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Sound bars advice guides

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A good sound bar can boost and revitalise your TV's sound. Our experts will guide you through the essential features to look out for when buying a sound bar.

How to buy the best sound bar

A sound bar is a simple way to give your TV a much-needed audio boost. We've explained key sound bar features to look out for and selected some of the best sound bars for 2020.

How to set up a sound bar with your TV

We explain how to set up your sound bar with your TV, and get the best sound quality no matter what you’re watching.

Top five sound bars under £200

If you're willing to spend a bit more on a mid-range model but still don't want to break the bank, we've picked out the best sound bars that £200 can buy.

Top three best soundbases for 2021

Whether you just want to boost your TV’s sound or have a hi-tech home cinematic setup, sound bases have become known as a compact solution to the weak sound quality you get from TV speakers.

Which sound bar brand to buy in 2021

Our latest reliability survey can help you to pick a sound bar brand that lasts. We surveyed owners of Bose, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony sound bars to find out which develop the fewest faults over time.

Samsung vs LG sound bars: which is best?

As two of the biggest-selling sound bar manufacturers around, Samsung and LG launch a new range each year in a bid to win your custom. Whether you want a sound bar as part of a full home cinema system or you just want to add a bit more energy to X Factor, both brands promise to enhance your favourite movies, TV and music with powerful, room-filling sound.

How to fix your sound bar: common problems explained

Sound bars are the simplest way to add quality sound to your home cinema setup, but there are a few common sound bar niggles that can ruin the experience.

Sound bars glossary

Before you choose a sound bar, it helps to understand the key terms. Our jargon-busting glossary explains the different terms and how they will affect your choice.

How we test sound bars

A sound bar can be an easy way to revitalise a dull-sounding TV. We take you through our testing process.

Sound bars vs home cinema systems: which is best?

Want top-quality sound from your TV? We’ll help you decide whether a sound bar, a home cinema or surround sound system is best for you.

Sound bar vs soundbase: what's the difference?

You may have seen these two terms banded about, but what do they actually mean? We give you the answers.