The best bluetooth soundbars for home theater

The best bluetooth soundbars for home theater

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A soundbar  It is a versatile device, with a slim and long design almost as long as a 40-inch TV, which can be mounted on the wall on a special support, or it can be placed in front of or under the TV. It connects to the TV via a single cable.

A soundbar allows you to improve the sound quality of your TV by giving you cinematic sound in a small footprint. 

Modern TVs are getting thinner while also sacrificing audio quality. Soundbars exist to increase TV quality without having to install a traditional surround sound system with its annoying cables. The basic stand-alone soundbars have no subwoofer, the more advanced soundbars have a subwoofer and  satellite speakers. In addition to soundbars it is possible to improve the quality with the  soundbases,  but where is the difference?

SOUNDBARS VS SOUNDBASES – which one to buy?

For  improve your TV sound just buy a soundbar or soundbase.  A soundbar is a slim speaker system that can be mounted on the wall under the TV, or in front of a cabinet. Usually a soundbars is  2.1 stereo (2 speakers and a separate subwoofer) but provides a compelling virtual surround effect.

A soundbase on the other hand is a pretty unit  flat that can be placed under the TV. It usually comes with  more woofers than a soundbar, this means that you don’t need a separate subwoofer. Soundbars and soundbases may have connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for streaming content from smartphones, tablets and computers as well as USB ports for connecting external hard drives, HDMI inputs, Full HD support outputs and 3D TV playback. Recent models tend to have a single optical input, which allows you to connect everything to the TV with a single cable, one of these models is the Sonos PlayBase .

The best bluetooth soundbars for home theater on the market:

Samsung HW-K450 (see price or buy)

Power: 300 watts | Optical cable: 1.5 m | Dimensions: 90.9 x 29.9 x 36.1 cm | Weight: 6.6 kg | Amplifier channels: 2.1 channels | HDMI 1.4 Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS 2.0 | Wireless: Wi-Fi | Optical digital audio input | Supported audio format : AAC, FLAC, OGG, WAV, WMA | Components included: product, remote control, manual and wall bracket

The Samsung HW-K450 soundbar is the best-selling model currently on Amazon. This device has very good features: 2.1 channels, 300W, DTS 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0 and can be connected via HDMI or Wireless. It has the wall bracket included in the package. It is one of the devices with the highest quality / price ratio on the market (it sells under 200 euros) and is perfectly suitable for those looking for a soundbar that significantly improves the audio of the television.

 

Philips Fidelio B5  ( see price or buy )

Surround sound or portable Bluetooth – the choice is yours

Power: 120W | Speaker : 4 | Dimensions: 1,035 x 70 x 156 mm | Weight: 16kg | Entrances: digital coaxial, digital optical in, HDMI 1.4 out (ARC), HDMI IN 1, HDMI IN 2, Audio in 3.5mm jack | Wireless: Bluetooth APT-X and AAC | Subwoofer included?: Yes | Peculiarities: N / A

The Philips Fidelio B5 is a great soundbar for anyone who wants a good one  sound  without having to install a 5.1 surround sound system using both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround.

Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar ( See price or buy )

Power: 100W | Speaker:  2 | Dimensions: 1000 x 90 x 142mm | Weight: 4.9 kg | Entrances: 1 x HDMI, 1 x digital optical, 1 x 3.5mm | Outputs: N / A | Wireless: Bluetooth aptX | Subwoofer included?: Yes | Peculiarities: N / A

This model is a 2.1 channel without HDMI support but its quality will surely convince you considering that it is very difficult to find a competitive product that sounds so good in the same price range. It sounds so good that it avoids the need to add more  channels.

LG SH7B ( See price or buy )

Power: 360W | Speaker: 4 | Dimensions: 41.73 x 2.09 x 3.35 inches | Weight: 5.9lbs | Entrances: 1 x HDMI, 1 x HDMI Out, 1 x 3.5mm | Wireless: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi | Subwoofer included?: Yes | Special Features: Google Cast, Spotify Connect, Multi-Camera

This is LG’s entry-level soundbar  which does not disappoint despite its low price, especially for those who have little space. Music and surround sound reproduction may not be the best in this price range, but the quality remains respectable.

 

Sonos Playbar ( See price or buy )

Power: not listed | Speaker : 9 | Dimensions: 900 x 85 x 140mm | Weight: 5.4 kg | Entrances: 1 x digital optical, 2 x Ethernet LAN | Outputs: N / A | Wireless: Wi-Fi | Special Features:  1 speaker can be connected as a wireless rear speaker

 It integrates with Sonos systems and requires TV  details  for optical connection without HDMI. The Sonos Playbar alone manages to give the TV a nice boost with the benefit of being able to follow a Sonos wireless system, and it can also act as the front with three speakers in a 5.1 setup.

Sony HT-NT5 ( See price or buy )

Power: 400W | Speaker : 6 | Dimensions: 1080 × 58 × 127mm | Weight: 3.2 kg | Entrances: 1 x digital optical, 3 x HDMI | Outputs: 1 x HDMI | Wireless: Bluetooth and WiFi | Special Features: Spotify Connect, Google Fusion and LDAC Hi-Res codec, 4K HDMI pass-through

This Sony soundbar is a 2.1 sound system equipped with 4K-ready HDMI inputs, a wireless, a slim subwoofer and a Hi-Res Audio, capable of working be compatible with audio to 24-bit audio as well as with Spotify Connect, Google Cast, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, which also covers both the AAC and LDAC codecs at a high resolution. The sub’s three-way speakers do their job brilliantly shines while the Sony S master digital amplifier ensures a Quality sound across the board, with stereo width appreciates best when wall mounted.

Samsung HW-K950 ( See price or buy )

Power: 500W | Speaker : 9 | Dimensions: 47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1 inches | Weight: 14.7lbs | Entrances: 1 x digital optical, 1 x HDMI | Outputs: 1 x HDMI | Wireless: Bluetooth and WiFi | Subwoofer included?: Yes | Peculiarities: Dolby Atmos

Do you need dolby Atmos? This is the most immersive tech ‘3D surround system’ that has a standard soundbar design, but with a pair of satellite speakers and a subwoofer.  Using rear speakers with upward speakers creates a virtual 5.1 system. 4. Work in DTS stereo (unless using a Blu-ray player capable of converting it to Dolby Digital) and while it’s not cheap it’s pretty awesome.

Bose SoundTouch 300 (See price or buy)

Power: N / A | Speaker: 1 | Dimensions: 42 x 6.2 x 5 inches | Weight: 15.2lbs | Entrances: 1 x digital optical, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet port, 1x 3.5mm jack for ADAPTiQ® system configuration, 1 x 3.5mm hardwire bass module, 1 x micro-USB connection | Outputs: 1 x HDMI Out with Audio Return Channel (ARC) | Wireless: Bluetooth | Subwoofer included?: No | Special Features: Multiroom

Among the strengths we find a wide and articulated sound presentation and an excellent build quality, but without a subwoofer.  Its sound quality is above average and despite not being an audio system  2.1, Bose allows the purchase of the wireless Acoustimas sub. The spundtouch 300 is also  compatible with the Bose SoundTouch wireless multiroom system that integrates small Bluetooth speakers.

Creative SoundBlasterX Katana ( See price or buy )

Power: 75W | Speaker: 4 | Dimensions: 2.4 x 23.6 x 3.1 inches | Weight: 12.1 lbs | Entrances: 1 x digital optical, 1 x Aux-in, 1 x USB | Outputs: Headset | Wireless: Bluetooth | Subwoofer included?: Yes | Peculiarities: RGB lighting

Among the advantages of this creative product you can count a powerful sound, RGB lights and Wired subwoofer while the HDMI port is missing. The SoundblasterX Katana is an anonymous soundbar, compared to the competition that offers sound systems for TV, Creative aims to offer superior sound quality to computers with a desktop shape. The USB and optical inputs are very PC-centric and the RGB lighting takes advantage of  the current trend of  PC peripherals.

 

Sony HT-CT290 (See price or buy)

Power: 300 W | Dimensions: 900 x 52 x 86mm | Weight: 2.3 kg | Subwoofer Dimensions: 170 x 342 x 362mm | Subwoofer Weight: 6.3 Kg | Amplifier channels: 2.1 channels | USB output and input terminals: 1 (USB-A), Optical input

With the 2.1-channel audio system and a power of 300W, this soundbar allows you to have immersive audio at home like in the cinema. The wireless subwoofer is included in the package; in addition there are Bluetooth, NFC and HDMI technologies. Around 250 euros you will have at your complete disposal a truly incredible and qualitatively valid device. The dimensions are very thin and the weight is really low: it will integrate perfectly with the rest of your Home Cinema system; the device can be mounted with a wall support or it can be placed on the cabinet where the television is present.

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