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Best HDTV & 4K TV Soundbar Speakers – Comparison and Reviews 2015-2016

January 20, 2016 by  
Filed under HDTV

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 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

LG NB3530A
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Polk Audio AM1500-B
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
VIZIO S3851w-D4
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Samsung HW-J450
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
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


Best Rated TV Sound Bars $350 to $900 – Comparison & Reviews

Sony HT-CT380
Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Yamaha YSP-2500
Sound Projector w/subwoofer
Sony HT-CT780
3D Sound Bar w/subwoofer
Bose® Solo TV Sound System/Bar
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Soundbar w/subwoofer
200 watts
Analog Input
1 Optical Input
3 HDMI Inputs
Main Speaker: 35″
1 HDMI Output

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Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming

Sound Projector
162 watts
3 HDMI Inputs
2 Optical Inputs
1 Analog Audio
Main Speaker: 37.1″
7.1-channel Surround
Video: Full HD & 4K/60p capable
1 HDMI output
Wireless Subwoofer
Bluetooth Streaming
16 speakers
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
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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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).
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, 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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