Three new Best Buy TV sound bars revealedSonos, Bose, LG, Yamaha and Sony - which came top?

19 September 2013

Sound bar and TV

Nine new sound bar reviews are online and we’ve had some surprising results. We found three new Best Buys and a sound bar that scored 83% - the highest score of any we’ve tested - plus one Don’t Buy. 

We’ve tested models styled to suit both small-screen and big-screen TVs to help you find out which is the best sound bar for your telly.

Our latest test includes the Sonos PlayBar, Bose TV Solo sound bar and an LG sound bar that can also add smart TV features, such as the BBC iPlayer catch-up TV service, to your existing TV. 

And we’ve found the best model we’ve tested yet, which beats the top score that was previously set by an LG sound bar.

The model in question offers excellent sound all round, which is big and dynamic, and its speech enhancement mode not only enhanced voices in TV programmes but anything we threw at it. Find out which model we’re talking about by heading to our Best Buy sound bar reviews and see which models top our score table.

Sonos PlayBar sound bar

The Sonos PlayBar is part of Sonos' multi-room music system, which lets you stream music from various sources in multiple rooms via wi-fi. It has basic front-panel controls but full control is via an app that is installed on an external device such as an Android/iOS phone or tablet, Kindle Fire or Mac/PC software. 

You don't need to own other Sonos wireless speakers to use it but, whether you do or may add other Sonos speakers in the future, it's designed to use your internet connection to integrate into your wireless network. At £599, though, it’s one of the more expensive sound bars available.

Cheap sound bars with or without a subwoofer

Most sound bars cost between £100 and £600 and it can be hard to tell what you get for your money. 

Among the models we’ve tested are the Bush CBAR4 sound bar, Roth Audio Sub Zero sound bar and, for those who are after a model with a separate subwoofer speaker, we’ve also reviewed the Sony HT-C60 sound bar - and all three cost less than £150.

Which? members can log in to find out how these sound bars performed. If you’re not a member yet, you can still discover which sound bars have done well in our tests by signing up for a £1 trial and getting instant access to all of our results.

Sound bars tested

  • Bose TV Solo
  • Bush CBAR4
  • Roth Audio Sub-Zero
  • Sonos PlayBar
  • Sony HT-CT260
  • Sony HT-CT60
  • LG NB3730A
  • Orbitsound M12
  • Yamaha YAS-201

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