Best soundbars for 2019
Let's face it, TV sound quality sucks. A soundbar provides a big improvement for a small price. Here's our favorites.
Best soundbar with Alexa
The Yamaha YAS-209 offers excellent sound quality in a compact soundbar. The addition of Amazon Alexa is useful, allowing voice control to stream music, and the mics work well in loud environments. The soundbar's implementation of DTS Virtual:X offers a rich surround effect. The wireless subwoofer is more articulate and offers more headroom than the competing, and also excellent, . .
Best soundbar under $100
For less than a C-note, the Creative Stage offers a bunch of previously unheard-of features including HDMI connectivity and a subwoofer. But what's even more remarkable is that it sounds better than most of its ultra-budget competition. Great audio quality for gamers and movie fans alike. .
Best for voice control and multiroom
If you're interested in setting up a multi-room audio system, a Sonos soundbar is still the best option. The Sonos Beam offers not only the most flexible music system available but also a choice of both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built into the bar itself. The sound is built for movies, and adding a pair of will really boost your home theater experience. Since it lacks a sub, it's not quite as powerful sounding as rivals, but it's still a great little package. .
Best bass without a subwoofer
While you could pay $2,500 for the subwooferless Sennheiser Ambeo (below), the Zvox SB500 is a more affordable option for people who don't want to litter their living room with subwoofers or rear speakers yet still prize sound quality. It offers excellent sound modes and tighter bass than every other single speaker option. .