simple, stylish design.

You can control all of the settings on your soundbar via Bluetooth, using the Samsung Audio Remote app, and because it has Bluetooth, you can also play your music from your phone or tablet.

At £199, it’s reasonably priced too - find out more about the Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar.

JVC TH-D337B

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If you’re just looking to improve the sound from your TV and you don’t want to spend a fortune, this soundbar and subwoofer will certainly do the job with it’s combined 120 watts of output.

It comes with Bluetooth so you can play music from your smartphone or tablet, and it’s really easy to connect to your TV using an optical cable.

You also get a handful of presets to make the most out of what you’re watching - so if you’re settling down to a good film, just switch on movie mode.

The JVC TH-D337B is currently better than half price at £79.99, find out more here.

Take a look at our full range of soundbars here. If you need help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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