Get an Insignia Bluetooth mini sound bar for $39.99

That's an awfully cheap fix for your TV's terrible sound quality, especially considering you're getting a Bluetooth speaker as part of the deal.

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This super-compact sound bar is just over a foot wide.


Are you doing TV wrong? You might be if: a) You haven't done anything to resolve the dreaded soap-opera effect; b) You're settling for the tinny, anemic sound produced by those tiny built-in speakers; and c) You spend time watching soccer. (Whoa! Who said that? I kid, I kid!)

Let's talk b). You can greatly improve your TV audio by connecting a sound bar -- even a small, inexpensive sound bar. And when it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, so much the better.

Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Insignia NS-SB216 two-channel sound bar with Bluetooth for $39.99. Shipping is free, but you'll probably have to pony up for sales tax. (Incidentally, it's also available via eBay for the same price.)

It's not immediately clear from the photo, but this is a very small speaker: It measures just 12.6 inches across. Most sound bars are a lot wider, not ideal if you're looking to pair them with a smaller TV, like one in a bedroom or den.

Speaking of pairing, if your TV has built-in Bluetooth or you own a Bluetooth transmitter, you could potentially set this up as a wireless speaker. But that would preclude you using it as a Bluetooth speaker with your phone or tablet, as it can pair to only one device at a time. Personally, I'd go for the traditional RCA or optical wired connection, leaving Bluetooth free for streaming audio. (I've also heard that TV audio can lag slightly when delivered via Bluetooth.)

There's not much else to report, other than the 4.1-star rating from nearly 100 buyers. If you're looking for an easy and inexpensive TV-audio boost, it's hard to beat the price tag on this.

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