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Sony
Sony - Wireless Rear Speaker - Black
Description

Enhance your home theater experience with optional wireless rear speakers for the HT-A7000/A5000 Soundbar. Take movies, shows, sports, and music to the next level by adding to your cinematic surround sound atmosphere. These rear speakers automatically connect to your HT-A7000 or HT-A5000 soundbar right out of the box, bringing crystal-clear, room-filling sound into any home theater environment.

7 Features
  • Optional wireless rear speakers for Sony HT-A7000/A5000 Soundbar: Experience cinematic surround sound taken to a new level with the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers. These speakers are specifically designed to seamlessly pair with Sony’s HT-A7000/A5000 Soundbar to complete the home theater experience.
  • Connects wirelessly: The SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers are free of wires for ease of use and peace of mind. Rather, these speakers make a wireless connection with the HT-A7000 or HT-A5000 Soundbar so that the speakers can be placed in the most desirable locations without the hassle of wires.
  • Wall mount-capable: The SA-RS3S rear speakers easily mount to the wall if desired, giving your home theater setup a clean look and feel.
  • Easy setup: Since the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers were built specifically for use with the Sony HT-A7000/A5000 Soundbar, setup is quick and easy. The speakers automatically connect to the HT-A7000/A5000 soundbar when you power them up, so you can enjoy cinema-quality surround sound right away
  • 100W of power to enhance sound: Easily and seamlessly enhance your surround sound experience with an additional 100W (50W x2) added to your system with these dual rear speakers.
  • Omnidirectional block design: Complete your surround sound experience and tailor audio to your space with these free-standing or wall-mountable rear speakers.
  • Clear, expansive sound: Two-way speakers feature both a woofer and a tweeter for a rich, expansive, and clear sound.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    Essential Add-On for the A7000 Surround Experience

    Sony's new HT-A7000 soundbar is great on its own, but virtual surround features on any soundbar will never be as convincing or immersive as dedicated rear speakers. Sony's RS3S wireless rear speakers are a seamless extension of the A7000 and truly provide a complete surround sound experience.

    === SETUP AND CONFIGURATION (5 Stars) ===

    Both rear speakers connect wirelessly to the A7000, so all you need to do is plug them into a power outlet. There are holes on the back of each speaker that can be used for wall mounting. Additionally, the speakers have a threaded hole that can be used for mounting these on speaker stands. Even though the A7000 is sold separately, the rear speakers pair instantly and automatically with the soundbar. All I had to do was turn on the soundbar, then plug in the rear speakers to power, and wait for the lights on the front to turn green. Within about 5 seconds, the speakers were paired with the soundbar and I was ready to go. If you have trouble connecting the speakers automatically, you can attempt a manual connection through the settings menu (Home > Setup > Advanced Settings > Speaker Settings > Wireless Speaker Settings > Start Manual Linking). Once paried, the speakers turn on and off with the soundbar. A solid red light on the front indicates that a speaker is off ("standby mode"). A solid green light means that it is on and connected to your soundbar. Once successfully paired, I recommend running the "sound field optimization" wizard again from the settings menu.

    === DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY (4.5 Stars) ===

    These speakers have a minimalist design that blend in seamlessly with the look of the A7000 soundbar. When placed upright, the speakers are about 7.5 inches tall. I placed them directly on the tables situated on both sides of my living room couch. The sides of the speakers are textured, but they don't feel as soft or premium as the SW5 subwoofer. The mesh on the front of the speakers matches that of the A7000. The power cords attach to the speakers at an angle which makes for awkward cable management.

    === SOUND QUALITY (5 Stars) ===

    If you want a true surround sound experience from your A7000 soundbar, these RS3S rear speakers are an essential add-on. Before pairing these speakers, I watched several minutes of Godzilla vs. Kong and Mad Max: Fury Road using just the A7000 soundbar. It was certainly impressive and the A7000's virtualization features are top-notch. But after I added the RS3S speakers, I was truly amazed. My first thought was: "THIS is how these movies are supposed to sound." Paired with the side-beam and upward-firing drivers on the A7000, the resulting sound is one of the most thrilling home theater experiences I've had. Sony does not appear to offer any type of EQ or sound customization settings in the A7000 menus, but that's fine with me. I appreciate the simple nature of this sytem and it sounds great right out of the box. True audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts will likely want to look at a more customizable system, but average users will be thrilled with the A7000 paired with the RS3S rear speakers.

    === OVERALL ===

    Coming from Sony's previous soundbar (HT-ST5000), these are the speakers I wish I could have added to my system years ago. It's a shame that these aren't compatible with older Sony soundbar models, but I'm very glad that Sony has introduced them for its latest soundbar lineup. If you are an avid movie watcher, you will absolutely want to add these rear speakers to your new Sony soundbar setup. Highly recommended!

    Sep 03, 2021 11:25
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    Sony Rear Speakers

    These speakers were included in a Sony Subwoofer package. They seem to work very well. They connect by Bluetooth which allows for great separation.

    Sep 08, 2021 21:24
  • Review by BADog, 10 out of 10
    A Great Addition to the Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar

    The Sony SA-RS3S is Sony's latest flagship wireless surround speakers for the HT-A7000 soundbar or HT-A9 4-speaker set. These wireless speakers come with 1 power cord (each) and paperwork. They come with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead.

    DISCLAIMER: I have all 3 components for the complete surround experience:

    1) HT-A7000 7.1.2ch Soundbar

    2) SA-SW5 300W Subwoofer

    3) SA-RS3S Wireless Rear Speakers for the HT-A7000 (Review for this product)

    PROS:

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    * Like the Sony SA-SW5 subwoofer, pairing up with the A7000 soundbar was super easy when done with the initial setup.

    * I watched 2 online movies in 4K - The Tomorrow War (Amazon) and Zack Snyder's Justice League (HBO Max). Both featured surround sound and both impressed with immersion experience. I felt like I was in the middle of the action (with the sub and wireless speakers setup included). The use of these speakers brought me even further into the action as I felt as though missiles were flying by, helicopters were behind me, people were yelling all around me, etc. The experience was incredible as far as putting me IN the movie. They provide a total of 100W of output from the 2-way drivers.

    * The speakers are easily mountable by using either the slotted hole (like a keyhole - see my pictures) with a screw in an anchor in the wall OR by using a tripod or other mounting apparatus using a 1/4" bolt mount. They can also be simply placed as they are without mounting.

    CONS:

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    * It can only be used with specific "other" Sony products. It can't be used as standalone wireless speakers for a regular amplifier system.

    * There are no mounting screws/anchors for the basic hanging method using the slotted hole.

    OTHER OBSERVATIONS:

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    * When the main soundbar is turned off, these wireless speakers are automatically turned off as well.

    * When the speakers are ON, the LED on the front bottom of the units turns GREEN. When the units are OFF, they turn RED.

    * These speakers are wireless, but keep in mind that wherever you mount these, you will still need an AC plug for power for them to work.

    * The front grills are not removable.

    * When pairing up with the soundbar, the wireless speakers did take a firmware update with no issues.

    CONCLUSION:

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    I highly recommend that you add these wireless speakers to your HT-A7000 soundbar system but only after you buy one of the subwoofers as well. The surround speakers really complete the surround experience; however, I wouldn't have these before getting the subwoofer. Having all 3 items will complete your soundbar system in an incredible and immersive way. The soundbar creates left, right, and above sounds... but these surround speakers take it behind you and even more-so around you. You will notice a difference when added for sure. I highly recommend them with the HT-A7000. Great job, Sony. (I did reviews for the other 2 products in this line as well if you enjoyed this review.)

    Sep 05, 2021 19:34
  • Review by Balboa3, 10 out of 10
    Immerses You in Your Movies and Music

    These small speakers are very nice. The setup process is a breeze, and they add some great depth and detail to your surround sound setup.

    The sound is crisp, and they really help in making you feel that things are zipping around you. You can adjust their volume and using the Sound Field Optimization setup also makes it really easy to calibrate each speaker to the soundbar. I didn’t need to adjust delay, everything just worked.

    The setup process was incredibly simple, just like the subwoofer. Plug in the power cables and the soundbar finds it and links to them automatically. You don’t need to run a wizard. The soundbar just connects to it automatically and sets them up. I was able to instantly enjoy the enhanced surround sound with minutes of unboxing them. This is an overall easy recommendation to anyone who has their eye on the HT-7000 soundbar. I love the entire setup and glad I didn’t go with a traditional HT setup. It’s a great setup for movies and music.

    Aug 27, 2021 04:39
  • Review by Idoc, 10 out of 10
    Wireless speaker add on for A7000 Soundbar

    These wireless add on rear speakers are 100 W each and pair effortlessly with the Sony A7000 soundbar. Adding these really improves the surround of this already Amazing soundbar. The speakers are standard looking but pack a punch. While they are optional I highly recommend them.

    Sep 07, 2021 22:04
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Unbelievable sound!

    The newest Sony sound bar, the HT-SA7000 is a 500 watt sound bar with 5 front speakers, 2 up-firing speakers, 2 directional tweeters, and dual subwoofers all in a sleek, attractive package that packs a punch!

    Has optional (separate) sub-woofer and surround speakers which can be purchased but aren't necessary.

    Sound bar has easy on screen set up instructions and utilizes a "sound optimization" feature which adapts the sound to your listening environment. The "up-firing" speakers reflect the sound off the ceiling, while the directional tweeters force sound outward to produce a sound that truly surrounds you.

    The unit comes with 2 HDMI + HDMI EARC, a USB port, optical-in, and an "S-center" port for use with a Sony TV which uses the TV's speakers to become your center channel (I do not have a Sony TV but imagine that this feature would be cool). Although the SA7000 is a little pricey, it provides an impressive sound that easily fills any room.

    Also includes voice control for use with Google or Alexa, and the blue-tooth allows you to pair it with your favorite music source, or you can "air play" directly to it.

    I ran across a couple negatives but they are minor. Like may sound bars, this one is tall and since my TV is on its own stand, the sound bar obscures the remote sensors of my TV.I ended up putting it behind my TV which probably limits it somewhat but it is still very impressive. Of course, this wouldn't be an issue if your TV was wall-mounted or if you mount the sound bar on the wall using the included template and brackets.

    I also receive my television signal "OTA" (over the air) paired with a Tivo. Unfortunately this created a delay issue between the audio and video where the mouths and voices do not match. I attempted to correct this in the TV (I have a Samsung) settings but this did not remedy the problem. The only solution I've found (so far) is to change the settings on the Tivo from Dolby to PCM. This took care of the sync issues but limits the Dolby options of the sound bar. If streaming directly through the TV, I do not have this sync issue. Maybe there is a better fix for this - I'll keep searching.

    I paired the sound bar with the optional surround speakers which was a definite plus. The speakers do a great job of producing sound that really feels like it is beside/behind you. They truly "surround" you and make you feel like you are part of the action.

    I also paired these with the optional SW5, which is a free-standing 300-watt subwoofer that will definitely thump. Alert the neighbors because this thing sounds incredible - just like a theatre minus the rumbling seats. It provides crisp, clear bass and really adds depth to the sound bar.

    I tested out the "immersive AE" on a 20-year-old movie (Pearl Harbor) to see how it would respond and was blown away. Planes flying around sounded as good as a movie theatre.

    The addition of the surround speakers and the subwoofer make this a superb system. The Sony SA7000 with subwoofer and surround speakers could possibly eliminate the need for an A/V receiver - it sounds that good!

    Sep 01, 2021 16:38
  • Review by ricks, 8 out of 10
    Good quality but no upward facing sound

    Note that these rear speakers are being reviewed as part of the entire 7.1.2 channel speaker system including the HF-A7000 sound bar and SA-SW5 subwoofer.

    If Star Trek’s holodeck existed, this would be the sound system they use. My previous system was the Sony HT-Z9F, and I wanted a new sound bar that had a more memorable model number. That and the fact that my old one was no longer reliable. Often, there would be a delay of 5 to 10 seconds before the sound would come through after turning on the TV.

    The setup of the A7000 system is about as easy as it gets. The wireless rears and subwoofer connect automatically to the sound bar. Once that’s done, you can run an auto-configuration in which the sound bar will play some tones to measure the speaker placement. No more pulling out a tape measure to check distance, though you still can if you want.

    I thought the sound of my old Z9F, however, was fantastic. But Sony has upped the sound quality even more in the A7000. The A7000 is a hefty sound bar and no doubt its size helps it create the enormous sound stage it produces. It has speakers that direct sound forward, upwards, as well as towards the side. And each of those speakers is engineered for hitting just the right acoustic. When connected to the wireless rear speakers and subwoofer, the result is a rich, full, sound the envelopes you. Watching UltraHD movies on Netflix, for example, makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the action.

    Sony also has a setting called Immersive Audio Enhancement (AE) to “convert” regular audio as if it were 7.1.2. Initially I thought it would sound too artificial. Obviously if the source signal is not 7.1.2, the sound bar can’t actually direct sound to the correct location. But once I got used to Immersive AE’s simulation, turning it off made the sound noticeably less rich.

    Like many sound bars, there is a separate volume setting to punch up the sound of voice. Whereas I had maxed out that setting on the Z9F, dialogue from the A7000 was perfectly discernible without needing to adjust the voice volume.

    Though the speaker system aims squarely for watching movies and shows, its 360 Reality Audio implementation is also remarkable for music services that offer premium quality sound: Amazon Music HD (included with their Unlimited plan), Tidal and Nugs.net. Though these services sound great with headphones, hearing this quality of music in a room speaker system is liberating.

    There are a couple of negatives, and for that, I’d really rate this as 4.5 stars. First, the rear spears sound great as expected, but they don’t fire upwards. Instead, they are standard configuration rears. Second, the 300W subwoofer is a beast and I can understand why it’s at additional cost. At the price point of the sound bar by itself, however, I think it would be a better value if Sony had at least included the 200W subwoofer, and perhaps the rear speakers as well.

    In any case, this system delivers premium sound with ease of install and ease of use. The sound bar by itself will enhance any room. But the addition of the wireless rear and subwoofer speakers adds an amazing dimension not to be missed.

    Sep 03, 2021 01:11
  • Review by David, 10 out of 10
    Great addition to an already great soundbar

    These speakers are what really rounds out the whole surround setup. First of all, they could't be simpler to set up. You just plug the power cord in and that's it. The soundbar automatically finds them and connects. You can run the optimization on the soundbar to really get them dialed in, but it's all very simple. Of course, the best part abou wireless surround speakers is that, except for the power cord, there are no wires to run to a receiver or anything. That means no ungly wires running along your floor, or expensive installation to run them inside the walls. It's all very convenient. Whe it comes to sound quality, just like the rest of the system, they sound absolutely fantastic. They really complete the whole surround experience. I noticed it most while playing video games. I could hear the explosions and bullets flying all around me. It even gave me a bit of a competitive advantage, because in a game like Black Ops, where you can hear your enemy's footsteps, with a setup like this you can really pinpoint where the footsteps are coming from. Overall, these are really nice speakers that are a breeze to set up, and just complete the whole system.

    Aug 26, 2021 09:35
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    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
  • 3
    Sonos
    Sonos - Beam (Gen 2) - Black
    Description

    Effortlessly enrich your entertainment experience with the latest generation of Beam, now with Dolby Atmos. Enjoy panoramic sound for shows, movies and games when the TV is on, and stream music radio and more when it's off.

    8 Features
  • High Quality, even at low volumes: Advanced audio processing ensures balanced sound from wall to wall at any volume level. When you want to watch TV but need to keep it down, turn on Night Sound in the app to reduce the intensity of loud effects and enhance quieter ones.
  • Crystal clear dialogue: Oscar-winning sound engineers helped fine-tune the soundbar to make sure you hear every word and can always follow the story. For even greater clarity when characters whisper or the action intensifies, turn on Speech Enhancement in the Sonos app.
  • Tuned to perfection: Trueplay tuning technology adapts the sound for the unique acoustics of the room so your content always sounds just the way it should. Requires iOS device.
  • Breeze through setup: Go from unboxing to unbelievable sound in minutes with only two cables and step-by-step guidance from the Sonos app.
  • Beam, evolved: A faster processor enables support for Dolby Atmos and creates two new audio paths for a virtual sound experience. Updated with a precisely perforated grille, Beam looks just as good as it sounds and blends seamlessly into your home.
  • Hands-free help: Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set timers, check the news, control your smart home devices and more. Easily mute with the press of a button to turn off the mic. The LED light will also turn off so you know your voice assistant isn't listening.
  • Made for music: Stream music, radio, audiobooks and podcasts from all your favorite services with detailed stereo sound that fills the room.
  • Dramatically realistic: Dolby Atmos maps sounds in space for a 3D effect so you experience planes as if they're flying overhead, hear footsteps moving across the room, and feel the score all around you. Requires a TV that supports Dolby Atmos and Atmos-encoded content.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by lamar310, 10 out of 10
    Perfect small soundbar

    I bought the Sonos Arc for my bedroom and living room but wanted something smaller for my guest bedroom so I bought the original Beam. It was great but it was missing one feature…Dolby Atmos. The Beam 2 has added Dolby Atmos and improved the vocal audio so now it’s the perfect and best small soundbar. I’ve owned the top of the line soundbars by Samsung, Sony, and LG and they all sounded good for movies but sounded bad for music. None of those brands sells a subwoofer that can hit the low end bass like Sonos.

    I do have to issue a disclaimer for the Beam 2 and every soundbar available. The Dolby Atmos effect works best with upfiring speakers in a room with low ceilings but it’s limited. If you want the full Dolby Atmos effect you need rear speakers so you create a sound bubble and then you have sound coming in all directions…only then can you tell sound is being placed left, right, high, or low. I purchased the Beam 2, subwoofer, and 2 Sonos Ones so I get the full surround sound experience and it’s great and worth the money. Not only do movies and music sound great but the Beam 2 is great for gaming. When it comes to negatives…I will say it does get expensive to build out the system and the Beam 2 works way better with a sub, rear speakers, or both.

    Oct 06, 2021 18:22
  • Review by Bbbb, 8 out of 10
    Didn’t think it was gonna be that good

    GreatProduct I’m glad I bought it Didn’t think it was gonna be that good

    Nov 05, 2021 20:09
  • Review by Tbean, 10 out of 10
    Great sound bar! Tv settings need adjustments!

    I’m very happy with my purchase, it’s far better than my Vizio surround sound system. I paired my beam 2 with two Sonos SL speakers. I’d recommend trying this set up before buying a sub, as it produces enough bass for my liking. Atmos content is limited and I cant really tell the difference between 5.1 and atmos.

    Settings:

    It took me a while to figure out proper settings. I use Apple TV 4K paired with Samsung 8k. You need to change Samsung audio processing to “pass-through” or you will experience severe lag while watching atmos content. Also, I had to force Apple TV audio to Dolby 5.1 (see picture) when watching 5.1 content or else the speakers would crack occasionally.

    Note: Best Buy coupons work on Sonos products

    Note2: atmos would not work on my 2017 Sonos Bravia (Arc)

    Oct 12, 2021 13:00
  • Review by KyleSea, 10 out of 10
    Killer sound bar - WOW!

    I returned my Bose Soundbar 700 for this. Hands down vastly superior to the Bose product that is twice the cost. Setup was super simple, the size is perfect for my 55" TV. It's mind blowing to me how much better the sound is than my Bose. This is my first Sonos product (I've always purchased Bose) and I'm a convert.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:56
  • Review by Chezdude, 10 out of 10
    Solid improvement

    Better than the original in many ways. It was easier to set up (the original wasn’t hard, but with NFC title his one is even easier)

    I can’t compare sound as I have it in a very different place than my original. But I do like the sound for both TV and streaming music. It holds its own to a sound bar system that had a wireless sub that it replaced.

    From my perspective, if you are going to spend the money on an Arc, you really should be looking at a discrete surround system. Otherwise the beam is all you likely need and it’s a lot less expensive

    Nov 05, 2021 15:39
  • Review by BrantleysAdventures, 10 out of 10
    Amazing!

    Had the beam first gen and upgraded to this. Its a pretty noticeable upgrade and i would recommend this to everyone! i love it. fills the room!

    Oct 05, 2021 16:02
  • Review by JayH, 10 out of 10
    Better than Bose

    The new Beam sounded way better than the competition. Dolby Atmos content is great. My favorite feature is the speech enhancement. The Sonos app provides a lot of customization too.

    Oct 29, 2021 22:44
  • Review by Rncharlie, 10 out of 10
    Great performance for its size!

    Good quality build, modern design. I’ve heard Sonos is good for music and Bose good for movies, but in my opinion this soundbar sounds GREAT for both! Sound is loud and immersive, sounds like you’re at the movies! Dolby Atmos sounds awesome, even though the beam 2 uses a virtual function for Atmos instead of actual upward speakers! It has good bass, and that’s without adjusting the equalizer in the Sonos app!

    This soundbar has some cool features through the app that aren’t offered by Bose and other brands. Alexa function works good, and I’m able to control the TV using Alexa. The Wifi at home has not been affected by adding the Beam 2. The White beam 2 looks good, especially if you’re getting the white sub too!

    Nov 08, 2021 19:47
  • 9.6score
    Sonos - Arc Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa - Black
    Description

    Bring all your entertainment to life with the extraordinarily realistic sound of this Sonos Arc - the premium smart soundbar for TV, movies, gaming, and more.

    16 Features
  • Immerse yourself in the music: Stream music, radio, podcasts, and more from your favorite services with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2 when the TV is off.
  • Voice control: The Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built right in, so you can play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free.
  • Mute for privacy: Turn the microphone off with a tap. The LED light is hardwired and will also turn off so you know your voice assistant isn't listening.
  • Expand your sound system: When you're ready, wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers and enjoy listening in more rooms.
  • Build out your home theater: Wirelessly connect Sonos Sub and a pair of One SL rears (sold separately) for an even more immersive listening experience.
  • Customized sound: Trueplay™ puts the speaker-tuning capability of the pros in the palm of your hands, adapting and optimizing the sound of the speaker to the unique acoustics of the room.
  • Magnetic sensor: Detects when Arc is mounted and smartly adjusts the EQ to temper bass resonance.
  • Ambient light sensor: Arc detects how bright the room is and automatically adjusts the brightness of the LEDs to be visible but not distracting.
  • Hear every word: Arc was specially tuned with the help of Oscar-winning sound engineers to emphasize the human voice so you can always follow the story. Turn on Speech Enhancement in the app to clarify dialogue when characters talk quietly or action intensifies.
  • Wi-Fi: Stream via your Wi-Fi network, and wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers to expand your sound system.
  • Simplified setup: Bring your phone up to Arc to automatically pair and securely transfer Wi-Fi credentials using near-field communication (NFC).
  • Eleven high-performance drivers: Arc's advanced processing creates five phased-array channels that masterfully deliver sound to your ears from all directions at the exact right moment.
  • HDMI eARC: Increased bandwidth supports high-quality audio and has lip-sync compensation built in.
  • Blends in beautifully: With its elongated shape, soft profile, and seamless facade, Arc discreetly mounts to the wall or sits beneath the TV without pulling focus.
  • Capacitive touch controls: Play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and group rooms just by tapping or swiping the top of the soundbar.
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos: Experience shows, movies, and games with the precise and immersive sound of Dolby Atmos. Arc's upward-firing drivers create a multi-dimensional soundstage that then moves around you, rendering every whisper and explosion with dramatic clarity, detail, and depth.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BestBought, 10 out of 10
    MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN EARC TV

    Dolby Atmos changes the way music and movies sound. Worth the buy for that alone. I paired with the Sonos Sub and two ONE SLs. Once you use their trueplay software it basically balances out your room and it will literally blow your mind as you listen to music and movies that are built for atmos.

    A couple of notes:

    -To get the most of this bar you will need an Apple TV. Apple TV is one of the only devices that offers lossless playback and Dolby Atmos for music. Not every song is rebuilt for Atmos yet, but there is a good selection. You’ll obviously also need the Apple Music subscription for this. They have playlists that walk you through what it sounds like once Atmos is on.

    - If you have an older TV without EARC, you won’t be able to get true Atmos. If you are planning on buying this soundbar I would say the best feature it has is the Atmos. I have an older model so this was an issue for me. I purchased the HD FIRE ARCANA and it has fixed my EARC issue. I am now receiving full Atmos over my normal Arc and it displays this in the Sonos app.

    - Disney, Netflix, PRIME and some HBO movies have Atmos. You’ll see it displayed before you play the movie. The only way to truly tell if you’re getting it is if it is displaying it in the Sonos app. You’ll definitely be able to hear it though.

    Jul 12, 2021 12:45
  • Review by TheoS, 10 out of 10
    Sonos with another product to beat!

    I have been a long time Sonos junkie since my first purchaseof a Beam. At first the Beam worked well in my space but after some remodelingand the removal of a wall I needed something with more power. I held off on thePlaybar simply because of the rumors of an update and pre-ordered this SonosArc as soon as it was available.

    First the appearance:This thing is beautiful. With a very modern styling, drilled grill wrapped around the internals this thing is the only piece in my room that gives my LG C9 a run for it's money in appearance. This styling fits in line with all the newest Sonos products on the market today. The Arc is also very wide which is why it is recommended for TVs over 50" (pictured with my 65" LG C9)

    Weighing in at almost 14 pounds, this soundbar and all its components exude quality. Inside are three tweeters (for higher end sound) and eight woofers for mid-range and bass. What is great and new about this product is that 4 of these drivers aim directly at you while 2 aim out the sides and 2 fire sound upward. This enables Arc to give you sound in all directions, including above you. This addition of upfiring speakers enables the Arc to sound effects for any movies/content coded with Dolby Atmos.

    Setup is easy just like other Sonos products (opened the app, add product and the Arc was instantly recognized). After setting it in place I tuned thru TruePlay (a must do in my opinion) to get the room setup and tuned with my Sonos Sub and Play:1 Surround speakers. Even during the tuning I noticed how well the Arc bounced those sounds off the walls to create the left and right front speaker sounds I felt were lacking with the Beam. First movie I fired up was The Rise of Skywalker and sure enough in the opening scene three Tie Fighters buzzed directly over our heads and made my fiance jump.

    For this this next portion please make sure to note the difference when talking about the Sonos Arc (not all capitalized) and the HDMI eARC and ARC ports (fully capitalized). This can cause confusion. In order to get lossless Atmos you must make sure you have an Atmos enabled TV with eARC HDMI ports. If your TV only has ARC HDMI you can still get Atmos but it will not be in its full lossless format, it will be compressed Atmos. All this of course is under the assumption that your content is Atmos. You will know it is working if you pull up your Sonos app and click on the room your Arc is in and will see the "Dolby Atmos" symbol listed under the TV. For my setup I have an Apple TV 4K connected to my LG C9, and the Sonos Arc is connected via the eARC HDMI port.

    Listening to sound for music, the Arc is a significant upgrade over the Beam but that should be a given based on the size, power, and quantity of speaker differences between the two. While the sound is great I do not know if I would stop using my Play:5 in the same room for just music, only for parties/gatherings in which the surround and bass speakers would help fill the room more.

    For my purposes I use Google Assistant and the far field mics caught my voice easily even while sound was playing from the speaker and a medium volume.

    While a big jump from the Beam pricing and $100 more than it's predecessor, the Arc delivers. While you can get soundbars for under $150, this one is the cream of the crop and is worth the price tag if you can afford. Sonos's ease of use and seamless streaming technology already shine above a lot of it's competitors but the addition of this new Arc soundbar puts them ahead of everyone else in soundbar tech and makes it the soundbar to beat. The Arc is an outstanding speaker and should be the first choice when wanting to convert just a TV into a a surround system in a medium to large sized room.

    Jun 10, 2020 12:24
  • Review by NeatWallTV, 10 out of 10
    From Neat Wall

    We’re a small business Home A/V Installation Service that focuses on practical solutions that are future proofed to a certain degree. Sonos offers ease and practicality with a level of precision like no other. I tell my customers all the time it won’t literally happen but on the level of product comparison; Sonos has the tech and product level that redefines music and could put Bose in their place to out of business. Sonos is to retail shopping what Amazon has done to the world.

    Oct 20, 2021 00:04
  • Review by JonD, 10 out of 10
    Incredible, Room-filling Sound

    I first purchased the Samsung Q950 to go with my Samsung TV and was deeply disappointed. This Sonos Arc exceeded all of my expectations.

    My TV room is not cavernous, so I figured a soundbar would work well and I was tired of the complexity and bulk of my aging A/V receiver. All of the reviews I saw and read recommended either the Samsung or Sonos. The Samsung sounded terrible for the price. I can't understand how it received so many positive reviews.

    The Sonos Arc, on the other hand, exceeded all of my expectations.

    The sound separation and stage are both great. It's amazing that they can effectively achieve surround sound without rear speakers. Bullets appear to whizz past your ear and background music appears to emanate from behind you. The sound is incredibly lively.

    And the bass from this thing is terrific. The low and mid-bass are very balanced. The rumble is there when you want it and not there when you don't. It's full and punchy - so much so that I don't think I will buy the subwoofer. If your room is larger, you may need/want it but for my layout and taste, it's more than enough (and I like me some bass).

    There are also a couple of handy features on the app. It has a nighttime mode, which will keep the volume more even and avoid loud peaks like explosions from waking up the house. There's also a speech enhancement mode that will make it easier to hear conversations. I've tried both modes and they work quite well.

    Setup was quite easy and uses a smartphone app to calibrate the bar to the room acoustics. It walks you through everything quite clearly and I had no issues.

    I'm loving this soundbar and highly recommend it!

    Feb 18, 2021 06:53
  • Review by NeatWallTV, 10 out of 10
    From Neat Wall TV

    We’re a small business Home A/V Installation Service that focuses on practical solutions that are future proofed to a certain degree. Sonos offers ease and practicality with a level of precision like no other. I tell my customers all the time it won’t literally happen but on the level of product comparison; Sonos has the tech and product level that redefines music and could put Bose in their place to out of business. Sonos is to retail shopping what Amazon has done to the world.

    Sep 06, 2021 22:39
  • Review by KnAlb, 10 out of 10
    Nice soundbar

    Great product. Its true Dolby Atmos, user friendly and easy to set up. Perfect for large 2 story rooms. I ended up buying 3 of these. The only thing comparable is Bose Soundbar 9 series.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:46
  • Review by lamar310, 10 out of 10
    The BEST soundbar and worth the wait

    I bought my Sonos Arc in August and had to wait 25 days to get it but I love it and it's by far the best soundbar on the market. Here are the pros and cons:

    Pros:

    1. Great sound for movies, music, gaming and sports. I've owned top of the line soundbars by other brands but they all had one flaw...they sound bad playing music. The Arc makes music sound full and clean at any volume level. The Arc also makes the vocals on movies sound very clear...other soundbars struggle with that.

    2. It's long but also compact but it gets LOUD. I have mine setup in an open area living room with high ceilings and the Arc is able to fill the room with sound. I rarely get the volume level over 50% when watching a movie or streaming music. The overall look on my TV stand is minimalist and blends very nicely.

    3. Dolby Atmos lives up to the hype. I stream movies on my Apple TV 4K and you can feel the bubble surround effect from Dolby Atmos content on Apple Movies, Netflix, and Disney Plus.

    4. Easy to setup and software updates keep the Arc at peek performance. There is only one wire for power and an HDMI to the TV and then you follow the setup instructions on the Sonos app. I had sound and was good to go in under 10 minutes. A cool bonus is the Arc uses your TV remote to control the volume or you can use the app to control the volume and adjust the settings.

    Cons:

    1. You need a newer TV with an HDMI ARC input to get Dolby Atmos. If you don't have a TV with that feature I'd suggest getting the Sonos Beam instead and saving some money until you do own a newer TV.

    2. The Arc isn't cheap and I'd highly recommend getting the Sonos subwoofer especially for real bass and a much better sound profile for movies and music. For the full theater experience I'd also recommend the Sonos Ones. The upgrades aren't cheap but you can build your system as you get the cash to buy more.

    Bottomline...the Arc is the best soundbar out right now in 2020. If you want a great soundbar with a high end sound that you can build around then look no further. When family members come to me asking for tech advice on soundbars...the Arc is what I'll be telling them to buy.

    Sep 17, 2020 14:20
  • Review by None, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Everything worked out better than I expected. The Sonos ARK is amazing. I was worried about spending so much on a sound bar and I’m happy to say it was money well spent.

    Sep 17, 2021 20:07
  • 9.6score
    Bose - Smart Soundbar 900 With Dolby Atmos and Voice Assistant - Black
    Description

    Imagine having the magic of a movie theater right in your home and feeling totally immersed in every scene. With the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Dolby Atmos, you can. Custom-engineered upfiring dipole speakers work with advanced Bose technologies to make it seem like your room is filled with sound from every direction. Even overhead. It’s like you can almost feel the rain coming down during your favorite movie. For content that isn’t encoded in Dolby Atmos, proprietary TrueSpace spatial processing intelligently analyzes signals other than Dolby Atmos, like stereo or 5.1 surround sound system, and upmixes them to create an immersive 7-channel speaker surround sound experience with an impressive sense of height in the soundscape. The result is enveloping sound with convincing realism no matter what you watch with this TV soundbar. But it’s not just the sound quality that you’ll notice with this Dolby Atmos soundbar. Material quality. Construction. Finishes. Controls. Every detail was obsessed over to produce a Bose premium soundbar that looks as beautiful as it sounds. And with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in, you can create a connected home. This Bluetooth soundbar helps you control all your entertainment, manage your day, and get information — using just your voice.

    9 Features
  • Immersion. Like you’ve never felt.: With six full-range transducers, including two new custom-engineered upfiring dipole speakers, a center tweeter, and speaker arrays connected to Bose PhaseGuide technology, this Bose soundbar puts you in the middle of the action using our surround sound technology.
  • At your command with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.: Control all your entertainment, manage your day, and get information with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The noise-rejecting microphones work together to listen in every direction for your command, even when the music’s playing loudly.
  • Say it, watch it.: Bose Voice4Video technology expands your Alexa voice capabilities. In addition to controlling your Bose soundbar, you can control your TV and cable or satellite box with just your voice. Turn on your TV and jump to your favorite station. It’s a quick way to watch what you love.
  • Music. Any way you want it.: When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options with this Bluetooth wireless soundbar speaker. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want.
  • Want to kick it up a notch?: The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 sounds immersive all on its own. To take it to the next level, you can add Bose wireless bass modules, surround speakers, or both to create a full home theater system with enhanced surround sound.
  • Private — or party — listening.: With Bose SimpleSync, you can pair your Bose Bluetooth soundbar with compatible Bose products.* Pair your soundbar with select Bose headphones for a personal TV listening experience. Want to add more sound? Pair your soundbar with a select Bose Bluetooth speaker.
  • More music. In more rooms.: Group your Bose wireless soundbar with any other Bose smart speakers over Wi-Fi within the Bose Music app for a seamless audio experience throughout your home. Listen to different songs in different rooms, or one song in every room at the same time.
  • Easy to set up and use.: Bose Smart Soundbar 900 uses a single connection to your TV. Choose either the HDMI eARC connection or the optical audio connection (both cables provided). With the Bose Music app, you can easily set up your TV soundbar, select your voice assistant, and more.
  • Legal*: SimpleSync technology has a typical Bluetooth range of 30 feet. Walls and construction materials can affect reception at times. Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Elegant and Powerful!!!

    Elegant and Powerful!!!

    If you are looking for an all-in-one solution for your listening needs, then you came to the right place. Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is the perfect solution for quality audio in a relatively compact design, and now voice enabled. So, lets go over some of the features and PROS and CONS of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900.

    Unboxing and Setup:

    Bose has made the setup process for the Smart Soundbar. Out of the box you get the Bose 900 Smart Soundbar with the very nice glass finish on top with cut outs for the upward firing transducers. You will also get a power cord, optical cable, HDMI cable and a remote control with batteries. To start the setup process you will need to download the Bose Music application to start the setup process and the app with guide you through the rest and it is very simple. The app will help you connect to WIFI, Bluetooth and either to Google or Alexa. I linked my soundbar to my Google home and the process was flawless. In my testing of the soundbar there were certain features that were unavailable at the moment but will be available in the near future with an update.

    The soundbar measures in at about 41.1” Wide, 4.2” Deep and 2.3” Tall with very elegant looking glass top with cut outs for the transducers one on each side and a mute button for the built-in microphone for Google or Alexa assistant. The Soundbar has an aluminum grill for the speakers and the base and it is wall mountable, but the mounts are not included, and being a Bose product you know you are getting a quality product.

    Features:

    So, unlike its predecessor the new Bose 900 comes with Dolby Atmos Audio, Voice enabled, and the stream content such as the news, radio, music and much more in the Bose Music app. This Bose sound bar will provide an immersive 7-channel sound even from Non-Atmos encoded content. The soundbar also has Updated echo-canceller to handle additional Atmos height channels. The smart sound bar includes inputs for an Optical cable, HDMI e-arc, IR range extender, DATA input, Additional Bass Input, and is also compatible with Bose Bass Modules and additional Bose speakers to create multi-room sound.

    My Experience:

    I have been using this Smart Soundbar for about a week now watching TV, movies, listening to music, listening to my favorite radio station and even gaming and let me tell you the experience is totally out of this world. You can create theater quality sound at home with this speaker while watching your favorite movie. My family and I watched the Avengers again and this time around the experience was a lot better. The sound totally surrounds you and you can actually feel and hear the sound coming from different angles of the room giving you that movie theater feels right at home. The sound is clear, crisp and precise and the bass is just right, not overwhelming where you can’t hear the dialogue. There is an option to turn on the dialogue mode. the Dialogue mode adjust the tonal balance of your speakers to improve the clarity of spoken words in movies, tv shows and your favorite podcasts. Using the voice assistant worked out great as well. I did read some review of the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, and it seems like Bose has corrected or made improvements to the issues from the 700 series. My favorite feature was the ability to connect multiple Bose speakers to create multiroom sound and the app made the process to add multiple speakers very easy. Overall, I could not find anything that I was not happy with, if you do happen to find this soundbar on display somewhere I would definitely recommend that you check it. You will not be disappointed.

    Aug 21, 2021 15:59
  • Review by DoctorHoo, 10 out of 10
    Another awesome soundbar from Bose!

    This review contains my early impressions of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. At the time of this review several features were not enabled but should be enabled with a future software update around September 23, 2021. These features are the “center” and “height” channel adjustments within the Bose Music app, ADAPTiQ calibration, and compatibility with Bose Surround Speakers and Surround Speaker 700 (the Bose Bass Module 500 and 700 are currently compatible).

    This is my first Dolby Atmos soundbar and I was curious if having top firing drivers and Dolby Atmos would be able to produce a noticeable difference compared to my previous non-Dolby Atmos Bose Soundbar 500.

    Compared to my previous Bose Soundbar 500, it’s a bit bigger (about 41.1 inches wide, 4.2 inches deep and 2.3 inches tall) so it didn’t fit between the legs of my TCL 49S515 4K TV but it was still thin enough not to block the bottom of the screen. I had to move the TCL a little further back to make space for the new soundbar.

    Inputs include one HDMI (eARC), one digital optical, an Ethernet port, a service port (looks like a micro USB port), a power cord receptacle, a data port, an IR port, a bass port and a port for the ADAPTiQ headset.

    It came with the same remote as the Bose Soundbar 500 along with batteries, an ADAPTiQ calibration headset, an optical cable, an HDMI cable, power cord, and quick start guide.

    One nice improvement is that it doesn’t use a power brick like my previous Bose soundbar for less clutter on the floor.

    Setup was super easy and exactly the same as with my previous Bose soundbar. I connected the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 to my TV’s HDMI ARC port and plugged in the power cord. I then used the Bose Music app on my tablet and followed the instructions to add a new soundbar.

    Compared to my Soundbar 500, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 seemed to produce richer sound with slightly better highs. Instruments and vocals sounded crisp and clear with decent bass. I thought the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provided a better movie watching experience compared to the Soundbar 500.

    The bass, while not great compared to a soundbar combined with a subwoofer, was decent enough to allow one to be able wait awhile before adding a subwoofer as your budget allows.

    Podcasts sounded great with easily understood vocals. Streaming Kim Wilde, Liz Phair, Dua Lipa, Squeeze etc. from Amazon Music sounded great along with music from other genres. The sound stage also seemed wider and more immersive.

    As with my experience with other Bose soundbars, the first thing I noticed was the extreme clarity of vocals. I can easily hear and understand dialog from TV shows and movies. Even when set to low volume so as to not disturb my neighbors, dialog and vocals are easily understood.

    And if you want to raise the volume, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is capable of easily filling the room with enough sound to probably disturb your neighbors.

    The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 also makes a great Alexa smart speaker. It picks up and recognizes my voice commands the best among all my other smart speakers (the Bose Soundbar 500 is the equal in this respect).

    It was super easy to set up Voice4Video to use Alexa to control your TV and cable box but I encountered some problems with actually using it.

    I was able to use Alexa to control the volume but I had problems changing channels. It seemed like Alexa was trying to input the wrong channels to the cable box or if the cable box couldn’t keep up with the channel numbers being sent by Alexa. I just changed my cable box from a TiVo to an Xfinity X1 XG2 box at the time of this review so this could be user error on my part as I’m still getting familiar with my new Xfinity TV box.

    I had some difficulty in testing Dolby Atmos material on this soundbar. My TV only has a HDMI ARC connector instead of eARC. It turns out you can still play Dolby Atmos using HDMI ARC but it is kind of hard to determine if you are really getting Dolby Atmos.

    From researching the web, Dolby Atmos is just metadata and actually uses either Dolby Digital Plus (compressed/lossy) or Dolby TrueHD (lossless) codecs for playback. If you only have HDMI ARC then it will use Dolby Digital for playback and if you have HDMI eARC then it will use Dolby TrueHD for playback.

    Streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Vudu, Netflix, HBO Max etc. can stream videos using Dolby Atmos. I used Vudu to stream Justice Society: World War II from my nVida Shield as Vudu claimed this movie supported Dolby Atmos playback. But I’m still not sure if I was actually using Dolby Atmos as the Bose Music App reported that the TV was using Dolby Digital 2.0.

    Then I used HBO Max to stream Titans which is also supposed to be in Dolby Atmos but the Bose Music app reported that the TV was using Dolby Digital 5.1.

    I finally used my Sony UBP-X700 to play Blade Runner 2049. My TCL 4K TV reported that the Sony UBP-X700 was using Dolby Atmos but the Bose Music app reported the TV was using Dolby Digital 5.1.

    The Sony UBP-X700 has an additional audio-only HDMI port which I assumed supported Dolby TrueHD. I figured this would provide the best possible sound output. I tried to use that as the input to the soundbar to bypass the HDMI ARC port limitation from my TV but I couldn’t get any sound to come out.

    Assuming that I was actually using Dolby Atmos, sound from Dolby Atmos material sounded rich and immersive on the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. While the sound was immersive (filling the room with sound), it lacked the precise positioning of a sound system using physical surround speakers.

    For example, most of the sounds seemed to be coming in front of me. The rain scenes in Blade Runner 2049 felt like it was coming from a wide area but mostly from the front. The soundstage was wide, but I never really experienced feeling that there was sound coming from above or behind me. Sometimes when a flying car zoomed by, I did get a subtle sense of sound coming from my side.

    I think the up-firing drivers of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 does provide a wider soundstage but I don’t think it can actually make me think that there is sound coming from above me. The same can be said for the side firing drivers. It just isn’t reasonable to expect that it would be able to reproduce the same effect of having actual physical surround speakers.

    Once the software upgrade comes out I am fully expecting that the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 will be spectacular for watching movies when combined with a subwoofer (either the Bose Bass Module 500 or 700) and physical surround speakers (such as the Bose Surround Speakers or Surround Speaker 700).

    I’m looking forward to trying out more Dolby Atmos material once I can connect the Soundbar 900 with my Bose Surround Speakers. I think it would be cool if Bose would add the ability to attach additional surround speakers for the height channels as well as for the rear channels.

    By itself, I think the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provides a good enough movie theatre experience to allow one to be able to enjoy it now while incrementally upgrading their system as their budget allows.

    Aug 22, 2021 18:25
  • Review by Nataraj, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Smart Soundbar with very few downsides

    Pros:

    1. Support to Dolby Atmos® and Atmos-encoded content - This was a feature that was not available on Bose Smart Soundbar 500 or 700 but has been included with 900. This is a great move by Bose to support the Dolby Atmos format which was introduced in consumer Home theater first in 2014. Dolby Atmos hase revolutionized the cinema experience with immersive sound. The sounds from the soundbar is truly incredible. It gives an exceptional theater like experience. I do not have the Bose Bass Module connected still the sounds from the speakers are amazing. Please make sure to increase the Bass using the Bose Music App. Otherwise it will sound like any regular speaker with 0 bass.

    Note - I do have earlier verion of Bose - Bose Cinemate 15 Home theater system with a subwoofer. If I just listen to the music or movies without the subwoofer, I can clearly feel the difference between that soundbar and Bose Smart Soundbar 900. Especially the Bass is really good. But Cinemate 15 with subwoofer has better sound. So If you want a true theater-like experience connect the Bose Bass Module.

    2. Upward firing speakers(transducers) - There are 2 transducers - one on each end of the bar. This directs sound upward and reflect off the ceiling to produce lifelike, overhead sound which is truly amazing. Also the soundbar is well designed to include these transducers cutouts on both the ends.

    3. Voice4Video technology using Google Voice Assistant/Alexa - This is one of the best features which i like on this Smart Soundbar. It is really easy to setup Google Assistant/Alexa using the Bose Music App. It is possible do tonnes of things like ask Google/Alexa for weather or latest news or a joke or play some music or control the volume of the speaker or even turn on/off the TV or make calls and what not. I really like this feature because i can control my speaker without the remote. Also the microphone on the speaker is very responsive except for when we the speakers are really loud.

    4. Bose Music App Features

    1. Volume control

    2. Create a Group using SimpleSync -

    a. Pair any bluetooth speaker with this Bose Smart Soundbar for more sound around the house

    b. Pair Bose Smart Soundbard with Bluetooth headphones which lets one to mute or reduce the soundbar volume while the headphones stays loud

    3. Select a Source - Bluetooth device like a Phone or Tablet or Computer and TV

    4. Audio controls

    a. ADAPTIQ which optimizes the sound from the speakers depending on the room - requires us to plug in the Headset to the Smart soundbar (The Headset is included with the Smart Soundbar) - Please note that this feature was not supported at the time when i reviewed this product.

    b. Dialogue Mode - When this mode is turned on, the dialogues/spoken words are more clear. Very nice feature.

    c. Control of Bass, Treble, Center Channel, Height Channel (0-100 - increments of 10) - Please note that Center Channel and Height Channel controls were not supported at the time when i reviewed this product.

    5. Settings -

    1. Setup Voice Assistant - This was pretty easy to setup.

    2. Setup Accessory Speaker - I haven't tried this as I did not have a Bose Bass Module. If one would like to connect the previous versions of Bose Base Module 500 or 700 they are compatible with this soundbar.

    3. Control Audio

    4. Power control

    5. Responsive Remote control with Matt finish - The remote on my old Bose sound system Bose Cinemate 15 was terrible. We had to point it straight to soundbar to make it work. Bose has designed the remote control well on this soundbar as it picks up the signal even when we are slightly away from the soundbar.

    Cons:

    1. Remote control is not same like the earlier Smart Soundbar 700. It does not have the backlight feature. It has only the following buttons - Power, Music, TV, Bluetooth, Volume +/-, Mute, Rewind, Play/Pause, Fast Forward, 1 to 6. So it is difficult especially in the night if we want to Play/Pause, Rewind or Fast Forward. Wish the Bose Music app had all the similar controls on the app.

    2. Bit pricey as we need to buy the Bass Module separately which takes the overall price to around 1500 dollars to get the real theater experience, but the inclusion of Dolby Atmos gives a little bit of

    3. Shiny glass top - If the speakers are placed right beneath the TV, it might cause distraction due to the reflection from the TV. I have placed the speakers a little below so I don't have much issues with it.

    Aug 22, 2021 23:38
  • Review by explore42, 8 out of 10
    Elegant, Immersive but lacks strong Bass

    The Bose 900 is elegant looking with a sleek profile. It looks like a premium soundbar and in most aspects it delivers like one. The Dolby Atmos support and Alexa features work extremely well but the lack of bass, only having a single HDMI port and no DTS support keep this from being a five star soundbar.

    Set Up: Setting up the soundbar was quite simple via the Bose Music app. The app walks you through the steps of setting up your wireless connection, adding an Alexa or Google voice assistant and performing a room calibration via the ADAPTiQ tool. Once Alexa was configured I found the Alexa voice recognition and response to be the best I have experienced on any device. Because of this we find ourselves using the voice assistant and commands much more than we have in the past. Note that this soundbar supports both Alexa and Google voice assistants. Setting up the ADAPTiQ requires you to wear a microphone headset that is included with the soundbar. You are prompted to sit in the five most used seats in the room so that the equalizer can optimize the sound quality to the room layout. The soundbar only has one HDMI port which is a short coming. Because of this you have to run your video/audio sources to the TV first and then the TV using either a HDMI or optical cable sends the audio to the soundbar. This is definitely a problem for anyone who is trying to play DTS based DVDs or Blu-Rays. The Bose 900 does not support DTS so when the TV sends the native DTS audio to the soundbar no audio is heard. To fix this problem I had to go into my TV’s audio controls and change the setting from AUTO to PCM output. Some DVDs/Blu-Rays support both Dolby and DTS so you can select the Dolby audio output via the Player’s menu system vs having to change things on the TV. The remote control allows you to set volume and select source input (TV, Music, Blue Tooth) and control media playback from a small rubberized non-back lit controller. While functional it’s not the best because the buttons lack a noticeable feel and they can be difficult to locate especially in the dark. Mounting the soundbar on the wall requires an optional wall bracket system.

    User Experience: The frequency response especially across the mids and highs are outstanding. The sound stage is quite large and Bose does a good job of producing virtual surround sound without having rear speakers. The downside is that you cannot turn off the surround sound if you only want to listen to your music in stereo. The Atmos speakers do a decent job of adding to the 3d affect. The only complaint I have with the audio performance is that the bass can at times sound muffled or lacking punch. Without that strong bass hearing a helicopter fly overhead just doesn’t have the impact you would expect from a Dolby Atmos experience. There is an optional Bose subwoofer but it drastically increases the cost of the solution. You can adjust the Bass and Treble levels using the Bose Music app but there are not any preconfigured modes such as Movie or Music. To enhance the Dialogue in movies and pod cast the Music App allows you to control the center speaker volume as well as turn on a Dialogue mode. The soundbar supports wi-fi, blue tooth and Air Play 2 so connecting your favorite music source is not an issue. Using the Alexa voice assistant with this soundbar worked so well that often I could play music or watch TV without having to use a remote or engage my mobile device at all. The soundbar has two light bars on the front. The smaller light shows whether the microphone is muted or not. The larger light bar indicates the wi-fi, blue tooth and voice assistant status. Sadly Bose does not show the volume status instead it just blinks the light when you press the volume up or down button so you have no idea where you are in relation to maximum volume. There is also no indication as to what the audio input is to the soundbar so you cannot distinguish if your soundbar is receiving Atmos or Dolby Digital or just stereo input.

    Aug 22, 2021 22:06
  • Review by Jermaine, 10 out of 10
    Bose soundbar 900

    This soundbar is amazing, I also have the soundbar 700 which is amazing too but you can defin Tell the difference between the 2 when setup properly. The only problem I have is that the remote for the 900 should be better than one for the 700.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:58
  • Review by TechTalk, 8 out of 10
    Great Soundbar overall w/ some minor issues

    Using for about a month now paired with the 700 series subwoofer and surround speakers. Great in-home theatre experience! AdaptIQ works pretty good but still have to tweek EQ manually to get sound just right. Having the app as the only way to do this can be a bit frustrating and could be a deal breaker if you're less on the tech savvy side. Still can't get Google Assistant paired through the Bose app. Not really a big deal for me but hard not to mention when you pay for a feature you can't utilize.

    Nov 10, 2021 15:30
  • Review by hahanson, 8 out of 10
    Sleek and Compact with a Premium Feel.

    The Bose 900 Soundbar is stylish, compact, and appears to be of very good build quality with its premium feel. A major upgrade for this model Dolby Atmos support and the up-firing speakers to go with the side-firing speakers of previous models. Other features include Bose Truespace, which provided 7-channel sound from content not encoded with Atmos, built-in Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, Bose Voice4Video which allows you to control the TV with you voice. The Bose 900 also supports music via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, Amazon Music, and Spotify.

    The set-up took a few minutes, but was easily accomplished once the Bose app is downloaded to your phone. There's a room correction feature, which automatically adjusts the sound profile based on the acoustics of your room. The sound quality is pleasant, with a neutral sound profile. Audio dialog is clear and easy to understand. The side-firing and up-firing speakers give it an very wide soundstage. Volume levels are good, and dialogue is clear. TV and Movies lacks a little bass as you don't get that "punch" in action scenes, but would likely be fine with the optional bass module. Still, the sound is quite full given the compact size of the bar (you can see in one of the included photos it's about 30% more compact than the Samsung Q90, if not more).

    Included in the packaging is are manuals, a remote with batteries, and HDMI cable, Optical cable, and the Bose ADAPTiQ headset (used for room calibration).

    Unfortunately, I was unable to test the Alexa features as I kept receiving an error trying to install the module to connect the Bose system to Amazon. At the time of this review, the Bose Soundbar 900 has not yet been officially released, so it may be they still need to iron a few things out. The only other nuisance I encountered is that when I turn the TV on, it doesn't turn on the Bose. I have to manually turn it on from the included remote or the Bose app on my phone. It may be that I need to change a setting, but I will have to play with it some -- there's little more to the manual than basically showing you to plug it in then download the app.

    Overall I find the Bose 900 to be sleek and compact, with a surprising amount of good quality sound, especially given its size.

    Aug 25, 2021 17:22
  • Review by BoseSoundBar, 10 out of 10
    Bose 900 Soundbar

    Bose 900 Soundbar combined with Bass Module has Great Sound and Bass

    Oct 29, 2021 15:37
  • 9.4score
    Bose - Smart Soundbar 900 With Dolby Atmos and Voice Assistant - Black
    Description

    Imagine having the magic of a movie theater right in your home and feeling totally immersed in every scene. With the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Dolby Atmos, you can. Custom-engineered upfiring dipole speakers work with advanced Bose technologies to make it seem like your room is filled with sound from every direction. Even overhead. It’s like you can almost feel the rain coming down during your favorite movie. For content that isn’t encoded in Dolby Atmos, proprietary TrueSpace spatial processing intelligently analyzes signals other than Dolby Atmos, like stereo or 5.1 surround sound system, and upmixes them to create an immersive 7-channel speaker surround sound experience with an impressive sense of height in the soundscape. The result is enveloping sound with convincing realism no matter what you watch with this TV soundbar. But it’s not just the sound quality that you’ll notice with this Dolby Atmos soundbar. Material quality. Construction. Finishes. Controls. Every detail was obsessed over to produce a Bose premium soundbar that looks as beautiful as it sounds. And with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in, you can create a connected home. This Bluetooth soundbar helps you control all your entertainment, manage your day, and get information — using just your voice.

    9 Features
  • Immersion. Like you’ve never felt.: With six full-range transducers, including two new custom-engineered upfiring dipole speakers, a center tweeter, and speaker arrays connected to Bose PhaseGuide technology, this Bose soundbar puts you in the middle of the action using our surround sound technology.
  • At your command with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.: Control all your entertainment, manage your day, and get information with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The noise-rejecting microphones work together to listen in every direction for your command, even when the music’s playing loudly.
  • Say it, watch it.: Bose Voice4Video technology expands your Alexa voice capabilities. In addition to controlling your Bose soundbar, you can control your TV and cable or satellite box with just your voice. Turn on your TV and jump to your favorite station. It’s a quick way to watch what you love.
  • Music. Any way you want it.: When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options with this Bluetooth wireless soundbar speaker. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want.
  • Want to kick it up a notch?: The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 sounds immersive all on its own. To take it to the next level, you can add Bose wireless bass modules, surround speakers, or both to create a full home theater system with enhanced surround sound.
  • Private — or party — listening.: With Bose SimpleSync, you can pair your Bose Bluetooth soundbar with compatible Bose products.* Pair your soundbar with select Bose headphones for a personal TV listening experience. Want to add more sound? Pair your soundbar with a select Bose Bluetooth speaker.
  • More music. In more rooms.: Group your Bose wireless soundbar with any other Bose smart speakers over Wi-Fi within the Bose Music app for a seamless audio experience throughout your home. Listen to different songs in different rooms, or one song in every room at the same time.
  • Easy to set up and use.: Bose Smart Soundbar 900 uses a single connection to your TV. Choose either the HDMI eARC connection or the optical audio connection (both cables provided). With the Bose Music app, you can easily set up your TV soundbar, select your voice assistant, and more.
  • Legal*: SimpleSync technology has a typical Bluetooth range of 30 feet. Walls and construction materials can affect reception at times. Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Elegant and Powerful!!!

    Elegant and Powerful!!!

    If you are looking for an all-in-one solution for your listening needs, then you came to the right place. Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is the perfect solution for quality audio in a relatively compact design, and now voice enabled. So, lets go over some of the features and PROS and CONS of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900.

    Unboxing and Setup:

    Bose has made the setup process for the Smart Soundbar. Out of the box you get the Bose 900 Smart Soundbar with the very nice glass finish on top with cut outs for the upward firing transducers. You will also get a power cord, optical cable, HDMI cable and a remote control with batteries. To start the setup process you will need to download the Bose Music application to start the setup process and the app with guide you through the rest and it is very simple. The app will help you connect to WIFI, Bluetooth and either to Google or Alexa. I linked my soundbar to my Google home and the process was flawless. In my testing of the soundbar there were certain features that were unavailable at the moment but will be available in the near future with an update.

    The soundbar measures in at about 41.1” Wide, 4.2” Deep and 2.3” Tall with very elegant looking glass top with cut outs for the transducers one on each side and a mute button for the built-in microphone for Google or Alexa assistant. The Soundbar has an aluminum grill for the speakers and the base and it is wall mountable, but the mounts are not included, and being a Bose product you know you are getting a quality product.

    Features:

    So, unlike its predecessor the new Bose 900 comes with Dolby Atmos Audio, Voice enabled, and the stream content such as the news, radio, music and much more in the Bose Music app. This Bose sound bar will provide an immersive 7-channel sound even from Non-Atmos encoded content. The soundbar also has Updated echo-canceller to handle additional Atmos height channels. The smart sound bar includes inputs for an Optical cable, HDMI e-arc, IR range extender, DATA input, Additional Bass Input, and is also compatible with Bose Bass Modules and additional Bose speakers to create multi-room sound.

    My Experience:

    I have been using this Smart Soundbar for about a week now watching TV, movies, listening to music, listening to my favorite radio station and even gaming and let me tell you the experience is totally out of this world. You can create theater quality sound at home with this speaker while watching your favorite movie. My family and I watched the Avengers again and this time around the experience was a lot better. The sound totally surrounds you and you can actually feel and hear the sound coming from different angles of the room giving you that movie theater feels right at home. The sound is clear, crisp and precise and the bass is just right, not overwhelming where you can’t hear the dialogue. There is an option to turn on the dialogue mode. the Dialogue mode adjust the tonal balance of your speakers to improve the clarity of spoken words in movies, tv shows and your favorite podcasts. Using the voice assistant worked out great as well. I did read some review of the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, and it seems like Bose has corrected or made improvements to the issues from the 700 series. My favorite feature was the ability to connect multiple Bose speakers to create multiroom sound and the app made the process to add multiple speakers very easy. Overall, I could not find anything that I was not happy with, if you do happen to find this soundbar on display somewhere I would definitely recommend that you check it. You will not be disappointed.

    Aug 21, 2021 15:59
  • Review by DoctorHoo, 10 out of 10
    Another awesome soundbar from Bose!

    This review contains my early impressions of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. At the time of this review several features were not enabled but should be enabled with a future software update around September 23, 2021. These features are the “center” and “height” channel adjustments within the Bose Music app, ADAPTiQ calibration, and compatibility with Bose Surround Speakers and Surround Speaker 700 (the Bose Bass Module 500 and 700 are currently compatible).

    This is my first Dolby Atmos soundbar and I was curious if having top firing drivers and Dolby Atmos would be able to produce a noticeable difference compared to my previous non-Dolby Atmos Bose Soundbar 500.

    Compared to my previous Bose Soundbar 500, it’s a bit bigger (about 41.1 inches wide, 4.2 inches deep and 2.3 inches tall) so it didn’t fit between the legs of my TCL 49S515 4K TV but it was still thin enough not to block the bottom of the screen. I had to move the TCL a little further back to make space for the new soundbar.

    Inputs include one HDMI (eARC), one digital optical, an Ethernet port, a service port (looks like a micro USB port), a power cord receptacle, a data port, an IR port, a bass port and a port for the ADAPTiQ headset.

    It came with the same remote as the Bose Soundbar 500 along with batteries, an ADAPTiQ calibration headset, an optical cable, an HDMI cable, power cord, and quick start guide.

    One nice improvement is that it doesn’t use a power brick like my previous Bose soundbar for less clutter on the floor.

    Setup was super easy and exactly the same as with my previous Bose soundbar. I connected the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 to my TV’s HDMI ARC port and plugged in the power cord. I then used the Bose Music app on my tablet and followed the instructions to add a new soundbar.

    Compared to my Soundbar 500, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 seemed to produce richer sound with slightly better highs. Instruments and vocals sounded crisp and clear with decent bass. I thought the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provided a better movie watching experience compared to the Soundbar 500.

    The bass, while not great compared to a soundbar combined with a subwoofer, was decent enough to allow one to be able wait awhile before adding a subwoofer as your budget allows.

    Podcasts sounded great with easily understood vocals. Streaming Kim Wilde, Liz Phair, Dua Lipa, Squeeze etc. from Amazon Music sounded great along with music from other genres. The sound stage also seemed wider and more immersive.

    As with my experience with other Bose soundbars, the first thing I noticed was the extreme clarity of vocals. I can easily hear and understand dialog from TV shows and movies. Even when set to low volume so as to not disturb my neighbors, dialog and vocals are easily understood.

    And if you want to raise the volume, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is capable of easily filling the room with enough sound to probably disturb your neighbors.

    The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 also makes a great Alexa smart speaker. It picks up and recognizes my voice commands the best among all my other smart speakers (the Bose Soundbar 500 is the equal in this respect).

    It was super easy to set up Voice4Video to use Alexa to control your TV and cable box but I encountered some problems with actually using it.

    I was able to use Alexa to control the volume but I had problems changing channels. It seemed like Alexa was trying to input the wrong channels to the cable box or if the cable box couldn’t keep up with the channel numbers being sent by Alexa. I just changed my cable box from a TiVo to an Xfinity X1 XG2 box at the time of this review so this could be user error on my part as I’m still getting familiar with my new Xfinity TV box.

    I had some difficulty in testing Dolby Atmos material on this soundbar. My TV only has a HDMI ARC connector instead of eARC. It turns out you can still play Dolby Atmos using HDMI ARC but it is kind of hard to determine if you are really getting Dolby Atmos.

    From researching the web, Dolby Atmos is just metadata and actually uses either Dolby Digital Plus (compressed/lossy) or Dolby TrueHD (lossless) codecs for playback. If you only have HDMI ARC then it will use Dolby Digital for playback and if you have HDMI eARC then it will use Dolby TrueHD for playback.

    Streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Vudu, Netflix, HBO Max etc. can stream videos using Dolby Atmos. I used Vudu to stream Justice Society: World War II from my nVida Shield as Vudu claimed this movie supported Dolby Atmos playback. But I’m still not sure if I was actually using Dolby Atmos as the Bose Music App reported that the TV was using Dolby Digital 2.0.

    Then I used HBO Max to stream Titans which is also supposed to be in Dolby Atmos but the Bose Music app reported that the TV was using Dolby Digital 5.1.

    I finally used my Sony UBP-X700 to play Blade Runner 2049. My TCL 4K TV reported that the Sony UBP-X700 was using Dolby Atmos but the Bose Music app reported the TV was using Dolby Digital 5.1.

    The Sony UBP-X700 has an additional audio-only HDMI port which I assumed supported Dolby TrueHD. I figured this would provide the best possible sound output. I tried to use that as the input to the soundbar to bypass the HDMI ARC port limitation from my TV but I couldn’t get any sound to come out.

    Assuming that I was actually using Dolby Atmos, sound from Dolby Atmos material sounded rich and immersive on the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. While the sound was immersive (filling the room with sound), it lacked the precise positioning of a sound system using physical surround speakers.

    For example, most of the sounds seemed to be coming in front of me. The rain scenes in Blade Runner 2049 felt like it was coming from a wide area but mostly from the front. The soundstage was wide, but I never really experienced feeling that there was sound coming from above or behind me. Sometimes when a flying car zoomed by, I did get a subtle sense of sound coming from my side.

    I think the up-firing drivers of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 does provide a wider soundstage but I don’t think it can actually make me think that there is sound coming from above me. The same can be said for the side firing drivers. It just isn’t reasonable to expect that it would be able to reproduce the same effect of having actual physical surround speakers.

    Once the software upgrade comes out I am fully expecting that the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 will be spectacular for watching movies when combined with a subwoofer (either the Bose Bass Module 500 or 700) and physical surround speakers (such as the Bose Surround Speakers or Surround Speaker 700).

    I’m looking forward to trying out more Dolby Atmos material once I can connect the Soundbar 900 with my Bose Surround Speakers. I think it would be cool if Bose would add the ability to attach additional surround speakers for the height channels as well as for the rear channels.

    By itself, I think the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 provides a good enough movie theatre experience to allow one to be able to enjoy it now while incrementally upgrading their system as their budget allows.

    Aug 22, 2021 18:25
  • Review by Nataraj, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Smart Soundbar with very few downsides

    Pros:

    1. Support to Dolby Atmos® and Atmos-encoded content - This was a feature that was not available on Bose Smart Soundbar 500 or 700 but has been included with 900. This is a great move by Bose to support the Dolby Atmos format which was introduced in consumer Home theater first in 2014. Dolby Atmos hase revolutionized the cinema experience with immersive sound. The sounds from the soundbar is truly incredible. It gives an exceptional theater like experience. I do not have the Bose Bass Module connected still the sounds from the speakers are amazing. Please make sure to increase the Bass using the Bose Music App. Otherwise it will sound like any regular speaker with 0 bass.

    Note - I do have earlier verion of Bose - Bose Cinemate 15 Home theater system with a subwoofer. If I just listen to the music or movies without the subwoofer, I can clearly feel the difference between that soundbar and Bose Smart Soundbar 900. Especially the Bass is really good. But Cinemate 15 with subwoofer has better sound. So If you want a true theater-like experience connect the Bose Bass Module.

    2. Upward firing speakers(transducers) - There are 2 transducers - one on each end of the bar. This directs sound upward and reflect off the ceiling to produce lifelike, overhead sound which is truly amazing. Also the soundbar is well designed to include these transducers cutouts on both the ends.

    3. Voice4Video technology using Google Voice Assistant/Alexa - This is one of the best features which i like on this Smart Soundbar. It is really easy to setup Google Assistant/Alexa using the Bose Music App. It is possible do tonnes of things like ask Google/Alexa for weather or latest news or a joke or play some music or control the volume of the speaker or even turn on/off the TV or make calls and what not. I really like this feature because i can control my speaker without the remote. Also the microphone on the speaker is very responsive except for when we the speakers are really loud.

    4. Bose Music App Features

    1. Volume control

    2. Create a Group using SimpleSync -

    a. Pair any bluetooth speaker with this Bose Smart Soundbar for more sound around the house

    b. Pair Bose Smart Soundbard with Bluetooth headphones which lets one to mute or reduce the soundbar volume while the headphones stays loud

    3. Select a Source - Bluetooth device like a Phone or Tablet or Computer and TV

    4. Audio controls

    a. ADAPTIQ which optimizes the sound from the speakers depending on the room - requires us to plug in the Headset to the Smart soundbar (The Headset is included with the Smart Soundbar) - Please note that this feature was not supported at the time when i reviewed this product.

    b. Dialogue Mode - When this mode is turned on, the dialogues/spoken words are more clear. Very nice feature.

    c. Control of Bass, Treble, Center Channel, Height Channel (0-100 - increments of 10) - Please note that Center Channel and Height Channel controls were not supported at the time when i reviewed this product.

    5. Settings -

    1. Setup Voice Assistant - This was pretty easy to setup.

    2. Setup Accessory Speaker - I haven't tried this as I did not have a Bose Bass Module. If one would like to connect the previous versions of Bose Base Module 500 or 700 they are compatible with this soundbar.

    3. Control Audio

    4. Power control

    5. Responsive Remote control with Matt finish - The remote on my old Bose sound system Bose Cinemate 15 was terrible. We had to point it straight to soundbar to make it work. Bose has designed the remote control well on this soundbar as it picks up the signal even when we are slightly away from the soundbar.

    Cons:

    1. Remote control is not same like the earlier Smart Soundbar 700. It does not have the backlight feature. It has only the following buttons - Power, Music, TV, Bluetooth, Volume +/-, Mute, Rewind, Play/Pause, Fast Forward, 1 to 6. So it is difficult especially in the night if we want to Play/Pause, Rewind or Fast Forward. Wish the Bose Music app had all the similar controls on the app.

    2. Bit pricey as we need to buy the Bass Module separately which takes the overall price to around 1500 dollars to get the real theater experience, but the inclusion of Dolby Atmos gives a little bit of

    3. Shiny glass top - If the speakers are placed right beneath the TV, it might cause distraction due to the reflection from the TV. I have placed the speakers a little below so I don't have much issues with it.

    Aug 22, 2021 23:38
  • Review by explore42, 8 out of 10
    Elegant, Immersive but lacks strong Bass

    The Bose 900 is elegant looking with a sleek profile. It looks like a premium soundbar and in most aspects it delivers like one. The Dolby Atmos support and Alexa features work extremely well but the lack of bass, only having a single HDMI port and no DTS support keep this from being a five star soundbar.

    Set Up: Setting up the soundbar was quite simple via the Bose Music app. The app walks you through the steps of setting up your wireless connection, adding an Alexa or Google voice assistant and performing a room calibration via the ADAPTiQ tool. Once Alexa was configured I found the Alexa voice recognition and response to be the best I have experienced on any device. Because of this we find ourselves using the voice assistant and commands much more than we have in the past. Note that this soundbar supports both Alexa and Google voice assistants. Setting up the ADAPTiQ requires you to wear a microphone headset that is included with the soundbar. You are prompted to sit in the five most used seats in the room so that the equalizer can optimize the sound quality to the room layout. The soundbar only has one HDMI port which is a short coming. Because of this you have to run your video/audio sources to the TV first and then the TV using either a HDMI or optical cable sends the audio to the soundbar. This is definitely a problem for anyone who is trying to play DTS based DVDs or Blu-Rays. The Bose 900 does not support DTS so when the TV sends the native DTS audio to the soundbar no audio is heard. To fix this problem I had to go into my TV’s audio controls and change the setting from AUTO to PCM output. Some DVDs/Blu-Rays support both Dolby and DTS so you can select the Dolby audio output via the Player’s menu system vs having to change things on the TV. The remote control allows you to set volume and select source input (TV, Music, Blue Tooth) and control media playback from a small rubberized non-back lit controller. While functional it’s not the best because the buttons lack a noticeable feel and they can be difficult to locate especially in the dark. Mounting the soundbar on the wall requires an optional wall bracket system.

    User Experience: The frequency response especially across the mids and highs are outstanding. The sound stage is quite large and Bose does a good job of producing virtual surround sound without having rear speakers. The downside is that you cannot turn off the surround sound if you only want to listen to your music in stereo. The Atmos speakers do a decent job of adding to the 3d affect. The only complaint I have with the audio performance is that the bass can at times sound muffled or lacking punch. Without that strong bass hearing a helicopter fly overhead just doesn’t have the impact you would expect from a Dolby Atmos experience. There is an optional Bose subwoofer but it drastically increases the cost of the solution. You can adjust the Bass and Treble levels using the Bose Music app but there are not any preconfigured modes such as Movie or Music. To enhance the Dialogue in movies and pod cast the Music App allows you to control the center speaker volume as well as turn on a Dialogue mode. The soundbar supports wi-fi, blue tooth and Air Play 2 so connecting your favorite music source is not an issue. Using the Alexa voice assistant with this soundbar worked so well that often I could play music or watch TV without having to use a remote or engage my mobile device at all. The soundbar has two light bars on the front. The smaller light shows whether the microphone is muted or not. The larger light bar indicates the wi-fi, blue tooth and voice assistant status. Sadly Bose does not show the volume status instead it just blinks the light when you press the volume up or down button so you have no idea where you are in relation to maximum volume. There is also no indication as to what the audio input is to the soundbar so you cannot distinguish if your soundbar is receiving Atmos or Dolby Digital or just stereo input.

    Aug 22, 2021 22:06
  • Review by Jermaine, 10 out of 10
    Bose soundbar 900

    This soundbar is amazing, I also have the soundbar 700 which is amazing too but you can defin Tell the difference between the 2 when setup properly. The only problem I have is that the remote for the 900 should be better than one for the 700.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:58
  • Review by TechTalk, 8 out of 10
    Great Soundbar overall w/ some minor issues

    Using for about a month now paired with the 700 series subwoofer and surround speakers. Great in-home theatre experience! AdaptIQ works pretty good but still have to tweek EQ manually to get sound just right. Having the app as the only way to do this can be a bit frustrating and could be a deal breaker if you're less on the tech savvy side. Still can't get Google Assistant paired through the Bose app. Not really a big deal for me but hard not to mention when you pay for a feature you can't utilize.

    Nov 10, 2021 15:30
  • Review by hahanson, 8 out of 10
    Sleek and Compact with a Premium Feel.

    The Bose 900 Soundbar is stylish, compact, and appears to be of very good build quality with its premium feel. A major upgrade for this model Dolby Atmos support and the up-firing speakers to go with the side-firing speakers of previous models. Other features include Bose Truespace, which provided 7-channel sound from content not encoded with Atmos, built-in Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, Bose Voice4Video which allows you to control the TV with you voice. The Bose 900 also supports music via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, Amazon Music, and Spotify.

    The set-up took a few minutes, but was easily accomplished once the Bose app is downloaded to your phone. There's a room correction feature, which automatically adjusts the sound profile based on the acoustics of your room. The sound quality is pleasant, with a neutral sound profile. Audio dialog is clear and easy to understand. The side-firing and up-firing speakers give it an very wide soundstage. Volume levels are good, and dialogue is clear. TV and Movies lacks a little bass as you don't get that "punch" in action scenes, but would likely be fine with the optional bass module. Still, the sound is quite full given the compact size of the bar (you can see in one of the included photos it's about 30% more compact than the Samsung Q90, if not more).

    Included in the packaging is are manuals, a remote with batteries, and HDMI cable, Optical cable, and the Bose ADAPTiQ headset (used for room calibration).

    Unfortunately, I was unable to test the Alexa features as I kept receiving an error trying to install the module to connect the Bose system to Amazon. At the time of this review, the Bose Soundbar 900 has not yet been officially released, so it may be they still need to iron a few things out. The only other nuisance I encountered is that when I turn the TV on, it doesn't turn on the Bose. I have to manually turn it on from the included remote or the Bose app on my phone. It may be that I need to change a setting, but I will have to play with it some -- there's little more to the manual than basically showing you to plug it in then download the app.

    Overall I find the Bose 900 to be sleek and compact, with a surprising amount of good quality sound, especially given its size.

    Aug 25, 2021 17:22
  • Review by BoseSoundBar, 10 out of 10
    Bose 900 Soundbar

    Bose 900 Soundbar combined with Bass Module has Great Sound and Bass

    Oct 29, 2021 15:37
  • 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
    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.
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  • 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
    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
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  • 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
    Sony - 7.1 2 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Discover a whole new level of surround sound. Sound Field Optimization personalizes the experience. New technology such as built-in subwoofers, side beam tweeters and more bring you closer to the action than ever before. 8K/4K 120P compatibility futureproofs the HT-A7000 for high quality video and sound.

    10 Features
  • Breathtaking surround sound from our flagship soundbar: Utilizing a combination of technology such as Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround, the HT-A7000 provides a wider sweet spot enabling everyone to have the best seat in the house during a movie.
  • Perfect for any room: Sound Field Optimization calibrates the HT-A7000 to your room environment to provide the best sound. Even if you move the soundbar from the main room to a bedroom, the HT-A7000 will personalize the sound for you.
  • High Quality Audio: HT-A7000 is packed with class leading technology for the best sound experience. X-balanced speaker units minimize distortion while the up-firing speakers and beam tweeters fill the room to give an ultra-immersive listening experience.
  • High quality video passthrough: HT-A7000 is equipped with 8K and 4K/120p passthrough to support the latest video formats including Dolby Vision. From vivid visuals to fast paced video game play, HT-A7000 has you covered.
  • Customize your ultimate sound: Two subwoofer choices (SA-SW3 and SA-SW5) and a set of rear speakers (SA-RS3S) are optional equipment designed to help you enhance the immersion of your content.
  • Effortless control and immersion with BRAVIA: With an integrated UI, home theater system settings automatically appear on the BRAVIA Quick Settings menu for easy control of sound modes, sound field and volume.
  • Easy Listening: It’s never been easier to listen to your favorite tracks. HT-A7000 supports audio streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Apple Airplay 2.
  • Voice Assistant Compatibility: Connect to your home’s other devices with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa (via FW update)
  • Easy UI and setup: An OLED front panel display is also on the soundbar for quick viewing of the volume level, sound mode, or input. An onscreen user interface helps you make more detailed adjustments to your HT-A7000 settings easily. The HT-A7000 is almost ready to go straight out of the box.
  • Immerse yourself in supreme music quality: Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal clear precision. With the HT-A7000, your music comes to life like never before.
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  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    Next-Level, Customizable Soundbar Experience

    I’ve been using Sony’s previous Dolby Atmos soundbar (HT-ST5000) for the past few years and have loved every minute of it, though I’ve always wished I could add rear speakers for a more immersive surround experience. Similarly, the user interface of the HT-ST5000 is becoming a bit slow and dated. Sony’s new HT-A7000 offers some incredible improvements to Sony’s high-end soundbar, including the ability to add optional wireless rear speakers and a choice of wireless subwoofers. These improvements—along with some new sound optimization features—make the HT-A7000 an absolute powerhouse and likely the most feature-rich soundbar on the market.

    === SETUP AND CONFIGURATION (5 Stars) ===

    The soundbar ships in a large, rectangular box, though it is quite easy to unpack and set up. Once unpacked, the system is incredibly easy to set up. A 4K-capable HDMI cable is included. Plug the HDMI cable into the ports labeled HDMI eARC/ARC on the soundbar and your TV, and then connect your other devices to the two HDMI IN ports on the soundbar. If you choose to purchase the subwoofer (SW3 or SW5) or rear speakers (RS3S), those are completely wireless and automatically connect/sync with soundbar once plugged into a power outlet. Follow the on-screen setup procedures that appear when you first power on the soundbar and you'll be up and running in just minutes. Be sure to run the “sound field optimization” wizard - not only does it optimize your system, but it provides a neat demo of what the system is capable of.

    === DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY (4.5 Stars) ===

    This is a big soundbar. It is just over 51 inches wide and about 3 inches tall, so it might obstruct the bottom portion of some TVs with shorter stands. It is roughly the width of a 65-inch TV and takes up the entire width of my entertainment stand. Compared to the HT-ST5000, the new HT-A7000 looks much more premium with a glossy finish on the top (although it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet). The upward-firing speakers are covered in a nice mesh fabric. Unlike the HT-ST5000, the metal grille on the A7000 is not removable, but it looks great. There is a crisp display on the front which shows the volume level and current input selected, but it can’t display much text at once and often scrolls to show a full word. Connectivity is generous, with two HDMI 2.1 inputs on the rear along with a USB port, optical port, and analog port. However, all of these ports are placed at awkward angles and are rather hard to access. The included remote control is easy to use, but feels a bit cheap in comparison to the rest of the system.

    === FEATURES AND OPTIONS (5 Stars) ===

    Sony has made it very easy to customize and adjust the settings of this soundbar. By pressing the Home button on the remote, you can access the Setup screen and adjust the settings for ceiling height, seating distance from the soundbar, advanced HDMI settings, and much more. Spotify, Chromecast, and AirPlay 2 are built-in as easy ways to stream content to the soundbar. The inclusion of AirPlay 2, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa mean that A7000 can be easily added to a multi-room speaker setup. There are preset sound profiles for “Cinema,” “Music,” and “Standard,” as well as a new feature called “Immersive Audio Enhancement” that converts standard surround sound signals into a 7.1.2 format. Immersive AE works surprisingly well, adding a nice boost to 2.0 and 5.1 content. The inclusion of two HDMI 2.1 inputs is nice, though it is a small step down from the three HDMI inputs included on the HT-ST5000.

    The on-screen interface is nicely laid out and very responsive. I couldn’t find a way to label the HDMI inputs with something like “Blu-ray” or “Game,” which was a feature of the HT-ST5000. The “Display” button on the remote brings up an on-screen information screen that shows you the type of audio track/codec that is being played through the soundbar. There are plenty of advanced options in the settings menu which should satisfy even the most technical users. Gamers should be aware that the HDMI inputs on the soundbar do not support variable refresh rate (VRR) signals. Hopefully Sony can enable this in a future firmware update. Otherwise, this soundbar supports pretty much every major format you can think of: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, LPCM, LDAC, etc. as well as Dolby Vision and HDR passthrough.

    === SOUND QUALITY (5 Stars) ===

    The soundbar by itself delivers crisp, immersive, and rich audio and does a very admirable job at virtualizing a “surround” experience without the optional rear speakers and subwoofer. Before I installed the rear speakers and subwoofer, I activated the built-in demo on the soundbar and was pretty amazed at how effectively the side-beam and upfiring drivers seem to “bounce” sound off of my walls and ceiling. I played several minutes of the Dolby Atmos track on the Godzilla vs. Kong 4K Blu-ray continued to be impressed, with the soundbar clearly separating dialogue, music, and explosions and placing sounds all around my living room. The overhead Atmos effects seem much more noticeable than on the HT-ST5000 as I actually looked up at the ceiling while watching Godzilla vs. Kong during one of the jet fly-by sequences.

    Sony claims that the A7000 has a built-in subwoofer, and it certainly seems powerful enough to hold its own without one of the optional, standalone subwoofers. However, I really have to crank up the volume on the soundbar to get the best impact from low frequencies from the built-in soundbar. It’s not quite powerful enough to shake my living room or annoy my neighbors, but it definitely adds a rich, deep element to the unit’s sound profile. If powerful, room-shaking bass and low frequencies are important to you, you’ll probably want to consider one of the optional wireless subwoofers.

    There’s no doubt that one of the main selling points of the A7000 is the ability to add wireless rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Since those are sold separately and not included with the soundbar, I won’t go into too much detail here. I added the 300W SW5 subwoofer and RS3S rear speakers to my setup and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. Hands down, this complete package is the best home theater audio system I’ve ever owned and I would highly recommend adding the rear speakers and a subwoofer if you are able. I wish Sony had at least included an entry-level, standalone subwoofer with the soundbar like they did for the previous HT-ST5000, even if they had to charge just a bit more. As it stands, it is VERY expensive to get this complete package of the soundbar + subwoofer + rear speakers. The good news is that the soundbar by itself is still an incredible piece of kit and will provide many many years of thrilling sound.

    === OVERALL ===

    The HT-A7000 sets Sony comfortably atop the pack of high-end soundbars. By itself, it has some of the best virtualized surround sound I’ve ever heard, and the Immersive Audio Enhancement feature can transform even a standard stereo track into a vibrant surround track. The easy-to-use interface and plethora of connectivity options are unmatched in most other soundbars. Adding a dedicated subwoofer and rear speakers really unlocks the full potential of the A7000. Unfortunately, the need to purchase both of these things separately will certainly make many consumers question the value of this soundbar. And rightfully so. To get the complete package (soundbar + 300W subwoofer + rear speakers), you’re looking at a retail price of $2,350. Many other soundbars at least include a subwoofer in the package.

    So is it worth it? If you only have the space or budget for a soundbar and don’t care much for the powerful bass that a standalone subwoofer could provide, I think you will still love the sound produced by the A7000. There are some other soundbars at roughly the same price point that include a subwoofer, but they won’t have nearly as nice of a design or user interface. If you are willing and able to purchase a dedicated subwoofer and rear speakers for the A7000, you will truly have one of the best (if not *the* best) sounding and most capable soundbar systems on the market.

    Aug 29, 2021 17:23
  • Review by Josh76, 10 out of 10
    Mind blowing sound!

    Some background, this soundbar, along with the rears and subwoofer, is replacing a sonos system with surrounds and the Sonos Sub.

    I was so excited to have this delivered today. I had been thinking about replacing my Sonos Beam with the Arc, but I had thankfully I had the opportunity to pick up this one. I opened it up and was shocked by how heavy this thing. You can really tell that this is a high quality, high performance piece of equipment. Through the mesh on the front and more on top, you can see all of the speakers inside, looks amazing. It comes with the remote of course, HDMI cable, aux audio cable and mounting brackets, a nice touch.

    I had my other sound bar mounted under the tv, so instead of spackling and repainting that area, I decided to mount this one too. I was a little concerned about the weight of it so I kept my fingers crossed. I used the included wall mounting template to get the holes right and level and then used wall anchors to attach the mounting brackets. I would have preferred going into wall studs, but i didn't have that option. The mounting brackets do have legs that hit the wall to keep them more secure which is nice, unfortunately, those legs stick out under the soundbar and are very visible while watching tv; I was hoping for a more streamlined look than that.

    The sound bar has a pair of 2.1 HDMI inputs which come in handy for the PS5 and other future devices that work better with 2.1, I plugged in my Apple TV and my PS5, then ran another HDMI cable to my TV's eArc port. I like that the soundbar has video passthrough as opposed to the sonos which does not. It's easier to have those cables running to the soundbar instead of the TV.

    Now that everything was plugged in and mounted, I turned everything on and followed the on screen instructions. I have an older Sony Soundbar and was familiar with this screen which was nice. Before I added the sub and the rears, I wanted to try this on its own. The sound was incredible, especially for music. I am so used to surround sound, though, that I needed more. I linked the other speakers, ran the sound optimization tool and bam, I was ready.

    I put on Avengers: Infinity War because it has great audio but also Dolby Atmos. I turned it up to a decent volume and suddenly, I was immersed in crystal clear, room filling sound. The bass was perfect, vocals were clear and the surrounds performed perfectly. I was in heaven.

    Next, I played some MLB and again, perfect. I love that this is future proofed as well.

    Next came music. I am a huge Airplay 2 fan and have compatible speakers in all rooms. I was so excited that this soundbar finally added that feature for Sony. I prefer using my phone to control music, so I connected using Apple Music with lossless audio and the sound was great. I played around with it and decided that it sounds better without the rears and without the Immersive AE function. This really performed well, nice deep bass and the highs were at the perfect level, I was surprised that I didn't have to adjust the settings to get the sound just right.

    I also setup Google and Alexa but was disappointed that this is only controlled by a different device, it does not have a mic built into it like the Sonos and Bose products. A little disappointing for such an expensive system. Regardless, I linked it to a different Alexa device and can control it that way if I want.

    Aside from my Alexa issue and the legs of the wall brackets sticking out, I could not be happier with this system. If you're looking for a sleek system with ultra premium sound, this is the one for you. This is really an amazing home theater setup.

    Aug 23, 2021 18:22
  • Review by BADog, 10 out of 10
    Flagship Quality from Sony Once Again

    The Sony HT-A7000 is Sony's latest flagship soundbar. It can be paired up with a 200W or 300W subwoofer and/or wireless surround speakers. All items are sold separately. This single soundbar package comes with the soundbar, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), mounting hardware, 4K HDMI cable, 3.5mm analog audio S-Center Out connector cable, power cable, & paperwork. The soundbar comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Rather than go over every single specification which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead.

    DISCLAIMER: I have all 3 components for the complete surround experience:

    1) HT-A7000 7.1.2ch Soundbar (Review for this product)

    2) SA-SW5 300W Subwoofer for the HT-A7000

    3) SA-RS3S Wireless Rear Speakers for the HT-A7000

    PROS:

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    * Setup is very user friendly with the on-screen user interface using the HDMI/ARC connection. Each step was explained well on the screen, and the sound demos were very useful. Part of setup is also having the system perform a sound check so it can tell where all the speakers are placed distance-wise, in order to have the most optimal volumes and delays for each given speaker (if you have the subwoofer and wireless rear speakers).

    * This is a well-constructed sound bar - it feels solid. It weighs approximately 20 lbs.

    * If you use the mounting brackets provided, connecting the speaker to the brackets is easy with the 2 mounting screws provided. If you place the soundbar on a platform, the rubber feet keep it in place and from vibrating off that surface. I have shown that in one of my pictures.

    * 2 HDMI ports + ARC gives the ability to hook up 2 different sources (say a gaming system, Blu-ray player, or PC perhaps) while still offering 2 other audio options with optical/fiber cable or 3.5mm analog. If you already use certain Sony Bravia TVs, there is the capability to use the S-Center Out port to pair up your TV's speakers with the center channel of the soundbar for added sound. I do not have a Sony TV, so I did not use this option.

    * The bar offers a multitude of wireless options including Bluetooth (BT), Wifi, Spotify, Chromcast, and Apple Airplay2. Using Spotify via the on-screen interface keeps you from having to have your phone nearby using BT. It would have been great to have Pandora as an option as well.

    * If you use Google or Alexa, those are incorporated into the soundbar.

    * It has the option to play "360 Reality Audio" which is a nice added feature but may require a subscription to use. Services currently available with this feature are 360 by Deezer, Amazon Music, nugs.net, and TIDAL (see pictures). The demo was pretty cool.

    * The remote control allows for easy volume levels for both the MAIN and the sub/wireless without having to go thru a screen interface.

    * I watched 2 online movies in 4K - The Tomorrow War (Amazon) and Zack Snyder's Justice League (HBO Max). Both featured surround sound and both impressed with immersion experience. I felt like I was in the middle of the action (with the sub and wireless speakers setup included). Explosions, vocals, left/right sounds were all unique and really brought me into the movie itself.

    CONS:

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    * Unlike some other sound bars, you can't change the look of the front of it by removing the grill. The metal grill is permanently fixed to the soundbar.

    * Wall mounting hardware (screws/anchors) is not provided.

    OTHER OBSERVATIONS:

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    * The top of the soundbar, between the 2 upward-facing drivers, is glossy black and will show fingerprints easily.

    * The soundbar includes forward-facing drivers in addition to the beam tweeters on the end. Add in the up-facing drivers, and this soundbar really does a great job of creating surround sound as it bounces sound off of the ceiling and the walls.

    CONCLUSION:

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    Overall, this new soundbar is exactly what sound enthusiasts need that don't want to go the route of buying an amplifier and external speakers. This system is on par with other flagship brands, if not better. There are very few (to no) issues with this product technically, and should be great for most peoples' homes. It has a ton of power, bass, and surround sound to put you in the middle of the action. I highly recommend getting one of the two available subwoofers, and if you can go the distance, get the rear wireless speakers as well. Job well done, Sony. (I did reviews for the other 2 products in this audio line as well if you enjoyed this review.)

    Sep 05, 2021 19:27
  • Review by Balboa3, 10 out of 10
    That Real Cinema Feeling at Home

    This soundbar is the one. If you're looking to bring your home theater to life and want to have a no fuss setup, great sound, and some amazing features, then this is the one.

    Setup

    The longest part of the setup was just taking everything out of the box. You get one HDMI cable in the box so you can immediately connect from the soundbar to your eARC input on your TV. The setup process involved placing the soundbar on the entertainment center, plugging in the HDMI, and power cable, and finally running through the setup wizard. From beginning to end it took less than 15 minutes. I took almost as much time just speaking to my FedEx driver about the soundbar when he dropped it off. I also got the rear speakers and subwoofer (SA-SW5) and again setup was a breeze. Once the rear speakers and subwoofer were plugged in, the soundbar automatically linked to them. I have heard some folks commenting on how you can get a full home theater with individual speakers instead of a soundbar for the same amount of money; but I doubt any of them can be setup this quickly and painlessly. I love that I didn't have to mount any speakers or run any wires. A traditional home theater setup would have taken an afternoon to get all connected. Plus, with the Sound Field Optimization in the setup process, which you can run this later as well in settings, it calibrates the soundbar, rear speakers, and subwoofer for the best sound in your room.

    Sound

    I was a little worried in choosing to go with a soundbar instead of traditional setup. The only reason for my hesitation is because my living room where I want to use this, is a large wide-open room. We have an open floor plan, so the living room opens to the front foyer and the kitchen. I was worried that the sound would get lost, and I would lose some of that immersion. I can report that this is not the case in the slightest. The sound is amazing, and you feel like you are right in the middle of what is going on.

    Movies

    I have a one of the latest generations AppleTV 4Ks connected to the soundbar and a 75" 4K TV. We subscribe to just about every streaming service you can think of, Hulu, Disney+, Paramount+, HBOMax, Netflix, YouTube TV, and Apple+. We have been really enjoying some of our favorite shows/movies coming in Dolby Vision, and with this soundbar we finally have the last piece of that puzzle, Dolby Atmos. Our first few days using our new soundbar we watched, Paw Patrol The Movie, Skyfall, Suicide Squad (2021), The Matrix, The Bad Batch, What If...? and Reminiscence. Each viewing felt like we were sitting in a movie theater. This is great since we haven’t had the opportunity to go to the movies in the last year, so this was a real joy bringing the cinema experience home. I really enjoyed rewatching The Matrix fight scenes which were amazing. Again, it really felt like everything was happening around us. Slabs of marble falling around us, ricochets, and bullets zipping around!

    Games

    We connected our Xbox and PlayStation to the soundbar and running some games again left us with our mouths hanging open. It was a great experience. The soundbar has one eARC HDMI output to the TV, and 2 HDMI inputs so I connected my Apple TV 4k and Xbox systems to the soundbar and the PlayStation to the TV directly. Both methods sounded amazing and just like the movies, it felt like things were happening all around me in the games.

    Music

    I am obsessed with music. My wife says it's a problem. I have more headphones that I can use, and we have subs with most of the music streaming services. I connected our Apple Music and Amazon Music HD plan to the soundbar. Listening to supported albums in Dolby Atmos with Apple Music and 360 Reality tracks with Amazon Music was great. Sitting in my living room, you could really hear the separation of instruments and vocals. Some tracks felt like singers were standing on either side of me. It was really a great experience. It sounded much better than what I already thought was an amazing sound, coming from my AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

    Overall

    This is an amazing system. Even if you decided to go with the soundbar and forego the rear speakers and subwoofer the system is still a real treat. I unplugged the rear speakers and soundbar and was still impressed by how much better it was, compared to my 2-year-old soundbar. Adding the rear speakers and subwoofer just adds to the texture of the sound and improves the overall immersion. Again, this is such an enormous upgrade from any other home theater systems I have heard recently, and the setup process could not be any quicker or pain free. In less than 30 minutes we had everything setup and were enjoying rich sound. The easy eARC connection to the TV, 2 HDMI inputs, ability to connect with AirPlay 2, Alexa, Chromecast, and Spotify lets you get to your content easily with little friction. This soundbar should be able to tackle any of your home theater needs for the next few years.

    Aug 27, 2021 04:33
  • Review by Idoc, 10 out of 10
    Tsunami of sound

    The Sony A7000 Soundbar is their new High end 7.1.2 Atmos soundbar. The soundbar itself has 2 up firing speakers, five front speakers (one built in subwoofer, two teeters and two full range speakers). The soundbar by itself produces great sound. You can add the optional wireless rear speakers and Subwoofer to bring your home theater to truly amazing sound levels. With 500 W of power from the soundbar itself and 300W from the optional subwoofer plus 100W from each optional rear speaker you will have to warn your neighbors if you crank it up. Star Wars never sounded so good!

    This soundbar is large 51.25 in x 3.25in by 5.63in weighing 19lb 2oz. It is good looking with a piano black case and dark cloth mesh. There are buttons on the top of the soundbar for control and a full feature remote control included. Sony also includes wall mounting brackets if you need them.

    Sony includes an onscreen user interface to perform the setup and management of the soundbar. One of the great utilities is the Sound Field Optimization routine that automatically optimizes the surround sound field this saves you from the task of manually adjusting levels of each speaker although you still can. You can connect your WiFi and integrate with Alexa or Google Assistant. Sony has built in Chromcast, Spotify connect and Apple airplay as well as Bluetooth.

    This soundbar is one of very few that pass through 4k and even 8k at 120HZ with 2 HDMI 2.1 input ports with Dolby Atmos and DTS:S sound. This can expand your ability to connect devices to you TV that has a single 4k eARC HDMI port. If you have a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S you can connect it directly to this soundbar and experience awesome sound with your gaming. The other inputs are analog and optical audio and USB A as well as Bluetooth. You can even connect headphones by Bluetooth for private listening. The list of supported codes are dizzying: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Dual mono, DTS, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS:X, LPCM, DSD, Wav, Flac, ALAC(.m4a, .mov), AIFF(.aiff, .aif), HE AAC, AAC, mp3, Monkey Audio, WMA and Ogg Vorbis. This soundbar even supports Reality sound 360 with the appropriate streaming service subscription.

    I have had several soundbars before this one and the sound from this one is by far the best. Adding the optional rear speakers and Subwoofer transform this into a the best sounding system I have ever owned. While there are some that come close if you want the best this soundbar is worth every penny.

    Sep 07, 2021 21:55
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    A Great Versatile Sound System

    Sony High End Home Sound Bar

    This Sound Bar coupled with a Bluetooth Subwoofer and stereo speakers is my first audio system and it is a great sounding system. The Sound Bar itself is 46" long and weighs 18 lbs. so it does have some mass to it. The Subwoofer is quite large in size as well weighing 31 pounds. The speakers seems to produce good sound and using bluetooth you get great separation.

    Since it was a large unit, I needed some time to determine where and how this system would be installed.

    Two confessions:

    1. I am not a sound expert and I don't have any experience or products to compare it with.

    2. My wife is the furniture and fixture arranger in our house and she installed this system while I was at work and she did an amazing job. She is no techie but she said the installation was simple. She did have an issue with the Fire Stick. It seems it needed connected to the Sound Bar and she found the solution on the net. Other than that, everything went smoothly with help of the installation guide.

    The system was designed for a much bigger room than the room we installed it in. Someday, hopefully we will be in a house with a room to do this system justice. Nonetheless the speakers and the subwoofer need no wires which means you can get nice separation as they are Bluetooth and set up for them was a snap.

    The system comes with a remote control that controls the options on the unit. The remote has some preset programs including Cinema, Music and Standard. Volume controls and sound adjustment controls are available on the remote.

    If you have the funds, and want a really good Sound system I would have no problem recommending this system to you.

    In the home I am in, this system quite frankly is overkill. I do not regret acquiring it because moving day gets closer all the time.

    Sep 08, 2021 21:18
  • Review by gonzaloejimenez, 10 out of 10
    Impressive Power,Stylish,dont need anything else!

    For years it was hard for me to find a Sound equipment that can perform good either playing 7.1 movies as well as playing Stereo Music. I tried many different brands, some of them perform outstanding decoding 5.1, but very poorly playing music, and vice versa. For a long time I was forced to have two separate sound systems at home, In one room I have my old amp with 2 speakers where I can play my music, either digital or analog, and in the other room a 7.1 Sound system. But at the end I was willing to have both features in the same unit. Well, I found out that the A7000 Soundbar has the perfect balance between these two worlds.

    The A7000 is superb. This soundbar makes a huge difference vs the previous Sony soundbars I have known, and also it had made many improvements in the design even in small details, seems to me Sony has listened to customer’s suggestions and put them in place in this unit.

    First at all, the initial setup. This has been by far the fastest Setup I have ever done in a 7.1 sound system. With an onscreen user interface you can setup and manage the soundbar by selecting on the TV the HDMI port where it is connected. So, basically you just connect the soundbar to the power, connect it to the TV using the eARC port with the included 2.1 HDMI cable, and once you are in the Screen Setup, just follow the steps, setup up the wifi, don’t forget to change the Time Zone, which is “New York” by default. At the end it will perform a sound test called Sound Field Optimization. It has built-in microphones so the Bar can use to calibrate itself to your own space. And that is it, your system is ready to be explored and enjoyed all the features, like Chromecast, Amazon Alexa, Spotify, 8K HDMI passthrough, Sony 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTS/x just to mention some of the many great features that are included with this unit.

    Things that impressed me about this unit:

    The Look. This unit feels strong, robust, it is heavy, and good looking with a piano black finish, and that is exactly what I like the most, because that tells me that a system like this is well built and designed. Its 51inches length guarantees the best sound staging for its 9 internal speakers and 2 beam tweeters, 500watts of Power sound, very, very impressive. 2 Upfiring Speakers for vertical sound, front speakers, and what I think is a big change, built-in subwoofers. You won’t need to buy a separate subwoofer, unless you want more bass. And on the sides you will find the holes where the soundbar breathes for the bass reflex effect.

    Integrated Bass. Talking about the Bass, it is neat, powerful. On the remote, you can set 3 different settings, Min-Mid-Max. This settings can also be controlled through the Sony Center app.

    Sound Field Optimization. This tool is really useful, saves you from trying to adjust the volume for each speaker, you just have to trust and leave it to the Soundbar to determine the best configuration and DB that each speaker should have, it will automatically optimizes the surround sound field emitting a series of tones and using integrated mics dedicated just for this task.

    For Playback either for Movies or pure Music Sound, It has 4 different Sound Settings:

    Music Mode : Provides 2 channel audio just like you would experience with a receiver and 2 bookshelf speakers. You can make it a bit more surround like if you enable the Immersive AE feature

    Cinema Mode : Best suited for TV/Movie content. Provides Multi-Channel audio and can upmix legacy content to near 7.1.2 if you use the aforementioned IAE button on the remote.

    Standard Mode : Provides Multi-channel audio and is used for TV content, but also provides surround-like performance for music too.

    Auto : Automatically adjusts modes based off the content you are viewing/listening to.

    Basically, I followed my ears and after several tests, I found that the "Auto" Setting is the most suitable for DVD/BlueRay movies, as well as for streaming videos from Netflix, Amazon Apple, Disney or even YouTube videos. However, for music, I bounced from “Music” to “Standard”, depending on the style. For example, pop, rock, romantic, for my taste, plays really well with the “Music” setting, classical or instrumental music performs good with “Standard”.

    The Sound is clear, neat, high definition and very powerful. My family room is an area around 15x15 feet and this fella fills the room. Watching movies is a pleasant experience, you can hear clearly the 5.1 or 7.1 decoding. You can use immersive AE sound (on the remote) and 360 (this can be setup during the setup process by suscribtion, is optional), for movies that are not fully 5.1 or surround, it will compensate really well.

    However, if you have the chance to get movies with Dolby ATMOS, you will get a whole different experience, Dolby Atmos concept is based in objects, so the way you see the main objects in your screen is the same experience the sound will follow that action to that specific object, left, right, up or down. So, many Dolby Atmos technologies are based not only on horizontal surrounding sound, but vertical too, and this soundbar does it remarkably. However, if you have the chance to get the 2 satellite speakers and the additional Subwoofer, you will have the 100% perfect setting for your Atmos experience. I watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (with Atmos), and the whole action you can follow with your head moving up down left and right not only visually but also hearing it.

    I connected my BT Turntable to the Bar, and played dozens of my old Long plays, many of them Phase4 (Not saying that it will decode these ones, because they are very different technologies, but the pressing on the phase4 or quad are way better than the regular ones). I am so happy with what I heard. The BT connectivity is stable, the sound, even considering the compression that BT does, is fully satisfactory, and with my classical or instrumental music applying the Standard setting, that activate all the speakers, was a pleasant surround experience to hear. However for singing songs, Rock, pop, for my taste the Music Setting (Raw Stereo, 2 speakers), was more suitable, because the voice is more centered. Cool thing is that once I stablished the BT connectivity between the Turntable and the Bar, it will be saved in the unit, so every time that I turn on the turntable it Power on the bar as well and stablish the connection between the 2. But if you Power on the TV it will change the connection to the HDMI for the TV.

    I also connect it through BT my Samsung Cell Phone and my daugther’s Iphone and played for hours all type of music. Very stable BT connection, and large range!, I walked all over my home, went to the backyard, garage, and I level up the volume to max so I can hear it from far and I couldn’t notice any drop with the BT connection.

    Sony Center App. This is a wonderful tool, It will require many pages to describe everything this app does, and all the advantages you are getting by using it. You can organize your music, manage the settings of the Soundbar, etc. If you are streaming your music from your phone to the Soundbar and you are moving around the house and the remote doesn’t reach the Soundbar, you can use the app to control volume, pause or play music, etc.

    Another advantage, is that you can connect the bar to your TV through BT, if your TV BT supports A2DP protocol, you are going to be able to wirelessly connect Both and have a clean configuration free of cabling. However Atmos will not be available neither the setup, only through the Sony Center App. I was able to connect my Toshiba LED TV via BT with great sound quality.

    There is no Ethernet port or NFC capabilities on the A7000 soundbar, but the soundbar does support Google’s Fast Pairing feature which makes Bluetooth pairing a touch operation if you have an Android device.

    The Bar includes built in Alexa, Chromecast, Spotify. It doesn’t come with a mic for voice commands, so the commands should be given by using your mobile device.

    And the A7000 is one of the few that comes equipped with 8K and 4K/120p passthrough to support the latest video formats including Dolby Vision. It also has 2 extra HDMI ports, so it will work perfectly with the PS5 and Xbox X/S where you really will enjoy the sound while playing video games. The others wired connections are a 3.5mm aux input, an optical input, and a USB port for media playback from pen drives.

    Pluggable Power cords. I have been waiting for this for a long time. My wife is an extreme cleaner, mopping and sweeping all the time and every time I have to move my old soundbar and sub, and it was a headache!, now it is easy, just disconnect from the unit the power cord and the hdmi cable.

    The extra HW included with this bar are the 2.1 HDMI cable, that support 8k format, and you should use it exclusively for the eARC port that you are going to connect to the TV, that will ensure the best video performace and also includes wall mounting brackets.

    I have had many different soundbars trying to find the right one for my needs, but this time, Sony really excels to the Top with this one. I am so pleased with the performance, the power, the high definition sound, and its many included features. There is a lot you will gain that makes this soundbar worth every penny.

    Sep 14, 2021 20:42
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    This is the KING of all Soundbar systems in 2021

    I want to quantify this review by first saying that I'm an audio nut with a keen ear for high quality sound. I'm not an "audiophile" - but I would consider myself very close in my picky pursuit of audio perfection. My wife and friends are weirded out by how much clear audio matters to me at times.

    My Sony experience started with the Sony x900h television and Sony HT-NT5 soundbar and SRS-SW5 surround speakers since we purchased them new in 2017. The set has been amazing together with the exception of occasional drop outs of the rear speakers which were fairly easily rectified by power-cycling the speakers. Aside from some a few relatively minor annoyances, I've been impressed with the Sony gear since purchase.

    Fast forward to 2021.... my how things have changed over the years with soundbars! They have so vastly improved it seems that these top-end models can trade punches with a fully separate speaker system and receiver - with no wires and 1000x more convenience. This Sony flagship is no exception - crystal clear sound that envelops you from all angles. I am also using the 300w sub, and the rear channel surrounds which all connect through Bluetooth to the soundbar flawlessly and with zero delay/lag.

    Through my search for the 2021 purchase I looked at countless reviews online and listened to nearly ALL of the newest flagship soundbar set options available... Sonos Arc/sub/rears, LG meridian, JBL, Senheiser, Bose... In my opinion none of them sound as good or have the premium options as the Sony HT-A7000, sub, and rears.

    In fact.... I own and have been comparing the closest setup to the Sony - the Samsung q950a surround system.... I've decided today the Samsung is going back. Even for nearly $1,000 more for the Sony set - I think its that much better and am keeping the Sony.

    This stuff is expensive, very expensive... The fact that there is no included subwoofer or rears stings as the price is upwards of $2.5k after taxes for all 3.... but I can honestly say its THAT much better than all of the competition. Don't think twice. Go buy it and basque in the Atmos glory!

    Oct 28, 2021 17:15
  • 9.2score
    Bose - Smart Soundbar 300 with Voice Assistant - Black
    Description

    The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 delivers spacious sound, clear dialogue, and rich bass for your movies, music, and games. The acoustic architecture in this wireless tv speaker is specially designed to keep this soundbar sleek and elegant. With built-in voice assistants and exclusive Bose Voice4Video™ technology, what typically takes several steps can now be done with one simple voice command. You can use Bose SimpleSync™ to connect the Smart Soundbar 300 with select Bose headphones or any Bose Bluetooth speaker. And as part of a family of smart speakers and soundbars, the Smart Soundbar 300 is designed to grow with you, so you can enjoy more music in more rooms. It’s fast, simple, and easy enough for everyone to enjoy. Want to kick it up a notch? Add a Bose Bass Module and Bose Surround Speakers to your tv sound system anytime to feel like you’re at the heart of the action.

    13 Features
  • Spacious sound: With four full-range drivers, a center dome tweeter, and two ports, this compact soundbar is built to deliver spacious, clear dialogue and rich bass to get you completely absorbed in your favorite movies, shows, music or games.
  • Clear dialogue: By analyzing what you’re watching, elevating center vocals, and boosting the treble, this soundbar for TV lets you hear and understand every word clearer than before.
  • Say it. Watch it.: Bose Voice4Video™ gives you voice control over your soundbar, TV and cable or satellite box, and gets you to your favorite shows with one simple voice command.
  • At your command: With Alexa and Google Assistant built in, you can control all your home entertainment, manage your day, and get information — without lifting a finger. For extra privacy, you can disable the sounbar microphones anytime with the mic-off button.
  • The Bluetooth soundbar for music: Bluetooth & WiFi Connectivity — Pair your device to this wireless soundbar to stream your favorite music and more via a Bluetooth connection, your home Wi-Fi network, Apple AirPlay 2, or Spotify Connect.
  • Listen, however you like.: Bose SimpleSync™ technology allows you to connect your Bose Smart Soundbar 300 with other Bose products. Use it to connect with Bose Headphones 700, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, Bose Sport Earbuds, or with Bose Bluetooth speakers.
  • Music in more rooms: The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is part of a family of wireless tv speakers and soundbars that is designed to grow with you, so you can enjoy more music in more rooms.
  • Control your experience: Multiple users can personalize their experience, control their content and jump between stations and services with the easy-to-use Bose Music app.
  • Easy to set up. Easy to use.: A single connection to your TV via an optical audio cable (included) or an HDMI™ cable (sold separately).
  • Compact size: This elegant and compact soundbar stands at just 2.25″ (6 cm) tall and is designed to fit perfectly under any TV. The top surface has a sleek black matte top, complemented by a perforated wraparound metal grille.
  • Want to kick it up a notch? Add more.: Expand your tv sound system with an optional bass module and/or surround speakers for a more heart-pounding, full-on surround sound experience.
  • The soundbar for sports: You don’t just want to watch the game. You want to hear it — loud and clear. The playcalling, the commentary, the touchdown celebrations. As the Official Soundbar of the NFL, the Smart Soundbar 300 is the next best thing to being there in person. Ready. Set. Game time.
  • Legal*: *SimpleSync™ technology has a typical Bluetooth range of 30 feet. Walls and construction materials can affect reception at times.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Ohanaman, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely amazing!!

    THE BREAKDOWN:

    Let’s start by saying that this sound bar is not only sleek and beautiful, but it sounds amazing! Compared to my native tv speakers the difference is like night and day. With the speaker’s small footprint, I was worried it wouldn’t give the full sound that I was looking for. I was completely wrong, this speaker had great bass and great highs with no distortion. The audio was very clear and concise, and the bass was punchy!

    The sound quality of this speaker is nothing short of amazing! If you are someone that is looking for great sound with a small footprint at a great price, then this speaker is it! I’m sure if you did pair a subwoofer with this soundbar it would really add to the depth and punch of the bass but really, I don’t think you need it. When watching TV show and movies the music sound clear and concise along with the dialog. There wasn’t a time where I felt the sound was distorted in any way.

    The setup was not that difficult. First you download the Bose app and log in. If you don’t already have an account, you sign up for one. Once you complete that you connect the soundbar to the TV with the HDMI or optical cable. Just a side note I found out the hard way, if you want to use the full feature you need to use the HDMI instead of the optical cable. When using the HDMI us the one labeled “ARC”.

    Next, you follow the instructions on the Bose app where you connect to Wi-Fi and setup Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. You also can setup your music apps such as Amazon Music and TuneIn.

    The design of the soundbar is very sleek and even though it is black it is almost elegant looking. There are some hidden lights that you can only see when interacting with the speaker. There are 2 places you can touch on the top of the speaker that can activate the assistant and the other will mute/unmute the speaker. There is a power port, optical port, HDMI port and a service port which look as if it is a USB-C port. For people that are looking to keep a minimal footprint this speaker is definitely designed for you.

    The remote is tiny and has a great rubbery feeling on the surface. My one complaint is that the bottom of the remote is plastic only and slick. It slides off my leg or chair arm almost every time.

    Just want to quickly mention the Bluetooth option where you can connect it to a device like your phone or tablet. I really, really like this feature as I work from home and I pick up the remote and hit the Bluetooth button and play music from my phone.

    PRO’s:

    -Sleek and compact

    -Amazing audio

    -Bluetooth support

    -Wi-Fi support for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz

    -Virtual assistant is amazing

    -Includes optical cable and remote

    CON’s:

    -No HDMI cable included

    -Remote bottom is very slippery

    SUMMARY:

    Overall, the device was amazing and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this.

    Oct 05, 2020 23:21
  • Review by Kotor, 10 out of 10
    Looks and Sounds Amazing!

    The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 looks and sounds amazing. The sound quality improvement over the tiny speakers in a flat panel TV, is truly a night and day difference. It is amazing that a speaker with such a small footprint can produce sound this powerful. Not only is the soundstage wide and spacious, due to the side firing speakers, but the bass is defined and strong. Dialogue is also noticeably understandable and clear.

    Highlights:

    Superb Sound Quality, Strong Bass, Dolby Digital Decoding, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Advanced Voice Commands, Wireless Sub and Wireless Rear Speaker Ready, Works With Other Bose Products, Compatible With Many Music Services

    Sound Quality:

    This soundbar is for someone that wants superior sound but doesn't want, or have room for, a separate surround sound system. I am very impressed that this compact soundbar produces sound this good, without a subwoofer. Bose engineering and quality components really make the difference. Music and movies sound big, detailed, and pleasing to the ears. I especially noticed how remarkably clear dialogue is.

    At some point, the audiophile in me will want to explore adding the wireless bass module and wireless surround speakers. Adding a subwoofer will increase the bass level, and adding surround sound speakers will create a true rear soundstage. I would fully expect that these add ons will create a very capable surround sound system. The product specifications indicate that it is capable of Dolby Digital decoding.

    Setup

    If you don’t already have a Bose account, the first step is to download the Bose Music App and create an account. I already use the Bose App with my Bose Home Speaker 300, so all I had to do was use the add speaker option. Once done, I can now control and use each speaker individually or together to play music.

    The next step is to plug in the soundbar and connect it to the TV with an HDMI or optical cable. Using an HDMI cable is a better option because the advanced functions won’t work over optical. ARC can automatically select the proper input based on the active device signal. ARC also allows you to use your TV remote to raise or lower the soundbar volume. Make sure to disable the TV speakers so that sound is only produced by the soundbar.

    The Bose App automatically detects the soundbar and guides you through a pairing process that involves connecting to Wi-Fi, setting up Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and selecting the music providers you are going to use. I have attached some screen shots to illustrate the process.

    Design and Controls:

    The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 speaker is compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant, but not both at the same time. You have to choose one or the other. I am using it with Alexa and am completely blown away by how advanced and powerful the voice options are. Bose has taken voice control to the next level. You can tell Alexa to do virtually anything that one of your remote controls can do. If the device is connected via HDMI to your TV, then you can use your voice to control it. But keep in mind that this control will only work over ARC, because it uses the CEC capability to run the commands.

    This soundbar features a very attractive black finish that will look great anywhere you put it. The packaging and presentation are exactly what you would expect from Bose.

    The speaker can be controlled by the Bose Music App or included remote. The Bose App is very easy to use, and offers quite a few options that are worth exploring and experimenting with.

    This soundbar can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple Airplay 2. I have multiple Apple devices, so my preferred connection is AirPlay 2, which works through Apple Music if the speaker is connected to Wi-Fi. I prefer AirPlay 2 since it operates over Wi-Fi the range and signal strength is greater than Bluetooth. It can also pair wirelessly to some Bose headphones.

    The Bose App offers a wide array of music and entertainment providers. Numerous music, radio, talk, and news providers are available.

    Sep 30, 2020 19:26
  • Review by TechGeek28, 10 out of 10
    Bose Never Disappoints

    I've always known Bose to make the best quality speakers & sound systems. They definitely didn't disappoint with the Soundbar 300. I have it paired with my 75" 4K TV and it works perfectly for both watching movies, TV, and blasting music.

    Pros :

    - It's very thin and has a nice modern design, Doesn't take up much room at all

    -It was easy to setup and program my TV remote to control the soundbars volume

    - Music sounds phenomenal, the built in bass packs a punch and doesn't muffle the highs

    - Voices are clear and crisp when watching movies/tv shows

    - Pairing with my music apps was a breeze. I was able to link my amazon music account, pandora, sirius xm, and others are also an option

    - Voice assistant functionality is a no-brainer and makes for a seemless addition to my already hands free lifestyle. You can choose between Amazon Alexa or Google Voice assistant. Even when my music was blasting it could hear me say "Alexa, next song"

    Cons:

    -I wish it had more EQ options within the Bose music app to further customize my desired sound i.e custom presets

    -When adjusting the volume there's no visual indicator showing how high or low the level is

    -The included Bose remote is very tiny, light, and cheap feeling

    Overall the Soundbar 300 is a great buy. It has some awesome smart features and the sound quality is even better than I expected.

    Sep 30, 2020 02:31
  • Review by stoptheclocks, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Bose Smart Soundbar

    Unboxing:

    I opened the box up and took out the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 and accessories. It came with a power cord, an optical cable and a remote. Everything was well protected and had no damage.

    I had already set up my 4K TV with a 4K player and Roku stick.

    Connecting the Bose Smart Soundbar 300:

    I plugged in the power cord, the optical cable and the HMDI ARC cable (not included). Then I placed the Bose Smart Soundbar in front of the TV below the screen. It was a great fit. But I do need to say that the optical cable is very flimsy and cheap feeling. I would suggest using an after market optical cable that had more substance to it for durability reasons.

    The Bose Music App:

    I used the Bose Music app to set up the Bose Smart Soundbar for listening. I used my smart phone with the app that walked me through everything. It identifies step by step how to find your Bose product. In this case the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. Using the Bose Music App on my smart phone I had the options to set up Alexa, Google Asst or skip. I chose not to add an assistant, but that is up to your discretion It’s up to you, but you can always go back in the app and add one of them. Lastly I set up Bluetooth and WiFi (have your passwords ready). Once I had accomplished that process, I customized the EQ and was given the option to save several settings. This is helpful for music or movies that accentuate different sounds or frequencies. I then used Bluetooth from my phone to hook and play Pandora through the Bose Smart Soundbar. Worth mentioning if you have trouble hearing dialogue, there is a Dialogue mode that emphasizes speech. This is incredibly handy for movies with a lot of sound going on in the background and you can’t hear what is being said. I noticed the difference but choose to have the dialogue mode off. To me the personal EQ which I made was preferred.

    Sound:

    Here is a short list of music and movies I listened to critically in order to capture the essence of the Smart Soundbar.

    List: 4k Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Movie, 4k The Matrix, Streamed 4k Avengers Infinity War Movie, Rodrigo Y Gabriella Songs (acoustic guitars), Liam Gallagher Songs – Once and Glimmer (songs), Norah Jones CD Concert and John Mayer in LA Blu-ray. For me this captured a wide range of movie and musical styles that I evaluated.

    The sound is multifaceted with layers that are clear even if there is a lot going on (movies or music). The clarity and clean high sounds were bright but not distorted. The mids were solid sounding, without getting muddy or interfering with the highs. The low sounding frequencies are represented but anything that requires deep low bass doesn’t quite come through. You can add a Bose sub if you need that extra bass to fill a room with omni-directional sound. I was positively surprised even without a Bose sub. There is a sweet spot in the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 that plays the mid range to some punchy bass on certain movies or music without a Bose sub. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is very fulfilling and satisfying to listen to movies or music. It was not harsh or bloated but sounded natural.

    Conclusion:

    I was surprised at how big the sound was coming from such a relatively smaller Soundbar. It can easily fill a small, medium or even a large size room, depending settings and volume. I turned up the Bose Smart Soundbar almost up completely and had no distortion. In the loft, where I connected the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 to the entertainment system, the Soundbar filled the house with amazing sound from movies and music. If you are looking for a Soundbar with complete full sounding music or movies (optional sub if you want more bass), have a listen to the Bose Smart Soundbar 300.

    Sep 30, 2020 14:41
  • Review by Stylian, 10 out of 10
    Wow...

    I have a 65inch Samsung 4K TV that is awesome but the sound was not the greatest. Obviously a sound bar would complete the package.

    I have had a sound bar before and honestly wasn't excited to own another one. Why? mostly due to having another remote and fighting with why isn't the sound working or just not in sync. I guess my knowledge was outdated as this Bose 300 is amazing. And I mean WOW...

    I am sitting here writing this review while at the same time able to speak to my alexa and change the channel on my pandora which it controls, I then seamlessly can change to amazon music or TV and if I want to turn the channel to a different channel I can just ask alexa etc etc... This review isn't about alexa or google but it is nice that this soundbar just completely changed my value of my TV before I used my cable remote and my samsung tv remote now I dont even have to really reach for either one and I put the remote that came with the soundbar away. So my biggest fear is non existent thanks to this BOSE.

    Installation was simple but not competely without issues and by issues it was mostly user error on my part of not hooking up a HDMI connection between the soundbar and the tv. I used the optical audio cable that came with the 300 and it worked but for me to get everything set up on my app it was after I realized that I forgot to hook up the HDMI.

    It automatically knows that when the tv is turned off the sound bar is turned off and same when I turn it on.

    Sound? I wont even talk about sound I think we all know that Bose is one of the leaders if not the leader in amazing sound.

    I cant say enough about this product, It is solid, made well, easy to install and works amazing. I wish it was Sunday so I can enjoy this with some football games on but for now I am loving the music.

    Highly recommend it!

    Sep 29, 2020 14:33
  • Review by neio11, 10 out of 10
    A tiny giant

    I like Bose products because of their overall sound quality, sound technology and how they create such spacious sound with their speakers. Also their build quality is always high quality. This soundbar does not come short.

    This soundbar 300 is tiny but powerful. It looks simple and clean with the Bose black color. It measure just a little more than 27 1/4” wide, it is 4” deep and just 2” high (2 3/16” with the feet). So if you have a 65” or bigger TV, you might want the bigger versions of this, the 500 or 700. But don’t get me wrong, this soundbar will do just fine with big screens. I am using it as a computer speaker with my 27” monitor. It is my perfect computer speaker. I also connect my iPad and iPhone to it using AirPlay 2 and it works perfectly. You have to use the Bose Music app to configure it to use AirPlay. It also has WiFi (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. You can pair a compatible Bose speakers & headphones and according to Bose, any Bluetooth speaker with their SimpleSync feature. I synced my Bose Soundlink Revolve and my Sony soundbar it worked fine. Good for filling the whole house with sound. It has two touch buttons on the top left of the soundbar, microphone mute and action buttons. The action button is for activating your preferred voice assistant (Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa are built-in) and microphone mute to basically disable the voice assistant or privacy. It comes with a basic remote with a soft silicon feel on the face. It is IR so you have to point it directly at the soundbar. It has one HDMI port for ARC (Audio Return Channel) support. It supports CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) for controlling TVs and other AV equipment. It also has an Optical IN (optical cable is included).

    The sound production is like every Bose that I’ve had which is very clear highs, good solid bass, good mids for voices and spacious sound. It does not support Dolby Atmos but the sound is dispersed pretty good and fills a good size room. The bass is clear and deep enough for music. You can feel more of the bass at a distance sitting and standing position as opposed to sitting down right in front of it. If you want more immersive sound you can add a Bose Bass Module and Surround Speakers. For me, I use this in my computer room and it is perfect for me without those add ons. I use it for mostly listening to music and occasional movies and this soundbar makes that experience so much better. I watched the Greyhound movie on Apple TV+ and it did a great job clearly producing all the clear dialogue with all the action. I’m really happy with it.

    What I wish it had. Dolby Atmos. A remote with sound presets for EQ. An included wall bracket (sold separately).

    Download the Bose Music app for customization for these notable features:

    - Dialogue mode; adjusts the tonal balance of speakers to improve the clarity of spoken words for movies, tv shows and podcasts

    - Tone adjustments; center channel, Bass & treble

    - Configure sync & delay; audio delay 0 - 200ms

    - Add compatible speakers; group speakers

    - Configure voice assistant (Assistant, Alexa)

    - Add audio streaming providers (iHeart, TuneIn)

    - Power settings

    Oct 02, 2020 13:37
  • Review by arebee, 8 out of 10
    Second Bose soundbar

    Good quality equipment. Love how it connects easily and seamlessly to tv and other devices.

    Aug 21, 2021 21:30
  • Review by Rchiodo031384, 10 out of 10
    Worth every penny

    Everything i thought it would be! Nothing bears bose sound quality

    Jul 31, 2021 15:15
  • 9.2score
    Sony - 7.1 2 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    Discover a whole new level of surround sound. Sound Field Optimization personalizes the experience. New technology such as built-in subwoofers, side beam tweeters and more bring you closer to the action than ever before. 8K/4K 120P compatibility futureproofs the HT-A7000 for high quality video and sound.

    10 Features
  • Breathtaking surround sound from our flagship soundbar: Utilizing a combination of technology such as Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround, the HT-A7000 provides a wider sweet spot enabling everyone to have the best seat in the house during a movie.
  • Perfect for any room: Sound Field Optimization calibrates the HT-A7000 to your room environment to provide the best sound. Even if you move the soundbar from the main room to a bedroom, the HT-A7000 will personalize the sound for you.
  • High Quality Audio: HT-A7000 is packed with class leading technology for the best sound experience. X-balanced speaker units minimize distortion while the up-firing speakers and beam tweeters fill the room to give an ultra-immersive listening experience.
  • High quality video passthrough: HT-A7000 is equipped with 8K and 4K/120p passthrough to support the latest video formats including Dolby Vision. From vivid visuals to fast paced video game play, HT-A7000 has you covered.
  • Customize your ultimate sound: Two subwoofer choices (SA-SW3 and SA-SW5) and a set of rear speakers (SA-RS3S) are optional equipment designed to help you enhance the immersion of your content.
  • Effortless control and immersion with BRAVIA: With an integrated UI, home theater system settings automatically appear on the BRAVIA Quick Settings menu for easy control of sound modes, sound field and volume.
  • Easy Listening: It’s never been easier to listen to your favorite tracks. HT-A7000 supports audio streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Apple Airplay 2.
  • Voice Assistant Compatibility: Connect to your home’s other devices with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa (via FW update)
  • Easy UI and setup: An OLED front panel display is also on the soundbar for quick viewing of the volume level, sound mode, or input. An onscreen user interface helps you make more detailed adjustments to your HT-A7000 settings easily. The HT-A7000 is almost ready to go straight out of the box.
  • Immerse yourself in supreme music quality: Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal clear precision. With the HT-A7000, your music comes to life like never before.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    Next-Level, Customizable Soundbar Experience

    I’ve been using Sony’s previous Dolby Atmos soundbar (HT-ST5000) for the past few years and have loved every minute of it, though I’ve always wished I could add rear speakers for a more immersive surround experience. Similarly, the user interface of the HT-ST5000 is becoming a bit slow and dated. Sony’s new HT-A7000 offers some incredible improvements to Sony’s high-end soundbar, including the ability to add optional wireless rear speakers and a choice of wireless subwoofers. These improvements—along with some new sound optimization features—make the HT-A7000 an absolute powerhouse and likely the most feature-rich soundbar on the market.

    === SETUP AND CONFIGURATION (5 Stars) ===

    The soundbar ships in a large, rectangular box, though it is quite easy to unpack and set up. Once unpacked, the system is incredibly easy to set up. A 4K-capable HDMI cable is included. Plug the HDMI cable into the ports labeled HDMI eARC/ARC on the soundbar and your TV, and then connect your other devices to the two HDMI IN ports on the soundbar. If you choose to purchase the subwoofer (SW3 or SW5) or rear speakers (RS3S), those are completely wireless and automatically connect/sync with soundbar once plugged into a power outlet. Follow the on-screen setup procedures that appear when you first power on the soundbar and you'll be up and running in just minutes. Be sure to run the “sound field optimization” wizard - not only does it optimize your system, but it provides a neat demo of what the system is capable of.

    === DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY (4.5 Stars) ===

    This is a big soundbar. It is just over 51 inches wide and about 3 inches tall, so it might obstruct the bottom portion of some TVs with shorter stands. It is roughly the width of a 65-inch TV and takes up the entire width of my entertainment stand. Compared to the HT-ST5000, the new HT-A7000 looks much more premium with a glossy finish on the top (although it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet). The upward-firing speakers are covered in a nice mesh fabric. Unlike the HT-ST5000, the metal grille on the A7000 is not removable, but it looks great. There is a crisp display on the front which shows the volume level and current input selected, but it can’t display much text at once and often scrolls to show a full word. Connectivity is generous, with two HDMI 2.1 inputs on the rear along with a USB port, optical port, and analog port. However, all of these ports are placed at awkward angles and are rather hard to access. The included remote control is easy to use, but feels a bit cheap in comparison to the rest of the system.

    === FEATURES AND OPTIONS (5 Stars) ===

    Sony has made it very easy to customize and adjust the settings of this soundbar. By pressing the Home button on the remote, you can access the Setup screen and adjust the settings for ceiling height, seating distance from the soundbar, advanced HDMI settings, and much more. Spotify, Chromecast, and AirPlay 2 are built-in as easy ways to stream content to the soundbar. The inclusion of AirPlay 2, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa mean that A7000 can be easily added to a multi-room speaker setup. There are preset sound profiles for “Cinema,” “Music,” and “Standard,” as well as a new feature called “Immersive Audio Enhancement” that converts standard surround sound signals into a 7.1.2 format. Immersive AE works surprisingly well, adding a nice boost to 2.0 and 5.1 content. The inclusion of two HDMI 2.1 inputs is nice, though it is a small step down from the three HDMI inputs included on the HT-ST5000.

    The on-screen interface is nicely laid out and very responsive. I couldn’t find a way to label the HDMI inputs with something like “Blu-ray” or “Game,” which was a feature of the HT-ST5000. The “Display” button on the remote brings up an on-screen information screen that shows you the type of audio track/codec that is being played through the soundbar. There are plenty of advanced options in the settings menu which should satisfy even the most technical users. Gamers should be aware that the HDMI inputs on the soundbar do not support variable refresh rate (VRR) signals. Hopefully Sony can enable this in a future firmware update. Otherwise, this soundbar supports pretty much every major format you can think of: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, LPCM, LDAC, etc. as well as Dolby Vision and HDR passthrough.

    === SOUND QUALITY (5 Stars) ===

    The soundbar by itself delivers crisp, immersive, and rich audio and does a very admirable job at virtualizing a “surround” experience without the optional rear speakers and subwoofer. Before I installed the rear speakers and subwoofer, I activated the built-in demo on the soundbar and was pretty amazed at how effectively the side-beam and upfiring drivers seem to “bounce” sound off of my walls and ceiling. I played several minutes of the Dolby Atmos track on the Godzilla vs. Kong 4K Blu-ray continued to be impressed, with the soundbar clearly separating dialogue, music, and explosions and placing sounds all around my living room. The overhead Atmos effects seem much more noticeable than on the HT-ST5000 as I actually looked up at the ceiling while watching Godzilla vs. Kong during one of the jet fly-by sequences.

    Sony claims that the A7000 has a built-in subwoofer, and it certainly seems powerful enough to hold its own without one of the optional, standalone subwoofers. However, I really have to crank up the volume on the soundbar to get the best impact from low frequencies from the built-in soundbar. It’s not quite powerful enough to shake my living room or annoy my neighbors, but it definitely adds a rich, deep element to the unit’s sound profile. If powerful, room-shaking bass and low frequencies are important to you, you’ll probably want to consider one of the optional wireless subwoofers.

    There’s no doubt that one of the main selling points of the A7000 is the ability to add wireless rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Since those are sold separately and not included with the soundbar, I won’t go into too much detail here. I added the 300W SW5 subwoofer and RS3S rear speakers to my setup and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. Hands down, this complete package is the best home theater audio system I’ve ever owned and I would highly recommend adding the rear speakers and a subwoofer if you are able. I wish Sony had at least included an entry-level, standalone subwoofer with the soundbar like they did for the previous HT-ST5000, even if they had to charge just a bit more. As it stands, it is VERY expensive to get this complete package of the soundbar + subwoofer + rear speakers. The good news is that the soundbar by itself is still an incredible piece of kit and will provide many many years of thrilling sound.

    === OVERALL ===

    The HT-A7000 sets Sony comfortably atop the pack of high-end soundbars. By itself, it has some of the best virtualized surround sound I’ve ever heard, and the Immersive Audio Enhancement feature can transform even a standard stereo track into a vibrant surround track. The easy-to-use interface and plethora of connectivity options are unmatched in most other soundbars. Adding a dedicated subwoofer and rear speakers really unlocks the full potential of the A7000. Unfortunately, the need to purchase both of these things separately will certainly make many consumers question the value of this soundbar. And rightfully so. To get the complete package (soundbar + 300W subwoofer + rear speakers), you’re looking at a retail price of $2,350. Many other soundbars at least include a subwoofer in the package.

    So is it worth it? If you only have the space or budget for a soundbar and don’t care much for the powerful bass that a standalone subwoofer could provide, I think you will still love the sound produced by the A7000. There are some other soundbars at roughly the same price point that include a subwoofer, but they won’t have nearly as nice of a design or user interface. If you are willing and able to purchase a dedicated subwoofer and rear speakers for the A7000, you will truly have one of the best (if not *the* best) sounding and most capable soundbar systems on the market.

    Aug 29, 2021 17:23
  • Review by Josh76, 10 out of 10
    Mind blowing sound!

    Some background, this soundbar, along with the rears and subwoofer, is replacing a sonos system with surrounds and the Sonos Sub.

    I was so excited to have this delivered today. I had been thinking about replacing my Sonos Beam with the Arc, but I had thankfully I had the opportunity to pick up this one. I opened it up and was shocked by how heavy this thing. You can really tell that this is a high quality, high performance piece of equipment. Through the mesh on the front and more on top, you can see all of the speakers inside, looks amazing. It comes with the remote of course, HDMI cable, aux audio cable and mounting brackets, a nice touch.

    I had my other sound bar mounted under the tv, so instead of spackling and repainting that area, I decided to mount this one too. I was a little concerned about the weight of it so I kept my fingers crossed. I used the included wall mounting template to get the holes right and level and then used wall anchors to attach the mounting brackets. I would have preferred going into wall studs, but i didn't have that option. The mounting brackets do have legs that hit the wall to keep them more secure which is nice, unfortunately, those legs stick out under the soundbar and are very visible while watching tv; I was hoping for a more streamlined look than that.

    The sound bar has a pair of 2.1 HDMI inputs which come in handy for the PS5 and other future devices that work better with 2.1, I plugged in my Apple TV and my PS5, then ran another HDMI cable to my TV's eArc port. I like that the soundbar has video passthrough as opposed to the sonos which does not. It's easier to have those cables running to the soundbar instead of the TV.

    Now that everything was plugged in and mounted, I turned everything on and followed the on screen instructions. I have an older Sony Soundbar and was familiar with this screen which was nice. Before I added the sub and the rears, I wanted to try this on its own. The sound was incredible, especially for music. I am so used to surround sound, though, that I needed more. I linked the other speakers, ran the sound optimization tool and bam, I was ready.

    I put on Avengers: Infinity War because it has great audio but also Dolby Atmos. I turned it up to a decent volume and suddenly, I was immersed in crystal clear, room filling sound. The bass was perfect, vocals were clear and the surrounds performed perfectly. I was in heaven.

    Next, I played some MLB and again, perfect. I love that this is future proofed as well.

    Next came music. I am a huge Airplay 2 fan and have compatible speakers in all rooms. I was so excited that this soundbar finally added that feature for Sony. I prefer using my phone to control music, so I connected using Apple Music with lossless audio and the sound was great. I played around with it and decided that it sounds better without the rears and without the Immersive AE function. This really performed well, nice deep bass and the highs were at the perfect level, I was surprised that I didn't have to adjust the settings to get the sound just right.

    I also setup Google and Alexa but was disappointed that this is only controlled by a different device, it does not have a mic built into it like the Sonos and Bose products. A little disappointing for such an expensive system. Regardless, I linked it to a different Alexa device and can control it that way if I want.

    Aside from my Alexa issue and the legs of the wall brackets sticking out, I could not be happier with this system. If you're looking for a sleek system with ultra premium sound, this is the one for you. This is really an amazing home theater setup.

    Aug 23, 2021 18:22
  • Review by BADog, 10 out of 10
    Flagship Quality from Sony Once Again

    The Sony HT-A7000 is Sony's latest flagship soundbar. It can be paired up with a 200W or 300W subwoofer and/or wireless surround speakers. All items are sold separately. This single soundbar package comes with the soundbar, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), mounting hardware, 4K HDMI cable, 3.5mm analog audio S-Center Out connector cable, power cable, & paperwork. The soundbar comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Rather than go over every single specification which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead.

    DISCLAIMER: I have all 3 components for the complete surround experience:

    1) HT-A7000 7.1.2ch Soundbar (Review for this product)

    2) SA-SW5 300W Subwoofer for the HT-A7000

    3) SA-RS3S Wireless Rear Speakers for the HT-A7000

    PROS:

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    * Setup is very user friendly with the on-screen user interface using the HDMI/ARC connection. Each step was explained well on the screen, and the sound demos were very useful. Part of setup is also having the system perform a sound check so it can tell where all the speakers are placed distance-wise, in order to have the most optimal volumes and delays for each given speaker (if you have the subwoofer and wireless rear speakers).

    * This is a well-constructed sound bar - it feels solid. It weighs approximately 20 lbs.

    * If you use the mounting brackets provided, connecting the speaker to the brackets is easy with the 2 mounting screws provided. If you place the soundbar on a platform, the rubber feet keep it in place and from vibrating off that surface. I have shown that in one of my pictures.

    * 2 HDMI ports + ARC gives the ability to hook up 2 different sources (say a gaming system, Blu-ray player, or PC perhaps) while still offering 2 other audio options with optical/fiber cable or 3.5mm analog. If you already use certain Sony Bravia TVs, there is the capability to use the S-Center Out port to pair up your TV's speakers with the center channel of the soundbar for added sound. I do not have a Sony TV, so I did not use this option.

    * The bar offers a multitude of wireless options including Bluetooth (BT), Wifi, Spotify, Chromcast, and Apple Airplay2. Using Spotify via the on-screen interface keeps you from having to have your phone nearby using BT. It would have been great to have Pandora as an option as well.

    * If you use Google or Alexa, those are incorporated into the soundbar.

    * It has the option to play "360 Reality Audio" which is a nice added feature but may require a subscription to use. Services currently available with this feature are 360 by Deezer, Amazon Music, nugs.net, and TIDAL (see pictures). The demo was pretty cool.

    * The remote control allows for easy volume levels for both the MAIN and the sub/wireless without having to go thru a screen interface.

    * I watched 2 online movies in 4K - The Tomorrow War (Amazon) and Zack Snyder's Justice League (HBO Max). Both featured surround sound and both impressed with immersion experience. I felt like I was in the middle of the action (with the sub and wireless speakers setup included). Explosions, vocals, left/right sounds were all unique and really brought me into the movie itself.

    CONS:

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    * Unlike some other sound bars, you can't change the look of the front of it by removing the grill. The metal grill is permanently fixed to the soundbar.

    * Wall mounting hardware (screws/anchors) is not provided.

    OTHER OBSERVATIONS:

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    * The top of the soundbar, between the 2 upward-facing drivers, is glossy black and will show fingerprints easily.

    * The soundbar includes forward-facing drivers in addition to the beam tweeters on the end. Add in the up-facing drivers, and this soundbar really does a great job of creating surround sound as it bounces sound off of the ceiling and the walls.

    CONCLUSION:

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    Overall, this new soundbar is exactly what sound enthusiasts need that don't want to go the route of buying an amplifier and external speakers. This system is on par with other flagship brands, if not better. There are very few (to no) issues with this product technically, and should be great for most peoples' homes. It has a ton of power, bass, and surround sound to put you in the middle of the action. I highly recommend getting one of the two available subwoofers, and if you can go the distance, get the rear wireless speakers as well. Job well done, Sony. (I did reviews for the other 2 products in this audio line as well if you enjoyed this review.)

    Sep 05, 2021 19:27
  • Review by Balboa3, 10 out of 10
    That Real Cinema Feeling at Home

    This soundbar is the one. If you're looking to bring your home theater to life and want to have a no fuss setup, great sound, and some amazing features, then this is the one.

    Setup

    The longest part of the setup was just taking everything out of the box. You get one HDMI cable in the box so you can immediately connect from the soundbar to your eARC input on your TV. The setup process involved placing the soundbar on the entertainment center, plugging in the HDMI, and power cable, and finally running through the setup wizard. From beginning to end it took less than 15 minutes. I took almost as much time just speaking to my FedEx driver about the soundbar when he dropped it off. I also got the rear speakers and subwoofer (SA-SW5) and again setup was a breeze. Once the rear speakers and subwoofer were plugged in, the soundbar automatically linked to them. I have heard some folks commenting on how you can get a full home theater with individual speakers instead of a soundbar for the same amount of money; but I doubt any of them can be setup this quickly and painlessly. I love that I didn't have to mount any speakers or run any wires. A traditional home theater setup would have taken an afternoon to get all connected. Plus, with the Sound Field Optimization in the setup process, which you can run this later as well in settings, it calibrates the soundbar, rear speakers, and subwoofer for the best sound in your room.

    Sound

    I was a little worried in choosing to go with a soundbar instead of traditional setup. The only reason for my hesitation is because my living room where I want to use this, is a large wide-open room. We have an open floor plan, so the living room opens to the front foyer and the kitchen. I was worried that the sound would get lost, and I would lose some of that immersion. I can report that this is not the case in the slightest. The sound is amazing, and you feel like you are right in the middle of what is going on.

    Movies

    I have a one of the latest generations AppleTV 4Ks connected to the soundbar and a 75" 4K TV. We subscribe to just about every streaming service you can think of, Hulu, Disney+, Paramount+, HBOMax, Netflix, YouTube TV, and Apple+. We have been really enjoying some of our favorite shows/movies coming in Dolby Vision, and with this soundbar we finally have the last piece of that puzzle, Dolby Atmos. Our first few days using our new soundbar we watched, Paw Patrol The Movie, Skyfall, Suicide Squad (2021), The Matrix, The Bad Batch, What If...? and Reminiscence. Each viewing felt like we were sitting in a movie theater. This is great since we haven’t had the opportunity to go to the movies in the last year, so this was a real joy bringing the cinema experience home. I really enjoyed rewatching The Matrix fight scenes which were amazing. Again, it really felt like everything was happening around us. Slabs of marble falling around us, ricochets, and bullets zipping around!

    Games

    We connected our Xbox and PlayStation to the soundbar and running some games again left us with our mouths hanging open. It was a great experience. The soundbar has one eARC HDMI output to the TV, and 2 HDMI inputs so I connected my Apple TV 4k and Xbox systems to the soundbar and the PlayStation to the TV directly. Both methods sounded amazing and just like the movies, it felt like things were happening all around me in the games.

    Music

    I am obsessed with music. My wife says it's a problem. I have more headphones that I can use, and we have subs with most of the music streaming services. I connected our Apple Music and Amazon Music HD plan to the soundbar. Listening to supported albums in Dolby Atmos with Apple Music and 360 Reality tracks with Amazon Music was great. Sitting in my living room, you could really hear the separation of instruments and vocals. Some tracks felt like singers were standing on either side of me. It was really a great experience. It sounded much better than what I already thought was an amazing sound, coming from my AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

    Overall

    This is an amazing system. Even if you decided to go with the soundbar and forego the rear speakers and subwoofer the system is still a real treat. I unplugged the rear speakers and soundbar and was still impressed by how much better it was, compared to my 2-year-old soundbar. Adding the rear speakers and subwoofer just adds to the texture of the sound and improves the overall immersion. Again, this is such an enormous upgrade from any other home theater systems I have heard recently, and the setup process could not be any quicker or pain free. In less than 30 minutes we had everything setup and were enjoying rich sound. The easy eARC connection to the TV, 2 HDMI inputs, ability to connect with AirPlay 2, Alexa, Chromecast, and Spotify lets you get to your content easily with little friction. This soundbar should be able to tackle any of your home theater needs for the next few years.

    Aug 27, 2021 04:33
  • Review by Idoc, 10 out of 10
    Tsunami of sound

    The Sony A7000 Soundbar is their new High end 7.1.2 Atmos soundbar. The soundbar itself has 2 up firing speakers, five front speakers (one built in subwoofer, two teeters and two full range speakers). The soundbar by itself produces great sound. You can add the optional wireless rear speakers and Subwoofer to bring your home theater to truly amazing sound levels. With 500 W of power from the soundbar itself and 300W from the optional subwoofer plus 100W from each optional rear speaker you will have to warn your neighbors if you crank it up. Star Wars never sounded so good!

    This soundbar is large 51.25 in x 3.25in by 5.63in weighing 19lb 2oz. It is good looking with a piano black case and dark cloth mesh. There are buttons on the top of the soundbar for control and a full feature remote control included. Sony also includes wall mounting brackets if you need them.

    Sony includes an onscreen user interface to perform the setup and management of the soundbar. One of the great utilities is the Sound Field Optimization routine that automatically optimizes the surround sound field this saves you from the task of manually adjusting levels of each speaker although you still can. You can connect your WiFi and integrate with Alexa or Google Assistant. Sony has built in Chromcast, Spotify connect and Apple airplay as well as Bluetooth.

    This soundbar is one of very few that pass through 4k and even 8k at 120HZ with 2 HDMI 2.1 input ports with Dolby Atmos and DTS:S sound. This can expand your ability to connect devices to you TV that has a single 4k eARC HDMI port. If you have a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S you can connect it directly to this soundbar and experience awesome sound with your gaming. The other inputs are analog and optical audio and USB A as well as Bluetooth. You can even connect headphones by Bluetooth for private listening. The list of supported codes are dizzying: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Dual mono, DTS, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS:X, LPCM, DSD, Wav, Flac, ALAC(.m4a, .mov), AIFF(.aiff, .aif), HE AAC, AAC, mp3, Monkey Audio, WMA and Ogg Vorbis. This soundbar even supports Reality sound 360 with the appropriate streaming service subscription.

    I have had several soundbars before this one and the sound from this one is by far the best. Adding the optional rear speakers and Subwoofer transform this into a the best sounding system I have ever owned. While there are some that come close if you want the best this soundbar is worth every penny.

    Sep 07, 2021 21:55
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    A Great Versatile Sound System

    Sony High End Home Sound Bar

    This Sound Bar coupled with a Bluetooth Subwoofer and stereo speakers is my first audio system and it is a great sounding system. The Sound Bar itself is 46" long and weighs 18 lbs. so it does have some mass to it. The Subwoofer is quite large in size as well weighing 31 pounds. The speakers seems to produce good sound and using bluetooth you get great separation.

    Since it was a large unit, I needed some time to determine where and how this system would be installed.

    Two confessions:

    1. I am not a sound expert and I don't have any experience or products to compare it with.

    2. My wife is the furniture and fixture arranger in our house and she installed this system while I was at work and she did an amazing job. She is no techie but she said the installation was simple. She did have an issue with the Fire Stick. It seems it needed connected to the Sound Bar and she found the solution on the net. Other than that, everything went smoothly with help of the installation guide.

    The system was designed for a much bigger room than the room we installed it in. Someday, hopefully we will be in a house with a room to do this system justice. Nonetheless the speakers and the subwoofer need no wires which means you can get nice separation as they are Bluetooth and set up for them was a snap.

    The system comes with a remote control that controls the options on the unit. The remote has some preset programs including Cinema, Music and Standard. Volume controls and sound adjustment controls are available on the remote.

    If you have the funds, and want a really good Sound system I would have no problem recommending this system to you.

    In the home I am in, this system quite frankly is overkill. I do not regret acquiring it because moving day gets closer all the time.

    Sep 08, 2021 21:18
  • Review by gonzaloejimenez, 10 out of 10
    Impressive Power,Stylish,dont need anything else!

    For years it was hard for me to find a Sound equipment that can perform good either playing 7.1 movies as well as playing Stereo Music. I tried many different brands, some of them perform outstanding decoding 5.1, but very poorly playing music, and vice versa. For a long time I was forced to have two separate sound systems at home, In one room I have my old amp with 2 speakers where I can play my music, either digital or analog, and in the other room a 7.1 Sound system. But at the end I was willing to have both features in the same unit. Well, I found out that the A7000 Soundbar has the perfect balance between these two worlds.

    The A7000 is superb. This soundbar makes a huge difference vs the previous Sony soundbars I have known, and also it had made many improvements in the design even in small details, seems to me Sony has listened to customer’s suggestions and put them in place in this unit.

    First at all, the initial setup. This has been by far the fastest Setup I have ever done in a 7.1 sound system. With an onscreen user interface you can setup and manage the soundbar by selecting on the TV the HDMI port where it is connected. So, basically you just connect the soundbar to the power, connect it to the TV using the eARC port with the included 2.1 HDMI cable, and once you are in the Screen Setup, just follow the steps, setup up the wifi, don’t forget to change the Time Zone, which is “New York” by default. At the end it will perform a sound test called Sound Field Optimization. It has built-in microphones so the Bar can use to calibrate itself to your own space. And that is it, your system is ready to be explored and enjoyed all the features, like Chromecast, Amazon Alexa, Spotify, 8K HDMI passthrough, Sony 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTS/x just to mention some of the many great features that are included with this unit.

    Things that impressed me about this unit:

    The Look. This unit feels strong, robust, it is heavy, and good looking with a piano black finish, and that is exactly what I like the most, because that tells me that a system like this is well built and designed. Its 51inches length guarantees the best sound staging for its 9 internal speakers and 2 beam tweeters, 500watts of Power sound, very, very impressive. 2 Upfiring Speakers for vertical sound, front speakers, and what I think is a big change, built-in subwoofers. You won’t need to buy a separate subwoofer, unless you want more bass. And on the sides you will find the holes where the soundbar breathes for the bass reflex effect.

    Integrated Bass. Talking about the Bass, it is neat, powerful. On the remote, you can set 3 different settings, Min-Mid-Max. This settings can also be controlled through the Sony Center app.

    Sound Field Optimization. This tool is really useful, saves you from trying to adjust the volume for each speaker, you just have to trust and leave it to the Soundbar to determine the best configuration and DB that each speaker should have, it will automatically optimizes the surround sound field emitting a series of tones and using integrated mics dedicated just for this task.

    For Playback either for Movies or pure Music Sound, It has 4 different Sound Settings:

    Music Mode : Provides 2 channel audio just like you would experience with a receiver and 2 bookshelf speakers. You can make it a bit more surround like if you enable the Immersive AE feature

    Cinema Mode : Best suited for TV/Movie content. Provides Multi-Channel audio and can upmix legacy content to near 7.1.2 if you use the aforementioned IAE button on the remote.

    Standard Mode : Provides Multi-channel audio and is used for TV content, but also provides surround-like performance for music too.

    Auto : Automatically adjusts modes based off the content you are viewing/listening to.

    Basically, I followed my ears and after several tests, I found that the "Auto" Setting is the most suitable for DVD/BlueRay movies, as well as for streaming videos from Netflix, Amazon Apple, Disney or even YouTube videos. However, for music, I bounced from “Music” to “Standard”, depending on the style. For example, pop, rock, romantic, for my taste, plays really well with the “Music” setting, classical or instrumental music performs good with “Standard”.

    The Sound is clear, neat, high definition and very powerful. My family room is an area around 15x15 feet and this fella fills the room. Watching movies is a pleasant experience, you can hear clearly the 5.1 or 7.1 decoding. You can use immersive AE sound (on the remote) and 360 (this can be setup during the setup process by suscribtion, is optional), for movies that are not fully 5.1 or surround, it will compensate really well.

    However, if you have the chance to get movies with Dolby ATMOS, you will get a whole different experience, Dolby Atmos concept is based in objects, so the way you see the main objects in your screen is the same experience the sound will follow that action to that specific object, left, right, up or down. So, many Dolby Atmos technologies are based not only on horizontal surrounding sound, but vertical too, and this soundbar does it remarkably. However, if you have the chance to get the 2 satellite speakers and the additional Subwoofer, you will have the 100% perfect setting for your Atmos experience. I watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (with Atmos), and the whole action you can follow with your head moving up down left and right not only visually but also hearing it.

    I connected my BT Turntable to the Bar, and played dozens of my old Long plays, many of them Phase4 (Not saying that it will decode these ones, because they are very different technologies, but the pressing on the phase4 or quad are way better than the regular ones). I am so happy with what I heard. The BT connectivity is stable, the sound, even considering the compression that BT does, is fully satisfactory, and with my classical or instrumental music applying the Standard setting, that activate all the speakers, was a pleasant surround experience to hear. However for singing songs, Rock, pop, for my taste the Music Setting (Raw Stereo, 2 speakers), was more suitable, because the voice is more centered. Cool thing is that once I stablished the BT connectivity between the Turntable and the Bar, it will be saved in the unit, so every time that I turn on the turntable it Power on the bar as well and stablish the connection between the 2. But if you Power on the TV it will change the connection to the HDMI for the TV.

    I also connect it through BT my Samsung Cell Phone and my daugther’s Iphone and played for hours all type of music. Very stable BT connection, and large range!, I walked all over my home, went to the backyard, garage, and I level up the volume to max so I can hear it from far and I couldn’t notice any drop with the BT connection.

    Sony Center App. This is a wonderful tool, It will require many pages to describe everything this app does, and all the advantages you are getting by using it. You can organize your music, manage the settings of the Soundbar, etc. If you are streaming your music from your phone to the Soundbar and you are moving around the house and the remote doesn’t reach the Soundbar, you can use the app to control volume, pause or play music, etc.

    Another advantage, is that you can connect the bar to your TV through BT, if your TV BT supports A2DP protocol, you are going to be able to wirelessly connect Both and have a clean configuration free of cabling. However Atmos will not be available neither the setup, only through the Sony Center App. I was able to connect my Toshiba LED TV via BT with great sound quality.

    There is no Ethernet port or NFC capabilities on the A7000 soundbar, but the soundbar does support Google’s Fast Pairing feature which makes Bluetooth pairing a touch operation if you have an Android device.

    The Bar includes built in Alexa, Chromecast, Spotify. It doesn’t come with a mic for voice commands, so the commands should be given by using your mobile device.

    And the A7000 is one of the few that comes equipped with 8K and 4K/120p passthrough to support the latest video formats including Dolby Vision. It also has 2 extra HDMI ports, so it will work perfectly with the PS5 and Xbox X/S where you really will enjoy the sound while playing video games. The others wired connections are a 3.5mm aux input, an optical input, and a USB port for media playback from pen drives.

    Pluggable Power cords. I have been waiting for this for a long time. My wife is an extreme cleaner, mopping and sweeping all the time and every time I have to move my old soundbar and sub, and it was a headache!, now it is easy, just disconnect from the unit the power cord and the hdmi cable.

    The extra HW included with this bar are the 2.1 HDMI cable, that support 8k format, and you should use it exclusively for the eARC port that you are going to connect to the TV, that will ensure the best video performace and also includes wall mounting brackets.

    I have had many different soundbars trying to find the right one for my needs, but this time, Sony really excels to the Top with this one. I am so pleased with the performance, the power, the high definition sound, and its many included features. There is a lot you will gain that makes this soundbar worth every penny.

    Sep 14, 2021 20:42
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    This is the KING of all Soundbar systems in 2021

    I want to quantify this review by first saying that I'm an audio nut with a keen ear for high quality sound. I'm not an "audiophile" - but I would consider myself very close in my picky pursuit of audio perfection. My wife and friends are weirded out by how much clear audio matters to me at times.

    My Sony experience started with the Sony x900h television and Sony HT-NT5 soundbar and SRS-SW5 surround speakers since we purchased them new in 2017. The set has been amazing together with the exception of occasional drop outs of the rear speakers which were fairly easily rectified by power-cycling the speakers. Aside from some a few relatively minor annoyances, I've been impressed with the Sony gear since purchase.

    Fast forward to 2021.... my how things have changed over the years with soundbars! They have so vastly improved it seems that these top-end models can trade punches with a fully separate speaker system and receiver - with no wires and 1000x more convenience. This Sony flagship is no exception - crystal clear sound that envelops you from all angles. I am also using the 300w sub, and the rear channel surrounds which all connect through Bluetooth to the soundbar flawlessly and with zero delay/lag.

    Through my search for the 2021 purchase I looked at countless reviews online and listened to nearly ALL of the newest flagship soundbar set options available... Sonos Arc/sub/rears, LG meridian, JBL, Senheiser, Bose... In my opinion none of them sound as good or have the premium options as the Sony HT-A7000, sub, and rears.

    In fact.... I own and have been comparing the closest setup to the Sony - the Samsung q950a surround system.... I've decided today the Samsung is going back. Even for nearly $1,000 more for the Sony set - I think its that much better and am keeping the Sony.

    This stuff is expensive, very expensive... The fact that there is no included subwoofer or rears stings as the price is upwards of $2.5k after taxes for all 3.... but I can honestly say its THAT much better than all of the competition. Don't think twice. Go buy it and basque in the Atmos glory!

    Oct 28, 2021 17:15
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - HW-Q900A 7.1.2ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

    The next level of sound immersion.

    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 7.1.2ch Sound: Experience next-level 3D sound with 7 channels, 1 subwoofer and 2 up-firing channels that reach every corner of the room.
  • Q-Symphony: Audio that tracks with each scene with perfectly synchronized audio from your compatible Samsung TV ² and soundbar for a harmonious, cinematic experience.
  • SpaceFit Sound+: Customized sound for the space you're in with automatically calibrated tones and enriched bass.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wireless TV Connection: Easily connect your Soundbar to your TV with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®.³
  • 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.⁴
  • HDMI eARC: A single cable connection passes advanced audio like Dolby Atmos to TV-connected devices.⁵
  • Tap Sound: Mirror music from your phone to your soundbar for uninterrupted, seamless listening with just a tap.⁶
  • One Remote: Streamline control of both your Samsung TV and soundbar with just the Samsung TV remote.⁷
  • 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 Dudsrj, 8 out of 10
    The truth about this model

    Pros, easy to assemble, clean, clean sound

    Cons, the bass is not so strong, the Bluetooth availability to use with Spotify is missing, too heavy

    Resuming, it is a good spud bar, but it will not make a party in your living room

    Nov 08, 2021 22:08
  • Review by Selva, 10 out of 10
    Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar! Outstanding Sound!

    Samsung HW-Q950A is a flagship 11.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar came with a Soundbar, 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 a stylish look and it matches my cabinet color. I have purchased the speaker stands for rear speakers as well.

    The Samsung HW-Q950A has two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output which supports 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.

    Setup is relatively easy and connected the soundbar, soundbar, and rear speakers with power and connected Samsung TV with eARC / ARC from Soundbar. I have installed the Samsung SmartThings app on iPhone. I have added the soundbar and updated it to the latest firmware. With the SmartThings 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.

    The Samsung HW-Q950A immediately impresses with an incredibly immersive soundstage. We have watched several movies and shows from Netflix and 4K movies with Dolby Atmos. We were blown away by the sound and felt like sitting in the theater. Even in a low sound setting, the dialogues were very clear. We have listened to music it was way better and with no audio cables. Thanks to wireless rear speakers and wireless woofer. It is one of the best soundbars on the market and delivers an immersive theater sound experience.

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

    Aug 15, 2021 23:19
  • Review by Lythe21, 10 out of 10
    Superior sound that will literally blow you away

    Being an audiophile with a history of surround sound setups for many many years, I was intrigued by this soundbar to compliment the living room. Out of the box, the soundbar has a sleek, clean look, and tucks under the legs of the TV for a seamless and unobtrusive look on the entertainment center. The cord design with the raised plug area allows you to hide the cords behind the TV and the speaker as to not create the eyesore that past surround sound systems suffered. The cord for the subwoofer was sufficiently long that it could be placed in an ideal location. This system has 20 individual speakers with 14 discrete audio channels in it. With that number of speakers in my old system it would have filled my living room with speakers and cables. This system is discreate and wireless, which I was looking forward too compared to what I had. I was expecting a huge increase in the quality of spatial audio as compared to my older 5.1 surround system and it surely did not disappoint. The big difference is no wire mess and having to run speaker cable around the room. I learned that in a living room with high ceilings like mine the spatial audio delivered by the soundbar was very well defined. This system had great audio quality and filled the room with sound and with good audio imaging it was convincing that you were in the action and it is coming from specific locations around and above you. I am definitely looking to add to the optional rear speakers though to add to the immersion! Overall the soundbar was a breeze to setup and configure, especially if you have other Samsung products The built in Alexa was easy to setup and works very well which was a huge bonus for me. The Samsung Bar exceeded any of my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone

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

    Aug 07, 2021 12:53
  • Review by LARS, 10 out of 10
    Great product music and dialogue

    Turned my living room into a spin studeo. Great for music and excellent dialogue when watching sodes.

    Nov 07, 2021 11:04
  • Review by JHawkins, 8 out of 10
    Great quality and sound

    This soundbar is HUGE both in size and sound. Compared to my previous 5.1.2 and 5.1.4 soundbars the Q900A is much better in all areas, well almost. Immediately up on connecting to my tv the difference was very noticeable. The sound clarity is amazing. Set up was quick and simple, 1 HDMI to the tv via ARC and 2 inputs for gaming/streaming boxes. Simply plug cables in and power up and you’re ready to go. After setting up in the SmartThings app changing between the 3 available sound modes is quick and easy. Also available in the app is the ability to change other settings, but not all. The only thing I would like more of is bass. The subwoofer is a nice size but doesn’t produce the amount of bass you would assume. I have the woofer at +4 but bass doesn’t really hit in unless the soundbar volume is +20 or more and at this point the sound coming out of the bar is very loud. The Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) feature is great for my open concept living room to help with the noise from the kitchen area not drown out the soundbar. The voice enhancement is also fantastic, there have been many less “what did they say” moments. One thing I would like to see would be more integration of the channel level settings into the SmartThings app as the screen on the soundbar is small and not conveniently located where it’s easy to see. My TV is 2018 Samsung so I was unable to test the Q-Symphony and the SpaceFit Sound+ features, but all in all, this is a great soundbar and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested. *Note: I received this product at a discount in return for my honest review.

    Jul 26, 2021 17:00
  • Review by RexA, 8 out of 10
    Less is more

    I have been contemplating replacing our very bulky, old 5.1 system with a soundbar +sub to clean up the area but it was challenging to find a worthy unit. Then the Q900A came along. It is paired with a TV of the same brand. Incredible. The sound is immersive and the bass is complementary not over shadowing. Setup was a breeze. I would recommend this unit to anyone in the market. Also, I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback. Pics attached are before and after

    Aug 05, 2021 07:25
  • Review by Millie478, 10 out of 10
    Great Soundbar!

    The Samsung HW-Q900A is a great soundbar with its incredible sound and technology that it brings to the table. This was the first time for me to experience true room filling sound when paired with my families Samsung Television. The biggest highlights for this soundbar come when paired to a 2021 Samsung Television. Which in turn enables Q-Symphony and adaptive sound. The Q-Symphony allows your soundbar and TV speakers to output sound at the same time which makes the sound more room filling and louder for when watching Marvel movies. We got the rear speaker set that came for this set and it brings out more value in sound quality with the extra two up firing channels. The soundbar supports E-Arc/ARC and has two extra HDMI 2.0 Inputs. Only Thing that was annoying to me was that the display runs on the top of the soundbar and not the front of it. When you wall mount it, you cannot see what it is outputting from the soundbar. All that you get are three light indicators telling you when you raise and lower volume. If you use the Samsung smart things app it will tell you what its outputting and sound levels, but this requires an extra device when the display is not visible. This is one of the best soundbars this year and even with the display being on top I will still recommend it to my friends and family because Q-Symphony is no joke. I received this soundbar at a discounted price for my honest opinion.

    Aug 16, 2021 22:05
  • Review by Gunslinger45611, 10 out of 10
    Excellent product

    The HW-Q900 7.1.2 ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos / DTS:X is amazing. Setup was incredibly easy and I love that everything is run without a bunch of cords. The wireless/Bluetooth connectivity is perfect. We were ready to test this product out in less than 15 minutes. The product looks great in our room and is of excellent quality. The Q Symphony immerses you in incredible sound. The sound comes from every direction which worked perfectly with our setup because our TV is on a mount at an angle. This is definitely a great feature for those with odd room sizes and setups. I also love the Alexa feature to easily get my music going which makes getting chores done a breeze. My kids even said it was like being at the movie theater because the sound was so good. They love watching their favorite movies with this new system. We all highly recommend this product.

    Aug 01, 2021 23:55
  • 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
    Bose - TV Speaker Bluetooth Soundbar - Black
    Description

    The Bose TV Speaker is a small soundbar that clarifies speech and improves overall TV sound. Inside there are two full-range drivers angled to deliver wide, spatial sound, while the center tweeter specifically focuses on clarifying speech. And built-in Dolby decoding enhances the audio capabilities of your TV Speaker to deliver a more realistic and satisfying listening experience. Designed with simplicity in mind, a single connection to your TV has you up and running in no time. This connection can be either an optical audio cable (included) or an HDMI™ cable (sold separately). At just over 2″ (5 cm) tall, this TV Speaker is small enough to fit just about anywhere. Place it in front of your TV or mount it to the wall. Plus small LED lights on the front turn on and/or change color when certain features are enabled or when the volume is adjusted. The Bose TV Speaker also has HDMI-CEC, which allows the TV and soundbar to communicate when connected by an HDMI cable. So when you turn the TV on, the soundbar will automatically turn on too, and you can even continue using your current TV remote to control the volume of the soundbar. However, the Bose TV Speaker also has its own remote. On it, you can pair your Bluetooth device to wirelessly stream your favorite music or podcasts, enable Dialogue Mode™ to further elevate center vocals, or add a bass boost for some extra depth. And the Bose TV Speaker is Roku TV Ready™ certified. Meaning, it’s designed to work seamlessly with a Roku TV™. When connected to a Roku TV via an HDMI cable, you’ll enjoy smooth, automatic setup, easy access to the TV Speaker sound settings in the Roku TV on-screen menu, and compatibility with the Roku TV remote. If you’re looking for even more bass or just want to expand your system, you can add a subwoofer for more theater-quality home theater sound. The Bose TV Speaker requires a wired connection and is compatible with the Bose Bass Module 500 or 700 (Bose Bass Module Connection Cable sold separately).

    9 Features
  • Hear your TV better: The Bose TV Speaker is a small soundbar that clarifies speech and improves overall TV sound. Inside there are two full-range drivers angled for wide, spatial sound, while the center tweeter specifically focuses on clarifying speech.
  • Designed for simplicity: This small soundbar stands at just over 2″ (5 cm) tall and can fit just about anywhere. And small LED lights on the front indicate when certain features are enabled.
  • More clarity: In Dialogue Mode™, the Bose TV Speaker analyzes what you’re watching to further elevate center vocals, so you can hear and understand every word more clearly. Simply press the DIALOGUE MODE button on the included remote to enable.
  • More music: The Bose TV Speaker also has Bluetooth compatibility, so you can listen to what you want, when you want. Press the “Bluetooth” button on the included remote to pair a device and wirelessly play music, podcasts, and more through your soundbar.
  • More bass: And while the Bose TV Speaker delivers surprisingly rich and deep sound for a soundbar of its size, you can press the BASS button on the remote for some added depth.
  • Easy to set up. Easy to use.: HDMI-CEC allows the TV and soundbar to communicate when connected by an HDMI cable. Which means you can keep using your current TV remote to control the soundbar volume and automatically turn on the soundbar when the TV is turned on.
  • Roku TV Ready™: Roku TV Ready™ for smooth, automatic setup, easy access to the Bose TV Speaker sound settings in the Roku TV™ on-screen menu, and compatibility with the Roku TV remote.
  • Add more, anytime.: If you’re looking for more bass or want to expand your system, you can add a wired subwoofer for more theater-quality home theater sound. The Bose TV Speaker is compatible with the Bose Bass Module 500 and 700 (Bose Bass Module Connection Cable sold separately).
  • LEGAL*: Roku TV, Roku TV Ready, and the Roku TV Ready logo are trademarks of Roku, Inc. Roku TV Ready is not available in all regions. For more information, visit: go.roku.com/rokutvready
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Curmudgeon1, 10 out of 10
    EXCELLENT BOSE COMPACT TV SOUNDBAR

    The Bose TV Speaker soundbar is the newest evolution of the entry level Bose Solo 5 TV sound system. This new TV Speaker model has some significant improvements as compared to the Solo 5. The Solo 5 had only two (2) front facing speakers, mounted at obtuse angles. The new Bose TV Speaker adds a third transducer (speaker) comprised of a front facing tweeter in between the two full-range drivers which remain oriented at obtuse angles. This new model also adds HDMI connectivity, in addition to the optical audio cable option (optical cable included; HDMI cable not included). The HDMI connection supports HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), which facilitates the use of a single remote control to operate multiple devices, as well as the basic bidirectional communication which allows one device to control another. Thus, powering on the television will also turn on the soundbar. However, the new Bose TV Speaker requires that it be connected to the television’s HDMI ARC / eARC (Audio Return Channel) port. All of the televisions that I am familiar with have only one HDMI-ARC port. Therefore, if there is another connected device which requires ARC (such as a Home Theater system), those devices will be competing for the single HDMI ARC port, unless an HDMI switch is employed to allow multiple HDMI devices to connect to the single HDMI ARC port. HDMI has several advantages over an optical audio connection including the capability to pass higher resolution audio as well as automatically power switching the Bose TV Speaker on and off whenever the television is powered on and off. Although optical audio is good, HDMI is superior in several respects, thus it would have been nice if Bose also included an HDMI cable in addition to the optical cable furnished. The Bose TV Speaker soundbar does not support any high resolution, surround or cinematic sound formats (i.e. DTS, etc.). This is simply a 2.0 channel system. The “surround sound” effect of the Bose TV Speaker soundbar is apparently synthetic; a product of Bose engineering brilliance and capitalizing on reflected sound. The Bose TV Speaker soundbar includes Bluetooth Version 4.2 connectivity, which enables the soundbar to be utilized as a speaker for streaming music from a smartphone or other Bluetooth audio source device. The rear panel of the Bose TV Speaker has the A/C power cable jack, HDMI (ARC) jack, optical cable input jack, a 3.5mm analog stereo input jack (for connecting televisions which lack both HDMI and optical outputs), a 3.5mm output jack for connecting an optional Bose Bass Module accessory and a USB-A jack for sideloading firmware updates.

    The Bose TV Speaker soundbar is equipped with its own compact, dedicated remote control in which the required CR2032, 3 volt lithium button battery is preinstalled. The Bose remote measures only 1-9/16” x 4-1/8”. The remote includes a Power Button, which has the dual purpose of switching the Auto-wake mode to turn on the Bose TV Speaker when audio is detected on the optical or analog connections; a TV source selection button; Volume control; a Bluetooth source selection button; a +/- 2 increment Bass adjustment button, a Mute/Unmute button and a Dialog mode button which ostensibly enhances the audibility of speech. The Bose remote is necessary for adjusting program volume if the optical connection is employed, however if connected via HDMI-ARC the television remote will control the audio output of the television set and thus will also control the volume of the Bose TV Speaker, and the Bose remote may be reserved for Bass adjustment and Source selection.

    I have held a very favorable opinion of Bose equipment for over 45 years. Bose has a remarkable reputation for brilliantly engineered systems which produce incredible spatial sound with extremely small components including extremely small speaker drivers. I was amazed in the 1970s when I first heard a small pair of Bose bookshelf speakers fill a room with a spatial presence that was incomparable to any conventional, directional speakers. When Best Buy stores equipped their large, extensive CD sales areas (with their soaring, warehouse type ceilings) with Bose sound systems, it was amazing that the cavernous and noisy space was enveloped in music with incredible fidelity. My last car was factory equipped with an extraordinary Bose audio system, which I still miss a great deal (along with the outstanding car in which it was mounted).

    Bose speakers capitalize on reflected sound, rather than only direct projection like most speakers. The spatial characteristics are therefore outstanding. Tiny speakers producing large, space filling audio is the Bose claim to fame.

    Thus, when selecting a television soundbar, particularly with the hope of enhancing the clarity of dialog, Bose was the primary choice.

    It would be nice (and appreciated) if Bose listed more specifications for any of their soundbars. Even the basic amplifier power specifications (watts/channel) are absent from the product documentation and website. The Bose TV Speaker is accompanied by a printed quick-start guide, but the full product manual must be accessed and downloaded from the Bose website.

    Setting up the Bose TV Speaker was simple and effortless. I experimented with the optical cable connection, which would require use of the Bose remote to adjust volume, but opted to capitalize on the benefits of using the HDMI port. This requires a user supplied (not included) HDMI cable connecting the HDMI port on the rear panel of the Bose TV Speaker with the HDMI ARC port on the television (temporarily replacing the existing home theater system’s utilization of that ARC port). A standard HDMI port cannot be used, as the Bose TV Speaker will not receive audio signal from it. The Bose TV Speaker has the power supply internal to the housing, thus avoiding another space consuming wall transformer for the power mains.

    The physical dimensions of the Bose TV Speaker are a very compact 23-1/2” wide x 4” deep x 2-1/4” tall. The black housing is sleek, visually attractive and modern with a perforated metal front grille. The unit is not heavy, but has a solid and substantial feel to it. LED status lamps are present on the upper left of the front housing.

    Once the Bose TV Speaker was connected to the television via the HDMI ARC connection, turning on the television also powered on the Bose unit, and switched the audio output from the television’s internal speakers to the Bose TV Speaker. The immediate improvement in audio quality is remarkable. The internal speakers suddenly sound anemic once the Bose TV Speaker replaces them for audio production. At the default bass setting level, the Bose TV Speaker demonstrated excellent bass response that produces the illusion that a sub-woofer is present. Across the audible range, the audio sounds clear and undistorted, even at very low and very high volume levels. The sound reproduction is genuinely excellent, and although perhaps not of the level of a 7.1 channel home theater system, it sounds absolutely great and capably fills the room with high-fidelity audio.

    Audio fidelity and the synthesized spatial characteristics of the Bose TV Speaker were equally impressive throughout the room, even when well off-axis from the television. The entire room was enveloped in the same richness, clarity and fullness of sound.

    The performance of the Bose TV Speaker was immediately impressive. All types of programming from dialog heavy news programs to movies with significant music accompanying the dialog all sounded remarkably good and were greatly enhanced. The excellent audio produced by the modestly sized Bose TV Speaker was genuinely pleasing and quite impressive. The Bose TV Speaker also received a very favorable evaluation from my wife who often finds dialog from the television’s internal speakers difficult to understand clearly. My wife was amazed at how clear dialog became with the Bose TV Speaker, which quite dramatically enhances and clarifies dialog while rendering pleasant and balanced program audio.

    We think that the Bose TV Speaker is truly excellent and we are genuinely enjoying the enhanced audio that it delivers. I can certainly recommend the Bose TV Speaker to anyone who would enjoy watching television with excellent audio reproduction from a compact, unobtrusive and quite remarkable soundbar system.

    Jun 08, 2020 11:11
  • Review by FutureP, 8 out of 10
    Great sound with a few drawbacks

    I really love Bose speakers and have been buying them for over 25 years, so when I saw this TV Speaker, I was excited to get it. I had an LG soundbar that worked well, but didn't have the sound quality that I have seen with Bose speakers.

    Basic setup was very easy...connect the included optical cable to the TV and soundbar and plug it in. That is pretty much it since I already had a soundbar that was being replaced. If you aren't replacing a soundbar, you just need to go into the TV settings and turn off the internal TV speakers.

    The Bose speakers provide great sound and you can configure it to your liking. It's easy to control the bass and dialogue mode with the simple remote provided. There is also an option to connect to the speaker with a bluetooth device.

    The one drawback I found was getting the TV/Roku remote to control the volume directly. The instructions included with the device doesn't show how to setup the volume control with another remote. There is a TV button on the remote, but I haven't been able to figure out how to use it and if that can be configured to have the TV remote control the sound. They do point to their website for more info, but I was not able to find any instructions for getting that setup, so for the time being, I have a remote to control the TV and a second for the volume, which isn't ideal.

    Also, there is no 'screen' on the speaker or remote, so you can't tell which mode you are in (volume, dialogue or bass) when using the common up and down to control the settings. That would have helped with giving instructions on how to setup the TV or Bluetooth devices.

    Overall, I love the sound coming from these speakers. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars for me is figuring out how to setup my TV remote to control the volume on the Bose soundbar. I'm hoping that info will be published soon.

    Jun 12, 2020 11:47
  • Review by SirGalahad, 6 out of 10
    Vocals are hard to hear over background sound.

    BUILD QUALITY/AESTHETICS:

    It is solid. There is no creaking anywhere on the device. It has a good weight to it. The shell is mostly plastic with the grill being metal. It has minimal branding with a small writing of “Bose” in the middle of the device. Overall, it looks very sleek. The inputs are on the back right of the device. Which include HDMI (ARC) x1, Optical In x1, Aux In x1, Service x1, Bass (for external bass device) x1, and power x1. There are two LED areas to notify you if you are on TV or Bluetooth. There are NO BUTTONS on the device itself. Which means if you lose the remote you are out of luck and have a large expensive paper weight. The battery for the remote is also a watch battery.

    BLUETOOTH:

    The setup process is easy. Simply press the Bluetooth button on the remote, it will change the LED to a pulsating blue light with a jingle. Then go to your Bluetooth settings on your phone and select “Bose TV Speaker” and it will make a little chime and the LED will go to white. Do keep in mind to go back to normal sound you have to press the TV button on your remote. How do you know which one you are on? You can check which LED is on. If the white LED is on the left, then it is TV. If on the right, Bluetooth. They really should have color coated these. As I think going to white after connecting for the Bluetooth is silly since the LED for TV is also white. If you get up close to the soundbar you can also see if it is on TV or Bluetooth as well (see picture).

    SOUND QUALITY:

    The most important part of a sound bar is the sound. I made sure to leave this stock as I am sure that is how most people will listen to it. Meaning I did not adjust the bass and I did not have voice clarity on. As if it is a good speaker you should not need that. I will note that turning on the voice clarity did help, but only mildly, and was usually still not enough for those shows that I had difficulty hearing vocals with. I would say my viewing experience was 50/50. So, 50% of the time I had no problems hearing people and the other 50% I had great difficulty with or without the voice clarity setting on. To the point I had to turn on subtitles to prevent my speaker from blasting. As in those times if I had the volume loud enough to hear the vocals the background music would be so loud it would hurt my ears.

    I run all my speakers through 14 different songs that test a bunch of things to identify the sound profile for that product. Which I then use to try to objectively compare to other products. It also, gives me an idea how it will perform in multiple scenarios. I will start with audiophile terms and then go to laymen terms.

    The overall balance of the soundbar is poor. Background sound, usually highs and/or music, often overpower vocals. Especially those in the mid or bass range. It does much better with highs (female voices). However, all vocals sound veiled and congested, and you must focus to understand what they are saying and even then, details are often lost. Bass is anemic in most things. However, if you do adjust the base (which I recommend) it can become boomy and solid without ruining the sound further. It actually improves the overall sound. Mids show a lot of bloat. Highs are solid and I have no problems with them. All sounds lack full texture, punch, and dynamic range. It has great separation. Overall sound is not as natural as I want, and timbre is slightly off making things sound more processed than I would like. Soundstage is small and forward. It does not have any brightness, crispness, depth, detail, harshness, lushness, or sibilance.

    Moving onto simpler terms. The soundbar does not fill the room as much as it just shoots sound directly at you. For example, there are some speakers when you play something the sound surrounds you and sounds very realistic as if they are in the room with you. Other times it sounds like it is coming from a specific device from a specific and limited location and you have to be facing it to get the best sound. That is what these sound like. This speaker also focuses too much on the background noise for shows/movies. To the point I can hear birds chirping, a busy restaurant, traffic, and the ambiance fine. However, when someone goes to speak, I cannot understand what they are saying because the volume is too low for their voice and it just is not clear. Almost like someone is speaking through a mask. To the point where I have to turn up the volume and it makes it sound like I’m 80 years old when really I’m in my 20’s. I like low volume and not blasting it so my neighbors can hear what I’m watching. Bass also does not hit hard unless adjusted in which case it does. Mids are terrible all around. Highs are great. However, all sound is surface level. It lacks realistic tone, character, and depth. Overall, I do not like the sound. As I have an easier time hearing people talk with my normal TV speakers over this soundbar. Which defeats the entire purpose.

    PROS:

    -Build quality, appearance, and remote.

    CONS:

    -Sound quality and lack of buttons on the device itself. Also, a watch battery for the remote?

    CONCLUSION:

    I will keep this brief. The whole point of a soundbar is to be able to hear things better. I can hear nuances in shows that I normally cannot. However, I trade being able to hear those nuances instead of voices. Which is the main reason why we watch TV is to hear other people talk to drive a plot forward. Since it does this poorly, I simply cannot recommend this product. As much as I do not want it to be, it is a pass for me.

    Jun 16, 2020 00:11
  • Review by MigDigital, 10 out of 10
    Compact & Excel performance to replace tv speaker

    The speaker is compact with full spectrum of sound that prioritize on voice from center of TV without expectation of complex surround sound system.

    1. Its hardware size and weight is light for who would have space limitation next to tv and light to carry.

    2. Installation is simple via Optical or HDMI ARC depending on available TV input/output. Once plugged in, works straight forward.

    3. The sound in overall is excellent for the purpose and size of the speaker. Big differentiator is the crispy voice from streaming programs. Tested fully watching shows and programs from YoutTube and Netflix movies and the clarity of dialog is center of positive side of the speaker. Then sound effect is not exactly surround experience, but some what spatial I would say as can feel the effect from different directions creating immersive like experience. From Netflix watching 2012 can feel effects for wave, chopper approaching to characters from different directions. Watching 6 Underground, can feel cars crushing and explosions impact. In both movies as characters start talking can perceive from center of speaker while all the effects occurs across.

    4. Remote control is simple and compact without much of functionality, It consist of volume, tv, power on/off, bass, and sound mode I believe.

    What come short: it is combination between remote control and sound. While experiencing movie or program, and changing Bass or Sound Mode, can’t tell when and what being changed. Using Bass button, there is light that blink, but not exactly if it is decreasing or increasing for instance. Using Sound mode similarly can’t tell if it is voice centered or effect prioritization with exception of cases that can tell it via actual effect, but most of cases couldn’t.

    Secondly, using with Apple TV, it can’t learn the remote control of Bose TV. Seems there isn’t compatibility or need further troubleshooting to make it work after out of box.

    In bottom line: it is perfect for who want simple and compact speaker to replace the TV’s own speaker and still have bit more of sound effect, and can close to optimize for streaming experience.

    Jun 12, 2020 13:46
  • Review by Knivels, 10 out of 10
    Small and Mighty TV Speaker!

    This Bose TV Speaker delivers clear dialogue and adds just enough bass to make most content much more enjoyable compared to using only the native TV speakers. In the package are a remote, the speaker, an optical cable and a power cord.

    Setup is very simple. There are two LED indicators in the front for the TV and Bluetooth modes. Accepted connections are Aux (3.5mm), Bluetooth (version 4.2), Optical and HDMI ARC (from your TV if equipped). With the recommended 3.5mm cable, Bose's series of Bass Modules can be connected for even more bass via a dedicated port. In my case, I used the optical cable for my TV connection. The HDMI ARC configuration provides the ability to control the Bose TV Speaker with your actual TV speaker. The included remote control allows you to adjust bass settings, toggle between TV/Bluetooth modes and adjust the volume of the speaker. The final port on the rear is a USB for service/software updates.

    A great feature is the ability of the speaker to automatically “wake” upon turning on your TV. The bass delivered, as previously stated, is very gratifying and is just the right amount to keep the neighbors in apartment or even townhouse settings happy. A Dialogue mode isolates dialogue/vocals from TV or Bluetooth content for better perception; the appropriate LED is lit green when this feature is enabled.

    The Bluetooth setup is also very easy: for the first connection, you press the Bluetooth button (the LED pulsates blue), scan with your device for Bose TV Speaker and pair. Once connected, cellphones/tablets (and other wireless devices) are able to deliver richer sound content to fill moderately sized rooms. The speaker can store up to 8 devices through subsequent pairing processes; you will need to hold the Bluetooth button down for about two seconds to enable the pairing mode/pulsating blue LED .

    We have another winner from Bose. The Bose TV Speaker combines a compact formfactor (at barely 2 feet long and 2 inches tall) with the right amount of power and functionality for versatility in a myriad of applications. Saying it has exceeded my expectations sounds cliché as I have come to expect nothing less from Bose.

    Jun 09, 2020 20:05
  • Review by underdog217, 6 out of 10
    A baseline soundbar

    I’ll wrap this up for you right off the bat. You won’t regret buying this but you probably won’t love it either because there’s nothing that makes it stick out.

    I already have two soundbars, so this is my third and I was interested in giving it a shot since Bose is always known for their quality. Out of the box, what I noticed is that this was a very simple setup. It comes with the power cord, soundbar, remote, S-cable to hook up to the TV, and some instructions (which aren’t great).

    One of the selling points with this is the ease of setup since it can be done through S-cable or HDMI. However, to save Bose a buck, they only come with the S-Cable, so it Forces your hand to use that method or else you’ll have to pony up for a spare HDMI cable.

    Setup itself was quite simple. I was able to take out my old soundbar, get this new one in, connect to my TV, pair with my Bluetooth, and check out the sound options in under 10 minutes.

    The first noticeable drawback was that the remote was setup as laser/infrared focused, instead of radio/Bluetooth setup. That won’t matter to some but it always annoys me because it means you have to point at the device to use the remote. If anything obstructs it or you don’t want to take your hands out from under the blanket... sorry charlie.

    It’s also a stand-alone soundbar instead of coming with a separate bass attachment, which is more common. Due to this the sound is generally coming at you instead of surrounding you. Again, it’s not good or bad, just not ideal.

    You do get a full sound from what’s a relatively small bar, and it’s biggest strength in my opinion is that it has “dialogue mode” which simply just raises the tenor quality so you can better understand dialogue on what you’re watching.

    Probably the most detracting part of the device is that it’s the only soundbar that I have owned where you couldn’t seem to pair it with your cable remote, which is such a key feature. It’s certainly possible that it’s an option but it isn’t discussed in their instructions or box, nor could I find any way to do it after googling online. One work around to that is that you can setup the soundbar to turn on when the tv should be playing sound, so when you turn your tv on with the tv remote, it’s up and running, but the obvious con of this is that when you turn the tv off, the soundbar doesn’t turn off too, so you’re back to using the soundbar remote. Overall, it’s not the end of the world, but just short sighted.

    The actual sound quality is solid but I didn’t notice anything much better than my prior soundbar. The remote has options to turn the bass up, but since the soundbar or remote don’t have display on them, it’s hard to tell how much the bass is actually up or down until something big happens on your screen.

    I wouldn’t recommend this soundbar, It’s fine but nothing special. Maybe the next time they’ll add a display to the soundbar, allow it to pair with your tv/cable remote, and improve the remote so it doesn’t have to be pointed at the TV.

    The only way I can see this being a good purchase, would be for someone in a smaller space that doesn’t need all the extra bells and whistles like a college dorm or studio apartment. Someone who is wanting an improved sound but not much more than that.

    Jun 13, 2020 15:25
  • Review by Madison, 10 out of 10
    Excellent outdoor tv

    This is a fantastic outdoor tv. We shopped around, compared several and finally decided in this one. Zero regrets - the picture is amazing, the entire tv is completely sealed so no water will ever seep through. The sound is a little low so we purchased a Bose sound speaker for it and now it is perfect. I highly recommend to anyone.

    Jul 24, 2021 09:32
  • Review by Oran57, 10 out of 10
    Bose Bluetooth Soundbar

    We love everything about our Bose Soundbar. Bose quality speaks for itself. We love the smaller size of the soundbar on our tv stand. Thank you for selling a quality item at Best Buy that perfectly meets our needs.

    Feb 12, 2021 17:24
  • 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 - 5.1.2-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
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • 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 - 2.0.2-Channel Wireless Rear Speaker Kit with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X - Black
    Description

    Wrapped in sound, not wires

    2 Features
  • Simple, space-saving setup: Sync up to a surround sound experience that doesn't clutter your space. Link the wireless SWA-9500S Rear Speaker Kit to your Soundbar without separate modules and enjoy cinematic audio.
  • Sound travels around the room: Wireless rear speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, takes surround sound to next level for more dynamic entertainment.
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  • Review by GrinsToYa, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Addition

    When I purchased my Samsung Q80 55" TV for my bedroom, I thought the sound from the TV was pretty good for a TV. But I decided to add a sound bar to enhance the sound and tried a less expensive Polk sound bar. While the Polk sounded good, it died in 5 months, thank goodness for the Geek Squad warranty. I got a full refund and instead of staying with the Polk S2, I thought I would upgrade to the Samsung Q700A. What a difference!

    This sound bar is dynamic if set up properly. If you have a Samsung Q70, 80 or 90 and put the soundbar in bit stream mode... the sound will fill the room. The only thing missing was a fuller rear sound like my Yamaha 6.1 sound system in my living room... so a week later I added the rear speakers... wow! If you can get this system on sale, don't hesitate.

    I am amazed there is negligible difference between this Samsung sound bar with the matching rear speakers compared to my optically wired Yamaha 400 watt 6.1 surround sound system in my living room. The sound is just as immersive in the bedroom now for music, TV and movies. So now I tend to go to bed earlier... not just to sleep... but to fluff up a pillow and and comfortably enjoy theater quality picture and sound until lights out.

    Nov 07, 2021 14:24
  • Review by Mike, 6 out of 10
    Good rear speakers although not needed.

    I believed the rear speakers would be a good addition to my soundbar and subwoofer. I am somewhat torn however.

    The Good:

    They are truly wireless speakers and only require a cable for electricity which is a huge plus! Setup takes just minutes after mounting to a decent stand and system recognized them almost instantly. In major movie scenes and in video games that support surround, they really stand out and makes you feel as you are at the center of the action. Dolby atmos supported movies and apps do work as advertised

    The Not so Good:

    My main gripe and reason for not giving 4 stars is that in between big movie scenes they seem rather quiet, even when I turned their volume to the max. I put my ear to them while a movie was playing and they were both playing sounds during quiet scenes, just not enough to be noticeable on my couch not even 2 feet away. They are a bit heavy so make sure to get a good stand. Also the cable to connect to the outlet is a measly 4-5 feet. Not really ideal for a large open living room like mine.

    In conclusion I would recommend these only if you can overlook its slight drawbacks.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:30
  • Review by undrhil1022, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Addition Rear Atmos Speakers

    Excellent addition to my Dolby Atmos setup. Pairing these to my Samsung - HW-Q900A 7.1.2ch Soundbar was a since. The speakers give my system that missing piece of 360 degree sound. These work well either on a table or on stands. Recommend!!

    Oct 29, 2021 18:44
  • Review by tab54, 10 out of 10
    Good speakers

    The rear speakers are easy to wirelessly connect to the soundbar and only require power to each speaker. The speakers do add to the overall sound quality but are only noticeable with certain media content.

    Oct 25, 2021 08:49
  • Review by Shane, 10 out of 10
    Wireless- almost

    Very nice large rear speakers.

    They are good,& Bluetooth connectable to only certain soundbars… you have to purchase one of the better/ high end Samsung soundbars to guarantee compatibility…

    Not completely wireless, it does have a power cord…

    Aug 27, 2021 19:39
  • Review by RingInStPete, 10 out of 10
    Surround sound rear speakers

    with Dolby Atmos, these rear channel speakers provide a theater-like experience!

    Nov 05, 2021 15:59
  • Review by MikeB, 10 out of 10
    Great Rear Speakers

    Great addition to the Samsung HW-Q900a sound bar. They are excellent rear surround sound speakers.

    Oct 22, 2021 20:16
  • Review by Addedsurroundsound, 4 out of 10
    Mixed reaction

    When we started looking for speakers to help us hear the TV better I had this idea of just putting a speaker or two at the back of the living room, maybe blue-tooth connected to the TV speaker. We sit about 18 feet away and have to deal with the washer etc. The sound bar gave us clearer speech and let us lower the volume. Our daughter sits about 8 feet away at the front of the room and complains about the volume we need at the back of the room.

    The Rear speaker kit does not provide constant TV sound as we were originally hoping. But the are really cool when watching things like the Disney channel. When a show starts and the stars or whatever fly towards the front of the screen the sound appears to continues through the room and out the rear window.

    It depends on how much TV you watch. They make the system close as we will get to true movie theater surround sound. So for some of our DVD's and Netflix the speakers can make a difference. To watch regular programming they make very little difference and I have found no other way to have them play louder to match the volume you get sitting close to the front speakers.

    Oct 18, 2021 20:04
  • 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
    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.
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  • 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
    VIZIO - 2.1-Channel M-Series Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofers and Dolby Atmos/DTS Virtual:X - Dark Charcoal
    Description

    The redesigned M-Series™ All-in-One 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar from VIZIO combines supreme convenience with powerful performance. Thrilling sound is achieved with separate tweeters and woofers, plus built-in dual 3” subwoofers, all in a striking angular shape with a dark charcoal finish. There are no additional speakers or cables needed. HDMI connectivity offers the highest-quality audio with quick and easy setup, allowing you to control the sound bar with your TV remote. (HDMI and all audio cables included.) DTS® Virtual:X™ creates an immersive experience with room-filling, floor-to-ceiling, virtualized 3D sound that transforms music into a live concert, or a sci-fi film into an intergalactic adventure. The M-Series™ All-in-One features the all-new Voice Assistant Input that 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 upgraded audio. You can also wirelessly connect your phone or any compatible Bluetooth device for high-quality music streaming. The VIZIO M-Series All-in-One Sound Bar is a hassle-free, plug-and-play audio solution that does the job of many speakers, turning your living room into a captivating home theater.

    13 Features
  • New modern design: Angular all-in-one design packed with performance and slides beneath your TV for a clean look.
  • 6 Precisely Designed Speakers: 2-way speaker design with separate tweeters and woofers create richer, clearer sound.
  • Optimized for 4K HDR content: Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio™ when connected through HDMI.
  • Loud and Clear: The 98dB 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.
  • Built-In Subwoofers: Dual 3” subwoofers built into the sound bar create deep bass without the need of a separate subwoofer or cables.
  • 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: Enhancement setting for calibrated, crisp-clear dialogue.
  • HDMI Connection: Uses the highest-quality audio available and allows you to control sound bar with your TV remote.
  • 4K Dolby Vision® HDR Pass Through: 2 HDMI ports allow you to connect a device to your TV through the sound bar at the highest video quality possible with 4K Dolby Vision® HDR.
  • 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 elzeus, 10 out of 10
    Phenomenal sound & features at a reasonable price!

    The Vizio M21d-H8 soundbar packs in a plethora of features and good sound quality all for a good price. This sound bar is a 2.1 configuration and features 6 speakers (2 speakers, 2 tweeters & 2 subwoofers). Other features include HDMI in/out for an ARC connection with 4k HDR passthrough, Dolby DTS Virtual X, DTS digital surround, DTS TrueVolume, Dolby Audio, Bluetooth, Voice Assistant, Aux, Optical Audio and IR remote control learning so you can use your tv remote to raise and lower the soundbar volume. Also included was one hdmi cable, an optical audio cable, an aux cable, a rca to aux cable, remote with batteries and a mounting diagram with wall mounting slide on holders. When you first power on the soundbar it enters pairing mode which allows you to pair a bluetooth device to the sound bar; however, you must then switch the input on the soundbar to "Bluetooth" to actually stream the audio from your device even if it shows as connected on your device. The sound from the Vizio M21-H8 was clear, the bass was deep enough and the speakers got plenty loud for my viewing area of 11ft x 13ft. The small rubber feet on the bottom of the soundbar give just enough room for the bottom firing subwoofers to work their magic. The sleek design lets it disappear in darker setups as it's hard to make out the lines which I did like very much. Overall I'm very satisfied with the M21d-H8 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good soundbar that doesn't break the bank.

    Aug 25, 2020 03:16
  • Review by SCATPACKAA, 10 out of 10
    Vizio sound bar

    The Vizio soundbar brought out my sound to my TV to where it is theater quality. The new digital remote is awesome. I had the one from the previous year it didn't have the Digital remote.

    Sep 04, 2021 12:31
  • Review by MoGJ, 8 out of 10
    Great Minimalist Soundbar

    After owning a custom 5.1 audio speaker system and wanting to get something for my other living room setup, this soundbar definitely looks nice and performs well. Supporting ARC, having multiple speakers within the soundbar, and a minimalist look are what makes this soundbar a relatively easy purchase for soundbar users or those who don't want to spend a lot on good audio hardware. It does come with its own caveats though. No dedicated subwoofer, no panel displaying current EQ selection nor volume level number are a few of non-features users like myself might not like.

    SETUP

    Upon opening the box, I particularly liked how Vizio packaged all of the necessary cables needed for whichever audio option I decided to go with. Component, HDMI, and digital optical cables were provided. As far as the setup goes, it was as streamlined as could be. It took only a few minutes to have it fully setup and ready to try it out on our favorite movie. Using the ARC input on the soundbar and output on my TV, the soundbar seamlessly operates with my TV when I turn it on and off. Nice feature to have!

    LOOKS

    This speaker has a modern minimalistic look with cloth that wraps around the top and sides. There are no cables that stick out, and since it does not have a display, I think it definitely completes that modern look minimalists are striving for. Buttons with tactile touch are on one end of the speaker for power, input, and volume control as well.

    AUDIO QUALITY

    With the typical higher end systems, manufacturers include a dedicated subwoofer. The Vizio M series soundbar does not have an external subwoofer but instead, it has one internally in the soundbar. I found it lacking in bass while watching movies. I personally missed the room thundering with sound although this is a soundbar and is more for those whom would like good sound with a minimalistic setup. After taking this into consideration, the clarity from the speaker is absolutely astonishing. I've previously owned different soundbars but the way Vizio combined the array of speakers really does make the sound appear as it comes from all directions.

    Overall, if you're looking into soundbars or would like an audio system that doesn't take too much space, do not pass up on trying Vizio's M series soundbar. Audio clarity, simplicity, and modern look are what makes this soundbar a nice pick.

    Aug 25, 2020 10:35
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Sounds System

    I like the sound effects and good stuff on it and it looks good on my 65 inch tv

    Jul 02, 2021 17:47
  • Review by Don92264, 10 out of 10
    Amazing value

    For the price this is an incredible sound bar. I have several Sonos bars in the house but bought this one to go with a new Visio TV. Super easy setup and it’s nice that I can run the Apple TV through the sound bar versus another cable to the tv. Has great sound and works with both homekit and google home.

    Aug 06, 2021 12:42
  • Review by JHWilson, 10 out of 10
    Great value and big sound

    Excellent value! We recently purchased a 65 inch Vizio V series tv. However, the sound was disappointing. I stumbled across this gem and I’m glad I did. It was easy to set up. Took me less than three minutes. The design is sleek. The sound is immersive and doesn’t disappoint. This purchase was well worth it!

    Apr 17, 2021 13:53
  • Review by audio131, 10 out of 10
    awesome

    this soundbar is awesome for 150$ im replacing a lg 450w 3.1 channel unit i bought last year..and this vizio sounds way better. and has so much more options.voice dialog works pretty well..bass is impressive.. and is loud.(turn truvolume setting to on) ive had all kinds of home theater units over the years and vizio ones always sounds great..

    Sep 16, 2021 13:00
  • Review by Daniel, 10 out of 10
    Excellent sound!!!

    Nice sound, the bass is excellent and you don't need an external sub-woofer, you save more space ...

    Nov 07, 2020 07:16
  • 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.
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  • 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
    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 TerriMN, 8 out of 10
    Movie theater sound at home

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    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.

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  • 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
    27
    JBL
    JBL - 5.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

    Get better audio quality from your TV with this JBL Bar 5.1 surround soundbar. MultiBeam technology delivers powerful sound without the need for extra speakers, while Wi-Fi connectivity provides access to Chromecast and AirPlay 2 for streaming content. This Bluetooth-enabled JBL Bar 5.1 surround soundbar features a wireless subwoofer that adds punchy bass to movie soundtracks and action-packed scenes.

    6 Features
  • 300W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Five full-range drivers and two 1-1/4" tweeters: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • Wireless subwoofer: With 10" driver for powerful bass.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Inputs: Include 1 HDMI, 1 optical digital audio and 1 USB.
  • Outputs: Include HDMI.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Alfred, 10 out of 10
    Amazing sound

    The sound quality is amazing! Was packaged in a very clever box! Came with a wall mount. The instructions for it was small diagrams, which was a bit confusing, but I figured it out. You can adjust the bass to 3 different levels. Very sleek in appearance. The sound bar is fairly long, so make sure you have enough space for it. The subwoofer is pretty big as well. Overall, I’m obsessed with my new JBL sound bar!!!

    Jan 15, 2021 17:19
  • Review by MLine65, 10 out of 10
    JBL 5.1 channel sound bar w/wireless subwoofer

    JBL 5.1 channel sound bar with wireless subwoofer has worked incredibly to give excellent vocals, high frequency and amazing lows. Paired with my Sony 65" XR A90J OLED tTV they work together perfectly for the most realistic sound I've ever had on any home system. I am extremely pleased and certainly recommend the JBL 5.1 channel w/wireless subwoofer fir anyone looking to add exceptional sound to their home theater.

    Nov 20, 2021 00:36
  • Review by Robotribe, 10 out of 10
    Just a very good sound bar and subwoofer system

    This JBL system is a great balance of performance and simplicity. Having used another rented Sony sound bar/subwoofer system the past couple of years living abroad, I was frustrated by how difficult it was to understand dialogue depending on the show or movie (I had my AppleTV box with me so was watching the same type of content I was before and now am back in the U.S.), and would constantly be switching through different sound presets the Sony offered to get the best results for whatever I happened to be watching.

    The JBL, with no optional sound presets other than bass level, sounds great no matter what I’m watching. Dialogue is clear but doesn’t feel “thin”. Movies via Amazon Prime or Apple have the “cinematic sound” and the 5.1 surround effect is more effective than I would have expected. Somehow, this JBL system gets the frequency tuning just right out of the box. I don’t need a bunch of different sound mixing presets to make different programming to sound good.

    The instructions and set-up are almost strangely simple; a power and HDMI connection, turn it on, and it’s ready to go. My favorite thing beyond the sound performance is the remote. Including the power ON/OFF button, there are only 7 buttons; simple and no nonsense. The only mild complaint I have is a slight latency in the muting after pressing the MUTE button. I’m used to it now, but it was noticeable to me at first.

    The JBL 5.1 sound bar doesn’t have a lot of frills and options, but then again, that’s probably because it doesn’t need them to deliver satisfying and high-quality sound performance.

    Jun 13, 2020 01:20
  • Review by Chris, 10 out of 10
    Crystal thunder

    Beast mode. Serious volume and Serious bass out of this package. Great upgrade from TV speakers.

    Syncing the bar to sub isn't seamless. Had to try a few times to get it to sync.

    Nov 24, 2020 19:48
  • Review by Elmer, 10 out of 10
    Great sound quality at a great price

    Amazing sound quality and very easy to set up and use. I love this sound bar and highly recommend. Great and loud sound and amazing bass.

    Feb 07, 2021 23:08
  • Review by AkBad, 2 out of 10
    Junk!!!

    I purchased this item at the end of June and it’s malfunctioning now in October!! Of course I can’t return it now... I guess the extra warranty is always the best thing to add! The previous Gen JBL 3.1 lasted 7 years so I thought this one would do the same? I guessed wrong!

    Oct 06, 2020 08:41
  • Review by Justin, 10 out of 10
    Very worth it!

    I shopped around and had to return a few other soundbars including brands like LG, Sony, Samsung, even Yamaha to finally cave in and fork out the extra cash to get this JBL soundbar. Fortunately it was out on display to test out and it blew every other soundbar out of the water. This has superb bass and fantastic sound quality at every volume level (low, mid, LOUD!). It is a large soundbar so be sure to have space for it width and length wise, the subwoofer... is HUMONGOUS so be sure to have space for it.

    I am very picky so I am very satisfied on this purchase! (Took awhile to find the right one).

    You pay for what you get!

    Jul 05, 2020 18:59
  • Review by Ignatius, 10 out of 10
    Saving grace after being burned by Costco

    Geek squad guy named Nick got me onto it. I thought I was looking for a soundbar with Dolby atmos but in reality I was looking for a soundbar that was reliable and had excellent sound quality, and this soundbar has provided that. The set up was very simple, plugged in the soundbar to the tv hdmi arc with a 2.1 hdmi cable. Plugged up the subwoofer and clicked the button on the back to pair. Paired up very quickly and was able to start enjoying it immediately. This all in one soundbar (plus a massive subwoofer) provides the most amazing sound quality that resonates throughout any media you’re enjoying. I’m a gamer and like to enjoy a surround sound experience and the virtual surround sound that this bar creates is pretty great for what I was looking for. I’m also a huge hip hop fan and the booming bass from the subwoofer makes listening to hip hop soooo much better. It doesn’t have the widest range of abilities when it comes to settings but the bass EQ is great. I always keep it at level 4 bass because bumping it up to level 5 (the max level) just gets way too loud for me (even though it’s pretty awesome to listen to). My last soundbar from Costco crapped out on me after two months so I have had high expectations for this soundbar and they have all been met so far. Will provide update review in the future.

    Jun 18, 2021 15:55
  • 9.0score
    28
    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
    Samsung - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and 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.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Boom, 10 out of 10
    Sound bar

    Awesome little speakers with great sound was not sure until I got it home and my house started to shake lol

    Jun 23, 2021 20:45
  • Review by BudzfromKC, 10 out of 10
    Ive had bigger soundbars than this…

    Ive had the jbl 3.1 soundbar with a 10 inch subwoofer and It wasn’t as full and complete as this soundbar, yes it hit a little deeper bass, but this is powerful and sounds more accurate. Super easy setup super great sound. Dont get a bluetooth speaker get this. Bang for buck.

    Nov 02, 2021 19:04
  • 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 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 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
  • 8.8score
    30
    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
    VIZIO - 5.1-Channel M-Series Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X - Dark Charcoal
    Description

    The M-Series™ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar from VIZIO, America’s #1 Sound Bar Company, delivers next-generation immersive surround sound powered by Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® for unprecedented realistic sound that seems to come from all around you, even from above. The low-profile design comes suited in a modern dark charcoal finish and slides neatly under TVs, blending seamlessly into any home. It’s 9 high-performance speakers featuring separate tweeters and woofers provide pristine clarity and rich sound for your favorite movies, music, and games while the 5” wireless subwoofer rocks the house with deep, heart-pounding bass that really booms. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content is brought to life with DTS® Virtual:X™, creating floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D audio and multi-dimensional effects no matter the content, room size or shape. The latest HDMI eARC connectivity enables state-of-the-art 4K Dolby Vision pass-through to the TV and lets you control the sound bar using your TV remote. Wirelessly stream your favorite music and podcasts with Bluetooth using your phone or any compatible device. The dedicated Voice Assistant Input offers the convenience of a voice assistant you are already accustomed to (sold separately) letting you operate it directly through the sound bar for an upgraded audio experience.

    18 Features
  • Low-Profile Modern Design: Seamlessly blends into any environment and ingeniously attaches to select VIZIO M-Series TV stands for quick, clean tabletop or wall-mount installation.
  • Immersive Performance: Experience immersive, cinematic 3D surround sound powered by Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X®.
  • Advanced Connectivity & Control: The latest HDMI eARC connectivity enables state-of-the-art 4K Dolby Vision pass-through to the TV and lets you control the sound bar using your TV remote.
  • 5.1-Channel Sound: Experience a powerful room-filling, surround sound experience.
  • 9 High-Performance Speakers Featuring Separate Tweeters & Woofers: Provide pristine clarity and rich sound.
  • 50Hz – 20kHz Frequency Response: Hear what the artist intended and more with a wide, natural frequency response.
  • 100dB Loudness: Experience startling dynamics with minimal distortion or compression.
  • 5” Wireless Subwoofer: A high-excursion woofer energized in a compact cabinet provides deep, accurate bass down to 50Hz.
  • 4K Dolby Vision® HDR Pass Through: HDMI eARC allows you to connect your source device to your TV through the sound bar at the highest quality possible with 4K Dolby Vision® HDR.
  • DTS Virtual:X®: Make any content, in any room, more immersive with floor-to-ceiling, virtualized 3D sound and multi-dimensional virtual height effects.
  • DTS TruVolume HD: Maintain a consistent volume level and eliminate annoying fluctuations between different types of content.
  • Listen Your Way: Easily customize the sound to accommodate your room and content with selectable EQ and tone, level, and balance controls.
  • Dual Stereo Mode: Sends stereo content to all speakers simultaneously, for fuller, richer sound that fills the room.
  • Front Surround Mode: Enjoy more expansive sound stage in smaller spaces with the option to move the surround speakers to the left and right of the sound bar.
  • Wireless Convenience: Place the wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room and connect quickly, easily with the push of a button.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: Stream music wirelessly from your phone or other compatible Bluetooth devices.
  • 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.
  • All-New Backlit Display Remote: Full-featured, backlit remote with comfort grip that is easy -to-navigate even in the dark.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TimBobby, 10 out of 10
    Impressive

    I have a Vizio 2.1 soundbar in the living room and bought this to go in my bedroom. It's not audiophile. I own audeze and sennheiser headphones. But, on the music preset, it's like listening to my favorite songs for the first time. I'm impressed. Switch to the movie preset and movies come alive. I wall mounted everything with the included wall mounts, using drywall anchors I already had. The surround speakers i mounted directly to my left and right, not behind me. Setup was automatic. Just plug everything in.

    Nov 08, 2021 19:55
  • Review by erni, 10 out of 10
    Ernie’s

    It’s really loud sound bar I really recommend this vizio

    Oct 07, 2021 22:10
  • Review by BestCoast, 6 out of 10
    Good value for Netflix binger, sound underwhelming

    I set up my sound bar with a Samsung TU 8000 4K TV.

    The sound bar and satellite speaker design is pleasing to the eye and looks modern especially when mounted to a TV with a sound bar mount. What I immediately noticed was how small the subwoofer was! I was hoping this was a case of “size doesn’t matter” but you know the drill, it always does.

    Initial Impressions

    The highs are crisp but I wouldn’t call them bright...some tones sound buzzy (think E guitar string buzz). Vocals are pretty clear. Mids are reproduced accurately but seem to sound a little hollow. Base levels throughout the system are pretty low and even with the subwoofer turned all the way up you cannot reproduce that thumping, driving bass of hip-hop or house tracks. Guitar tones sound really good though (the band Khruangbin sounds great).

    If you are an audiophile and will be using this system primarily to play music, you might be disappointed. As you turn the bass levels up, the sound gets a little boomy. Not to the point that all other sounds are distorted, but it is noticeable. My old Yamaha YAS-207 didn’t have satellite surround speakers, but did a much better job reproducing music than this system.

    What I DO love is the surround quality, especially when watching Dolby Atmos movies. It’s truly impressive and when the opening credits roll, you feel like you’re in a movie theater ! If you plan to use the sound bar primarily for TV or Netflix binging, then this may work for you.

    Jun 07, 2021 20:03
  • Review by fadecomic, 10 out of 10
    Surprising good sound compared to 7.1 receiver

    Sounds quite nice. I had a full 7.1 system previously, but downsized. As much as I hate to admit it, this system sounds better to my ears. I miss the customization, but it's pretty good out of the box. The