13 Best Soundbars for Every Budget (2022): Vizio, Sonos, Samsung, Yamaha, Sony

You probably already good money made for a nice big TV and maybe a streaming gadget to play your Netflix. But no matter how big your screen is or how much it costs, the speakers in your TV probably sound terrible.

You’d be surprised how much more you enjoy those shows with a fairly decent soundbar or surround system hooked up to your primo panel. Explosions pop, dialogue sounds much clearer, and you might even notice sonic details in your favorite movies that you’ve never picked up before.

Need advice on finding the perfect bar? Check out our full article on buying a soundbar before choosing one below.

Updated November 2022: We’ve added the Samsung HW-Q990B system and updated links and prices.

Why you need a soundbar

We’ve yet to test a new TV that didn’t sound bad without some kind of audio accessory added. This is mainly due to the way televisions are designed. Great-sounding speakers are bulky, and as TVs have gotten thinner, with shrinking bezels and slimmer designs, manufacturers are finding it more difficult to build good speakers into them.

You can spend as little as $150 on a new soundbar with a subwoofer, and it’s essential to get the most out of your viewing experience. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of the best soundbars we’ve tested, including soundbars that are sold separately, as well as models that come with a subwoofer. We’ve also gathered some advice on how to get the most out of your purchase.

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