Best soundbars 2020

Best soundbars 2020

Everyone loves a flatscreen TV, but does yours sound, er, a little flat? Have you thought about adding a soundbar to boost its weedy sound? The very best soundbars can pack impressive audio into a package small enough to sit in front of your TV.

Before you buy, you should bear in mind the dimensions of your TV and just how big your new soundbar needs to be. You don't want it to be dwarfed by the screen, but then again, it could look strange partnering a huge bar with a tiny TV. Track down the specs and compare the bar's width with that of your TV. Also, check the height – if you need to place the soundbar in front of your TV, you don't want it obstructing the picture.

Next, you need to turn your attention to features. Many modern soundbars boast wireless subwoofers, Bluetooth connectivity, 4K-friendly HDMI inputs for a games console or 4K Blu-ray player, ARC and eARC-enabled HDMI outputs and even support Dolby Atmos audio with upfring speakers. Have a think about the content you'll be viewing and the sources you'll be plugging in. For a complete overview, why not visit our guide on how to choose and set up a soundbar.

Below, we've rounded up the best soundbars for a range of different budgets. All of them are simple to install and will allow you to up your audio game without needing lots of speakers and cables that will just clutter up your living room.

Sonos Beam review

Our Verdict

One of the best performance-per-pound products Sonos has produced, the Beam is a blinding little soundbar

For

  • Impressively enveloping sound
  • Deep, weighty bass
  • Compact and stylish
  • Superb streaming capabilities

Against

  • Can be pushed to harshness
  • More HDMI inputs would be nice

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