Top five sound bars under £200 for 2019
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.
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
This sound bar is ideal if you're short on space in front of your TV. The tiny bar might lack a bit of oomf, but the separate, wireless subwoofer makes up for this. It also comes with a mounting bracket if you want to attach it to a wall under your TV and it can also connect to Bluetooth audio sources. This is a superb product at a great price.
Most sound bars come with an external subwoofer, but this easy-to-use model has it built in, so you won’t need to make room for an extra box. It’s easy to use and delivers powerful, room-filling sound, making movies sound realistic and engaging. Unlike many, it lives up to its marketing description. Speech quality is excellent.
Sound bases differ from sound bars as they offer a one-stop shop for bass, mid-range and treble, and you can plonk your TV on top of it. This model is one of the best sound bases we've tested and can be found for well under £200. Audio is detailed and you get a very high maximum volume without distortion. Well worth a place on your short-list.
This feature-packed sound bar creates a captivating surround-sound experience. It automatically chooses the best sound setting to suit whatever you’re watching or listening to. Movie soundtracks and music sound amazing and full of life, and speech is very clear. It’s also easy to set up and use.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of June 2018.
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And here's three cheap sound bars that aren't good value
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
The sound that spews from this model is nothing short of horrible. Avoid it at all costs. There’s practically no bass at all, which makes everything sound harsh and tinny. If you turn the volume up, you’ll be covering your ears to get away from the noise.
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 on how we test, take a look at our 'how we test' page.