Choosing the right soundbar for you
Updated: November 1, 2018
There is still one aspect where today’s modern flat-panel 4K TVs do not cut it: Sound.
With the latest OLED and QLED technologies, modern, thinner and space-saving flat-panel 4K TVs deliver the best picture quality we have ever seen. However, these leave them with no room to fit in good full-range speaker drivers. As an alternative, small built-in TV speakers are usually embedded behind or underneath them, often resulting in sub-standard dialog, thin sound and inadequate bass.
So, how do people match their 4K TVs with immersive sound?
Some soundbars today can effectively contend with full-featured surround sound systems . Slim, easy to setup and affordable, they have evolved from singular, rectangular-shaped speaker boxes with only 2 enclosed speakers to high-performance multi-channel surround soundbar systems. The latter can now deliver theater quality immersive surround sound experiences without the complexity and hassle of assembling traditional AVR-powered surround sound systems.
It is no surprise that there are many soundbars available in the market today, ranging from “simulated surround” soundbars as low as $100 to “true discrete surround” soundbar systems, some of which come with two subwoofers and multiple surround speakers that cost more than $1,000.
There are several tips to look out for when choosing the right soundbar system. We have added a comprehensive comparison table with the top reviewed soundbars for you to make the best purchase decision.
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