Real estate around your TV can be tough, especially when your TV is mounted to the wall. These best soundbar picks all come with wall mounts to solve your spatial issues, but still give you great sound.
1. Editor’s Pick: Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Premium Soundbar
The Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Premium Soundbar is designed to completely forgo a subwoofer thanks to its Sound⁺ technology. Combined with its Distortion Cancelling technology to best combat any audible distortion, and you’re left with rich and full home theater sound. Additionally, the Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Premium Soundbar is designed to disperse sound in such a way where every spot in your viewing room is the sweet spot.
TechRadar comes on strong with their recommendation of the Samsung HW-MS650, dubbing it the rewriter of a lot of the rulebook. “No other one-body soundbar has combined so much raw power with so much clarity, scale and (especially) bass, or excelled so consistently with both films and music.” Expert Reviews tends to abide by that level of praise, saying Samsung “has concocted a winning combination of dynamic sound quality, ample connectivity and attractive design.” It’s also worth mentioning the Samsung HW-MS650’s clear dialogue, even dispersion and easy setup, as Home Theater Review will tell you.
The Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Premium Soundbar features nine individually amplified drivers to best give viewers a wide sound image. The Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Premium Soundbar is Bluetooth and WiFi enabled, and features an HDMI input, an HDMI out with 4K Pass-through, an optical input, and USB connectivity.
2. JBL Bar 5.1
The JBL Bar 5.1 is essentially a home theater system in a box. The soundbar portion supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS, as well as JBL SoundShift, which allows you to instantly switch between the sound from your TV and the Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or tablet. The JBL Bar 5.1 also features a wireless subwoofer and two wireless surround sound speakers, making the most of your movies and their excellent audio.
The JBL Bar 5.1 gives you a “bassy sound that makes action movies more intense and sports more immersive,” with the added bonus of being able to handle both TV and smartphone streaming, according to Trusted Reviews. For being as compact as it is, Techspot adds that ”for movie lovers with a shortage of space, the JBL offers a seriously appealing prospect; totally wireless surround sound from a soundbar.” TechRadar discusses the system’s “deeply impressive” surround sound capabilities, adding “If you’re the type of person who wants to immerse yourself in the world of a film with the minimum of fuss, wires, and set-up, the JBL Bar 5.1 is exactly what you’re looking for.”
The JBL Bar 5.1 features one analog port, one optical in, three HDMI inputs, and an HDMI output. The subwoofer features a 10″ woofer, while the soundbar features six 2.25″ racetrack drivers and three 1.25″ tweeters.
If you’re looking for a stripped-down soundbar that comes in at a reasonable price, look no further than the JBL Bar Studio. The JBL Bar Studio is designed to be slim and fit in just about any application. The bar features Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an HDMI connection for your TV.
“If you want it all – infallible performance whether for TV, film or music – there seems to be a starting price. And it’s more than this,” concludes What HiFi in their glowing review of the JBL Bar Studio. Amazon customer Dillon mentions the JBL Bar Studio’s ease of use and great sound, commenting the soundbar “also connects to my phone easily so I can play music when the TV is not on. The audio quality is on this soundbar superb, would definitely recommend to a friend.” Home Cinema Choice is a little more succinct in their review, calling the JBL Bar Studio’s connectivity, sound, and virtual surround all “solid.”
The JBL Bar Studio features two 2″ woofers and two 1.5″ tweeters, as well as a dual bass port design to add some low end to your TV and music.
The Samsung Q60R features Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology, which gives TV viewers great panoramic sound to bring the action to life. The Samsung Q60R is also great for gaming with its auto-optimization features specifically designed for the task. Though if you’re looking for music, the soundbar also acts as a powerful Bluetooth speaker. Additionally, the soundbar comes with a separate subwoofer to provide extra rumble to bring your movies and music to life.
Samsung Q60R Panoramic Soundbar features eight individually amplified drivers, as well as an HDMI input, an HDMI out, an optical input, USB port for music playback, and both an analog and digital audio input.
The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i bills itself as one featuring “crystal clear, 24-bit resolution sound and audiophile-grade bass response—without a subwoofer,” and the reviews seem to agree. The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i allows users to stream music right to it thanks to its capabilities with Bluetooth, Amazon Alexa, and AirPlay 2. Bluesound notes its “three-way, tri-amplified speaker design,” which allows frequencies to be blended and output in the most ear-pleasing fashion thanks to its DSP-powered crossover filters.
The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i features two dialog enhancing modes, a wide music mode, a wide cinema mode, and a HDMI ARC input to make controlling your audio entertainment easier than ever.
What HiFi says the soundbar treated their ears to “a well-balanced frequency range as well, with the Pulse Soundbar 2i’s tweeters working hard to provide a treble as rich and free as the substantial heft of its bass response.” Trusted Reviews take a more Shakespearean approach to their review. “When is a soundbar not a soundbar? Well, in the case of the new Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i – which is a long name, though not as long as the thing itself – the answer is: when it’s a high-resolution audio multi-room wireless streaming music and home theatre system. It might be designed to sit beneath your nice new TV, but Bluesound is adamant the Pulse 2i is more than just a soundbar.”
The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i supports lossy and lossless formats, as well as major streaming services. The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i features optical, RCA line in, and HDMI inputs, type-A and type-B USB inputs, and has a subwoofer out, as well as employs two 2” tweeter and mid-range drivers, as well as two 4” woofers.
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