CNET editors' favorite speakers.
The Samsung Sound OG900 can launch S-Voice from its volume controller, but it'll set you back about $275.
The Vizio S4221w-C4 is an excellent budget sound bar, with great sound quality, an excellent remote, and built-in Bluetooth, but its design won't work in every setup.
The Brainwavz HM5s sound great, are very comfortable, and are able to compete with high-end headphones for a relatively affordable price.
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.
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.
Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple of caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.
Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.
New Dolby technology called Atmos essentially puts the audience in a bubble of sound. CNET's Kara Tsuboi sits down with Stuart Bowling, Dolby's director of market development to hear how this new system was used to create the Oscar-nominated soundtracks in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Gravity."
The Soundfreaq Sound Kick portable Bluetooth speaker is a good value, with an attractive design and good performance for its size.
The SpeakerCraft CS3 is a handsome, excellent-sounding sound bar that's well worth its lofty price.