Music, as they say, is a good medicine to the soul. To enjoy good music you need to use a high-quality sound bar. When they first hit the market, sound bars came primarily in big sizes and did not have a variety of features that one could choose from. However, with the advancement of time and the state-of-the-art technology, new models have been launched, and this is why we sought to do a review of the Top 10 Best Soundbars in 2016. Our informative yet brief review will help you buy the most suitable sound bar as you upgrade from the traditional models into better and more innovative versions of sound bars.
10. LG Electronics SH2 2.1 Channel 100W Sound Bar (2016 Model)
LG Electronics Soundbar has hit the market with a bang. This is because of its Adaptive Sound Control feature. It comes with 2.1 Channel Wired subwoofers which produce both quality and loud sound for your entertainment. Its other outstanding feature is the Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to steam with ease.
With this sound bar, no wired connection is required. Simply connect the SH2 sound bar with the compatible LG HDTV cordlessly through Bluetooth. This reduces the cable clutter beneath and behind your television.
9. Samsung HW-K360 2.1 Channel 130 Wireless Audio Soundbar
This model comes with various features like its connectivity ability to Bluetooth and wireless subwoofers. If you prefer to have your sound bars fixed on a wall, then this is the sound bar to choose because it is made in a way that makes it wall-mountable.
The quality of sound produced is of very high quality because its inputs are 1 Optical, 0 Coaxial, and 0 HDMI. Samsun HW-K360 is 35 inches long, and its power output is 130 Watt, both channels combined.
8. Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System
Bose Solo 5 Sound System comes in a single Unit but is much more efficient in audio production compared to your TV alone. It is made in such a way that you can clearly hear every word because of the dialogue mode which it is made of.
Unfortunately, in the US market, the sound bar does not come with a coax cable, but it comes with a single connection point to the TV. The device is easily mountable on the wall. It works well with universal remote controls and Bluetooth connections.
7. Yamaha YAS – 203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer
Yamaha YAS -203 Sound Bar is 34.9 Inches long and has a power output of 200w which comes from its 7.1 channels. This makes it very ideal for large TVs- 40-inch and above. The subwoofer that comes with it is wireless and wall mountable.
Like most of the other sound bars that have hit the market in 2016, Yamaha YAS has Bluetooth Connectivity, which makes it attractive for use with other media devices. The inputs are one optical and one coaxial.
6. Music Angel 35-Inch TV Sound Bar & Satellite Speakers
As the name suggests, this is the music angel sound bar that you need as part of your entertainment set. Its total power output is 120W, which is undeniably high-quality sound for all your entertainment needs, be they games, movies or music.
It comes with a remote that allows you to operate the equipment from a distance, in addition to Bluetooth 4.0 interface which allows you to connect to Bluetooth enabled devices. Music Angel Sound Bar supports other connectivity options like Micro TF/SD and USB. The input is mainly of AUX cable type.
5. Sony HTXT1 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-in Subwoofer
The connectivity of Sony HTXT1 is such that you can connect it to media devices via Bluetooth or through NFC. The length of the sound bar is 28.4-inch, and the power output is 170 watt produced by the 2.1 channels. It is ideal for use with 32 to 55 inch TVs. With this model, the subwoofer is inbuilt, which makes storage and portability easier. Its inputs are 3 HDMI, 1 optical and 1 Analog.
4. VIZIO SB3851- C0 38-Inch 5.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
VIZIO SB3851-C0 38-inch is 38″ long and the power output id 100dB. The subwoofers are wireless, and it comes with Bluetooth connectivity for use with other media devices. The good thing about it is that it can be mounted easily on the wall and also makes use of a remote control device.
3. SONOS PLAYBAR TV Sound Bar/ Wireless Streaming Music Speaker
SONOS PLAYBAR dauntlessly compliments HD televisions, giving them clarity of sound from the amplified speakers which are nine in total. Using WiFi connectivity, you can easily reset the system and also expand it over time, improving the settings as you may wish. The sound bar makes use of just two cords, one for power and one for optics and both come with the package.
This model is also made in a way that it can play music from all sources once they are plugged into HDTV be it a smartphone, computer or tablet. What is even more interesting about SONOS is that it understands most IR remote’s language.
2. SHARKK BEAST 45W Bluetooth Speaker 2.1 Channel Speaker with Subwoofer
The name “beast” directly denotes the capacity of the sound bar, which is enhanced to a large extent by the Advance MaxxBass Technology, which gives it a killer bass for its small size. It has a reachable battery whose life can be extended by the 440mAh Power Bank external charger, hence making it ideal for use outdoors or away from home.
Other additional features that might not easily come with other sound bars are S-Voice Support, Hand free calling with a microphone and LED Power lights while charging. The package contains Audio Cable, Power Adapter, Bluetooth Speaker and User Manual.
1. VIZIO SB2920 C6 29-inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar
The first thing to note about it is that it does not come with a subwoofer unlike most of its counterparts which are currently in the market. If you do not like the sound to come out so strongly, you may consider this an advantage, but might be a disadvantage for audio lovers, given that its power output is only 95dB produced by its 2.0 channels.
The only connectivity capability of VIZIO SB2920 is to Bluetooth. It is wall mountable and also comes with a remote for ease of control.