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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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    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
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    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
    Samsung - 3.0-Channel The Terrace Soundbar with Dolby Digital 5.1 - Titan black
    Description

    Listen to your favorite music anywhere with this Samsung outdoor soundbar. The weather-resistant, water-resistant and dust-resistant design offers dependable durability, while the built-in woofer has a 210W output for powerful sound reproduction. This Samsung outdoor soundbar features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for smooth audio streaming, and Alexa support enables easy hands-free operation.

    5 Features
  • Outdoor optimized sound: Never miss a word with a center speaker dedicated to delivering crystal clear dialogue that can be heard even over outside ambient noises.
  • Weather-resistant durability: Resistant to extreme temperatures, and is best-in-class IP55-rated for weather-resistant durability against water and dust.
  • Built-in woofer: Experience 210 watts of immersive sound with deep rich bass of the built in woofer.
  • Distortion canceling technology: Helps reduce distortion before it happens for deep bass and dynamic audio.
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth streaming: Stream music by connecting wirelessly to other devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by knero, 10 out of 10
    Conplements The Terrace

    Sound bar is sleek, clean and built to withstand weather. it really works well with the terrace. With mounting brackets that attach to the bottom of the Terrace TV, it makes it easy to direct sound towards you if you have to turn your mounted TV. It is a good 3.1 sound bar with pretty impressive performance considering the build. Although it has HDMI port for connectivity, the Wi-Fi feature makes it easy to connect to a TV without cables. That allows for a very clean setup. The inbuilt sub-woofer provides enough thump to make content enjoyable. Dialog is also very clear on this sound bar. Surround sound makes it very immersive. When paired with a Samsung TV, it works seamlessly and can be controlled with the Terrace TV remote. Samsung Smarthings allow you to control this soundar and turn it on or off. One feature i enjoy is tapping my phone to the soundbar to connect. This makes it so easy to play music with having to fiddle with Bluetooth settings. Overall it is very good and should definitely be bought with the Terrace to enjoy the experience.

    Oct 11, 2021 04:39
  • Review by JenH702, 10 out of 10
    Most Amazing Sound

    When we set our TV and sounder up, of course we listened to just the TV first, because you want to know how it sounds without the soundbar is added for watching the news or just a regular show, WOW was the word that came to mind when when initiated the soundbar. WOW it is so beautiful, WOW it totally takes this whole setup to the next level. The sound is perfect, if you are entertaining or in our situation, in the pool, you can easily hear it over everything else outside. We live on a corner lot so there is traffic, and people walking and talking, kids playing, and the occasional helicopter overhead. You can still hear it!!!!!! it is also versatile, if you want more or less bass you can change it, if you want surround, you can turn it on. Originally we just had it on the normal sound and we were impressed, turn on surround and turn the bass up and it impressed us more. You can hook your phone into it as well just for music and there is no distortion or anything. The other amazing feature is you can mount it to the TV itself instead of to the wall. We already mounted our TV on our Stucco wall and did not want to keep adding holes, so we chose to mount it to the TV and make it one unit, looks as amazing as it sounds!! I received this product at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Sep 09, 2021 10:19
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Bang out sound

    I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion. Our terrace is complete with the all new terrace sound bar! Super easy install and seemless Integration with the 75inch terrace tv, our sound bar has the clearist vocals and transitions very well between our music video selections to our Netflix binge sessions. Bbq days have never been better! The terrace sound bar came with 2 options for mounting we chose standalone but it could be mounted to the TV's rear using 2 screws and anchors. Also it came with a water resistant Remote that's sleek and stylish at looks very close to the terrace tv remote but the distinction is that the soundbar remote has a play button on the middle circle of the remote. We don't think one goes without the other as Samsung has made the marriage so meaningful with the two terrace devices in perfect harmony.

    Sep 22, 2021 09:28
  • Review by TVLOVER, 10 out of 10
    Great outdoor companion.

    HW-LST70T Soundbar. I did not know what to expect from a water resistant soundbar. This unit is solid, and looks great. Even better is sounds great. I did not expect much base, and it does not have a separate subwoofer like my other sound bars, but it delivers great sound, and clean strong base. I used it for tv sound, and as expected it was perfectly synced. I also listened to books and music over Bluetooth. Again crisp clear sound. It looks good, and is large, but not to large. Perfect companion to my new tv. I received this product at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Sep 03, 2021 10:46
  • Review by ErnieG007, 10 out of 10
    Samsung 3.0 Outdoor Sound Bar

    The Sound Bar is an excellent addition to the Terrace TV, it provides great quality sound at Low volumes that even I can hear. We rarely go over a Level 3 because it provides such clear & powerful sound. It was very easy to setup and the TV automatically turns it on when it’s needed. The only thing I would recommend to Samsung would be to provide some type of Video Interface with the TC so you can see the Menu on Screen, when you would want to. I would also like to see a Hearing-aid interface, which I haven’t figure out if its capable or not, but appears not to be. The waterproof remote works great and the LED Menu screen is fairly easy to read. I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest feedback!

    Oct 04, 2021 19:25
  • Review by BigRed, 10 out of 10
    Great addition to Samsung Terrace

    Purchased along with the 55” Samsung Terrace television. Attaching to the television was easy. Great combo. Sound is very nice.

    May 14, 2021 17:21
  • Review by NickG, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for our outdoor tv

    The sound is great on my Samsung terrace, that I have in my outside patio. There’s nothing better then sitting outside, watching tv and having perfect sound.

    This allowed the sound to carry across my backyard while watching tv in my swimming pool

    Nov 06, 2020 21:29
  • Review by outside, 10 out of 10
    Outside TV

    It’s awesome with great sound. I recommend this TV for anybody. I never thought I’d love an outside TV as much as I do.

    Feb 19, 2021 16:41
  • 9.6score
    Sonos - Playbar Refurbished - Black
    Description

    Transform your movie and music experience with this refurbished Sonos Playbar soundbar. The adjustable bass and treble controls enable customization, while three tweeters and six mid-woofers deliver powerful, well-balanced sound. This Sonos Playbar soundbar has side panel buttons and LED lights for adjusting settings easily, and Wi-Fi connectivity lets you stream audio smoothly.This product has been refurbished.Learn more.

    4 Features
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Include 1 optical digital audio and 2 Ethernet ports.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3 and OGG, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    One of Best Soundbar even in 2020

    It looks just like brand new even it says refurbished. I am very happy with sound and built quality. Sound is very crisp and bass is enough for small room and you can always adjust bass and treble from App which is plus. I guess, I got this in a good deal when BestBuy had it on discounted price. I guess Sonos sound is somehow better than Bose in my personal opinion. I would definitely buy it again.

    Jan 04, 2021 17:59
  • Review by JUSTDOIT, 8 out of 10
    Really nice

    Love the sound bar! Great look and sound! My biggest complaint I would have is that u have to use other Sonos stuff to connect to each other.....subwoofer etc but I would say that was my fault due to lack of research but most likely wouldn’t of changed my mind. Sorry not really a good picture of the bar.

    May 07, 2021 16:11
  • Review by Chuie, 10 out of 10
    Sonos.

    I have a Sonos play bar in living room

    Bought the refurbished for a great price.

    I compared the sound no difference. I save a lot of money. Thank you bestbuy

    Nov 06, 2020 15:52
  • Review by AirGrand, 10 out of 10
    THIS is the sound-bar to buy

    WOW! What a price on the original Sonos Playbar. It arrived packed and looking just like a brand new Playbar except when I went to set it up it didn't have the factory reset and therefore I couldn’t connect it to my Wi-Fi or Sonos system; took. Little troubleshooting and then following instructions to do the factory reset, but the. No problems. It is working great!!

    Dec 12, 2020 08:27
  • Review by MikeB, 10 out of 10
    Extremely helpful with a complex situation

    Home theater install: The two guys from geek squad Glen and his partner made two trips to my house on the first day to set me up with a new Sonos sound system for my TV. They also stoped by my house a week or so later to help me with a technical issue with my Sonos system. They were extremely professional and helped me solve a rather complicated situation

    Sep 04, 2020 16:13
  • Review by jrsantini, 10 out of 10
    Awesome refurbished speaker

    Sonos makes the best high definition audio and I was a little concerned because this was a refurbished model but let me tell you Sonos makes an awesome product and I had nothing to worry about

    Feb 26, 2021 18:15
  • Review by WillRobb73, 10 out of 10
    Surprised

    This sound bar is amazing. I was skeptical about how it would fill a room but have been extremely happy. This was a great buy!

    Apr 03, 2021 14:33
  • Review by Gamer, 10 out of 10
    Great value and great quality!

    I bought a Sonos Playbar 3 years ago at full retail and when I saw this was on sale I had to purchase it immediately. One of the best speakers I own and will definitely buy more in the future.

    Dec 18, 2020 16:31
  • 9.6score
    VIZIO - 2.1-Channel V-Series Home Theater Sound Bar with Dolby Audio, DTS:X and Wireless Subwoofer - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

    Very satisfied it is well worth its price point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nov 07, 2021 08:43
  • 9.4score
    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
    Sonos - Beam Soundbar with Voice Control built-in - White
    Description

    Enhance the audio capability of your TV with this white Sonos Beam compact smart sound bar, which features voice activation through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Whether you're watching a movie or playing games, this system produces a wide spectrum of sound through four full-range woofers to fill every corner of the room. The plug-and-play feature of this Sonos Beam compact sound bar ensures easy setup.

    9 Features
  • Compact smart soundbar: Experience incredible sound while streaming music, watching TV and movies, enjoying podcasts and audiobooks, or playing video games, all with voice control.
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Built-In: Play music hands-free with voice assistant. Everyone can do it.
  • Five-speaker design with five Class D digital amplifiers: Plunges you into a cinematic action with huge waves of sound that capture every whisper and footfall. Specially tuned by sound engineers to emphasize the sound of the human voice.
  • Elliptical woofers: Four full-range woofers ensure you'll hear the faithful playback of midrange vocal frequencies plus deep, rich bass.
  • One tweeter: Creates crisp and clear high-frequency response.
  • Inputs: The soundbar features one HDMI port.
  • Five far-field microphone arrays: Provide advanced beam forming and multichannel echo cancellation.
  • LED hardwired to voice microphones: Offers privacy control so you know when the microphone is active.
  • Sonos Beam is easy to set up: Connect the soundbar to your TV with the included HDMI cable and plug in the power cord to instantly start playing anything connected to your TV, such as a cable box or gaming console.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by emiliosic, 10 out of 10
    Smart Sound

    The Beam is the newest Soundbar from Sonos. It's smaller than the original Soundbar, simpler to connect and adds Alexa voice integration and Apple Airplay 2.

    Like other Sonos speakers, sound is rich and clear. Through the controller app, there's a room specific calibration, eq, night mode and voice enhancement settings. It does, as expected, produce a much richer sound than the TV speakers. It has four woofers and one tweeter.

    As a member of the Sonos system, the soundbar can optionally be paired with a Sonos subwoofer and a pair of Sonos speakers (Play:1 or Sonos One) as surround speakers. In this set up all the speakers work together in a group like a single system.

    Airplay 2 allows to use the whole Sonos system in addition to grouping Apple TVs (4 or newer) to play music from any app on iOS or macOS.

    Connecting it requires a power cable and HDMI 'ARC' from a TV: Most newer TVs have a single HDMI connector that's designated 'ARC' (Audio Return Channel), so whatever audio comes with the video on the TV is transmitted back through this port. Additionally the speaker can turn on or off the TV and the TV can control the volume via the CEC signal that’s transmitted via the same HDMI cable. The drawback is that this uses one of the few HDMI inputs on the TV.

    The 2017 model TV we're using the Beam with has 4 HDMI ports, but only two of these are 4K, ad one of these two is the ARC port (HDMI 2 in our case). So there is only one HDMI 4K port left that's where we have an AppleTV.

    Sonos Beam also has an alternative connection adapter that takes an optical audio input, found in most TVs (TOSLINK) and connects to the HDMI input on the speaker. The soundbar won't be able to turn the TV on or off (via Alexa) with this system.

    The Beam also has an infrared receiver that learns the volume commands from the TV remote.

    Because of this excellent integration, it doesn't have a separate remote control. It just works with either the TV's remote of the AppleTV remote in our case (The AppleTV uses the HDMI CEC connection to get the volume controls across).

    Setting up the Beam requires a phone or tablet: Download the app, start it, and then press the pairing button on the Beam, and within seconds it connected, asked for WiFi connection and was set up. It didn't require the phone to pair with a temporary WiFi network like other speakers do. It's very simple to do. In my experience simpler than setting up the Echo or other speakers.

    The soundbar doesn't have a Bluetooth connection like other speakers do, but the Sonos system is fantastic. It connects to every single music provider I could think of, including Apple Music (Not just Airplay 2 but native integration), Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, Internet radio, Plex, etc. Also, if using iOS, Airplay 2 is a better choice than Bluetooth.

    Then there is Alexa integration. While it's not the same as an Echo device (It's an 'Alexa enabled device'), it does pretty much anything an Echo does but doesn't currently support communications, drop ins or announcements, also doesn't join Echo music groups, although I can tell an Echo speaker to play music on the Sonos. Also, and this is different than other Echo speakers: When it wakes up with the Alexa keyword and is listening to a command it plays a chime. This is to announce that it's listening, but Echo devices don't do this and I initially found it very distracting, although after a week got used to it.

    Note that while voice with Alexa can control a Sonos playlist, if asking Alexa to play something it works like Echo devices, as it plays from the music sources configured in the Alexa App.

    There are four touch-sensitive buttons (not physical buttons, they're part of the surface, touch sensitive): Volume up/down, play/pause and mic button. There is a small white light for the mic button and a small light for the play button that changes color/intensity depending on what it's doing. It's quite faint and not distracting.

    The soundbar itself is quite compact, and while it's primarily designed to be sitting on a TV stand, it can also be wall-mounted, but the wall mount is extra. I'm disappointed that the wall mount didn't come with it because it doesn't use standard mounts. Sonos sells a custom wall mount for the Beam and a 3rd party mount to use as an under-cabinet speaker. The mount was quite expensive although I'm impressed how well it's made. It's a thick metal piece. The mounting holes fit like a glove, it has a felt backing so it doesn't mar the wall and is very simple to install either between beams or with anchors.

    Jul 25, 2018 22:45
  • Review by Josh76, 10 out of 10
    Get this speaker!

    Where do I begin? I have had this speaker for 5 days now and I am amazed by the sound, design and functionality.

    I am new to Sonos in the last few weeks; I have Play Ones throughout the house, so I was definitely interested in the Beam for my office TV. Like all Sonos speakers, the Beam is packaged nicely and easy to get up and running. Simply plug in for power and run the included HDMI cable to your tv's "ARC" HDMI connection. I'm no techie, but it seems as if ARC gives you some two-way options as opposed to just sending audio and video. It allows a simpler connection to the tv, no need to program a remote and it also can turn the TV on when directed to. I love that.

    I have had Amazon branded Alexa devices throughout my home and have added smart lighting, switches and TV controls to complement my Alexa setup. The only issue was sound quality which is what led me to Sonos. The "Ones" blew me away and I was excited to try the Beam and replace an Alexa device in my office. The Beam has the same Alexa controls on the top center of the speaker that are on the One. Setting up Alexa through the Sonos and Alexa app is simple but these do not play as friendly as say an Echo. You cannot rename devices or customize alerts, etc, in the Alexa app. I am confident that these are options that will be added in the future, but I am ok with losing those options if it means superior audio. I will say that having Sonos Alexa devices throughout the home is a little more confusing than the Amazon branded devices as they do not pick up on the closest speaker like Echo's do. At times, when saying Alexa, multiple speakers are ready to listen and sometimes the closest one is not the one listening.

    I have the Beam in my office hooked up to a TV that runs off of an Amazon Fire TV. This is a nice combo as i can turn on the TV with my voice and have some control of content and TV volume. Again, I find that Echo devices play better with the Fire TV as well, but I'm sure that will be fixed. Any knocks on Alexa functionality is forgotten when you turn on your tv and hear the amazing sound coming from the Beam. I have Polk Omni sound bars in 2 other rooms and the Beam blows them away, but not on bass. Each sound is heard clearly and sounds beautiful, not just at high volumes. There are great options to hear voices better and a night mode so I do not disturb the neighbors late at night and still have great sound. There is plenty of bass for me in my office from the Beam, but if I had this in my larger living room, I would definitely want to add the Sonos subwoofer. In a smaller room, this is not needed, this speaker rocks!

    One of my knocks of the Polk sound bars are that they do not sound great playing music. This is not the case with the Beam. It sounds as good as the Sonos One Stereo pair setup in my living room, if not better. To me, this is one of the features that separates the Beam from other sound bars, the music sounds incredible. Switching back and forth between TV and music is easy to do with the TV and the Sonos App.

    I also tried a setup with 2 "ones" as rear speakers and it created an incredible surround sound experience. In this setup I would definitely recommend a sub, more bass was needed, but it still sounded fantastic.

    Conveniently enough, Airplay 2 is now supported by Sonos and I find it more reliable than choosing music through the Sonos app, but maybe I just have to get used it. The app seems to get confused by audio playing from different sources and it is something I need to get adjusted to. It is much better than the Play-Fi app, but it needs some improvement. More Alexa customizations and creating groups that can be saved would be nice.

    The speaker is elegant, blends in well and the sound is mind blowing, great job Sonos. The Beam is a bargain at $399 and I plan on adding another one in my bedroom.

    Jul 17, 2018 17:29
  • Review by Antikythera, 10 out of 10
    Officially a SONOS addict.

    For the record, I have 4 pairs of standalone tower speakers by different brands but I don't use them since you need to be hooked to the power plant directly to run them. Sonos does speaker optimization like no other. You can listen to this speaker at 45db (quiet library) average and enjoy all the nuances of the proper recording. Deezer offers you 5 band EQ just in case you are not happy with the Sonos one. So unless you are a bass chaser this does not require the Subwoofer as most other small speakers do. TV aspect I won't even review since it covers a wide gamut of bad broadcast quality. If you are not an "Audiophile" snob you'll agree this is the best bang for the buck.

    Feb 18, 2019 15:14
  • 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 02, 2021 20:23
  • 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 02, 2021 20:16
  • Review by PeboQuattro, 10 out of 10
    Full feature smart speaker in a compact soundbar

    First off the speaker sounds fantastic, providing impressive range and presence for its diminutive size (2.75” tall, 25.5” wide, & 4” deep). Setup was simple and straightforward. The Beam interfaces with your TV using ARC via an HDMI cable., making the setup fairly simply if your TV supports it. Otherwise, Sonos provides an adapter to convert it to optical audio (toslink). I opted to connect the Beam via ethernet, but it can be connected to your network wirelessly via a dated 802.11 b/g or to a speaker mesh (SonosNet).

    Adding Alexa (Google Assistant wasn’t available at time of writing) required bouncing between services in order to allow access and add the device, which is straightforward for most. Alexa worked on the Beam as well as any other echo device I have used. Setting timers, asking questions, and playing music all performed as expected. I don’t use Alexa often so I appreciate that Sonos put the an LED on the same circuit as the physical microphone, providing a visual indicator of when it is on. The microphone must also be enabled or disabled by physically touching the controls on the Beam, another privacy detail Sonos considered. Airplay 2 worked well, playing music on the Beam from my iPhone or HomePod when requested.

    I actually find the Beam sounds better then my single HomePod, providing a much richer sound that fills the room. Even out of the box I was surprised by bass response from 4 small woofers and clarity from a single tweeter. After optimizing the soundbar for my living room (17’x17’) using TruePlay in the Sonos app, the spatial audio improved further. Filling the space with immersive sound, the Beam is surprisingly effective considering it’s footprint.

    The Beam can even be expanded into a full 5.1 system by adding two rears and a sub. As mentioned the bass is great, but not quite as good as a soundbar and dedicated sub combined. Unfortunately, the Sonos sub offered costs more then the Beam itself! I would like to see Sonos offer a slightly cheaper sub, but that isn’t an issue with the Beam. I’m also not a fan of the fabric grill on the Beam as opposed to the perforated hard surface on the Sonos One. If you are in the niche market shopping for a smart speaker and soundbar to use in the same room, Sonos has you covered. However, I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a discrete soundbar with great sound that can also integrate with practically any music service or platform.

    Jul 31, 2018 10:31
  • Review by TheoS, 10 out of 10
    Excellent for small to medium sized rooms!

    Growing up in an audiophile home I was very quick to scoff at the Sonos products. But like most young men, I had a young lady start hanging around and my large Klipsch speakers with a “confusing” receiver had to leave the living room.

    Little did I know that Sonos products were an easy, user friendly, and surprising high quality sounding solution. I bought this Beam first to help keep my setup clean and was so impressed I added two Play1s as my surrounds!

    Setup was a breeze (no running speaker wires a breath of fresh air) and once I tuned the system I was very impressed with the sound.

    May 26, 2020 10:40
  • Review by RCDWisconsin, 10 out of 10
    Great system

    I was a little reluctant on this system because I was used to the traditional "theater in a box" systems with 5 speakers. I am using this Beam Soundbar with a Sonos subwoofer and only two side speakers. The sound is far better than my old Samsung 5-speaker system.

    As for the setup ... there are absolutely no instructions other than "download the app and follow the instructions." That is frustrating when the app doesn't find some of the products. It found the subwoofer and the bar but had trouble locating the side speakers. You have to do things in the correct order. I had to delete the app, download it again and start over. When I was finally successful I was pleased but it was frustrating.

    Nov 07, 2020 08:48
  • 9.4score
    Samsung - HW-A550 2.1ch Sound bar with Dolby 5.1 - 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 - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

    First Impressions:

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

    Setting up:

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

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

    Sound settings and quality:

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

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

    Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dec 25, 2020 18:37
  • 9.2score
    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.
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  • 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
    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
    Nakamichi - 7.2.4-Channel 800W Soundbar System with Dual 8" Wireless Subwoofers and Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jan 29, 2021 22:35
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Voice Assistant - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

    Overall, highly recommended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The package was nicely packed. No damages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I will highly recommend this to my friends and family.

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

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

    Jun 23, 2021 19:47
  • 9.2score
    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
    VIZIO - 2.0-Channel V-Series Home Theather Sound Bar with Dolby Audio and DTS:X - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Breakthrough innovation with True 11.1.4ch sound.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    TIme to Meet the New Samsung HW-Q905A

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

    Yes Q-Symphony Yes

    Active Voice Amplifier

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

    Alexa(Built-in)AirPlay2 Yes. ODecoding Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aug 04, 2021 15:35
  • 9.2score
    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 - 5.1-Channel V-Series Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Audio 5.1/DTS Virtual:X - Black
    Description

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

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

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

    DESIGN

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

    CONNECTIVITY

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

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

    SOUND QUALITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aug 18, 2021 22:46
  • 9.2score
    Polk Audio - 2.1-Channel Signa S3 Ultra-Slim Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital - Black
    Description

    The low-profile Signa S3 sound bar delivers an incredible, room-filling home theater experience. Built to work with any HD, 4K and 8K TV via HDMI ARC, the Signa S3 is easy to set up and can be controlled with a single remote. Features Polk-patented Voice Adjust technology for clear dialogue, and Dolby Digital decoding for immersive, performance-tuned surround sound. Comes equipped with a wireless subwoofer for deep bass impact. Plus, stream your favorite music with Chromecast built-in and Google Play Music, Amazon Music HD, Apple Music, Roon, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal and many more. This narrow, sleek sound bar can fit in most spaces be it on a tabletop or a mantle and can also be wall mounted.

    6 Features
  • ULTRA-SLIM SOUNDBAR WITH WIRELESS SUBWOOFER: Features 2.1 channel performance-tuned drivers - (2) 1.25” x 4.4”oval mid-range drivers & (2) 1” Tweeters, and the included 5.25” subwoofer delivers INCREDIBLE ROOM-FILLING SOUND WITH DEEP BASS
  • PATENTED VOICE ADJUST TECHNOLOGY: Polk's exclusive Voice Adjust Technology and & Dolby Digital 5.1 Decoding helps maximize sound clarity & reduces voice delays. Hear clear, crisp dialogue of your favorite movies, TV shows and sporting events with three distinct settings
  • LOW PROFILE: At 2" tall, the Signa S3 fits most spaces — easily wall-mount it or place in front of your TV. It won’t block your TV’s bottom edge or IR remote sensor. With a sound bar this slim, experience EXCELLENT SOUND AND VALUE on par with any mid- to high-range sound bars available in the market
  • UPGRADE YOUR HOME THEATER SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM: Watch your favorite shows on your 4K and 8K HD Smart TV with exceptional picture quality & clear sound. With numerous connection possibilities, plug in any audio source via HDMI ARC, optical input & 3.5mm audio jack
  • WIRELESS MUSIC STREAMING: Stream music from your favorite streaming apps like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and more from your smartphone, tablet or other compatible devices via Bluetooth, or use Google Chromecast to listen to music over Wi-Fi with your Google Home speaker
  • SET UP YOUR SOUND BAR IN MINUTES: The included HDMI and optical cables quickly connect your TV and subwoofer to the sound bar
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  • Review by roebling, 6 out of 10
    Chromecast isn't REAL

    Polk Signs S3 is a great product -- setup is effortless, sound is fabulous

    BUT I thought I was upgrading my JBL SB200 when I bought Polk's S3 for its built-in Chromecast but I wasn't! What I didn't guess was that Polk's Chromecast isn't REAL Chromecast -- it won't cast video from YouTube, from Amazon Prime, from Netflix, from Britbox, from Hulu, from Magellan, from SlingTV, from ANYTHING!

    Jan 31, 2021 10:56
  • Review by JJTV, 10 out of 10
    Polk checks all the boxes

    Best speakers I ever had since my Bose 802 bookshelf from the 80s.

    The various modes for specialized hearing needs puts this over the top, from night time to dialogue boost Polk scores all 10s.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:49
  • Review by Jack, 10 out of 10
    An excellent soundbar

    An excellent system whether watching movies, gaming or listening to music.

    I highly recommend it

    Jan 09, 2021 16:37
  • Review by Greatspeaker18, 10 out of 10
    Good Speaker

    Have purchased previously and purchased another. Would recommend

    Oct 14, 2021 07:36
  • Review by Frustrated, 10 out of 10
    Happy

    Perfect for where we wanted it to be and works well.

    Dec 29, 2020 11:46
  • Review by Fgyyrg, 10 out of 10
    Review

    Great quality with this brand every time. Massive upgrade over any tv speakers

    May 21, 2021 17:19
  • Review by Foxy, 10 out of 10
    Awesome sound bar

    WOW this is amazing and I love it so much!! The sound is GREAT, Great, Great and it sounds like you are sitting in a movie theater with the wireless base being so awesome!!!!. It was also sooooooo easy to set up!! I recommend this sound bar!!

    Jan 28, 2021 07:07
  • Review by MAB6715, 8 out of 10
    Solid Soundbar

    Overall satisfied with the sound bar. We compare this to the JBL sound bar at the same price point and preferred the Polk audio one. This works well with our TCL class 5 50-inch Roku TV. Main drawbacks are it doesn’t have a great display for the different modes and it’s difficult to understand which mode to use at certain times. There also doesn’t appear to be a default, “normal” mode. That said, the sound quality is excellent especially for music and streaming music apps. It also has a small footprint and it’s very easy to set up. It’s in a green so well with our TV using the HDMI ARC input.

    Dec 26, 2020 09:16
  • 9.2score
    Definitive Technology - 4.1-Channel Studio 3D Mini Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, HEOS Wireless Audio. - Black
    Description

    At less than two inches tall, the slim and compact Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar delivers powerful home theater and virtual surround sound with sonic precision and deep, accurate bass from the 8” long-throw wireless subwoofer. Features a six-driver array - (4) four 1’ x 3” racetrack drivers and (2) two 1” aluminum dome tweeters for powerful, 3D virtual surround sound. Experience theater-grade audio quality with this 4.1 channel soundbar system that supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos for impactful, 3D surround sound. Watch 4K and HDR video (HDR10 and Dolby Vision) with the HDMI video section of the Studio 3D Mini via 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output (eARC). Maximize your home theater and enjoy hi-res, high dynamic range, cinematic-quality video content. Access millions of available songs from the popular streaming apps or stream the music of your choice from your own digital library with built-in HEOS.

    7 Features
  • Slim and Compact Sound Bar with Powerful Performance: At two inches tall, the Studio 3D Mini soundbar remains out of sight until you hear the massive boom with its (4) 1" x 3" racetrack drivers (two front, two side) and (2) 1” tweeters that deliver dynamic and detailed audio
  • Impactful, Natural 3D Surround Sound: Enjoy theater-grade, virtual surround sound with this modern home-theater soundbar system that supports hi-res audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and takes every movie and soundtrack to the next level
  • Extraordinary Visuals: Experience cinematic quality video content on your 4K TV with stunning, nuanced contrast, detailed imaging, with brilliant colors and depth. Supports 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 to make your videos look as sharp as they sound
  • Wireless Subwoofer for Deeper Bass: Included with the Studio 3D Mini sound bar, the included 8" long-throw wireless subwoofer produces deep, heart-thumping bass filling your bedroom or living room with rich & immersive sound, and extending the overall sonic range
  • Heos Wireless Music Streaming: Stream hi-res audio tracks wirelessly from popular streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, TIDAL, or simply access music stored in your digital library with built-in HEOS. Create a multi-room audio ecosystem by connection HEOS compatible speakers and AVRs.
  • Versatile Connection Options: Features a 4K HDMI Input, Optical In and Aux 1, plus a 4K HDMI out with eARC support and a USB Input that allow you to connect your preferred audio, video source in minutes. Create a 4.1 channel home entertainment system to enjoy a cinematic experience at home
  • Unparalleled Listening Experience: Driven by the obsession to engineer products that deliver nothing but pure, flawless, and premium audio, DT's home audio systems put you at the center of the sound stage to deliver uncompromising quality
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  • Review by Rhostam, 10 out of 10
    Big sound can come in small packages.

    Definitive Technology - Studio 3D Mini 4.1 Channel Sound Bar with an 8" Wireless Sub, Built-in HEOS, 4K HDMI with eARC

    Summary:

    Big sound can come in small packages.

    Pros:

    * Great size. The soundbar size is super small, but it packs several speakers that more than make up for its size.

    * Excellent sound. The sound from the soundbar and the subwoofer is exquisite as far as soundbars go for this size. I'll repeat this many times.

    * Svelt form factor. The soundbar has a strange trapezoidal shape to it. It is this way for optimal placement/direction of the speakers.

    * Atmos support is awesome. For being a soundbar, the Atmos sound quality is rich and surprisingly loud.

    * HEOS built-in = AirPlay convenience. I love streaming directly to the soundbar for some ambient white noise music or even time-to-do-chores music. The ease of doing this is great. The HEOS setup is a little lame. I think it requires more steps than is necessary, but if you already have HEOS capable system(s) then it does make sense to get this all up and running.

    * Good volume. This unit projects audio quite well. I think the volume indicator and increments are a little wonky. But the unit functionally is definitely capable of immersing you in a movie experience.

    * Standard ports and fittings. This unit offers eARC, input and output HDMI, optical, and the ports aren't inconveniently placed or awkward to access.

    Cons:

    * Subwoofer size. The subwoofer is huge! This isn't a con, per se, but it is something you'll notice for sure because it definitely requires some floor space.

    * Price. This unit is not cheap. You might be fooled into thinking the form factor scaled to quality, but it isn't so. You're getting quite a bit of quality with this price tag.

    * Satellite support? I haven't had much luck in determining whether or not this soundbar supports satellites. I think it does, but I don't know for sure. But the fact it is ambiguous at all isn't so helpful. There just wasn't enough documentation on this model (yet).

    * Unremarkable remote. For the product [soundbar] the remote is on par. For the price point, the remote is awkward to touch and use. The spacing of the buttons feels off as do the tactile cues. Thankfully, you can control the soundbar with your other HDMI-connected equipment (for instance my AppleTV Remote).

    * HEOS/ Subwoofer setup/pairing can be confusing. The processes are distinct and must be performed for separate and unrelated reasons. If your sub becomes unpaired, or if you're setting up HEOS - read the instructions. The buttons should be straightforward, but not necessarily the case with this unit. One process is similar to other pairing steps, while the other is similar to the setup of a SONOS device. With no LCD readouts, you must depend on a few blinking colored LEDs to decipher the product's status.

    Use:

    I own an LG 9SKY + 8SPK Atmos soundbar for my living room and this unit outcompetes it on volume alone. Where the LG might sound great (audible voice in Atmos) at 20-22, this unit sounds clear and audible at half of that. The caveat is that it switches to lower volume for non-Atmos content. This means I have to remember where/when I run the risk of being blasted out of the room when switching content. As far as the effect of Atmos, the different shapes of the rooms mean I can't provide many objectives or useful subjective feedback other than it works well. If I wasn't going to go all-in on home theatre setup with structural speakers, etc, I might have considered a Definitive Technology soundbar. I got the Studio for my master bedroom as the soundbar I bought for the room was just too anemic for any content. Sadly, it was only marginally better than the TV's built-in speakers.

    The DT Studio 3D Mini packs quite a punch in a form factor that is surprisingly small. It sits below the TV and doesn't block or take up too much space. The subwoofer is large, but only takes up a few more square inches than the unit it replaced. The sound from this unit is great and it really fills up space during dramatic scenes.

    If you're looking to add some oomph audio for your TV and placement is in a bedroom or smaller room and don't mind spending a little more for the form factor, then you should consider the Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini.

    Mar 07, 2021 16:37
  • Review by CKent, 10 out of 10
    Need to Hear with Dolby Atmos

    As far as soundbars go, this one is definitely one of the best sounding and functioning, but it comes with a high price tag too. So the question is whether or not its worth that price.

    Setup was extremely easy with the HEOS app. I just had to plug the power cords in for the bar and sub, and then connect the tv through the HDMI ARC port. Sub paired up with the bar on its own automatically and then it was just a matter of following the steps through the app. The longest part was that there were a couple updates already available but otherwise it was one of the easiest and trouble-free setups I've done.

    It even walked me through a very simple step to make sure my TV remote was able to control the soundbar. Took literal seconds for my TV remote to control the soundbar.

    One other really nice feature on this soundbar is its size. It's a little bit deeper front to back than most, but it's not as wide as a typical soundbar. So this easily fit between the leg stands underneath my 55" TV.

    Sound wise, it comes in loud and clear. Watching a superhero movie the action hits you hard and the sound fills the room. One thing that first caught my attention compared to other soundbars is how clear the sound is, even at higher volumes

    If you're just looking at basic sound for music and majority of video content out there, it's probably not going to blow you away so much to justify the higher price. But that all changes with Dolby Atmos, which is something that this soundbar is capable of handling.

    Now I'll be honest, I was having trouble finding a good candidate to really test out the Dolby Atmos feature. Every action movie I put on, from the latest Star Wars to Marvels offerings, was sounding not much different than with other systems I've had. Some cases turned out to not truly be in Atmos, even though it was supposed to be according to the streaming service. While not the fault of the soundbar, it does expose a flaw. The status led display flashes the same light pattern for the different Dolby modes, making it difficult to tell whether you're listening to Atmos or just regular Dolby Surround.

    I discovered the best way to know for sure is through the HEOS app. There is a 'Sound Mode' area that shows what mode you are in and also allows you to select from the various available modes. Sometimes this took a while to sync up with what was actually playing though. At one point I was 15 minutes into a movie thinking I was listening to Atmos, but then when I started switching between the modes to hear the difference, the Atmos option disappeared.

    Finally though, after looking for streamable movies with Atmos, I came across an unlikely candidate, that wasn't even an action movie. I threw on 'Dolemite is my name' on Netflix, went into the sound modes in the HEOS app, and Dolby Atmos came up as an option. It didn't take long into the movie to start getting blown away. This is about the closest I've ever heard a soundbar get to a true surround sound speaker system. Watching the club scenes it feels like you're sitting at one of the tables in the middle. I honestly don't know how this soundbar manages to get some of the sounds to come from behind you like it does. And the music sounded like it was coming from an actual stage.

    Prior to finding this movie and hearing what this soundbar can really do with Atmos sound, I was a bit on the fence of whether or not this unit really was that much better than others that cost half the price. But as I'm writing this I'm still a bit in awe over what I was hearing.

    As much praise as I have for this soundbar, it's still not going to fully match up to a surround sound system that encircles you in speakers, but as I said before, this gets surprisingly and eerily close, but it also takes Atmos in order to be able to do it.

    Overall, as far as soundbars go, this is one of the best I've heard. Marginally better in most modes, but really standing out with Atmos. If you have the best streaming services and have Atmos capability, then this soundbar is definitely worth the higher price. If you don't, and aren't that much of an audiophile, it would be tough to justify.

    Mar 02, 2021 18:30
  • Review by Tatumcakez, 10 out of 10
    DEFINITive Technology DEFINITely Delivered

    The Studio 3D Mini 4.1 Channel Sound Bar with 8" Wireless Sub is a sleek addition to a room.

    I have had a Samsung TV mounted in the bedroom and the sound quality from the TV alone was often disappointing. Now, with the Studio 3D Mini setup the room has beautiful, dynamic, booming sound with a minimal profile. I’ve included a couple pictures to see the true size of the system. The Channel Sound Bar on the dresser (with some commonly identifiable items to compare size) and the Wireless Sub taken out of the box not set up yet, but with a 10lb cat to consider the size for placement.

    Product setup was not as easy as I had wished. Honestly, I considered a lower rating just based on the difficulties I had with setup. Out of the box, I was amazed by the clean lines and deep, sleek, black look of the system. There is a box with the cables and remote well laid out. Overall an extremely professional packing and presentation. The provided cables are not the longest in length, but the power cords are standard and would be simple to get longer length cords. The reason I mention this, is the “Wireless Sub” does require a wire for power and I had difficulty placing it in my room with the cord length provided. Other than that, there is an HDMI and optic cord provided depending on whatever setup you can accommodate. Of course, to use the Dolby features of this system, the HDMI ARC/eARC will be the go-to. If you have a television that does not support HDMI ARC/eARC, optical is still an option at the least. Setup seems straight forward. Plug in the power, turn on the system (which the sub pairs seamlessly), and download the HEOS app. The HEOS app recognized the Studio 3D Mini quickly, connected to the internet, and installed an update efficiently. The HEOS app is not the prettiest or easier to maneuver; however, since sound bars only have lights to indicate functions or settings it is awesome to have an application to see what settings are active and what inputs are being used. Overall, it is a blessing to have the HEOS app and it is a simple process to get setup.

    Getting the system to connect to the television with HDMI ARC/eARC was a process to say the least. I want to blame Samsung for my difficulties (and considering the sound quality, the Studio 3D Mini still ran me over). I had issues having the device connect to my Samsung TV. The Samsung TV was acting as if it was not communicating with the device (as HDMI ARC speaks back and forth between the two devices). I made sure the HDMI-CEC setting was activated on the TV, but it did not work at first. I attempted to re-connect the devices, power on and off, etc for about an hour without success. I ended up unplugging both the sound system and TV for 15 minutes while I showered. Went back to it after my shower, and the system connected without issues. So, I’m not sure what went differently other than letting both power down, but if you have issues with setup I would suggest full power down and try again. Now that the HDMI ARC has been recognized, the TV transitions seamlessly between its own sound and when powered on, the sound for the Studio 3D Mini. Which, the system communicates that it is Dolby Atmos activated and turned the necessary settings on my TV on. And a nice plus is that my TV remote automatically synced with the device!

    Speaking of Dolby, and sound… the true meat of this sound system comes down to the sound quality. It is extremely difficult to write into words the quality of sound, but the quality took me from frustrated to absolutely in awe. I was unsure what a sound system having Dolby technology would mean and with a subwoofer? But I started playing one of my favorite Netlfix shows and was blown away. The sub provides deep bass while the soundbar is providing a dynamic experience. While looking at the TV and lying-in bed, I could not distinguish where the sound is coming from. You can feel the sound resonate in your body and it feels like you are immersed within the images. With simply a sound bar and sub, you get the sensation of being in a theater, at home. Along with TV connectivity and transforming a room, using Bluetooth connection or the HEOS application music streaming is easy and quite extravagant quality.

    Overall, a solid simple home sound system. The sound quality far surpasses what I expected from a soundbar/sub combo and was well worth my set-up hiccup! I will add that I do believe this system is a Magnolia product at BestBuy, which this is my second Magnolia device and these always do speak to a true home theater quality that is unsurpassed.

    Feb 20, 2021 14:18
  • Review by MrGadget, 6 out of 10
    Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar falls short

    With some applied audio magic, this sound bar and accompanying wireless sub pack a powerful punch with minimal fuss, maximum flexibility for your home theater. The value add is its operability through the smart phone HEOS app that provides a path through the most popular music streaming apps. $900 at Best Buy.

    Send content through those streamers via the connected smartphone app straight on to and played through 3D Mini. Control the volume and sound profile with the phone app, and tailor the EQ and sub participation to taste.

    Am I excitedly getting ahead of myself? Maybe just a bit.

    At its core, this is a soundbar infused with audio magic that can translate Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos audio signals from a connected TV into a pleasing and powerful surround affect from its multi-speaker soundbar with wireless sub.

    **WHAT’S IN THE BOX**

    • Soundbar

    • 8-inch powered subwoofer

    • 2 power cables

    • HDMI cable

    • Optical Digital Audio cable

    • Remote control with batteries

    • Wall mount spacers & template

    **THE SETUP**

    Instructions were followed and provided for easy set-up. Denon HEOS app was downloaded and an account set up on both iPhone and Android phones. The sound bar was set on a tabletop under a 4K HDR smart TV with available HDMI ARC connector. The supplied HDMI cable went from the HDMI port on the soundbar to the HDMI ARC port on the TV. A DirecTV satellite unit was already connected to the TVs HDMI 1.

    With the app loaded, it was time to power on the sub. Recognized by the phone app, we followed the prompts to join the home Wi-Fi network. Next came the simple subwoofer addition by simply powering on the sub. The light blinked cooperatively and that was that.

    Powering on the TV, it immediately recognized the newly-active ARC port, and it was added.

    NOTE: The visual content comes from its source via HDMI cable IN from the DirecTV HDMI output.

    The sound communication, in this example, originates from the TVs ARC out to the HDMI port on the soundbar. It can be confusing to think that it is only sound coming through this HDMI cable, but that’s just how it is.

    Next, into the TV’s settings to disable the internal speakers as they will no longer carry the TV audio. That responsibility has been shifted to the soundbar.

    This $900 TV enhancement is designed to provide anything from basic stereo sound to a choice of either Dolby Atmos or DTS-X. Both are surround sound technologies that are somewhat competitive. If a video is encoded with either ATMOS (as identified by its unique icon) or DTS-X, the designation should be a part of the video’s listing. Learn about this to get maximum enjoyment from the investment.

    Find content to try out modes and experience the settings.

    And let’s not forget about the music capabilities exclusive of the home theater surround option. In the HEOS app, find the ability to link with providers including Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Music, deezer, napster, iHeartRADIO, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Rhapsody, and music from the connected phone, as well as music on a USB thumb drive connected to the USB port on the soundbar. Voice control through the popular voice assistants is also built in.

    Surely, users will run out of time to use it all before running out of options!

    Let’s put it the test!

    **PUT TO THE TEST**

    I confess to doing some advance work, learning what movies and TV shows are encoded for listening to the effects of Dolby ATMOS and DTS-X. DTS-X can be found on a small quantity of Blu-ray discs. This means in order to hear it through the soundbar, a BD player would need to be piped through an HDMI port on the connected TV, and the sound would be decoded through the soundbar.

    As for Dolby Atmos, that gets trickier. Ideally, users would want to watch and listen to Dolby Atmos-encoded videos either through a station from a cable or satellite provider OR through a streamer, such as Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube TV and others.

    Depending upon the source of the content, even if Atmos-encoded, if the provider does not pass along the encoding, then the viewer is out of the cool sound loop. It is not easy!

    Of course, users are always free to choose plain old stereo, but where is the fun in that??

    After a rather exhaustive search, I tried some movies we have on BD with Dolby Digital encoding that sounded pretty darn good. Then, searching online within the services to which we subscribe, I found a few gems. To me, the ideal would be watching 4K HDR content, such as from Netflix and Curiosity Stream, to name just two, and listen to excellent sound from those with complementary encoding.

    Another option is using the Optical Digital Audio Cable, a glass fiber cable that goes from TV’s output to the soundbar’s input. I am not sure what is the significant difference between this connection method and using the HDMI ARC stream. Users are encouraged to experiment with both, noting what is most pleasurable and going in that direction. There is no right or wrong here, as the goal is to produce surround effects that are pleasing to the user and not some dopey reviewer.

    Next, it was time to use the audio-only capabilities. Through the HERO app, I successfully streamed from several of the streamers listed above.

    However, it is not as easy or as transparent as I would have liked. A chat with Definitive Technology tech support confirmed the above.

    **CONCLUSION**

    Diminutive in size, powerful in performance, and with multiple options for content playback from connected TV, DVD player, music streaming services, Studio 3D Mini’s versatility is its strength.

    Hoping for a strong surround sound affect from an almost unlimited well of content that this soundbar would magically process once it was set up, I was disappointed with the difficulty presented in achieving this goal. Why it cannot convert a stereo input to recognizable 4.1 channel surround affect I do not know.

    It is not easy to recommend any soundbar, much less one at this price point, that falls short of what I consider to be its prime objective – feed it surround sound-encoded video, hear and feel the power of easily recognizable surround sound effect.

    **WARRANTY**

    Definitive Technology’s Studio 3D Mini 4.1 Channel Sound Bar with 8" Wireless Sub, Built-in HEOS, 4K HDMI with eARC is covered by the manufacturer’s three-year parts and labor warranty.

    Feb 23, 2021 18:36
  • Review by Mch172150, 10 out of 10
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    Jul 23, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Caladbolg, 10 out of 10
    Out. Standing.

    Straight to it, this had me sold the moment I was hearing things behind me. Now for something more in depth…

    This is so clean just coming out of the box. I swear you can tell the quality of a product based on presentation. There is no disappointment here. This comes in an easy to manage package, well covered and protected pieces, clear cut instructions with QR codes available for those who do not like the paper variety. Be careful with how you grab that woofer though. It is laying on it’s side and you’ll want to grab it by the down firing port and not the woofer.

    This package comes with a single optical cable, a single HDMI cable (you may need one more and I highly recommend it), the soft-to-the-touch remote and required batteries for it. The two identical power chords for the sub and sound bar is a pleasant way to simplify the easiest part of the setup.

    Now, based on your setup you will have various ways to hook this up to fit your needs. The only drawback to this unit is the single HDMI output it has. You can use an optical cable approach however in my testing I was not able to achieve the quality audio I experienced using the full HDMI setup. And if you take that route, you will need a receiver to connect any additional items with an HDMI connection.

    Having said that, once I had this set the way it is meant to be to be able to take advantage of the featured eARC capabilities…I was blown away. I swear I was hearing things behind my head when testing a featured Dolby Atmos video on YouTube. Just incredible for such an elegant package.

    This is the perfect fit for anyone with a TV that has a single device hooked up to it and wants something powerful and unobtrusive. The cost gets a bit steeper when you have more than one item to connect. And by that, I mean one or more console(s), computer(s), streaming device(s), etc. And if you do, you would be forced to buy a receiver or use the optical cable connection. And unfortunately, if you use an optical cable you will be losing the support for Dolby Atmos and the like.

    Feb 23, 2021 19:23
  • Review by VangTfz, 10 out of 10
    Great compact soundbar with DTS:X & Dolby Atmos!

    The Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini 4.1 Channel Sound Bar... It provides connectivity via optical, HDMI (two ports for both ARC/eARC & passthrough for 4k 60fps), wifi (optional ethernet port for wired connectivity), bluetooth and USB (direct media playback from usb devices). There is no shortage of connectivity variety though the sound bar is very compact. Optical port worked as intended and is probably the most straightforward method of connecting the sound bar to your TV or computer. Bluetooth connectivity also works as intended and the range is quite good as well; i was able to go up a floor from where the sound bar was without noticing any hitches or skipping when playing music. Wifi connectivity via Google Assistant was also working pretty well; i was able to stream music via Spotify and Youtube Music and additionally control my Google home products with voice commands like i would on my Nest. The USB port is a very welcomed addition if you have high-fi music you want to listen to! The HDMI ARC/eARC port was a bit more tedious to connect, however it was by no means a fault from Definitive Technology; i have a Samsung TV, and they are known to have multiple HDMI ARC issues. If you also have a Samsung TV and experience issues when connecting via HDMI ARC, you can follow the steps below (which work 99% of the time for me to fix the hand shake issues):

    - on Samsung TV, disable Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) >> typically found under Settings > System > Expert Settings

    - ensure Samsung TV audio is set to TV Speaker

    - now enable Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)

    - plug in HDMI from sound bar into Samsung TV's HDMI ARC port ***Please note, you will not need to change the Samsung TV audio to HDMI ARC, it should do it automatically once you plug sound bar into TV’s HDMI ARC port

    Onto sound quality of the sound bar and wireless sub... Boy oh boy, for something this compact, i was blown away at the sound production. Listening to music was quite a joy as the highs and mids are very well distinguished, and the lows were very clear. I would say from a musical point of view, it is a tad bright, but not enough to overpower the mids. The sub does a great job and producing deep lows that are defined and clean. When watching movies with Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, the experience is also quite jaw dropping. The quality of the jump scare/dramatic scenes are much more immersive with these amazing features. Again, i can’t stress enough how well engineered this sound bar is for it to be so compact yet so feature rich.

    One thing that i would’ve liked to see with this sound bar, especially at this price point, is a back-lit remote. Though i use this sound bar via HDMI ARC (meaning i will be primarily controlling the volume with either my TV’s remote or my streaming remote), it is still a pretty important feature to have should i need to use the sound bar’s remote to change audio profiles when in low-lit environments. One other small thing is when i took the subwoofer out of the box, i noticed one of the corners was peeling off. The integrity of the subwoofer still seems intact as i did not hear anything (or musically observed) that would indicate it is faulty. Not sure how this could’ve happened during shipping as the packaging materials were pretty sturdy and protective, my guess would be that it came from the factory like this and slipped through quality control since the packaging was pretty good. Not a big deal, but still worth pointing out for anyone that is a stickler for cosmetics!

    Overall, i would highly recommend this sound bar to anyone that is in the market for a small footprint sound bar with DTS:X and/or Dolby Atmos! This sound bar will not disappoint!!!

    Feb 22, 2021 12:56
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    This is it

    This sound bar can get uncomfortably loud. When playing Dolby audio content, it's extremely loud at 50% volume. I'm legitimately afraid to put it past 75%.

    The subwoofer can shake the entire room.

    I'm too afraid to do it, but I guarantee if you put the subwoofer and soundbar at MAX your eyeballs may vibrate out of your head. Legally this kit should probably come with a warning label.

    As far as clarity goes, there's 3 dialogue clarity options. Low, med, high. No matter how loud you push the soundbar, you will be able to understand what's being said. I didn't notice any drop in performance while using the dialogue options.

    The set up is easy. You gotta use the HEOS app. The app doubles as a remote, but a physical remote is also included. You can adjust treble and bass in the app. There's 6 quick save macros. The remote is sleak and IR compatible. It has several physical buttons for changing input, power, Bluetooth, dialogue and 3 preset EQs; music, night and movie. The soundbar is also ir compatible with your TV remote so you can control volume with 1 remote. You can also control volume with your phones volume rockers in the app.

    What I really love is the visible dots on the front of the soundbar that light up or dim when changing not just volume, but all settings. Really love that they did this.

    I did a lot of research on other soundbars. I was using a Sonos Beam that I'm going to return. I'm going to say the sound quality of the bar alone is equivilant to the beam, maybe better becuase of all the advanced options.

    I would highly recommend this product.

    Feb 26, 2021 18:30
  • 9.2score
    Nakamichi - 7.1.4-Channel Soundbar System with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Atmos - Black
    Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Will definitely buy again if the need ever comes around.

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

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

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

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

    And boy am I glad I did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dec 16, 2019 15:01
  • 9.2score
    Hisense - 2.0-Channel Soundbar - Black
    Description

    Hisense 2.0 Ch Soundbar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    retail merchants. however, the general impressions were mostly

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oct 12, 2021 13:06
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Audio/DTS Virtual:X (2020) - Black
    Description

    Elevate your sound system with this Samsung 2.1-channel sound bar. Dolby Audio and DTS Virtual technologies produce accurate audio and simulate a complete surround sound experience, while Bluetooth multi-connection lets you connect two devices and easily switch between them. This 320W Samsung 2.1-channel sound bar features a wireless subwoofer for enhanced bass.

    8 Features
  • Smart sound: Your soundbar detects what you're watching and automatically optimizes the sound setting for the best experience.
  • 320W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Wireless subwoofer: Delivers a deeper, richer bass sound. With a simple wireless connection, you can place it where it best fits the sound stage in your home.
  • Dolby Digital Plus 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.
  • Input: Includes 1 HDMI.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3 and OGG, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by jchila14, 10 out of 10
    Samsung HW-T550 2.1ch Soundbar with Dolby Audio /

    It is recommended this product Samsung HW-T550 2.1ch is fantastic it sounds and has a sound as if you were in the cinema itself simply excellent. Size is perfect.

    Oct 02, 2020 16:00
  • Review by Manuvmusik, 10 out of 10
    Great Quality and Budget Friendly

    This sound bar is budget friendly and works great in our 700sq ft living room area. Even when playing music, the sound travels through the entire 2000 sq ft home. I recommend this to anyone who wants great sound quality at an affordable price. Samsung has always been great products for our household.

    Sep 03, 2021 15:56
  • Review by SmartThings, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    I love it, is simple to connect and it work perfectly with my new Samsung smart tv.

    Jan 24, 2021 19:57
  • Review by Mima1960, 10 out of 10
    Samsung sound bar for Fathers Day

    This was the first time I made a big purchase by myself. My husband or son usually help pick our purchases. My husband had purchased a 58’ Samsung along time ago and was happy with the purchase. So I wanted to get him a Samsung sound bar to go with his tv. I’ve been shopping around. I had been in your store a week prior. The salesman explained what deals you had. Was glad he wasn’t pushy like others I dealt with.So I came back a week later and was glad I did. There was only one left. And the sales price was the best. Thank you

    Jul 18, 2020 01:39
  • Review by Garret, 10 out of 10
    Excellent quality soundbar for a decent price

    I purchased this soundbar with the sole purpose of plugging it into my PC. Although there was some hiccup in getting the audio to come through it, in the end I was able to get it working through the Digital Optical passthrough on my computer's motherboard. Sound quality is amazing with excellent bass. Simple setup and connection. Amazing connectivity for the price spent.

    Apr 24, 2020 13:08
  • Review by Joann, 10 out of 10
    For the price, this is great

    Sound is excellent. Easy to set up. It paired instantly with my Samsung TV. I was able to add it as a device to the TV remote. It looks clean - plays well. I was thinking of adding the rear speakers, but now that this is set up, it doesn't seem necessary. Very happy with this purchase.

    Jul 03, 2020 15:40
  • Review by Samsungsound, 10 out of 10
    Easy to install

    This sound bar took minutes to connect and activate. The rear surround speakers connected first try and really add great ambiance to movies. Good base and clean sound make this great value and it is loud!!

    Jan 08, 2021 17:50
  • Review by BRANDYNO, 10 out of 10
    WINDOW RATTLING BASS AND VIBRATING WALLS/FLOORS!!

    This sound bar is everything I ever wanted and more. I can't believe the Clarity of the sound on this. You want vibrating and window rattling bass... Well, this sound bar delivers it!! I love music and I love blaring it and I am in love with my sound bar because it delivers the treble and bass I've been looking for and dreaming about!! Highly recommend this Samsung sound bar!!

    May 07, 2021 18:09
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Audio - Black
    Description

    Go beyond what you see and experience more powerful sound with clear tones and deep bass in the HW-T510 Soundbar. Pairs seamlessly with your Samsung TV. Feel the rumble of deep bass from the wireless sub-woofer and stream music from your mobile, no strings attached.

    5 Features
  • Connect, listen, enjoy: Bluetooth® multi connection Connect two different smart devices at the same time so you can conveniently switch between devices. Bluetooth® TV connection Connect via Bluetooth and enjoy your favorite content without unsightly cables.
  • Deep, rich bass: Feel the action and the beat of the music with the rich bass from the wireless subwoofer.
  • Enjoy wider dimensions of sound: Surround sound expansion expands the listening area both sideways and upwards for a more enveloping sound experience.
  • A world of sound with one remote: One remote is all you need. Control key soundbar functions like power, volume, and even sound effects with the Samsung TV remote.
  • More sound without the wire: The Wireless Surround Kit* lets you expand your soundbar to a complete surround sound system easily and without the mess of wires.
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  • Review by JIMMY, 8 out of 10
    It's worth it

    Frankly, I'm a dyed in the wool home theater fiend. I couldn't care less about sound bars, but my fiancé was adamant that she didn't want separates around our living room. The concession was this Samsung, which was an easy peasy $130 during all of the Black Friday shenanigans.

    I snagged it along with a 50" Q60T, and threw it over the mantle with some brackets that attach to the TV's mount

    Now, for $130, I wasn't expecting much, and I'll be honest, you'll never mistake it for some Martin Logans and a Gjallarhorn. Nevertheless, the sound is commendable at this price point. It's a noticeable improvement over the TV'S speakers. My fiancé even noticed and commented on the difference, and she's pretty much tone deaf.

    The subwoofer does a decent job. It compliments the soundbar's sound well, and gives a good, modest punch to the overall presentation. The fact that it's wireless was a mega boon to our room arrangement. There's a nook to the right of our fireplace and it slid in behind the chair there perfectly.

    I hooked it up to the TV using ARC over an HDMI. You can't go wrong with that simplicity.

    The ONLY gripes I have are that it doesn't automatically come on with my TV, yet my 6 year old Samsung 75" in our media room turns on my Denon receiver automatically. Similarly, if I turn on my Samsung Blu-ray player in said system, it turns both the Denon and TV on. I kinda expected some better autonomy; that's part of why I kept my purchases confined to the same brand. Secondly, when I turn it on, sometimes it remembers I was on the Digital In (HDMI), other times it reverts back to Bluetooth (default) and I have to change the input. In my opinion that's crap. It should turn on automatically and remember the input (or automatically choose one via Anynet+ or whatever they're using these days).

    All in all, I am happy with the purchase. I feel like I got a killer value for the money spent.

    Nov 17, 2020 18:16
  • Review by CardzFan, 10 out of 10
    Pick one up...no brainer!

    This Sound Bar is great! I've tried several Sound Bars...and have returned many from all brands. This one is a keeper, especially for under $130.

    Oct 15, 2020 11:48
  • Review by CBrant, 10 out of 10
    Loving it

    I bought this for my husband for Christmas and I am so glad I did! He loves it and so do I. We were thrilled to see that when we turn down the volume on our tv with our cable remote that the sound bar turns down as well. It is also really thin so you can hardly notice it sitting below my television. We have not had any issues and recommended this sound bar.

    Jan 16, 2021 07:50
  • Review by Soundbar, 10 out of 10
    My sound bar

    I love my purchase! Samsung Sound bar offers a simple way to elevate the audio for my movies and TV shows, instead of solely relying on my TV speakers. My sound bar provide an epic sound.

    Dec 20, 2020 19:37
  • Review by Kevin, 8 out of 10
    Great Soundbar

    Good sound quality, Easy to use, I got it on sale for 100 which is a better price than 200 because the Subwoofer tears up a little if its too loud. But the Soundbar is definitely worth it.

    Jan 29, 2021 10:09
  • Review by SamsungTV, 8 out of 10
    Good sound bar for the price!!

    This was a great buy, not only is there great highs and lows. The bass was surprisingly decent for the price as well. I am happy with my purchase.

    Jan 27, 2021 19:40
  • Review by RYbarra, 10 out of 10
    Samsung Sound bar

    I am really enjoying this sound system. It was a great Christmas present to my family. I highly recommend this product to everyone.

    Feb 05, 2021 18:18
  • Review by Shoes63, 10 out of 10
    Great addition

    Bought this sound bar to compliment my Samsung 50” TV. Provides excellent sound and the bass in action movies is amazing.

    Jan 29, 2021 15:55
  • 9.2score
    Roku - 2.0-Channel Soundbar - 4K/HD/HDR Streaming Media Player Includes Roku Voice Remote - Black
    Description

    Get powerful, immersive sound from this Roku smart soundbar. Four 2.5-inch full-range drivers deliver rich, true-to-source sound reproduction, while the USB and HDMI ports offer easy connection with your TV and smart devices. This Roku smart soundbar comes with a voice remote control that lets you adjust sound and volume settings with your voice.

    9 Features
  • Four 2-1/2" full-range drivers: Enhance the frequency range of audio playback to ensure crisp voices and dynamic soundtracks.
  • Built-in streaming media player: Stream what you love, including free TV, live news, sports, movies, and more across thousands of free and paid channels. Roku Smart Soundbar works with any TV with an HDMI port.
  • Cinematic sound: Listen as spacious sound moves around your room with virtual surround bringing you even closer to the action, plus enjoy a cinematic sound experience featuring Dolby Audio.
  • Simple sound settings: Easily boost the volume of voices with Speech Clarity, lower loud commercials for consistent sound with Volume Leveling.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Voice remote with TV power control: Power up your TV, adjust volume, and use Roku Voice to search across streaming channels or play music.
  • Quick and simple setup: Just plug this soundbar into the HDMI-ARC port on your TV with the included premium high speed HDMI cable and connect to the internet.
  • Easily expandable: Enjoy heart-pounding bass for entertainment you can feel with Roku Wireless Subwoofer and immersive surround sound with Roku Wireless Speakers. (Sold separately)
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: You can turn on/off, adjust volume, launch your favorite channel and play/pause/forward with your voice.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by eddy, 4 out of 10
    Easy hook up, bad sound

    Hooked up easy and it's great having a built in Roku for our Xfinity app. The problem is the speech clarity is not very good. It is as if the treble is turned down to -5. There is no way to adjust this and the speech clarity adjustment has little to no effect. Not bad for the price considering you get a Roku 4K streaming stick built in and if you bundle the sub woofer which is excellent and pairs easy all for $249 it is not a bad deal. If you are an audiophile this sound bar is not for you. Best sound for the price though.

    Dec 13, 2019 07:53
  • Review by Bill, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound at a Great Value

    Roku has a winner! Was quite surprised to hear how good the audio quality was. Being able to pair via Bluetooth makes the system really versatile. Love to finally be able to control the volume AND mute too! I hear the only knock is the lack of a network connection, although if you have enough bandwidth, even 4K shouldn't be an issue. My one wish, is to include more control over the EQ settings (bass, mids, treble) instead of "sound mode", which I'm guessing is useful if using a sub and "speech clarity" (boosts high-mids). One other thing - I wish the 4 preset buttons on the remote were programmable. Love everything else about it!

    Feb 07, 2021 10:51
  • Review by Nicky, 10 out of 10
    Love the Roku sound bar!

    This roku sound bar is awesome! It sounds great and turns my 10 yr old flat screen tv into a smart tv! It’s easy to set up and use, and looks great mounted on my wall under the tv! The remote is useful because it turns the tv on and off so I don’t have to use the tv remote as well. An added bonus is the iPhone app which turns my iPhone into a controller! One item provides great sound plus smart tv capabilities. After using this product for 13 months I can honestly say that roku sound bar is one of my favorite purchases!

    Jan 14, 2021 19:42
  • Review by RyeReelFishn, 4 out of 10
    Disappointed

    Not impressed with the sound. Odd issue for me - the remote distance is not very far. Sound quality is just ok.

    Feb 03, 2021 19:08
  • Review by Poole, 10 out of 10
    Sounds Awesome!!!

    I love it! If you like Roku and want a soundbar and Roku Ultra in one then don't hesitate. I returned a terrible Samsung soundbar and purchased this and I couldn't be happier. Beats the Samsung hands down. You won't be dissapointed!

    Jun 19, 2020 18:41
  • Review by Cireyeliab, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Purchased the Roku sound bar Along with the sub woofer. I am very pleased with the sound and on screen options. Highly recommend. I’ve purchased a high end Sony sound bar a few years ago. While the sound quality is good, it fails to connect many times despite being connected properly to a Sony tv. Won’t ever go that route again.

    Apr 17, 2020 16:02
  • Review by Bass, 10 out of 10
    It’s all about the BASS

    I’ve gotten SO many ‘nice sound bar’ comments! It sound amazing, I can listen to Pandora with mega bass in the shower...the whole house is bumpin!

    I don’t like the start up tho, but I’m an impatient person...lol

    Nov 20, 2020 16:54
  • Review by Demus, 10 out of 10
    Awesome system.

    This really gives our a great sound. Have it in a room where my AC unit is so without this i can't hear my tv when the AC cones on. Worth every peny. Paired with the subwoofer and this room is now my favorite room for watching tv. Plan to get one for my actual tv room but i have an av system there already.

    Sep 11, 2021 14:23
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - HW-A650 3.1ch Sound bar - 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 Marcelo, 10 out of 10
    Good enough! Excellent cost benefit!

    Good enough! Excellent cost bemefit. Nice visual..

    Nov 20, 2021 18:09
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • 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
    30
    JBL
    JBL - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Digital - Black
    Description

    Elevate your cinematic experience with this 2.1-channel JBL Bar Deep Bass soundbar. The wireless subwoofer and set of tweeters fill your room with immersive audio, while Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream music wirelessly. This JBL Bar Deep Bass soundbar features a low-profile design for a contemporary look, and built-in Dolby Digital offers increased clarity.

    7 Features
  • 300W total output power: Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
  • Four 2-1/4" mid-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 6-1/2" driver for powerful bass.
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Bluetooth music streaming: Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
  • Inputs: Include 1 HDMI, 1 audio line-in, 1 optical digital audio and 1 USB.
  • Outputs: Include HDMI.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Amazing sound amazing bar

    As is no surprise, JBL has created yet another product that is amazing. I previously purchased an open box JBL 2.0 sound bar with a built in subwoofer. This one really takes it to the next level. I would consider the 5.1 sound bar as well! JBL has been really making incredible products recently and the setup is both easy and simple. I wish more companies made products like this one

    Oct 23, 2021 07:33
  • Review by Love, 10 out of 10
    Great system

    This sound bar system is excellent!!!! I am overwhelmed by the way the sounds comes out of the bar and subwoofer!!! I’m definitely going to buy another one!!!

    Jun 04, 2021 15:41
  • Review by BestBuyMember, 8 out of 10
    Pros outweigh cons.

    This sound bar has great sound quality and the bass is spectacular. It’s great for watching movies or connecting to your phone via Bluetooth to listen to some music. It’s loud enough to fill the room and enhances movie watching.

    It also looks great and is easy to clean because it doesn’t have the soft mesh most speakers come with.

    The only con is that you have to aim the remote directly at the sound bar in order for it to work; for instance, if you are sitting at a 30 degree angle and try to turn up the volume using the remote , it won’t work. I have to turn the sound bar to face my direction if I want to use remote.

    May 22, 2021 13:21
  • Review by Thol, 10 out of 10
    Great sound bar for the money $

    Very nice for the budget. Sounds very good and bass is loud. The only downside is you cannot customize the sound setting. Looks very high end.

    Jun 04, 2021 20:07
  • Review by Poohkado, 10 out of 10
    Good sound, great quality for the price

    I bought this pair for my husband to use with his new TV because the sound on it was poor, hard to hear compared to our old one. Adding the soundbar was a major improvement, but when we hooked up the woofer it was great. We first tried it with the Bluetooth connection, but there was a slight lag between the characters on screen and their voices from the speaker. Once we connected the sound bar via HDMI cable it was flawless. We also tried connecting via optical cable and it worked that way too. But my husband said he thought the sound wasn't as quality via optical cable as it was using the HDMI cable. I didn't notice a significant difference. All in all it is a great set for the price range!

    Jun 26, 2020 16:01
  • Review by Jasonwrx, 10 out of 10
    jbl 2.1 sound bar

    For the money this is the best bang for you trust me the jbl soundbar is awesome and sounds great lots of bass from this little 6.5 sub.

    Jul 30, 2021 15:46
  • Review by Jweezy, 8 out of 10
    Solid purchase

    Sound is good. Bass is excellent. Setup was super easy.

    Aug 28, 2020 16:58
  • Review by BMunster, 10 out of 10
    Almost perfect! Amazing sound...

    This is an amazing 2.1 sound bar / subwoofer for the money. It was less than the Bose 2.1 and there's no comparison at all when it comes to sound quality.

    The bass adjustment only has three levels, but honestly they're tuned perfectly. I use the one with the most bass, and just turn the volume down to a reasonable level.

    It looks great too. Just one small complaint: JBL should have put their insignia on the front of the speaker. Not on the top, where it's barely noticeable.

    Mar 25, 2021 06:57
  • 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.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • 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
    32
    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
    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
    Sonos - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished 2.0-Channel Soundbar - Black
    Description

    Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products are thoroughly, painstakingly and lovingly tested, so you can be sure that your device will work right, right away. Learn more about Complete your entertainment system with this Sonos Beam soundbar. Full-range woofers and tweeters marry both high and low frequencies to create a harmonious sound, and Speech Enhancement clarifies dialog so you catch every word. This black Sonos Beam soundbar has night sound technology so you can watch late-night TV without disturbing others.Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products.

    8 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Easily control, monitor and schedule your electronics using your voice.
  • Tweeter: Delivers rich, full audio.
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
  • Volume control: Lets you find a comfortable listening level.
  • Sleek appearance: Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.
  • Inputs: Includes HDMI.
  • Supports a variety of file formats: Including WAV, WMA, AAC, AIFF, PCM, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and more, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
  • Wall-mountable design: For versatile placement options.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Prelude428, 10 out of 10
    Packs a punch!

    So happy I got one of these refurbished, came in perfect condition and works great! Awesome sound for my office setup!

    Apr 09, 2021 17:20
  • Review by sonosuser, 10 out of 10
    Sonos Soundbar

    Very happy with the quality of the soundbar. Sounds great.

    Nov 30, 2021 10:13
  • Review by DMac, 10 out of 10
    Very Satisfied

    Love my beam for the office. I own the Sonos ARC and the beam is a nice addition.

    Sep 01, 2021 19:26
  • Review by HunterE, 10 out of 10
    I love Sonos

    I love all of the Sonos products! I got the refurbished one since the others were sold out and it seems to work just fine

    Jun 19, 2021 15:20
  • Review by NathanCausey, 10 out of 10
    Sonos Sound Bar

    I’ve had many sounds systems and this Sonos Beam with Sonos One Gen 2 is by far the best I’ve ever had. The sound bar alone is absolutely amazing. I decided not to buy the subwoofer and I’m glad I didn’t because with the 3 speaker setup has enough bass.

    Nov 08, 2021 09:58
  • Review by ANyb, 10 out of 10
    You'd be crazy to buy any other soundbar

    Is love this Sono soundbar, it it took maybe two minutes to set up and have such a nice design. The sound quality is sensational, is, we have it in a room with walls on both sides and you can distinctly hear the sounds behind you from the woofer position. Thrilled to buy it refurbished too for cheaper, the unit looks brand new!

    Sep 24, 2021 16:29
  • Review by detroitdavid, 8 out of 10
    Better than I thought...

    I purchased the Sonos Beam - Refurbished with a bit of skepticism, but I couldn't beat the price. Other than a few blemishes, it's like a new product. All included items were intact.

    Apr 04, 2020 08:23
  • Review by ColorfulDreams4U, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    The device looked and was packaged like new!

    Item was perfect. Works great as a soundbar for our bedroom.

    Google assist works perfectly.

    Jul 15, 2019 15:59
  • 9.0score
    Denon - DHT-S316 Slim Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer | Virtual Surround Sound | HDMI ARC | Wall Mountable - Black
    Description

    Transform any TV into a home entertainment center with the Denon DHT-S316. The low-visibility, wall-mountable sound bar features high-fidelity sound with two-way speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Denon Virtual Surround technology creates a powerful, realistic home theater experience through Dolby Digital, DTS Decoding and the Denon-proprietary Dialogue Enhancer for crystal clear dialogue at any volume. With a low-profile design and 2" height it fits most spaces and won’t block your TV’s bottom edge or IR remote sensor. Easily connect your TV to the HDMI (with Audio Return Channel) with the included HDMI cable. An Optical input allows for connecting an additional device. Wirelessly pair your Bluetooth capable devices to the Denon DHT-S316 and stream your favorite music easily.

    8 Features
  • LET YOUR TV COME TO LIFE: Equipped with dual 1.25" x 4.4" mid-range drivers, detailed crisp 1" tweeters and Dolby DTS, you will IMMERSE YOURSELF IN VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND AT HOME WITH THEATER-QUALITY AUDIO
  • DEEP POWERFUL BASS: Give your favorite movies, music and shows the deep, rich bass they deserve. No unsightly tangled wires or cables. Just place the included wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room and let the whole place rumble!
  • HEAR EVERY WORD WITH DIALOGUE ENHANCER: Denon brings to you an intelligent way of enhancing dialogues that makes them sound crystal clear without having to adjust the volume. Even the most complex audio tracks will now be loud and clear!
  • LOW PROFILE DESIGN THAT FITS MOST SPACES: At just under 2" tall, the sound bar fits below the TV allowing uninterrupted viewing and won't block the IR remote sensor. Place it on a shelf or wall-mount it using the included mounting template
  • SINGLE CABLE HDMI CONNECTIVITY WITH ARC: Connect your TV to Blu-Ray, gaming console or any audio source using the optical digital input or the HDMI port via Audio Return Channel (HDMI & optical cable included). It's convenient and straightforward
  • EASY SET UP & USER EXPERIENCE: Quickly connect the system to your TV or other devices with the included HDMI cable or via the optical input
  • WIRELESS MUSIC STREAMING FROM YOUR FAVORITE APPS: Enjoy unlimited wireless streaming of your favorite tracks, podcasts and other audio content by pairing your smartphone, tablet or laptop via built-in Bluetooth technology
  • TRUSTED NAME IN SOUND: With its 100-year legacy & Japanese precision technology, Denon BRINGS PURITY OF SOUND AND JOY TO YOUR LIFE. Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional audio and Hi-Fi surround sound with this soundbar & subwoofer for an exceptional home entertainment system!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 10 out of 10
    Low-profile w/clear, crisp, detailed sound

    The Denon 2.1-Channel Soundbar is a surprising powerhouse built into a simple pared-down setup. The design of it is plain and unassuming with its lightweight plastic housing and fabric mesh grill; it looks cheaper than it sounds, but don’t let that fool you. In back, there are physical three inputs, and you’re limited to a single HDMI ARC, optical, and AUX-in, though you can also connect wirelessly over Bluetooth. The subwoofer is also wireless and pairs to the soundbar automatically, so you can place it anywhere you want in the room, but you can’t connect the sound system to your home WiFi network for streaming from other network devices.

    The soundbar has a few physical button controls on top for power, changing the input, and volume adjustment, however, on the remote you can also adjust the bass volume level and choose from 3 EQ modes: movie, night, music, and/or 3 dialogue enhancer modes. The dialogue enhancement modes, while they do bring out dialogue in both TV programs and movies slightly, adds extra weight in the upper-mid ranges which can throw off the balance on music tracks, so I generally leave this setting ‘off’ or in mode 1. With the EQ modes, ‘movie’ tends to produce the most bass, ‘night’ the least, and ‘music’ mode falls somewhere in the middle with only slight, barely noticeable variations in the balance of the other ranges across the modes. For most TV and movie viewing, we leave the speaker in movie or music mode.

    The sound, by far, is the standout feature. It’s clean and crisp with a good balance across the ranges. The bass is present without being over pronounced, and with the wireless subwoofer you can turn it up for some hearty vibrations for music with heavy bass tracks and movies with lots of explosive scenes. Even at the highest volume there was little to no distortion in the audio. As for left/right separation, thanks to Denon's Virtual Surround sound simulation, there’s some, and generally you get a sense of sound moving from one side of the screen to the other. This lets you enjoy movies with Dolby Digital and DTS Decoding from Blu-ray, DVD, DVB and other surround encoded media to approximate a multi-channel surround sound experience. However, the sound stage is somewhat narrow, and it’s not as distinct and well-placed as it would be with a true 5.1 surround sound system.

    When adjusting the volume, since there is no LCD, the only feedback you get that it is working is a single flash of the tiny blue LED light in the front. When you hit the max volume it will blink 3 times quickly, but there’s no auditory tone to let you know you’re at the upper limit. However, when we’re using the soundbar with our projector, it’s usually located behind the viewer, so we can’t see the LED light for these visual cues; we just have to listen whether or not the volume sounds different. While the soundbar does support HDMI ARC so you can use your TV remote to control the volume, you’d be missing the other EQ functions of the Denon remote.

    Overall, this soundbar and subwoofer made a great combo for upgrading the sound quality over the built-in speakers of our TV and projector. They don’t take up a lot of space, and fill our small living room with impressively clear sound quite adequately.

    May 07, 2019 12:06
  • Review by Gyres, 10 out of 10
    Good soundbar

    The time had come to get rid of the giant old speakers and sub. Was suspect of any soundbar but I was pleasantly surprised ! By no means gunna make the neighbors dogs bark like the old setup but sound is decent, bass is good enough to be satisfied ! Wife loves how the room is clean and seems bigger ! Get it on sale and enjoy !

    Oct 24, 2019 17:06
  • Review by Maclemoor, 8 out of 10
    Hearty Sound

    This sound bar can keep up with the best of them. The Unboxing and set up is really easy. Read the directions and make sure to use the custom settings to get the best sound. The remote is small and can get lost so beware. The looks of this set are outdated but the good sound makes up for it. And of course don’t expect million dollar sound at 100% volume. This sound bar is more than enough for a bedroom and pretty good for a large living size space.

    May 04, 2019 18:44
  • Review by aarondr, 10 out of 10
    Exactly what a sound bar should be

    The Denon DHT-S316 represent an entry level sound bar from a pretty well known audio company. Most familiar with Denon would consider its home theater receivers to be some of the best in the industry. Denon is no stranger to the soundbar industry either, but obviously they our fighting in a much more crowded industry here. The DHT-S316 shines though, and will strike a cord with anyone looking for a no frills sound bar with excellent sound reproduction.

    So what does the DHT-S316 offer? It’s a soundbar with a pretty low profile (35” wide and 2” tall - will look right at home underneath a 46-55” TV), but with a solid feature set. The soundbar offers not only a digital optical audio input, but also HDMI ARC. There is an aux jack as well for stereo as well, but you’ll need to bring your own cable (both HDMI and optical cables can be found in the box).

    You also get Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, both bitstreams are well supported and offer 5.1 audio channels. While you can’t expect a full surround sound experience from a 2.1 sound bar, Denon offers “advanced psychoacoustic algorithms” (taken from their marketing material) that actually do a decent job of spatial sound without going overboard. When using HDMI ARC or Optical LEDs indicates the mode. Green is Dolby bitstream, orange DTS, and blue is PCM. My Sony would bitstream over HDMI, but my Vizio wouldn’t (just 2 channel PCM unless on the TV input or the built-in apps). Some might say that PCM 2.0 is more than enough for a 2.1 soundbar, but there is something to the on board audio processing when it comes to simulating surround. Just being able to handle the digital bitstreams natively is a differentiator in this price range and adds to the home theater value and credentials.

    Hooking up was pretty easy. HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) is supported by most modern TVs, and is the only way to go, as it allows you to use your TV remote to control the volume though CEC (Consumer Electronic Control). I tried the soundbar with both my Sony (2016) and Vizio TV (2014) and both controlled and powered on/off the soundbar seamlessly with no additional setup. The downside of using ARC here is that there is no HDMI input passthrough, so you need to dedicate your ARC HDMI port to just the audio connection. For some this may be a dealbreaker, and it definitely hurts - especially if your display is HDMI port starved. Essentially the HDMI ARC input will be left unpopulated as the soundbar doesn’t offer any video functionality. This was no problem for me, as the Vizio in question has a plethora of HDMI inputs and I only use 2.

    I chose to wall mount mine. Not only do you get an included wall mount template which makes life a lot easier when positioning the screw holes, but you get spacers as well, allowing some separation from the wall and allowing it to snug up (they’re made of a rubbery somewhat compressible material). I didn’t use either, as I was replacing a lower end sound bar which had similar but not exact mounting holes and I had to engineer my own spacers. The soundbar is attractive when wall mounted due to its slim profile. The subwoofer has only been about 5-10 ft away, but has never had any wireless problems.

    The soundbar also offers bluetooth audio, and I was able to connect after a bit of hassle. I can’t even comment on what was so difficult other than it just seemed to not show up for a minute. My iPhone eventually found it and connected without issue. Sound quality was good even though it was limited to A2DP (no APT-X support either in the iPhone or the DHT-S316). Bluetooth however is really the only option when it comes to connecting devices. While ubiquitous, there are other WiFi based alternatives that offer better sound and/or a more reliable connection. This soundbar lacks any sort of smarts here, and really just focuses on its core feature set and sound quality.

    And sound quality wise is where the Denon shines. Music was crisp, and clear without being harsh. Bass reproduction out of the undisclosed sized subwoofer was also crisp and smooth - not boomy. Not only did it reproduce music excellently, with subtleties of songs highlighted well, but it did a great job with movies as well. The dialogue enhancement features lived up to their names, and did a great job at articulating the dialogue for TV shows and for late night listening. I found setting 2 sufficient for most of the shows we watched. I felt as though it did a good job keeping the balance of the rest of the sound without compromising. Movie mode still does a great job if you want just one setting.

    I know both the soundbar and subwoofer are rated for 40w of power consumption (not necessarily output), but are plenty loud for all but the largest of family rooms. Ours are medium sized rooms, and in both cases the volume is more than adequate for a engrossing experience.

    The remote offers the ability to change the input, audio mode, bass, and volume. It is a decent remote, but offers no backlight, or CEC functions. Essentially I would use it only to adjust sound settings and just use HDMI CEC volume control on the TV remote.

    In conclusion, the DHT-S316 is a great intro-level sound bar. While its feature set is basic, it has the tech where it counts and focuses on great audio quality. DTS and Dolby decoding are great wins here assuming your TV has good support, as are HDMI ARC/CEC control. The biggest con is that you lose an HDMI input to get the ARC/CEC feature set which is an unfortunate oversight as many other devices offer passthrough. Sound wise, highs are crisp, mids are full, bass is solid and clear. The audio processing on board does a decent job, and it’s hard to fault Denon much here as in the price range the focus is on the right set of features (audio quality and ease of use). There are more featureful sound bars in this price range, but not many that sport this level of sound quality or audio processing. It’s a solid offering for those that focus on sound quality over whiz bang features.

    May 04, 2019 22:35
  • Review by TechGeek, 10 out of 10
    Great sound bar: theater quality sound experience

    I have three sound bars with a little higher price tag and a bigger footprint than this unit. My reviews are based on my experience compared to those I have and the ones I have seen in the store. Overall 5/5 rating based on the price tag and features it offers. This is a new product (Jan 2019) from Denon. I have two high end Denon music receivers and they live up to their name with state-of-the art features on their products. This is a good entry level sound bar - great features with small price tag.

    Physical appearance and installation (5/5): Small foot print, low profile, wall mountable with very few wires and set-up was a breeze, just took me 5 mins to link-up all my devices. I have it linked to my iPad and phone via Bluetooth for music and via HDMI cord for TV audio. Love that the sub-woofer is wireless (big plus for convenience as I have Roomba's running around to keep my place clean) and you can place it closer to your seating location to create the movie like experience. Comes with a small remote which is very handy for music (iPad streaming) and I use my TV remote to control the audio volume while watching TV.

    Audio (5/5): Supports Dolby Digital, DTS Decoding and the Denon-proprietary Dialogue Enhancer and has crystal clear dialogue at any volume. I cranked up the volume to max and played different kinds of music and volume was crystal clear (no muffled voice at full bass!). Fell a little short on Bass, which is expected given its small footprint and price. Has theater quality sound on movies. The remote has an interesting feature called "dialogue enhancer" and has 1, 2 and 3 options that you can pick, which is helpful when watching movies and TV shows and you don't have to mess with bass settings to enhance the dialogue when you switch from music mode.

    Hardware and Connections: Supports Bluetooth, HDMI, and optical input for other devices. I just use the Bluetooth and HDMI. Has mid-range drivers with crisp tweeters and descent (for the price tag) sub-woofer for a live movie experience. It also has an analog input which I didn’t use. It has auto power off feature - shuts off when it doesn't receive a signal for more than 10 mins. Being a tech junkie and audiophile I have to dwell into the details of the music quality this sound bar offers. Below is my personal review on where it stands on the sound quality for its price tag

    Frequency Range Frequency Values Comments

    Sub-bass 20 to 60 Hz - excellent (5/5)

    Bass 60 to 250 Hz - falls a little short on expectation (4/5)

    Low midrange 250 to 500 Hz - for harmonics - excellent (5/5)

    Midrange 500 Hz to 2 kHz - horn like quality - good (4.5/5)

    Upper midrange 2kHz to 4 kHz - sound trimbre - average (3/5)

    Presence 4 to 6 kHz - for clarity - excellent (5/5)

    Overall (5/5) this speaker is great quality audio for its price tag and footprint. Definitely recommend this for movie and music lovers. This might fall a little short on expectations if you are looking more for bass, obviously the price tag will be lot higher if you want to compare it with top sound bars that uses bigger speakers and woofers.

    Jun 14, 2019 16:25
  • Review by NyVetteGuy, 10 out of 10
    Dolby Digital / DTS / Great Sound / Wireless Sub

    Dolby Digital and DTS with a Wireless Sub in an inexpensive compact package.

    If you are looking for a low profile (only 2 inch) soundbar with a wireless sub and quality build then this might be just the ticket. You can place it on a shelf under your TV or install on your wall with Wall Mount Spacers.

    Setup is easy, you are able to take advantage of your TV’s ARC HDMI Port for a seamless connection or if your TV has an Optical Out you can connect via the sound bars optical input. Placing the Wireless Subwoofer near the soundbar is all that’s needed to have them pair up, which I found out by accident, but that’s all you need to do. You can also pair up your Bluetooth phone for music listening from your favorite music app.

    Once hooked up and up and running the sound you get is full and rich with nice bass. If hooked up through HDMI ARC then the soundbar can be controlled with your TV remote which is a great ARC feature. There is no Bass adjustment however so you cant customize it if you wanted to but that’s a minor issue for some, major for others, the sound is so good though that I don’t miss the adjustment capabilities.

    Overall at this price point the DHT-S316 is hard to beat, I definitely recommend it.

    May 03, 2019 16:52
  • Review by PhilGA, 10 out of 10
    Great sound for a little package

    Our family has always enjoyed soundbars as a step up from standard television speakers, especially since we have pets and can't always have traditionally-wired surround speakers throughout a room (and wireless just isn't as good as a wirelined speaker).

    Enter the Denon 2.1-channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer.

    Any true audiophiles out there will tell you that the only "good" sounding speakers are the ones that sound good to you. This typically must be baselined with a piece of music that you already know how it "should" sound (in my case, I use the opening theme to Star Trek: The Next Generation). And while this is the first Denon speaker system I've ever owned, for this class of speaker, it does sound very good.

    During movies, center-channel-based dialog is crisp and clear, though the three settings are definitely worth playing with depending on the rest of the sound field's intensity. The subwoofer can be controlled by a separate volume rocker button on the remote, which is nice in the event your source audio runs a bit too much bass at times.

    The looks are great, too -- definitely has the showmanship of a regular piece of furniture. There would be no issues in displaying the low-profile soundbar's form factor in any decor, and neither with the subwoofer component.

    Setup was essentially easy and straightforward. The inputs are HDMI/ARC, fiber optic, and 3.5mm stereo jack component. Since we use dual left/right RCA cabling from our satellite system, I did have to separately order a left/right female-to-3.5mm-male adapter to compensate, and plugging the adapter into the Denon was a tight squeeze, but it worked. Also, when first plugging in the subwoofer to turn it on, you may have to press the "sync" button on the rear, but once it's synchronized, there were no issues (the included instructions didn't go into that detail).

    Also, for Bluetooth, the very standard process of holding the Bluetooth button down for about 3 seconds put the soundbar in pairing mode. Once paired, audio was great.

    In fact, the only issue that I continue to struggle with is getting the Denon device code to pair correctly with my satellite provider's remote. I went through both an automated and manual process (wiping the receiver code a few times) in order to get the volume/mute buttons to work on the satellite remote. As of this point, it's a no-go, and I'm wondering if this isn't because this is such a new model. I'll definitely keep trying, even though this device's audio more than makes up for the hassle of having multiple remotes.

    Speaking of hooking up, I also connected the device via Bluetooth to our latest-generation Apple TV with no issues, and the audio remained excellent for this soundbar.

    At the end of the day, if you're short on space or simply don't want lots of bulky speakers in your living/media room, definitely consider this speaker package; it definitely won't disappoint!

    May 28, 2019 12:43
  • Review by callmeageeth, 8 out of 10
    Great sound but limited versatility

    I just want to start by saying this is one of the better sounding sound bars out there. Sound bars will never compete with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound systems, but you can't beat their ease of set up and the huge bump in sound quality over your TV's built in speakers. The biggest draw back for this sound bar is the limited number of HDMI ports. Luckily, the HDMI ARC helps in that department.

    BUILD QUALITY

    Denon is a quality speaker brand that makes quality products and this sound bar is no different. It is solidly constructed without being too heavy. The subwoofer isn't overly large but still packs great sound. There's no flashing lights or anything that screams gaudy, it is an understated sound bar that isn't meant to draw attention from your TV.

    I also like the top mounted buttons. It's not something I use a lot, but I have a Samsung soundbar with buttons placed on the side and are confusing to use. These are not and they're easy to locate and understand.

    SET UP

    Set up is easy. This is actually where the fewer ports is a plus. You can't really mess it up. Just make sure if you plug the sound bar into your TV's ARC port. That way other devices that are plugged into your soundbar can enjoy the sound. If not, then you want get any sound. Your other option is to use the included optical cable, which sends sound from your TV to the soundbar. Luckily both cables are included. Most TVs are going to have optical outlets, which might be the best bet if you aren't sure about your TV's ARC input (most if not all newer TVs have them). Just make sure the settings on your TV are correct to enjoy optical out sound. I don't think you'd have to change them, but keep that in mind as a means of troubleshooting if after you plug it in there's no sound.

    Getting the soundbar up and running is simple and connecting the wireless sub is as simple as plugging it in to an outlet (it can be placed anywhere in the room, I put mine behind the couch) and hitting the sync button on the back of the sub. I didn't mount it to the wall, but there are instructions to do so and I wouldn't imagine it being too tough. I will likely mount mine to the wall when I get some time to hide the cables behind the TV (that's the one bad thing about any sound bar, is the sight of cables).

    SOUND QUALITY

    Denon is known for high quality sound and this sound bar delivers. It has rich bass and immersive sound, despite only being 2.1 channels. It has some Dolby surround sound magic that sounds pretty good. But again, it won't produce true surround sound but for a living room TV or TV in a den, it's perfect.

    EASE OF USE

    The remote is dead simple to use, but if you have ARC input on your TV, you probably don't even have to use it (a plus, one less remote to mess with). With ARC sound, your TV controls the sound, so your standard TV remote should, without you having to do anything, control the sound. You would need the Denon remote to change sound settings, but honestly, that's not something you'll do much. Like me, you'll likely pick the preset sound you like and then leave it be and just be adjusting volume as you see fit.

    CONNECTIVITY

    I have a lot of devices plugged into my TV. FireTV, Chromecast, Nintendo Switch, and 4K Blu Ray player. Luckily for me, my TV has that many inputs. Once you set things up it really isn't a big deal whether your devices are plugged into the TV or soundbar, in fact, you could argue it's easier to plug them into a TV and just use your soundbar for sound. That way you never have to use a separate remote to change inputs. BUT, if your TV doesn't have enough ports, this Denon won't help your problem. I doubt this is a problem for most people, but given my lifestyle I need a TV/soundbar/receiver with lots of HDMI ports. Like I said, I get by with the HDMI ports on my TV, it's just something to keep in mind. Plus, this soundbar is pretty pricey, so you would generally expect more inputs. But that's a fair trade off for the great sound quality. I just caution everyone looking at this sound bar (or any soundbar) to pay close attention to the number of devices you want to be hooked to your TV and keep in mind that the Denon soundbar doesn't have any room for expansion

    CONCLUSION

    Bottom line is that this is a great sounding soundbar that will compliment almost any TV. I probably would want something bigger if I were using it for my main movie/TV television room, but it would be perfect for most people. Only thing to keep in mind is the number of ports.

    May 06, 2019 11:14
  • 9.0score