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Best Rated HDTV & 4K TV Soundbar Speakers | Comparison and Reviews 2016

January 20, 2016 by  
Filed under HDTV

HDTV and Soundbar

HDTV and SoundBar

Best Rated TV Sound Bars: Most Flat Panel TVs today bear no resemblance to the old analog sets of yesteryear. They are much thinner and their frames (bezels) are smaller as well. This leaves little room for speakers. Most HDTVs today have speakers that put out no more than 20 watts, most without a subwoofer. Many people want more out of their HDTV and 4K TV’s audio, and they can with a simple solution called a Sound Bar (or SoundBar).

A soundbar consists of a horizontal bar of speakers than can provide virtual surround sound, and many have subwoofers. They have minimal wiring compared to full surround sound systems. Soundbars also put out a much higher output (wattage) than the tiny built in speakers on most HDTVs. Below are the top rated (by consumers) soundbars, which you can compare by price, features, and reviews. Click for consumer reviews of each model.



Best Rated TV Sound Bars Under $350 – Comparison & Reviews
(Soundbars with the highest consumer reviews)

LG NB3530A
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Polk Audio AM1500-B
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
VIZIO SB3851-C0
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Samsung HW-K450
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
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Soundbar w/subwoofer
300 watts
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2 Optical Inputs
1 MiniJack Input
Main Speaker: 37.4″
1 USB input
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Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
Soundbar w/subwoofer
280 watts
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1 Optical Input
2 – Minijack inputs
Main Speaker: 31.0″
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Bluetooth Wireless
Wireless Subwoofer
Soundbar w/subwoofer
Dolby Digital®
2 HDMI (1.4) Input
1 Optical Input
DTS Digital Surround™
Main Speaker: 38″
Remote
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1 Optical TOS
Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
5.1 Channels
Soundbar w/subwoofer
300 watts
1 HDMI (1.4) Input
1 Optical Input
1 USB Input
Main Speaker: 37″
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1 HDMI Output (ARC)
Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
2016 Model


Best Rated TV Sound Bars $350 to $900 – Comparison & Reviews
(Soundbars with the highest consumer reviews)

Sony HT-CT390
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Yamaha YAS-203
Sound Bar Projector w/subwoofer
Sony HT-CT790
3D Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Bose® Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System/Bar
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Soundbar w/subwoofer
300 watts
Analog Input
1 Optical TOSLINK
1 HDMI Input
Main Speaker: 35.5″
1 HDMI Output

2.1-channel
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Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
Smartphone Control
2016 Model

Sound Projector
200 watts
1 Digital Coaxial
1 Optical Inputs
1 Stereo RCA
Main Speaker: 34.9″
7.1-channel Surround
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Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
Smartphone Control
Soundbar w/subwoofer
330 watts
3 HDMI Inputs
1 Optical Inputs
4K pass-through
Main Speaker:40.4″
Analog input
Video: 3D/4K capable
1 HDMI output
Wireless Subwoofer
Wireless Bluetooth
2016 Model
Soundbar/System
60 watts
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1 Optical Input
1 Analog Input
Unit Length: 20.75″
1 Coax Cable input
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Bluetooth Streaming



Soundbar Glossary of Terms
Bluetooth Streaming = Some soundbars now have a wireless bluetooth capability that will allow you to wirelessly stream music from your SmartPhone, iPod, Tablet, or Laptop (if your device has bluetooth). Some soundbars will also allow you to control functions of the soundbar over bluetooth on your smartphone.
Optical Input = This type of connector uses light through a fiber optic cable instead of wire to transmit sound from one device to another. This provides the cleanest form of signal, without interference inherent in electric based cables.
HDMI = There are two main ways that a soundbar can hookup to an HDTV. One is through the HDMI input on the TV, and the other is through an Optical cable. Some soundbars give you both options. HDMI carries audio and video in one cable. HDMI has an advantage over Optical, in that it has the bandwidth to carry the lossless versions of Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM.
HDMI ARC = ARC (Audio Return Channel). When you hook the Soundbar’s HDMI ARC to your TV’s HDMI ARC port, it will allow you to control your TVs volume, power, and other features from a single remote. This without deactivating your TVs speakers.
Coaxial Cable = This is a very common type of connector. A digital coaxial connector plug looks like an RCA connector, but it sends digital data instead of analog signals. It uses shielded coaxial cable, just like the kind that connects to your TV’s cable box
MiniJack Input = This is the same size jack input as the headphone jack on an MP3 player and most phones, also referred to as analog input.
Wireless Subwoofer = The subwoofer speaker of this unit can be put anywhere in the room. Just plug it in to the electric socket. No wires are required from the soundbar.


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