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Top five sound bars under £200 for 2020

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


This excellent sound bar is compact and slender, and although it can’t quite match the power and force of high-end models, sound quality is still good enough to make it a Best Buy. It produces great sound effects, and speech in TV and movies is clear. Setting up and using the sound bar couldn’t be easier.


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.


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 brings movies to life and makes streamed music sound brilliant. It does justice to whatever you’re watching or listening to, and makes speech sound clear and intelligible. The sound is consistent no matter where you’re sitting in the room. It automatically detects what’s playing and selects the best sound mode to optimise your experience. Setup and everyday use is simple, too.

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


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 on how we test, take a look at our 'how we test' page.  


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