CNET editors' favorite speakers.
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.
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 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.
Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.
The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.
The Philips HTL5120's distinctive design, low price, and immersive sound make it a tempting budget sound bar pick, although its sound quality isn't a good match for purists.
The SpeakerCraft CS3 is a handsome, excellent-sounding sound bar that's well worth its lofty price.
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.
Back in the day, budget-priced 5.1-channel home theater-in-a-box systems ruled, but that was before sound bars totally obliterated that product category.
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.