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Soundbars: 5 Budgets, 5 Options.

September 01st, 2018

An overview of 5 different soundbar options and their top features.

As people are moving away from bulky and expensive speakers, soundbars are becoming some of the most popular tools for those who are looking to listen to good audio without breaking the bank. While there is a wide range of offerings at different prices out there (from a few hundred to over $1,000), it is easy to say that the average soundbar is more affordable than speakers of comparable quality and grade. If you are considering purchasing a soundbar and are browsing the web for advice, we’ve got you covered: check out the following comparisons between 3 of the most popular soundbar products out there today. Different budgets, different features, and different pros and cons. Keep reading to learn more.

Sony HT-NT5

Sony is a highly regarded manufacturer of consumer electronics, and its reputation its particularly outstanding when it comes to high-quality, txt affordable audio products. The Sony HT-NT5 lives up to the expectations, providing a neat set of features with excellent sound and easy setup. The design of this unit is slick and flexible, and this would be a particularly great option for music lovers, as well as for people seeking for a no-fuss home theatre rig for their TV stations.

Besides the pleasing sound quality, the sleek and versatile design of this unit is one of its most significant selling points. The Sony HT-NT5 is neutral enough to be a perfect fit for different styles of decor. Whether you have a classy and minimalistic living room or a colorful and casual environment, this soundbar will fit in without awkwardness!

Samsung HW-K950

Moving up the price ladder, this model is more expensive, but it provides incredibly good sound that feels spacious and rich. Some Soundbars might fall flat regarding frequency response and spacial optimization, but this cool Samsung model contributes to a fantastic and immersive listening experience. The product has a whole lot of amazing features, and it is also compatible with Dolby Atmos sound. If you are looking to bring your movies to life and turn your living room into your own private home theatre nook, this is the soundbar for you. While you can buy a cheaper set of speakers and achieve a sound that is equally as good, the big advantage of using the Samsung HW-K950 is that this is an all-in-one solution. No cables, no bulky speaker cabinets, and no hassle.

Vizio SB3621

The Vizio SB3621 is one of the most affordable soundbars out there. While it doesn’t quite pack the same features found on the previously described models, it certainly makes up for it with its affordable price tag. The unit is available for under 200 dollars, and at this price, it is a no-brainer if you are looking for a casual and hassle-free music listening station, or an addition to your home theatre without breaking the bank. This model has a very compact size, making it particularly great for a wide variety of environment and purposes. Many people love to get a Vizio SB3621 as an additional soundbar to install in their bathrooms, or in their kids’ bedrooms since it is so compact and easy to install without taking up too much space. At its core, this unit doesn’t have any particular special feature: it simply gets the job done, and you can hook it up to your devices via Bluetooth!

Sonos Playbar 

This product really doesn’t need any introduction. It’s the same reliable quality and software backbone as other Sonos products and boasts some of the greatest sound you can look for in a speaker. There’s minimal setup as always, and it integrates with the Sonos software to play music from all popular streaming services. The Playbar can be flat or wall mounted, unlike many other soundbars that don’t have mounting hardware included. You can sync a Sonos Subwoofer or even with other Sonos speakers to create a surround sound. The price is in the middle of most options but if you already have Sonos, the feature set is above and beyond what any other soundbar can offer.

Sonos Beam

While the Sonos Playbar is highly recommended, Sonos just released a slim option that is more affordable and just as highly recommended. The perfect balance of function and value, the Beam integrates HDMI connectivity and take advantage of additional technology the Playbar didn’t have, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant integration. The good news is that it’s just as easy to set up as all the other Sonos devices and it will look great on a shelf or wall mounted! The sound is not as “big” as the Playbar, but you will notice a tremendous upgrade from the TV speakers. You can expand the Beam’s sound by adding additional Sonos speakers.