Holiday Gift Guide 2014-2015: Top 10 Best Soundbars

December 2, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Do you know someone who purchased a new TV recently and could do with an upgrade on the audio side of things as well? Maybe you purchases one for the family from our Top 10 list of TVs? Regardless of why you’re in the market for a new soundbar, our Top 10 list of the Best Soundbars this Holiday Season should have something for you to give this year.

VIZIO S3820W-C0 Sound Bar With Integrated Bass



From VIZIO, a great name when it comes to excellent value for money, this soundbar is available to match a number of different size TVs. You can choose this in either 29, 38 or 54-inch variants and unlike other soundbars, this guy tries its best to provide bass without a sub-woofer. This also features Bluetooth to hook it up to your smartphone or tablet and its arranged in such a fashion that it can be mounted to the wall as well.

VIZIO S3820W-C0 38-inch 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated Deep Bass

Samsung HW-H450 2.1 Channel 290 Watt Wireless Soundbar



If you’re looking for something more serious, Samsung’s 290 Watt 2.1 soundbar and woofer should do the trick. Sure, it’s more expensive than most, but it’s an excellent choice if you’re made about films or music thanks to the added bass of that massive woofer. It’s packed full of smart tricks like SmartVolume to automatically adjust things and there’s Bluetooth here as well, making this an excellent upgrade all round.

Samsung HW-H450 2.1 Channel 290 Watt Wireless Audio Soundbar

Sony HT-CT660 2.1 Soundbar with Wireless Soundbar



If you want a little style to go along with your improved sound, then Sony has you covered here. This guy is packed full of features like surround sound and a wireless sub-woofer to minimize on cables. It’s a sharp-looking unit and it certainly sets itself aside from the pack. Great for smartphone use as well thanks to NFC and Bluetooth, this could replace your whole sound system and look good doing it.

Sony HT-CT660 46-Inch Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater System



If you’ve not got all the room you’d like for your TV set up or you know someone that likes a nice and compact solution to thing then this option from Bose is the one to get. It’s powerful despite its size and if there’s one company that knows how to deliver quality sound from a small package it’s Bose. Great for those that care about their TV as well as their music, this is a serious piece of kit.

Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System, Black

Denon DHT-S514



Denon is a name that I personally trust when it comes to audio and with a high price tag, the DHT-S514 had ought to deliver in droves. It’s a good-looking piece and it has a wireless sub-woofer as well as Bluetooth for easy music streaming. For those that might want to listen to more music in their living room, this is a good choice and Denon is a brand that’s been around for a long time now.

Denon DHT-S514 Home Theater Soundbar System with HDMI, Bluetooth Streaming and Wireless Subwoofer

Yamaha YSP-1400BL



From a leading name in sound comes this, the fairly affordable YSP-1400BL. It’s got a different look to it than others on the market and while it’s not the cleanest looking it does look the part and will certainly stand out. This guy doesn’t come with a sub-woofer, but then again it’s not all that expensive to say what you’re getting here. It features a good range of inputs and this guy supports 5.1 surround sound using Digital Sound Projection so you should be able to enjoy movies as they were intended without the extra clutter.

Yamaha YSP-2500 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer

Paradigm SHIFT Soundscape Soundbar



Another great option for confined spaces, there’s no denying that the Paradigm SHIFT is a pricey option. However, if you want some of the best sound you can get without resorting to a massive soundbar then this might the option for you. This is also expandable, with a wireless sub-out module that you can expand with a sub-woofer when you feel like a little upgrade is needed.

Paradigm SHIFT Series Soundscape Full Powered Soundbar with apt-X Bluetooth (Black)

SONOS Playbar Soundbar


Ah yes, the SONOS Playbar, your first step into a world of connected speakers. This guy not only connects to your TV and produces some great quality sound, but it can also be connected to your WiFi network and you can play all sorts of music through it. An all round excellent solution for all things audio, be it movies, TV or Music, the SONOS Playbar is really flexible and you can add to it as you go, too.

SONOS – PLAYBAR TV Soundbar/Wireless Streaming Music Speaker

Yamaha YSP-3300



Let’s say you really wanted something much bigger, much louder and ultimately much more expensive than the Yamaha YSP-1400BL. If that is the case, then this more expensive offering from Yamaha should be just what you were looking for. This is a true 7.1 Surround Sound experience with 16 different speakers being used together with the sub-woofer to deliver an intense amount of sound. Want the best? This goes a long way towards that.

Yamaha YSP-3300 Digital Sound Projector with Wireless Subwoofer

Razer Leviathan Soundbar

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That’s right, Razer now makes a soundbar and for less than $200 at that! Complete with a sub-woofer, this guy is more about being the best in a small package than anything else. It doesn’t try too hard to impress, yet Razer have managed to put all of the same Dolby goodness and 5.1 surround sound into a pair of speakers that should sound great no matter what you’re playing or watching. Plus, it looks awesome regardless.

You can purchase the Leviathan directly from Razer.