Best Soundbars - January 2018

With the Super Bowl coming up, there are a ton of people looking for a better sound bar for their home entertainment setup, before the big game. And many retailers have already discounted a number of sound bars. But which ones are the best for your money? Well we've rounded up some of the best in the list below. These comprise of somewhat cheap or inexpensive soundbars, as well as mid-range and pretty expensive ones. Some of these do also support Dolby Atmos, which is going to be a must for most people, since Dolby Atmos sound is so much more superior than other sound bars out there.

One of the bigger names on the list is the Sonos PLAYBASE. Now this does not have Dolby Atmos, but it's still a good one to grab since it works with Sonos' other multi-room speakers, and its sound quality is just so good. The PLAYBASE can sit underneath your TV and give you some incredible sounding bass, as well as some crystal clear mids and highs. Of course, you can also use the PLAYBASE to stream music from Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Google Play Music and a slew of other services, making this a great one to grab. The same goes for the Sonos PLAYBAR, which the only real difference there is the fact that the PLAYBAR sits in front of your TV.

Another good option is the LG SJ9 soundbar, which does come with a wireless subwoofer. This one is a Dolby Atmos compatible soundbar, and will set you back about $100 more than the PLAYBASE or PLAYBAR from Sonos. But again, it is definitely worth it. Not only is the LG SJ9 a good looking soundar for your setup, but it's also a great sounding soundbar, and of course, the addition of Dolby Atmos is a pretty big deal. Now the ones listed below are not the only good ones to check out and pick up, but these are some of the better models available right now. And you really can't go wrong with picking up any of these sound bars.

Yamaha YAS-107BL Sound Bar with Dual Built-In Subwoofers & Bluetooth

If you're looking to upgrade the audio in your home entertainment center, but not spend a ton of cash, the Yamaha YAS-107BL is a good one to check out. This is a sound bar that has built-in subwoofers, and even has Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream audio to it instead of just using it for your TV. It has three physical connections you can use, HDMI, Optical or Analog.

Sonos PLAYBASE for Home Theater and Streaming Music

The Sonos PLAYBASE is arguably one of the best choices in this list, but also one of the more expensive. With the PLAYBASE, you'll get everything that Sonos is well-known for. Including its multi-room audio. The Sonos PLAYBASE connects via the Optical jack on your TV, and also has WiFi built-in, so you are able to stream music over WiFi, instead of Bluetooth which also leads to better sounding audio.

Klipsch R-10B Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

If you're really wanting some deep sounding bass, the R-10B is going to be a good option to pick up. This is because it includes a wireless subwoofer, so you're going to get plenty of bass out of that subwoofer, and it'll more than fill the room. Like many others on this list, it does also work with Bluetooth, so you can stream from your smartphone or laptop as well.

LG Electronics SJ9 5.1.2 Channel High Resolution Audio Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos

LG's SJ9 is one of the best sound bars on the market right now. It's a 5.1.2 channel soundbar and includes high resolution audio support. And if that wasn't enough, there is also Dolby Atmos support, so you're going to get some incredible sounding audio out of this soundbar - which also includes a wireless subwoofer.

LG Electronics SJ2 Soundbar Home Speaker

Looking for something cheaper from LG? This one should fit the bill. The SJ2 is also a great soundbar to pick up. There's no high-resolution nor Dolby Atmos support. But it does offer some great audio, for under $200, which makes this a great one to grab.

VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar

This VIZIO soundbar is about 38-inches long, so it's meant for smaller TV's, which are usually in smaller rooms, so it doesn't need to output as much sound. But it'll still give you plenty of sound. It's also very cheap, making it a great pick up for a secondary TV, or even for those that might be on a budget.

VIZIO SB3851-C0 38-Inch 5.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers

This is what we'd call a "Budget Surround Sound setup". You're getting a 38-inch soundbar, with a wireless subwoofer and two satellite speakers. Which makes it great for giving you surround sound in your living room, without spending a ton, since this is indeed under $250.

Onkyo SBT-A500 3.1.2 Ch. Dolby Atmos Sound Bar System

Dolby Atmos is incredible, but that doesn't mean you need to pay a fortune for it. Onkyo has a great Dolby Atmos soundbar here in the SBT-A500, which is priced at under $300, and it still provides you some incredible sound. This is great for those that have TV's around 40 to 60-inches. Those big TV's but not huge TV's.

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar/ Wireless Streaming TV and Music Speaker

The Sonos PLAYBAR is very similar to the PLAYBASE, with the only real difference here being the form factor. The PLAYBAR is more for those that have a mounted TV, or a larger one that can't sit on top of the PLAYBASE. The PLAYBAR still allows you to stream music over WiFi, and will give you some incredibly rich bass and crisp mids/highs.

Klipsch Reference RP-450CA Premiere Dolby Atmos Center Channel Speaker

This speaker form Klipsch is not only a Dolby Atmos soundbar, but also a great looking soundbar, with a walnut finish. The Klipsch Reference RP-450CA is a great one to pick up right now, since it does have that finish, but also has Dolby Atmos, so you're going to get some great sound in your entertainment center.

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