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TCL
TCL - Alto R1 Roku TV Wireless 2.0 Channel Sound Bar for Roku TV, Bluetooth – TSR1 31.5-inch - Black
Description

The TCL Alto R1 Roku TV Wireless Sound Bar is a simple, wireless sound upgrade for your Roku TV™. It uses advanced audio technology to give Roku TV owners an easy, clutter-free solution for high quality sound. Exclusively, the TCL Alto R1 makes it easy to upgrade the sound of any Roku TV. You can go from unboxing to listening in minutes with a quick and easy wireless setup. Just plug your sound bar into power and wirelessly pair it to your Roku TV. No ugly cables. No clutter. One remote is all you need, so say goodbye to juggling an additional remote every time you want to adjust the volume or sound settings. Just use your existing Roku TV remote! It’s easy to perfect your sound no matter what you’re watching. Automatically lower loud commercials, boost the volume of voices, and optimize the sound for night listening so you don’t wake the house. Turn it up and rock out, whether you’re hosting a party, enjoying a couch concert, or even just cleaning the house. Enjoy your music in vibrant, studio-quality sound from your favorite channels or a connected Bluetooth® device.

10 Features
  • Simple wireless setup with your Roku TV™: The simple wireless setup means no running cables or drilling holes in your wall. Just plug it into power and pair it for clearer, louder TV sound.
  • Unboxing to listening in minutes: Inside the box you’ll find a quick start guide, power cable, and sound bar.
  • One remote is all you need: There’s no need to juggle an additional remote every time you want to adjust the volume or sound settings. Just use your existing Roku TV remote!
  • Quick access to sound settings: Press the star button on your Roku TV remote to access your sound bar and Roku TV settings all in one place.
  • Simple convenient sound settings: It’s easy to perfect your sound no matter what you’re watching. Automatically lower loud commercials, boost the volume of voices, and optimize the sound for night listening so you don’t wake the house.
  • Wireless Music Streaming with Bluetooth®: Stream all your favorite music and podcasts from apps like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and more, wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with Bluetooth® wireless technology.
  • Automatic software updates: Automatic software updates ensures your sound bar gets even better over time, so it’s always working at its best.
  • Specialized sound modes: Specialized sound modes make it easy to tailor audio performance to what you’re watching.
  • Included wall mounting kit: Provides a step-by-step guide for easy mounting and includes a mounting template to ensure that you get it right the first time.
  • Exclusively for Roku TV: Not compatible with other TVs or Roku streaming players.
  • 4 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by 407124, 10 out of 10
    Significant Upgrade From Your TV Speakers

    Recently had my TCL TV mounted on the wall and purchased this soundbar because I wanted a clean look without running additional cables behind the wall. Really impressed with the sound quality so far when watching movies and playing video games, pairs well with the Roku Subwoofer. Very happy so far, blows my ancient seven year old Yamaha soundbar out of the water.

    Nov 05, 2021 09:28
  • Review by panagon, 10 out of 10
    Great wireless soundbar

    Was going to go with the roku streambar but picked this due to the fact its totally wireless and around the same price with the black friday sales. Audio sync has been flawless, sound is great. May pick up another as a gift for the holidays.

    Nov 20, 2021 17:23
  • Review by Petetheaxe, 10 out of 10
    Nice addition for sure.

    Set up couldn’t be any easier. True plug and play. Pair with Bluetooth to your phone and stream Spotify or pandora. Sound is a huge improvement over the tv speakers. Dialogue boost and nighttime modes work as advertised.

    Oct 28, 2021 15:05
  • Review by GreatOne, 10 out of 10
    A GREAT solution to a simple problem

    I have been impressed with TCL TVs for a few years. The blend of value, performance and simplicity just stand apart from other brands. This soundbar is a PERFECT solution for me. I don't have to figure out how to hide the HDMI cable like my existing bar and sound quality is actually better than the Vizio bar I was using before!

    Oct 27, 2021 14:45
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    Hisense - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    The Hisense HS212F 2.1 Channel Soundbar creates incredible sound in a compact and sleek form factor. The wireless subwoofer ensures that you’ll hear and feel every “boom” your entertainment content can throw at it. The HS212F is also a Roku TV Ready soundbar. Using the HDMI (ARC) connection, you can control both your Roku Tv and the soundbar with the Roku TV remote. Big sound that delivers a huge entertainment experience.

    7 Features
  • Enjoy Better TV Sound: Easy to place and connect to your television, the Hisense H212F soundbar significantly improves your TV entertainment experience and is perfect for TV’s. Instead of just hearing the scene, you’re transported into it.
  • Roku TV Ready: As Roku TV Ready device, the Hisense HS212F Soundbar is fully compatible with any Roku Tv through the HDMI (ARC) connection. You can even use the Roku Tv remote to control both the Tv and soundbar for easier setup and better navigation experience.
  • Easy Connectivity: With HDMI (ARC), the Hisense HS212F can connect to your Tv through a single HDMI cable (included), connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and control both with one remote. You’ll be enjoying better TV sound in minutes.
  • Wireless Subwoofer: A dedicated, wireless subwoofer delivers the robust low-end frequencies that punctuate your favorite movies, music, and games, without any messy wires. You’ll feel the “boom” while the two front-facing speakers project bright, clear high- and mid-range frequencies.
  • Quick Touch EQ Modes: Get the best audio performance from music, movies, and news with a simple touch of the remote with multiple preset EQ settings.
  • Wireless Music Streaming: The HS212F includes Bluetooth technology for easy wireless connections to smart device. Enjoy music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Accessories included: Everything you need to get started. We’ve included an HDMI cable, optical cable, and a wall mounting kit to make sure that you have what you need to make the most of your Hisense audio experience right out of the box.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SoCalMuscle, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    First sound bar I have owned. Got it for my 75” Hisense tv. It paired itself to the tv. Just plug it in and enjoy it! Sound is great!

    Oct 10, 2021 12:17
  • Review by Sirdotson, 10 out of 10
    Great sound

    Love it sounds amazing with my 75 in tv. Love to crank it.

    Nov 08, 2021 17:36
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    VIZIO
    VIZIO - 2.1-Channel V-Series Home Theater Sound Bar with Dolby Audio, DTS:X and Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    Big sound and bass in a compact package with the incredible VIZIO V-Series 2.1 Compact Sound Bar, from VIZIO, America’s #1 Sound Bar Brand. Compact in size, yet powerful in performance, delivering the audio experience that your favorite content deserves. The clean, low profile design fits neatly under smaller TVs. Enjoy outstanding clarity and room-filling sound with Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround that combine to create a realistic audio experience. With 2 power-packed full-range speakers and a 4.5” wireless subwoofer, the V-Series delivers striking performance beyond its minimalist size. Get setup and listening in minutes with the included HDMI ARC cable that provides the highest-quality audio in a simple, single-cable setup. This also allows you to control your sound bar with your TV remote. Wirelessly stream your favorite music and podcasts with Bluetooth using your phone or compatible device, and conveniently amplify the voice of your favorite assistant by easily connecting it to the Voice Assistant input, for an upgraded, smart audio experience.

    13 Features
  • Compact, versatile design: Sleek, rounded all-black finish with easy-to-clean textured surface, optimized for small-med rooms.
  • DTS® Virtual:X: Sound Enhancement for room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized Sound
  • 2.1-Channel Sound: Experience a powerful room-filling, true stereo experience ideal for movies, music, and gaming.
  • Full-Range Speakers: 2 full-range speakers in the sound bar provide coherent sound and brilliant clarity.
  • 50Hz – 20kHz Frequency Response: Wide, natural frequency response means you can hear what the artist intended.
  • 95dB Loudness: Experience startling dynamics with minimal distortion or compression for remarkable room-shaking sound.
  • 4.5” Wireless Subwoofer: The high-excursion wireless subwoofer provides deep, accurate bass in a remarkably compact cabinet.
  • Optimized for 4K HDR Content with Dolby Audio & DTS Digital Surround: Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround when connected through HDMI.
  • DTS TruVolume HD: Maintain a consistent volume level and eliminate annoying fluctuations between different types of content.
  • Wireless Convenience: Connect quickly and easily with the push of a button then place the wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room.
  • HDMI ARC Input: Provides a higher quality connection to the TV and easily controls your sound bar with the TV remote.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Dedicated 3.5 Aux or Persistent Bluetooth connection allows you to use your voice to control your Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant devices through the sound bar.
  • All-New Remote: Full-featured, easy to navigate remote with comfort grip.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Robotech2112, 10 out of 10
    Replaced a 5-year-old Vizio sound bar.

    We bought a new OLED TV by Sony and we wanted to upgrade our soundbar.

    We looked at the Sony sound bars but they had bad reviews for those under $400, and since we had good luck with Vizio previously we decided to try this Vizio sound bar.

    The length of this soundbar is shorter than our previous one yet the Fidelity is superior . And it plays very well with the Sony TV.

    Very satisfied it is well worth its price point.

    Nov 14, 2021 18:38
  • Review by vice86, 10 out of 10
    Great sound for a gaming setup

    I have my PS4 Pro setup in my game room and use my 27" Dell gaming monitor which has no speakers as the display. Bought these today with low expectations. Figured I'd try and if it sounded like junk I'd just return them.

    First off the sound bar (24") fits perfectly under my Dell monitor. Almost looks like its part of the monitor. I connected through optical, played some Cold War and was impressed by the big sound from this small 2.1 speaker set up.

    Bass is plentiful without any distortion at the level I was satisfied with. Overall sound is crisp and clear. Turn on the DTS Virtual: X option for a more surround stereo sound, makes a huge difference.

    Definitely recommend these for anyone looking to add a little sound bar (24") to their gaming/computer set up with some bass.

    Oct 03, 2021 15:53
  • Review by Bobe, 10 out of 10
    Great sounding and easy to setup Vizio 2.1soundbar

    Very impressed with the sound of this compact soundbar and sub! I did a quick search for reasonably pried soundbars with wireless sub for my outdoor TV. The TV speakers basically fire backwards so the sound is too loud around the TV area. The soundbar directs the sound right out front so the neighbors don't get annoyed. The wireless sub-woofer performs great for its size. The system was so easy to set up that I thought i was missing something. One HDMI cord from the ARC output from the TCL TV and 2 power cords and was done. The bass module set itself up and ting as working in less than 5 minutes. The soundbar is customizable and has a virtual X 3D mode that sounds great. The system works seamlessly with the ROKU remote that comes wit the TCL TV that I also purchased from BestBuy.

    Oct 05, 2021 14:45
  • Review by Bestbuy1, 10 out of 10
    Good size for smaller TVs

    Great sound for its size and easy to use. It fits underneath and between my smaller TV where space is an issue.

    Oct 11, 2021 12:13
  • Review by Derrick, 10 out of 10
    Tiny But Delivers BIG sound

    So it started off rocky because my bar was stuck on demo mode. I wasn’t aware of it at first until I spent about 20 minutes getting frustrated. Once I did enough research to figure out what the problem was, it was smooth sailing. Controls could be a little nicer, but overall it’s a solid bar and sub - delivers great volume and depth for the cost. This is just in my office/man cave so I didn’t need anything elaborate and the size was perfect for my stand.

    Sep 23, 2021 11:28
  • Review by GeekQueen, 10 out of 10
    I Love This

    When I bought this soundbar, I already owned 3 others by Vizio. I wanted to replace a 3 ft long one I bought about 10 yrs ago (which still works great). The other 2 are small 2.0 versions and I loved them. I bought this 2.1 because it was on sale. OMGosh! I love this thing. The more powerful soundbars may be better, but this one is perfect for me. Also, I had a question for Vizio’s tech dept and was helped by someone incredibly nice.

    Nov 11, 2021 18:02
  • Review by Frank, 10 out of 10
    Vizio V21t-J8 soundbar w/subwoofer

    I purchased this soundbar based on space limitations and favorable reviews and am not disappointed. Extremely easy setup and appreciated the included HDMI cable. Wireless subwoofer is a plus and works great. This soundbar setup is much better than tv speakers and has more volume than I'll ever need. I will buy another when funds are available.

    Nov 19, 2021 18:29
  • Review by Vdn2, 8 out of 10
    Works well enough

    I bought it primarily to send the sound from the insignia fire tv forward and not backwards as it was doing. With the sound bar the bass is decent and the audio is directed into the living room and not the rest of the first floor. Very easy to connect. I used the HDMI(ARC) connection. You need to make sure the TV port days HDMI(ARC). Then in the insignia tv you need to enable PCM under tv audio options and also enable CEC so that you can control the sound bar volume with the TV remote. It's nothing fantastic. But the sub woofer helps. It serves my purpose.

    Nov 07, 2021 08:43
  • 9.4score
    LG - 2.1 Channel Soundbar with DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Add more sound where you need it. Give movie night a boost with sound that envelopes you. This sound bar plus subwoofer with 2.1 channels delivers great audio quality in a minimalist design. An ideal sound bar to match TVs 40” and up.

    6 Features
  • Carbon Woofer for a High Fidelity Sound: LG Sound Bar SN4A was engineered to produce clear sound with no distortion. Especially, carbon diaphragm in speaker woofer unit assures excellent sound clarity.
  • Adaptive Sound Control: Music, movies and even the news all have different audio profiles. LG Sound Bar SN4A featuring Adaptive Sound Control identifies what's being played and automatically adjusts the sound mode to create the ideal audio experience.
  • Wireless Subwoofer: Feel the beat with the powerful LG Sound Bar SN4A wireless subwoofer - convenient and easy to install, it pumps out 200 watts.
  • Versatile Bluetooth Connectivity: LG Sound Bar SN4A has various inputs and convenient options such as Optical and Bluetooth®.
  • TV Sound Sync: LG Sound Bar SN4A be simply connected to your LG TV via Bluetooth® and optical. Enjoy more plentiful TV sound with a simple connection.
  • DTS Virtual:X: Hear every detail. Transform any movie, TV show or playlist into an immersive, multidimensional audio experience. DTS Virtual:X envelops the listener with Virtual Height and Virtual Surround channels, plus enhanced bass and crystal-clear dialogue.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Shawnie, 10 out of 10
    Husband Happy

    My husband Love the sound bar, sometimes I think the base box is something from outside. Great sound quality

    Oct 27, 2021 09:16
  • Review by agut123, 8 out of 10
    Quality Sound Bar

    Great sound, not as loud as you’d expect but still great quality sound

    Nov 01, 2021 08:31
  • Review by Cordcutter2020, 10 out of 10
    Excellent value

    For the price this sound bar is a great value. It has ample bass response and the treble has considerable range. Enough so that movie dialog can be clear. This may not be audiophile equipment but it will bring a room to life where movies are concerned for an acceptable ptice. Certainly preferable to any factory TV I've heard. ARC support through hdmi allows your TV remote to control the sound bar volume.

    Nov 12, 2021 19:15
  • 9.4score
    Nakamichi - Shockwafe 9.2.4-Channel 1000W Soundbar System with Dual 10" Wireless Subwoofers and Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Improve your audio setup with this Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4-channel sound bar system. Six 2.5-inch full-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters in the central sound bar enhance movies and sporting events with rich, detailed audio. This Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4-channel sound bar system includes four surround speakers and two wireless subwoofers that immerse you in cinematic-quality sound.

    13 Features
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound: Sounds accurately move around and above you in a three-dimensional space with no audio channel limitations, so you feel like you're inside the action.
  • Pass through Dolby Vision and 4K content via HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support: Allows Dolby Vision and 4K data to pass through and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality.
  • Up to 1000W of peak power: For those aspiring to create a true high performance theater experience, this all-in-one solution combines power, precision, and performance stretching every innovation boundary and redefining the expectations in soundbars.
  • 9.2.4-Channel surround performance: Enjoy 360 degree surround sound with 9 discrete audio channels plus two wireless subwoofers.
  • Surround effects tweeters: Located at both ends of the soundbar, they direct life-like ultra-wide surround effects to listeners.
  • Four two-way rear satellite speakers: Each of the four speakers has its own dedicated channel. The tweeter and midrange drivers add detail, spaciousness and clarity to your surround effects.
  • Dual 10" wireless subwoofers: Provide perfect balanced cinema-level bass effects.
  • Spatial Surround Elevation (SSE) processing technology: Three advanced processing engines upgrade the quality of surround and height effects for a more immersive experience.
  • Quad-core surround processor: Experience your favorite entertainment content at the highest resolutions.
  • Inputs: Includes 3 HDMI, coaxial digital, Toslink optical, USB Type A and one mini jack.
  • Outputs: Includes one HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) output.
  • 52-Key backlit remote: Complete control of your surround sound experience at your fingertips, even in the dark.
  • Bluetooth with aptX: Enjoy wired quality sound - wirelessly.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Nakamoomoo, 10 out of 10
    Great Soundbar.

    Soundbar is really cool. Sounds super loud. Only went to volume 60 as to not disturb the neighbors. Even if you don't know much about electronics the instructions, I think does a good job helping you out. It will seem a little intimidating at first with all the info but it's super easy to put it all together. Just take your time. Overall you will be happy.

    Aug 02, 2019 16:39
  • Review by TTom, 10 out of 10
    AMAZING FOR THE VALUE

    Brought it on thankgiving and set it up yesterday. Cannot believe the performance. Love it. You won't believe the performance. It can deffenitely compete with a 7000 $ setup, 100%.

    Jan 05, 2021 09:38
  • Review by Kc12, 10 out of 10
    Well worth the money!!!

    I had a great Onkyo surround sound system that I owned for 9 years and I was a little concerned that this system couldn't compete with it when I decided to upgrade to a 4k TV and sound bar system. My fears quickly disappeared when I got this system up and running. It was easy to set up and the sound is amazing!! Two 10" subs give unbelievable bass. It is a awesome system for movie lovers like myself.

    Jan 01, 2021 17:43
  • Review by Baz360, 10 out of 10
    Nakamichi 9.2.4 UK purchase

    After reading and watching many reviews online, I had this system imported to the UK. Even with import tax and shipping I feel this systems performance was worth it.

    Initially I was a little disappointed with the sound profile but after tweaking every setting again and again I have hit a sweet spot that works for all movies and tv.

    As well as streaming Netflix and prime through a fire stick which supports Dolby digital plus, I play blue ray through my PS4 pro for full ATMOS. The system wows guests and I don’t crank up the volume above 30.

    Settings are Movie mode, DSP: surround, SSE 2, CR 4, TR 5, B 5, SS 8, SB 8, cross 180. To set that up I played the atmos helicopter demo and adjusted each channel to have equal loudness as the helicopter circles around ( a calibrating microphone like Bose have would be good).

    Vocals are clear but with gravitas, bass is strong when required on setting 5. On setting 6 this gives more all round oomph which for me is a little exaggerated but fun when people come round.

    Surround is well defined with pin point accuracy.

    Atmos SSE effects really seem to widen the sound stage and create an enveloping effect. You can no longer pinpoint the surround speakers although I can’t say sound appears to come from above.

    It’s good that an App is not required to set up the system. Just plug it in and away you go.

    I do have some issues with popping and there is a setting to negate this but it hasn’t worked for me. The irritation is minor I don’t mind and nobody else seems to notice it.

    All in all a great system. I would highly recommend it.

    Aug 31, 2021 14:25
  • Review by Cashthesteele, 10 out of 10
    Two subs is where it's at!!!

    If you want that old school hard hitting bass with convenience of sound bar with surround sound , than your look is over. Beautiful design , the remote allows you to fine tune your settings (takes a little time to learn) but once u do it an awesome experience. Love it !!!!!!!

    Jun 02, 2021 13:32
  • Review by KoolKevo, 10 out of 10
    Awesome system!!!

    This system rumbles my whole living room, I'm very satisfied!!!

    Sep 01, 2021 17:33
  • Review by Dogma, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely outstanding!

    After using this for about a month, I can say without a doubt this is the best sound system I've ever owned.

    The bass alone is worth the money, its dual subs so powerful I usually only use at half power before shaking the poster frames off the wall!

    The surround sound speakers add an incredible amount of depth to any movie, giving rain, bullets and dialogue all around you. What is even better is that it comes with dolby atmos and DTS:X pre Installed so there is no download required!

    Perfect example: watch godzilla king of the monsters with dolby atmos engaged. You will feel like you are in the battle!

    Dont hesitate..... get this system!

    Feb 16, 2020 12:06
  • Review by TVMounting, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Product!!!

    It beat my expectations in many ways, The SSE feature transforms the normal TV sound also into surround taking the TV viewing experience to a whole new level. Only Con is the the physical wiring from Subs to surround speakers, I had quite a challenge to run them thru attic besides buying another longer cable of 50' [cable with in the box was little less than 32'].

    Ultimately it is the best sound experience you can get for this price.

    Dec 12, 2020 16:04
  • 9.4score
    VIZIO - 5.1-Channel V-Series Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Audio 5.1/DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Hear what you’ve been missing with the newly designed VIZIO V-Series™ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar. The V-Series 5.1 offers immersive home theater surround sound, a sophisticated new look and HDMI connectivity for the highest-quality audio. Three full-range speakers--including a dedicated center speaker for crystal-clear dialogue--are all perfectly balanced within the slim sound bar. Also included are a pair of low-profile surround speakers to envelop the listener, and a wireless 5” subwoofer that brings booming bass. DTS® Virtual:X™ sound enhancement adds room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound to movies and music. Optional surround modes provide the versatility to play stereo music through the sound bar and surround speakers simultaneously, transforming any content into powerful 5.1 audio; or place the surround speakers up front, next to the sound bar, for more expansive virtual surround in smaller spaces. Voice Assistant Input gives you the convenience of a voice assistant you’re already accustomed to (sold separately) and lets you operate it right through the sound bar for an upgraded audio experience. You can also wirelessly connect your compatible phone for high-quality Bluetooth music streaming. Now with an elegant new backlit LCD display remote control, the VIZIO V-Series 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar can help turn your living room into a captivating home theater.

    16 Features
  • New low-profile design: Packed with performance and a sophisticated new low-profile design that slides beneath your TV for a clean look
  • Powerful Full-Range Speakers: 3 full-range speakers in the sound bar create brilliant clarity.
  • Low-Profile Surround Speakers: Complete immersion with discreet, low-profile surround speakers that are volume adjustable to your preference.
  • Optimized for 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio™ 5.1: Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio™ 5.1 when connected through HDMI.
  • Loud and Clear: The 96dB sound pressure level and 50Hz – 20kHz frequency range deliver dynamic and accurate Sound.
  • DTS Virtual:X: Enhances any content with room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound.
  • 5” Wireless Subwoofer: Place the wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room to add deep booming bass.
  • Voice Assistant Input: Use our voice to control your Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant devices through the sound bar with a dedicated 3.5 Aux or Persistent Bluetooth connection.
  • Center Speaker and Dialogue EQ: Dedicated center speaker combined with the Adjustable Dialogue EQ enhancement provide calibrated, crisp-clear dialogue.
  • Front Surround Mode: Enjoy immersive surround sound in any room with the option to move your surround speakers to the front.
  • Dual Stereo Mode: Transforms any content into 5.1 by sending audio to all five speakers and the wireless subwoofer.
  • HDMI Connection: Uses the Highest-quality audio available and allows you to control sound bar with your TV remote.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Stream music wirelessly from your phone or other compatible Bluetooth devices.
  • All-New Backlit Display Remote: Full-featured remote with comfort grip and easy to navigate – even in the dark.
  • Easy-to-clean: Black, textured surface keeps your sound bar cleaner, longer
  • Easy Setup: HDMI and all audio cables included, along with voice feedback make setup simple.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Helix, 10 out of 10
    Great Value if OK with Compressed 5.1 Surround

    I got this soundbar in order to complete my home theater setup and ditch my TV’s wimpy integrated speakers. Good sound makes a difference to the movie watching experience and I was happy with the performance I got from the Vizio V51-H6.

    DESIGN

    The soundbar and satellite speakers have a nice industrial design with their U-shaped textured black plastic and cloth cover over the speakers. The cloth does collect dust over time but can be cleaned with a vacuum. The soundbar is not that tall, but it did block the IR receiver of my Samsung TV so make sure to check that your TV stand is tall enough. The soundbar connects to the subwoofer wirelessly which allows an easy installation of the sub and the satellite speakers. The only wires are those connecting the wireless sub to the satellite speakers. The remote is intuitive and has a little screen that helps to navigate the setting menu. The only indicator on the soundbar is an array of vertical LEDs which help show the volume level as well as the type of audio connection.

    CONNECTIVITY

    The soundbar has an HDMI ARC port, headphone jack, and optical TOSLINK connector on top of the ability to connect via bluetooth. HDMI ARC and TOSLINK support only Dolby Digital 5.1 (compressed surround sound) or 2.1 PCM (uncompressed stereo). This means that the best sound that you can get from the Vizio V51-H is compressed 5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital). In order to get uncompressed surround, you need a soundbar with an eARC connection or an HDMI-in port. You can only send a stereo audio signal using the headphone jack and bluetooth. When sending a stereo signal to the soundbar, you have the option to turn on a virtualized surround sound mode which will utilize the satellite speakers, the subwoofer, and the center channel of the soundbar. In my experience, the virtualized surround is actually pretty good. I conducted a couple of tests playing Dolby Digital 5.1 and then playing 2.1 PCM virtualized surround sound, and there wasn’t a perceptible difference.

    I had no trouble getting Dolby Digital 5.1 from my TV using ARC when streaming from HBO Max or Netflix, but I did have trouble getting it from my 4k blu-ray drive. I couldn’t force my blu-ray drive to convert DTS-HD MA to Dolby Digital on the fly using HDMI ARC. I would recommend using the optical TOSLINK connector directly from the blu-ray drive to the soundbar if you want DD 5.1.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This soundbar is a definite improvement over any integrated TV speakers since it gets very loud without distortion and can fill a large room. Each channel can be separately adjusted to your liking. I personally boosted the center channel for clearer dialogue in movies. The sub is fairly small, but it’s adequate for my medium sized living room. This soundbar is not without its quirks. When watching a movie for example, the audio from the soundbar occasionally lags because it is resyncing with the wireless sub. It might happen once or twice in every movie, but this is to be expected from any wireless sound system. Overall, the sound quality is great even with its quirks.

    TLDR: This soundbar is a great budget 5.1 surround sound system if you are ok with listening to compressed 5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital). If you want uncompressed 5.1 PCM, then I would suggest looking into the Vizio M51a-H6.

    Mar 03, 2021 19:17
  • Review by Vizio, 10 out of 10
    Vizio v serious 5.1 sound bar

    Probably one of the best sounds bars I have ever owned I had a Samsung 5.1 and had problems with it cutting out all the time this sound bar is great sounds amazing during movies and I built very well I’ll definitely buy more vizio products in the future

    Jan 07, 2021 21:45
  • Review by Senpai, 10 out of 10
    Amazing sound!!

    I had my doubts coming from Bose but this has superb sound quality for the price. I tested it with variety of music, DTS-X, Dolby Atmos and HDR 4k content and I was astounded how well this thing did. I’m a bit of an audiophile and can confirm this soundbar system will not disappoint. Great all rounder. It’s not the most amazing sound I’ve heard but for the price, you’ll really be impressed and happy you were able to achieve a thousand dollar sound with a couple hundred bucks.

    I really like how seamless the installation was and how easy it was to sync it with my 4K tv. Extremely happy the mounts for the surround sound units were included. That’s a huge plus.

    Nov 13, 2020 21:17
  • Review by Jorge, 10 out of 10
    Best One out there

    You can't go wrong with this. My second soundbar from vizio and its the best sound out there for the value against others like Samsung (the worst) and Sony.

    Oct 30, 2020 16:23
  • Review by SammyD, 10 out of 10
    Pack a punch

    Worth every penny. You won’t regret it for a small to medium room. You have the option of using the small rear speakers as an adjunct to the main bar in the front, like shown, and programmed accordingly.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:28
  • Review by LGsoundsystem, 10 out of 10
    Lg Surround sound system

    Sound quality is good I had checked out the surround sound system at Best Buy and this LG was the best plus was around 280 or less

    Oct 15, 2021 16:49
  • Review by Reluctant2review, 10 out of 10
    You don't have to see it to hear the difference

    A significant improvement over my last video soundsystem. A nice soundstage.

    Feb 26, 2021 16:07
  • Review by el1ase, 10 out of 10
    Surround system

    i really like this system the back speakers are great as well. really feels like your in the movies. the remote is really easy to use as well and there bluet

    Aug 18, 2021 22:46
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Elevate your experience with virtual 3D surround sound.

    8 Features
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X: Captivating virtual 3D sound moves all around you, including from above, with DTS Virtual:X technology. Dolby Digital 5.1 enables surround sound capability.
  • Bass Boost: Give your bass an instant boost with the push of a button.
  • Subwoofer Included: Experience truly full sound with powerful bass included with your soundbar.¹
  • Game Mode: Step up your gaming experience with perfectly synced directional audio that moves with the on-screen action and crosstalk cancellation that minimizes distractions.²
  • Adaptive Sound Lite: Enjoy optimized sound for your favorite video content, including sports, games, movies and more - enhancing whatever you are watching.
  • Multi-Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or HDMI.³
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.⁴
  • Wireless Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers in a few simple steps without the mess of wires.⁵
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by EricPNW, 10 out of 10
    Samsung HW-A550 is a great soundbar

    Disclaimer “I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion”

    Wow, Everything arrived in perfect condition, all included items were packaged very well and it was easy to figure out what everything was for. Setup was easy, plug it in, plug in the woofer and it paired together instantly without any work needed from me. The included manual was a little lacking, no mention of the different sound modes, etc. I switched it over to DTS and immediately noticed how much better the sound was. The range seems so much better than the previous bars used at this price point. The remote is very easy to use, and isn't overwhelming with buttons, etc. And the volume range is very large, I listen to many different sources ranging from a media server, to streaming online to live and recorded media. And it's nice to b able to adjust it very easily. Having separate volume controls for the subwoofer directly on the remote is a nice touch as well. It fits in the curve of your hand very well and it comfortable to use. Adding the controls to my universal remote system was easy as Samsung uses the same basic commands for most of its remotes. It doesn't matter if you are listening to music, watching the news, or watching a movie, this soundbar really fills the bill. It adds a great amount of depth and sound without a need for a bigger audio system or a bunch of wires. Also, the soundbar sits very low, so it doesn't block the bottom of most screens. It's all black and the display, while bright and easy to read automatically dims and turns off so there is no visual distraction unlink other bars I have used in the past. The subwoofer is a nice size, easy to place and it looks very nice in the room. It is also all black with no color accents so it just blends in with the rest of the room. The amount of bass it puts out, even at lower settings is pretty surprising. But being able to easily adjust the amount of bass with the remote is a vast improvement to having to physically adjust it on the speaker itself. It also includes a nice pair of mounting brackets to mount this to the wall, but I didn't need them for my application, but they are very solid and would easily support the speaker. This replaced an existing soundbar, and the difference was night and day. Between the appearance, features, and sound fidelity this soundbar offers, I couldn't be happier.

    Jun 29, 2021 12:22
  • Review by CMK1997, 10 out of 10
    has decentr bass

    i like how easy it is too hook up its my first 2.1 aoundbar amd i love it

    Aug 24, 2021 06:29
  • Review by TexasInsider, 10 out of 10
    Movie Night made Awesone!

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion. Our family has movie night every Friday! We make s’mores order pizza and watch a movie. This sound bar has stepped our movie night up 100%. We use our Soundbar for movies and shows with action, and sports. Set up was really easy! We watched 10 minutes of one of our favorite movies and we are in love! We initially setup with the HDMI chord, but then decided to try Blue Tooth. Blue tooth set up was super easy! We were able to follow the directions and connected it both ways. We also paired it with our Amazon Echo which was super easy to do. We were able to navigate from the Amazon Echo with ease opening the app for the Soundbar, etc. I was so excited I turned on Spotify and my music sounds amazing! Samsung has a hit with the A550!! The sound quality is amazing. If you are a movie lover or just love listening to music, the sound is exceptional. The bass is great for movie watching or listening to your favorite playlist. We haven’t owned a sound bar in awhile due to price and not having good experiences. This was definitely a different experience. We were more than pleasantly surprised.

    Jul 02, 2021 17:34
  • Review by Paralgldenise, 8 out of 10
    Easy to install, awesome sound, GET THIS!!

    We had a samsung soundbar that needed replacing . When I read the features of this Samsung A550 I had to get it. I am electronically challenged so I had my son come help me once it arrived.. Well it was so easy to hook up I really didnt need my son to help! My old samsung was not as easy. In addition we usually had the volume up to almost as loud as it would go on the old one. With this A550 we only had the volume to 4 or 5 and we had great sound. Then a soda commercial comes on; one we had seen many times. The sound was amazing! I heard things I didnt know were there! The pop of the can, the sizzle of the carbonation! It was crystal clear! It was like we were right there! We hooked up our phone to the bluetooth! You got to try the Cars! The subwoofer is amazing! Wow does the bass is awesome! We havent yet figured out how to hook this up to Netflix since we have a smart TV. It still comes from the TV speakers even after changing the settings. If anyone knows how to change this, please let me know. I highly recommend this product. Samsung you did yourself proud! I cant wait to watch a movie!

    Jul 12, 2021 08:13
  • Review by simpletech, 10 out of 10
    Beyond Exceptional Soundbar

    I Absolutely Love This Soundbar. The Sound and Bass is Beyond Exceptional. Easy To Setup and Connect To My Samsung TV, Firestick and iPhone.

    Also Great For My Nintendo Switch. I Don't Regret Purchasing This Product.

    Jun 22, 2021 12:47
  • Review by Ahmed1390, 10 out of 10
    All About That Bass

    I really like playing music with this sound bar. I tried a few different songs from different genres and they all sounded very good. No matter what area of the living room i stood, the surround sound was clear, equal, and rich. My favorite feature with this sound bar is the Bass Boost. The boost adds smooth knocks to every song i played.

    Compared to my previous Samsung Soundbar M360, this one is much better. It has a better sleek design and wider subwoofer. The soundbar it self is about 3 inches shorter in length and about1/2 inch wider in width. I expected the remote to be different, not much has changed. Another difference I noticed, is that the LED lights on the A550 doesn't stay on while the device is on and active. Giving it a solid black soundbar through out. The volume on A550 is much louder than M360. Overall very happy with this purchase.

    Jun 19, 2021 01:16
  • Review by Santi, 10 out of 10
    Great sound for the price.

    Bought this soundbar for my Epson projector, and I am very happy with this purchase. For $200 the sounds and bass of subwoofer are great. Now to enjoy movies, sports etc..

    Recommend for a small to medium space.

    Jun 26, 2021 15:30
  • Review by SamsungSoundbar, 10 out of 10
    Samsung HW-A550 2.1ch Soundbar w/ Dolby 5.1 / DTS

    Disclaimer “I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion”.

    Samsung soundbar A550 is amazing and works really well with my TV. I would like highly recommend this product. It has got messmerizing affect which got me immersed into the music i was listening onto it.

    Manual provided with Samsung Soundbar is easy to understand and can be followed easily for the installation purpose

    The size of the soundbar is appropriate and looks really nice

    Wireless subWoofer is a great addition which really makes the combination perfect with the bass.

    Jun 29, 2021 23:31
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Voice Assistant - Black
    Description

    Powerful speaker deliver robust 3D surround sound that fire from front, side and above, for the most immersive sound for your home theatre experience.

    13 Features
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS:X: Explore realistic 3D audio with sound precisely projected from above, in front, behind and to the side of you with the latest acoustic technologies.
  • True 3.1.2ch Sound: The complete audio entertainment experience with 3 channels, 1 subwoofer and 2 up-firing channels.
  • Q-Symphony: Audio that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized audio from your compatible Samsung TV and soundbar for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • SpaceFit Sound: Automatically calibrates sound to properly fill your space when paired with a Samsung QLED TV.
  • Works with: Easily control your Alexa-enabled soundbar with your voice.
  • Adaptive sound: Forget rewinding to catch what was said. Enjoy dynamically optimized audio with enhanced voice clarity for whatever you are watching, including sports, games, movies and more.
  • Game Pro Mode: Level up with 3D directional audio from up-firing speakers. Acoustic Beam® and powerful woofers automatically sync sound with the on-screen action, while crosstalk cancellation minimizes distractions.
  • Samsung Acoustic Beam: Get pulled into what you're watching with panoramic sound that moves with the action on-screen.
  • Wireless TV Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®.
  • HDMI eARC: A single cable connection passes advanced audio like Dolby Atmos to TV-connected devices
  • Tap Sound: Mirror music from your phone to your soundbar for uninterrupted, seamless listening with just a tap.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • Wireless Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers without the mess of wires for a cinematic experience.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DocDenver, 10 out of 10
    Love it !! And I love the rear speakers!

    When we upgraded the TV we upgraded to the sound bar. It sounds great. Way better than the speakers in the TV. It’s a Samsung TV, so it hooks up easily to the HDMI (ARC). (Thats a cable that sends signals in both directions - “Audio Return Channel”). The TV remote control automatically controls the sound bar volume.

    We also bought the rear speakers, and I love the surround sound. They are pretty small but sound surprisingly great. I guess you only need a few highs to give the illusion that you are surrounded by sound. The small size makes them pretty easy to blend in with the existing decor. NOTE!! Only the SWA-9100S works with this. The SWA-9500S will NOT work, despite the product description. I bought them, no workie, finally called Samsung, they said no go. So I returned those and got the SWA-9100S, which work great. A bit angry at first, because the 9500S speakers feel much heavier and I thought that meant they would sound better. But they were much harder to disguise visually, and these little ones do a great job, so I am happier with these anyway.

    I used the Rocketfish mount - kind of a pain to get it on, but I imagine most are, and I think it looks kind of cool. With a power outlet behind the TV, no cables visible except those attached to the mount.

    Overall, highly recommended.

    Oct 31, 2021 23:50
  • Review by BestBuyCustomer4Life, 10 out of 10
    Sound bar made for music lovers

    Portable and it fits easily in front of my tv. Seamless connectivity to my iPhone and other blue tooth enabled devices to play music effortlessly. It’s perfect for those movie nights when you want a theatre experience. Bass , Treble and sound equalizer work in perfect harmony. I am enjoying it and will surely recommend it to others as this is great find at such low price. Even at very loud sound level the quality of sound doesn’t deteriorate and you can hear things clearly.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:07
  • Review by Mexigun, 10 out of 10
    Excellent for the average living room

    So I bought this sound bar for a few reasons. One being it was hard to hear what people were saying in movies and tv shows because tv speakers just aren’t that good. Now I have a dedicated center speaker for voice and it’s wonderful. I’ve had full blown surround sound systems in the past and I didn’t want to break the bank, so this one does nicely for my small living room.

    Second reason I bought this sound bar, it was on sale for $450. Regular price was $650 I think and it’s great for the price point. I can watch my Apple TV movies that support Dolby Atmos and it sounds pretty good. While this system doesn’t come with the rear speakers, it does a fairly decent job of throwing sound above and behind you, and I can always buy the rear speakers to complete the set up when I get extra cash. The subwoofer is small at 8 inches but is more than enough for my living room. I haven’t once thought that there wasn’t enough bass.

    Lastly I wanted a pretty easy setup, I have a Samsung Smart TV I bought last year and this sound bar synced up no problem, Bluetooth pairing of the subwoofer was very easy and took no time at all. I have my Apple TV 4K running into the sound bar, then my sound bar running into the tv, and I have my Xbox Series S plugged directly into the tv. All you have to do to get the Xbox to play out of the sound bar is turn the sound bar on when booting up the Xbox. The sound bar also fits under my 75 inch no problem.

    Overall I’m pretty happy with this sound bar. I do plan to get a much better Samsung sound bar in the future like the one in the Magnolia section, I can’t think of the model while I’m typing, the one with 9 audio channels, but this one is absolutely fine for the time being and will probably get moved to a game room when I upgrade.

    Aug 21, 2021 09:01
  • Review by user1234, 2 out of 10
    Open-box Beware

    I recently purchased the Samsung 3.1.2 soundbar with high expectations and thought I could get excellent value by purchasing the open-box excellent condition. By Best Buy's standards, open-box Excellent looks brand new (no cosmetic wear), includes all original parts/accessories and typically contains original packaging.

    In my instance, this couldn't be further from reality. The soundbar and subwoofer were placed directly in a massive box with no surrounding packing save a few pieces of thin bubble wrap. Upon taking the items out, I noticed that the soundbar had some considerable dents (likely from the poor packaging), the subwoofer cloth was ripped all along the bottom, and had noticeable scratches on the top and sides. It was completely missing the Wallmount Kit and had no user-guide/instruction manual.

    Overall this was a shockingly disappointing performance from Best Buy. I knew I was assuming some risk by the open-box excellent condition, but this was downright misleading based on their published open-box standards. I was very excited about receiving the speaker, and would imagine it would be nice given a good condition. Hopefully my experience can help someone else with their decision making process.

    Nov 05, 2021 11:25
  • Review by DaveL, 8 out of 10
    Great sound!

    I just received my 3.1.2ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X. It was packaged well and easy to set up. The wireless subwoofer connected seamlessly and I connected the soundbar using HDMI-Arc. I am really pleased with the sound of it. The subwoofer sounds really good when watching movies. The subwoofer is a bit tall and unable to lay on it's side so it doesn't fit where I need it to so it sits out in the open off to the side. While it was really easy to connect to my Alexa, and works well with it for the most part - it does have trouble hearing me over the sound of the speaker - I would have expected the remote to have a microphone on it. It also has an issue with it dropping the sound when listening to music thru Alexa - just a random second or so of silence then it picks right back up again. It's a bit annoying but doesn't happen all that often. I also think the remote is/looks cheap for the quality of the soundbar. My Samsung TV remote is gorgeous, metal, with a microphone - the soundbar remote is black plastic, curved oddly, and extremely basic. I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback.

    Jul 14, 2021 20:50
  • Review by ortega225, 10 out of 10
    Add Symphony Sound to your Flat Screen

    In a world of ‘thin’ and uninspiring sound coming from your modern flat screen, the Samsung Q Series Soundbar fills the void in a big and inspiring way. As TVs get bigger and thinner, their sound gets gotten progressively worse to the point where it really impacts the experience of watching movies, tv shows, and playing games in a negative way.

    When I bought my new Samsung Frame TV, I connected my previous soundbar from a major audio company, but it I just wanted something more. Then I got my Samsung HW-Q700A soundbar and I couldn’t be happier. The setup was super simple, I just connected the power cord to the soundbar and the included subwoofer and an HDMI cord to the eARC HDMI port on my TV and the soundbar. That was it. It just worked like magic.

    The Samsung TV one remote is able to control the volume controls and the soundbar automatically turns on and off with the TV. I’m able to adjust the soundbar settings through the SmartThings App on my smartphone, which makes it super simple and convenient. Sound quality is really good, especially the vocals in content. The voices come out super clear, way better than my previous sound bar and my full 5.1 sound system in my TV room which cost 5x more. Even though the voices come out clear, other sound content doesn’t get left behind either. Offering a complete and balance sound.

    The soundbar includes eARC which supports Dolby Atmos, which is the next generation of surround sound, adding a height element previously missing. When you hear Dobly Atmos content for the first time, it’s really something special. I will be purchasing the surround sound kit in the near future to complete the surround sound experience. The subwoofer offers low end extension, but is not super deep and/or thundering sound. I increased the subwoofer level in the SmartThings App and that helped, but this is the one area which could use some improvement.

    Bluetooth connected as simply as any other Bluetooth device and I didn’t experience any issues with connectivity. Tap and Play also worked without any fuss.

    Overall, Samsung knocked it out of the park. Offering a great sounding soundbar, that is fully featured and reliable with really good sound and incredible vocal clarity.

    Jul 19, 2021 21:28
  • Review by Rthakk, 10 out of 10
    Nice bass and surround sound

    Right from the packaging on this product to setting it up with my TV i did not had any issue s.

    The package was nicely packed. No damages.

    The product came with all accessories and also wall mount hooks which was a plus.

    I like the look the product. Very premium looking. Setup with my TV using the bluetooth was very easy. The TV detected the bar with no issues. I really love the sound this thing makes.

    Parts i love: are you can set it up easily. Also set up with different sound mode including gaming and surround sounds. It has direct in , Bluetooth and wifi connections. So multiple connections options depending on the devices you are connecting to. I connected this bar with my phone in few seconds. Very easy.

    Dolby atmos is great. The sound just immerse within and the whole room is just feels like theater with surround sound.

    One thing to note if you have a Samsung tv, The feature regarding using the surround sound if we have multiple Samsung devices is good.

    The remote is nice and you can control different connections and volume and sound options right through the remote.

    All in all i love the product so far. Its been a week i have been using this sound bar and so far no issues.

    I will be sure to update my review later with any other tips and suggestions.

    I will highly recommend this to my friends and family.

    Jun 29, 2021 13:01
  • Review by Shultzy1964, 10 out of 10
    Great Sounding Soundbar!

    I love my Samsung HW-Q700A 3.1.2ch Soundbar w/ Dolby Atmos / DTS:X. It came with remote control, AC/DC adapter and HDMI cable and wall mount kit for the soundbar as well as power cable for the subwoofer. I connected the soundbar to an older tv in my living room and used an Optical cable from my cable tv router to the soundbar. The optical cable was not supplied but it was easy to find and inexpensive to purchase. I am glad that the User Manual showed this as an optional wired connection. The sound is superb especially with the subwoofer output. I am hearing impaired and have had to have closed captioning to be able to understand the tv programming. After I got my Samsung soundbar with subwoofer connected I can hear everything without even wearing my hearing aids! My son who is also hearing impaired came in after I got it connected and now he wants to purchase a Samsung soundbar for the tv in his room. Excellent sound quality.

    Jun 23, 2021 19:47
  • 9.2score
    Sony - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital - Black
    Description

    Enjoy your movie experience with this Sony 2.1-channel sound bar. Stream from your smartphone with the Bluetooth connection, or use the HDMI ARC to control information right from your TV. The S-Force PRO Front Surround and wireless subwoofer make this Sony 2.1-channel sound bar powerful, providing bold, dramatic sound and a cinematic experience.

    8 Features
  • 320W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Wireless subwoofer: For deep, powerful bass.
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Includes optical digital audio.
  • Remote control: Enables simple operation from a distance.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including LPCM and SBC, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cezary, 10 out of 10
    Big punch

    As a $200 (sale price) sound bar, it packs a punch. Great for action movies or musicals, kids love the Greatest Showman and the music scenes really pop. A little disappointed that it didn’t come with an HDMI cable but it does come with an optical cable so it’s ready to go, however, you’ll need to use the remote that comes with the unit. Once it’s hooked up an HDMI cable, you can use the tvs remote. I recommend it to those that are on a budget and have a average living room.

    Ps. It fits nicely under my 65” Sony tv with the factory stand.

    Sep 05, 2020 07:08
  • Review by SteveC, 10 out of 10
    Excellent low cost sound bar

    We just purchased a TCL 65” 4k TV and wanted speakers that were better than the built in ones for watching movies. I have some hearing issues and if I want to watch without using hearing aids I use a portable Bluetooth speaker and set it close to me, this has worked great for a number of years but if someone else “my wife” wants to watch with me and uses the built in speakers of the TV there’s just a millisecond or two between the Bluetooth speaker and built in ones where there’s a slight echo. I saw this new model Sony sound bar and decided to give it a try.

    First Impressions:

    I was really surprised by the weight of the package, it was right around 30lbs, everything inside was very well packed and protected. The speaker, bass unit, remote, batteries, optical cable and manuals were all inside the box. The sound bar itself was pretty light in comparison to the bass unit. Everything is very well constructed, sturdy and in a matte black finish.

    Setting up:

    We have a new TCL 6 series 65” TV “which is a great TV by the way”, to hook this up to, and according to the manual HDMI port 3 is ARC compliant. The speaker doesn’t come with a HDMI cable but luckily I have quite a few extras lying around. If your TV has a HDMI port that shows it’s ARC compliant then that’s the only cable you should need to hook this up. Otherwise you will have to use the supplied optical cable or Bluetooth connection. There are no other audio inputs on this speaker. The bass box only has a power cable, no other inputs are available and it connected wirelessly to the main sound bar without a problem.

    You may have to go into your TVs menus and adjust the speaker controls, with this TCL TV I had to go into the, “Settings – System – Control other devices CEC” then turn on ARC HDMI 3, system audio control and system standby. After that the TVs remote controlled the volume to the sound bar and everything worked properly.

    Sound settings and quality:

    There are a few custom sound control settings on the Sony remote “Sports, Voice, NEWS, Game, etc.”, I’ve mainly been using the standard setting at the moment. There is a difference between all the different settings but with my hearing I can’t tell a lot between them, my wife can tell though and said either the standard or cinema settings were good for her.

    The sound quality itself is very good, much better than the built in speakers and a lot louder. The bass coming out of the separate bass box is really good, not too boomy, and you can adjust the amount of bass on the included remote control. We watched Avengers Infinity War and the sound was very clear, voices were very easy for me to understand, and during fight scenes the bass was enough that you could feel it. The speakers support Dolby Digital and you can tell by the clarity of the sounds, music and voices. Our living room is pretty good sized, and filled it with no problem, the speakers were set around 60 so there’s plenty of room to go up from there and they can get way too loud for us “or our neighbors”

    Final Thoughts:

    If you are looking for a really good sound bar with a separate bass box you should look closely at this one. I’ve tried out cheaper alternatives in the past and those were returned as they didn’t have the sound quality that this Sony does. Price-wise this one is a real bargain compared to some of the others.

    It may not have the full 3-D surround effect like some of the very expensive units out there buy we are more than satisfied for the price.

    May 01, 2019 13:08
  • Review by JorgeST, 10 out of 10
    Clean and Powerful

    This soundbar and wireless subwoofer offers great sound quality and deep bass. The packaging was easy to open and everything well secured inside. The quick set-up guide that came with the instruction manual was easy to follow. I did find that the optical cable that came with the system was a bit short for my set-up as I am in the process of securing and hiding all of my cables under my wall-mounted television. I will have to eventually purchase a longer optical cable. The wireless subwoofer connected automatically once plugged in. The soundbar is low profile and looks great. No big buttons or logos; very clean, nice look.

    Once everything was plugged in, operation was easy. I initially found it difficult to determine what mode the soundbar was in as the only indicators are three LED lights on the front. I had to look through the manual multiple times in order to see what the lights meant. As I have used it more, I have gotten more comfortable with the various modes and their corresponding light indicators. I was initially disappointed in the amount of bass put out by the wireless subwoofer. Once I placed the sub behind the couch and facing a wall, I found that it filled the room and offered a great rumble. This is most apparent when watching action movies. I found myself much more immersed in scenes where the sound design was used to full effect. I never got that level of immersion though my television speakers.

    The Bluetooth capability is a nice addition and easy to use. We had company over and I used it to play all genres of music. The sound was crystal clear and the bass filled the entire room.

    Overall, this product is easy to set-up, use and offers great sound. Highly recommended.

    May 05, 2019 13:23
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Sony sound bar

    Real good sound bar and sub woofer, i was undecided between this one and the samsung 450. But ended up going with this one, the sub is actually really powerful. Specially if your listening to music and put the equalizer on bass boost. I use it more to watch shows and movies tho and its definitely worth the $200

    Jan 01, 2021 03:53
  • Review by GrumpyOldMan71, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    It compliments the Sony A8G very well it fits perfectly underneath the provided tv mount that comes with the TV!!

    Oct 25, 2019 22:56
  • Review by Blah, 10 out of 10
    This is fing awesome!

    This makes my room sound like I’m at the movie’s. Put it on DTS setting and you’re set. 5 star rating.

    Jul 14, 2021 15:53
  • Review by Betesu, 10 out of 10
    Sony Bug screen

    We love our big screen Sony TV. It is perfect for our open concept floor plan and covers the wall perfectly.

    Jun 06, 2021 18:09
  • Review by David, 10 out of 10
    Sony Soundbar and subwoofer

    Great product, enjoying thoroughly along with our new 65”Samsung TV.

    Dec 25, 2020 18:37
  • 9.2score
    VIZIO - 2.0-Channel V-Series Home Theather Sound Bar with Dolby Audio and DTS:X - Black
    Description

    Transform your TV sound with the incredible V-Series 2.0 Compact Sound Bar, from VIZIO, America’s #1 Sound Bar Brand. Compact in size, yet powerful in performance, delivering the audio experience that your favorite content deserves. The clean, low profile design fits neatly under smaller TVs. Enjoy outstanding clarity and room-filling sound with Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround that combine to create a realistic audio experience. With 2 power-packed full-range speakers, the V-Series delivers striking performance beyond its minimalist size. Get setup and listening in minutes with the included HDMI ARC cable that provides the highest-quality audio in a simple, single-cable setup. This also allows you to control your sound bar with your TV remote. Wirelessly stream your favorite music and podcasts with Bluetooth using your phone or compatible device, and conveniently amplify the voice of your favorite assistant by easily connecting it to the Voice Assistant input, for an upgraded, smart audio experience.

    12 Features
  • Compact, versatile design: Sleek, rounded all-black finish with easy-to-clean textured surface, optimized for small-med rooms.
  • DTS® Virtual:X: Sound Enhancement for room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized sound.
  • Full-Range Speakers: 2 full-range speakers in the sound bar provide coherent sound and brilliant clarity.
  • 70Hz – 20kHz Frequency Response: Wide, natural frequency response means you can hear what the artist intended.
  • 95dB Loudness: Experience startling dynamics with minimal distortion or compression for remarkable room-shaking sound.
  • Optimized for 4K HDR Content with Dolby Audio: Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio when connected through HDMI.
  • DTS TruVolume HD: Maintain a consistent volume level and eliminate annoying fluctuations between different types of content.
  • HDMI ARC: Uses the Highest-quality audio available and allows you to control sound bar with your TV remote.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Stream music wirelessly from your phone or other compatible Bluetooth devices.
  • Voice Assistant Input: Dedicated 3.5 Aux or Persistent Bluetooth connection allows you to use your voice to control your Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant devices through the sound bar.
  • All-New Remote: Full-featured, easy to navigate remote with comfort grip.
  • Easy Setup: All audio connection cables included.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Scott, 8 out of 10
    Pretty good sound bar for the price!

    Pretty good sound bar. I like that you can change the equalizer and select more or less bass and treble.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:36
  • Review by Palmer, 10 out of 10
    Good sound + no frills

    Needed a simple soundbar to make my boyfriend's TV room bearable (the TV speakers point straight down...). This does the job. Dialogue is audible, bass is solid for this form factor, setup (optical cable) was easy. I'm sure we'll get an upgrade eventually, but for an impulse buy, this thing has been great.

    Oct 26, 2021 11:27
  • Review by Shorl, 10 out of 10
    Happy wife = happy life

    I wasn't sure this would do what I needed. I bought it as a gift for my spouse who often has difficulty clearly hearing the dialogue when watching movies and such. I spend a good part of the time repeating what everyone is saying (and then missing parts of the movie myself). The clarity of sound has eliminated almost all of that issue and we both get to enjoy the show without interuptions. I am very happy with this purchase.

    Nov 18, 2021 18:01
  • Review by MarkM, 10 out of 10
    Great sound!

    Great sound from a small but mighty sounding sound bar! I bought this for my bedroom TV and it produces really nice sound. Works seamlessly with my Amazon Fire TV.

    Oct 31, 2021 09:42
  • Review by Gamer, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for my setup

    This is perfect for my setup. I have it hooked up to my Xbox because I'm using it with a gaming monitor instead of a TV.

    The monitor itself doesn't have great audio and didn't come with a remote so I wanted to add those to my experience.

    Coolest thing is the sound bar can learn to be controlled by my Xbox TV style remote. So I can control everything from the Xbox remote, since the gaming monitor already goes to sleep when I shut down the Xbox.

    Oct 18, 2021 12:04
  • Review by Veronica1580, 10 out of 10
    Best little Visio sound bar ever!!

    Is a really nice sound bar I love you so much I'm going to replace the Visio that I have on the second floor with the same bar it's not expensive at all and it's really loud really cool and I love the Bluetooth capability is extremely strong you're gonna love it!

    Nov 12, 2021 17:33
  • Review by Tdaveness, 10 out of 10
    Awesome package

    Super small but has a loud sound. Easy set up, improved from earlier models. No need to go over half on volume and that’s outside.

    Sep 26, 2021 19:13
  • Review by Sinsur, 8 out of 10
    Portable big sound in small package

    Good sound but lacking subwoofer. Right of the box very easy to setup and extra light

    Oct 15, 2021 15:27
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - HW-Q950A 11.1.4ch Sound bar with Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Breakthrough innovation with True 11.1.4ch sound.

    14 Features
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS:X: Explore realistic 3D audio with sound precisely projected from above, in front, behind and to the side of you with the latest acoustic technologies.¹
  • True 11.1.4ch Sound: Flood the room with sound from all angles for the ultimate audio entertainment experience, which features 11 channels, 1 subwoofer and 4 up-firing channels.
  • Q-Symphony: Audio that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized audio from your compatible Samsung TV² and soundbar for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • Up-Firing Rear Speakers Included: Get theater-like sound with wireless, up-firing rear speakers included with your soundbar that project audio above and around you.
  • SpaceFit Sound+: Customized sound for the space you're in with automatically calibrated tones and enriched bass.³
  • Built-in Voice Assistant: With Alexa built into your soundbar, utilize all of Alexa's functionality including playing music, asking about the weather and more--without needing a separate device.⁴
  • Adaptive Sound: Forget rewinding to catch what was said. Enjoy dynamically optimized audio with enhanced voice clarity for whatever you are watching, including sports, games, movies and more.
  • Active Voice Amplifier (AVA): Emphasizes the voices in each scene so you can hear every line of dialogue clearly.
  • AirPlay2: Quickly pair to an iPhone or other iOS device to easily stream audio.⁵
  • Wireless TV Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®.
  • Game Pro Mode: Level up with 3D directional audio from up-firing speakers. Acoustic Beam® and powerful woofers automatically sync sound with the on-screen action, while crosstalk cancellation minimizes distractions.
  • HDMI eARC: A single cable connection passes advanced audio like Dolby Atmos to TV-connected devices.
  • Tap Sound: Mirror music from your phone to your soundbar for uninterrupted, seamless listening with just a tap.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechSavy, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Dolby Atmos Wireless Soundbar!

    I was looking for a high-end soundbar to replace floor standing speakers and got the flagship 11.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar.

    It came with a Soundbar, a Wireless Subwoofer, and a pair of Up-firing wireless rear speakers. This soundbar has a lot of built-in features like the Auto EQ feature, and AirPlay 2, eARC, Samsung's Q Symphony support, and Tap Sound features, built-in Amazon Alexa. Build quality is excellent with contemporary look wrap-around fabric covering. It has two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output which support 4K/60p, High Dynamic Range (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision), HDCP 2.2, and Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), HDMI output includes eARC and optical digital input. It supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay 2, allowing to stream music from the home network. Bluetooth pairing can be done with remote, AirPlay via your Apple device, and Wi-Fi using the SmartThings app.

    There are basic controls centrally located on the top rear of the soundbar. I have no idea why Samsung put the display on the soundbar. It is impossible to see the sound settings, HDMI inputs while watching TV and it is really a bad design on display position. These controls are for multi-function (on/off and source select), volume up/down, and mic on/off. The provided remote is has central navigation and play/pause buttons, along with a sound control button for setting treble, bass, and audio sync.

    There's also a source select button, a Bluetooth pairing button, the sound mode (Standard, Surround, Game Pro, and Adaptive Sound), volume up and down, mute, and control for setting the subwoofer level. Setup is relatively easy and connected the soundbar, woofer, and rear speakers to QLED Samsung TV with eARC / ARC . I had the Samsung SmartThings app and added the soundbar. With app, it is easy to switch HDMI inputs, adjust volume, Sound mode, Equalizer, adjust woofer settings, Auto EQ, and Advanced Sound Settings to do Voice / Base enhancements, Night mode. It decodes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and delivers these object-based audio formats using an immersive 11.1.4-channel speakers layout. It impresses with an incredibly immersive soundstage.

    We have watched several movies and shows from Netflix with Dolby Atmos. I was blown away by the sound and felt like sitting in a theater. Even in a low sound setting, the dialogues were very clear. Listing music on this soundbar is bliss. This is the best soundbar on the market and delivers an immersive theater experience.

    *I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion

    Aug 04, 2021 00:49
  • Review by William, 10 out of 10
    The Science of Sound

    Let me start by saying that I have more soundbars than I do friends at this point in my life. I'm always in search of the latest and greatest for music, movies and gaming. To say I wasn't disappointed with the HW-Q950A would be an understatement. It mounted perfectly underneath my 55" Samsung QN90A TV and it is the exact same width. There's a feature called Q-Symphony that uses the TV speakers to add more atmospheric sound to the setup, which seems to really help in sound tracking on the screen. It really sounds like the audio is coming from the specific people/objects on the screen that are producing each sound. The wireless rear Atmos speakers are a new experience for me. Each satellite not only has a front firing speaker, but a top firing and side firing speaker as well. It really helps with content immersion, especially in gaming. I was playing COD Zombies and you could hear exactly where a zombie was behind you. It saved me from dying on more than one occasion. The form factor of this year's model is exactly the same as last year's. This is an improvement over the Atmos soundbars Samsung produced in the years before 2020 and 2021, which were extremely large and bulky. There is an inch difference in height alone, making this model 2 1/2" compared to the 3 1/2" height of the older Atmos models. That's important if you are using an entertainment stand, where my 2018 soundbar obstructed my 2018 QLED TV. The SpaceFit+ function with my Samsung QLED TV is absolutely brilliant. The room I am setup in isn't a conventional shape, but SpaceFit+ somehow automatically adjusts the balance to make sure I am in the middle of the action. I didn't think I would notice the difference as much as I did, but the technology is truly amazing. The only complaint I have with this soundbar is the placement of the display. It is located on the top instead of the front. It doesn't matter too much because I am connected through HDMI e-ARC, so I can control everything from the TV screen. I just think the placement is a little counterintuitive since it isn't visible unless you are standing up and can see the top of the soundbar. I had to change the mount because it was too close to my TV and the screen was actually completely obstructed. All in all, this soundbar is an amazing sound experience that even the keenest audiophile would enjoy. The technology they packed in this thing is second to none. I can't imagine how they could possibly improve on this in the future.

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback.

    Jul 29, 2021 13:34
  • Review by JBTechfanatic, 10 out of 10
    TRUE THEATER AT HOME EXPERIENCE

    TIme to Meet the New Samsung HW-Q905A

    11.1.4ch Dolby Atmos DTS:X Soundbar! Samsung has Taken this year's System to the next level With True 11.1.4 Bringing us Insanely awesome performance! Samsung latest System Comes Complete with everything you need and Is outstanding! Featuing Standard,Game Pro,Adaptive,Surround Sound Expansion sound modes. It has SmartThings App

    Yes Q-Symphony Yes

    Active Voice Amplifier

    Yes SpaceFit Sound SpaceFit Sound+ Tap Sound Yes Spotify Connect Yes Voice Assistant

    Alexa(Built-in)AirPlay2 Yes. ODecoding Format

    AAC Yes MP3 Yes WAV Yes OGG Yes FLAC Yes ALAC Yes AIFF Yes. I cannot express how Amazing you will feel when you set it up and watch your first movie. Theater at Home is a understatement. Dolby Atmos immersion like you can only imagine except it is real and at Home! Be ready The Bar is Large powerful and Well built. It has a cloth and hard plastic exterior. It Features Hdmi Earc and Also has 2 additional Hdmi Ports. Featuring full 4k Hdr10+ pass through. The system provides a total of 22 speakers. It's comes with a one Remote a Hdmi cable and the Soundbar Mounting kit. Also the rear speakers and Bass Module. So no need to purchase any additional equipment. Wireless connectivity is on full display with Wifi Bluetooth and Samsung SmartThings Control From your mobile device. Setup is a breeze with Samsung's auto calibration every one can have pro sound at home. Dolby Atmos and DTX:X immersion is amazing. But often Marketing Throws These formats on products without true Results. That is certainly not the case Here and Wow. Literally all I can say is wow. I think I might just start charging admission to My home theater lol. That's how outstanding this system performs. As the sound of bullets wisk by your ears and the rain sounds fall from above. You will forget that you are home and be fully immersed in your favorite movie or Video game. But let's not forget Music. With Samsung tap and play on board. You can simply tap your favorite galaxy device and your favorite Spotify list will begin to play. Once it does Boom you will feel like you are at your favorite artist Concert. Yes it sounds that good and the thunders Bass will make your heart pound with adrenaline. Bottom line is this is the one you have been waiting for. It's amazing fantastic and beautiful. I recommend that you buy one.. then set it up give it a listen. Once you do you will realize that you own one of the best Soundbar systems on the market! I Received a discount For my honest Review.

    Jul 26, 2021 17:30
  • Review by MrsV, 10 out of 10
    Room Filling Sound

    The Samsung Q950 surpasses all of our expectations. While the soundbar comes at a premium price, you get a premium sound experience. The front bar provides great dialogue clarity and creates a great sound stage. The right and lefts sound great as the bar has multiple smaller speakers to help with create a great movie watching experience. The rear speakers are what really sets it apart. Not only do they have a standard speaker to provide the surround sound, they also have upward and side firing speakers to help with the experience. In our living room, the Atmos experience was a bit lacking, but when we moved everything into the basement, with a lower ceiling, we started to get a bit of that "height" sound. Overall, very very happy with our new Samsung soundbar. I received this product at a discount for my honest opinion.

    Oct 19, 2021 13:37
  • Review by cyber99cobra, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Soundbar

    Disclaimer: I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback.

    I absolutely love this soundbar. This soundbar really redefines immersion. From hearing thing fly overhead to the complete surround sound experience it is truly amazing! It has completely changed the way we watch movies and play video games. We have had a chance to show it off to a few people and they are just as blown away as we were when we first heard it. We also love the tap connect feature that makes connecting to the sound bar so easy. The soundbar fits perfectly underneath our television and produces a surprising amount of sound for it's size. Using Dolby Atmos is a true game changer, when playing games and being able to hear everything around you and knowing exactly where the sound is coming from is amazing, not to mention the awesome bass coming from the subwoofer! Having Alexa built in is also a big win so now we can tell her to set the mood for gaming or for movies or whatever we want without having to have another device to get it all done.

    Aug 12, 2021 14:41
  • Review by gamber12, 10 out of 10
    Movie theater experience!

    This is my review for the Samsung HW-Q950A 
11.1.4ch Dolby Atmos DTS:X Soundbar which I received for a discounted price for my honest review. So first things first, when I received the box I was quite surprised at how large and heavy the box was, but none of the less, excited! Unboxing was very simple and didn’t take me no time to rip into the goodies! The box included the very large sound bar, the subwoofer, two small speakers, the remote and some mounting hardware.

    I was able to connect everything without the use of the the instruction manual. I only broke out the manual when try to pair the subwoofer and small speakers to the sound bar which was quite confusing at first, but then I figured it out. I used the HDMI cable to connect the sound bar to my Tv (there is no optic cable included). My first choice to test out the sound was Spotify. As soon as the song started playing I was BLOWN AWAY by the amount of bass that was coming out of the subwoofer. It was amazing. There are several options as far as sound goes to choose from to fit exactly what you’re looking for, I chose the option with more bass. Later on, we decided to watch a movie and it truly was a movie theater experience. The only issues I had was at one point the speakers made a loud pop noise and the sound was behind with my tv (the people were talking and the sound didn’t match up). All I did was reset the sound bar and it was fixed. Hopefully I don’t have any other issues with that. In conclusion, this is honestly one of the best sound bars I have ever owned. The sound is immaculate. I was not able to test out the Q-symphony as I do not own a Samsung TV, but now we are planning to upgrade to one so we can have the full experience! The only things I would change about this set up is I wish the bass was louder when the sound volume is lower. It seems like you have to turn the sound bar up kind of loud to have more bass. I also wish the cables for the smaller speakers were longer as we want to mount them in the corners of the walls and the cables are long enough to reach our outlets. I also wish the small screen on the sound bar was in a different place, as it’s kind of hard to view where it’s at. Other than that, this sound bar is amazing and I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the market for a great system— just be ready to spend some money!

    Jul 28, 2021 20:05
  • Review by VanessaC, 10 out of 10
    Pleasantly surprised!

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.The Samsung Q950A Soundbar was a great addition to my living room television set up! The television video is great, however, it just never gave a good sound for movies. To get the best experience possible, had to turn the volume up all the way to the 60s. I was still missing that 'surround' sound though. The sound seemed to travel through the front of the television, so I'd have to angle the tv to project the sound in the direction I was sitting. With an open concept kitchen/living room, I enjoy cooking and watching television at the same time, however, with sizzling food, it was a bit harder to hear the television than I would have liked. With the soundbar addition, I can get amazing surround sound no matter where I am at, whether in the living room or kitchen! As a matter of fact, I can hear it very clearly in the guest bathroom over 100 feet away on only volume level 20. When I say clearly, I mean crystal clear. With the door closed, I could hear every word that was being said on the show and the background noise was also clear enough through the door that I could hear that too. It also paired automatically with my Samsung - 65" Class Q60 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV Model: QN65Q60RAFXZA. As shown in the photo, after plugging in the sound system and turning it on, the tv prompted me to select an option to allow or deny access to the device. Once connected, I was able to make the sound system my primary mode of sound very quickly and easily. It is very easy to change the sound modes with the remote also! At the top of the soundbar, it shows the modes as you flip through them, but it is not noticable when you are not changing the modes. In other words, you will not see the mode it is currently on unless you are changing it, so there will not be a glowing light from the top of the soundbar all the time. While I chose not to mount it to the wall at this point in time, there is mounting hardware and instructions in the box as well. Samsung not only thought of everything stylish, modern, and minimalist with this soundbar, but the quality of both the equipment and the sound is amazing! I truly feel like I am sitting in a movie theater when I turn the volume up and turn down the lights! The modes are perfectly set up and I think you would do a disservice to yourself if you choose to pass this soundbar up!

    Aug 07, 2021 12:43
  • Review by phy6nando, 10 out of 10
    Incredible Sound and Clarity

    I have had a few experiences with sound bars over the recent years and this system comes to as home theater quality as I have experienced. I have used this sound bar in two separate rooms in my house to try out how it handles being in an enclosed space (media room) as well as a wide open floorplan with 12' ceilings...noting very little difference and am amazed at the clarify this package delivers.

    The virtual surround processing is excellent! As certain streams are only in stereo, it does separate the channels quite nicely and 'put' the sound right where it needs to be for both shows, media and games. The Atmos and DTS processing has been the best I have experienced coming from a compact package and truly does project sound spatially even with high ceilings and wide walls (though it did require some minor small tuning with delay to make it 'right'). I have put it through Dolby streams as well as Dolby and DTS on BD and still amazed at how little difference there is between this setup and a full 9.2.4 setup.

    Setting up was extremely simple, being able to setup the entire system with only one HDMI cable to the TV and letting the auto-calibration taking care of the rest. You may have to tweak delay a little depending on where you put it but it took about a total of 30 minutes to setup from unboxing to enjoying as you see in the picture.

    I would very highly recommend this to anyone looking to obtain home theater quality sound from a package that suits everything from a cozy flat to the wide open spaces of open floor plans. You will enjoy every moment and source you throw at it.

    Aug 04, 2021 15:35
  • 9.2score
    VIZIO - 2.1-Channel V-Series Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Audio/DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Hear what you’ve been missing with the newly designed VIZIO V-Series™ 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar The V-Series 2.1 offers immersive sound, a sophisticated new look and HDMI connectivity for the highest-quality audio plus sound bar volume control from your original TV remote. For pristine clarity, two full-range speakers at 96dB SPL are tucked inside a subtly textured, all-black sound bar that stays clean and lives discreetly beneath the TV, while the included 5” wireless subwoofer adds deep, booming bass to movies and music. DTS® Virtual:X™ sound enhancement adds room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound, placing you in the middle of the story or front row at your favorite concert venue. The new Voice Assistant Input gives you the convenience of a voice assistant you are already accustomed to (sold separately) and lets you operate it right through the sound bar for an upgraded audio experience. With its powerful sound and easy setup, the VIZIO V-Series™ 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar can help turn your living room into a captivating home theater.

    13 Features
  • New low-profile design: Packed with performance and a sophisticated new low-profile design that slides beneath your TV for a clean look
  • Powerful Full-Range Speakers: 3 full-range speakers in the sound bar create brilliant clarity.
  • Optimized for 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio™: Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio™ when connected through HDMI.
  • Loud and Clear: The 96dB sound pressure level and 50Hz – 20kHz frequency range deliver dynamic and accurate Sound.
  • DTS Virtual:X: Enhances any content with room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound.
  • 5” Wireless Subwoofer: Place the wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room to add deep booming bass.
  • Voice Assistant Input: Use our voice to control your Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant devices through the sound bar with a dedicated 3.5 Aux or Persistent Bluetooth connection.
  • Dialogue EQ: Dedicated center speaker combined with the Adjustable Dialogue EQ enhancement provide calibrated, crisp-clear dialogue.
  • HDMI Connection: Uses the Highest-quality audio available and allows you to control sound bar with your TV remote.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Stream music wirelessly from your phone or other compatible Bluetooth devices.
  • All-New Backlit Display Remote: Full-featured remote with comfort grip and easy to navigate – even in the dark.
  • Easy-to-clean: Black, textured surface keeps your sound bar cleaner, longer
  • Easy Setup: HDMI and all audio cables included, along with voice feedback make setup simple.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by tphidoggs1977, 10 out of 10
    It’s great

    This vizio sound bar has a great sound just love it a lot will buy one again.

    Dec 19, 2020 17:16
  • Review by Elohssa, 10 out of 10
    Bang for your buck.

    after my old school 5 speaker and a subwooofer surround sound lost the sub then slowly we were down to just the center speaker i upgraded. Bass is good, sound is great and clear, remote is high tech and displays info on the remote itself sonce no screen on soundboard. Id highly recommend unless you're a av snob then you probably aren't looking at this anyway. Just buy it you won't regret it. I'm also just using an aux cord cause my TV is an old floor model we bought from best buy like 11 years ago and an off brand so if its this good with auction cord imagine your 4k smart TV would be.

    Aug 31, 2020 20:39
  • Review by DavidG, 8 out of 10
    Good bar great price

    Very good sound bar, especially for the price. The sub really kicks and it does give you that theater sound! I purchased this to go with my vizio v series tv and connected it via the included hdmi cable. Very easy to set up, it works flawlessly with the tv remote. The long power cable was perfect to run through my wall with the other cables, so no cables are seen hanging off the wall. The speaker was placed on a top of the tv using a tv shelf and the sub was placed next to the couch on the floor. The wireless subwoofer is convenient so you can place it just about anywhere and it connected automatically with the sound bar. It comes with all the cables you need: power for both speakers, hdmi cable, an optical cable, aux 1/8” cable, and an rca cable! I connected my iphone to it via Bluetooth and instantly filled the living room with music! Perfect bar for someone not looking to spend a fortune, but still get quality sound.

    Feb 27, 2021 22:40
  • Review by Marie, 10 out of 10
    Worth the Price

    I love the sound and bass it gives off. Perfect for my room!!!

    Dec 04, 2020 16:09
  • Review by MacBake, 2 out of 10
    Sounds like the sound bar stayed at the bar too lo

    Horrible, it keeps saying "CONNECTED" over and over again. Then it starts playing music while I'm watching something else. Then it will refuse to be turned off like A I gone crazy. It's attached to my wall which sucks because it is going back tomorrow and I have to repair the holes in my wall.

    Nov 13, 2020 21:21
  • Review by JBsounds, 10 out of 10
    Worth the price

    Nice sound, excellent base, love watching action movies now, movie theater quality

    Oct 09, 2021 19:21
  • Review by DavidPlater, 10 out of 10
    Good Steal

    Great price nice size not to big or small great sound for my apartment great bass perfect for movies or karaoke

    Apr 30, 2021 16:37
  • Review by Randy155, 10 out of 10
    Best Buy

    Very very nice sounding sound bar for the money great bass

    Feb 06, 2021 14:22
  • 9.2score
    Nakamichi - 7.2.4-Channel 800W Soundbar System with Dual 8" Wireless Subwoofers and Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your home theater with this Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2.4-channel sound bar system. Six 2.5-inch full-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters in the soundbar deliver rich, detailed audio, and the two 8-inch wireless subwoofers enhance the experience with resounding bass. This Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2.4-channel sound bar system includes a sound bar that delivers clear dialog and dynamic sound.

    15 Features
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound: Sounds accurately move around and above you in a three-dimensional space with no audio channel limitations, so you feel like you're inside the action.
  • Pass through Dolby Vision and 4K content via HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support: Allows Dolby Vision and 4K data to pass through and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality.
  • 800W maximum power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Six 2-1/2" full-range drivers and two 1" tweeters: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • Dual 8" wireless subwoofers: Provide perfect balanced cinema-level bass effects.
  • Spatial Surround Elevation (SSE) processing technology: Three advanced processing engines upgrade the quality of surround and height effects for a more immersive experience.
  • 7.2 Channel surround performance: Enjoy sound from around and above you with 7 discrete audio channels plus two wireless subwoofers
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth with aptX: Enjoy wired quality sound - wirelessly.
  • Inputs: Include 3 HDMI, 1 Toslink, 1 RCA, 1 mini jack and 1 USB type A.
  • Outputs: Includes one HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) output.
  • 52-key backlit remote: Complete control of your surround sound experience at your fingertips, even in the dark.
  • Surround Effects Tweeters: Located at both ends of the soundbar, they direct life-like ultra-wide surround effects to listeners.
  • Two 2-way rear satellite speakers: Each high-performance rear speaker has its own dedicated channel. The tweeter and midrange drivers add detail, spaciousness and clarity to your surround effects
  • Quad Core Surround Processor: Experience your favorite entertainment content at the highest resolutions.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LoveMovies, 8 out of 10
    Almost a 5-star

    I typically perform extensive research before buying a product especially if it is a long-term investment. I considered a number of products before finalizing SHOCKWAFE ELITE 7.2 SSE. I have a decent size living room and I didn't want wires running around the room for connecting the speakers and therefore ruled out any system that required wiring. SHOCKWAFE ELITE 7.2 SSE is convenient because there are two separate subwoofers and the rear speakers are wired connected to the respective subwoofer making it clean and tidy. I am quite satisfied with the purchased, the only two issues I have is 1. When playing songs from Bluetooth, sometimes there is a 2 second loss of sound at the beginning of every song - I contacted Nakamichi and all they did was blame it on Bluetooth technology - I have not experienced this with Bose or Harman Kardon speakers and 2. For the price, the speakers don't support FLAC. The only other soundbar that I was impressed is Sony HTZ9F but it is way to expensive for a 3.1 speaker system with one subwoofer and no rear speakers.

    May 30, 2020 21:09
  • Review by DKILLY, 10 out of 10
    Best soundbar surround system for the money

    This system is incredible! I love the simplicity of setup and the sound is awesome. The dialogue is clear, the surround effect is great, and the bass absolutely BOOMS. I couldn't be happier with this system. All the headache of setting up and using a traditional component system - why would you bother when this soundbar exists?!

    Mar 11, 2021 09:15
  • Review by Viper72924, 10 out of 10
    Best system for the price!

    Love my 7.2.4, worth every penny. I have a LG CX48 and Xbox One X hooked up to it. The hardest part was getting the ARC to work properly. The subs have cut out once since owning but was almost unnoticeable. The DTS, Dolby, etc all have their strengths and weaknesses to have options is awesome. It does take a while to dial in your sound to your taste. The HDMI ports run a bit warm but i keep a fan on it like I do most of my electronics. Compared to my Bose and Samsung 5.1 it is amazing. I love bass but have to keep it at zero or 1 when someone is home. Its not muddy or flat. Very close to a theater bass and clarity. Definitely recommend this! I was thinking sonos but didn't want to spend double for maybe a slightly better sound.

    Oct 13, 2020 20:27
  • Review by Mephisto33, 10 out of 10
    Fine Product!

    I have an oddly shaped living room in that the center kitchen island causes the entire room to have a diagonal axis. End result is that the seating/tv viewing area is a trapezoid. I have always used a traditional receiver and speakers combination for my home theater (was once THX Certified) but this room couldn't really handle the speaker mounting for surrounds. At least not easily.

    Enter the Nakamichi. The wireless dual subs with the accompanying wired surrounds are exactly what this room needed. And the sound is freaking phenomenal! I haven't had an opportunity yet to check all the bells ad whistles on this product, but for theater use, it is exemplary.

    I don't have much experience with soundbars, and this one may be a bit pricey, but I can all but guarantee that you won't be unhappy with this selection.

    Aug 20, 2021 16:17
  • Review by Larry, 10 out of 10
    Definitely worth getting! A game changing soundbar

    Overall The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro sound bar offers a good mix of features, including dedicated surround speakers and 4K HDMI compatibility, and gives a hearty performance.

    Aug 22, 2020 08:53
  • Review by NorthSide210, 10 out of 10
    Big Big Sound!

    Just hooked up my Nakamichi Shockwafe 7.2. I ordered this unit without even hearing it in person. Went solely on reviews and YouTube videos to base my decision. Not disappointed one bit! Hooked it up and started playing Call of Duty and the sounds coming from all around me is amazing! The bass is controllable via the remote and is in no way overwhelming. As a matter of fact, you NEED 2 subs to complete the sound. I HIGHLY recommend!!!

    Jan 07, 2020 23:48
  • Review by BigD, 4 out of 10
    Disappointed

    Unboxing and setup were very easy. However I started off with connectivity issues. The subs and rear speakers where phasing in and out really bad. I went to the customer support page and downloaded the software onto a usb thumb drive and updated the brand new system. I changed the frequency to the dedicated frequency. Speakers now work sometimes and other times I get crackles and pops. I contacted Nakashima customer support who showed me how to pair the speakers and walked me through some trouble shooting steps. End result I was told they would send me an email on how to change my router chanel settings. I spent an entire day trying to set this up. Bottom line I’m going to return this set up. The 600.00 Vizio set up I was trying to replace set up right of the box and never had one issue.

    Apr 30, 2021 21:05
  • Review by Bioye, 10 out of 10
    Mr Abi

    Good quality sound. And this review is coming from someone who’s used to Bose surround speakers, velodyne subwoofer, Klipsch center speaker and Denon receiver. These systems I put together over 14 years ago before Bluetooth. So I was looking for something different without all these wires. Meanwhile, I bought this new big screen TV but the sound on it is terrible. So went to Bestbuy to buy sound bar but without me checking any reviews so I bought two different systems that I had to return because of the sound quality. Then I came across Nakamichi sound bar. Wow! This system is great value for the price. I will highly recommend this sound system to friends.

    Jan 29, 2021 22:35
  • 9.2score
    Hisense - 2.0-Channel Soundbar - Black
    Description

    Hisense 2.0 Ch Soundbar

    7 Features
  • Enjoy Better Tv Sound: Easy to place and connect to your television, the Hisense H205 is a soundbar that improves your TV sound experience and is perfect for TV’s 32” or larger. Instead of just hearing the scene, you’re transported into it.
  • Roku TV Ready: As Roku TV Ready device, the Hisense HS205 Soundbar is fully compatible with any Roku Tv through the HDMI (ARC) connection. You can even use the Roku Tv remote to control both the Tv and soundbar for easier setup and better navigation experience.
  • Easy Connectivity: With HDMI (ARC), the Hisense HS205 can connect to your Tv through a single HDMI cable (included), connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and control both with one remote. You’ll be enjoying better TV sound in minutes.
  • Quick Touch EQ Modes: Get the best audio performance from music, movies, and news with a simple touch of the remote with multiple preset EQ settings.
  • Simple, Compact Design: The compact and elegant all-in-one design with built-in subwoofer will easily fit your living room, bedroom, or family room space. You won’t need to find a space for a big sub and still get big sound.
  • Wireless Music Streaming: The HS205 includes Bluetooth technology for easy wireless connections to smart device. Enjoy music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Accessories included: Everything you need to get started. We’ve included an HDMI cable, optical cable, and a wall mounting kit to make sure that you have what you need to make the most of your Hisense audio experience right out of the box.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LoLo, 10 out of 10
    Great soundbar

    I purchased the Hisense Sound bar 60 watt. I was pleasantly surprised how easy the set up was and the necessary cords were included. There are options based on what you are watching that you can change the mode to Movie or Gaming for better listening and quality of sound. The remote included the batteries. I was able to plug in and use in less than 5 minutes. I was also able to connect to my Fire TV and program with my responsive device to command sound bar to turn off and on. The quality of sound is great and I am very pleased with this sound bar. I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Aug 09, 2021 16:57
  • Review by Indianamom261, 10 out of 10
    I love the HIsense sound bar its great

    Up until i got the hi sense HS205 2.0 Ch Soundbar i couldnt hear squat on my jvc roku flat screen. the sound bar came packed in wrap, all pieces in the box; It was quite easy to set up, my tv has 3 hdmi ports so the soundbar is in #1 slot. I am very happy with having it to help me HEAR tv shows and news programs again . Normally i set my tv on 50 just to hear the news but now its set on 21. which is a decent level. I am very happy with it.. I got at a discounted price from insiders and purchased it thru bestbuy website

    Aug 03, 2021 18:09
  • Review by KrisN, 10 out of 10
    Nice sound bar to go with my new TV

    Having just gotten a new Hisense 55" TV, this was a great pairing. A new sound bar to go with the new TV. Since Hisense made both, pairing them and getting them to work together was a snap and setup was a breeze. The TV has good sound, but this up's the game to an almost theater sound. It needs a little more bass to be real theater quality, but for the price, you can't really go wrong in your living room. It's easy to setup, and sounds good with the TV (or probably any TV I imagine). I received this product at a discount for my honest review and feedback of the product.

    Aug 05, 2021 23:39
  • Review by SeriesX, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound for the Price!

    I ordered this sound bar because I like the Hisense brand. The budget price made me think that I may not be getting super good sound from this bar. Boy was I wrong!! For the price this bar has excellent clear sound. If you a pure audiophile you will probably want to go with a higher priced item, but if your looking for clear quality sound for your family room or bedroom this is an excellent product.

    Sep 16, 2021 09:43
  • Review by Audrey, 10 out of 10
    Great quality for the price

    I bought this as an early Christmas gift for a tech geek and he now uses it as his main source of audio everyday! The remote makes changing the volume or mode easy and convenient. The sound is well balanced; easily worth what I paid.

    Oct 23, 2021 09:09
  • Review by elder, 10 out of 10
    Sound bar with an added touch

    Got this sound bar yesterday. Took a chance buying this since no reviews were available here at BB. From reading reviews at other

    retail merchants. however, the general impressions were mostly

    positive. Using HDMI arc, mine was hooked up to my 65" Hisense

    TV in seconds. The sound was more than satisfying! Truth be told, since there is no bass component to the sound bar, I connected a 12" powered sub woofer to the TV for thunderous bass when needed! Most people would not go to that extreme, but I did and it was more than worth it.

    Apr 16, 2021 15:07
  • Review by hinesen, 10 out of 10
    pleased...

    great. thank you. i'm a 73 yr old ant not good on comp. I welcome all of your service you give Mr. valli

    Oct 15, 2021 16:32
  • Review by KLW5, 8 out of 10
    Great for the price

    Great soundbar for the price. Wasnt looking to spend hundreds of dollars on one. This works well with my samsung tv. Hooked it up via HDMI ARC.

    Oct 12, 2021 13:06
  • 9.2score
    Nakamichi - 7.1.4-Channel Soundbar System with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Create immersive surround effects when watching movies with this Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1.4-channel sound bar. Six 2.5-inch full-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters in the soundbar deliver rich, detailed audio. This Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1.4-channel sound bar features Bluetooth connectivity to stream content from your digital devices wirelessly.

    14 Features
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound: Sounds accurately move around and above you in a three-dimensional space with no audio channel limitations, so you feel like you're inside the action.
  • Pass through Dolby Vision and 4K content via HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support: Allows Dolby Vision and 4K data to pass through and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality.
  • 600W maximum power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Six 2-1/2" full-range drivers and two 1" tweeters: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • 8" wireles subwoofer: Provides perfect balanced cinema-level bass effects.
  • Spatial Surround Elevation (SSE) processing technology: Three advanced processing engines upgrade the quality of surround and height effects for a more immersive experience.
  • 7.1 Channel surround performance: Enjoy sound from around and above you with 7 discrete audio channels plus wireless subwoofer
  • Bluetooth with aptX: Enjoy wired quality sound - wirelessly.
  • Inputs: Include 3 HDMI, 1 Toslink, 1 RCA, 1 mini jack and 1 USB type A.
  • Outputs: Includes one HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) output.
  • 52-key backlit remote: Complete control of your surround sound experience at your fingertips, even in the dark.
  • Surround Effects Tweeters: Located at both ends of the soundbar, they direct life-like ultra-wide surround effects to listeners.
  • Two 2-way rear satellite speakers: Each high-performance rear speaker has its own dedicated channel. The tweeter and midrange drivers add detail, spaciousness and clarity to your surround effects
  • Quad Core Surround Processor: Experience your favorite entertainment content at the highest resolutions.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AreTudaEDub, 10 out of 10
    If you want AMAZING SOUND w/o too many components.

    I love this sound bar so much!! 7.1.4 Spacial surround sound with the SSE feature. I was watching Bad Boys for Life and the audio was incredible. The surround sound is full and you can hear each element of the soundstage clearly without the individual sounds drowning in with one another.

    I got it for a great price during the week of Black Friday and couldn’t have chosen a better time. This product supports ARC and eARC for Atmos and DTS;X. It also has numerous features that allows you to fine tune the audio to a specific desired setting. Game mode, Movie, Stereo, News and voice adjustment. I currently have my Xbox One X and 2 of my 4K Blue ray players plugged into it. The ONLY draw back is that it doesn’t support HDMI 2.1 pass through. So I have to plug the console directly into the TV for all the new gaming feature while just relying on the TV to decode my audio info. So if you have an PS5 or XSX and an 2020 LG TV, you can’t enjoy Gaming features and DTS:X support simultaneously.

    Dec 07, 2020 16:15
  • Review by Nakamichi, 10 out of 10
    Best Soundbar by far!

    I have tested many Soundbars and none of them compare to the Nakamichi. This Soundbar has many different settings to maximize your sound in any size room. Other Soundbars sound like your in a tin can but the Nakamichi takes sound to the next level. I wish I would have tried them sooner.

    Will definitely buy again if the need ever comes around.

    Oct 02, 2021 13:31
  • Review by Schulzy, 10 out of 10
    Nakamichi = The Next Level

    I have been on the hunt for the best sound system to use with my TCL 6 Series TV in my small condo. I've tried the Roku wireless speakers and subwoofer. Good, but limited decoding capabilities. I then purchased the Soundcore Infini Pro as my first Atmos soundbar. Also great for what it is, but lacking in true surround. I was waiting for the TCL Alto 9+ Soundbar and discovered the Nakamichi 7.1.4. I compared to the JBL 9.1 with wireless rear speakers but that system costs $250.00 more. After weeks of research and consideration I decided to order the Nakamichi. It arrived a few days early in its massive box and I immediately set it up - HDMI ARC to TV with Sony UPX700 connected directly to the soundbar. There are a ton of settings to tweak the sound - DSP, Surround, Subwoofer, etc. I tested it with 4K titles from my digital library - Mad Max Fury Road, Avengers Endgame - and Blu-Rays - Baby Driver, Creed. Incredible and the SSE works! Netflix movies, broadcast TV, and music from Pandora all sound great. It's perfect for my space and I'm very pleased with this purchase.

    Jun 14, 2020 08:38
  • Review by PokerJedi, 10 out of 10
    Best bang, and booms, and pows, for your buck.

    I got this after having a Vizio 5.1 soundbar for about 5 years. My biggest complaint about that unit was the voices were muddled and drowned out by the action on the screen. After a few months of looking at other reviews on forums and tech sites, I decided to give the Nakamichi 7.1.4-Channel Soundbar System a shot.

    And boy am I glad I did.

    This has an amazing sound for the price and looks good under my TV too. The installation was a breeze since I already had the mounts for my other surround sound system up and even utilized the other wires as well.

    The soundbar has a few preset settings which are what I currently use and work well. They have a game setting that works great for PS4 or my Switch. And the movie setting is great for those Marvel binging nights or a more quiet drama.

    Having owned this for a few months now I really love this soundbar and would recommend this for its price and quality.

    Oct 23, 2019 14:04
  • Review by tim1457, 10 out of 10
    Awesome sound!!

    I did a good bit of research before deciding on the Nakamichi soundbar. I decided on the 7.2.1 because of my room size and it didn't disappoint. The sound coming from the speakers is so much like being in a theater. I have high pitched hearing loss so with most soundbars I miss a lot of the conversation in a movie. Not so with the Nakamichi, the words are so clear and the bass from the subwoofer is amazing. I've watched several movies now with different people and they were blown away with the sound. The only issue I had was a crackling sound from the subwoofer, but after troubleshooting on the Nakamichi website, I changed my wifi settings and that solved the issue. I'd highly recommend this system to anyone looking to upgrade their home theater. It'll blow you away. One more thing, listening to my music on Spotify has never been better!!

    Jan 03, 2020 21:51
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Worth every penny

    I ues this sound bar for everything tv movies music and gaming its like having a av reciver with surroud speakers it has a ton of sound formats, hdmi ports x3 ive been using to blast music and play xbox series s plus movies and shows and the sound quality is outstanding i love it one thing it doesnt have is e arc but thats not a deal breaker its not a big deal

    May 07, 2021 18:47
  • Review by BenM, 10 out of 10
    The Answer to my Soundbar Woes is Here!

    I have been on quite an adventure trying to find a great Dolby Atmos soundbar that works well with my Vizio TV and Xbox One X. I'll explain this adventure before reviewing this Soundbar, because I think it can be very valuable to anyone embarking on the same type of endeavor. I hope no one has to go through what I did when trying to find a functioning Atmos soundbar for under $1,000 that has an external device connected.

    This adventure started on Black Friday of 2019 and finally concluded on January 27th, 2020. My reviews for these below mentioned Soundbars can be found on Best Buy's Website under the respective products. You'll also encounter a couple of my Reddit Forum Posts, Google Help Forum Posts, and a Samsung Forum Post if you do more digging. I really exhausted all resources before returning each of the soundbars and dedicated quite a few hours to each as well.

    On Black Friday I purchased an LG SL8YG and had major issues with the volume auto-adjusting due to Google Commands. LG told me that they were aware of this issue and didn't have an estimated fix date. Soundbar was returned because my volume automatically adjusting was enough to make me throw it out the window, but luckily I managed to get it back to BestBuy before that happened.

    In early January I purchased a Samsung HW-Q70R. I managed to have this soundbar produce sound for about 20 seconds total, and it sounded great! However, I have no video content that I can watch in 20 second increments and be satisfied. Soundbar was returned, but the CSR at Best Buy talked me into trying one more of these to see if mine was defective. I received this soundbar a couple of days later, and this time I was able to complete the firmware update without any hiccups and the soundbar was working properly with my Vizio Smart TV Apps. My issue this time came into play when I tried to swap inputs over to my Xbox, which was connected to the Soundbar. The soundbar was then connected to my TV via ARC. I was told that HDMI Arc is the only way to receive true Dolby Atmos, the only reason I purchased such a premium soundbar. After swapping inputs, I had no picture for my Xbox, only audio. I went out at 8 PM and purchased a Roku Ultra to see if my Xbox my be the issue. Still no luck after connecting just the Roku to the Soundbar. After scouring the internet and reading through Samsung Forums, I found that this issue dates back to 2016 and people are still complaining about it today. It is just absolutely baffling and unacceptable to have a malfunctioning $800 piece of equipment. This was the largest electronic purchase I had made next to my laptop, and honestly I expected perfection. Soundbar was returned again.

    This time around I told them I wanted to order a soundbar that they don't have on their sales floor, the Nakamichi 7.1.4. The in-home specialist came out and told me that his installers stated this was the best sounding audio equipment they had heard that wasn't a component system with a receiver. I had been eyeballing this soundbar prior to my LG and Samsung Purchases, but I was skeptical since I could not listen to it and couldn't seem to find a whole lot about it online. I decided to try it considering I had now returned 3 other soundbars and was bound to be black-listed by Best Buy regardless (which hasn't happened luckily).

    Now onto my review of this lovely piece of equipment. This company and soundbar definitely fly under the radar and that's a shame because their Website, customer service, and products are very consistent, reliable, and friendly! Installation was a breeze! I had to reach out to their support for one question during setup and they answered the phone right off the bat, no prompts or long hold times whatsoever. This was extremely refreshing after having dealt with LG's slow chat and Samsung's slow phone support. The firmware was already up-to-date and with multiple HDMI ports, I decided to add an NVIDIA Shield TV into the mix in order to have Dolby Vision and Atmos together. I am able to seamlessly swap between my NVIDIA and Xbox One without any issues. Audio and picture always appear like I expect and the audio is absolutely excellent. I will warn you that audio adjustments must be made depending on what you're watching or playing, but after familiarizing yourself with the extensive remote control, you'll see that finding the correct audio setting shouldn't be too difficult. Additionally, the remote gives you two memory buttons where you can save your audio settings setup. I've got my subwoofer located behind my couch with the two rear speakers connected to the subwoofer. The bass is excellent and rumbles like you would want for a movie theatre experience. Adjusting the rear and side speaker's volume, which are in the soundbar, is very easy with the dedicated buttons on the remote, versus the LG and Samsung soundbars where you have to click through the LCD menu to adjust those items. Maybe I'm just happy to have a properly working Atmos soundbar, but I will always recommend this Soundbar over any of the big brand names out there. The Dolby Atmos effects are definitely there, although they may not be quite as evident as you would get with a Soundbar or component system over $1,000, but the demo DVD and watching Netflix's "Night on Earth" documentary really gave me the effects I was looking for. I really feel encompassed by the audio when watching high-quality content with this Soundbar, and that's what Dolby Atmos is all about! I've only had this soundbar for about 10 days now, but the simple fact that I can use it on a daily basis and have consistent performance, is enough to make me spread the word about it after my previous experiences.

    If you're getting into the market for an Atmos soundbar, the biggest tip I can give you is to research troubleshooting steps with whatever model you're considering. Look up issues with the soundbar and whatever piece of external equipment you may be connecting to it as well. If this review makes a difference for one consumer, I'll feel relieved that they didn't have to go through what I did. Unpacking, setting up, tearing down, repacking, and transporting 3 different soundbars to my local Best Buy was not a fun experience, and was not what I was looking to do when I first purchased my LG soundbar back in November, but unfortunately it was necessary just to have properly functioning piece of audio equipment. Thankfully I never caught any flack from my returns at Best Buy and now everyone up there knows me and is very helpful!

    Feb 07, 2020 09:55
  • Review by MtnXfreeride, 8 out of 10
    Its a pretty good setup but is it really Atmos?

    I was sold on the reviews of this sound bar and since it wasn't available in store to hear that is about all I could go by. I'm not really convinced the "Atmos" is effective on this setup. While they label this a 7.1.4 setup - there are only 2 small tweeters actually pointing at the ceiling on the main bar. The rest of the speakers on the rear satellites and main sound bar all point the same direction. So the reality is that this is generously a 5.1.2 setup - I say that because the up-firing tweeters don't really put out much volume. The extra channels they claim are are created using digital effects. The sound quality to me is OK - I was put off by the tone of voices and cant get anything but a very mid-rangy sound from the many small mid-range speakers. It also creates ear fatigue a lot sooner than my polk setup upstairs. This bar is very capable of putting out the power though - I have a fairly large room to fill and it keeps up with my full size tower speaker setup in my living room (Polk TSx550T, CS20 center, TSi200 rears PSW125 sub). I would compare it to have a 5.1 setup with 135RMS output per channel on standard 8ohm speakers.

    The sound bar came with a dolby atmos demo blu-ray which was neat, but I didn't really feel the atmos feel, it was more the 5.1 or 7.1 feel I have upstairs. The demos on the disk with before/after Atmos were obviously faked. I wish it had a true tone demo to hear the difference. A lot of my Atmos talk is because there is another model of this bar that costs a lot less without Atmos support.. it might be more economical for people to go that route since the Atmos effect is minimal.

    I have a regret that I didn't go with the next model up to get 2 subwoofers. There is no way to upgrade to a second sub on this model - the processor is different. I spent time researching placement and testing and I just cant get an even sound that a second sub would allow - its very obvious that it is from the side because it is doing more than a sub in a full size speaker setup would be doing (crossover point). The sub also hits peak capacity well before the rest of the system... a second sub would be more even at high volume and maintain the buttery smooth and punchy when needed bass without the sounds you hear when a speaker is straining. I love that the rear speakers are wired to the wireless sub though.. no wires running the carpet. I love the tone and sound of the sub up until it hits its limit... very movie theateresque and much better than my polk PSW125 sub which has a larger woofer.

    I'd buy again on sale, I dont know if it is worth the full MSRP for the performance.

    Dec 16, 2019 15:01
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 3.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Elevate your experience with 3D virtual surround sound and built-in center speaker.

    9 Features
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X: Captivating virtual 3D sound moves all around you, including from above, with DTS Virtual:X technology. Dolby Digital 5.1 enables surround sound capability.
  • Built-In Center Speaker: Never miss a word with enhanced dialogue delivered by a dedicated center channel speaker to project voices clearly.
  • Adaptive Sound Lite: Enjoy optimized sound for your favorite video content, including sports, games, movies and more - with technology that enhances whatever you are watching.
  • Subwoofer Included: Experience truly full sound with powerful bass included with your soundbar.
  • Bass Boost: Give your bass an instant boost with the push of a button.
  • Game Mode: Step up your gaming experience with perfectly synced directional audio that moves with the on-screen action and crosstalk cancellation that minimizes distractions.
  • Multi-Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or HDMI.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • Wireless Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers in a few simple steps without the mess of wires.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Awesome, 10 out of 10
    Theater sound

    I love it. My son made the right choice. I would recommend it to my friends.

    Jun 18, 2021 16:18
  • Review by kingafiolek, 10 out of 10
    In love with A650 Soundbar

    We are so lucky with my husband that we bought that new Samsung Soundbar. It is amazing to watch sports and movies, we feel like we are in the theater. Very easy to set up. Sound is amazing, very sharp, clear and realistic. We also love wireless subwoofer for rich bass - there's many options to control the sound of bass by remote control. Soundbar has many built in sound options, like game, surround, deep bass, etc. Built-in center speakers work awesome, especially during the movies or games. We experience every day a new quality of watching tv. Unfortunately our TV is not so new so we needed to use HDMI to connect Soundbar but I love that is Bluetooth connection so we can control the Soundbar from the phone too, play music and what I love the most working with our Smart Home. I love Soundbar modern design. It looks very beautiful. It's thin and looks great in every living room style. I like that we are able to easily install it on the wall but it also looks great on our white TV stand too. Soundbar build quality is excellent. I am very happy I decided to purchase that item, especially for my husband who is in love with that Soundbar. We now have movie nights and this is why I am using the Soundbar the most. My husband of course uses that for watching sports. We already have Samsung gas range that we love and another Samsung item in our new home also works great.I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion

    Jun 23, 2021 14:46
  • Review by anysh, 10 out of 10
    Amazed by the sound!

    I was blown away when I turned on this soundbar. I was not expecting such a power from this unit. Deep bass, clear highs and very loud! Perfect for music. The sounds are so clear that is also great for movies and gaming. Love the led display - you can clearly see the source, sound mode, volume and woofer level. Yes it has separate controls for the volume and the subwoofer - very nice feature if you want to put turn down the bass a little bit so that your house/walls don't rumble. The subwoofer is really powerful so you will need that option. Easy to connect with my samsung tv - using hdmi arc you can control the soundbar with your tv remote, but will miss some controls that come with the soundbar remote. Really easy to set up - I just put it to power and it automatically connected with the subwoofer and worked right away! Pairs with your phone right away using bluetooth. The brackets for wall mounting came in handy - I was able to DIY them to old soundbar mount (see pics). Overall very satsfied and definitely would recommend! I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion

    Jun 29, 2021 13:13
  • Review by LauraF, 10 out of 10
    A BIG bang for your buck

    My family has always leaned towards Samsung for our TV needs but our house being a big gaming house needed some louder more surreal sound quality so we gave this soundbar a try! It has been a total game changer it feels like we are in the game and movies when we have it on. I love that it doesnt take up too much space but gives you that extra ump you are craving! And it only took a few minutes to setup!

    Jul 04, 2021 16:07
  • Review by Mike9064, 10 out of 10
    Good Sound Simple Setup

    I chose this after much research for my bedroom TV. I wasn’t looking for home theater quality. I was looking for improved sound over my TV speakers. What I got was exactly that. Much improved sound over what was produced from the TV. The setup couldn’t have been easier. I used the HDMI Arc connection from the TV to the HDMI Arc connection on the soundbar and connected my Apple TV to the HDMI in port on the soundbar. Turned on the TV and it worked flawlessly. The subwoofer was just as easy. Placed it in a back corner of the bedroom, plugged it in and it worked with no fiddling around with configuration. I won’t say that the sound rivals or is even close to my 7.2 dedicated home theater system in my living room but it wasn’t intended to. For my needs it exceeded my expectations. The only con is the mounting system to the wall. It’s very simple and a template was provided that made it easy to drill the required two holes perfectly. The issue is that it appears to sag just a little. I fixed that by putting two very small rubber wedges between the bracket and the wall at the bottom. It lifted the soundbar just enough to make it level. Overall, this was a good buy for what I needed and would recommend.

    Aug 29, 2021 13:20
  • Review by Danny, 2 out of 10
    Defective product

    I bought this sound bar/subwoofer today and it worked for about 5 minutes. Now it won’t turn on or respond in any way. After spending some time troubleshooting over the phone with Samsung they determined the system is defective. This is the 4th defective item I have purchased from Best Buy within the past 2 years and am beginning to think it’s not just bad luck at this point. Very frustrating

    Jun 29, 2021 20:08
  • Review by OGShua, 8 out of 10
    Beautiful Design and Beautiful Sound

    The first thing I did after unpackaging the sound bar and plugging it in was to pair my Bluetooth with it to see what it sounded like. Holy Cow!!! I cannot believe the volume, clarity, bass, and ease of use of this sound bar.

    I never thought that a wirelessly paired subwoofer could be effective as I figured that there would be a signal delay, I was dead wrong. There was never a delay and the sub pack a wallop!! After what seemed like a two hour dance party, I hooked the soundbar's HDMI to my TV and tested vocals/dialogue as I was curious how good the center channel was. Even when the volume was low I could still hear the voices clearly.

    We have my daughter's gaming console hooked up to it and it has made gaming way more enjoyable as we are able to actually hear, and in some cases feel, the action! We have found ourselves watching way more shows on the TV this sound bar is attached to because it is such a new and amazing experience. What really does it for me is the different modes. We have been using both Game and Adaptive Lite and the difference between them is very noticeable.

    The only real CON I have for this is the mounting system. It relies on two small 'pegs' which while nice didn't provide enough support and the soundbar's weight caused it to sag and indent on the wall.

    *I received this at a discount price in exchange for my honest review.

    Jul 06, 2021 11:59
  • Review by GamesWillNeverBeTheSame, 10 out of 10
    GreatSoundAllAround

    Sounds amazing, sound like you're at the game or at the movie theater. The bass from the wireless sub woofer very low and it is great.

    Sep 11, 2021 08:58
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X - Carbon Mid silver
    Description

    Elevate your entertaining experience with immersive 3D sound. The power of Samsung sound bar Q600A makes surround soundbar comes to life with speakers that fire from front, side and above.

    10 Features
  • Dolby Atmos / DTS:X: Explore realistic 3D audio with sound precisely projected from above, in front, behind and to the side of you with the latest acoustic technologies.
  • True 3.1.2ch Sound: The complete audio entertainment experience with 3 channels, 1 subwoofer and 2 up-firing channels.
  • Q-Symphony: Audio that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized audio from your compatible Samsung TV and soundbar for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • Adaptive sound: Forget rewinding to catch what was said. Enjoy dynamically optimized audio with enhanced voice clarity for whatever you are watching, including sports, games, movies and more.
  • Samsung Acoustic Beam: Get pulled into what you're watching with panoramic sound that moves with the action on-screen.
  • Game Pro Mode: Level up with 3D directional audio from up-firing speakers. Acoustic Beam® and powerful woofers automatically sync sound with the on-screen action, while crosstalk cancellation minimizes distractions.
  • Multi-Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or HDMI.
  • Tap Sound: Mirror music from your phone to your soundbar for uninterrupted, seamless listening with just a tap.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • Wireless Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers without the mess of wires for a cinematic experience.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cupra, 8 out of 10
    Nice Entry-Level Dolby Atmos Experience.

    The Samsung Q600A 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar is a nice entry-level toe dip into the Dolby Atmos/DTS:X world. It's slim profile means that it's unobtrusive on your TV stand, but it does pack a punch! I hooked it up to a 40" Samsung TV, and plugged an Amazon FireTV stick DIRECTLY into the soundbar.

    *Heads up: I've found from experience that if you plug the FireTV stick into the TV and then route it through the soundbar, the Samsung soundbar has trouble passing the bass through. By plugging the FireTV stick directly into the soundbar, you get all of the audio passed through the system for a nice deep bass presence.

    For bass, this smaller Q600A is no exception, it has a nice punchy bass from the subwoofer, clear center channel audio and of course left and right channels to fill out the sound. To add that extra dimension and the Dolby Atmos sound, there are two top firing speakers as well, that project the sound up and bounce it off the ceiling to envelope you in sound. While not as accurate as a traditional 5.1.2 dedicated surround system with rear speakers, the Q600A does a good job of augmenting the sound and 'throwing it' around the room, so you get to feel like you are part of the action.

    Something that Samsung has updated with this soundbar is moving the display to the front edge of the soundbar (in this instance, the right hand side), so you can actually see it when you are sat down watching TV. Previously it could be found on top of the soundbar and was pretty much unusable. Nice to know they've listened to feedback on this one.

    The soundbar itself is sturdy, with a solid grill on the front instead of a material one (which I much prefer). Set up was simple, along with minimal instructions from Samsung. Plug in the soundbar, plug in the subwoofer, they pair together, or you can actually go and pair them manually. Plug it into your TV and power on. I played 'Lost in Space' on Netflix, which has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack to test out the soundbar. The ambient sounds were fantastic, buzzing around your head, really expanding the stage of the show. Action felt like it came from further to the left or right that what you saw on screen, which also heightens the watching experience.

    With 2 HDMI inputs, Adaptive Sound, and Game Pro mode, the Samsung Q600A is a nice all round entry-level foray into the Dolby Atmos/DTS:X home theater experience, if you don't have the space for a dedicated surround sound system. Add to that the proprietary 'Samsung Q-Symphony' system to utilize the TV's speakers as part of the surround sound experience, you expand the experience.

    Bluetooth connectivity to enable your to stream music to the system is simple to set up and use with control over the soundbar.

    Cons: The remote is a little touchy, I'm not a fan of the toggle switches for the volume etc, you can end up muting the system more than you want when adjusting the volume. And the subwoofer, while it packs a decent punch, the design of it feels like an after thought and to a budget. The case is vinyl wrapped MDF with a cloth grill cover on it. But, with the subwoofer, you do kind of 'set it and forget it' behind the sofa or in the corner, so it's not a deal breaker.

    Overall, I'm happy with the soundbar and I'm using it to fill out the sound in my garage, to stream live concerts to a TV I have out there. This Q600A definitely fills the space, I've been using it out there for over a month now with great results. I've even had neighbors come up and ask about the system I'm using!

    Aug 12, 2021 12:12
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 10 out of 10
    Easy Setup, Great Sound

    The HW-Q600A/ZA 3.1.2 Soundbar with Subwoofer is a very easy-to-use audio solution for those that are looking for an easy-to-use, minimalistic, wire-free approach to a surround sound system. Obviously there are many offerings for this setup at this price range, but let me give reasons why this might end up next to your TV.

    Wireless Subwoofer - A wireless sub simplifies placement within your home theater, provided there is a power outlet nearby. I had no issues with wireless connectivity.

    Dolby Atmos and DTS:X supported - This unit supports both audio formats whereas some other units outside the Samsung brand only support one or the other. This is a strong point for handling various content.

    Dolby Atmos Speakers - For the uninitiated, Dolby Atmos is provided through drivers that fire up at the ceiling to bounce back down. This gives the impression of sounds coming above/behind you.

    Simple Audio Adjustments - Choose between Adaptive, Standard, Surround and Gaming. For micro adjustments, you can change the Treble, Center, Top and Subwoofer levels.

    Q-Symphony (Samsung TVs only) - Allows sound to output from the Samsung TV alongside the soundbar. Non-Samsung TVs only output sound through the soundbar.

    Versatile connectivity - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI (ARC)

    I think the HW-Q600A/ZA model works best for those that are looking to simply step up their sound from the base TV speakers or looking to try Atmos sound for the first time without breaking the bank. The Atmos was surprisingly good; there is a scene in John Wick 3 where a fight breaks out with a whole bunch of knives being thrown. With the camera angle positioned behind John, a knife is thrown at him and flies past his ear, then finally sticks to a cabinet behind him. The Atmos had me believing that the knife flew past my own ear and finally stuck to my own furniture! The subwoofer is on the small side, so don’t expect to have ground-shaking bass, but it does fill in the lower frequencies just fine. Overall, the sound is very decent and speakers can be fine tuned for your listening preferences.

    When listening in the Adaptive sound setting, I found that it was constantly toggling between modes, like somebody was always changing the volume. When watching a sports broadcast, I noticed that the software attenuated the commentator and brought more of the crowd cheers front and center. Then it would switch to something else during commercial break that would allow me to easily hear the product pitch to America. I would prefer that be swapped, to be honest. I now leave it on Standard for most TV/streaming broadcasts; when Atmos/DTS:X is detected, then it will automatically switch to that audio format. I anticipate software updates in the future.

    The build quality is very good; the metal grille spans the entire front and top for a seamless look. There is a small display on the right side that is hidden behind the grill and only appears when changing volume or settings so it doesn’t disturb the ambiance. The unit registers fine with remote control inputs as well.

    Aug 22, 2021 16:25
  • Review by Djyoung, 10 out of 10
    Powerful Sound bar!

    The Samsung Q600A soundbar and subwoofer are small. The soundbar is thin but the sound is clear, powerful and amazing. The Soundbar and subwoofer arrived in a secured big box. The subwoofer is wireless so no cables to run from here. I placed mine on the floor so i can feel the bass. The remote is slim, comes with batteries and has a nice matt finish so it looks cool, the surface is smooth and the volume button stands out to easily change without looking at the remote. It also comes with instructions that are easy to understand and it also comes with the wall mount brackets, one HDMI cable. As for the Soundbar, out the box I like how it looks, it has a front grill and top as well so it covers and protects the speakers. I turned on the soundbar by itself to know how clear the sound was and it is very. The soundbar has 8 speakers and you can tell right away because the sound comes from all over the room, the last speaker is the subwoofer so in total there are 9 speakers and with 360 watts, it is more than enough. The Bluetooth setup is just like any other and even better with the simply tap and play. With multi connection, at gatherings the speaker becomes part of the party. And with the HDMI arc cable there is no need for different remotes all the time, the soundbar is controlled with the TV. Lastly it is easy to use the USB to listen to music by plugging in a USB to the soundbar. The sound on the soundbar is clear and powerful, switching between the different modes we can tell the difference, both the Q Symphony and the Acoustic Beam Technology are superb making this sound bar top of the line and of good value. I think we will get the additional surround speakers sold separately. Overall the soundbar sounds great, it is sturdy and clean. It really sounds like you are at the movie theater. Oh, and the volume goes all the way to 100! My children were in there rooms & came in the great room and said, "We heard thunder!" I said, "It's the soundbar". This is the best soundbar I have ever purchased! I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Jun 30, 2021 19:22
  • Review by AngelM, 10 out of 10
    Small, thin, clear and powerful

    The Samsung Q600A soundbar is small, thin but clear and powerful. The Soundbar arrived in a big box that was damaged but inside of that one it was the box with the soundbar and it came complete and without any damage. The subwoofer out the box has a nice finish with cloth on the front that covers the sub and the back there is only cable as input: that cable is the power cord. The subwoofer is wireless so no cables to run from here. I placed mine near the corner since this gives the most bass. The remote is slim, comes with batteries and has a nice matt finish so it looks cool, the surface is smooth and the volume button stands out to easily change without looking at the remote. It also comes with instructions that are easy to understand and it also comes with the wall mount brackets, one HDMI cable. As for the Soundbar, out the box I like how it looks, it has a front grill and top as well so it covers and protects the speakers. I turned on the soundbar by itself to know how clear the sound was and it is very. The soundbar has 8 speakers and you can tell right away because the sound comes from all over the room, the last speaker is the subwoofer so in total there are 9 speakers and with 360 watts, it is more than enough. The Bluetooth setup is just like any other and even better with the simply tap and play. With multi connection, at gatherings the speaker becomes part of the party. And with the HDMI arc cable there is no need for different remotes all the time, the soundbar is controlled with the TV. Lastly it is easy to use the USB to listen to music stored away, I have plenty of music on my external drive so just plug and play. The sound on the soundbar is clear and powerful, switching between the different modes we can tell the difference, both the Q Symphony and the Acoustic Beam Technology are superb making this soundbar top of the line and of good value. I think we will get the additional surround speakers sold separately. Overall the soundbar sounds great, it is sturdy and clean.

    Jun 23, 2021 15:27
  • Review by Mrbell1970, 10 out of 10
    Awesome mid-range soundbar

    Things I am looking at on the Samsung - HW-Q600A is good dialogue (voice sound from TV & movies) since my prior soundbar was lagging in that department. Also, to check how good Dolby Atmos 3D sound actually is and to see if the soundbar has additional features that benefit you like easy connection to phone for music for example.

    Setup with HDMI ARC was easy with TV CEC detecting the soundbar right away and sub-woofer connecting via Bluetooth automatically when turned on, was impressed by this because my prior 2019 soundbar was a pain to setup. Other ways you can connect is with Optical port and Bluetooth, but you cannot connect TV via Wi-Fi for sound like it states on Best Buy overview.

    Based on past experience with soundbars and other electronics, the first thing I checked was to see if there were any software updates and indeed there are two firmware updates: VER 0071(DSP) & VER 1001.1(SOC) https://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/?model=N0021435 Updates must be done separately ether with two different UBB drives or one at a time on same USB drive, upgrade instructions are available when you select the see more button next to firmware on the website and select UPGRADE GUIDE VER 1.0 to download. Unfortunately, there is no info on what is fixed on the website. The update process was simple and the display on soundbar shows its progress.

    Design-wise the soundbar is low profile in height and has a sleek modern look that overall has a much smaller footprint than the majority of soundbars. Product height is 2.3 inches and length 38.6 inches. It has a little display on the right-hand side that shows sound modes, volume level and other information---this really comes in handy and is a nice feature. Ports you get an Optical Audio In, HDMI ARC, HDMI In and USB.

    Sound is fantastic as I used the Adaptive Sound preset which enhances dialogue to make it clear to hear. (In other words) I do not have to turn up the volume when people talk low or whisper in movies like I did before and music, sound effects no longer drown out voices in shows. You can also level the volume by holding the SOUND MODE button when the bar is turned off to activate the auto-volume mode, which helps balance the volume level between live TV and native streaming apps, before I had to increase the volume for HBO Max and decrease it for Amazon. This alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion as I got tired of always adjusting volume for different programs. Volume on 25 is loud enough for me and this device can get loud, the max I tried was 35 because anything higher may disturb the neighbors. This soundbar has excellent dynamite highs and lows in sound; movies that have Dolby Atmos are even better with a total immersive experience, in fact I wish I got the one with additional surround sound speakers to truly get that 3D effect. Connecting via Bluetooth mode to phone (or other devices) was easy as well but the soundbar volume is only controlled manually with buttons on soundbar. Alternatively, if you have a Samsung device you can download the SmartThings app (enable the Smart Tap feature) and simply tap the soundbar to connect and play music. You can also play audio files via the USB port.

    Dolby Atmos sound is definitely better than my soundbar older Dolby system with better sound separations, good balance between voices and background noise (music, sound effects) for a crisp and clearer experience in sound. This soundbar provides a fuller sound experience.

    Sep 24, 2021 13:42
  • Review by Moonbeam010, 10 out of 10
    Great Soundbar for the price for almost any age TV

    Hi! We tried the Samsung HW-Q600A 3.1.2ch Soundbar w/ Dolby Atmos / DTS:X and it is a game-changer, for us! First of all, it is reasonably priced - below $500, which for those of us pinching our pennies and who want as much quality and as many features as possible, this is the soundbar for you! It provides a completely immersive experience - whether you are watching the game, the latest movie, a great show or even if you are totally engaged in your gaming! Plus, with either of the 2 optional add-on rear speaker sets (which are also reasonably priced), you would have a complete home theater experience! Set-up was a breeze - even for me! Haha. It comes with very simple, perhaps overly simple directions. However, it sets up easily - even on my 2008 TV. It pairs with Bluetooth. It works with HDMI. One thing I thought was particularly great is that it makes even the older tech (ex. LCD seem a bit better and it certainly sharpened the sound - yay! No more captions!) and this soundbar certainly carries its weight with the new tech!! I can honestly say there isn't anything that we didn't like about this soundbar! I even plan to get another one for our other tv! I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Jul 07, 2021 11:59
  • Review by Aeriana, 10 out of 10
    Perfect in every way!

    We have a Q70 Samsung tv and this sound bar integrates very well. Love the easy set up! Who would have thought this thing works instantly, after mounting it to our wall and connecting the cords to the tv and subwoofer using HDMI cable the sound will come out from the sound bar right away. You can also use an optical cord instead of HDMI, if you have one available. If you're going to also stream music to this soundbar from your phone, iPad or other device, this is a good choice. Very fast & easy Bluetooth pairing. If you will stream music directly from your router (Wi-Fi), it does work too! Also, subwoofer is included and comes with remote control. Our favorite features this sound bar has is the 3D directional audio which creates even sound in all directions, and not just sides of the sound bar. Second, is the excellent subwoofer that offers realistic background audio when you are watching action movies or suspense genre shows! I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Jul 10, 2021 02:15
  • Review by Tech, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Soundbar

    Not much to say about this product, amazing sound quality with super cool features. The sound quality was absolutely amazing when set to the surround sound mode, I felt like I had a 3 or 5 channel speaker setup. The subwoofer you get with the speaker takes the audio experience to the next level. The size was just perfect to put on top of my tv stand, and it is very ideal for high-performance computing systems. Althought I had to adjust the subwoofer a bit in order to really feel the bass in movies (I had to put the subwoofer volume at +3) it still was an amazing audio experience right out of the box. I was easily able to connect it to my TV and utilize the wifi and hdmi connectivity as I connected my laptops and my TV to it. I primarily used this soundbar with my TV and connected it to my phone to listen to music and it just works flawlessly. This is a must-buy soundbar for anyone in the market for one.

    Jul 14, 2021 16:59
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - 5.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Acoustic Beam - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your entertainment room with this Samsung soundbar. The 6.5-inch subwoofer and 1.5-inch tweeters deliver powerful well-balanced sound, and Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream audio wirelessly. This Samsung soundbar includes a remote control for handling playback easily, while the HDMI and USB ports allow for flexible connectivity to a wide range of devices.

    18 Features
  • Dolby Digital Plus decoder: Reproduce multichannel audio to deliver a 3D surround sound experience.
  • Bluetooth multi connection: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, conveniently switching between two phones without disconnecting.
  • Wireless subwoofer with 6.5" driver: Offers powerful bass.
  • Adaptive sound: Analyzes the sound signal and automatically optimizes the sound setting for a perfect experience.
  • Samsung OneRemote: Enables control of both your soundbar and TV from one remote.
  • Samsung Acoustic Beam: Provides a panoramic audio experience with the directional sound delivery that makes it feel like you are a part of the movie.
  • HDMI ARC: Experience high-quality audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via compatible TVs.
  • Q-Symphony: Allows pairing with your Samsung TV for a more immersive cinematic experience.*
  • 360W nominal output power: Provides dynamic sound.
  • 3.35" x 1.57" mid-woofer speaker drivers: Deliver rich, full audio.
  • Wireless surround rear speaker compatible: You can use it with Samsung SWA-8500S models.
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • 4K pass-through with HDR: Passes a 4K video signal from a source to the TV.
  • Inputs: This soundbar features one optical, one USB, and HDMI inputs.
  • Output: Features an HDMI output.
  • Supports various file formats: Works with MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF formats so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • Wall-mountable: Mount your soundbar with the included kit.
  • Game PRO Mode: Force your gaming experience with highly directional sound. The Game mode intuitively makes real-time controls to the sound based on what's happening in your game.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CTmom, 10 out of 10
    Amazing sound for a great price

    I used to have a custom home with a built-in surround sound. Watching movies was AMAZING! When I sold that house I missed the great sound and thought I would need another custom installed system to get that again. Not so! This sound is deep and rich. The woofer gives you that "movie theater" feeling in your chest when there are explosions and other loud sounds.

    Set up was fairly easy. I did have to use some of the styrofoam from the package to raise my TV up behind the soundbar. I put the (wireless) woofer on the floor. Be sure you have outlets as both items do need power. You can connect the soundbar by HDMI (as I chose) or I do believe there is a wireless io connect but I opted for the included HDMI cable. I am an "over-50" woman and had no trouble setting these up (I did have to go into the settings on the TV and make one adjustment to the output).

    This soundbar and woofer is a great way to add movie-style sound to your home theatre experience. And since we are all staying home to watch movies these days, why not indulge?

    Jul 07, 2020 14:38
  • Review by HLGJ48, 10 out of 10
    Surround sound

    This suround sound system was the best purchase I made in 2020! It allows me to hear surround sound when playing any device connected to my television! My previous system only allowed this if I played DVDs or CDs! I really looked like I did my homework and up on technology! I also got a great deal because of Cyber Monday! Thank you Best Buy!

    Jan 02, 2021 10:34
  • Review by Jokerz32, 10 out of 10
    Great product at an excellent price

    This sound bar system is awesome! The sound quality is great, the bass and the brightness is also really good, I was going to buy the additional speakers, but the bar and the subwoofer stand by itself, the surrounding mode gets you immerse on the movies and the music, it's really a great product with awesome connectivity options for additional Bluetooth connections.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:30
  • Review by Dreamhome, 10 out of 10
    Nice product,

    Nice stereo sound. Hubby loves it. In middle moving to new house. Haven't got tv hooked up yet. So stereo great. Bluetooth to the rescue.

    Mar 05, 2021 08:30
  • Review by Portista, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy

    I’ve tried many sound bars before but this one is the best one so far. I can use it for my tv as well as listening to my music via Bluetooth.

    Feb 20, 2021 21:03
  • Review by Tempe, 8 out of 10
    Better than internal TV speakers

    Look... I bought a tv above the $1200 price point and I just couldn’t justify using only the tv speakers. Best Buy guy said this sound bar was new and it was on sale so I thought why not.

    Currently I’m struggling at the high end for voices. Weirdly, when voices go really high or like change pitches fast the sound bar makes this awful noise - almost like it can’t handle the frequency.

    I ended up switching off the 5.1 support on my Apple TV and am now just using stereo with ARC. Haven’t heard the awful sound as much, but it still comes up every now and then in dialogue. Might try switching HDMI cables to higher end ones.

    But people that say, “there’s no bass” or “not loud enough” I just can’t understand. They have to be hard of hearing haha. I have a lofted apartment (16 ft ceilings and obviously the open loft) and I can hear this sound bar very CLEARLY and with tons of bass. Seriously don’t understand people that say that.

    Sep 05, 2020 00:03
  • Review by JLMicrobiologist, 10 out of 10
    Big sound for music and movies

    Got a big discount by purchasing an open box TV and spent some of the savings on this soundbar and subwoofer combination. I wasn't able to bring home the big television right away due to its size and not having access to a truck immediately. Therefore I was able to bring home this new soundbar and play around with it for a week before I could arrange to transport the new TV.

    Out of the box the soundbar was easy to set up. The manual was easy enough to follow and in no time I had paired my Samsung S7 phone to the sound bar and I was able to fill my home with music. The highs are clean and the woofer kicks out the bass notes. I the remote is simple to use and changing listening modes depending on the song or genre is easy.

    Once the Samsung Q90T TV arrived connecting the sound bar via the supplied HMDI cable (ARC) was simple. Many people say go with an optical connection or just go wireless but, I decided to use the hardware that came with it. If I ever have problems with the ARC connection I know I have two other options that other reviews say are easy to connect or seamlessly pair with and the issue will be solved. I love that I have so many options with Samsung equipment.

    Now for the good stuff.... Movies! Sci-Fi, Action flicks, music videos, etc. This is why you purchase a good soundbar. This is a definitive upgrade over the internal speakers of the Q90T TV. The dialog is clear, and great separation of high and low sounds. Action movies are better as the floor rumbles and explosions boom with subwoofer (adjust the bass to full). The neighbors don't complain about the noise since they are usually at my place enjoying the show. I do tone it down late at night and in the early morning but the sound bar is clear and crisp at low levels as well.

    Very happy with my purchase of this sounbar and subwoofer combination. The fact that I received a discount on top of it during a summer sale promotion just seals the deal for me. The performance of this item in the space I have placed it is very satisfactory. Samsung products pair effortlessly and I couldn't be happier about the easy of use and performance of this product.

    Sep 25, 2020 16:48
  • Review by HetB, 8 out of 10
    Siundbar

    My husband liked it. Works well, but you have to raise the volume high to hear the surround sound

    Dec 25, 2020 20:31
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X - Black
    Description

    Explore realistic 3D audio with sound precisely projected from above, in front, behind and to the side of you with the latest acoustic technologies.

    11 Features
  • Elevated sound from every direction: Explore realistic 3D audio with sound precisely projected from above, in front, behind and to the side of you with the latest acoustic technologies.
  • Immersing you in captivating sound: The complete audio entertainment experience with 5 channels, 1 subwoofer and 2 up-firing channels.
  • Q Soundbar & Samsung TV, in perfect harmony: that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized audio from your compatible Samsung TV and soundbar for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • More sound without the wires: Let the sound flow around you with wireless rear speakers, taking surround sound to next level for more dynamic entertainment.
  • Ready to hear your command: With Alexa built into your soundbar, utilize all of Alexa's functionality including playing music, asking about the weather and more--without needing a separate device.
  • Optimized sound to suit your space: Automatically calibrates sound to properly fill your space when paired with a Samsung QLED TV.
  • Sound optimized for each scene: Forget rewinding to catch what was said. Enjoy dynamically optimized audio with enhanced voice clarity for whatever you are watching, including sports, games, movies and more.
  • Catch every word without distractions: Emphasizes the voices in each scene so you can hear every line of dialogue clearly.
  • Feel the depth of moving sound: Get pulled into what you're watching with panoramic sound that moves with the action on-screen.
  • Hear better. Play better.: Level up with 3D directional audio from up-firing speakers. Acoustic Beam® and powerful woofers automatically sync sound with the on-screen action, while crosstalk cancellation minimizes distractions.
  • Connect, listen, enjoy: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
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  • Review by JC1503, 10 out of 10
    Feels like I’m at the Movie theatre!

    I really am impressed with this system! The sound quality, clarity and balance is breathtaking!! I just moved into a new house and put the soundbar on a Mantlemount with the TV. The subwoofer is to the right of the TV as shown on Samsung’s web page and the rear surround behind the sofa on stands. The first thing that I noticed was that the “wireless” rear speakers had some wires!!! Technically they are wireless I guess because the receiver portion is wireless, but the rear speakers still need to be connected to the “wireless” receiver unit with traditional speaker wires. Not a huge deal in my opinion because it will be behind my sofa but does require some wire management. I bought some speaker stands that have built in wire maintenance that allows me to run the rear speaker wires down the center of the stands for a cleaner look. The second thing that struck me was the lack of set up instructions. There were some but they were confusing and not very helpful. You can download the whole manual from Samsung’s website and I highly recommend doing so. I had to read how to adjust the rear speakers volume.

    After getting it set up and the rear speakers on the stands, I powered it up and started with some live TV. I watched a little golf since that was the first thing on when I turned the TV on and the surround sound really caught my ear just watching golf! The ambient crowd noise and clapping and background noise really made me feel like I was on the green with the golfer!!! I was eager to see what a movie would sound like. Started with some Guardian of the Galaxy and the opening with the music and water jets on the planet and the Marvel opening….Absolutely immersive and incredible! As the base shook the floor and the cinematic music swept through my living room from all directions and the crisp clear vocals coming so naturally from the sound bar It took my breath away! Danced through a couple more action movies with gun fights and had a perma smile on my face!

    Next I moved to the music and streamed some songs from my phone. The unit paired quickly and the sound was just amazing… So crisp and clean and full and balanced. The surround sound truly felt like a concert. I found some live concert performance recorded songs and it felt like I was there at the concert. I can’t wait to have my next party…with this Samsung I won’t need a DJ to bring the music!

    I began to explore the remote it comes with a little closer. It feels good in the hands and is fairly straightforward. It is a little tricky to turn up the sound on the rear speakers (consult the owners manual guide). You have to move it to the rear speaker selection and wait a second until you see the volume number appear then move it up or down. I turned it up to 4 since I liked to really hear the rear ambient noises and music from the movies. The unit has a few preset modes as well.

    -Standard: which is the original sound according to the manual. I can’t imagine wanting to use that one since the surround is so immersive.

    - Surround: = AMAZINGING

    - Game Pro: give you “stereoscopic” sound in the action for gaming. I had to fire up the PlayStation and decided to fight a few hordes in Days Gone and some stealth kills in Hitman. Pretty amazing the foot steps and silencer kills as well as the ambient sound near and far were totally awesome.

    - Adaptive which allows the unit to decide based on the content.

    Overall this Samsung Soundbar sound quality is just phenomenal…. The little negatives like the rear speakers have to be wired into the wireless receiver and the lack of a manual being shipped really is insignificant after spending time with this unit. Samsung saved some trees by having the manual digital and the wires behind my couch just hang out there not bothering anyone!

    The quality of the sound is the show stopper and Samsung brings it with this system! LOVE!

    5 STARS all the way!!!!

    Jul 09, 2021 09:08
  • Review by nickcal, 8 out of 10
    Exceptional sound quality

    I’m hard of hearing. Because of that, I have a hard time enjoying TV and movies sometimes. The audio quality that comes from most standard TVs is just not good enough for me to be able to hear dialogue on a lot of shows. I have tried adding surround sound systems and soundbars before, but have never found the ideal audio set-up for me. That said, I was hesitant to try out the Samsung Q850A Soundbar until I heard that it featured Dolby Atmos. The soundbar also comes with an external subwoofer and two surround speakers. All of the devices connect wirelessly to the soundbar, which was another big selling point to me. With those features available, I decided to give it a shot.

    I opted to use the soundbar in my office at first. In that space, I have a 65-inch LG TV that I use for watching YouTube and gaming and I’ve only ever used this TV with its internal speakers. I thought that this soundbar would take my entertainment experience to the next level. The first thing I did was unbox the set. In addition to the two surround speakers, soundbar, and subwoofer, a wireless receiver box is also included for the rear speakers. The receiver box ultimately sends signals between the soundbar and the rear speakers. There are speaker wires that run to each surround speaker (included) so it’s not a 100% wireless system. The subwoofer does not require a cable between itself and the soundbar, but it does need a power cable as does the wireless receiver and the soundbar itself. For me, this meant some rewiring had to be done to accommodate the extra power plugs.

    The audio setup is pretty simple. You either choose to use the HDMI connection or the optical connection to the TV to replace the sound output going to the TV’s internal speakers. I tried both options and didn’t have problems with either connection type. The only issues I did end up having been with the remote and the level of volume coming out of the subwoofer. The remote control did work, but the volume control left something to be desired. Whenever I pressed the volume button, it just muted or unmuted the soundbar. I couldn’t find any direction from the instructions about this issue, and most of the time I just default to using the app to control the volume or adjust any settings. As for the subwoofer volume, I was expecting a bit more from it. I set the volume to full, but it wasn’t until I changed some of the advanced settings that I was able to get punchy bass from it.

    Overall, the thing I was most impressed with was the sound quality. It all seems very well balanced and I was even able to hear dialogue from shows that I haven’t been able to watch and enjoy for a long time. The Atmos sound is incredible and I like the adaptive and surround modes, too. The overall sound volume was impressive and was loud enough to fill a decent space. My office is approximately 180 square feet in size and I didn’t have any issues with the soundbar filling it with sound. I didn’t have any issues with audio sync, but I was happy to see that there was an option for adjusting that if it were a problem.

    Aside from the minor issues I had with the remote and volume of the subwoofer, I enjoyed using this soundbar and its accompanying elements. I think it’s a good investment for anyone who wants to hear dialogue and for anyone who wants clear crisp sound.

    Jun 24, 2021 00:25
  • Review by Stanley, 10 out of 10
    Sounds

    Sounds like we are in a movie theatre. The sound bar looks clean and non intrusive.

    Aug 13, 2021 18:04
  • Review by eclipse180gsx, 10 out of 10
    great surround sound

    excellent system with great sound and base… amazing for our movie nights!!!! rear speakers are wired but the hub they attach to is wireless from the main system..

    May 14, 2021 16:50
  • Review by BradleyF, 8 out of 10
    Almost perfect!

    ONLY REASON IT’S NOT 5 STARS IS TWO REASON

    1. The rear speakers are not truly “wireless”. There is a hub that you connect the speak wire to. So you will have to hide the wire for clean look.

    2. There should be around 30% more bass and lack’s mid range.

    Both reasons are my being picky!

    5 STAR REASONS

    -Install takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes if you are hiding all wires.

    -Paired up first timing Turning the system on.

    -So loud I haven’t turned it up all the way.

    -Sound quality is impeccable

    - Good for both music and movies

    - looks slick

    If you don’t want to have to hassle with a wired Adoby atmos system this is for you!

    Apr 16, 2021 19:13
  • Review by TheDogFather, 6 out of 10
    Disappointing bass and some settings don't work.

    I bought this to replace an LG SN7R that sounded great but kept cutting in and out.

    This Samsung sounds OK, not really better than the LG even though the LG is half the cost. The LG was much cheaper but the constant disconnections were a deal breaker and got to be unusable.

    So here's my take on the HW-Q850a.

    The good:

    -Dialogue is very clear.

    -Wide soundstage. Surround mode is excellent.

    -The different sound modes are mostly good but they all sound very similar with the exception of Standard mode which just reproduces the original signal without any processing. Although the differences between the other modes are subtle, Surround mode seems to sound a little better to me.

    -Setup was very easy.

    -Atmos content was excellent.

    -The rear surrounds can get relatively loud, definitely enough to create a very immersive sound.

    -Build quality feels excellent. All the pieces feel very solid and well made.

    -It has eARC which a lot of soundbars still lack.

    The bad:

    -Very weak bass from such a large subwoofer. I have the sub volume at 6, the bass at 6, and I've tried using Standard mode with the graphic EQ with the two lowest frequencies at max level. Sure, you can hear the bass and there are no issues with connectivity, no interference, just the bass doesn't really punch that hard. It's most noticeable when playing music.

    -The high frequencies such as some dialogue and things like crowd noise sometimes sound hollow, tinny, out of phase, metallic, etc... While setting it up I was playing Thor:Ragnarok and the dialogue sounded very metallic, hollow, and out of phase. Some commercials in which people are speaking. Crowd noise while watching Wimbledon and soccer. I thought it might be the Active Voice Amplifier doing something strange but turning it on and off didn't make a difference. What did make a difference is turning the Virtual setting ON. I'm not sure what's going on with this. I contacted Samsung support via chat and the rep had no clue either. I'd expect the Virtual setting to actually cause the tinny, hollow sound when turned on since it's adding some artificial processing but it does the exact opposite. When Virtual is OFF, that's when the high frequencies get tinny and hollow. It's almost as if the setting is backwards and On is really Off and vice-versa.

    -There is no explanation anywhere in the included Quick Start booklet or in the full manual of what the Virtual setting actually does. The Samsung rep couldn't really explain it other than saying it creates a wider virtual soundfield. I thought that's what the Surround mode was for... Other than having an effect on the tinny, hollow sounding treble, I don't see what else it does.

    -The Treble and Bass controls have no effect at all. I can move them from -6 to +6 and there is no noticeable difference. When in Standard mode, the Graphic EQ also has zero effect. I can move all the frequencies from lowest to max and there is no effect on the sound. The review on the Rtings site which is even referenced in the review section here mentioned that they found the same thing - the treble and bass controls had no noticeable effect, even when measured with their equipment.

    -The USB port to update firmware is a micro-usb, not a regular USB port. You can't just plug in a regular USB drive, you need a pigtail adapter which is not included. Fortunately I was able to update the firmware via wi-fi through the SmartThings app.

    -The SmartThings app doesn't give you access to a lot of the standard settings. It does give you access to a couple of other features though like voice enhancement, which seems to just boost the upper midrange frequencies (although this thing already has plenty of highs and upper mids), and a bass enhancement setting that seems to add a tiny amount of bass although not enough to compensate for the overall weak bass.

    -Given its weaknesses and flaws, it's a little overpriced.

    Samsung could easily fix the bass response with a firmware update. They could also fix the Treble and Bass and Graphic EQ controls that don't do anything.

    Bottom line, what could be a 5 star product is reduced to 3 stars because of weak bass, settings that don't do anything, and tinny and out of phase sounding high frequencies.

    I've only had it for one day and am not sure if I will keep it or return it and try out the new Vizio M512 that just came out.

    In case anyone is interested, here are my preferred settings that give me the best sound out I think the system is capable of producing. I have it connected to a TCL 65R635 via HDMI/eARC.

    Sound mode - Surround.

    AVA - Off

    Treble - 0 although like I mentioned, it doesn't matter since the control doesn't make a difference.

    Bass - 6, although it doesn't make a difference. I just left it at 6 in the hopes that at some point it will start working.

    Center - 2

    Front Top - 2

    Rear - 6

    Virtual - ON (otherwise I get tinny hollow-sounding treble)

    Subwoofer - 6

    Settings available only from the SmartThings app -

    Voice Enhancement - Off

    Bass Enhancement - On

    Night Mode - Off (although it works well if you need it)

    Jul 11, 2021 10:21
  • Review by EvilD4D, 10 out of 10
    Very happy with my purchase

    I went in to by a Sonos sound bar, retailing at $899 but there were none in stock.after talking with the sales rep I asked him if he had the money to spend on anything would he go with the Sonos or something else. He immediately went for this product. I am 100% satisfied with the purchase. It was very easy to setup, and the sound is amazing. I am so happy I did not go for the Sonos as they are still on back order a month later.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:12
  • Review by sunset007, 10 out of 10
    For $700, Dolby Atmos actually works

    I evaluated several SB including the bigger brother Q950a was too boomy for a small living room and a shared wall. But rears are Bluetooth wireless.

    -This Q850a subwoofer activates with just enough bass, not too overwhelming.

    -the rears are loud enough. Although they are tethered together to a behind the sofa hub.

    -eArc works great with a LG CX OLED TV.

    Oct 25, 2021 23:38
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - HW-S50A 3.0ch Sound bar with Dolby Digital 5.1 - Deep Gray
    Description

    Experience virtual 3D sound with the S Series, S50A all-in-one premium soundbar, a versatile soundbar that delivers sharp and realistic audio. Dialogue sounds crisp and super clean thanks to a built-in center speaker, so you won’t miss a word. Whether you’re playing games, watching sports, or kicking back with your favorite show, Adaptive Sound Lite enhances and optimizes your entertainment to a new level of audio. Plus, you can seamlessly pair mobile devices with Bluetooth® TV Connection¹. ¹Please check whether your TV is Bluetooth® compatible.

    10 Features
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X: Captivating virtual 3D sound moves all around you, including above with DTS Virtual:X technology. Dolby Digital 5.1 enables surround sound capability.
  • Built-In Center Speaker: Never miss a word with enhanced dialogue delivered by a dedicated center channel speaker to project voices clearly.
  • Adaptive Sound Lite: Enjoy optimized sound for your favorite video content, including sports, games, movies and more - with technology that enhances whatever you are watching.
  • Multi-Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Bluetooth or HDMI.¹
  • Premium design: Refined, modern design elevates the soundbar to fit beautifully in any design aesthetic
  • All-in-one: Everything you need in a single soundbar with two woofers and tweeter built in, so you can enjoy rich sound anywhere in the house.
  • Music Mode: Take your music to the next level with studio-grade clarity that crisply layers vocals and instrumentals so you can hear each note as the artists intended.
  • Tap Sound: Mirror music from your phone to your soundbar for uninterrupted, seamless listening with just a tap.²
  • Wireless Subwoofer Compatible: Get deeper, richer bass with the compatible SWA-W500 wireless subwoofer, which gives you the flexibility to place it where you want without wires.³
  • Wireless Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers in a few simple steps without the mess of wires.⁴
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  • Review by badorf18, 8 out of 10
    Wonderful sound but missing sleek style

    A wonderful up-grade to my home for both personal enjoyment and work related functions. When I first opened the box I was surprised at how large my Samsung SoundStand was in relation to this product. The HW-S50A 3.0ch All-in-One Soundbar w/ DTS Virtual: X is about 1 in longer and about ½ to 1 in thicker; but the difference in width is amazing ( much smaller). It also comes with a bracket to mount the item, which I will be having my husband install. In turn I have more room without the SoundStand in the area.

    Some of my pro’s for this is its simplicity to function. It actually informs you USB, Bluetooth, etc. And pairing items to it is quite simple with using Bluetooth upon my television and cellphone. It equates to having many less cords running all over the place.

    The sound is bold, clear, and with having a middle speaker it makes you feel like you are having an immersive experience. The tap function upon the soundbar is genius. It is quick and offers seamless transition from my cellphone to the soundbar. A pleasant educational QR on how Samsung is going green on the box itself I liked the color and tiny polka dots (would have liked it better if the soundbar too was this color).

    Dislikes thus far is the color and texture of the item’s fabric. I feel animal hair and/or lint might be an easy target/attractant for this item. The remote also does not match the fabric color/texture. At times it is easier to find the correct remote based upon the physical resemblance of the two. The item is also lacking enough bass for my liking. But Samsung has also come up with a fix for that (SWA-W500), which I intend to buy.

    With the pros and cons, I feel the performance of this item outweighs the drab looks and lack of bass. It is a well-made item that enhances my daily enjoyment and makes life easier.

    Jul 19, 2021 15:28
  • Review by Nirvash, 2 out of 10
    Good audio. Fast and unexpected issues.

    Have this set up with the LG CX and the audio was definitely not bad for the price. But had a surprising issue where the soundbar no longer has an eARC option. It completely skips HDMI eARC input thats after Digital Audio In and goes straight to Bluetooth. Having to look for a fix now even though i just recently purchased this. Will have to look for a refund if not possible to fix.

    Oct 28, 2021 08:24
  • Review by SamsungSoundbar, 10 out of 10
    HW-S50A 3.0ch All-in-One Soundbar

    Samsung Soundbar HW-S50A 3.0ch is great to have one. 1. Shape & Style: Most of the soundbars in the market comes with the flattened shapes but this sound bar comes with a oval and unqiue shape which looks really futuristic. 2. Installation: Installation is really easy to handle as it comes with the manual with easy to follow instructions. It took me 15 mins to unbox, setup and everything. 3. Sound: Sound quality is amazing as it has different modes in it i.e. Adaptive, which works really great and adapt the sound as per video being played. Bass: Gives you a really great feel while playing sound full of music as it gets you immersed in whatever you are listening. 4. Bluetooth Connectivity: Capability of getting it connected with any of the devices. i have use it with phone as well to play my music and it was quite interesting to experience it. Overall, I ll rate this product as 10/10 and it had all the capabilities which i was looking for to enjoy my daily tv programs, videos and music

    Jul 26, 2021 15:42
  • Review by Roxienaz, 10 out of 10
    Great Soundbar

    The packaging for this soundbar was very nice and compact. Unboxing was fun and everything was in it's correct place. I'm impressed with the look and feel of the materials surrounding the speaker. Connecting to the TV was easy. The sound was instantly much better than my previous sound bar. I like the ergonomically-designed but simple-featured remote with it's toggle buttons for volume and bass. The sound quality is quite crisp and clear but doesn't have much bass thump. The manual suggests that a separate subwoofer is optional (I wish I had that to accompany this speaker)! The bluetooth connects well with phones, tablets and even Alexa. The size of the speaker is a bit wider (fatter) than I'd like so it barely stays on the mantle below my TV. It does have some adequate metal brackets for mounting to a wall but doesn't allow much versatility in positioning. I wish this speaker had a light on the front of it that would blink to indicate power or user-interface remote inputs. Overall, I'm impressed with this speaker's looks, quality of construction and especially the sound! I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback!

    Aug 11, 2021 22:42
  • Review by Trennis, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic for Smaller Applications

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback and I was happy to evaluate!

    The packaging for this soundbar was very nice and compact. Unboxing was fun and everything was in it's correct place. I'm impressed with the look and feel of the materials surrounding the speaker. Connecting to the TV was a breeze. The sound was instantly much better than my previous sound bar. I like the ergonomically-designed but simple-featured remote with it's toggle buttons for volume and bass. The sound quality is quite crisp and clear but doesn't have much bass thump. The manual suggests that a separate subwoofer is optional (I wish I had that to accompany this speaker)!

    The bluetooth connects well with phones, tablets and even Alexa. The size of the speaker is a bit wider (fatter) than I'd like so it barely stays on the mantle below my TV. It does have some adequate metal brackets for mounting to a wall but doesn't allow much versatility in positioning.

    I wish this speaker had a light on the front of it that would blink to indicate power or user-interface remote inputs.

    Overall, I'm impressed with this speaker's looks, quality of construction and especially the sound!

    Jul 27, 2021 15:27
  • Review by ebenvzz, 10 out of 10
    Excellent sound for size

    The HW-S50A All in one sound bar is far more superior in looks and sound to 30 inch equivalents and at the low price also include DTS Virtual:X technology, also has an option to add a subwoofer (which we plan to buy too) and optical input. The sound bar is modern designed and even the packaging is stylish and easy to unwrap and install. The soundbar does not come with an optical cable, however I used an existing one to connect it to my TV and was very easy to get it started. We current using it to watch netflix and amazon prime movies and love the Virtual:X feature and only without TV sound. Furthermore the audio guidance in conjunction with remote makes the navigation simplified and effective. This is well recommended.

    Jul 26, 2021 17:28
  • Review by TrojanRick1, 10 out of 10
    Amazing sound from a perfect, great looking soundb

    I received this product as a discounted rate in exchange for my honest review.

    Great sound even without the wireless subwoofer. Adaptive sounds gives you the best sound but I found myself going back to DTS//virtual setting ever time. Set up was easy and we were enjoying great sound. The center channel provides clarity to voices and dialogue. I had a 7.1 system before and the special effects and surround sounds would drown the dialogue. I tried HDMI connection and also the digital cable and was satisfied with both. My tv recognized the soundbsr and I was also able to easily connect to fire cube. Very please with the sound, the look and performance. The grey cloth material looks expensive and matches our furniture.

    Aug 12, 2021 20:09
  • Review by mosheyadelman, 10 out of 10
    The popcorn to your TV

    Soundbars for TV’s are like popcorn for your Movie Theatre experience. You don’t need it, but you are missing the experience if you don’t have it. I’ve been using a competitor brand soundbar for around 3 years now and I can no longer go back to not having one.

    For those of you that have more than one monitor for your computer at home or at work, you know once you go more you can never go down again.

    This Samsung soundbar has amazing immersive sound with the Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS Virtual:X it will seem like you are there! It completely surrounds you in a 3D sound effect. It encompasses you from in front, both sides and even bounces off the ceiling. There is a dedicated center speaker that enhances the dialogue, so you don’t have trouble hearing the dialogue over the noisy background noises or explosions. Built in Adaptive Sound Lite will optimize what you are listening to whether it is sports, games movies, music and more.

    You can connect the TV to this soundbar multiple of ways, there is an included HDMI cable, supported Bluetooth or the optical cable (not included) but it has the port available.

    Beside for all the functionality of the soundbar being amazing, the aesthetics are beautiful for a soundbar. To sum it up if you are looking for a high quality soundbar with amazing sound clarity and great value this is the soundbar for you.

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback

    Aug 05, 2021 15:02
  • 9.0score
    Polk Audio - 2.1-Channel Signa S2 Ultra-Slim Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital - Black
    Description

    The Signa S2 is a 2.1 home theater sound bar system delivers the room-filling audio and virtual surround sound in a low-profile sound bar. Enjoy Polk’s exclusive Voice Adjust technology for increased vocal clarity no matter what you’re watching. Plus, Dolby Digital decoding creates room-filling surround sound all from a sound bar that is 2.1” tall. Compatible with nearly all TVs with the included HDMI and optical cables, setup takes less than five minutes. The compact wireless subwoofer delivers deep bass to your favorite movies, TV, games, sports and music too. And, if volume’s too loud during late night viewing, Night Mode lets you easily watch your favorite programs at night without waking the neighbors or other family members in your home. What’s more, bring the concert into your room with wireless music streaming via Bluetooth. The Polk Signa S2 – great Polk sound you love from a low-profile bar.

    5 Features
  • Performancetuned Surround Sound: Performance-tuned driver array and Dolby Digital decoding creates incredible room-filling surround sound from a compact low-profile sound bar and wireless subwoofer
  • Universal Compatibility: Works with 4K and HD TVs — HDMI and optical cables included. Watch your favorite shows with exceptional contrast and clarity.
  • Easy Setup, Lowprofile Design: Enjoy quick, seamless connection to your TV. Slim size fits most spaces — easily wall-mount it or set it in front of your TV.
  • Polk Voice Adjust Technology: Customize the voice levels in the sound bar however you prefer to reproduce clear, crisp dialogue and never miss a single word of your favorite movie, TV show or sporting event.
  • Wireless Music Streaming: Bluetooth technology lets you stream music directly from your smartphone, tablet or other compatible device.
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  • Review by Danimal, 10 out of 10
    This sound bar delivers

    This sound bar and sub combo are fantastic. I have a small space with high ceilings (loft). I knew the sound would be loud and boomy but what about the surround sound and music quality? It is EPIC. I literally have found myself looking around the room at noises that are from the sound bar. Would 100 recommend.

    Mar 16, 2021 14:21
  • Review by RedManRed117, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Soundbar for the Price

    I bought this soundbar to supplement my recent 4K TV purchase (Toshiba 55" 4K Amazon Fire Edition, which you can also read my review on) and I was not disappointed. For context, I live in an ~700 square feet 1 bedroom apartment and this little beauty can definitely fill the apartment with crisp and clear sound. The sound quality is excellent, with the subwoofer really giving the bass that little more "oomph" during movie action scenes or when playing on my Xbox. It looks sleek and unassuming on my TV stand, but makes itself known very quickly when you want it to.

    The price was also within my budget (cheaper than expected, actually) and at $180 with a 4 year warranty, it's going to last me a long time. It competes with, and in many ways sounds better than, some Sony or Samsung soundbars that are $50-$100 more expensive than it. It's by no means the best soundbar on the market but for the mid-tier price point you get a high quality product. 5/5, you can't beat the price for the quality.

    The Bluetooth integration is simple to set up and I listened to all of Pink Floyd's album "Animals" once it was hooked up to my Sony Walkman. It can get LOUD with very little loss in quality, and could easily compete at a college party. It was a bit tricky to integrate it into my 4K TV at first but you do have to play around with it for a bit to get it to work depending on the TV. For that it gets a 4/5.

    Overall, with my singular complaint being the slightly tedious process of integrating it into my TV (Bluetooth thru my Walkman was much faster and easier), this is a fantastic mid-tier soundbar; I would argue maybe even the best in its class. 5/5

    -Pros-

    +Excellent price

    +Great sound quality

    +Sleek and stylish looking

    +Bluetooth is a breeze to set up

    -Cons-

    -Slight initial connectivity problems with my 4K TV

    Jun 24, 2019 09:20
  • Review by Lightsout, 10 out of 10
    Nice!!!

    I love this soundbar. And it comes with a wireless sub. It really packs a punch. It even comes with an optical cable and HDMI cable. I was looking to buy it a few.months ago when it was $199. It came back in stock and now its $149. Im glad I waited, I almost bought something else. But this is worth it and just in time for the Superbowl.

    Feb 05, 2021 20:38
  • Review by Space, 10 out of 10
    Boom!

    Do far do good. Took me a minute to figure out what I was doing. I pressed a button on the remote and list all sound. I also forgot to turn it down when I switched back to TV and woke the dead. Yup, this was a great purchase I do say so.

    Feb 19, 2021 16:50
  • Review by Jazy, 10 out of 10
    Big sound

    I had a Samsung 2.0 speaker and I bought this to go with a new tv. Right away it sounded 3 times better than a single bar speaker.

    Aug 20, 2020 00:19
  • Review by KingHarlem, 10 out of 10
    Just the best

    Second one . The first was just to have surround sound for my home ,the second one was a Christmas present for my daughter and she love it .

    Feb 05, 2021 18:08
  • Review by TCLTV, 10 out of 10
    Sound bar

    Sounds great for it’s size and the price was hard to pass up!

    Oct 08, 2021 21:51
  • Review by TexasConsumer, 10 out of 10
    Packs a punch

    Much better than my previous sound bar! You won’t be disappointed with this!

    Mar 17, 2021 07:33
  • 9.0score
    Yamaha - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    The sound bar for those with small spaces or minimalistic tendencies. The compact Yamaha SR-C20 sound bar fits easily in whatever space is available and can be wall-mounted for even more possibilities. Setup is easy with a simple connection to your TV while Bluetooth lets you stream wirelessly from your mobile devices.

    7 Features
  • Simple setup: Setup with a simple connection via HDMI or optical inputs.
  • Clear, dynamic, full-range sound: Enhance the sound of the thinnest TVs with this one-piece sound bar from the company that makes hi-fi components and knows true sound.
  • Built-in subwoofer: Built-in subwoofer to deliver exceptional low-end performance without the need for a separate subwoofer box.
  • Clear Voice: Clear Voice sound mode allows you to hear dialogue better by bringing conversation to the forefront.
  • Sound modes: Enhance your content with Standard, Movie, Game and Stereo sound modes.
  • Stream your favorite music with Bluetooth: Wirelessly connect up to two devices with Bluetooth, to hear music right from your sound bar. Designed or easy operation with quick switching between paired devices.
  • Space-saving design: Compact design that fits into any space effortlessly. Wall mountable with built-in keyholes for extra options.
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  • Review by Xephyroth, 8 out of 10
    A Sound Bar Designed for Compact Setups

    INTRO:

    The Yamaha SR-C20A is a compact sound bar best suited for smaller setups—whether it’s for an apartment living room, bedroom or computer desk, this sound bar hopes to have you covered.

    SETUP & CONNECTIONS:

    Let’s get right into it. Setting up this sound bar is very easy, just as any should be. You plug in the power, and you connect it to your audio source via 1 of 4 options.

    Most modern TV’s these days have an HDMI port labeled ARC on them. ARC stands for Audio Return Channel, and by plugging one end of an HDMI cable (not included) into your TV’s ARC port and the other end into the sound bar, you’ll be ready to go. You may have to change some sound settings on your TV to route sound over this HDMI port instead of the built-in speakers, so you may need to reference your TV’s manual. Just be aware that you’ll need to bring your own HDMI cable, since this sound bar does not come with one for some reason.

    Alternatively you could consider using optical if you plan to use this sound bar with a computer or modern TV. Some low-budget TV’s don’t have ARC support, but nearly all do have optical output, leaving this as your next-best option, since Yamaha included an optical cable in the box. On TV’s, this will usually just be labeled as “optical”, but desktop computers and docking stations will usually have it labeled as “S/PDIF”. Not all computers will have S/PDIF (my small form factor custom computer doesn’t), but the vast majority of desktop computers do, while most laptops don’t.

    If you’re using the optical out on your TV, you’ll want to plug into the optical input labeled “TV” on the sound bar, but if you’re using the optical out on a receiver or other device, you’ll want to plug it into the optical jack labeled “OPTICAL” on the sound bar. Be sure to remove the small plastic caps from both ends of the cable, and refrain from bending the cable, as fiber optic cables don’t bend like HDMI cables and will be rendered useless if they can’t refract light correctly.

    Another option is to use the 3.5mm ANALOG jack for sound. Unlike HDMI and Optical, you cannot get Dolby Digital or Dolby Pro Logic II audio through this method. If available, I recommend using the LINE-level output jack on your source audio device to prevent double amplification. If you’re on a device that only has a 3.5mm headphone jack to use, you’ll want to balance the volume levels on both your source device and the sound bar to avoid distortion, clipping, and more importantly blowing out the speaker drivers.

    Lastly, you can use Bluetooth by touching the input control on the sound bar or pressing and holding “Bluetooth” on the included remote until the Bluetooth light starts blinking on the sound bar. I had no problems connecting 2 devices over Bluetooth simultaneously, but you’ll only get output from one device at a time, so you’ll need to pause playback on one device to start playback on another. I also found the latency to be great even when playing video games or videos via a Bluetooth 5 connection.

    I highly recommend reading the online manual, as it has a lot of great information and details a ton of features not explained in the included paper manual.

    DESIGN:

    I like the minimalistic look of this sound bar. Some people prefer not to be able to see the driver behind the fabric, so I tried shining a flashlight right up against the fabric and could not see the drivers. So aesthetically, it won’t leave any surprises, but maybe some curiosity about what it looks like behind that cloth. The sound bar has some nice small rubber feet to lift it up a couple millimeters so it doesn’t leave strange marks.

    A simple array of LEDs will tell you which input you’re currently on, but I found that this wasn’t particularly helpful in darker environments where I couldn’t read the labels below the LEDs. I chose to use this sound bar at my desk under my computer monitor and couldn’t really read the labels without getting really close to look. It could have been nice to see a proper LED clock-like display or something, as I’ve seen them on much cheaper sound bars, but for usage at my desk, I’m glad it takes a simple approach so it doesn’t distract me. There’s also the ability to dim the LEDs to 3 settings: normal, dim & off. The LEDs will brighten when you’re changing settings, but will dim again after a few seconds.

    The remote control is also very easy to guide—all the main options are on the remote control, making it easy to find everything.

    OTHER FEATURES:

    There’s a smartphone companion app called Sound Bar Remote that you can download to control the sound bar over a Bluetooth Low Energy connection. I found it to work very well for functioning the same as the physical remote control.

    There are some hidden functions that are only discoverable by reading the online manual like HDMI Control, Child Lock, Auto Power Standby, Bluetooth Standby & Dolby Digital Compression. Some of these features do require the usage of the remote control, so I recommend NOT losing it.

    It would be nice to see the ability to configure these advanced features from within the app. It’s definitely a missed opportunity at the time of this review. Most users will likely not reference the advanced online manual, so they’ll never end up learning about these features, and there’s still a low chance that they’d bother trying to use the app, but Yamaha could have made some mention of the online manual for more advanced features.

    SOUND:

    In terms of sound quality, the SR-C20A delivers decent sound in a compact form factor. Your experience will differ if you use a wall-mount versus a TV stand (you should reference the online manual to configure the soundbar’s frequency response to match your configuration), but overall, I’d say it’s full-bodied with a relaxed treble response. It doesn’t fatigue the ears, which is important if you’re using this in a tighter space where you’ll be listening closer to the sound bar.

    I think it’s important to remember that this isn’t promising to deliver the absolute ultimate experience, but a great experience for your small setup. It’s been great for dialog, video, music, & gaming. I’ve got access to expensive audiophile headphones, studio reference monitors, as well as surround systems, but having a humble sound bar like this at my computer desk just makes things easy without needing to hook up a bunch of things and press a bunch of switches.

    I primarily use this sound bar to listen to music and play games at my desk, while also frequently enjoying videos on YouTube with a lot of dialog, and I’ve got no complaints about its ability to do those things well.

    The SR-C20A has the following sound modes:

    Stereo: This mode is the simplest one without any surround sound. The sound stage is more narrow and focused, but best suited towards music, as there’s really no processing.

    Standard: This mode widens the sound stage just a bit. Yamaha says this is best suited for general content such as sports, sitcoms and reality shows. I’d say the amount of surround sound processing is pretty minimalistic and is actually nice for music, as well.

    Movie: This mode further widens the sound stage, but I honestly am not sure I could differentiate if there are any other meaningful differences compared to Standard mode.

    Game: This has the widest sound stage of them all. The effect can lead to a more immersive experience, but this is always subjective. I was actually impressed with this mode, even though I don’t typically use virtual surround.

    For all of the above sound modes, I honestly didn’t find any of them to be distasteful. Usually with sound bars I find that there’s only one or two modes that are usable, but I think Yamaha took a conservative approach by not overdoing it, and I can appreciate that. The differences are minimal, but provide enough differentiation to give a consistently enjoyable experience for any type of content.

    There’s also a Clear Voice mode which will emphasize the frequencies of human speech that is typically good for TV shows, podcasts & news. Yamaha’s approach here is not over-accentuated like I find on most sound bars. Remember, they’re expecting you to be positioned closer due to the compact nature of the sound bar, so there really isn’t a need to overdo it, and I can agree with this approach. All of the other frequencies are still very present and maintain a clarity without compromise.

    Lastly is the Bass Extension mode that accentuates the bass response without bleeding into the midrange. Your mileage will certainly vary for this experience, as different surfaces will have different resonance properties. In my case, my desk is just a slate tabletop with no “chamber” to resonate, so I preferred this mode to be on and the subwoofer to be maxed for the fullest experience. But if used with a TV stand with a closed back, I would foresee more resonance and you’ll want to adjust the subwoofer settings to ensure you maintain a balanced audio experience.

    CONCLUSION:

    The SR-C20A is a sound bar designed to deliver big sound for compact setups. If you’re looking to add a decent sound bar at your desk or a small space, Yamaha has done a good job at delivering a simple, clean solution. The experience has been enjoyable, overall, and with a bit of reading of their online manual (which is actually organized very well), you can leverage some additional features and maximize the experience for your setup. I look forward to seeing how Yamaha iterates on this design in the future.

    Nov 28, 2020 13:45
  • Review by Turbolence, 8 out of 10
    Bass or Space

    From pianos to motorcycles, Yamaha’s history encompasses more than a century of product development and reputation for high-quality acoustic gear and small engines alike. Yamaha’s receivers, speakers, and musical instruments can all be found at Best Buy, and it seems only logical that they too would compete in the soundbar space. Yamaha’s SR-C20A is a compact stereo soundbar with an integrated subwoofer, promising exceptional sound in a tiny package that can fit just about anywhere. Though it does deliver some solid sound without the assistance of a dedicated subwoofer, you will still need to decide if you want more space or more bass, since this comes up just ever so short in execution.

    - Unboxing and Setup

    Arriving well-packaged, the first impression of the soundbar is the size. At just about two feet wide and only four inches deep, this is easily one of the smallest soundbars I’ve seen in quite some time, not much larger than two popular portable bluetooth speakers glued together. Fully wrapped in a speaker cloth material, the beveled edges of the soundbar are visually pleasing and give a premium touch to the sound system. The power cable is plenty long, and the power brick is a reasonable size to hide behind your TV stand or under the desk. A 4-foot optical audio cable is included to connect to a TV, blu ray player, or other compatible device. A basic product guide leads through connectivity options and using the remote. Yamaha also includes a drilling template and additional hardware for wall mounting options.

    Setup is as straightforward as can be - connect to your TV or other devices via either HDMI ARC, optical, or stereo 3.5mm (headphone or line out) input and turn the soundbar on for wired sound, or power on and set to the Bluetooth input to begin pairing. From there it’s just a matter of dialing in your settings with the included remote or the Yamaha remote app from a smartphone, and you’re off and running.

    - Sound Quality

    Soundbars without standalone subwoofers will always be compromised on bass. A sizeable driver (speaker) is needed to replicate low frequencies with power, and on a compact soundbar like the Yamaha SR-C20A there simply isn’t much room to integrate large drivers. A 3-inch subwoofer was chosen as the solution here, mimicking compact desktop studio monitors that include similar subwoofers.

    Four different equalizer presets are present: Stereo, Standard, Movie, and Game, though the best sound seemed to be in Standard mode throughout. Stereo and Game both felt tinny while Movie made sounds and music less impactful. A “Clear Voice” setting also seemed to make little difference in any audio circumstance.

    Overall, the Yamaha SR-C20A produces good sound. With some tuning, the response curve seems somewhat flat with no obvious tones overpowering the others, but true low-end bass is lacking as is expected from such small bass drivers. It can get pretty loud as well - even on my TV I never needed to go above two-thirds volume for clear sound to power across the room and I couldn’t pick up on any obvious distortion nearing maximum. The speakers seem to be upward-firing, which does explain why it sounds better as a personal or desktop soundbar rather than a TV or home theater one. I ended up keeping an older, larger soundbar with front-firing speakers as my TV’s sound system with the SR-C20A residing in front of my PC.

    In practice, the SR-C20A does an admirable job trying to reproduce bass, but it needs both the subwoofer maxed out and the extended bass (“BASS EXT”) option enabled to produce convincing sound, and even then it falls short. The bass is fairly clear and hits well at close distances, but at further distances most of the punch is lost from its physical limitations, and worse yet there’s almost zero reproduction of truly deep bass notes (sub-200Hz, the range of sound that really gives you that subwoofer boom). The soundbar works hard to try and get the bass through, but the lack of a dedicated large subwoofer really hurts the performance here. Some soundbars that ship without dedicated subwoofers have a port available to hook one up at a later time, but this one does not, so it will never be able to make up that shortcoming.

    The big surprise from this little soundbar is the sound stage it projects, or the perceived distance between left-panned and right-panned sounds. Listening up close, the sound stage feels anywhere from 6 to 8 feet wide, delivering enveloping sound that really drew me into music and games. It became quickly apparent that “personal” listening was the way to go for the best experience, as at close distance the difference between BASS EXT on and off became more of a preference than a necessary toggle.

    As I state in every speaker system review, quantifying something as subjective as home theater sound is difficult. Audio opinions are subjective and the listening experience is difficult to translate to text. I highly recommend sampling this sound bar in-store at your nearest Best Buy prior to purchase.

    - Connectivity & Ease of Use

    HDMI ARC leads the feature list for connectivity, letting you control your soundbar volume via your TV remote and reducing the need for another remote lying around. This worked well enough in practice, but the bigger surprise was the inclusion of two optical audio inputs. Though a little outdated against HDMI ARC, this does allow for more creative options that could help provide a better audio experience hooking up game consoles or blu-ray players on older, lower-end TVs. I ended up using the optical audio input to connect my desktop computer to the soundbar for use under my gaming monitor.

    The SR-C20A also supports bluetooth for streaming audio to the soundbar wirelessly. Pairing requires no passcode, and sound latency was minimal as far as I could tell. Perhaps 50-100ms at worst. The soundbar’s middle status LED will blink as it awaits connection then turn blue once established.

    Each of the 5 LEDs on the soundbar is labeled by its input name and a “Surround” option that always seems to be lit. These LEDs double as an information readout when adjusting volume, subwoofer level, or enabling and disabling Clear Voice and Bass EXT options. These work well enough in practice and the LEDs aren’t overly bright.

    - Remote & Settings

    Contrasted against the seemingly high quality construction of the soundbar, the included remote feels incredibly cheap. Labelling is very basic, the rubber buttons feel mushy to use, and the plastic clamshell is made of low quality plastic with uneven seams. If you’re using HDMI ARC, dial in your settings and leave this remote elsewhere, else it’s a pretty straightforward but disappointing affair to have in-hand.

    Yamaha does have a smartphone app available for both Android and iOS that acts as a remote control for its range of soundbars, and the SR-C20A was recently added to the supported list. I was hoping for further functionality or configuration that could store profiles or have one-click commands for various settings, but the app is arguably even more basic than the remote. It’s a mirror clone of the remote’s buttons and functions, but one that requires bluetooth access to use (and even more concerningly, location data). There is virtually no point to the companion app - as much as the remote disappoints, it’s at least not tethered to your phone.

    One final, though small, annoyance is that sound settings are stored at the soundbar level and applied across all inputs. You cannot set “Stereo” sound mode to be used only on one input and “Standard” to be used on another, for example, nor can you adjust for device-specific volumes or sound features like Clear Voice. Again, a minor complaint given you’re best served setting the sound up once and running with it universally, but still something that could be addressed with a future firmware update (through the USB port on the back of the soundbar).

    - Bottom Line

    If space is at a premium, the Yamaha SR-C20A is a solid companion for a personal setup or small room. It’ll handily outperform a TV’s inbuilt speakers and desktop USB-powered speakers, but I found myself longing for my old setup I bought nearly 15 years ago even though the cable management was a nightmare. The only thing that really hurts this soundbar’s potential is that there’s no way to get more bass out of it - any wired or wireless expansion for later would have been welcome, as would have a slightly thicker soundbar overall to pack in a bigger subwoofer that could have recreated that low-end rumble I so sorely miss.

    Regardless, this bar does create good sound at a reasonable price and looks quite good doing it. If that low-end rumble is something you can do without, the Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar comes recommended.

    Dec 01, 2020 17:37
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    BIG SOUND (not giant) FROM A SMALLER SOUND BAR

    REVIEW: YAMAHA - SR-C20A SOUND BAR WITH BUILT-IN SUBWOOFER AND BLUETOOTH - BLACK

    Best Buy Tech Insider Network

    BIG SOUND (not giant) FROM A SMALLER SOUND BAR

    What you want from a soundbar is a vast improvement from what you get out of your video system (TV). Clear Crisp Voices, and overall good sound for a variety of content. The SR-C20A checks all those boxes. You should also look for legacy and modern audio connections for all of your old and new devices. The SR-C20A supports all typical audio connections including Bluetooth. (while some other brands might only have Bluetooth for example in this compact size).

    Setup was very straight forward no surprises. It does not support all digital audio formats as inputs (Like ATMOS), but in general I am OK with that. It really makes no sense to pump ATMOS audio into a single device like a sound bar (you want a room full of speakers for ATMOS).

    In short, I recommend the SR-C20A for anyone looking for a compact, high quality, and moderately priced sound bar for your TV or PC. However, if you are after BIG SOUND (bass) which is also clear sounding at high volume then you probably need to look at much larger sound bars.

    BEST FEATURES

    - Large Remote

    - Good Functional Apps

    - Variety of Inputs

    - Included Optical Cable

    I conducted 3 tests

    (1) Movies in a 10x20 room with a Home Theater Projector

    (2) Streaming Music & News / Desktop 10x10 room (home office)

    (3) Vinyl Record Playback in 20x20 room (recreation room)

    Overall, the SR-C20A is a competent performer. It definitely sounds better than other similarly small sized and priced sound bars I have tried (for example from another company that makes game consoles TVs, and Cameras rhymes with pony).

    As expected, it is way behind my 6 year old Yamaha full sized ATS-1030 (YAS-103) soundbar, and slightly above my 5 year old - Mini Desktop Speaker Bar (rhymes with rose) for rich bass. Keeping in mind these other bars easily cost 3x the price of the SR-C20A (at today’s prices).

    At a low to medium volume (background music for example) the SR-C20A sounds fantastic. The louder I made the volume, the more “muddy” the SR sounded (MP3 256bit) anything below 50% (about 80db) volume was great.

    When watching movies, at first it felt a little underpowered, but as the movie progressed, I found it performed well overall especially with voice enhancement. With the bass maxed out, I found the table shook, so it was clear there was a subwoofer, but there just was not that much bass sound. For example, the explosions were unimpressive (Avengers Age of Ultron). I enjoyed the overall balance of the SR-C20A, but “explosions” are definitely better on my other sound bars mentioned.

    I was able to test each connection, everything worked as expected. I was able to easily pair the SR-C20A with my phone and other systems for playback. I used it Via HDMI, Bluetooth, Analog, and Digital Optical and everything worked perfectly.

    The App is useful and makes it easy to fine tune the sound effects and as an extra remote. The included remote is good size so it wont get misplaced as easily.

    The SR-C20A performed surprisingly well in my Vinyl Test (Eric Clapton / BB KING), it actually outperformed my other 2.1 system from another maker (also rhymes with rose) as far as clarity and richness overall. (Usually, I route my Vinyl though my main Yamaha Receiver but sometimes this 2.1 setup is more convenient due to its proximity)

    In my opinion the SR-C20A’s sweet spot is to supplement TV sound in every day use and to bring a little more umph to the occasional movie. Music is Good, clear and bright, but not much bass. Movie dialog is crisp, but missing deep sound.

    If you want booming sound, then you should be looking for a system with a dedicated subwoofer, anyway (or at least a very large soundbar). If you want perfect ATMOS sound, then you really need to get a full ATMOS system.

    Speakers are probably the most important part of any audio experience and there are no shortcuts in price and quality. They are also very subjective. Before I landed on my first set of speakers, I tested (and returned) about 4 other sets. My first real speakers are still in use 25 years later. That being said, you don’t need an expensive audio system for every TV in your home.

    SUMMARY / CONCLUSION / RECOMMENDATION

    The SR-C20A is perfectly at home for most uses, and definitely better than any TV Speakers. The bass is perfectly fine for everyday use, but not room filling.

    I would definitely recommend the SR-C20A for a good all-around sound bar. You really can’t go wrong with Yamaha for overall quality, in my experience. I have 2 Receivers, 2 Sound Bars, 1 Sub Woofer, (all from Yamaha) and most are pushing 10-15 years of flawless performance.

    Nov 25, 2020 09:55
  • Review by SwigglesMilam, 10 out of 10
    Very Big Surprises from Little Packages

    With 100 W of output power and a built-in subwoofer with surround sound and bass extended, this little sound bar of 3.9 lbs. packs a mighty sound. Yamaha, since 1887, has built a name based on excellence in music and the company still stands as the world’s largest piano maker. At 23-5/8" × 2-1/2" × 3-3/4", this little soundbar is no Steinway, but it sure can produce a very pleasant audio for your TV or from any streaming Bluetooth device. It fits perfectly in front of the TV or it can be mounted on the wall above the TV--mounting clips are included. To fully appreciate all that the Yamaha – SR-C20A has been designed to offer, it is important to set it up properly and to be sure all of the settings on your TV are set to the soundbar. This is really the only way to maximize the sound bar’s true potential.

    There are several ways to connect the soundbar to the TV, but the very best is to have an Arc HDMI input on your TV and to secure an Arc HDMI cable. This is the simplest method for connection, and it gives the best clarity and tone in the audio. You can also set the sound bar up with an optical cable that is enclosed with the system, and a regular HDMI or just an Optical cable. However, the Arc HDMI method gives you all of the features of the soundbar and I was pleasantly surprised at what the sound bar is capable of delivering. I love the size of the bar for a smaller TV and for a smaller space. It is not overpowering, and it still gives a dynamic sound that is crisp, clear, true in tone and also pleasant.

    What makes this little bar so great? There are a few features that combine to do so and to start with the built-in subwoofer and extended bass are two big ones. But probably the features that allow for fine tuning is why I like it so much. These features are based on sounds of various media and have been perfected to the audio of each. For instance, the Dolby Audio Surround Sound can be set to the different modes of Stereo, Standard, Movie, and Game and each is a perfected listening mode for that particular given media. Stereo is a 2-channel stereo playback and Standard delivers surround playback and is the best suited for general listening, such as, reality shows, sitcoms, and various sports. Surround playback is also present in the Movie mode and this, of course, is best for movies. Then there is the Game mode which also has surround sound but is best suited for gaming. The Yamaha design even goes further and in addition to the sound modes, there is the Enhanced Human Voice playback which is termed by Yamaha as “Clear Voice”. When this feature is enabled, voices are clearer in talk shows, dramas, and movies that have a lot of background effects of sound and music.

    The soundbar comes with a remote and works with a downloadable app which controls the sound, on/off, listening modes, etc. The remote operates on a lithium battery and is basic but has all of the control functions that one would need. It controls the TV, Optical, Bluetooth, or Analog set ups, allows for toggling Clear Voice and Base Extended on and off, provides a button control for each of the sound modes of Stereo, Standard, Movie and Game which facilitates the ease of switching between the modes and helps one get all of the benefits of the sound bar’s design elements. The remote also has a mute button and volume controls for the overall volume and for the subwoofer.

    As soon as I downloaded the app, it immediately connected the Bluetooth. The Bluetooth allows one to stream from any of your other devices that use Bluetooth. I think that the Yamaha-SR-C20A is well worth its cost and I feel that Yamaha has tried to design and deliver a quality sound instrument that allows the user to fine tune it with confidence even further. I give this little soundbar a 5 out of 5. I have another soundbar that I like very much. It is larger and has extra speakers, but I like the minimalist features of this one especially since the sound is still dynamic. I recommend you look at this if you are looking for a sound bar. If it is connected correctly and set correctly, I do not think you can beat it for the retail price for which it is offered.

    Nov 25, 2020 01:07
  • Review by Carol, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha Knows Sound!

    We are very pleased with the sound and the number of options for type of sound on the remote. The most helpful is the "Clear Voice" button which amplifies the dialog of what you're watching so it is not overpowered by the music. This is an excellent sound bar for this price point.

    Nov 05, 2021 12:21
  • Review by Bren, 10 out of 10
    Compact size, huge sound, gigantic value!

    This soundbar has no right sounding as amazing as it does for its price and form factor! This thing has huge, room filling volume that is clear, crisp, non-distorted across all volume ranges, and even manages to achieve some great bass notes with its built-in subwoofer!

    This soundbar is incredibly well featured at this price range. One of the chief excitements for me is that it has HDMI ARC at its price, allowing you to plug it into the HDMI arc port of your TV (if it is equipped) and enjoy pass through audio while being able to control the volume of the soundbar with your TV remote. I tried the HDMI arc feature with both my LG Series 8 TV and my Vizio 65 OLED TV and found this feature to work seamlessly with both. It comes only with its power cable and an optical audio cable, so you will need to get an HDMI cable to use this feature.

    For a compact soundbar without an external subwoofer, this thing is a truly impressive sound experience. For gaming, I tried this soundbar with God of War (2018) and was impressed to find how great each axe swing and punchy bass note of explosions and Kratos’s testosterone-laden voice sounded. Also, for my moderately sized living room, the sound was perfectly clear and projected well into all seating and standing positions of the room.

    The compact size is going to be the real winner for a lot of prospective purchaser’s decisions. At 23” long, 3-1/2” wide, and 2” tall, this can fit onto the desks and entertainment centers of most anyone with ease.

    The appearance with the full wraparound speaker mesh looks great, avoiding the cheap plastics and false metal brushed finishes of other soundbars in this price range. The remote works well to control the soundbar and its features. The soundbar utilizes a series of 5 LED lights at the front of the sound bar to visually display which connections and sources you are hooked up to as well as volume and subwoofer level increases and decreases. The lights do turn off after a brief period of time though, so you do not have LED lights glaring in your direction from this soundbar.

    Overall, I don’t know if I can recommend this soundbar enough. Whether you are outfitting a PC gaming setup, a living room entertainment center, of even just seeking a reasonably priced soundbar for a bedroom or garage TV set up, this soundbar will undoubtedly please you.

    Nov 27, 2020 14:49
  • Review by MrLowNotes, 10 out of 10
    Big sound in a small package. Perfect for a PC

    Don’t let its small size fool you. It sounds really good and has nice clean, tight, bass. It will get pretty loud but it’s not going to compete with a larger system with a separate subwoofer and rear satellite speakers. Nor is it meant to. The soundbar is small compared to most you find but what it lacks in physical size and high volume it makes up for in sound quality.

    Spec wise here’s what you get.

    The soundbar comes with power supply, remote control, digital optical audio cable and wall mounting hardware.

    The soundbar has 4 inputs on the back and Bluetooth. There are 2 optical SPDIF inputs (1 is labeled TV), analog audio and HDMI ARC. I suggest using HDMI ARC if your TV has it as it should work seamlessly with your TV's remote for volume and power on and off. And of course the power supply input.

    A 3 inch subwoofer with passive radiator and and a couple of front firing 1.8 inch cone speakers.

    There are 4 sound modes. Stereo, Surround, Movie and Game.

    A couple of EQ options. “Bass Extension” and “Clear Voice”.

    Subwoofer volume level on the remote.

    You can connect via Bluetooth from your phone, TV, PC, tablet, ect as a standard speaker. There’s also an app to control the soundbar too that pretty much duplicates the remote control. Bluetooth setup is simple. Just follow the instructions. Also there’s more than one Yamaha soundbar app. Make sure you get the right one. It will tell you what devices it work with it when you go to download it.

    There are 4 touch buttons on the top front of the soundbar for Input, Volume and Power.

    There are 5 LED status indicators on the front below the touch buttons. They show current input selection, Surround, Volume level and some other things. Middle Bluetooth indicator glows Blue when Bluetooth is in use. Download and see the user manual for more details.

    https://usa.yamaha.com/support/manuals/index.html?l=en&c=audio_visual&k=sr-c20a

    Note: The writing for the buttons and status LEDs is small and lacks contrast. It’s almost impossible to see in dim light. The status LEDs can indicate many things when hitting info on the remote. Good luck remembering them all. No biggie, you can hear the difference when you hit the buttons on the remote to change something. It’s pretty simple in that manner.

    Sound modes are pretty simple. Stereo is just basic 2 channel sound and good for listening to music. The other modes add simulated surround sound with varying degrees depth and width. Bass Ext bumps up the lower bass frequencies a bit. Clear voice sounds like it bumps up the mids a little. It supports Dolby Pro Logic II with a stereo signal that contains it.

    My setup with the soundbar ended up being my desktop PC under a 27 inch monitor. Perfect fit I did have to add some taller rubber feet so the soundbar would clear the monitor’s big foot. I watched some movies, TV shows, YouTube content and played Music through it. I tried all the sound modes. I listened to analog and Bluetooth from my PC and phone. I switched back and forth and thought that the analog input sounded slightly better. I didn’t have a way to test the optical inputs as my PC and TVs do not have optical outputs. But I would guess they would feed the same DACs as the Bluetooth and HDMI ARC and sound the same. At the maximum setting the bass can be overpowering but you have to push it hard to make it distort. Even when listening to Alan Parsons Project’s, Sirius, the instrumental everyone’s heard since 1982 that precedes Eye in the Sky, the ping pong delayed guitar arpeggios where clean and didn’t gurgle in sync with the droning low B note on the synthesizer. But of course you can reduce the bass to a bare minimum too. I do wish it had a little more high end. You can add more high end if your TV or other devices have EQ settings. Preferably EQ that you can manually adjust.

    Opinion wise I think it's good value for the price. Especially if you find it on sale. Just bear in mind that it’s small. Superb build quality like everything Yamaha I’ve ever owned. I have professional Yamaha keyboards and speakers going back to the mid 80s that still work as good as when new. I think this will last years down the road too.

    Dec 02, 2020 01:47
  • Review by Kiwi, 10 out of 10
    Small but Mighty

    Great sound and Bass! I love that I can switch between stereo, movie and game modes

    Oct 22, 2021 16:31
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - HW-A450 Wireless 2.1ch Sound bar with Dolby Audio - Black
    Description

    Elevate your sound experience with powerful bass.

    7 Features
  • Subwoofer Included: Turn up the bass with a wireless subwoofer, which comes included with your soundbar.
  • Bass Boost: Give your bass an instant boost with the push of a button on the sound bar
  • Adaptive Sound Lite: Enhanced audio tracking for your content in real time, with technology that equalizes background music and consistent volume control.
  • Bluetooth® TV Connection: Set up is a breeze. Easily connect your sound bar to your TV by connecting wirelessly
  • Game Mode: Boost your gaming experience with perfectly synced directional audio that moves with the action on screen and crosstalk cancellation that minimizes distractions
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • Wireless Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers in a few simple steps without the mess of wires.
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  • Review by Sschwebler, 10 out of 10
    Makes Family movie night 1,000 times better

    Exactly the kind of quality, build, and sound I expect out of Samsung. Out of the box, it is packaged well, easy to set up, has everything needed to have a fantastic family movie night. Be the hero your family needs with this sound bar with wireless sub. The included optical audio cable makes the connection from the TV a breeze to setup. It includes wall mount brackets, which we didn’t use since our tv sits on our dresser, so the sound bar sits in front of it. The wireless sub can sit by the dresser and provide wonderful sound that fills the room, or next to the bed and feel that home theatre feeling as it rumbles next to us. Same would be by our living room TV and couch setup if we preferred, except that TV optical audio currently doesn’t work, so we tested on our newer TV. The system also has built-in Bluetooth, easy to pair as well, and ready to party in a matter of minutes. Overall the system feels durable, easy to read the display lettering on the front white leds that illuminate the sound choices. The sound fills the room and makes movie night all worth watching, and semi drowns out the kids, they never stop talking though. Better than our built in TV audio, and the sound quality we’ve been looking for.

    Jul 03, 2021 22:01
  • Review by TerriMN, 8 out of 10
    Movie theater sound at home

    I was able to buy this at a dicount for my honest review so here it is. I am amazed at how easy the set up was. I love the optical connection or choice of Bluetooth. The sound with the immediate hook up was great, but with a little tweaking wow its amazing and the sub woofer bass makes at home movies sound like your at the theater. The only reason it did not get all 5 stars from me is because i cannot get the remote to function properly so turning the volume up and down has to be done on the sound bar itself. I sm still working on this tho.

    Jul 14, 2021 21:38
  • Review by Kitkat1, 10 out of 10
    Soundbar

    Love this and now want surround sound speakers to add in my home

    Jul 16, 2021 23:19
  • Review by Tchanel, 10 out of 10
    Excellent quality!!!

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion. I absolutely love the Samsung soundbar. I have not purchased a soundbar in years because the ones I've had in the past were just not good. This one is excellent! The setup is super easy. It is a nice size it fits perfectly on my television stand under my 65 inch television. I connected it to the television with the optical cable that came with it so I haven't used the Bluetooth yet but I plan to. The subwoofer is very good also the sound is amazing. I have it connected to my television and I am enjoying watching movie's with it . It Is almost like being at a movie theater. I haven't even adjusted the settings it sounds good just the way it is. I also listened to my amazon music with it and the sound is way better than my speaker that I always use so I plan to use the soundbar from now on. I would definitely recommend this soundbar.

    Jul 02, 2021 15:20
  • Review by tlc819, 10 out of 10
    All about the Bass

    This Soundbar and Dolby Subwoofer have a ton of power and sound! The bass is very nice and loud. The Subwoofer has high quality audio output, and the bass hits hard with out any distortion in sound. I love the different setting like Bass Booster, Gaming, and Surround. It was very easy to put set up. I used the optical cable for setup since my TV does not have Bluetooth, and it was very easy. This sound bar and subwoofer do not connect via WIFI or HDMI so make sure your device is cable of Bluetooth or has and optical input. It also does not have Alexa capabilities. The sound bar is very easy to mount and looks amazing. I have been using this system primarily for streaming movies, music, and gaming. The size is perfect for building high-performance computing systems. I definitely recommend this system for it's high quality audio and ease of operation.

    I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion

    Jun 23, 2021 14:26
  • Review by Morna, 10 out of 10
    Impressive sound, easy set up

    I have never owned a soundbar but wanted a better TV experience. The set up was extremely smooth. I was concerned that the instructions were too short but it was so simple. I chose to set up my soundbar with the included wire versus Bluetooth. The set up took less than 2 minutes and the subwoofer connected automatically after I plugged it in. Everything was ready to go. The sound is very clear and the system is user friendly. It comes with a.remote that is also simple and user friendly. My TV with the bar sounds so much better than my TV alone does. I'm looking forward to many future movie nights. I received this item at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

    Jul 02, 2021 21:30
  • 9.0score
    Hisense - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    Hisense 2.1 Ch Soundbar with wireless subwoofer

    8 Features
  • Enjoy Better Tv Sound: Easy to place and connect to your television, the Hisense H218 soundbar significantly improves your TV entertainment experience and is perfect for TV’s 32” or larger. Instead of just hearing the scene, you’re transported into it.
  • Roku TV Ready: As Roku TV Ready device, the Hisense HS218 Soundbar is fully compatible with any Roku Tv through the HDMI (ARC) connection. You can even use the Roku Tv remote to control both the Tv and soundbar for easier setup and better navigation experience.
  • Easy Connectivity: With HDMI (ARC), the Hisense HS218 can connect to your Tv through a single HDMI cable (included), connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and control both with one remote. You’ll be enjoying better TV sound in minutes.
  • Wireless Subwoofer: A dedicated, wireless subwoofer delivers the robust low-end frequencies that punctuate your favorite movies, music, and games, without any messy wires. You’ll feel the “boom” while the two front-facing speakers project bright, clear high- and mid-range frequencies.
  • Quick Touch EQ Modes: Get the best audio performance from music, movies, and news with a simple touch of the remote with multiple preset EQ settings.
  • Wireless Music Streaming: The HS218 includes Bluetooth technology for easy wireless connections to smart device. Enjoy music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Simple, Compact Design: The compact and elegant all-in-one design with built-in subwoofer will easily fit your living room, bedroom, or family room space. You won’t need to find a space for a big sub and still get big sound.
  • Accessories included: Everything you need to get started. We’ve included an HDMI cable, optical cable, and a wall mounting kit to make sure that you have what you need to make the most of your Hisense audio experience right out of the box.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Skywalker, 10 out of 10
    Great entry-level soundbar for a competitive price

    As somebody who has never owned a soundbar before, I found the Hisense HS218 with wireless subwoofer to be a great starting point. The product offers a clear and immersive sound that far surpasses what a TV's built-in speakers can offer and there are great options for adjusting the sound to your liking with the bass, treble, and EQ adjustment options on the remote. Everything is very easy to set up as well since the remote and wireless subwoofer come pre-paired to the soundbar. You just need to plug in the power and the connection to the TV and you're good to go. The only extra thing you might have to do is go into your TV's settings and tell it to send its audio to the soundbar. Please note that I tested this soundbar connected to my TV using a digital optical cable. I did not test using the HDMI, coax, or 3.5mm ports.

    The Bluetooth option also works very well for connecting a phone or other device if you would like to use the soundbar as a speaker to play music. Pairing is extremely straightforward and the instructions walk through how to do it in case there is any confusion.

    Overall, I would recommend this soundbar to anybody who doesn't already own a soundbar or other home theater speaker setup and is looking to beef up their TV's audio system.

    Disclaimer: I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for providing my honest opinion about it.

    Aug 05, 2021 23:30
  • Review by jtsiege, 10 out of 10
    Great for music and video

    I purchased this for our downstairs play room. The sound quality was much better than I expected for the price. Music sounds great, movies as well. What I was especially impressed with was the voice quality while watching television and movies. The voices were crystal clear. They look nice and are very easy to set up. The size is perfect the television. I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback!

    Aug 12, 2021 22:41
  • Review by Charles, 10 out of 10
    Solid soundbar

    I received this product at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest opinion. This soundbar is thin but puts up good sound. If you are worried about space, you don't have to be because it's one of the thinnest soundbars I've ever seen. It's great for watching movies and TV. The subwoofer has good bass, especially if you're listening to music. Sound is clear even when not maxed out. Voices come through clearly and it's a solid soundbar at an inexpensive price.

    Sep 01, 2021 22:23
  • Review by Andrea1969, 10 out of 10
    The "Best" TV Speaker/Subwoofer of 2021!!

    Loud 2.1 Channel Soundbar with wireless subwoofer -black. This soundbar has it all. Multiple ways to connect from multiple devices. I currently have mine hooked up via optical audio cable plugged directly into my Hisense - 55" Class H8G Quantum Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV. Easily connects to my cell phone via Bluetooth (will say HISENSE HS218). No comparison with the soundbar/subwoofer vs the TV audio itself. This soundbar sounds amazing for the price. Does not feel cheaply made. Would "Highly" recommend this soundbar.

    **Box Includes**

    ~ Hisense 218 Sound Bar

    ~ HDMI cable

    ~ Optical cable

    ~ 1 x wall mounting kit to make sure that you have what you need to make the most of your Hisense audio experience right out of the box.

    ~ Output wattage: 200.0 watts

    ~ Power source type: Corded Electric

    Aug 03, 2021 15:33
  • Review by Hisense218, 10 out of 10
    Hisense 218 2.0 wireless

    Easy ordering and delivery was quick. Setup was easy and quick less than 10 minutes. Small in size, but big in quality this wireless subwoofer is loud you won't be disappointed so what are you waiting for order yourself one today. I purchased Hisense 218 2.0 wireless subwoofer 200 watts.

    Aug 04, 2021 10:54
  • Review by Smokey, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound for all Listening

    I've purchased Hisense for a while now and have always enjoyed the TV side. I just purchased this Soundbar and Subwoofer and OMG. The sound in my bedroom is beyond what I ever expected. I reviewed the reviews before I purchased but really was just taking a chance. This unit will not let you down. Although its a 2.1 sound bar it produces a great sound for movies and music.

    Sep 11, 2021 11:10
  • Review by Great, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound!

    It sounds amazing ! So loud I don't need a radio anymore !

    Oct 09, 2021 09:32
  • Review by bbsly16, 8 out of 10
    Great soundbar!

    Excellent sound for the price. Automatically detected by our TCL Roku tv via the HDMI ARC port. Subwoofer connected immediately and haven’t had any issues with it disconnecting. This is hooked up to our master bedroom tv and has plenty of volume. While there are better sound bars out there, not sure you can beat the performance for the price - was deal of the day at $119 when purchased, and would still be worth it around $150 or so. I would recommend this soundbar and have thought about picking it up for another tv as well.

    Oct 17, 2021 14:42
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and DOLBY AUDIO / DTS 2.0 - Black
    Description

    Elevate your audio experience with high-quality optimized sound. The power of Samsung sound bar HW-A430/ZA makes surround soundbar comes to life with speakers that fire all around you.

    5 Features
  • Bass Boost: Give your bass an instant boost with the push of a button on the soundbar.
  • Wireless Surround Sound Compatible: Turn your soundbar into a complete surround sound system with optional rear Samsung speakers in a few simple steps without the mess of wires.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
  • Bluetooth Tv Connection: Set up is a breeze. Easily connect your soundbar to your TV by connecting wirelessly.
  • Subwoofer Included: Wireless subwoofer is included so you can enjoy deep bass right out of the box
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  • Review by PleasantlySurprised, 10 out of 10
    Blown away!

    I cannot give this soundbar enough stars!! 10+ Samsung has done it AGAIN, delivering yet another high quality product at a VERY AFFORDABLE price! Please don't 2nd guess this and get it at this price point for Black Friday. I was skeptical, but I love everything Samsung and figured I'd take a chance. Sooo glad I did! I usually don't write reviews, but I didn't want someone to miss out on this awesome deal! Enjoy!!

    Note, I connect it to my Samsung Z Fold 3 phone too...FLAWLESS!

    Nov 24, 2021 08:24
  • Review by smithd3701, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Value

    Picked this up on Black Friday sale for $129.99. Honestly wasn't expecting much but this sound bar has been impressive so far. Easy wall mount, easy connectivity to TV via Bluetooth. Subwoofer was plug and play. Sound quality is awesome and LOUD. For $129 this thing is a steal. Recommend.

    Nov 21, 2021 11:15
  • Review by Layerzero, 10 out of 10
    Gread audio quality

    This sound-bar is crazy loud and the dolby audio is just something else

    Nov 19, 2021 21:36
  • Review by raym, 10 out of 10
    Surprising

    Surprised how loud this combo gets. And for the Black Friday $129 it's a steal

    Nov 22, 2021 01:39
  • Review by LongIslandRob, 8 out of 10
    Puts a thump in TV

    Saw some good reviewes, they posted the make me buy it price and im happy i did,

    Nov 24, 2021 04:59
  • Review by John, 10 out of 10
    Cheap and awesome!

    Honestly at first I was skeptical from the price but omg it’s legit so good and definitely worth it!

    Nov 09, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Nitin, 10 out of 10
    Great sound system and best value

    Just love it. Its an amazing sound system foe it bucks. Worth it 100%.

    Nov 24, 2021 05:09
  • Review by William, 2 out of 10
    No thanks

    Big no for me. I have a 2.1 Vizio sounbar and sub that i wanted to replace (volume cuts in and out) with this one but it sounds horrible in comparrison. Small step up from tv speakers. It’s soooo bad…even at 129.00 it’s bad.

    Nov 23, 2021 18:24
  • 8.8score
    26
    LG
    LG - 2.1 Channel 300W Soundbar System with 6" Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    Only at Best BuyAdd booming audio to your home theater with this LG Electronics 2.1-channel 300W speaker kit. The lightweight carbon diaphragm reduces distortion for clean, crisp audio, while Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts settings for optimal quality. This LG Electronics 2.1-channel 300W speaker kit comes with a wireless subwoofer for intense bass.

    10 Features
  • Compatible with other LG music components: Works with other LG products like the SPK8-S (sold separately) to complete your audio experience.
  • 300W total system power (50W x 2; 200W subwoofer): Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • 6" subwoofer: Efficiently transmits bass energy to the room for powerful, tight dynamic bass response.
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Include Toslink and USB type A.
  • Remote control: Enables simple operation from a distance.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including WMA, MP3 and LPCM, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • Wall-mountable: With the included bracket.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by nautec, 8 out of 10
    Decent Soundbar for the pricepoint

    The LG SL4Y 2.1 Soundbar with wireless subwoofer is an interesting soundbar. It has some good features and some questionable features.

    From a sound perspective, the soundbar has four modes: Bass Boost, Cinema, ASC (Automatic Sound Control), and Standard. After trying all the sound modes for various video sources such as Netflix, Plex, Playstation Vue, Xbox One Gaming, and Bluetooth music through Pandora and Spotify, I now have it on Cinema mode exclusively. The other modes either have the spoken voice too low or is very dull in my opinion. In Cinema mode, everything sounds great. The Soundbar has a small display that tells you the volume which is great feature that other soundbars tend to overlook. The soundbar has no problem being cranked up to a loud volume and still maintain a vibrant clarity and stability. The subwoofer while fills in the ambiance and does a good job, at times feels like it could have been more. If you were expecting a home theatre quality of low frequencies, you may be disappointed but for the average home movie viewer, this will make movies much more enjoyable over your standard TV speakers. The soundbar works well in small to medium rooms but does require some cranking up of volume to fill out a large living room.

    I am not using a LG TV so I cannot speak to how it pairs with an LG TV nor do I have the optional surround rear speakers. Setup had a few annoying things that frustrated me out of the box. Having various Toslink cables lying around, I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out why none of them would connect to the soundbar. Apparently, LG has recessed the optical input port a bit which makes Toslink cables with larger grip points to not fit in the Optical Input port. If this is your scenario, you will be stuck using the very thin supplied optical cable by LG. So you will have to be sure that if you need another optical cable, you have to choose a low profile Toslink cable. The included wall mounts have this amazing feature which places the soundbar about half an inch away from the wall allowing me to run all the TV wires behind the soundbar. Since I do not have fancy options of running wires in-wall, the gap between the soundbar and wall allows me to just drop the wires straight down and not have to interfere with the mounting of the soundbar. The subwoofer linked up with the soundbar instantly and I was setup, mounted to the wall, and ready to watch a movie in less than 30 minutes.

    From a connectivity standpoint, you are very limited on connection options. This soundbar only has optical input, USB, and Bluetooth. There is no HDMI passthrough. In order to get the sound properly going to the soundbar, you may have to play around with your TV sound settings and the media device sound settings. I have noticed that Amazon FireTV Cube will only work if you choose a specific sound output, therefore before you go crazy trying to figure out if the soundbar sound is cutting out or not, make sure you play around with your media sound source options.

    Overall, if you are looking for an improvement over your TV speakers, this will do a wonderful job at the price point. If you were to pay more, you would gain Dolby Atmos, 3.1, 5.1 surround capabilities but that does have a significant price jump for those features.

    Sep 01, 2019 10:39
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Love it!!!!

    Absolutely love this sound bar. Once I connected it to my TV, now it makes the TV sound like a theater or club. Lol

    Jul 10, 2020 22:00
  • Review by Mydrone1, 10 out of 10
    Suround sound

    Excellent overall item, is just right for what I need it, makes movies sound great, will look forward to enjoy for many years to coke

    Mar 12, 2021 17:37
  • Review by Macmac, 10 out of 10
    Best Value for your money!

    Got this sound bar with wireless subwoofer on sale for 149. It it’s still on sale & if you are considering it, do it! You can’t beat the price on this system as the cinema Dolby sound quality is great! Bass is booming, highs are good enough in my dining room. Paired up with my LG 55 inch tv perfectly. My fire stick remote controls the volume and power with ease.

    Feb 16, 2021 20:08
  • Review by v4Win, 10 out of 10
    LG Nailed It On Cinematic sound experience

    Pros:

    I have BOSE Sound Bar at home which i got couple of years of back. Before buying BOSE i tried many brands sound bars like LG, Samsung etc. But I was not happy with those because for me Dialogue Clarity is more important when i am watching movies, usually many sound bars just keep their focus on songs and sounds part but not on Dialogues except BOSE, but again not all BOSE products good on dialogue part. You maybe wondering why i am talking about BOSE here, Yes I have to do that, Because now the time has come to beat it. I am very happy with the current LG Sound Bar with Subwoofer. The Cinematic mode is simply superb, Some how i like this mode for songs, Sounds and Dialogues. What a change in LG in just few years. Dialogue clarity while matching movie is top natch. This is BEST for People who wants to use it for watching movies on TV.If you want to use only for audio music then this is not superior for sure compare to other big ones, But again, if you want best superior audio quality just for audio songs purpose you have to spend minimum north of 8 or 9 hundred dollars. Considering the price, I would surely recommend this product for everyone who wants best Cinematic Sound experience.

    CONS:

    Non Cinematic modes like BASS etc... are not that great. Just Good. But again you need think price point as well when you are comparing with other ones.

    Let me focus on What is Inside the box and Installation Setup.

    1) Sound Bar

    2) SubWoofer

    3) All required Cables Including Optical Cable.

    4) Remote and Batteries needed for the remote.

    5) Wall mount brackets and screws with simple mounting instructions guide.

    6) Simple user friendly manual - Very easy to read and understand.

    7) You can do Installation in less than 10-15 Mins. Very easy setup.

    8) Very Easy Auto pairing.

    9 ) Super fast bluetooth connection. No interruptions. I used bluetooth to play songs from my phone.

    My Final verdict : Just Go for it. You will like it. I will be happy if my review helps you to pick your choice :).

    Aug 27, 2019 15:16
  • Review by JAM5, 10 out of 10
    Awesomesauce

    Works GREAT with my LG tv, I really like that it is Bluetooth, which allows me the opportunity to leave my older system connected with the optical audio wire. I added surround sound and it is awesome! So much fun watching, golf, basketball, movies, etc!

    Jul 10, 2021 15:01
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Better than most 40" TV speakers

    This sound bar is super easy to set up and sounds pretty decent. Which is a good thing since the included “Simple Manual” is super simple. Reasonable deduction led me to figuring out what the plastic things with stickers were, the elevated feet. If you want to know more about the device, like how to disable the auto power off and that there is an app for additional settings, Music Flow Bluetooth, go to the LG support page.

    This soundbar is limited with inputs of optical, Bluetooth and USB so any other input methods must go through your TV. The optical cable is included and is the best option for connection. If you have a recent LG TV it can use LG TV Sync over optical or Bluetooth. It was instantly recognized on my 2016 TV and controls the volume of the TV, but every time I change the speaker function to something else, it changes the TV settings to internal and then asks to turn it back when returned. Bluetooth is the same way, completely turned off the moment the function is changed, so you have to reconnect any device that was using it. The USB port allows you to plug in a thumb drive and play music directly and I was surprised at just how quick it loads MP3 files. I don’t think my PC even loads them that fast.

    The LCD display on the front only displays 5 characters, but provides enough info even if it requires it to scroll by, like the filename of an MP3. It’s bright enough to see in a well lit room and dims where it is barely noticeable in a dark room after 15 seconds.

    Though not listed on the Best Buy page, the dimensions are about the width of a 40” TV at 35.1" x 2.3" x 3.4", this is without the extended feet, wall brackets or power cord. The power cord isn’t recessed in any way, so it makes it about 3.75” deep and the extended feet help raise it above a thin TV plate, giving it about 0.75” clearance making it about 3” tall. The wall brackets are just a bit longer to allow for room to run the cables but you need your own screws to install in a wall. The subwoofer is 6.8" x 15.4" x 10.3" and only needs power, so can be hidden behind a couch or table. It has an interesting black carbon fiber laminate on the box and cloth front. Sometimes when first turning on, there is a delay of about 30 seconds for the subwoofer to kick on. Kind of a thing with anything wireless though.

    Sold separately, you can add the SPK8-S two channel wireless rear speakers for added surround. However, I do not have those to test out and curious as there is a setting to turn off the surround sound which allows for original sound. So by default it is filling sound to the rear speakers, but disabling it will provide the true cinema sound if available.

    Overall, not a bad speaker system, as it is better than most built in TV sound systems. However, I feel there's still room for improvements.

    Aug 27, 2019 20:42
  • Review by MYBAR, 10 out of 10
    LG Soundbar

    GREAT SOUNDBAR, AND WOOFER! Sounds AWWESOME!My friend is getting one ALSO now, after hearing mine. Lol! It's GREAT!

    May 03, 2021 04:46
  • 8.8score
    27
    LG
    LG - 3.1-Channel 420W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Optimize your home entertainment setup with this LG wireless soundbar. The integrated Bluetooth technology allows seamless pairing with your TV and subwoofer, while the high-resolution audio enhances your nightly movie-watching and music-listening experience. This LG wireless soundbar has HDMI, optical and USB ports for direct connection to external devices.

    13 Features
  • Compatible with wireless rear speaker: Upgrade to a truly cinematic surround audio experience with the SPK8-S optional kit (sold separately).
  • 420W total power (80W (45W+35W) x two front and 40W center; 220W subwoofer): Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games, and music.
  • High Resolution Audio (24bit/96kHz): Sounds closer to the real thing. Higher sampling rates and bit depth provide sound quality that surpasses CDs. Enjoy stunning 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution - closer to the original sound.
  • Wireless subwoofer: Enjoy deep, powerful bass.
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • DTS Virtual:X technology: Offers theater-like sound effects.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Adaptive sound control: The soundbar automatically adjusts the sound level to create an ideal audio experience.
  • Inputs: Features one optical, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB inputs.
  • Outputs: Boasts one HDMI 1.4 ARC output.
  • Remote control: Enables simple operation from distance. Also compatible with a TV remote.
  • Smartphone Remote app: Allows controlling and streaming to the soundbar system with an Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Optical cable included: You can get cinematic sound in your home within minutes.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Soundbar, 8 out of 10
    Problems with subwoofer

    The subwoofer was going in and out but my bf just figured it was an interference issue because it was next to the wifi box and too close to the sound bar. We put it in the floor and it hasn’t messed up since. But it’s not aesthetically pleasing to me. I rather it sit on top of my entertainment center with no issues.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:44
  • Review by JLA0341, 10 out of 10
    Premium sound at a moderate price.

    This is a great soundbar to pair with any LG television. I have mine paired with my 75 Nano 90, and the sound is amazing. You're not going to throw a concert with this but it would definitely fill a large room with very clear sound. I have mine paired with the LG SPK8-S surround sound speakers, which creates amazing 5.1 immersive experience. I would say this is definitely worth the money. Although you can get much better Sound Bars at much higher prices, I think this will do just about everything you need. Oh, I didn't mention the base. The wireless subwoofer gives off very clear and precise Bass which totally enhances the audio experience. Overall the system it's constructed well with quality materials. Not much plastic at all. And includes mounts with mounting template which makes it very easy to wall mount. Connection options include HDMI ARC, Optical, and Bluetooth. You could also use LG Smart sync. I definitely recommend this unit to someone who wants a nice big Soundbar with great sound add at a moderate price.

    Feb 13, 2021 02:25
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Easy setup, great features, perfect price!

    Sound this good used to mean a whole day of tinkering setup frustrations. Now, with HDMI-CEC and ARC technologies, you can be up and running in minutes!

    This soundbar turns on and off along with my game console, television, and streaming box. With AI Sound Pro, my content always sounds it’s best.

    The default 3.1 configuration sounds so good, I may have to pickup the optional rear surround kit to make this a 5.1 system!

    Helpful tips to help you maximize your setup out of the box:

    Enable HDMI CEC on all connected devices (sometimes called Simplink or by other trade names, or more generically as HDMI control, this technology controls sleep/wake and auto-negotiates input, passes remote commands such as volume and mute, and is the secret sauce that lets it all work seamlessly!)

    Make sure your devices can output bitstream audio for highest quality, or at least PCM

    Connect the HDMI Out on this soundbar to the HDMI ARC port on your television (this allows for the best sound quality with this system, and allows all HDMI devices connected to your TV to use your TV as an audio selector switch)

    And that’s basically it! Plug in the sound bar to power, then the sub, and you’re ready to rock!!!

    Dec 23, 2020 06:22
  • Review by rick, 6 out of 10
    LG - 3.1-Channel 420W Soundbar Wireless Subwoofer

    ITEM JUST AS DESCRIBED.PERFECT TRANSACTION. Works Great.

    Could have a lot better sound for the price.

    Jan 22, 2021 20:00
  • Review by Corey, 10 out of 10
    Very happy with it

    Some major points. Sounds great. Bass isn't annoying. Does come with mounts. You just need anchors and screws to center it under the TV. It comes with small screws to attach the bar to the mount tho. Don't lose those. Its comes with a perfect paper template to make your holes. Make sure the paper is perfectly flat to the wall before drilling. Drill right through the paper. Also it DOES Bluetooth music. It does not have Alexa or Google. Or voice control. But for $250 this thing is awesome. Set up is very easy. Plug in the hdmi to your ARC hdmi outlet on your TV. And plug in power cord. The subwoofer is just a power cord. It has a pairing button but should just automatically connect. Enjoy

    Feb 06, 2021 10:52
  • Review by lindacarol6, 10 out of 10
    Great sound! Super easy to set up and use!

    I am not an audiophile-in fact I had convinced myself that sound quality did not matter if you were watching TV. I was wrong! This soundbar and subwoofer were packaged well. Never having wireless anything before (other than my tablet and computer) I was a little surprised and worried about the 'extras' in the box. I had not reason to be concerned. The installation and setup were well explained in the instructions and were very easy. I am totally blown away by the ease of use, the intuitiveness of use and the sound quality. We have an LG TV and the integration with it was seamless. The sound bar is unobtrusive, but the sound is clear, crisp. The wireless subwoofer really packs a punch. The remote is easy to use. We watch everything with the sound system on now - from game shows to the news to moveis and sports. It really makes a difference and we are truly enjoying out viewing-listening experience! “I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest review”

    Oct 15, 2020 22:05
  • Review by WWH50, 10 out of 10
    LG Speaker

    Sounds great!

    Easy set up.

    Love that it has the numbers to tell what setting sound is on because our Bose in the other room doesn’t do that.

    Also had a Great price and we saved $30 buying it in a Bundle with the TV!

    Mar 11, 2021 10:12
  • Review by LGSoundbar, 10 out of 10
    Nice LG Soundbar at agreat price!

    Nice LG Soundbar. Great deal on an open-box item.

    Dialogue in Movies is very clear, and bass from the woofer brings the big screen to life.

    I now need to source the additional wireless rear speakers to make the set-up complete.

    Feb 12, 2021 17:30
  • 8.8score
    Sony - 3.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Built-In Wi-Fi - Black
    Description

    Enjoy premium sound from a streamlined package with this Sony sound bar. The Vertical Surround Engine ensures an easy fit in your entertainment space, and the 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos technology supports an immersive experience. This Sony sound bar operates on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for streaming your favorite songs, and it comes with a wireless subwoofer to improve bass output.

    18 Features
  • Connect with Amazon Alexa: Stream music, online radio and podcasts from your Amazon connected device directly to your Z9F soundbar. Just ask Alexa¹.
  • Connect with Google Home: With Google Home, you can voice control Sony's audio products. You can turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music, all without lifting a finger.
  • Dolby Atmos: This soundbar creates virtual height channels to add immersive 3 dimensional surround sound.
  • Enjoy an easy full-resolution connection with eARC: With eARC, the Z9F Soundbar can relay full-resolution sound, including the latest immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, directly to and from your TV without routing through an alternate media source².
  • 400W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Wireless subwoofer: For deep, powerful bass.
  • Immersive audio experience: With Vertical Surround Engine and DTS:X.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Voice enhancement: For greater clarity.
  • Inputs: Includes 1 optical digital audio, 2 HDMI, 1 mini jack and 1 USB type A.
  • Outputs: Includes HDMI.
  • WiFi with chromecast built-in: Stream music, radio and podcasts with ease and supports a multi room audio experience.
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including AAC, LDAC and SBC, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • 4K HDR pass through: For the latest home cinema format.
  • 5 sound modes: Allows you to optimize your experience no matter what you are watching orlistening to.
  • Wall-mountable design: For versatile placement options.
  • Center channel: Enjoy crisp clear dialogue with dedicated center channel.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Saitzev, 10 out of 10
    Incredible sound from a small setup.

    I have to first say, I’ve always been very skeptical of soundbar systems. They never seemed like they could fit the bill or even possibly compete with a dedicated 5.1/7.1 surround system. I will say though, that most even super cheap one’s are generally going to be better than most anything built-in to most TV’s.

    This system shattered my expectations. Granted this is the first such system I’ve ever owned, it really did impress.

    The sound it’s able to deliver is quite excellent. There’s lots of features with the system as well.

    You get 2 HDMI in and 1 out. There’s also an Optical input, a single USB port, an Analog input and an Ethernet Port. The Passthrough for the HDMI works flawlessly.

    Setting up the soundbar was a breeze and only took a few minutes after initially unboxing and placing the speakers. Connecting to WiFi was very fast and easy to do. I also have the optional Rear Wireless speakers. I’ll touch on those in this review as well as reviewing them separately.

    With setting up the soundbar there’s not a lot to. I have a Blu-Ray player and a TIVO currently connected to it but will be trading out the BluRay soon for possible a 4k streaming device. The sound from these sources is great. I was genuinely impressed with the performance of them. This small system definitely packs a punch.

    One of the features this has is Dolby Atmos. Despite not having speakers that aim up, somehow, someway, Sony figured out how to replicate the effect. Having never had the privilege to experience Dolby Atmos outside of a theater, it definitely makes a very big difference. It adds a lot of height to nearly any source. The optional Rear Wireless speakers only further enhance this.

    I have a Digital Copy of “The Fifth Element” that I used to test out the Atmos as it’s a DTS-HD/Dolby Tru-HD/Dolby Atmos version. The sound bar on it’s own, without the Rear Wireless still sounds excellent even without the Vertical Surround feature. The soundbar definitely delivers great positional sound. You can hear different things from different directions. Add in the Vertical Sound, and it just adds a ton of height and depth to the soundstage that truly immerses you in the action. Adding in the Rear Wireless speakers enhances this even more so as the vertical surround will also add some more height and depth. It definitely gives you the feeling that you are listening to the movie on a 7.1 system with Dolby Atmos.

    I was even pleasantly surprised with the Subwoofer in this system as well. It’s very responsive and tight when it needs to be. It never sounded muddled either. I actually even had to turn it down because of how loud it gets in some movies and shows.

    There are some forthcoming features to the unit that have yet to be released. One of them is Google Assistant, which will be nice to have. I have Sony’s Google Home device already in my home, but if this can replace it, then I will likely use it instead.

    The soundbar does feature Chromecast built-in. It is only capable of receiving from a Smartphone however. I tested this using Spotify and it worked very well for the most part. It did lose connecting a few times but restarting the Casting fixed it. The sound quality though was very very good. It did seem to get a bit bogged down when I had some company over and everyone had their smartphones out. It also could have just been my device though.

    The Music Center app which you can get from your applicable Appstore works as a second remote which is very nice. You can adjust nearly everything from within the app. This is quite helpful if you don’t want to interrupt your on-screen experience by going into menu’s.

    There wasn’t really anything I could place as being an outright con aside maybe from the price. I think that this could better around $500 price point.

    I do wish that there might have been 1 more HDMI input, though I suppose you could just use a 4k capable switcher to overcome this, or if your TV supports its, Dolby Digital/DTS passthrough. Really outside of this, the only thing I did notice was that in some broadcasted TV shows I watched I wouldn’t get much from the rear speakers or occasionally any enhancement from the Vertical Surround, this even despite the broadcast being in 5.1 Dolby Digital. Changing the output type from PCM to Dolby Digital made no change. It didn’t affect all shows though, so it might have just been that the shows I was watching didn’t bother adding much to the surround channels. Some shows I did watch that sounded incredible on this were The Expanse and Marvel’s Agent’s of SHIELD. Those shows sounded great, though shows like NCIS, there was nothing from the rear channels at all, aside from the occasional music. I will say though, this was not something I experienced from a dedicated 5.1 system I have that was connected via Digital Optical to the unit from the TV so your mileage may vary.

    Would I recommend this system though despite these slight grievances, absolutely if you got the money to spend and want something that just doesn’t take up all that much room. If however you got room, and money, than a dedicated System with Dolby Atmos speakers may be something more your fitting.

    May 18, 2018 17:37
  • Review by 68Tenor, 10 out of 10
    Boosting your television enjoyment

    We love the big screen experience, and this is as close to a theater as you can get in your own home.

    Great clean sound and all the base you want and can control.

    Oct 30, 2021 17:12
  • Review by Winch, 10 out of 10
    Immersive it is!

    It sounds like there are 7 physical speakers in my living room. I done enjoy watching movies not until the day this was installed in my home. Great job Sony.

    Oct 09, 2020 16:11
  • Review by SamG, 10 out of 10
    Not Quite Real Atmos, but It’s Close and Awesome

    I was surprised at how great this soundbar is, especially being 3.1 and claiming ‘close to 7.1.2ch’. It doesn’t quite feel like a true 7.1.2 system, but it comes a lot closer than I was expecting. If you’re spending the money, I would go with the optional rear speakers and you are better than good.

    The soundbar is pretty compact for what it is; it’s only about 2.5 inches tall and should fit under most TVs without blocking them. You can choose to display it with or without the speakers exposed; I ended up using the magnetic speaker grill, but I did like both looks. The subwoofer is not the smallest I’ve seen, but it’s compact enough that it tucks into the corner pretty well.

    The soundbar has 2 HDMI inputs, both of which passthrough HDR (including Dolby Vision and HLG), and there’s an HDMI out with ARC for the TV. There’s also a LAN port, USB, 3.5mm, and Toslink. The soundbar also has built-in Bluetooth, WiFi, and Chromecast (Chromecast is a big plus for me). It can decode pretty much any Dolby and DTS format under the sun, though some of them like Dolby True HD are limited to the HDMI inputs. There’s just so much packed in here that it really didn’t leave me wanting for anything else.

    Setting up the soundbar was straightforward through the onscreen interface and pairing the subwoofer (and later the optional rear speakers) was not an issue. There’s a lot of extra options, but I didn’t find I had to change most of them. One exception was the HDMI signal format, which is set to ‘Standard’ by default and needs to be ‘Enhanced’ in order to pass through 4K/HDR fully.

    The soundbar sounds great with anything playing through it, but it sounds incredible when you’re watching something that really takes advantage of higher end formats like Dolby Atmos and True HD. I watched Bladerunner on 4K Blu-ray with Dolby Atmos and the sound was better than anything I’ve ever heard in my house before. Most Dolby Atmos soundbars have extra speakers that are angled up to bounce off the ceiling and create sound that is above you. The HT-Z9F doesn’t have any extra speakers for this, but something they call the ‘Vertical Sound Engine’, which uses the existing speakers to create a virtual soundfield that’s pretty convincing. I don’t think anything will ever be as good as dedicated speakers, but what Sony’s done is as good as I’ve ever heard. There are optional rear speakers that can be added to this, which I have and I’d definitely recommend getting them at some point if you don’t get them immediately. I still think the soundbar sounds great on its own, but they really do complete the experience.

    Overall I think the HT-Z9F delivers on the experience it advertises. It’s expensive to be sure and I do think the rear speakers ought to be included instead of separate, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with what you get.

    May 21, 2018 21:13
  • Review by Gilberto, 2 out of 10
    Subwoofer cuts in and out

    Spent a lot of money on this system. The sub woofer cuts in and out. Software is up to date. Not sure what else I can do. It’s only been 2 months since I purchased it. Not happy.

    Jan 13, 2020 22:07
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Boom, Crash! Clean Powerful Sound delivers!

    This bar is great! Super clean sound, Excellent power bass, clean clarity, makes movies and shows really demand attention. This is my third sound bar, and it is excellent, we paired it with a Sony TV (a larger 950G) and they deliver all the Home theatre we could want, above and beyond. Really excellent, and VERY easy to set up!

    May 11, 2020 08:29
  • Review by GeorgeM77, 10 out of 10
    Great sound quality

    The sound quality on the soundbar was great and the setup was easy. It worked great with the arc input on my television which allowed me to pass the 4k blu-ray signal through. The design is simple with no protruding buttons and a grill that is easily removable due to attachment by magnets. It is recommended that the grill is removed for the best 4k quality sound. The subwoofer is large, wireless and provides great deep bass. The soundbar and subwoofer paired right away after turning them on. Streaming music from my ipod and phone was also easy and am anxious to try out the chromecast features soon. The only feature I wish the soundbar had was the ability to power the subwoofer from the soundbar itself as to not take up another outlet. I am really happy with it and it has made my movie watching experience much more enjoyable.

    May 07, 2018 14:52
  • Review by CMCMom29, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound Bar; Easy to Use

    First Impressions:

    Opening the box was a bit awkward. I have a picture attached. I’m glad this was shipped to me vs. trying to carry it. I understand trying to cut down on the packaging, but to me this would have been better packaged as a rectangular box. The subwoofer was about as heavy as a standard CPU; the Sound Bar had some heft as well.

    For the following, I used a Hisense 4K TV, a standard provider-issued HDTV cable box, a Roku Premiere, and a Samsung 8.

    Setup:

    Sony is great at creating short, simple to understand setup directions. Since my TV was new, I had a HDMI (ARC) port. The included HDMI cable runs from this port to the Sound Bar, then you plug each device into the Sound Bar via HDMI. Your inputs are now controlled through the Sound Bar vs. the TV. The subwoofer is wirelessly connected; all you do is plug it into power. The only issue I had was that the ports on the Sound Bar are in an at angle. I found it to be a pain to get the cables seated properly.

    TV:

    I tried using the Sound Bar for both the TV and the Roku. The sound was very rich as compared to my TV. The system synced with my TV and cable remotes instantly; however, I still need both the Sony and the cable box remote to access all functions. I am still confused as to why, when I change the volume, I get two volume bars (pictured). One may be the subwoofer; I don’t seem to be able to adjust the SW on its own even though it has its own button. The Owner’s Manual is a book and I’ve yet to finish it so it may be a user issue.

    Music:

    First, I tried playing music using Google Play Music on my Samsung 8. I kept getting an error message stating that my song could not be played, that it had to be uploaded to Play Music on my computer. I’d already done this in the past, so that didn’t make sense. I Googled the error code and found that it was a common complaint, with little resolution. I could play my library from my computer, just not my phone. The one exception was the one song I purchased from the Play Store that I tried – that played from my phone fine.

    Amazon Music streamed over Bluetooth and Chromecast fine. I noticed, though, that you could not use the pre-set sound settings with Chromecast. I found that the sound from the Bluetooth connection was much richer.

    Other than the above, the Sony Music center app instantly connected with the Sound Bar; however, once I used either Amazon’s or Google’s apps to play the music, I got the same error using my downloaded library. Samsung Music could play my music library using the Sony app just fine. It seems just to be an issue with Chromecast, which is more of a reflection on Google than Sony.

    I highly recommend this unit. It’s easy to set up, fairly intuitive to use, and has great sound. The few issues I had was not enough for me to downgrade the rating.

    May 01, 2018 21:16
  • 8.8score
    Polk Audio - MagniFi Mini Home Theater Compact Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    The Magnifi Mini home theater sound bar system delivers the big room-filling audio and surround sound experience you’d expect from a full-size sound bar—all in an ultra-compact design that fits any space. Enjoy bestin-class audio with Polk’s exclusive Voice Adjust technology that dramatically increases vocal clarity and volume level for crystal clear dialogue no matter what you’re watching. Plus, our patented surround technology and Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding creates incredible room-filling surround sound all from a sound bar that is less than 15” long. Compatible with nearly all TVs, the universal sound bar works with your TV, cable box or satellite IR remote control and features simple setup in minutes with the included HDMI cable. The powerful wireless subwoofer delivers deep impactful bass to your favorite movies, TV, games, sports and music too. And if volume’s too loud during late night viewing, Night Mode lets you easily watch your favorite programs at night without waking the neighbors or other family members in your home. What’s more, bring the concert into your room with wireless music streaming via WiFi, Google Castand Bluetooth. Whatever you do, just don’t let the MagniFi Mini’s small size fool you—this is that big Polk sound you love from a little bar.

    5 Features
  • Elevated Surround Sound: A six driver array, Polk’s patented SDA surround technology and 5.1 Dolby Digital decoding, create incredible room-filling surround sound from an ultracompact sound bar and wireless subwoofer.
  • Ultra-Compact Size: Fits any space and still delivers big, room-filling audio. Don’t let the size fool you—this is the big Polk sound you love from a little bar.
  • Polk Voice Adjust Technology: Customize the voice levels in the sound bar however you prefer to reproduce clear, crisp dialogue and never miss a single word of your favorite movie, TV show or sporting event.
  • Wireless Music Streaming: Chromecast for Audio (Requires Google Home app and WiFi) and Bluetooth enabled—stream music directly from your smartphone, tablet or other compatible device.
  • Universal Compatibility: Works with your TV and cable box IR remote control—now there’s no need for two remotes
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  • Review by harryS, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Product

    I wanted to buy something that fits my space and also gets me best sound experience. I am happy that i bought this one after comparing it with many other products in the market (Bose,sony,samsung etc)

    The best part of this product- all kinds of connectivity options - hdmi, 3.5mm, optical, bluetooth, wifi - I did not see so many ports in any products in this category (small form factor).

    I would recommend it any day over any other product for its quality, audio experience, connectivity options and audio experience.

    Oct 20, 2017 16:41
  • Review by Bigpup, 10 out of 10
    No compromises

    Great soundbar. I was really pleased with the performance of this little machine. The sub isnt as punchy as some of the others I have used in the past but it works well in my living room. The main speaker is only about a foot long so it fit nicely in the cubby hole where most folks would put a game console/satellite box. I dont feel like I am missing out at all by going with this over a full length bar.

    Aug 29, 2017 09:13
  • Review by Evolved1, 8 out of 10
    Great power in a little package

    When I first got the box, I could feel the weight more toward one side of the box. From previous experiences, I thought the subwoofer was packing a good amount of weight. Well, imagine my shock when I realized the bulk of that weight was coming from the soundbar. It is clearly packing some quality speakers.

    As you can see in the picture, the weight is packed in a small package. However, that size is not an indicator of its abilities though. I have found the performance to be very good whether I was watching TV, playing games, or streaming from other devices. Since I have an older TV, I think the quality could be even better when I upgrade that.

    Getting back to the specifics of the Polk Magnifi Mini Sound Bar, I found the WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast connections all work well and with little effort to connect them. I was able to stream via all of those methods with great quality. The only issue that I had with connections was the use of my TV remote to the sound bar. I tried to follow the directions several times, but I couldn't get it to connect. I reviewed the included guides and online materials a few times and still couldn't solve it with those.

    Ultimately, I love this device with it's size, performance, and price point taken into account. I also love how it blends into my setup and provides the sound I need to enjoy movies, sports, and music. With that being said, here are some pros and cons to help to the value and what can be better.

    Pros:

    1. For most of your connecting points or options, they have provided them for you. The only one missing is the ethernet cable if you prefer that route over the WiFi.

    2. The Soundbar is small. but contains enough speaker power to overcome that.

    3. The subwoofer is wireless and the connection is established from the time you open the box. This thing really bumps when the right content is being played. The family loves feeling the vibration from time to time.

    4. We are an Android house and the ability to use Chromecast is a huge plus. I really think this tool is a winner for Google Home.

    5. The ability to elevate the voice over the ambient sounds. The Night mode and dedicated voice controls work well when you need to hear the dialogue over everything else.

    Cons:

    1. I do like the ability to control the voice, but it would be nice to not sacrifice the bass at times. An equalizer with more detail would result in better performance of course.

    2. The inability to get the remote from my TV service to control the volume for the Magnifi Mini Sound bar was a bummer. Nobody likes the multiple remote game.

    3. If it wasn't for my TV stand, I would have been lost with a wall-mounted TV. I would have had to find a stand to place it on or a mounted a shelf for it.

    Jun 16, 2017 00:38
  • Review by HDRcool, 10 out of 10
    Mighty Mite

    Nice small sound bar for a bedroom TV. Great sounding Sub as well. Very pleased.

    Nov 12, 2021 22:01
  • Review by jago, 8 out of 10
    a lot of sound in this little package

    I couldn't wait to try out this sound bar in my master bedroom. I have it paired up with a 40" TV and my room is 20' x 18'. You get everything you need to get started, but the included cables are not of the highest quality, but it really is a very nice addition. You get a HDMI, digital optical audio cable, and a regular audio cable in case you need them. The remote also comes with batteries so you are good to go right from the start. The build quality seems very good on these units. The main unit is small, but has some weight to it and it puts out very good sound for its size. Highs sound great and the lows sound great as well with the wireless sub woofer. I didn't really notice mids that much, but I didn't miss it either. I am not an audiophile, so someone who is might have more to say about the specifics of the sound quality. I do enjoy the sound it puts out and it fills my master bedroom just fine. The remote is a little funky to use at first, but you can control the lows, highs and total volume with three different rows of buttons on it. Night mode works very well and it really comes in handy when I want to watch a movie after I put the little ones to bed, it will quickly turn down the bass for me. It has google cast built it and that is a very nice feature that works very well. I have also connected the speaker up to my Amazon dot for streaming music. The price and size are just right for someone looking for a speaker solution with a small footprint and big sound.

    Jun 03, 2017 22:54
  • Review by Trobadour, 6 out of 10
    Great Soundbar Upgrade

    The setup for the Polk Audio - 2.0-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier was a breeze. There are only two components to handle, the soundbar itself, and the bluetooth subwoofer. The subwoofer just requires the power cable, which is detachable. The soundbar requires the power cable plus your choice of audio source: HDMI (ARC), Optical Cable, or Auxiliary cable, all of which are included in the box.

    The key feature of this soundbar is it’s size and available options of entertainment. I connected the soundbar using the included HDMI cable to my 3D TV. Though my 3D TV has 4 HDMI inputs, only one of them was labeled (ARC) like the soundbar. This allowed me to use only the HDMI cable and control everything with one remote. I love this feature because now, I don’t need to be changing inputs on the TV to raise or lower the volume. I can do it all with one remote and without the optical cable, so it reduces clutter. The soundbar itself comes with pre-installed Google Chromecast software. I got it to recognize the test sounds while setting it up but it failed to update the first time. After resetting the wifi on the soundbar, I was able to finalize the update, but none of the apps I have recognized the Google Chromecast as being an option to cast to. My standalone Chromecast was recognizable, so the issue is with the Google Chromecast within the soundbar. Since I already have a Google Chromecast, it didn’t affect me as much, but it’s a feature that the soundbar touts on the box, so be wary of that. Perhaps a future update may fix that.

    The performance of this soundbar is great. First of all, from all the soundbars I’ve owned (4 total), this one is by far the smallest and the loudest to date. It gives a really good punch, especially when watching TV shows or movies with action. It has a volume dial for speaking characters on screen. As a hard of hearing person, I decided to raise that volume up and it works! I didn’t even put captions on the screen, as I usually do, to hear what the people on screen are saying. The night mode also does a good job of playing the audio loud enough for you to hear but not too loud so as to not wake up nearby neighbors.

    This soundbar meets my expectations. All the features that I’ve mentioned previously make this a worthy buy. To take full advantage, check if your TV has at least one (ARC) HDMI input. It should be clearly labeled where you connect your HDMI cables on your TV. It is disappointing that the Google Chromecast feature didn’t work right off the bat, but if that’s not something you want, then this bad boy will save you plenty of shelf space.

    The price for the soundbar in terms of value makes it one of the most accessible soundbars to date. The fact that you can control the TV and the soundbar with one remote (using the HDMI ARC feature) makes the price feel worth it. This is doubled up when you consider it’s actually a loud soundbar with neat options like bluetooth connectivity and the use of optical cables. I have to deduct two stars because setting up the Google Chromecast wasn’t easy, and when I finally got it to set up, it didn’t work. I’m used to setting up things with Google Chromecast, as tech is my forte. Everything else is simple to do.

    I highly recommend this product for people who want to have one less cable to connect, want to use one remote to control your TV and Soundbar at the same time, and want a more than decent soundbar sound system that can impress anyone who listens to it. Also, if concealing the soundbar is a concern of yours, this tiny device will be your dream come true. Since the subwoofer is wireless, you can set that and hide it anywhere in the room that you want.

    Jun 14, 2017 18:33
  • Review by Gt240z, 10 out of 10
    Just what I was looking.

    3.1 allows me to increase voice that I had trouble hearing in movies.

    Oct 18, 2019 19:40
  • Review by DaveL, 10 out of 10
    Bedroom theater in a box !

    We had to upgrade all of our electronics in our house due to an electrical storm.

    New tv, new everything. I wanted to add a sound bar and a 4K player so I went shopping.

    BB had a pre Black Friday sale.. I got it cheap ! Sound great in our bedroom, I have a full blown theater downstairs so I didn’t want to go crazy.

    Bass is good, crisp highs, never have a problem hearing dialogue. Surround is good but it simulated.. keep in mind.. but works good if we are in bed, it’s perfect for us.

    Pairing is a bit of a pain, just take your time.. it’ll pair on 3-4 try. A few time it wanted to be the modem, and you lose internet access, just do a search and choose the correct network and your set.

    We both like the compact size, it’s not big and bulky.

    Wife likes it, she calls it her theater since mine is downstairs. Whatever.

    Nov 20, 2020 16:42
  • 8.8score
    Sennheiser - 5.1.4-Channel AMBEO Soundbar with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X - Black
    Description

    Customize your home theater setup with this Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar. The 13 high-end drivers produce powerful sound for an all-around entertainment experience, while the built-in equalizer and three bespoke AMBEO 3-D technology modes let you adjust sound settings easily. This Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar includes a remote control for easy operation, and Bluetooth technology streams audio files wirelessly.

    4 Features
  • Seamless control: With the Smart Control App, you can adjust your acoustic settings and tailor your sound to your own personal taste.
  • Three bespoke AMBEO 3D technology modes: Adjust the output to your own individual tastes.
  • USB port: Has the ability to access a USB device and playback audio.
  • Remote: Enables simple operation from a distance.
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  • Review by Dwreck, 10 out of 10
    Color Me Impressed

    I purchased the Ambeo after a lot of soul searching, review reading, and nervous sweat. After all, spending $2500 on a single component and then needing to drop an additional sum on a subwoofer is no easy decision. I read reviews that said the Ambeo was amazing in a home theater setting, and others that said it just wasn't as good at home theater as the Samsung HW soundbars with their additional satellite speakers, much less a dedicated Atmos setup with discrete speakers and home theater receiver. Some reviews said the Ambeo sounded great with music; others said that music was 'harsh' sounding or just didn't sound good. With all these varied reviews, how does one pull the trigger on something that is pretty pricey?

    Here's what I needed in a soundbar:

    1) It needed to sound good with music. I've had dedicated integrated amplifiers with B & W speakers, so I've become picky when it comes to stereo music.

    2) I wanted it to be capable of playing music from Roon. For those of you who don't know Roon, it is a specialized music library software that brings all your music from Tidal, Qobuz, and personal drives together and organizes it for listening. Only certain devices are Roon Ready or Tested, and it's been tough to find a soundbar that has this ability.

    3) I need a soundbar with an aux input so I can feed it a signal from my Technics SL1200 and DJ ART phono preamp. I prefer actual L/R RCA cables versus a headphone plug. Hard to find a soundbar with this option!

    4) I needed it to sound good with Atmos surround, without the need for all sorts of cables, wires, and speakers. I have limited room and my room is far from optimal with an open floor plan on one side.

    You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a soundbar that meets those four requirements. Most met only two. I had the Samsung HW-Q90R, and while it sounded great with music and movies, there is no aux input and no Roon ability (as well as requiring rear speakers to sound its best). The Sony HTST 5000 had an aux input but the sound quality was only so-so for me. The LG SN11RG got loud and proud, with an aux input, but sounded harsh and also needed rear speakers to sound good.

    When I first saw the Ambeo, I scoffed at its high price. When I include in the $800 price tag for the Martin Logan sub I have, you're looking at $3500 for the package. But, the result of this pairing? Audio nirvana. The Ambeo has a RCA L/R input that I can run my turntable into. It is Chromecast ready, so I can cast music from Roon. Music, with the Ambeo Music function engaged, is three-dimensional and has great height and width. It sounds very close to a nice, budget audiophile stereo system. It has three HDMI inputs so I don't have to run everything into the back of my TV. It sounds shockingly good with surround sound material including Atmos encoded movies. In summary, it ticked all my boxes.

    Listening to Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy on 180 gram vinyl through the Technics and DJ Art preamp fed into the aux inputs with Ambeo Music reveals the Ambeo's musicality. Instruments are spread out in their distinct locations, while Elton's piano is dead center as well as his voice. The final track on this album, Curtains, has a closely miked drum kit with a ton of tom work. The thumps of the toms were realistic and exciting.

    Using Roon and listening to Tool's Undertow album fed via Chromecast to the Ambeo (again with the Ambeo Music setting engaged) revealed the Ambeo's ability to get loud. Danny Carey's drum kit was distinct, and the growl of the bass and shriek of the guitars was immaculate while not fatiguing.

    I've watched a handful of movies, and come away feeling like I'm not missing anything over a dedicated 5.1.4 setup. Riddick has a scene where rain starts falling on the building that the group is huddled in before getting attacked by a bunch of really crazy looking creatures with scorpion-like tails and giant jaws. The rain sounded like it was coming from directly above me, and at all times I was surrounded by a distinct sound field that really surprised me. I thought that with my open floor plan enveloping surround sound would not be possible with the Ambeo. I was wrong. I don't find myself wanting when it comes to surround sound.

    The Ambeo comes with a calibration microphone to help it achieve the amazing sound. It also calibrates the sub while its at it. The remote is nice and heavy. Everything about the Ambeo shouts high quality.

    When I brought the Ambeo home, I hoped I would hate it. I hoped that I would take a listen and then take it back. How could I pay so much for just this one component of my home theater? In conclusion, it has been worth it. Gone are all the speakers, speaker cables, and different wires needed to power a discrete setup. Now, all I have is the Ambeo and a sub. My place looks so clean and organized! Ambeo made it possible. What a piece of audiophile equipment this is!

    Jun 04, 2021 10:21
  • Review by Krazyd, 8 out of 10
    Great Apartment Room Filling Sound

    I'm an apartment dweller and don't want to clutter the room so bought this as I did not want to take out my stereo speakers all the time for watching movies. The stereo speakers are perfectlyl capable of filling up my room with sound but I have to usually pull them out from back wall when I use them hence I needed something that was always usable and gave similar performance or better. Turns out the Ambeo works better than my stereo for Atmos and Movies. Soundstage seems more like 180Degrees and in my room, sounds better in midfield position. I have a wall on left side and don't have continuous wall on right side so i get pretty good surround on left side. In the Jack Reacher Car chase, I was hearing cars screeching on the left side of the room. more @ 150 degree angle. I don't get any sound over my head but I do get overhead sound in front of me. The atmos effects did manage to project sound overhead from left/right falling just short in front of me but again my room is not perfect for reflections esp on right. I'm very happy with it so far. For movies, I mostly used ambeo boost mode and bump up the midrange in the equalizer to as the effects tend to be just as strong as the vocal in that mode. I believe bass is good, infact I have to bring it down by 1to2db so that I don't disturb my neighbors but ofcourse you can add a sub if you need. Also the ambeo boost mode sounded great with Youtube Live Music. Just use the Equalizer to tailor it to what you prefer.

    Although the ambeo mode gives good enough 3d sound and soundstage and instrument separation in music, it's not perfect and definitely good stereo speakers like adam a7x, kef ls50 and other good stereo speakers/monitors. But in the end the soundbar does movies better in ambeo boost mode than my stereo speaker and manage to fill up my room with the effects so pretty sweet and satisfying although leaves a huge hole in my pocket.

    Jan 09, 2021 02:46
  • Review by Sennheiser, 10 out of 10
    Beast mode!

    Love it! It’s a beast, it’s a little heavy because it’s all in one surround sound.

    Oct 04, 2021 08:26
  • Review by Rich, 10 out of 10
    Just perfect!

    I have been an audiophile for years. Have a system built around Magnepans. It begins to be a money pit. Especially with technology changing so rapidly. I bought the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar for a high end/simple setup in another theater room and it was the cheapest way to replicate being in a movie theater. Of course, I output to a REL subwoofer. But so nice to have all of this in 1 soundbar and no preamp/amp/receiver/7 speakers and a sub to deal with. Don't get me wrong, each end user has their preferences for Movies/TV/Music/Sports, but life is short. Hooking up the Sennheiser was easy. Calibration is amazing. And it took very little effort from me. The Ambeo even tells you to get out of the way during calibration. I would recommend getting a high end Blu-ray player that decodes Dolby Vision and Atmos. I bought 3 OLED TV's in 2018 and please don't get too in the weeds with the eARC vs. ARC debate. It sounds great on just ARC. Then on a high-end Blu-ray player that splits the audio/video, you will get amazing picture and sound on another source anyway. But all in all, above my expectations. Well done Sennheiser!

    Apr 16, 2020 16:16
  • Review by BoomBoom, 10 out of 10
    5.1 without the extra wires or speakers

    I had a fantastic home theater syste, moved and started over. I bought this sound bar to "simplify" and replace all of the wiring, receiver, subwoofer, tower speakers and atmos speakers.

    I expected a lot less from this one sound bar.

    But... I have to admit, it is almost as good as having all of the above equipment.

    Once set up in your home (simply done) is complete, the sound is incredible. The bass is plenty for watching movies, the atmos and rear projecting sounds are very good and the voices are clear.

    Overall - expensive as far as soundbars go but less than buying the home theater sound piecemeal.

    I tried Samsung and Yamaha and this soundbar is waaay better.

    Mar 15, 2020 16:04
  • Review by Whydoesithavetobelikethis, 2 out of 10
    $2,700 Soundbar, no power cord.

    Big box stores are struggling. How do you sell me a $2,700 sound bar and not pack the power cord. I grew up in Minnesota and I’m a Best Buy fan, but it really feels like I’m being purposely driven away sometimes.

    Feb 24, 2021 22:50
  • Review by desertmech, 10 out of 10
    OMG Soundbar!

    I have been looking for a soundbar for sometime to replace my receiver setup because of space constraints and heat production. I read tons of reviews on soundbars. Like most of them you take them at face value and make your own mind up. Well after reading quite a few on this soundbar I'd say their right on the money. I was highly resistant to this one because of the price, but I took the plunge and now don't regret it. This is an awesome piece of AV equipment sounds excellent and has some descent bass to it also. But like most of the reviews you would read about the bass, it's a personal preference on how much you want. Well I wanted more and paired it up with a REL HT/1205 Subwoofer that I already had and WOW, WOW. I'm extremely happy with my purchase despite it's hefty price tag. Very well built and the app is very easy to use for setup and soundbar settings. Only other area of concern was the height of the unit. I had to use a TV riser to raise my TV up 5" to clear the bottom of the TV.

    Jul 10, 2020 16:27
  • Review by DanS, 10 out of 10
    Great sounding soundbar with excellent surround ef

    I purchased the Ambeo when it was in sale and can safely say it is the best sounding soundbar I have owned. Dialogue is crisp and clean with ambient effects from the surround speakers bouncing off the walls as expected. I was hesitant to purchase a soundbar without a subwoofer or rear speakers, but have been blown away by how the device performs. I may add a subwoofer down the line, but for now it has exceeded my expectations.

    Sep 19, 2021 13:39
  • 8.8score
    Samsung - HW-Q65T 7.1ch Soundbar with Dolby 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

    Elevate your entertaining experience with immersive 3D sound. The power of Samsung sound bar Q65T makes surround soundbar comes to life with speakers that fire all around you.

    8 Features
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS Virtual:X: Captivating virtual 3D sound moves all around you, including from above, with DTS Virtual:X technology. Dolby Digital 5.1 enables surround sound capability.
  • Samsung Acoustic Beam: Get pulled into what you're watching with panoramic sound that moves with the action on-screen.
  • Adaptive sound: Forget rewinding to catch what was said. Enjoy dynamically optimized audio with enhanced voice clarity for whatever you are watching, including sports, games, movies and more.
  • Q-Symphony: Audio that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized sound with your compatible Samsung TV* for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • Wireless Rear Speaker Kit Included: Let the sound flow around you with wireless rear speakers, taking surround sound to next level for more dynamic entertainment.
  • Game Pro Mode: Level up with 3D directional audio from up-firing speakers. Acoustic Beam® and powerful woofers automatically sync sound with the on-screen action, while crosstalk cancellation minimizes distractions.
  • Samsung Audio Lab: Tested and tuned at the California Audio Lab, where Samsung's world-class audio engineers apply advanced acoustic technologies and cutting-edge computer modeling to create perfectly balanced, room-filling sound.
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.
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  • Review by xupr4, 8 out of 10
    I Like Samsung But,

    I've had a few Samsung soundbars over the past few years and while this one has more features and technology. it still has a few flaws that i will be talking about.

    First I will start by saying that this TV will bring out its full potential when paired with certain Samsung TVs. In a way, it is understandable since a lot of companies do that, but personally I just want a soundbar with all the features out of the box. By the way the soundbar system is a 5.1 channel, but if you want the Digital 7.1 audio you will have to find media compatible with it. Also Q-symphony is only compatible with the certain TVs i mentioned earlier. I will say the system also need a bit of sound tunning because out of the box does not sound that good. The back speakers are also kind of low for some reason. If you have a big living room, and place the back speakers kind of far, they are going to sound very quiet. Other than that there is not much to say about the sound bar. Samsung has always made their soundbars with good quality materials and this one is no different. In terms of the app it works about the same as any other samsung soundbar. I have honestly had bad experiences paring my soundbars to the Smart Things app with another soundbar so i did not even bother, since I mainly use the soundbar when im watching something on my TV.

    Here is a TL;DR

    - Great sound quality from the front speakers

    - Easy to navigate controller

    - Easy to set up, almost plug and play

    - Great looking back speaker receiver/amp almost looks like a modem

    - Great Features if paired with compatible TV/ Media

    - You get an HDMI input and one output

    - You also get an optical, and USB port

    - Sub-woofer is loud and crisp

    Cons

    - Back speakers are kind of low

    - The soundbar is somewhat heavy so planning a good mounting spot is necessary

    - You need certain TV for full features

    In conclusion if you have one of the TVs or is planning to buy one that is compatible with the soundbar, you are in luck. If you want a 5.1 or a true 7.1 I would look at some other options.

    Sep 28, 2021 22:31
  • Review by TampaDad, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Samsung surround sound system!!!

    I decided it was time to upgrade our 8-9 year old Sony Blu-ray Home Theater system (BDV-E280). I recently upgraded to a 75 inch TCL 6 series. At first I was tempted to keep the Sony, but I opted for a modern/wireless sound system instead. In hindsight now I’m extremely happy I made this decision. This set was discounted from $499 down to $279 with the pre-Black Friday sale. The reviews worsened my indecisiveness due to the fact that several people complained about the bass levels. However, please don’t let that stop you from purchasing! This system is amazing honestly. It’s loud, the bass is PLENTY for the movie theater experience. The rear surround speakers fill the room which completes the experiment. This system sounds really really good. I’m impressed. We’ll worth the price. Super easy to set up as well.

    Oct 25, 2021 20:15
  • Review by VangTfz, 8 out of 10
    great mid tier sound system

    TLDR: The Samsung HW-Q65T 7.1 channel soundbar is a great mid tier sound system!

    Setting up is pretty simple. I connected mine via HDMI ARC and the satellite speakers come paired already to the soundbar. Once the soundbar was connected to my TV, i was pretty much good to go.

    The soundbar provides various EQ presets, making it easy to change the sound profile for a better listening experience. There is also a dialog enhancement feature that i find quite useful when watching movies! Though the soundbar gets quite loud, the bass is somewhat tiny when it comes to the lower spectrum. The Sound quality overall is pretty good and sound stage is decent.

    If you happen to stumble on this soundbar when its on sale, its actually quite a steal. However at it's base price, there are some features that are desireable (e.g., bluetooth connectivity, smart assistant, etc.).

    Overall, i would recommend this soundbar for anyone that is looking for an immersive and great quality sounding system.

    Oct 26, 2021 12:31
  • Review by Quincy0980, 10 out of 10
    Expansive sound field from a sound bar!

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this Sound bar with wireless surrounds and Sub. Included in the box is a sound bar that covers the from three channel, two surround speakers with a wireless amp and a wireless Subwoofer. The sound bar has a USB, HDMI in and out with ARC, Optical digital input and a minijack. Set up is very easy with the included HDMI cable. Once the sub, wireless rear channels module and rear speakers are connected you are off to the races.

    While watching the movie Ana, there is an Atmos start up quick demo that sounded incredible. The dialog and action scenes were very enveloping and clear. The Sub had enough bottom for the explosions. I did find if you increased the sub too much it sounded very boomy. The remove is the typical new Samsung remote small and compact with a minimalist feel with few buttons. The surround speakers are small and do not take much up space at all but still provide the sound all around you. All in all this is a great set up for a living room or game room.

    Jul 04, 2021 17:32
  • Review by donnie, 6 out of 10
    Mr.

    The small speakers aren't really wireless. The packaging fools you.

    Oct 16, 2021 00:06
  • Review by Rocky, 10 out of 10
    One good home theater system

    The product is compact and easy to install.

    Clarity is crystal clear the surround sound is awesome. The wireless Sub woofer is pretty powerful.

    Oct 08, 2021 21:54
  • Review by JJ21, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound

    Yeah, it's a good and loud sound as my wife loves it. Pretty easy to setup, there's a few wires attached but not all cluttered behind the tv. A little pricey but u get what you pay for.

    Sep 10, 2021 23:57
  • Review by Haefzac10, 10 out of 10
    Very nice sound.

    Sounds amazing so far! Easy to setup, and so much fun to watch movies and play video games with!

    Jul 07, 2021 19:27
  • 8.6score
    32
    LG
    LG 5.1.2 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X - Black
    Description

    Sound effects are in full effect with 5.1.2. channels. High resolution audio and Dolby Atmos enrich you in detailed sound that comes from all the right angles. Dolby, Dolby Atmos and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

    8 Features
  • 5.1.2 channel 520W: Never Miss A Beat As You Listen, Stream, And Binge With 5.1.2 channels, 570W audio keeps you immersed in your favorite entertainment. The subwoofer combines with the bar's front height channels for room-filling sound.
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X with Upfiring Height Channels: Sound All Around You Dolby Atmos® envelops you in sound. Originally created for the cinema, Dolby Atmos pairs with up-firing height channels to deliver powerful, moving audio that flows all around you, even overhead.
  • Meridian Advanced Sound Technologies: Better sound together LG partnered with Meridian Technology, pioneers of High-Res Audio, to deliver a wide soundstage with quality ear-level sound.
  • High Resolution Audio (24bit / 192kHz): Sound As It Should Be High resolution audio reproduces sound so you hear everything as you're supposed to. Enjoy stunning audio resolution — as close to the original sound as you can get.
  • Multi-Platform Support: Take Command of Your Entertainment Choose your go-to voice assistant like Google Assistant or Alexa, and and control your favorite features like Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and more through your LG Sound Bar.
  • Bluetooth 5.1: Advanced Bluetooth® is Built In Listen when and where you want. With Bluetooth 5.0, it's quick and easy to wirelessly pair to your LG Sound Bar. It's the latest version of Bluetooth, offering faster speeds and greater range.
  • 4K and HDR10 Passthrough: Connect to Amazing Picture & Sound Fewer cables with no loss of sound quality. Maintain high resolution audio and Dolby Vision picture quality when you connect an external source, like a streaming device or 4K Blu-ray player, to your sound bar using an HDMI cable.
  • HDMI eARC: Get More From Your Entertainment Connect your TV and sound bar with just one cable. Eliminate messy cables and quickly enhance the sound of your entertainment with Dolby Audio.
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  • Review by John, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for the LG C1 55” Only for LG ecosystem.

    First and foremost, I don’t understand why this product got the rating it did. Honestly, this is a phenomenal sound bar and this product isn’t even LG 2021 flagship and yet they NAILED IT. This soundbar is the perfect pairing to the 2021 LG OLED lineup especially the 55” LG C1. My setup is currently in a small/medium sized room, which to my ears is a perfect match.

    A little back story: My previous soundbar was the Samsung HW-N850 which was tuned by Harmon Kardon. Now I had that soundbar since 2018 and the bass and subwoofer shook my whole room and gave me that immersive ness chill. However, when I bought my LG C1 55”. There was a huge input lag/ jutter/ clipping issue it was nauseating. And what’s worse was watch 4K ultra DVDs there was no communication with the soundbar and TV it was horrendous. So I decided to upgrade- though the Samsung bar was spectacular which was my standard.

    The product: LGSP9YA is the steak to the LG C1’s red wine…… the sound is this juicy/crisp/ delicious to the ears and the TV is an astonishing ruby red marvel to the eyes to behold thus a perfect pairing.

    Features: Dolby Atmos/ DTS-X/Meridian Audio Technology/ Airplay 2/ Bluetooth 5.0/ HDMI 2.1 in and HDMI 2.1 out w/ e-ARC support/ total 520Watts of power/ 5.1.2 system/ Hi-Res Audio compatibility/ Spotify connect/ Alexa & Hey Google Support

    Audio Quality: (Broken down in parts Music/ Movie/ Dialogue) First and Foremost: it’s a MUST to do the AI room calibration in the LG soundbar app to properly analyze your room to maximize the sound signature.

    1) Music: streamed via Airplay 2 using Apple Music and Bluetooth.

    -Airplay 2 using Apple Music streams a lossless CD Quality of 16bit/ 44.1k at the moment. Pending update for Hi Res support of 24bit/ 48k is in the works via Apple. This is where I was EXTREMELY IMPRESSED with the sound quality of the soundbar. Using Airplay 2 connected via Wifi- you’re able to stream at a higher

    Quality, compared to a lossy Bluetooth stream. I tested vocals/ instrumentals the sounstage was open and to my ears it sounded sweetly crisp. Female vocals like Whitney Houston/ Celine Dion and male vocals like Andrea bocelli/ Luther Vandross was elegant/ powerful and graceful and never got sibilant to me.

    Guitar riffs from Santana/ Slash/ Price/ Jimi Hendrix sounded lively and upbeat it was like being in a concert. Now the feature that aided in this is the AI Sound Pro that tweaks the soundbar perfect to what you’re listening too. I wasn’t expecting less because Meridian is partnered with LG.

    Meridian Audio is HiFi company that’s partnered with car companies Jaguar/ Land Rover and Kia.

    The audio company can spar with Bowers & Wilkins, Burmester/ Mark Levingston/ Krell/ McIntosh/ Focal/Revel just to name a few.

    - Bluetooth 5.0: It can pair to 2 devices which is quick and easy but it’ll be a lossy signal a codec will be AAC no APT-X or APT-XHD sorry android users. It sounds good but not better than streaming Wifi.

    - Odd Factor: USB drive with FLAC or Hi-Res Files that can play 24bit/192 which this bar apparently can handle which I haven’t Tested. But judging from a mere 16bit/44.1k CD Quality wifi stream can do I can only image how it’ll sound at its fullest potential.

    Movies: Ok I’m no sound engineer so In better terms

    I would redirect to you RTINGS & Digital Trends review

    Of the product they explain the

    Mechanics of Dolby Atmos/ DTS-X and the surround features it does and overall sound signature. But for my ears with the AI room calibration is was immersive for 520W, watching shows on Disney+, Netflix that supports Dolby Atmos was spectacular to the ears. Playing 4K ultra DVDs in Dolby Atmos was INCREDIBLE and I HAD NO SYNC ISSUES or input lag….

    Dialogue: the center channel is perfect. Bar features clear sound pro that focuses in on spoken word and in the LG soundbar app it was a night mode where it placed more emphasis on dialogue.

    Now, it’s a MUST to purchase a high speed HDMI 2.1 cable I recommend Audioquest Carbon 48. YES CABLES MATTER. don’t cheap out.

    Features: This soundbar is truly loaded with some much and it’s guaranteed future proofing for about 8-10 years. The dimensions is the product of perfect for the 55 inch LG C1 OLED while having a TV STAND not wall mounted.

    Overall, I would re-purchase this again and whole heartedly recommend it.

    FYI, I was considering the Sonos Arc/ Sub combo before this since it has gotten high praise. BUT THE MAJOR factor is the seamless integration it has with the LG C1. Since it’s part of the LG ecosystem it just fitted so right with the TV. And you can maximize its fullest potentials well.

    HOWEVER, everyone’s needs/ ears and priorities are different. I know there are other sound bars that can blow this out of the water. But the LG SP9YA deserves it praise! There’s so much potential that you just need to give it chance!

    Jul 13, 2021 08:06
  • Review by AngelM, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound from the SP9YA

    The LG SP9YA 5.1.2 soundbar looks modern and sounds fantastic, I have an LG TV and they function well together, I can control both with one remote. I think if you have an HDMI arc TV it will work well too. The 520 watts sound superb, I turned only the soundbar and it sounds amazing even at max volume and the sound does not get distorted, once the subwoofer is turned on, then the sound is complete. I can hear different sounds from all over the room; this is how good the speaker is. The soundbar has different sound modes and each have a different setting for best sound, speaking of sound, the soundbar can be calibrated to make the room sound even better. I usually just have the AI Sound Pro so it knows how to adapt for the scene. The one thing I like the most is the connectivity, can use my assistant and play music from Spotify without the TV being on or my phone. I will get the rear speakers at a later date but for now it sounds great.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Bababooey, 10 out of 10
    This thing is sick.

    Paired with a 65 inch LG OLED. I use the AI sound and it is epic for games movies and sports. I always use Blade Runner as a test flick. Blows me and my neighbors away. Night mode is cool to avoid eviction. Max settings, you can blow anyone out of the space. ARC works great. I got an open box with a small ding in front for 700. I’d pay the full g. It’s that good. The thing is enormous so not sure about wall mount.

    Nov 06, 2021 17:32
  • Review by Jason, 10 out of 10
    Loving our new sound bar

    Bought this to replace an aging 7.1 surround receiver and speakers. Although this is not a true surround system, the way it is designed it does an excellent job simulating surround. Sound quality is excellent. Installed with an LG TV and install and setup was quick and easy. Just a side note the sound bar is rather long so check your available space before purchasing.

    Apr 14, 2021 15:34
  • Review by Kenny, 8 out of 10
    Good Soundbar!

    The LG SP9YA has an impressive build quality, really slim and wide made of plastic, feels solid and durable with a metal grille around the sides to protect the speakers. The sub on the other hand is also made of plastic, but it’s covered with fabric which could easily get dirty or damaged. I will advise to think on your sub placement if you have kids or pets.

    The LG SP9YA offers a neutral, balanced and clean sound, it’s suitable for listening to lots of different audio contents. Despite being a 5.1.2 system, it doesn't offer a very immersive surround experience without the help of the SPK8-S surround speakers, which you can buy separately and would upgrade the system to a 7.1.2.

    Note: The surround speakers is not what you might think as completely wireless! (Speaker and power cord cable) this set is wireless from the soundbar but it uses cables to connect each speaker to a transmitter/power amplifier.

    My experience with the system after integrating the surround speaker has been really good, so I will be keeping the system thanks to its looks, balanced performance and out all current 2021 sound bars from other brands LG offers more options like audio formats, file formats, and connectivity. Is it perfect? No, So I’ll provide examples of my personal use and how it performed so you have a better idea.

    1. The LG sound bar phone app is really convenient, helpful, and easy to use when configuring settings for the bar. Once installed I ran the AI room correction, and the difference in sound to what I previously had set was really not much of a difference or maybe nothing at all.

    2. EQ Presets - A Good advice! Do not rely only on one EQ preset like the AI Sound Pro or Standard.

    TV

    I found the AI Sound Pro and Standard EQ to be good for watching news, and documental.

    Music

    When watching music videos or just listening to music of youtube or simply streaming from your phone make sure to set you EQ to music, you will find that the bar performs better and also your sub will also sound a bit deep and stronger. For those heavy bass lovers, this subwoofer it’s not for you. I played with the sub settings and while it did some changes it did not perform as strong as I have experienced with other systems at the same volume, in order to achieve a strong performance from the sub I had to raise the volume on the bar to almost its limits to get that heavy punch I wanted. I guess that’s how LG/Meridian has tuned the sub just to be balanced.

    Cinema

    If you are not playing any movies in Atmos content, then select the Cinema EQ, all sound is enhanced, and surprising I found the subwoofer also to perform really well. Due to my living room configuration being open to the kitchen I have the subwoofer right next to the sofa facing the corner of the wall in order to achieve and dispense the sound better with the sub and bass levels set to +3

    Game/Sports

    Every sound feels present and clean when you select the correct EQ for each content.

    3. Connectivity

    Here’s where I have not been able to find any solution, I have an Xbox series X connected to the bar which supports 4k pass-through, when I test 4k performance the Xbox displays everything is supported with its green checkmarks (HDR10, Dolby Vision) yet I have tried numerous 4k movies and I can only see displaying in HDR10 format, I have looked on my tv settings and everything is set to allow Dolby Vision but I never get the option to select it.

    4. Compatibility with AI Services

    I have not tried any so far.

    Jul 20, 2021 11:38
  • Review by Vics, 2 out of 10
    Scuffs Dust & Fingerprints

    Aware the reviews should reference the performance. I arrived to purchase a new SP9YA, rear channel speakers and HDMI cable. When I began to unpack it I was very displeased. The soundbar was unwrapped full of dust particles, a smudge of fingerprints and the cord was just laying there freely. The subwoofer was unwrapped as well, the cloth covering was dusty and soiled other sides had some scuffs, sticker was disturbed and the bottom of the sub had an identify ink mark. The soundbar as well had an identify white mark on it. The manuel was uncovered and very visibly used. View pictures attached. I try to take extra precautions in cleaniness and contamination and this is what I encounter. My wife just flew in for a couple of days and this ruined our movie night. Best Buy - $1100 tomorrow

    Sep 27, 2021 04:01
  • Review by Will, 6 out of 10
    Sounds Great, Requires Trial and Error, Measure

    Great sound. Pricey. Have it on the BASS setting, maxed settings, and it has me wanting more. Large sound bar may need to me measured before placement if doing so on tabletop. Lucky enough for me, my viewing angle allowed for proper clearance. Consufing, and mean CONFUSING, system to operate. As large as the bar is, you'd expect something more. BUY on a sale.

    Jun 15, 2021 16:45
  • Review by JustPosting, 8 out of 10
    Very good overall sound but so-so surround

    LG SP9YA is great for mixed usage. It's very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio. You can customize almost everything, including bass and treble adjustments to go along with other EQ presets and settings. It supports every audio format over HDMI ARC and HDMI ports, including Atmos and DTS-X. It has a great soundstage and five distinct channels where you can hear clear channel separation on the soundbar. Since there are five channels you need to worry about it down-mixing 5.1 content to stereo. However, it's not very immersive. I'm aware it would help to add the rear surround speakers but the soundbar alone does not produce a believable surround experience.

    Nov 02, 2021 11:04
  • 8.6score
    Yamaha - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Alexa Built-in - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your sound entertainment experience with this Yamaha sound bar. The robust construction ensures longevity even with rugged use, while built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies provide convenient wireless connectivity. This Yamaha sound bar (winner of the 2020 CNET Editor’s Choice Award) has a compact design for easy placement, built-in Alexa technology for hands-free operation and four woofers for immersive sound reproduction.

    10 Features
  • Amazon Alexa Built-in: Easily control your sound bar, music, smart devices, set alarms and more with Alexa built-in.
  • 200W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Two 1" tweeters and four 1-3/4" cone woofers: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • Wireless subwoofer: With 6-1/2" driver for powerful bass.
  • Dolby Digital and DTS Virtual:X: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Includes optical digital audio and HDMI.
  • Outputs: Includes HDMI ARC.
  • Remote Control and free Home Theater Controller app: Offer simple operation with options for control.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NoFaceLIves, 10 out of 10
    Flawless performance/unequaled value

    I've used a lot of soundbars over the years with both wired and wireless subs. Each of them has had it's quirks and left much to be desired. When I had the opportunity to get my hands on this yamaha soundbar I couldn't wait. Yamaha is one of the oldest names in the game when it comes to high end home audio equipment. So how did they do? They nailed it.

    This bar is built like a beast; solid, heavy, and very durable feeling. Ditto for the sub. Setup is a breeze. Plug the ac cables into the bar and the sub, plug your arc cable from tv into soundbar and you're off and running. Out of the box the sound is very good, but you can make fine adjustments using the remote. Unfortunately the led lights on the soundbar that indicate volume level and other setting changes don't give you much in the way of information, so you're going to need to use the app ... speaking of

    The app is mandatory. If you don't have a smartphone or tablet by now, don't buy this bar without one. The app is absolutely necessary for updating firmware and knowing exactly what settings you're changing on the soundbar. The app quickly found and paired the soundbar and updating was smooth and fast - no problems whatsoever.

    In the app you'll find options to rename your soundbar, link the built-in alexa to your amazon account, as well as more sound settings. In order you have 3d surround, Sound Program (EQ settings), Clear Voice, Bass Extension, and your independant subwoofer volume. On the main menu you can control the volume of the whole system.

    3d surround provides a faux 3D effect, it's kind of gimmicky and I don't really care for it but it does give you more of a room filling experience. Your personal taste will of course vary, but it's not for me.

    Sound Program is what Yamaha calls their equalizer, I don't know why they didn't just call it EQ but whatever. You can select from 6 presets; Movie, Music, Sports, Game, TV Program, and Stereo. They all sound a bit different, but they're so similar that you're preference will be entirely subjective. The movie setting seems to offer the most balanced sound so that's where I keep it. I don't know why there isn't a custom setting where you can modify the sound to your exact preferences, seems like a huge omission. Maybe it'll come in a future firmware update? Yamaha if you're paying attention, please give me custom EQ. That said I'm very happy with the sound in Movie mode. Highs are clear and crisp, mids are present but not overwhelming or washed out, and bass is very punchy without any distortion even at higher volume levels. Without exaggeration I can say that this is the best sound I've heard from a soundbar, besting even two high end ATMOS bars I've used that cost well over 2k. Very good job from Yamaha.

    Clear Voice accentuates "voices" or really the frequencies that human voices tend to fall into. I've heard this on soundbars and tv sets for years and never been overly impressed, but the Yamaha bar does an amazing job of bringing voices - and only voices - to the front of the soundscape. It doesn't feel phony or overprocessed, the voices of actors in movies and tv shows and vocals in music come across very clean. There's definitely some magic going on behind the scenes here that I haven't heard before. I keep this on all the time, and if you knew me you'd know that I never use any post-processing effects in AV equipment. And yet here I am. It's just so good and natural sounding, I don't know what to say. Again you may or may not like it, but I happen to love it.

    Bass Extension ostensibly is there to provide a richer fuller bass if the massive subwoofer isn't bumping hard enough for you, but I found the performance to be very inconsistent. In some movies and tv shows it seems to offer a wider sound field while in others it seemed to actually mute the thump of punches landing or explosions booming. In music it's the same story, at times yielding a window-rattling thump and at others completely muting the bass line in the song. This one is most definitely staying off for me.

    Lastly we have the subwoofer volume - so let's talk about the sub. It's big. It's heavy. It's awesome. Stock settings are certainly adequate with this subwoofer, but I like to increase the volume to +3. Any higher and it's honestly just too much bass for me, still very clean and precise just ... too much. The bass provided here should surpass all but the most hardcore bass-head's expectations. It's simply put, very very good. And another thing! A common problem with wireless subwoofers, every one I've used up until now, is that they routinely lose connection to the soundbar. Sometimes briefly sometimes for awhile, but it's always jarring when it happens. I've watched several movies and more episodes of TV than I'd care to admit with this Yamaha soundbar already and I have not experienced a single drop. Not once out of more than 40 hours of play time. It's unheard of. Even my high end ATMOS soundbar's sub cuts out when the bass on a soundtrack fades out, taking a second to kick back in. It's something you quickly grow accustomed to but now that I have a system with a wireless sub that works flawlessly I hate watching TV in my other rooms. In other words, this thing is perfect.

    Lastly I want to talk about the remote. It's a perfectly functional remote, but without any sort of visible readout on the soundbar itself the remote is kind of pointless. You'll need the app to know exactly what the settings are, and since you can change them far more quickly and easily on the app the remote just sits in a drawer not getting used. The remote, strangely, uses one of those flat watch type batteries, which means when it runs out of juice you're likely going to have to run to the drug store as chances are you don't have any of these lying around the house. I don't really get why Yamaha went with this battery as opposed to triple or double As, but it's a minor annoyance. There's also a button on the remote for swapping between different audio codecs which is crazy. Does everyone know what audio codec (DTS, dolby true HD whatever) the movie/tv soundtrack is using when they play back? No of course not. On every other device the system just takes whatever source it's fed and processes it correctly. This soundbar does the same thing. So why is that button there? It's very confusing, and even more confusing when you realize that this option isn't even available in the app. It's almost like this remote is a pre-existing design that they just tossed in the box as an afterthought. Don't use it, just stick with the app. It's far more convenient and feature rich.

    So overall this soundbar gets 10 out of 10 for me. I wish I could rate it higher. It's class-leading at it's price point, and although it doesn't feature ATMOS support but I've found it produces higher quality sound than systems that are 3 or 4 times the price. The remote is pretty much garbage, but I've never used it outside of checking to see if the buttons work. I really wish there was a way to set custom EQ but I'm not going to knock off a star for that. The performance of this system is just too good. Yamaha have a long tradition of making industry-leading speakers and receivers. They're carrying on that tradition with this soundbar, which is hands-down the best soundbar I've ever used. It's worth your hard-earned coin. Buy it.

    Sep 25, 2019 19:55
  • Review by Poocher917, 10 out of 10
    A top choice in this price range

    The Yamaha YAS-209 is packaged efficiently with the soundbar and wireless subwoofer contained in one box. In the box you have 2 power cords, one optical cable, the 50 W x 2 channels soundbar (36-5/8" × 2-1/2" × 4-1/4"), wireless 100W subwoofer (7-1/2" × 16-1/2" × 16"), remote control, mounting template, quick start guide and safety brochure. Note: no HDMI cable is included. You may need to purchase this separately if needed. Alexa is available as well.

    Connections:

    HDMI: 1 in and 1 out

    Digital optical: 1 in

    Setup #1: Bedroom

    To make the setup as efficient as possible, you will want to download the Sound Bar Controller app by Yamaha Corporation. The TV is connected via HDMI supporting Audio Return Channel (ARC). ARC allows your TV remote to control the volume on your soundbar. Use the app to connect to your home Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) network. The subwoofer connected to the soundbar right away. The app is very well designed and you can use it to complete all of your adjustments to match your listening needs. You can also use the remote which is the option I used. I turned on a TV show and made some adjustments. The subwoofer is not large at 6 inches but has decent bass. Using the Bass Extension option further emphasizes the bass. The Clear Voice setting emphasizes dialogue and works well. The 3D Surround option worked well in a bedroom size area. Alexa is available and this was set up effortlessly and connected to my Amazon account. With Alexa you have many commands and services available to you. With this option we could listen to local radio and many of the other things Alexa provides for you. Connecting my phone via Bluetooth (Version 4.2) was effortless. Playing music from the phone on the Music soundbar setting sounded really good. The soundbar supports WAV, FLAC, ALAC, WMA and MPEG-4 AAC.

    Setup#2: Large entertainment room in a basement.

    Moving the soundbar to the basement where it will be used the most. This is connected to a TV using the optical cable. Plug in the cable and power and it was ready to go. The unit worked perfectly. I did notice the 3D surround setting had a more hollow sound in the large room. I will not use this setting in this room.

    Conclusion:

    My experience with other Yamaha devices has shown me you can always expect great quality. The YAS-209 soundbar is no exception. Setup was effortless. Playing different audio sources was simple. The App is great. Does this sound as good as a $1000 soundbar – No. However, this would be a top choice among soundbars in this price range. It is a definite value buy considering its performance and features.

    Sep 29, 2019 12:04
  • Review by hitsuyoo, 8 out of 10
    Pricey But Excellent

    I love the way this soundbar can be pulled out of the box and get plugged in and play. I mean everything is right there for you to get going. The soundbar is beautiful and the subwoofer compliments it by being so sleek and stylish. The controls are super easy to learn and connecting to your Alexa network is really easy. I can't complain much about this speaker system, except there's one little caveat. This thing it pricey. It comes in at $350 bucks. Now I do understand that you've noticed that before you looked at my review, so if you've got the funds for this, I can't give you any reason why you shouldn't buy it. I personally love mine. I normally leave a link to my full online review, but today , I've got a treat. Not only am doing that, I've also linked a n unboxing of this baby in there. Go check it out. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NAyM2U8nHJ0qZKJ5LE55DA7zqQMc69DE9y-tJPIyN4w/edit?usp=sharing

    Sep 29, 2019 18:43
  • Review by phoenixfta, 8 out of 10
    Great looking + good sound

    Having recently picked up a new 65” flat screen, I’ve spent some time enjoying the latest streaming features and the great images. The TV I bought has decent sound, but I know built-in speakers will never be as good as a sound bar and subwoofer...and the streaming has me hooked on live concert shows and films crafted by quality-of-experience obsessed filmmakers.

    The Yamaha 2.1 system comes with a sizable, attractive sub and a nice bar with a few buttons and status indicators, as well as an optical cable (but no HDMI?!). Most of the setup was easy, but I never was able to use the app because my home WiFi is 5Ghz only and the app setup requires 2.4Ghz.

    That said, I was up and running with the system that mattered in less than 10 minutes. The reproduction quality is nice...good enough to remind you how musical instruments actually sound.

    The Bluetooth connectivity with your phone, tablet or similar device is easy and convenient.

    Yamaha, of course, add some nice integrated processing. The Clear Voice feature does what it advertises - produces cleared voices than an average system. It also supports DTS Virtual:X. It’s a surround sound feature that works fairly well to enhance your listening experience with compatible shows and movies.

    Finally, the YAS-209 is Alexa-Enabled. I was surprised and a little confused at how this could be useful. Essentially they’ve provided some basic level of voice control to the sound bar. That’s nice because I don’t really dig the remote’s looks, nor the need for another one in my life. I do like telling it to raise the volume or change sources though. I think a lot of friends and significant others will. I’ve never been to a house and not heard someone complain about not being able to use the sound bar.

    Nice package, good sound, good features for a reasonable price!

    Oct 08, 2019 01:38
  • Review by Mukman, 10 out of 10
    Class Act from Yamaha

    This is the second sound system I have had. I like this one much better. The last one had no Subwoofer. That makes a huge difference. And to have one like this that is wireless is absolutely fantastic. This 6.5“ sub fills in the low end sound and nice bass when called for.

    Set up was a breeze. Connected HDMI to ARC HDMI connection on the TV, plug in both the sound bar and the sub into wall outlet and you are ready to experience some nice sound.

    The unit comes with a mounting template to properly position 2 screws in wall to hang on the wall, which is how I mounted. (See pics)

    Next, Download the Yamaha Sound Bar Control app onto your phone. This will help you to set up features like Alexa and WIFI. After set-up you can also use your app to adjust your volume and sound setting (same setting that are available on the included remote) Settings include the following;

    -Sound Program (Movie, TV, Music, Sports, Game and Stereo)

    -Clear Voice

    -Bass Extension

    -Subwoofer volume

    Top of sound bar contains the following:

    Indicator lights; Status, HDMI, TV, Bluetooth, Net, Surround, Clear Voice, WiFi, Alexa

    Buttons; Alexa, Mute (Microphone), Input, Volume, Power

    Back of soundbar:

    Power connection, HDMI IN, HDMI out, Network jack, TV input jack (optical) for TV’s without ARC (Audio Return Channel) connection, and micro USB to update firmware if needed.

    Sound:

    Very happy with the sound. Watching a football game in sports mode and I kept hearing the crowd off to the sides. Pretty nice surround for a soundbar. 3D surround feature provides an even fuller sound.

    Very nice having Alexa as well. Nice to have another Alexa speaker in the house. Since this is in our basement, we now have voice control for music etc. on that level as well.

    Overall very happy with this Yamaha Soundbar.

    Sep 26, 2019 22:06
  • Review by AZEqualizer, 8 out of 10
    Very nice Mid-Range Sound-Bar

    Very nice 2.1 sound-bar with a wireless subwoofer. It is compact and good looking and comes in around 36In x 3In. Ther wireless subwoofer can be put anywhere and is about 17In X 17In X 7Inand only requires a power connection. The soundbar has a power, ethernet, HDMI in and HDMI out (ARC) and an optical connector for TV’s that don’t support ARC. There is also a USB jack for doing firmware updates, but if you connect the unit to the internet it will do updates with the ethernet port. The iR receiver and remote have a 20 ft range with a 30Degree off-center angle. The remote is small and compact and comes with batteries.

    The unit produces great sound, and the subwoofer will add the lows. The remote has a +/- setting for the subwoofer as well as Power, volume, inputs, sound mode, and an Alexa button. You really need to install the app to take advantage of the features of this unit. It will work on your phone or tablet.

    Pros:

    • Good sound and size

    • Alexa mike can be turned off and is responsive even over loud sound output

    • Can be used to stream music from streaming service or from mobile device

    • Good template for unit placement and hole placement for support.

    • Clear channel support to boost the vocal center sound

    • Decent effects

    • Subwoofer links itself

    Cons:

    • One HDMI in

    • Connectors are cramped and could affect the types of cables being used.

    • No display to assist in setup and monitoring

    • No wall screws or mount and pretty low-end keyholes for support on wall

    You should consider this unit for your sound needs on your TV as it performs quite well.

    Oct 02, 2019 19:05
  • Review by Shiprat, 8 out of 10
    Perfect for Our Master Bedroom

    This is a perfectly sized system for our master bedroom. It was very easy to set up and mount to the wall underneath the TV and sounds WAY BETTER than the internal TV speakers. The downloadable app allows you to control it from your phone or tablet or you may use the included remote. Also, if you have an HDMI (ARC) connection on your TV you can simply connect it via that with just one HDMI cable and then you’ll be able to use your TV remote to turn the unit on/off as well. The sound is very good although it doesn’t hold a candle to our main AV system in our Family room. Having Alexa built in is awesome too; it has replaced my alarm clock. The system is also equipped with Bluetooth so you can stream music or podcasts from your mobile device very easily. The wireless subwoofer sounds good when playing movies and so far the connection has been flawless.

    For a clean-looking, good-sounding system for the bedroom at this price point, you’re not likely to find anything that beats this one at the moment.

    Sep 18, 2020 16:15
  • Review by RipVanWinkle, 8 out of 10
    YAS-209BL: Excellent sound bar for the money

    I purchased a YAS-209BL soundbar for primary use with a new LG OLED77C9PUB TV. The soundbar is connected via the TV's eARC port. Setup was simple. The sound is excellent.

    I chose this soundbar for the following reasons:

    1. relatively affordable

    2. Subwoofer-specific volume control lets you effectively mute the subwoofer if you have someone in the house who is sensitive to the low-base reverberation produced by normal subwoofer operation

    3. The soundbar's 'clear voice' feature - which accentuates voice sounds enabling clearer audio dialogue.

    The subwoofer volume control and ClearVoice features work great - exactly what I was hoping for. The overall sound of the soundbar itself is also excellent, and I enjoy listening to music (Spotify) via the soundbar's wireless network connection. Clear/crisp highs, deep/resounding lows. Almost as good as listening to my stereo.

    There is one thing I do NOT like about this soundbar: No visual readout of volume-level, input selection, listening-mode... All it has is a series of very small light indicators on the top which blink when changing settings to indicate the selection and level. Very poor design; I can never remember which lights mean what, and since the lights are on the top of the unit instead of on the front panel, they are difficult to see. I have an old ZVOX 570 sound base connected to my second TV. That has a four-character display located behind the front speaker grille that shows the selected numeric setting for volume, bass, treble, mute on/off... when adjusting. A few seconds after you stop adjusting, the display disappears completely. Far, far superior design to this Yamaha soundbar. Yes, you can use the Yamaha phone app to see the levels better, but having to use a phone app to see specific setting levels is a clumsy design at best. Yamaha could have done much better with this.

    That aside, I am very happy with this purchase; the soundbar produces excellent sound for the money and setup is simple.

    Aug 22, 2020 17:13
  • 8.6score
    Polk Audio - React Soundbar with Dolby & DTS Virtual 3D Surround Sound - Black
    Description

    Experience big, impactful surround sound driven by Dolby and DTS integration with the Polk React Series Sound Bar that works with virtually any TV and delivers a true cinematic television experience. Take your movies to the next level with Polk’s Proprietary Voice Adjust Technology that adjust the voice levels of the sound bar to produce crisp and clear dialogues. The soundbar also offers one-button presets for movies and music, allowing you to optimize the audio according to the content-type. With the deepest Alexa integration, control all the elements of the sound bar with just a simple voice command. The built-in Alexa allows you to stream multi-room music, control volume and set sound modes, makes calls to US, Mexico and Canada using Alexa Calling and Messaging, and much more. Unleash the true home theater potential by pairing the sound bar with the optional React Subwoofer and SR2 surround sound speakers and create a 5.1 channel home entertainment setup for your moves and music. Offering flexible placement options, the React can easily be wall-mounted to blend with your home your décor. Enjoy big, room-filling sound from a slim and compact soundbar that comes with a super simple setup via the Alexa App.

    7 Features
  • Big, Detailed Home Audio: The Polk React Sound Bar works with virtually any TV, and delivers impactful 3D virtual surround sound, multi-room music all from a slim, low profile design that does not block your TV or remote's sensor
  • Great Sound for Movies and Music: Features a 6-driver array with (2) 3.8" x 2.7" mid-range drivers, (2) 1" tweeters and (2) 4.3" x 3.9" passive radiators to produce room-filling, immersive Dolby & DTS virtual surround sound without any additional speakers
  • Massive Alexa Integration: Play the same music across rooms, or different ones on each device, with seamless voice control. Control Smart Home Devices. Use Alexa Calling and Messaging to US, Canada and Mexico - all from your sound bar with just a simple voice command
  • Clear & Crisp Dialogues: Never miss another dialogue and hear every word clearly with Polk's Proprietary Voice Adjust Technology that adjusts the voice levels from the sound bar. For sound optimized by content-type, use the one-button presets for movie, music and night mode
  • Unlimited Wireless Music Streaming: Stream unlimited audio tracks from Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and more to enjoy countless hours of music and videos to your liking. The soundbar also allows you to connect your smartphone, tablet or other compatible devices for direct streaming
  • Versatile Connection Options: Features (1) HDMI ARC output, (1) Optical Audio Input, and (1) USB-A that allow you to play music from various sources. The setup is simple and frustration-free so you can start enjoying your music out of the box
  • Build a 5.1 Channel Sound System: Experience big, bold and impactful audio quality with the full React Series Family. Pair the sound bar with optional SR2 wireless surround speakers and/or Polk React wireless subwoofer to create a well-rounded home setup, without needing any extra wires
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Woo151, 10 out of 10
    Great bar! Even better with sub and SS speakers

    Absolutely fantastic sound bar! But if you pair it with it's other components, the sub and surround speakers (both optional) then it becomes really close to amazing. Setting up the bar though gave me some minor issues.

    In the box you get the bar, power cord, a sleeve with the typical literature, remote with batteries, wall mount hardware (no screws!) and not only an HDMI cable but also an optical one too! Rarely do you see that so it was a nice touch.

    Build quality is great. Not gonna be slipping around or rattling in place where you decide to put it. I put mine on my TV stand and while the instruction manual recommends putting the bar as close to the FRONT edge as possible, to me it takes away the aesthetics of it so I placed my near the mid closer to the rear.

    Connections are fairly straightforward. A disappointing note on this is that there is no HMDI in from an external source like I see in most sound bars nowadays within the price range (like 2 HDMI IN connections if that makes more sense). It is only from your TVs ARC connection. You can also use the optical connection and even Bluetooth.

    Using the Alexa App to set up seems easy at first, but I ran into a problem while on WIFI. The app finds the bar instantly and starts to walk you through the whole set up, but for me, as soon as I made it to the part where you connect to your home's WIFI, it just locks up and never connects. I remedied this by a very simple set. Turned off my device's WIFI and proceeded to setup via Bluetooth instead. Doing that worked and connected the bar flawlessly. So to save you a potential headache, try that 1st.

    After setup, I told Alexa to play me some Rock and RHCP started. Thumbs up Alexa for that. You can change bass and treble (voice) levels via the remote or just tell Alexa to do so. Voice commands worked with no hiccups. After pairing the Sub to the bar, music sounded at least 1000x better. The woofer is deep and powerful and not distorted at all.

    Movies and games were great. Obviously being far more superior to the TVs speakers. This time I added the rear surround speakers and the sounds became more immersive. Watched a couple of Netflix and Amazon Prime movies. After that, played Xbox Series X and gaming was awesome.

    In my opinion, at least get the woofer alongside with this bar at the very least. It just enhances the sound quality soo much. Polk is a great company that has been around for a while and they know their stuff when it comes to speakers and sound devices.

    Apr 15, 2021 23:01
  • Review by hotice, 10 out of 10
    Awesome soundbar with great features

    The Polk Audio React Soundbar gives great quality sound to fill the room with excellent audio!

    Design

    The Soundbar has the kind of design that's pretty common with a lot of new home speakers. Fabric is stretched over the front, top, and sides. There are lights in the front but you only see them when they light up because they're behind the fabric. I think it looks cool! The top has the normal type of button layout you would expect to find on an Alexa device, with volume up, volume down, mic off, and an action button. I was glad to find an HDMI cable and optical cable in the box. It also comes with a template for wall mounting. Setup is easy using the Alexa app on your phone.

    Sound

    The sound quality is excellent! Movies, YouTube video's, and different styles of music all sound great. Vocals, stringed instruments, piano, drums, nature sounds, and sci-fi audio all sound real. I listed to a number of types of music, watched some movies and TV shows, and watched YouTube videos. The sound is consistently excellent with clear rich vocals and deep bass. Not only are vocal great but the remote actually has buttons for vocal "up and down". It worked very well to make vocals more pronounced or soften them. There are also modes for different types of content or at listening at night: Night, Music, Sports, and Movie. I like the night mode. It seems to reduce loud noises and background sounds while keeping voice audible. It's helpful for watching a movie while the kids are sleeping upstairs.

    Remote

    It's a sleek and very functional remote. It's IR, so line-of-sight only, but it works well. Along with the volume up/down buttons there are also up/down buttons for Bass and Voice. At the bottom of the remove there are controls for balance and volume of the rear surround speakers, in case you have those. While they are self explanatory I was surprised by the one for voice and, as I mentioned above, liked the way you can make voice more or less prominent. You will also see controls for the volume of the surround sound and the balance of the surround sound. I like the way the lights on the speaker show where you're at for all these features. Volume up/down goes from 0 at the left and then to the right as you get louder, the way you would expect. All the others start in the middle (default) and then you can increase or decrease from there. I love this because you can play with it and it's easy to get it back to default - so you know you'll have surround at a good level when you're done messing with it for example. The remote also has the following buttons for modes that I mentioned above: Night, Music, Sport, and Movie.

    Alexa and Voice Control

    Alexa works very well on the React Soundbar. Using Alexa is a requirement because you use the Alexa app to setup and control the Soundbar. Beyond that, you can use Alexa for voice control. I was able to ask Alexa to turn the volume up or down or turn off my Android TV by asking Alexa to "turn off the TV". I was most impressed by the voice calling feature. I could ask Alexa to call someone in my phone. I was impressed how it handled calling my wife's phone. Sure it will call any phone but my wife and my aunt have the same name. It actually was smart enough to ask me who I wanted to call. Most times I've had voice assistants seemingly just pick one and call. It gave me the last four digits of the number's and asked me which one I wanted to call. It was quick, easy, and accurate! Once the call is made sound quality is excellent and with the the mics built in the soundbar for Alexa it picks up voice great and you can hear the person on the other end through the speakers perfectly. It's a great way to do a speakerphone call!

    Apr 27, 2021 22:21
  • Review by blahnika, 8 out of 10
    Good soundbar, poor Alexa integration

    As the title says, my experience with the soundbar, subwoofer, and speakers has been good but the Alexa integration is poor.

    I have a Sony TV and just the soundbar compared to the TV makes the audio much better, when you add the subwoofer and speakers that are all wireless you get really nice sound with a simple setup. You just plug everything in, press a few buttons and you're up and running with surround sound that sounds great.

    Getting Alexa setup wasn't too hard either, as I have a few of them so I just opened the app and it found the polk. Nice thing is that you actually control the soundbar all through Alexa, so no extra app is needed, although that control is limited. The next part that's lacking is the control of the TV if you don't already have a firestick or fire tv. If you tell the soundbar "Alexa, turn off TV" it won't do anything even though its connected through the HDMI to the TV. I wish that they would have just gone ahead and built Fire TV stick into the soundbar since without it you essentially have an echo dot that's bigger and since the fire cube I have has a mic on it the soundbar is just repetitive and many times doesn't do what you want since you need to talk to the Fire TV.

    While its nice not needing another app, the controls are also limited. You have volume, bass and surround sound volume. I actually like this, but previous systems have given more control so just something to be aware of.

    Overall, its a decent soundbar but it really doesn't need the Alexa built into it as its not very useful.

    Apr 29, 2021 14:25
  • Review by SG702, 10 out of 10
    Incredible Sound

    This soundbar packs a punch with the subwoofer. I hadn’t used a soundbar in about 10 years because of how awful the sound used to be. This provides you the ability to adjust bass, treble, and voice directly on the remote. I love the Alexa capability. It is a little slower at times to recognize the “Alexa” phrase than my Echo devices, but it’s quite functional. I use Apple Music as well on this and it works great. You need to make sure the skill is added in the Alexa app. WiFi was what took the longest ~5 min setup. Otherwise it worked immediately out of the box. I don’t have a TV with ARC yet so I can’t comment on it, but I’ll update when I have one.

    Sound wise this setup will set off some car alarms at 50%. I’ve never needed it above 50% because it’s quite immersive. Watching movies and listening to music has significantly improved my media consumption. I never thought it would be this good but I’m pleasantly surprised.

    Oct 19, 2021 09:12
  • Review by HBCUgrad13, 8 out of 10
    Great Sound Once You're Setup

    Watching movies and listening to music through this device did provide high-end quality sound. I did recognize a distinction in audio when toggling through the different modes. Unfortunately, setup with Alexa was long and troublesome. I kept receiving error messages when trying to find the device and issues when attempting to connect with my wireless network. I solved the problems by connecting to the Polk Audio React Sound Bar via Bluetooth first and then entering setup mode within the Alexa app. This may require a factory reset if the device is unrecognizable during initial setup. Owners should also be aware that this device works best on the 5Ghz band instead of the 2.4Ghz. This may pose as an issue given that 5Ghz should be reserved for critical devices such as laptops. desktops, and gaming consoles. Once you conquer the issues then it's truly smooth sailing. The sound bar worked flawlessly in recognizing my voice when initiating Alexa commands and response time was great. In summary, this product should be a great fit for your home.

    Cons:

    - Initial Alexa Setup was buggy

    - Works best with the 5Ghz band which causes undesired network congestion

    Pros:

    - Sound surround sound

    - Premium build quality

    - Great response time when using remote and Alexa commands

    Apr 11, 2021 13:23
  • Review by dren, 8 out of 10
    Powerful wireless speaker system

    While I don’t love these speakers, I have to admit that they are very good quality.

    I have the soundbar, subwoofer and surround speakers. Pulling them out of the box they are obviously very high quality speakers. Initial set-up was pretty easy. It tries to get you to connect to Alexa right away, which you will need to do to get the full functionality, but you don’t have to have Alexa to use them. Connecting the subwoofer and surround sound speakers to the bar was really easy, but I did have to have them pretty close to the bar to make it work (around 3 ft). But once they were connected, I could move them farther away and they stay connected without any issues. The soundbar also uses English voice commands so it makes it a bit easier to figure out what the soundbar is doing.

    One irritating thing is that they expect you to be ready to go with all your speakers close to the soundbar and attach them all at once. I did the sub first, then opened the surrounds and entered pair mode again to do the surrounds. When I did the surrounds I did one first and waited for a confirmation before doing the second. That’s not the right move. It won’t actually connect the surrounds unless you do them both together.

    After that hiccup I also got a notice that the sub could not be connected. I had to ignore this warning since the sub was already connected and stayed connected but the system wanted me to try and reconnect anyway. All minor notes, but maybe it will help someone else trying to set things up.

    Once it was all set up the next thing I noticed is that the sound bar doesn’t have a menu. There are a few options on the alexa app, but mostly its just a blank slate that when you push a button on the remote you need to look at the light indicator and kind of guess what is happening. This really became an irritation when I was trying to set up the surrounds properly.

    The surrounds are wireless and easily connected to the bar, but they still need power. As a result my surrounds are in ok locations, but not ideal ones because they are not uniformly distant from the main listening location. The instructions say not to do that, but my power plugs are only in certain locations and if I wanted to pay to move a power plug, I’d just pay to wire up a system and not use wireless speakers. Normally the way you address this issue is to change the volume (and sometimes timing) of sound from the speakers to account for differences in distance. The remote has options to adjust the balance between surround speakers and volume for the surrounds and sub independent of the soundbar. So technically you can make all the fine tuned adjustments you need. However it doesn’t come with any microphone system or other helpful guides and tools to actually tweak this right. The instructions don’t even give any hints on what volume the surrounds should be at and so it is likely that it will take you a while to get the balance of everything just right. Its really a shame because the hardware all looks and sound fantastic, but if they are just set wrong it can completely ruin your experience. I also don’t love that those settings are adjusted with a button on the remote. I have kids and they will push any button they aren’t supposed to. If I spend a long time getting everything dialed in just right, they can completely mess it up with just a few pushes of a button. I always bring sound bar remotes into a universal remote where I can conveniently leave those buttons of, but still, it seems like a shortsighted design.

    There is no menu to adjust syncing with the tv, but I have a Hisense and it connected without a problem and turns on and off together with it easily.

    Overall, once I got it dialed in, the system makes great sound, but they just made it harder than it needed to be to get there.

    There is a built in Alexa device. This is actually great for controlling other things while watching tv, communicating quickly between Alexa devices to extend our makeshift intercom system, and its fantastic for listening to music.

    Most speaker systems I’ve had or used allow you to connect a Bluetooth device to it to listen to music. This does to and I’ve used it occasionally, but most of the time I just stream my music. Its nice to have a dedicated unit to be able to do that. Its also fun to easily be able to put your music on in a surround sound setting that really gives you an amazing sound experience.

    My one grip on the Alexa is that you can not change the wake up word. You are stuck with Alexa. This is a super simple thing to activate and my understanding is that it is completely controlled by Amazon. I don’t know who’s rules it is on what devices can use a different wake up word, but for me that really kills a ton of the benefits of having the device. One of our children has a name that is VERY close to Alexa and it means we have to keep the microphone on the Alexa device off. We can push the button to turn the mic on and use it when we want, but generally speaking it might as well not be there. Companies should really boycott adding Alexa to devices until they let every device change the wake word.

    These are overall very good speakers, but the limitations of Alexa and a few minimalistic design choices by the company really hold it back from being amazing. You can get this soundbar and run it without the other speakers and if you do you don't need to worry about the issues with the surrounds so I didn't take off any points for that irritation, just one star for the Alexa wake word issue.

    Apr 14, 2021 14:04
  • Review by Mizshutterbug, 10 out of 10
    Polk React! Fantastic Soundbar!

    I have another Polk product so was anxious to give this React soundbar a go. I received the subwoofer and bar on one day and 2 days later the surround speakers. Anyway I set up the 2 pieces initially and did have some trouble connecting to Alexa through the app on my phone. There is an orange light that flashes and it just wasn't going away. I finally disconnected everything and reconnected. Bingo! There Alexa was and it started working perfect. I have the Amazon Show and many other Alexa devices throughout the house so am very familiar with them. She responded well to whatever I needed.

    Then I put a movie on from Netflix, set the remote to MOVIE and was very impressed with the superb sound, even without the 2 rear speakers! This bar is far better than my other Polk. The Voice feature works great, superb bass and just sounds so full and rich. I do want to note that the remote control leaves something to be desired however, same as my last Polk setup. The volume button is somewhat slow to respond and I just do not like that rubbery feel. You have to really press in to get it to work correctly. It does offer various features however like a NIGHT, SPORT, MUSIC and MOVIE mode. Volume and Balance for the Surround speakers, a Bass control plus a TV and Bluetooth setting. Anyway I have Spotify so put that on next and picked out various types of music from rock to classical. All sounded pleasing to me and changing to the MUSIC mode helped it even more. Then I put a CD on and the sound was excellent, at least to my ears.

    After the 2 surround speakers arrived they paired up immediately and then this soundbar REALLY shined! WOW! I put on a Blu-Ray with Dolby Atmos and oh my goodness! The sound just filled up my large room!! It was a pleasure to listen to even more!

    I have now placed my other Polk outfit back in the box and am using this setup. Loving it too! A real decent soundbar for the price. I highly recommend it, but do believe you will need all pieces to get that complete surround feeling, especially for Atmos. Well worth the purchase!

    Apr 15, 2021 10:25
  • Review by Dauntless, 10 out of 10
    Better Than Signa s2 By Far

    Far superior to the Polk Signa s2. We got that first and were very unhappy, but this went on sale right when we went to return it, and it was an even exchange so we gave it a shot. Even better with SR2 speakers to make it a surround sound system.

    Oct 30, 2021 16:17
  • 8.6score
    Yamaha - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Alexa Built-in - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your sound entertainment experience with this Yamaha sound bar. The robust construction ensures longevity even with rugged use, while built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies provide convenient wireless connectivity. This Yamaha sound bar (winner of the 2020 CNET Editor’s Choice Award) has a compact design for easy placement, built-in Alexa technology for hands-free operation and four woofers for immersive sound reproduction.

    10 Features
  • Amazon Alexa Built-in: Easily control your sound bar, music, smart devices, set alarms and more with Alexa built-in.
  • 200W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Two 1" tweeters and four 1-3/4" cone woofers: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • Wireless subwoofer: With 6-1/2" driver for powerful bass.
  • Dolby Digital and DTS Virtual:X: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Includes optical digital audio and HDMI.
  • Outputs: Includes HDMI ARC.
  • Remote Control and free Home Theater Controller app: Offer simple operation with options for control.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NoFaceLIves, 10 out of 10
    Flawless performance/unequaled value

    I've used a lot of soundbars over the years with both wired and wireless subs. Each of them has had it's quirks and left much to be desired. When I had the opportunity to get my hands on this yamaha soundbar I couldn't wait. Yamaha is one of the oldest names in the game when it comes to high end home audio equipment. So how did they do? They nailed it.

    This bar is built like a beast; solid, heavy, and very durable feeling. Ditto for the sub. Setup is a breeze. Plug the ac cables into the bar and the sub, plug your arc cable from tv into soundbar and you're off and running. Out of the box the sound is very good, but you can make fine adjustments using the remote. Unfortunately the led lights on the soundbar that indicate volume level and other setting changes don't give you much in the way of information, so you're going to need to use the app ... speaking of

    The app is mandatory. If you don't have a smartphone or tablet by now, don't buy this bar without one. The app is absolutely necessary for updating firmware and knowing exactly what settings you're changing on the soundbar. The app quickly found and paired the soundbar and updating was smooth and fast - no problems whatsoever.

    In the app you'll find options to rename your soundbar, link the built-in alexa to your amazon account, as well as more sound settings. In order you have 3d surround, Sound Program (EQ settings), Clear Voice, Bass Extension, and your independant subwoofer volume. On the main menu you can control the volume of the whole system.

    3d surround provides a faux 3D effect, it's kind of gimmicky and I don't really care for it but it does give you more of a room filling experience. Your personal taste will of course vary, but it's not for me.

    Sound Program is what Yamaha calls their equalizer, I don't know why they didn't just call it EQ but whatever. You can select from 6 presets; Movie, Music, Sports, Game, TV Program, and Stereo. They all sound a bit different, but they're so similar that you're preference will be entirely subjective. The movie setting seems to offer the most balanced sound so that's where I keep it. I don't know why there isn't a custom setting where you can modify the sound to your exact preferences, seems like a huge omission. Maybe it'll come in a future firmware update? Yamaha if you're paying attention, please give me custom EQ. That said I'm very happy with the sound in Movie mode. Highs are clear and crisp, mids are present but not overwhelming or washed out, and bass is very punchy without any distortion even at higher volume levels. Without exaggeration I can say that this is the best sound I've heard from a soundbar, besting even two high end ATMOS bars I've used that cost well over 2k. Very good job from Yamaha.

    Clear Voice accentuates "voices" or really the frequencies that human voices tend to fall into. I've heard this on soundbars and tv sets for years and never been overly impressed, but the Yamaha bar does an amazing job of bringing voices - and only voices - to the front of the soundscape. It doesn't feel phony or overprocessed, the voices of actors in movies and tv shows and vocals in music come across very clean. There's definitely some magic going on behind the scenes here that I haven't heard before. I keep this on all the time, and if you knew me you'd know that I never use any post-processing effects in AV equipment. And yet here I am. It's just so good and natural sounding, I don't know what to say. Again you may or may not like it, but I happen to love it.

    Bass Extension ostensibly is there to provide a richer fuller bass if the massive subwoofer isn't bumping hard enough for you, but I found the performance to be very inconsistent. In some movies and tv shows it seems to offer a wider sound field while in others it seemed to actually mute the thump of punches landing or explosions booming. In music it's the same story, at times yielding a window-rattling thump and at others completely muting the bass line in the song. This one is most definitely staying off for me.

    Lastly we have the subwoofer volume - so let's talk about the sub. It's big. It's heavy. It's awesome. Stock settings are certainly adequate with this subwoofer, but I like to increase the volume to +3. Any higher and it's honestly just too much bass for me, still very clean and precise just ... too much. The bass provided here should surpass all but the most hardcore bass-head's expectations. It's simply put, very very good. And another thing! A common problem with wireless subwoofers, every one I've used up until now, is that they routinely lose connection to the soundbar. Sometimes briefly sometimes for awhile, but it's always jarring when it happens. I've watched several movies and more episodes of TV than I'd care to admit with this Yamaha soundbar already and I have not experienced a single drop. Not once out of more than 40 hours of play time. It's unheard of. Even my high end ATMOS soundbar's sub cuts out when the bass on a soundtrack fades out, taking a second to kick back in. It's something you quickly grow accustomed to but now that I have a system with a wireless sub that works flawlessly I hate watching TV in my other rooms. In other words, this thing is perfect.

    Lastly I want to talk about the remote. It's a perfectly functional remote, but without any sort of visible readout on the soundbar itself the remote is kind of pointless. You'll need the app to know exactly what the settings are, and since you can change them far more quickly and easily on the app the remote just sits in a drawer not getting used. The remote, strangely, uses one of those flat watch type batteries, which means when it runs out of juice you're likely going to have to run to the drug store as chances are you don't have any of these lying around the house. I don't really get why Yamaha went with this battery as opposed to triple or double As, but it's a minor annoyance. There's also a button on the remote for swapping between different audio codecs which is crazy. Does everyone know what audio codec (DTS, dolby true HD whatever) the movie/tv soundtrack is using when they play back? No of course not. On every other device the system just takes whatever source it's fed and processes it correctly. This soundbar does the same thing. So why is that button there? It's very confusing, and even more confusing when you realize that this option isn't even available in the app. It's almost like this remote is a pre-existing design that they just tossed in the box as an afterthought. Don't use it, just stick with the app. It's far more convenient and feature rich.

    So overall this soundbar gets 10 out of 10 for me. I wish I could rate it higher. It's class-leading at it's price point, and although it doesn't feature ATMOS support but I've found it produces higher quality sound than systems that are 3 or 4 times the price. The remote is pretty much garbage, but I've never used it outside of checking to see if the buttons work. I really wish there was a way to set custom EQ but I'm not going to knock off a star for that. The performance of this system is just too good. Yamaha have a long tradition of making industry-leading speakers and receivers. They're carrying on that tradition with this soundbar, which is hands-down the best soundbar I've ever used. It's worth your hard-earned coin. Buy it.

    Sep 25, 2019 19:55
  • Review by Poocher917, 10 out of 10
    A top choice in this price range

    The Yamaha YAS-209 is packaged efficiently with the soundbar and wireless subwoofer contained in one box. In the box you have 2 power cords, one optical cable, the 50 W x 2 channels soundbar (36-5/8" × 2-1/2" × 4-1/4"), wireless 100W subwoofer (7-1/2" × 16-1/2" × 16"), remote control, mounting template, quick start guide and safety brochure. Note: no HDMI cable is included. You may need to purchase this separately if needed. Alexa is available as well.

    Connections:

    HDMI: 1 in and 1 out

    Digital optical: 1 in

    Setup #1: Bedroom

    To make the setup as efficient as possible, you will want to download the Sound Bar Controller app by Yamaha Corporation. The TV is connected via HDMI supporting Audio Return Channel (ARC). ARC allows your TV remote to control the volume on your soundbar. Use the app to connect to your home Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) network. The subwoofer connected to the soundbar right away. The app is very well designed and you can use it to complete all of your adjustments to match your listening needs. You can also use the remote which is the option I used. I turned on a TV show and made some adjustments. The subwoofer is not large at 6 inches but has decent bass. Using the Bass Extension option further emphasizes the bass. The Clear Voice setting emphasizes dialogue and works well. The 3D Surround option worked well in a bedroom size area. Alexa is available and this was set up effortlessly and connected to my Amazon account. With Alexa you have many commands and services available to you. With this option we could listen to local radio and many of the other things Alexa provides for you. Connecting my phone via Bluetooth (Version 4.2) was effortless. Playing music from the phone on the Music soundbar setting sounded really good. The soundbar supports WAV, FLAC, ALAC, WMA and MPEG-4 AAC.

    Setup#2: Large entertainment room in a basement.

    Moving the soundbar to the basement where it will be used the most. This is connected to a TV using the optical cable. Plug in the cable and power and it was ready to go. The unit worked perfectly. I did notice the 3D surround setting had a more hollow sound in the large room. I will not use this setting in this room.

    Conclusion:

    My experience with other Yamaha devices has shown me you can always expect great quality. The YAS-209 soundbar is no exception. Setup was effortless. Playing different audio sources was simple. The App is great. Does this sound as good as a $1000 soundbar – No. However, this would be a top choice among soundbars in this price range. It is a definite value buy considering its performance and features.

    Sep 29, 2019 12:04
  • Review by hitsuyoo, 8 out of 10
    Pricey But Excellent

    I love the way this soundbar can be pulled out of the box and get plugged in and play. I mean everything is right there for you to get going. The soundbar is beautiful and the subwoofer compliments it by being so sleek and stylish. The controls are super easy to learn and connecting to your Alexa network is really easy. I can't complain much about this speaker system, except there's one little caveat. This thing it pricey. It comes in at $350 bucks. Now I do understand that you've noticed that before you looked at my review, so if you've got the funds for this, I can't give you any reason why you shouldn't buy it. I personally love mine. I normally leave a link to my full online review, but today , I've got a treat. Not only am doing that, I've also linked a n unboxing of this baby in there. Go check it out. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NAyM2U8nHJ0qZKJ5LE55DA7zqQMc69DE9y-tJPIyN4w/edit?usp=sharing

    Sep 29, 2019 18:43
  • Review by phoenixfta, 8 out of 10
    Great looking + good sound

    Having recently picked up a new 65” flat screen, I’ve spent some time enjoying the latest streaming features and the great images. The TV I bought has decent sound, but I know built-in speakers will never be as good as a sound bar and subwoofer...and the streaming has me hooked on live concert shows and films crafted by quality-of-experience obsessed filmmakers.

    The Yamaha 2.1 system comes with a sizable, attractive sub and a nice bar with a few buttons and status indicators, as well as an optical cable (but no HDMI?!). Most of the setup was easy, but I never was able to use the app because my home WiFi is 5Ghz only and the app setup requires 2.4Ghz.

    That said, I was up and running with the system that mattered in less than 10 minutes. The reproduction quality is nice...good enough to remind you how musical instruments actually sound.

    The Bluetooth connectivity with your phone, tablet or similar device is easy and convenient.

    Yamaha, of course, add some nice integrated processing. The Clear Voice feature does what it advertises - produces cleared voices than an average system. It also supports DTS Virtual:X. It’s a surround sound feature that works fairly well to enhance your listening experience with compatible shows and movies.

    Finally, the YAS-209 is Alexa-Enabled. I was surprised and a little confused at how this could be useful. Essentially they’ve provided some basic level of voice control to the sound bar. That’s nice because I don’t really dig the remote’s looks, nor the need for another one in my life. I do like telling it to raise the volume or change sources though. I think a lot of friends and significant others will. I’ve never been to a house and not heard someone complain about not being able to use the sound bar.

    Nice package, good sound, good features for a reasonable price!

    Oct 08, 2019 01:38
  • Review by Mukman, 10 out of 10
    Class Act from Yamaha

    This is the second sound system I have had. I like this one much better. The last one had no Subwoofer. That makes a huge difference. And to have one like this that is wireless is absolutely fantastic. This 6.5“ sub fills in the low end sound and nice bass when called for.

    Set up was a breeze. Connected HDMI to ARC HDMI connection on the TV, plug in both the sound bar and the sub into wall outlet and you are ready to experience some nice sound.

    The unit comes with a mounting template to properly position 2 screws in wall to hang on the wall, which is how I mounted. (See pics)

    Next, Download the Yamaha Sound Bar Control app onto your phone. This will help you to set up features like Alexa and WIFI. After set-up you can also use your app to adjust your volume and sound setting (same setting that are available on the included remote) Settings include the following;

    -Sound Program (Movie, TV, Music, Sports, Game and Stereo)

    -Clear Voice

    -Bass Extension

    -Subwoofer volume

    Top of sound bar contains the following:

    Indicator lights; Status, HDMI, TV, Bluetooth, Net, Surround, Clear Voice, WiFi, Alexa

    Buttons; Alexa, Mute (Microphone), Input, Volume, Power

    Back of soundbar:

    Power connection, HDMI IN, HDMI out, Network jack, TV input jack (optical) for TV’s without ARC (Audio Return Channel) connection, and micro USB to update firmware if needed.

    Sound:

    Very happy with the sound. Watching a football game in sports mode and I kept hearing the crowd off to the sides. Pretty nice surround for a soundbar. 3D surround feature provides an even fuller sound.

    Very nice having Alexa as well. Nice to have another Alexa speaker in the house. Since this is in our basement, we now have voice control for music etc. on that level as well.

    Overall very happy with this Yamaha Soundbar.

    Sep 26, 2019 22:06
  • Review by AZEqualizer, 8 out of 10
    Very nice Mid-Range Sound-Bar

    Very nice 2.1 sound-bar with a wireless subwoofer. It is compact and good looking and comes in around 36In x 3In. Ther wireless subwoofer can be put anywhere and is about 17In X 17In X 7Inand only requires a power connection. The soundbar has a power, ethernet, HDMI in and HDMI out (ARC) and an optical connector for TV’s that don’t support ARC. There is also a USB jack for doing firmware updates, but if you connect the unit to the internet it will do updates with the ethernet port. The iR receiver and remote have a 20 ft range with a 30Degree off-center angle. The remote is small and compact and comes with batteries.

    The unit produces great sound, and the subwoofer will add the lows. The remote has a +/- setting for the subwoofer as well as Power, volume, inputs, sound mode, and an Alexa button. You really need to install the app to take advantage of the features of this unit. It will work on your phone or tablet.

    Pros:

    • Good sound and size

    • Alexa mike can be turned off and is responsive even over loud sound output

    • Can be used to stream music from streaming service or from mobile device

    • Good template for unit placement and hole placement for support.

    • Clear channel support to boost the vocal center sound

    • Decent effects

    • Subwoofer links itself

    Cons:

    • One HDMI in

    • Connectors are cramped and could affect the types of cables being used.

    • No display to assist in setup and monitoring

    • No wall screws or mount and pretty low-end keyholes for support on wall

    You should consider this unit for your sound needs on your TV as it performs quite well.

    Oct 02, 2019 19:05
  • Review by Shiprat, 8 out of 10
    Perfect for Our Master Bedroom

    This is a perfectly sized system for our master bedroom. It was very easy to set up and mount to the wall underneath the TV and sounds WAY BETTER than the internal TV speakers. The downloadable app allows you to control it from your phone or tablet or you may use the included remote. Also, if you have an HDMI (ARC) connection on your TV you can simply connect it via that with just one HDMI cable and then you’ll be able to use your TV remote to turn the unit on/off as well. The sound is very good although it doesn’t hold a candle to our main AV system in our Family room. Having Alexa built in is awesome too; it has replaced my alarm clock. The system is also equipped with Bluetooth so you can stream music or podcasts from your mobile device very easily. The wireless subwoofer sounds good when playing movies and so far the connection has been flawless.

    For a clean-looking, good-sounding system for the bedroom at this price point, you’re not likely to find anything that beats this one at the moment.

    Sep 18, 2020 16:15
  • Review by RipVanWinkle, 8 out of 10
    YAS-209BL: Excellent sound bar for the money

    I purchased a YAS-209BL soundbar for primary use with a new LG OLED77C9PUB TV. The soundbar is connected via the TV's eARC port. Setup was simple. The sound is excellent.

    I chose this soundbar for the following reasons:

    1. relatively affordable

    2. Subwoofer-specific volume control lets you effectively mute the subwoofer if you have someone in the house who is sensitive to the low-base reverberation produced by normal subwoofer operation

    3. The soundbar's 'clear voice' feature - which accentuates voice sounds enabling clearer audio dialogue.

    The subwoofer volume control and ClearVoice features work great - exactly what I was hoping for. The overall sound of the soundbar itself is also excellent, and I enjoy listening to music (Spotify) via the soundbar's wireless network connection. Clear/crisp highs, deep/resounding lows. Almost as good as listening to my stereo.

    There is one thing I do NOT like about this soundbar: No visual readout of volume-level, input selection, listening-mode... All it has is a series of very small light indicators on the top which blink when changing settings to indicate the selection and level. Very poor design; I can never remember which lights mean what, and since the lights are on the top of the unit instead of on the front panel, they are difficult to see. I have an old ZVOX 570 sound base connected to my second TV. That has a four-character display located behind the front speaker grille that shows the selected numeric setting for volume, bass, treble, mute on/off... when adjusting. A few seconds after you stop adjusting, the display disappears completely. Far, far superior design to this Yamaha soundbar. Yes, you can use the Yamaha phone app to see the levels better, but having to use a phone app to see specific setting levels is a clumsy design at best. Yamaha could have done much better with this.

    That aside, I am very happy with this purchase; the soundbar produces excellent sound for the money and setup is simple.

    Aug 22, 2020 17:13
  • 8.6score
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    TCL
    TCL - Alto 6 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar with Bluetooth – TS6100, 31.5-inch - Black
    Description

    The TCL Alto 6 sound bar is the perfect way to immerse yourself in your favorite entertainment with bigger, clearer sound. It’s Roku TV Ready and designed to work seamlessly with your TCL Roku TV, so you’ll enjoy smooth setup and easy access to sound settings. Dolby Digital decoding maximizes sound clarity and creates incredible room-filling virtual surround sound. Stream all your favorite music and podcasts from apps like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and more, wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with Bluetooth® wireless technology. Alto 6 lets you enjoy your favorite entertainment even more with three specialized sound modes for Movies, Music, and TV. The Movie mode lets you hear the dialogue with precise clarity and feel the impact of punches or explosions in intense action scenes. Music mode enables you to hear instruments, vocals, and bass with pristine accuracy. Finally, TV mode isolates ambient sound from speech, enabling you to focus on content without getting distracted by background noise.

    7 Features
  • Roku TV Ready: Enjoy smoother setup, easy access to sound settings, and compatibility with your TCL Roku TV remote.
  • Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital decoding maximizes sound clarity and creates incredible room-filling virtual surround sound.
  • Stream Music Wirelessly: Stream all your favorite music and podcasts from apps like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and more, wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with Bluetooth® wireless technology.
  • Loud, clear sound in a compact design: Enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and music with enhanced sound quality.
  • Specialized Sound Modes: Bring movies, music, and TV to life. Sound modes are fine-tuned to deliver content-adapted entertainment.
  • Quick, Hassle-free Setup: Connect your TV via HDMI ARC with a single cable, or if your TV isn’t compatible with HDMI, you can connect using the optical input.
  • Included Wall Mounting Kit: Provides a step-by-step guide for easy mounting and includes a mounting template to ensure that you get it right the first time.
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  • Review by G1itch, 8 out of 10
    super easy setup if you got a tcl roku tv!

    it was very easy to setup the soundbar to my tcl roku tv. it came with cables needed and i was able to use my roku tv remote to control the volume.

    Nov 05, 2021 19:00
  • Review by Nappyasiwannabw, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for simple bedroom setup

    This soundbar is exactly what I needed to enhance the sound in my bedroom. I have it hooked up to a Roku tv. The installation was seemless and I live how it integrated right into the tv setup. If you have a Roku tv and need a simple soundbar, this is the one

    Nov 20, 2021 10:51
  • Review by joewartay101168, 10 out of 10
    Big Bang for a small buck!

    This sound bar is amazing for such a low price. Movies and music sound great. If you want a sound bar that sounds awesome and you don’t want to break the bank this is it.

    Nov 19, 2021 17:55
  • Review by JoeyJojoJr, 8 out of 10
    Nice sound bar for the price.

    As seems to be the case on most TV's now the built in sound on our new TV is not the best (I mean if they make the TV's built in sound any good then how will they sell you a soundbar separately?). Most of the sound comes out the back of the TV, so it bounces around behind it and we have to turn it up much louder than should be necessary to be able to hear it clearly out in the room. This also means you could hear it far too much in other rooms of the house though. The sound from this soundbar is a little bit better than the TV's built in speakers, but to me it's not a big enough improvement to make it worth the purchase just on that merit, but more importantly what it does is direct the sound straight out into the room making it louder and easier to hear in the room itself without having to crank the volume up as loud in general, so you can't hear it everywhere else in the house too.

    Jun 04, 2021 02:10
  • Review by Mike, 8 out of 10
    Good for the price

    Good upgrade for the price to the tv speakers but not great. Sound quality is pretty good.

    Nov 17, 2021 17:03
  • Review by YourHumbleCorrespondent, 8 out of 10
    Good enough for old farts

    I've had a good experience with it, but my kids aren't as enthusiastic.

    Nov 22, 2021 12:28
  • Review by Delray, 10 out of 10
    living room is now filled with sound

    Our living room is now filled with sound. This toolbar flawlessly paired with our TCL TV - which we also bought at Best Buy.

    Oct 27, 2021 03:01
  • Review by WRAJ, 8 out of 10
    Sound bar

    Nice entry level sound bar that seamlessly connects to TCL Roku TV.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:53
  • 8.6score
    37
    LG
    LG 3.1.2 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Sound effects are in full effect with audio coming at you from every angle with 5.1.2. channels, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Built-in Bluetooth® 5.1 offers faster speeds and greater range. Dolby, Dolby Atmos and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

    10 Features
  • 3.1.2ch | 440W: Bring the Theater Home Full-on surround sound and dimensional audio brings the cinema front and center. The subwoofer immerses you in dimensional sound with 3.1.2 channels and 440W of premium sound quality.
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X with Upfiring Height Channels: Sound All Around You Dolby Atmos® envelops you in sound. Originally created for the cinema, Dolby Atmos pairs with up-firing height channels to deliver powerful, moving audio that flows all around you, even overhead.
  • Meridian Advanced Sound Technologies: Better sound together LG partnered with Meridian Technology, pioneers of High-Res Audio, to deliver a wide soundstage with quality ear-level sound.
  • High Resolution Audio (24bit / 96kHz): A More Lifelike Listening Experience High-Res Audio sounds closer to the real thing. Enjoy stunning audio resolution — closer to the original sound.
  • Multi-Platform Support: Take Command of Your Entertainment Choose your go-to voice assistant like Google Assistant or Alexa, and and control your favorite features like Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and more through your LG Sound Bar.
  • Bluetooth 5.1: Advanced Bluetooth® is Built In Listen when and where you want. With Bluetooth 5.0, it's quick and easy to wirelessly pair to your LG Sound Bar. It's the latest version of Bluetooth, offering faster speeds and greater range.
  • 4K and HDR10 Passthrough: Connect to Amazing Picture & Sound Fewer cables with no loss of sound quality. Maintain high resolution audio and Dolby Vision picture quality when you connect an external source, like a streaming device or 4K Blu-ray player, to your sound bar using an HDMI cable.
  • HDMI Earc: Get More From Your Entertainment Connect your TV and sound bar with just one cable. Eliminate messy cables and quickly enhance the sound of your entertainment with Dolby Audio.
  • TV Sound Mode Share (2021): Sounds Like A Perfect Match Pair with new LG TVs to enjoy the full potential of your TV's sound engine by outputting the AI Sound Pro technology through the sound bar speakers for audio enhancements.
  • Wireless Surround Ready: Expand Your Sound Easily connect surround sound speakers via Wi-Fi for audio that comes from all sides – putting you in the action.
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  • Review by BDishman, 10 out of 10
    Breeze D

    Sounds great connect to Sony 75” X85J

    Easy install and here all the surrounding sounds without the rear speakers. Do not have all the wires like the 5.1 channels. This will take it place.

    Oct 29, 2021 19:02
  • Review by Searching, 6 out of 10
    Seems like Pre-release software. Not all features

    No firmware update available. Some features are not working such as volume control using cec, power control via cec, etc. System is too new and I would recommend waiting until the new firmware is posted and all the problems fixed. Sound seems okay, but for a 3.1.2 system it really send to be lacking compared to the Vizio m51-h6 I recently had. That system has been recalled it seems like. I will give this system a week to start working correctly or it will likely be returned. For $800 I expected seamless and effortless connection to my LG CX TV

    May 02, 2021 19:31
  • Review by twentyeightgreen, 10 out of 10
    Making the leap from receiver to soundbar

    After 13 years with my beloved Pioneer Kuro 5010 plasma TV, I finally moved into the 4K world with the recent purchase of an LG GX 77" TV (which I've been very happy with so far). Because my old receiver would not support 4K or any of the new sound standards, I decided to upgrade my receiver as well. After purchasing a fairly high-end unit (NAD), I was still finding small issues with things not working the way they should. I then came to a realization that I wanted to drastically simplify my setup. I don't want my home audio to be my second hobby. After doing quite a bit of research, I decided to give soundbars a shot.

    I landed on this soundbar due to it's favorable reviews (being the same brand as my TV actually had very little to do with it) and strangely enough, width (the stand it sits on is a touch under 48", limiting my choices). I also added the optional rear speakers which BB thankfully discounted when purchased together. This was another limiting factor to my decision as I wanted to make use of my existing ceiling speaker wire. Most of the more expensive units need the rear speakers plugged in and I just don't have a good space to put speakers behind our couch to do that. This is usually because those rear speakers also have up-firing Atmos speakers.

    Setup was simple and I had zero issues with the wireless subwoofer & wireless receiver for the rear speakers pairing to the bar. With my existing floor speakers and large center speaker still in place, I powered on the soundbar and started playing music. I was truly and quite literally shocked at the sound quality! For a second, I actually thought I still had my old speakers on and had accidentally played to them instead. I had no idea something so small could deliver such a great and powerful sound. The sub is also very impressive (echoing the reviews I read). The soundbar itself also looks very sleek and modern.

    I wanted something that I could airplay my music to without turning on the TV and it works great (something that the $$ receiver couldn't do). Movies also sound as good or better than the receiver I had purchased. I've also accomplished my goal of a simple and sleek setup. No more receiver, floor speakers, giant center channel speaker, blu-ray player, and Harmony universal remote. Now we exclusively use the remote that comes with the new Apple 4K TV (where we watch a majority of our content). We keep the TV remote around in the rare cases we want to watch live sports with the HD antenna.

    To summarize, I am 100% satisfied with this soundbar (and the optional rear speakers which I recommend you pick up). I believe the next model up simply adds 2 side speakers to the bar which adds to the length (too long for our stand) and an extra $200. Otherwise, they are identical. You'll have to decide if those two extra speakers are worth $100 each.

    As far as negatives, I originally couldn't figure out how to rename the device in my AirPlay list as the steps listed in the online manual do longer seem applicable (this is probably due to changes on Apple's side). I resolved this my installing the Apple HomeKit app on my phone. After adding the bar, I was able to rename it through that app. Speaking of apps, the updated app for this soundbar is also great. Very simple interface and a vast improvement over the previous version. I've played with the various sound modes and I think they really do improve your experience depending on what you are listening to (although the default Sound AI mode also works great if you'd rather not change settings all the time). I hope that LG eventually releases an iOS widget for the app so that I can quickly switch b/w the various sound modes. For now, I've just created a Shortcut to the app as a widget instead.

    For those in a similar mindset of wanting to simplify your home theater setup, I highly recommend giving this soundbar a try. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a room full of old AV equipment I need to sell :-)

    Jun 04, 2021 08:58
  • Review by itodd, 10 out of 10
    great sound.. works very well.

    -- I haven't had a sound bar before and I paired this with the LG C1 via HDMI ARC. Everything connected extremely easily, I was wondering how the subwoofer was going to connect and upon reading instructions it had already done it on it's own. (simple Bluetooth... and it works well).

    -- It is surprisingly loud (and clear, to my ears..)..haha... I haven't gone above 28... and generally need to keep it under 20 especially when noise levels reduce outside (I live on a busy road but it quiets down at night..).

    -- I've been pleased that it 'just works'... and the only thing that's a bit confusing is how to turn the display off completely. I googled it and it seems like there must be a way, but I'm a big fan of not seeing anything on the display unless I adjust it, and... this displays something all the time.. (very, very minor and it's not super super bright, so ...this is really knit-picking(?) : )

    -- I read reviews about the "5.1.2" big brother/sister SP9YA but this came with a very good deal as a bundle and ..I'm happy with this. It's tempting to go for 5.1.2, but... going up from TV-only sound to a rockin' soundbar, I'm very happy with this.

    -- I *will* be getting the wireless speakers (from LG) and they look like a pretty good deal overall.

    ...I'd recommend this. Especially as a bundle deal with a TV.

    ...I rated quality excellent because it does what it's supposed to... it's pretty much all plastic but... it is what it is.

    Aug 03, 2021 14:22
  • Review by AC986, 10 out of 10
    Distracting Status Display. Decent Soundbar

    I probably wouldn't have purchased this soundbar had I known the Status Display cannot be turned off. This is really distracting when I am enjoying a movie in a dark room. The soundbar is connected to a C1 OLED TV and is constantly displaying "E-ARC". Even my much cheaper Vizio soundbar automatically turns its indicator off after a few seconds. LG please release a future firmware to completely turn off Status Display!

    Sound quality is quite decent for the price. Dialog can be easily heard and overall sound is clear. I don't like to mess with sound modes as they tend to sound artificial and lose some details in some way. I just leave the sound mode in the default "Standard". We also cannot change sound mode when Dolby Atmos is active. Bass is strong (and boomy) so I have to dial the sub down by -3 to -6 depending on what I am listening.

    Bluetooth pairing is very simple in my case. Within seconds my phone is paired with the soundbar and I can start streaming music to it. Music quality is quite good and I hear a lot of details.

    Wifi setup is also very easy. I downloaded LG Soundbar App and it has no problem discovering the soundbar. The app can completely replace the remote if you prefer controlling everything via the app. The app can also handle "AI Room Calibration" which I haven't tried.

    Overall this is a decent soundbar at this price point.

    Aug 08, 2021 17:17
  • Review by Hoan, 10 out of 10
    A perfect budget sound bar for LG C1 OLED and PS5.

    I was comparing the SP8YA and SP9YA to see if it's worth it to pay the extra $200 for the SP9YA. But according to Rtings, SP9YA gives poor surround sound performance but has around same ratings as the SP8YA so it's not worth it in my opinion. For that price point, you should consider the Samsung HW-Q850A instead.

    I planned to buy this and pair it with 2 LG Rear Channel Speakers.

    This is an Open Box - Satisfactory condition item btw. Upon receiving the item, the outside box was heavily damaged. The sound bar and the sub-woofer were thoroughly wrapped with cushions. They show no scratch or cosmetic damages at all. Included a remote and 2 power cables. No manuals or optical cable (not needed anyways). Setup was easy. The remote layout is simple. Bass performance is amazing, at least sounds way better than the Sony HT-S350 that I previously had. You can check the review on rtings.com for more info.

    It's highly recommended to install LG Sound Bar app on your smartphone so that you can adjust the settings.

    I don't know why but somehow I cannot change the sound mode on the remote. I must use the LG C1 remote to go to sound settings on TV in order to change the mode.

    Other than that, everything has been amazing. Overall, the quality is good. I saved a bunch of money thanks to the open box.

    Nov 08, 2021 19:46
  • Review by Lucas, 8 out of 10
    Best bang for the buck (on sale)!

    For the money it blows the competition away. I was fortunate to pick this up open box and it’s the greatest sound bar for a decent sized room. Takes a while to perfect (for ideal calibration) since the AI does a pretty good job but that’s with any sound system. Highly recommend if you want to have clear deep tones and highs as well as an abundance of options for preferences! Tons of sound modes that truly make it amazing. Would be a 5 star rating if the blasted ARC/HDMI front LED lights would turn off (see photo) unfortunately there’s way to do so, it would be perfect if it was possible.

    Nov 06, 2021 07:00
  • Review by Alej, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound WithClear Speech

    Relatively simple to set up. Make sure you read the pages that detail what each item on the remote controls. Most buttons have multiple choice sub-settings. Also be aware that the sound bar requires two (2) HMDI cables. For the best results make sure one of the cables is high speed rated and connected to the HDMI/ARC port on your TV.

    The subwoofer was easy to set up…just push the button on the back of it and it will automatically connect via Bluetooth to the sound bar…just check the button on the back of the subwoofer is glowing solid green.

    The best part of the sound bar/subwoofer is the clarity of speech settings. Too many TV shows have dialogue buried behind a too-loud music bed, making understanding speech difficult. I am in my mid 70’s and I found the sound bar to provide clear speech at a much lower volume settings, proving that it works as specified.

    Finally, a great sales price makes the purchase a no-brainer, even though it is more expensive than most sound bars.

    Oct 16, 2021 10:10
  • 8.6score
    38
    LG
    LG - 70W Wireless Rear Channel Speakers (Pair) - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your movie experiences with this 2.0-channel LG sound bar speaker kit. It produces 140W of power to blare your favorite song or movie, and it's wireless-enabled to eliminate the need for cables for a clean, uncluttered look.

    4 Features
  • 70W nominal power handling: Helps ensure rich, dynamic sound.
  • Wireless connectivity: Connects to your Wi-Fi for simple song streaming.
  • Wall-mountable design: For flexible placement options.
  • SPK8-S Compatibility: Compatible with the following 2020 LG sound bar models: SN10YG, SN9YG, SN8YG, SN7Y, SN6Y, SN5Y, GX. Also compatible with the following 2019 sound bar models: SK10Y, SK9Y, SK8Y, SK6Y and SK5Y.
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  • Review by twentyeightgreen, 10 out of 10
    Essential add-on for the LG SP8YA Soundbar

    I purchased these along with the LG SP8YA Soundbar. This actually resulted in an automatic discount to the rear speakers by purchasing them together. They paired instantly after powering them on with no issues. So far, I've had no issues with them losing their connection. The wireless receiver included with the speakers is about a foot from my soundbar.

    Note that unlike other rear speakers currently on the market with soundbars, these require a connection to traditional speaker wire. I had existing speaker wire in my ceiling and this was actually why I chose this specific model. The wires plug into the receiver and the receiver wirelessly connects to the soundbar. Other rear speakers I've seen require a connection to power instead of speaker wires. My room setup would not allow me to connect rear speakers via a power outlet.

    Overall, they sound good for rear speakers and put out more power than my previous ones. I did have to purchase some aftermarket mounts from Amazon for around $15 as these do not come with mounts (but they do have scew holes on the bottom and back of the speakers to support mounts).

    Jun 04, 2021 09:27
  • Review by JLA0341, 10 out of 10
    Truly immersive sound at an exceptional price

    I really love these speakers. They came nicely packaged with sturdy foam separating each component. The speakers themselves are really nice looking and belt from quality materials. The receiver unit is lightweight with a Sleek design. The entire setup is plug-and-play. The instructions that come with the unit are horrible so let me help you out. Unplug your compatible soundbar. You will know it's compatible if your Soundbar has a Y in it's model number. Then connect the speakers to the receiver. Then plug in the receiver. Once the receiver Powers up you'll see a red light. Then plug in your Soundbar and power it on. The Soundbar will automatically connect to the receiver. The little light on the receiver will turn green. At that point it's all set up. You can use the remote that comes with the soundbar to control the volume on your surround speakers.

    I set this up to go with my 75 Nano 90 in my bedroom. I set the surround sound speakers mounted at the end of each side of my headboard which is approximately 2 1/2 ft above my resting point. What I got out of these speakers was a whole lot more than I expected. East Shadow functions exactly as designed. The sound was crisp and clear, and really brought together my home theater. Suddenly I heard sounds of music that I hadn't previously heard, and definitely not in the way I hear it now. These LG surround sound speakers offer a true immersive audio experience at an extremely reasonable price.

    Do take note that although these are promoted as Wireless speakers, LG means Wireless from the source. The speakers still need to be connected to the receiver. The system comes with speaker wire which is very thin and not very intrusive. The wires can also be run through the wall out the bottom for a wireless look. Also, the speakers do not come with wall mounts.

    Feb 13, 2021 02:11
  • Review by ProCon, 8 out of 10
    Great Add on

    Good add on to the soundbar(3.1.2 440watts Dobly Atoms SL8YG) i got a couple of months ago. I got my on sale and would ONLY recommend if its on sale. Not really worth the full price in my opinion. These rear speakers definitely adds to the immersion.

    Jun 07, 2020 13:03
  • Review by Fajah310, 10 out of 10
    Surround sound

    They're a nice addition to go with the soundbar. They add to the experience. Since they're bluetooth, the peakers cut in and out at times.

    Sep 27, 2021 15:23
  • Review by Greatproduct, 8 out of 10
    Disappointing-several cords.

    I don’t care for the cords from the unit. In this day and age, I found it rather disappointing.

    Cannot recommend. I wish I had known it had wires. If you don’t mind the multiple cords, go for it.

    Jan 01, 2021 22:06
  • Review by Ethompp, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker

    Must buy if you have an LG sound bar. If you sub is fading in and out make sure you change the channels on your router for your 2g and 5g singnal

    Apr 10, 2021 16:54
  • Review by TravisO, 8 out of 10
    Great addition to your LG soundbar.

    I bought these to pair with my recently purchased LG SKY9 soundbar. I was considering returning it before I bought these as I didn't feel it was a worthy upgrade to my 2.1 Klipsch soundbar. These have brought the SKY9 to a new level. The surround effect is just not there without them. In fact, they should come standard with LG's top soundbars. Atmos soundtracks really come to life with them and 5.1 content sounds great as well.

    They're very easy to setup. Once you plug them in, they pair automatically and you're done. They're not truly wireless as they do require wires to be run to the speakers themselves, which might be a an issue for some.

    Overall these are a worth while upgrade for your LG soundbar as they give you true surround and add a new dimension to your movies. My only gripe is the price of admission and the fact that these should be included as standard on LG's top tier soundbar products.

    Oct 13, 2019 14:36
  • Review by Los216, 6 out of 10
    Finally

    It took 3 different pairs till I finally got a set that didn't interfere with the sub connection on my sl9yg

    Dec 15, 2019 14:12
  • 8.6score
    VIZIO - Elevate™ 5.1.4 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Rotating Speakers for Dolby Atmos / DTS:X - Charcoal Gray
    Description

    Feel every word, every moment, every emotion, elevated. The new VIZIO Elevate™ 5.1.4 Home Theater Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® plus 18 total speakers with separate tweeters and dual woofers to breathe thrilling life into the latest movies, sports, gaming, and more. Revolutionary auto-rotating Adaptive Height Speakers blast sound off the ceiling, delivering completely immersive overhead surround sound. When rotated forward, these speakers provide a wider soundstage and clearer vocals to standard surround and stereo modes, particularly great for music. Voice Assistant Input lets you use the voice-enabled device you’re already accustomed to (sold separately) right through the sound bar, in addition to convenient Chromecast built-in and Bluetooth streaming. Three HDMI ports connect two 4K devices to the TV with eARC making setup clean and simple.

    20 Features
  • HDMI Connection and Control: Sends the highest-quality audio from your TV with HDMI (eARC) and allows you to control sound bar with your TV remote.
  • 18 high-performance speakers: Unrivaled sound quality.
  • Adaptive Height Speakers: Automatically rotate to optimize your audio experience.
  • Chromecast Built-in:: Stream from your favorite apps
  • 4 Upfiring Speakers: Reflects enveloping sound overhead off your ceiling.
  • Pairs With OLED, Designed For Everything: Elevate features an integrated docking system so it can attach seamlessly to the supremely elegant VIZIO OLED TV, uniting the newest, most refined audio and video technologies.
  • Incredibly Life-like: The 107dB sound pressure level and 30Hz – 20kHz frequency range deliver dynamic and accurate sound.
  • Adjustable Dialogue EQ: Enhancement setting for calibrated, crisp-clear dialogue.
  • 3D Sound for Gaming: Hyper-accurate response time and enhanced situational awareness.
  • Separate Tweeters and Dual Woofers: Expanded, more precise audio range.
  • DTS® Virtual:X: Enhances any content with room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound.
  • Dual Stereo Mode: Sends two-channel content to all 5.1 speakers simultaneously, for a fuller, richer sound that fills the room
  • 4K Dolby Vision® HDR Pass Through: 3 HDMI ports allow you to connect 2 devices to your TV through the sound bar at the highest video quality possible with 4K Dolby Vision® HDR.
  • Voice Assistant Input: Use your voice to control your Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant devices through the sound bar with a dedicated 3.5 Aux or Persistent Bluetooth connection.
  • Surround Speakers: Completely immersive with volume and height adjustable
  • Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X: Cinematic sound around and above.
  • 8” Wireless Subwoofer: High-performance, engineered for the deepest bass.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Stream music wirelessly from your phone or other compatible Bluetooth devices.
  • All-New Backlit Display Remote: Full-featured remote with comfort grip and easy to navigate – even in the dark.
  • Easy Setup: HDMI and all audio cables included, along with voice feedback make setup simple.
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  • Review by bTobin, 10 out of 10
    Value You Expect From Vizio!

    PROS:

    - Great sound quality

    - Auto Rotating Atmos Speakers for Atmos sources

    - Ability to play Atmos, DTS:X, and most other formats

    - Unique LED display system

    - Backlit display remote

    - 2 HDMI inputs and 1 eARC HDMI

    - eARC (not just ARC)

    - Voice assistant input (AUX). Use the VA you prefer, not only something built in

    - Includes rear speakers WITH upfiring Atmos speakers (wired to subwoofer)

    - Decent amount of adjustment controls and customization for a soundbar

    - Night mode, auto level adjustment, and dialogue level adjustment

    - Well packaged and organized in box

    CONS:

    - Slight learning curve with LED lights “display” on front

    - lack of mids out of box but with some minor adjustments you can get a good sound

    - rear speakers are wired. This should help quality and avoid wireless interference but still means you have to run wires to the sub (which connects wireless to bar)

    Overall Thoughts (TL:DR):

    Bottom line is, for the retail price of $999 (and sale prices even lower) you can’t find a better value in a sound bar. Vizio prides themselves on bringing high end quality without high end price and even at a steep $999, this sound bar is still a great value, competing with bars in the $1500 or more class. The Vizio Elevate made waves at CES and won the Red Dot design award proving that Vizio has really outdone themselves with this sound bar. But how does it sound in real world testing? Well for me, very well. After a minor bit of tweaking and adjustments, I was able to produce a solid, clean sound with full range, crystal clear highs and floor shaking bass. It’s still no match for my full size floor speakers and AVR but when that’s not possible, this sound bar is a fantastic alternative.

    The packaging is really well done including a nice “briefcase” box of cables and a soft cover over the subwoofer. That said, I have seen other reviews saying they had damage to their box that showed on the subwoofer, but it was only cosmetic. Unfortunately, I think that’s a common issue with the standard for soundbar packaging. Until that terrible tetris piece design changes, we’ll see damage reports.

    I tested multiple audio/video files once I had the device hooked up and was able to get Atmos signals, DTS:X, and Dolby Digital+ among others. When I successfully got an Atmos signal, the Atmos speakers did indeed rotate up automatically and when the playback ended, they rotated back down. The “bounce technique” is just as good as any atmos bouncing speakers, that is to say, just ok. And that’s testing inside a standard square room with a flat ceiling. (if you have a vaulted ceiling you won’t have a lot of luck bouncing audio.) But it is a noticeable difference from having the speakers facing directly out.

    Overall, I am enjoying this soundbar more than others I’ve had and if you pair it with a newer Vizio TV, you’ll have a seamless experience including a quick snap-on mounting to certain Vizio TV stands making it easy to get your soundbar mounted below your Vizio TV. Sound quality is fantastic for those looking for a decent surround sound and Atmos experience without buying an AVR or expensive speaker systems.

    DETAILED REVIEW:

    UNBOXING/SETUP:

    There’s not too much to say about the unboxing and setup. The packaging was really well done (for a sound bar) and instead of having wires in bags scattered all over, Vizio chose to put a briefcase style box inside that includes all the cables and accessories. One note, personally, I did not receive the velcro wire ties that the box said was included which is a bummer because I actually use those, but possibly they fell through a crack during shipping. Everything else was included as described.

    Once I unboxed the bar, I started the setup process. This was fairly easy and as expected and if you are unsure what to do, Vizio does include help in the manual and online to make sure you’re set. I was replacing an existing soundbar, so for me all I had to do was run a new power cord and use my existing HDMI from the TV’s arc and I was setup. The subwoofer should auto connect once you plug it in and the soundbar will audibly confirm that it is connected as well. The rear speakers have color coded cables that easily plug in and connect to the subwoofer. Even though they are wired, the subwoofer is still wireless, so you could put your sub behind or in the back of your room and pretty easily connect the rears, hiding cables under or behind your couch. This is what I did and found it to work quite well.

    SOUND QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE:

    I have had the Vizio Elevate for about a week and have tested music, movies, streaming, and gaming and have found the quality to be outstanding in almost all categories. There have been a few learning curves as far as operation and I have had a few hiccups in playback, but overall it’s a pretty user friendly system that may take a little bit of fine tuning early but eventually will work without much needed from you. One thing to remember about Atmos, at least currently, it is a great audio option that’s unfortunately a little difficult to actually get to play back. This is no fault of the soundbar, but usually something else along the chain. For example, yes, netflix or disney+ will say Atmos supported but you must make sure your TV can pass it to the soundbar over your specific TV’s ARC channel, and that you have the proper HDMI cable to handle this, and that you have a strong enough internet connection if you are streaming, etc etc etc. There is a lot of info online about this and I won’t bother with it here, but suffice it to say, if you know what you are doing with your A/V gear and you are confident in operating your devices properly, then you will have no problem getting good, clean audio in any format you choose from this soundbar.

    OTHER THOUGHTS:

    The remote is really nice for a soundbar remote. I really like the backlit screen at top, and combined with Vizios LED light display on the front of the soundbar, you can make adjustments on the fly without annoying pop-ups on screen or bright lights flashing on the bar, distracting other viewers. It takes a bit to get used to, but once you do you’ll enjoy the ease of changing settings and adjustments with this remote.

    I have not put it fully to the test yet, but the little testing I did this week, I also thought it was worth noting the night mode and auto volume adjustments. I had the auto volume on most of the time I was testing this bar and it did a decent job for the most part. Movies and action is still so dynamic these days (on purpose) that it’s difficult to have a good compression tool built in, but at lower volumes, I found the soundbar was able to keep things relatively level. The night mode is similar but also adjusts the bass levels to not be so boomy at night. I thought this was cool and worked pretty good as well and I really enjoyed that night mode will reset to OFF when you power down the bar. Meaning the next day when someone else uses the TV to watch some action movie, they won’t be wondering why everything is quiet and no bass.

    The subwoofer is the last thing I’ll mention. Usually I find soundbars subwoofers are just ok and lack any real punch. This sub is definitely the better of the group of soundbar subs I’ve heard. It still doesn’t have a crossover setting option which is a bummer but it is a down firing sub and really packs a good solid thud. I’ve actually had to set the level down around 30% for everyday viewing and late night because it’s so powerful. But even with the sub turned down, I’m not losing out on any low mids that I was concerned may be caught in a crossover, meaning the soundbar itself is still covering a lot of those low-mid range sounds.

    Overall I really am enjoying this Vizio bar and have always had good luck with Vizio products. They pride themselves on their value and price and this Elevate soundbar is no different. I’m not surprised it won so many awards!

    Nov 09, 2020 16:54