Sonos Arc review

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85%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • No subwoofer included

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 verdict: Superb-sounding Sonos

This a superb Best Buy sound bar, with truly impressive audio quality and up there with the very best we’ve tested. If you’re not put off by the high price tag, you won’t be disappointed.

Pros
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Lots of features
  • Great Atmos sound
Cons
  • Tricky to set up
  • App could be easier to use

Canton Smart Soundbar 10 review

£899.00Typical price

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79%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos

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 verdict: A smart, but expensive, decision

This is a great sound bar that is a worthy Best Buy. It combines features with clear and detailed sound. It is slightly complicated to set up and use, though.

Pros
  • Clear and detailed sound
  • Great for speech and special effects
  • Lots of features
Cons
  • The number of options could be confusing

LG SN11RG review

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77%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Superb LG sound bar, at a price

The price will put many people off, but those willing to take the plunge will get a fantastic sound bar with excellent audio and plenty of premium features.

Pros
  • Good overall sound
  • Subwoofer and rear speakers included
  • Wi-fi enabled
  • Chromecast
  • Google Assistant
Cons
  • Bass rather heavy on Atmos
  • Music a touch thin sounding
  • A few ease of use niggles

LG SN5 review

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75%

Key features

  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Five-star sound

Alongside fellow Best Buy, the Samsung HW-T550, the LG SN5 shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a top-quality sound bar. With superb sound and useful features, this sound bar is a fantastic addition to any living room.

Pros
  • Superb sound quality across the board
  • Wireless subwoofer included
  • Simple to set up
Cons
  • Remote control could be better

Samsung HW-Q70T review

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75%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Solid and dependable Best Buy sound bar

The HW-Q70T certainly delivered the goods in our test lab, with vibrant, entertaining sound and plenty of features and functions. It’s slightly cheaper than the Samsung HW-Q800T, yet performed better, so go for this model instead.

Pros
  • Good-quality sound including Atmos
  • Simple to set up
Cons
  • Could be easier to use

Samsung HW-A550 review

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72%

Key features

  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Impressive Best Buy

The Samsung HW-A550 is a Best Buy that outperforms many other models around this price point. It’s a great-sounding option.

Pros
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • No support for Dolby Atmos

LG SP11RA review

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72%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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verdict: Advanced multi-directional sound

The SP11RA is a premium product that won’t suit everyone’s budget or needs. But if you’re prepared to pay more for great sound quality and a wide range of features, this Best Buy sound bar certainly offers a lot to justify its asking price.

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Separate rear speakers and subwoofer
  • Tons of features
  • Supports high-resolution audio
Cons
  • Requires space for the three speakers and four mains power connections
  • Expensive

Samsung HW-T550 review

£299.00Typical price

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71%

Key features

  • Subwoofer included

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 verdict: High quality sound bar at an affordable price

The Samsung HW-T550 is a Best Buy that even outperforms higher-priced models from Samsung, such as the disappointing HW-Q60T.  It’s a fantastic, affordable sound bar for your living room.

Pros
  • Good sound quality on speech
  • Movies and music
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Display is quite small
  • Limited features

JBL Bar 9.1 review

£899.00Typical price

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71%

Key features

  • Subwoofer included

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verdict: A fantastic sound bar (if configured correctly)

The JBL Bar 9.1 is a Best Buy, but only if you detach the end speakers and position them to the rear as part of a surround-sound setup. If you leave them attached to the bar, the audio quality doesn’t make the grade. If you’re prepared to experiment with speaker placement to get the best out of this sound bar, then it’s a great option. Alternatively, check out our other recommended models instead.

Pros
  • Great sound with detachable speakers positioned to the rear
Cons
  • Complicated to set up
  • Audio not as good when used in sound bar configuration
  • Problems in Atmos mode

LG SK9Y review

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69%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Rich and immersive sound quality

This is an impressive sound bar. Not only do you get clear, warm vocals, but sound effects are realistic, and there’s plenty of bass to back them up. Add Dolby Atmos and the surround sound really comes to life.

Pros
  • Movies and TV sound great
  • Plenty of features including Dolby Atmos
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Can’t reach its own maximum volume without distortion

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam review

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69%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • No subwoofer included

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 verdict: Good. well-priced all-in-one sound bar

This is a good sound bar with plenty of useful features, and only falls narrowly short of the standard required to be a Best Buy. That’s impressive for an all-in-one sound bar without a separate subwoofer. So if you’re looking for a space-saving great-sounding sound bar, it’s well worth buying.

Pros
  • Good sound
  • Easy to set up and use.
Cons
  • Maybe overly complicated for some

Samsung HW-Q900A review

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69%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Good, but still a little disappointing overall

This is a versatile sound bar with very good sound and a wealth of features, but considering the sky-high price we were hoping for something truly extraordinary. If you’re looking for a fully-featured sound bar it certainly delivers, but you can get even more – including for less – with one of our Best Buy models that can pip this as an all-round package.

Pros
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • Doesn’t sound as good as the best
  • Gets increasingly harsh at high volumes

Samsung HW-Q800T review

£799.00Typical price

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69%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: Solid and consistent, but also dull

It’s not a bad sound bar, but the dull sound and some ease of use frustration mean there’s simply not enough reason to buy it over Best Buy alternatives.

Pros
  • Clear speech quality
  • Decent Atmos sound
  • Simple to set up
Cons
  • Sound quality rather dull overall
  • Could be easier to use

Bose Smart Sound Bar 900 review

£849.00Typical price

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69%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • No subwoofer included

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 verdict: Good but pricey

This is a good sound bar with plenty of useful features, but falls just short of the standard required to be a Best Buy. For this sort of money we’d hoped for a touch more, but it’s certainly a great all-round package.

Pros
  • Good sound
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Maybe overly complicated for some
  • Set up takes time
  • Expensive

 

LG SN9YG review

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68%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Subwoofer included

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 verdict: Better options available elsewhere

The LG SN9YG is a decent sound bar with good audio quality in normal stereo or surround-sound mode, but it really struggles with Atmos material. For this sort of price we’d expect much better and it falls short of the threshold required to make it as a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Good stereo and surround sound
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Poor Atmos sound
  • Juggling two apps for full control becomes tiresome

Sonos Beam (2nd Gen) review

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68%

Key features

  • Dolby Atmos
  • No subwoofer included

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 verdict: A good sound bar for Sonos fans, but some offer a touch more

If you’re already invested in the Sonos ecosystem then this is a good sound bar. Audio quality is pretty impressive, yet overall it falls just short of being awarded a Best Buy. It’s still a good offer for the price, but if you’re not wedded to the Sonos brand then we’ve tested sound bars that sound a touch better and cost less, so we would suggest you look at them instead.

Pros
  • Good sound
  • High-end features
Cons
  • Lack of a dedicated remote control won’t suit all
  • Set up takes time
  • No Bluetooth

LG SJ2 review

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67%

Key features

  • Wireless subwoofer included

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 verdict: A good all-rounder

The SJ2 is a nifty inexpensive option, well worth considering given the price. With a decent score in our sound quality tests, this sound bar could add a little extra quality to your TV without breaking the bank.

Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • No HDMI ARC
  • Not as good for music

Samsung HW-S60T review

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67%

Key features

  • Built-in subwoofer

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verdict: Solid but not spectacular

It’s a compact and stylish-looking sound bar that appears to tick a lot of the boxes, including good sound. It’s not great to use, however, and lags behind our Best Buy sound bars.

Pros
  • Good sound
  • Wi-fi-enabled
  • Bluetooth music streaming
  • Amazon Alexa support
Cons
  • Tricky to use
  • Remote control fiddly

Samsung HW-S61T review

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67%

Key features

  • Built-in subwoofer

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 verdict: Solid but not spectacular

It’s a compact and stylish-looking sound bar that appears to tick a lot of the boxes, including good sound. It’s not great to use, however, and lags behind our Best Buy sound bars.

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Wi-fi-enabled
  • Bluetooth music streaming
  • Amazon Alexa support
Cons
  • Tricky to use
  • Remote control fiddly

Denon DHT-S416 review

£299.00Typical price

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67%

Key features

  • Wireless subwoofer included

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verdict: Respectable sound quality, but few advanced features

This mid-range model from Denon has some useful features, including a wireless subwoofer and built-in Google Chromecast. The DHT-S416 lacks some of the other premium features we start to see at this price, such as Dolby Atmos, but it’s easy to use and the sound quality is better than average.

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Wireless subwoofer
Cons
  • Few advanced features
  • No Dolby Atmos
  • Flimsy remote control