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.
Bose Solo TV sound system
Although its sonic talents are comparatively modest, the Bose Solo is an exceedingly handsome and easy-to-use sound bar.
The Vizio VHT215 looks sleek, sounds good, and is packed with inputs, making it one of the top budget sound bar choices.
Energy Power Bar
The Energy Power Bar sounds better than most sound bars when playing music, but there are better overall sound bars available for less money.
JBL SB 300
The JBL SB 300 is a plus-size sound bar with excellent sound quality, but its unconventional style won't please everyone.
Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25
The Boston Acoustic TVee Model 25 is a competent, but unexceptional, sound bar with some design flaws that make it not quite worth its premium price tag.
Harman/Kardon SB 16
The Harman Kardon SB 16 features a premium price tag and some remote control quirks, but its excellent sound quality and exterior design make it worth the extra cash.
Canton CD 90 SB ( silver)
Canton's unique three-channel CD 90 SB sound bar combines good looks with above-average sound quality for music and movies.
Yamaha Digital Sound Projector YSP-1100 ( black)
Yamaha's YSP-1100, its best-ever Digital Sound Projector single-speaker surround system, is a breeze to set up and it sounds great on DVD.
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Polk Audio SurroundBar ( black)
A single-speaker surround system, the Polk Audio SurroundBar works best as a home-theater solution for small rooms.