If you can’t put in a 5.1/7.1 surround system a soundbar is a great way to make a big step up from the TV’s speakers without breaking the bank or pulling wire.
To test the soundbar state of the art and explore the breadth of
offerings, we rounded up four models. Customarily in such comparisons,
we pit similar products against one another and pick the winners and
losers. Not so here. We intentionally chose very different soundbars to
show just how diverse the product category is. So let’s begin by saying
that each of these soundbars is quite good in its own way. The more
interesting questions are what makes them good, and why they might be
sound choices for you.