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Best Sound Bars for 2018

Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews.
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  • $149.99 at Dell Home
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 10 Value
    Vizio SB3621

    The king of the budget sound bars

    The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best sound bar under $300 we have ever heard. If you want better TV sound, it's the new budget benchmark.

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  • $1,299.99 at Crutchfield
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 8 Value
    Samsung HW-K950

    The sound bar, raised

    The Samsung HW-K950 combines the discreet looks and simple setup of a sound bar with truly impressive sound for both movies and music.

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  • $269.95 at Amazon.com
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Yamaha YAS-207

    Mid-priced sound bar that lives up to high expectations

    The Yamaha YAS-207 is an excellent sound bar package which offers sound quality which soars above others' at the price.

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  • $229.99 at Amazon.com
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Polk MagniFi Mini

    Mighty mini sound bar

    The Polk MagniFi Mini's mix of features, performance and compact size makes it one of the best sound bars for the money.

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  • $449.00 at Amazon.com
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 10 Value
    Pioneer SP-SB23W

    Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound

    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.

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  • $399.99 at Crutchfield
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 8 Value
    Zvox SB500

    Zvox bar puts out grade-A sound

    The SB500 sound bar is easily the best-looking and -sounding Zvox we've ever tested, and among the best for the money, period.

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  • $299.99 at Amazon.com
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Q Acoustics Media 4

    Keep it simple, sound bar

    The Q Acoustics Media 4’s minimalist features set, built-in subwoofer, and fuss-free sound make for an attractive alternative to bulkier sound bar systems.

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  • $598.00 at Dell Home
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    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 10 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 7 Value
    Sony HT-NT5

    Sony finally nails the sub-$1k sound bar

    The Sony HT-NT5 offers distinctive good looks, a superlative feature set and generous performance, making it our favorite sound bar for the price.

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  • $1,099.00 at Amazon.com
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 7 Value
    Definitive Technology W Studio

    Setting a high bar for sound and price

    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.

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