Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – 2017: Top 10 Best Sound Bars

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Sound Bar

The Sonos PLAYBAR is a very popular option for those looking for a high-quality and great-sounding sound bar. This sound bar uses a nine-speaker design to really ensure the room is filled with sound and as well as being able to directly connect to your TV via the included optical cable, this soundbar also allows you to stream audio content wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. Making it a great all-round audio option for the living room.

LG Electronics SH7B 4.1 Channel 360W Sound Bar

Another option worth checking out is the LG Electronics SH7B. This is a sound bar which packs in the power as it offers a total output of 360-watts over its 4.1 channel distribution. As well as being able to connect to your TV directly, this one also allows for content to be streamed over Bluetooth from your smartphone. Added to its Bluetooth support, the LG Electronics SH7B also comes with Google Cast built-in for an extra level of wireless playback.

VIZIO SB4051-C0 40-Inch 5.1 Sound Bar

The VIZIO SB4051 is one of those true all-in-one solutions as this one comes as the full package. In addition to the wide 40-inch sound bar, it also comes with rear satellite speakers and a subwoofer which means you are getting a full 5.1 sound. In addition to its ability to directly connect to your main setup, this one also offers Bluetooth support for wireless streaming of content from your smartphone or tablet.

ZVOX SoundBase 570 Sound Bar

ZVOX has been making some really great audio products of late and the ZVOX SoundBase 570 is no exception. This is a slightly smaller sound bar than some of the other options as it only measures 30-inches. However, it does pack in the power thanks to its employing of five high-performance speakers, a 65-watt amplifier and built-in powered subwoofer. Not forgetting of course, Bluetooth support is included here as well for wireless streaming of content.

ZVOX SB500 Aluminum Sound Bar

While the ZVOX SoundBase 570 is a nice option to go for, if you want more power from a ZVOX device then you only have to look towards the ZVOX SB500. This is a bigger sound bar in every respect. In addition to its wider 47.5-inch size, this one also comes with a larger 140-watt amplifier, three high-performance speakers and two built-in powered subwoofer drivers. That is, as well as a sleek aluminum design.

Definitive Technology W Studio Wireless Sound Bar

Of course, if you want some of the best in class audio sound from your system then there are few devices currently better than the Definitive Technology W Studio. This is a powerhouse sound bar and one which comes with three 1-inch dome tweeters as well as three 3-inch drivers. The 5.1 channel system is finished off with an included wireless subwoofer which includes an 8-inch driver. All of this comes powered by a 200-watt amplifier and offers an unparalleled level of sound quality.

Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar

Another solid option for the price is the Yamaha YAS-203. This is a 35-inch soundbar and one which comes powered by a 200-watt amplifier. An included 6.5-inch subwoofer driver provides the bass while the unit supports both direct connecting to a system as well as Bluetooth support for wireless streaming of content from a smartphone or tablet.

Philips B5/37 Fidelio Soundbar

The Philips B5/37 Fidelio Soundbar is not the most affordable sound bar around although it is also not anywhere near the most expensive. Making it an ideal option for those looking for a decent quality at a fair price. This is a 210-watt 4.1 surround sound experience, although the Philips B5/37 Fidelio Soundbar does come with a number of added supports including Bluetooth, aptX and NFC so this one will allow you to play content from just about any source.

Sony HTNT5 Sound Bar

Sony is always one of those companies who many first turn to for audio products and if you are more of the Sony persuasion then the Sony HTNT5 is a really solid option to go for. This is another one which is a little higher priced, but not too high priced for what you get. On offer is a 45-inch sound bar which comes with a number of neat features for a greater level of playback including pass-through support for 4K content, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, Bluetooth support and even a USB port so you can play Hi-Res audio content directly off a USB stick.

Samsung HW-K950/ZA 5.1.4 Channel Soundbar

Closing out the list today is one of the most expensive soundbars on this list, the Samsung HW-K950. While being expensive this is designed to be a powerful sound bar and as well as its 47-inch length, this one comes packing 500-watts over its 5.1.4 channels. In addition you will find a wealth of ‘supports’ including Bluetooth support for wireless streaming, Wi-Fi connectivity for syncing with a larger system, and more.

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