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Best HDTV Soundbar Speakers – Comparison and Reviews 2013-2014

January 25, 2014 by  
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HDTV and Soundbar

HDTV and SoundBar

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’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, grouped by price. Click for consumer reviews of each model.

Best Rated TV Sound Bars Under $350

LG NB3530A
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Polk Audio Surroundbar IHT 3000
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Panasonic SC-HTB550
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Samsung HW-E450
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
180 watts
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1 Optical Input
2 – Minijack inputs
Main Speaker: 31.0″
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Soundbar w/subwoofer
240 watts
2 HDMI (1.4) Input
1 Optical Input
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Main Speaker: 42.6″
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Video: 1080p & 3D capable
1 HDMI Out (ARC)
Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
Soundbar w/subwoofer
280 watts
1 HDMI (1.4) Input
1 Optical Input
1 USB Input
Main Speaker: 35.7″
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1 HDMI Output (ARC)
Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming


Best Rated TV Sound Bars $350 to $900

Sony HT-CT260
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Yamaha YSP-4100BL
Sound Projector w/subwoofer
Sony HT-CT550W
3D Sound Bar w/subwoofer
BoseĀ® Solo TV Sound System/Bar
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Soundbar w/subwoofer
300 watts
Analog Inputs
1 Optical Input
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Main Speaker: 37″
1 Coax Cable input
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Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
Sound Projector
120 watts
4 HDMI Inputs
2 Optical Inputs
2 RCA Inputs
Main Speaker: 40.5″
1 Coax Cable input
Video: 1080p/24Hz capable
1 HDMI output
Integrated Subwoofer
Soundbar w/subwoofer
400 watts
3 HDMI Inputs
2 Optical Inputs
2 RCA Inputs
Main Speaker: 37.31″
1 Coax Cable input
Video: 1080/24p 3D capable
1 HDMI 1.4a output
Wireless Subwoofer
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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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).
HDMI or Optical Input = 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.
MiniJack Input = This is the same size jack input as the headphone jack on an MP3 player and most phones.


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