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Best sound bars of 2015

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Nothing beats a full-blown home theater system, but for many people a sound bar is the best compromise between wanting better sound and not wanting an imposing home audio system. We've rounded up the best sound bars on the market, with an emphasis on low-hassle systems that sound better than they should considering their small footprint. None of these systems require a separate AV receiver and most include a wireless subwoofer or no separate subwoofer at all. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.

Yamaha YAS-203

The Yamaha YAS-203 breaks free of most of the performance constraints of budget sound bars, sounding bigger, more spacious, more dynamic and clearer than anything near its price.

Price: $399.95 - $463.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Spacious-sounding bar hits sweet spot

Pioneer SP-SB03 Speaker Base

The hulking Pioneer Sound Base delivers some of the best sound we've heard from an affordable pedestal-style sound stand.

Price: $219.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Definitive Technology W Studio

The excellent-sounding, elegant-looking Definitive Technology W Studio helps bring a touch of luxury to those willing to splash out on a high-end sound bar.

Price: $1,299.00 - $1,299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $228.00 - $298.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B

The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.

Price: $174.86 - $262.49 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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