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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. 

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Most of the big sound bar brands produce models in the £100-200 price range. Going for a slightly more expensive sound bar rather than a complete entry-level model will bring you some added features, such as a wireless subwoofer and the ability to decode surround sound from a Blu-ray disc player.

We review sound bars that cost from as little as £30 all the way up to extravagant models that cost more than £1,000, and we've found that price often doesn't have any bearing on whether the product actually sounds good. Below, we pick out five sound bars that will really improve your home entertainment, each offering great sound quality for an affordable price.

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Top five sound bars under £200


We're really impressed with this big-brand model. It manages an impressive sound and even comes with a separate subwoofer for a bit of extra bass. It's easy to use, just make sure you have it set up dead-centre for where you'll be listening from, as quality drops off as you move off-centre.


For a model of this calibre, this sound bar performed very well in our tests. Its sound has warmth that not all in this price range can manage, plus the bass is powerful but not so much that it drowns out speech and detail. It’s also easy to use.


This sound bar isn’t that much cheaper than some of our Best Buys, which are models by other brands. But this isn’t a bad choice. It did well in our sound quality tests plus it’s easy to set up.


Want cracking sound quality without spending a fortune? Then this entry-level sound bar from a well-known brand will be right up your street. While it doesn't offer many features, this no-frills sound bar gets the basics right.


With a wireless subwoofer and high-resolution audio support, this big-brand sound bar is a genuine bargain. It impresses with its sound quality, and you won’t have any problems getting set up with your television at home.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of June 2018.

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And here's three cheap sound bars to avoid

The sound bars above will all make watching TV a far more enjoyable experience, but unfortunately the same can't be said of all the models we test. 

For every great-value bargain, there's a complete shocker out there somewhere. Our expert reviews are the most reliable way to separate the wheat from the chaff, and we've picked out three proverbial husks in the table below. 

Sound bars to avoid under £200


A very disappointing experience from this sub-£100 bar. It's easy to set up, but once you have it up and running you'll be disappointed with its harsh and tinny tones.


This is the second-worst sound bar we've ever reviewed and the absolute worst that's still on sale. It's little surprise given its low price, but serves as a reminder that ultra-low-budget products are often a false economy.

How we test sound bars

Every sound bar that goes through our test lab is put through its paces by our industry experts. We have decades of experience of designing and testing the latest home audio products, so can recognise a deal from dud. 

Before we start our listening test we make sure we've set each sound bar up to give its best-possible performance. Its position in your living room, audio settings and the overall volume level will all have a big effect on how good things sound. 

We test sound bars with a range of music, TV and film soundtracks to find out how they'll sound no matter what you're listening to. For more information, take a more in-depth look at how we test sound bars.  


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