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Best home audio products of 2014

We've selected five standout products that represent some of the best values in the home audio arena

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Sony HT-ST5

The Sony HT-ST5 sound bar won't hit as hard as its linemates, but its compact design and extra features just might grab our recommendation.

4 September 2014

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Sony HT-XT1

Sony's HT-XT1 sound stand is packed with features, looks sleek, and sounds great, making it a no-brainer upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers.

26 April 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 26 April 2014

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Vizio S2121w-D0

Vizio introduced its first-ever pedestal-style sound bar at CES 2014, looking to compete with similar models from Bose and Zvox.

7 January 2014

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LG SoundPlate LAP340

The sleek new LG LAP340 SoundPlate can double as a pedestal for a 32- to 55-inch TV and features Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming from mobile devices.

1 October 2013

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Pioneer SP-SB23W

The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations.

24 September 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating 24 September 2013

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Sony HT-ST7

The Sony HT-ST7 is a visually stunning sound bar with a fine feature set, but it doesn't sound as good as you'd expect at its sky-high price.

4 September 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating 4 September 2013

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Sharp HT-SB60

The Sharp HT-SB60 is one of the best-performing sound bars we've tested, although its extra-long size and lack of Bluetooth will give some buyers pause.

18 May 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating 18 May 2013

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Vizio S4251w-B4

Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.

14 May 2013

4 stars Editors' rating 14 May 2013

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Bose Solo

Although its sonic talents are comparatively modest, the Bose Solo is an exceedingly handsome and easy-to-use sound bar.

29 November 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating 29 November 2012

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Sonos Playbar

The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.

5 March 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating 5 March 2013