Soundbars might not be the number one choice for a hardcore audiophile for a number of reasons, but they definitely have their merits: they are compact, elegant, incorporate multiple drivers into their design, and can create excellent virtual surround.

Most importantly, a soundbar is possibly the best replacement for your TV’s built-in speakers, which are getting progressively worse as time goes on, primarily due to the TVs themselves getting slimmer and slimmer.

Ready to breathe some life into a mediocre audio experience? Then take a look at our narrowed-down selection of the best soundbars of 2019!

Overview: The 6 Best Soundbars For 2019

Here are the winners of our research, making them the best sound bars (or soundbars, depending on how you choose to spell it) that you can buy today.

SoundbarSubwooferConnection  
Pyle PSBV200BTN/AWired, wireless
VIZIO SB3821-C6DedicatedWired, wireless
Yamaha YAS-107BL (Editor’s Pick)Built-inWired, wireless
Sony HT-MT300/BDedicatedWired, wireless
Klipsch HD Theater SB 3DedicatedWired
Sonos PLAYBARN/AWired, wireless

Pyle PSBV200BT

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About the Soundbar

Pyle is a seasoned USA-based manufacturer of audio equipment that started out in the 1960s. As is the case with every such company, they sell a variety of equipment, although audio was and remains their specialty – and that includes home and car audio alike.

The particular soundbar we’ll be taking a look at here is not exactly representative of the general quality of Pyle products –  it is rather dated, having been originally released more than 5 years ago. Regardless, it still manages to hold up quite well even today, which is definitely impressive.

Specifications

Number of speakers5
RMS150W
Dimensions23.8×9.8×4.7in
Weight15lb
ConnectionWireless: Bluetooth 3.1

Wired: 2x RCA, 1x 3.5mm, 1x USB 2.0

Our Thoughts

As mentioned above, this is a rather dated soundbar – yet it has withstood the test of time surprisingly well, as far as sound quality is concerned.

The integrated mid-woofer is quite powerful, the virtual surround is solid, and the drivers offer a more than satisfactory performance. Granted, the sound may not be as refined as that of the modern-day soundbars, but keep in mind that this is nothing more than a budget $100 soundbar today.

The sound quality aside, the fact that this is an older model is evident both from the soundbar’s external appearance and, upon closer look, some of its features. First and foremost, it’s nowhere near as sleek and lightweight, nor does it sport a clean and minimal design that dominates the industry today. What’s more, the gaudy front panel comes complete with an SD card reader – an SD card reader!

Furthermore, the soundbar lacks an optical audio port, which might lead to compatibility issues with newer TVs. The only alternative to the analog connectors is the built-in Bluetooth 3.1, but such a dated version of Bluetooth ultimately leads to rather subpar sound quality.

So, ultimately, this is not the soundbar to turn to if you’re looking for extremely detailed sound or are meticulous about your living room/bedroom aesthetics. However, if you just need an affordable substitute for your TV speakers that can pack a decent punch, then there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to give this Pyle soundbar a try!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikoUxMAYrUk

What We Loved

  • Solid overall sound quality
  • Very affordable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Dated design
  • Older version of Bluetooth

VIZIO SB3821-C6

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About the Soundbar

Vizio is a relatively recognizable name, although perhaps not as big as some others on this list. They specialize in living room entertainment, meaning TVs, speakers, and of course, soundbars.

The Vizio SB3821-C6 is another entry-level soundbar that just might surprise you with what it has to offer. It is a large, 38-inch soundbar with two speakers and a dedicated external subwoofer. What’s more, it offers reliable wireless functionality as well.

Specifications

Number of speakers2+1
RMSNot specified
Dimensions38x3x3in
WeightSoundbar: 5.8lb

Subwoofer: 7.21lb

ConnectionWireless: Bluetooth

Wired: Optical, 1x RCA, 1x 3.5mm, 1x USB

Our Thoughts

Both the soundbar and the subwoofer sport a clean, minimal design that effectively blends black/dark gray with the signature silver highlights which are commonly seen in Vizio products. The soundbar is fairly flexible when it comes to placement, and the wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room.

While this soundbar/subwoofer combo is quite good for this price range, one can’t help but notice that the subwoofer itself is not the most powerful one around. After all, it is clearly stated on the official product page that it only goes as low as 50Hz. Of course, not that the average user would mind, but those more passionate about their bass might be inclined to look to a more expensive solution.

So, in the end, if you’re looking for a great combination of sound quality, aesthetics, and price, then there is hardly a better choice than what Vizio offers with this soundbar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9QY0FVoKz4

What We Loved

  • Well-balanced sound quality
  • Affordable
  • Great value

What We Didn’t Like

  • Underwhelming subwoofer performance

Yamaha YAS-107BL

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About the Soundbar

Companies and corporations rise and fall, but not Yamaha – these guys have been around since 1887. Naturally, Yamaha has branched out and changed over the century and a half that it has been around, but they remain true to their roots – instruments and audio equipment.

The Yamaha 107 soundbar is pretty much what you’d expect from a true veteran of the industry. It packs a total of six speakers in a compact frame, delivers remarkable sound quality in its price range, and it looks great to boot.

Specifications

Number of speakers6
RMS120W
Dimensions35×5.1×2.1in
Weight7.5lb
ConnectionWireless: Bluetooth 4.1

Wired: Optical, 2x HDMI, 1x 3.5mm, 1x Subwoofer out, 1x USB

Our Thoughts

It is truly outstanding how many quality drivers Yamaha was capable of packing into such a (relatively) tiny frame, complete with two punchy 30W subwoofers.

The soundbar can be placed anywhere and it won’t draw too much attention to itself due to the compact frame and minimal all-black design. The sound is great all the way from the low-range to the high-range, with onboard sound processing enabling some truly immersive audio experience.

However, despite the excellent onboard subwoofers, it still might not be enough for some. After all, to truly hit those lows, a subwoofer needs physical space to resonate. Obviously, this is something that the compact body of a soundbar cannot provide.

Nonetheless, the brains at Yamaha have obviously expected that some might want to add a dedicated subwoofer, so they included an analog subwoofer out, making the addition of a dedicated subwoofer unit an easy task.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjd2A8_0HDQ

What We Loved

  • Excellent all-around sound performance
  • Compact and neutral appearance
  • Great value

What We Didn’t Like

  • No dedicated subwoofer included

Sony HT-MT300/B

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About the Soundbar

Following suit, we have Sony, another Japanese company that we’re sure needs no introduction – least of all among gamers.

The Sony HT-MT300/B is one very small soundbar with an even smaller subwoofer that complements its design. But don’t be fooled by its diminutive size – this little soundbar packs quite a punch!

Specifications

Number of speakers2+1
RMSNot specified
DimensionsSoundbar: 19.69×2.13×4.06in

Subwoofer: 3.74×15.08×14.37in

WeightSoundbar: 3.09lb

Subwoofer: 10.8lb

ConnectionWireless: Bluetooth

Wired: Optical, 1x 3.5mm, 1x USB

Our Thoughts

This soundbar’s primary strength is, of course, its compactness. And in spite of that, its two full-range speakers manage to offer clean, crisp, and powerful sound. The subwoofer, while easy to underestimate, manages to hold its own just as well.

All in all, while the HT-MT300 manages to fill up a medium-sized room quite nicely, it is not quite audiophile-grade gear. However, it remains a great choice for users who prize compactness and portability over sheer sound quality itself.

In the end, the only true drawback to this little soundbar is the hefty price tag. Not that it’s not worth the money, but considering that there are other solutions which focus more heavily on sound quality, it should be noted nonetheless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE2z3bbO75k

What We Loved

  • Compact and neutral design
  • Good sound quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the best price/sound quality ratio

Klipsch HD Theater SB 3

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About the Soundbar

For the penultimate entry on this list, we have the HD Theater SB 3 soundbar and subwoofer combo from Klipsch. In case you’re not familiar with them, Klipsch is another company held in high renown by audio enthusiasts. So, how does this product live up to their reputation?

Let’s just say that it is all about sound – for better or for worse.

Specifications

Number of speakers6
RMS150W
DimensionsSoundbar: 4.6x44x3.1in

Subwoofer: 14.5x13x13.5in

WeightSoundbar: 12.5lb

Subwoofer: 25lb

ConnectionWireless: 2.4GHz (subwoofer only)

Wired: Optical, 2x RCA, 1x 3.5mm

Our Thoughts

As far as we’re concerned, the Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 is as close as you can get to having your own home cinema without spending an arm and a leg on a full surround system. It offers some truly remarkable sound: crisp and clean throughout, with some heavy, palpable bass provided by the massive subwoofer.

While there is nothing to complain about sound-wise, it should be noted that the soundbar comes with a very limited range of features. There is no remote control and it can interface only via a cable. True, it does support wireless connectivity, but this is limited only to the accompanying subwoofer. A lack of Bluetooth functionality just might be a deal-breaker for some.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdSdC02cBM

What We Loved

  • Breathtaking sound quality
  • Immense bass

What We Didn’t Like

  • Almost no extra features
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Sonos Playbar

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About the Product

And finally, we have the Sonos Playbar – a pricey yet capable offering from a relatively young company that is better-known for their software rather than their hardware. Namely, they are best known for the superb SonosNet wireless technology used by the speakers.

That said, it is obvious that Sonos speakers will be centered around precisely this technology. But is this soundbar, alone, worth the money?

Specifications

Number of speakers9
RMSNot specified
Dimensions35.43×3.35x.351in
Weight11.9lb
ConnectionWireless: 2.4GHz

Wired: Optical, 2x Ethernet

Our Thoughts

First and foremost, it should be noted that Sonos has managed to pack an extraordinary number of drivers in a relatively small soundbar – but don’t think for a second that they are prioritizing quantity over quality. The sound is very well-refined and clear throughout the entire audible range, although, understandably, the lack of a dedicated subwoofer does take away from the low-range.

Despite the superb sound quality and convenient mobile app controls, one can’t deny that the Sonos Playbar is rather expensive – especially considering that what you’re getting is just a soundbar without a subwoofer. Granted, Sonos’ wireless system allows for a hassle-free addition of extra speakers, but that, obviously, will mean an additional expense.

Ultimately, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Playbar for its overall remarkable sound quality. It is more than capable of hitting those lows, but the very lowest frequencies are still impossible to reach for regular speakers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-AH18LWIN4

What We Loved

  • Incredible full-range sound quality
  • Excellent wireless connectivity
  • Convenient mobile app controls

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Adding a subwoofer will cost extra

Should You Buy a Soundbar?

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A soundbar’s most common purpose is to replace stock TV speakers. As mentioned in the introduction, the slimmer the modern TV sets get, the less space manufacturers have to implement more advanced speakers. If you were to compare a bulky, bezel-heavy TV from five years ago to a modern one, you’d find that the former will almost definitely offer more powerful full-range sound.

That said, if you want better sound than what your TV’s speakers can deliver, getting a soundbar would be a great choice. They are generally compact and inconspicuous – you can easily place them under your TV or mount them on the wall. They are also the cornerstone of many surround systems.

What’s more, most soundbars support Bluetooth so you can easily stream music from your phone to the soundbar itself, which is a very convenient feature, to say the least.

On the other hand, conventional speakers are generally much better for desktop use, mainly because they take up much less space and are more flexible when it comes to desktop placement.

The Best Soundbar of 2019 – Yamaha YAS-107BL

After all is said and done, we are inclined to give this title to Yamaha’s product. Why?

First and foremost, it simply presents the best value out of all the soundbars listed here. True, it doesn’t come with a dedicated subwoofer, so the lows will not be as pronounced unless you add one, but the sound quality offered by the soundbar itself is nothing short of amazing – particularly considering the price.

Furthermore, while we are not exactly crazy about “virtual surround”, we’d also like to point out that this soundbar implements DTS Virtual:X technology rather well.

In the end, we can wholeheartedly recommend this Yamaha soundbar to anyone who’s seeking to greatly enhance their gaming and/or cinematic experience without too hefty of an investment.

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