(Pocket-lint) - Looking for a soundbar to boost your TV audio and want a single-box solution without the fuss of a receiver and a million different wires? Then you've come to the right place: our soundbar round-up.
Whatever your budget and goal, we've collated a selection of options to help boost your TV's audio. Simple, quick, and in many cases offering good value for money, there's plenty of choice when it comes to boosting your TV sounds.
Sonos has given its soundbar offering a refresh in the form of the new Arc, a massive but unbelievably high-fidelity soundbar.
It blew us away on testing, and is also nice and smart, with Alexa and Google Assistant both on board. Sound is excellent, especially if you have a Dolby Atmos-compliant TV. This is a soundbar to buy and forget about - it'll be giving you superb performance for years to come.
The Samsung HW-Q70R is an excellent soundbar and subwoofer combo that's a step-up from the crowd. It delivers a big and bold Atmos and DTS:X sound performance, even if a little front-heavy.
The single HDMI input is a little disappointing but the Samsung HW-Q70R offers easy setup, an attractive design and it's ideal for film fans and gamers, while the solid build quality and decent features help justify the price tag.
The Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar that not only delivers an expansive performance for its small size, but it offers multiple voice assistant support - Alexa and Google Assistant are both present. It also supports the Sonos multi-room platform, making it a perfect addition if you have Sonos speakers already, doubling up as an excellent speaker and soundbar in one.
There is no Dolby Atmos support and it's expensive if you consider adding additional speakers or the Sonos Sub, but the Sonos Beam sounds great for both music and movies and it's a great soundbar to consider if you not only want to boost your TV audio, but you want to make your living room or bedroom smarter too. If you need a bigger Sonos soundbar, you could consider the Arc instead of the Beam.
Wharfedale Vista 200S
The Wharfedale Vista 200S is an affordable 2.1-channel soundbar with an active wireless subwoofer included in the box. It's fairly basic in terms of features, with only an HDMI connection, Bluetooth, and EQ modes worth mentioning but it sounds good with movies and music and it is easy to set up.
The Vista 200S's big sell is its price point though. You'd be hard-pushed to find a soundbar that includes a wireless active subwoofer for anything approaching the same price bracket. Overall, this Wharfedale soundbar has a polished sound quality that upgrades the audio on your TV with the minimum of fuss and at a highly competitive price.
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400
The Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 is a 2.1-channel soundbar with an included active wireless subwoofer and it performs well with both movies and music. Its discreet and well-made design offers the company's MusicCast built-in, as well as good bass.
There's no Dolby Atmos or DTS:X support and you'll only find one HDMI input, but there is voice control via Alexa and there is also the option to buy this soundbar without the wireless subwoofer if you're on a budget.
The Sony HT-ZF9 is a compact and very well made 3.1-channel soundbar that not only supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but it offers 7.1.2 surround sound through effective virtual sound processing. Other features include 4K HDR and Hi-Res audio support, as well as built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Chromecast.
Its interface can be confusing and while the HT-ZF9 can't compete with soundbars that deliver immersive audio in a more traditional fashion, the HT-ZF9 has a lot to recommend. Movies and music both sound good, while Sony's application of digital signal processing to create a virtual immersive experience is often very successful.
This newer model delivers a genuine object-based audio experience. It boasts rear channels, four upward-firing drivers and a beefed-up subwoofer – making it ideal for Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio. It's a complete surround sound package that's hard to beat.
Quite frankly it has no equal. It produces the kind of genuinely immersive experience that single-unit bar and sub combos claim to but never really can.
Another great soundbar from Samsung comes in the form of the HW-Q800T, which boasts both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X integration to make for superb sound quality.
Alexa is built in for convenience, although only one HDMI port and no Chromecasting or AirPlay is a slight limitation on the connectivity front. Still, this is a brilliant-sounding soundbar.