Best Sound Bars for 2019

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  • $124 at Walmart
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    CNET's Rating

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

    The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best budget sound bar we've ever heard, period.

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  • $98 at Walmart
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 10 Value
    Vizio SB362An-F6

    The Vizio SB362An-F6 offers astoundingly good value for money, with excellent sound quality for a budget sound bar.

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  • $199 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Polk Command Bar

    Forget the Sonos Beam. The Polk Command Bar's elevated sound quality makes it the best value among voice-controlled sound bars.

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  • $498 at Walmart
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Vizio SB36512-F6

    The excellent-sounding Vizio SB36512-F6 is the only Dolby Atmos sound bar we can heartily recommend, and it doesn't cost a king's ransom.

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  • $2,500 at Abt Electronics
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 7 Value
    Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

    If you want the most realistic surround sound from a single speaker, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is the best there is.

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  • $209 at Walmart
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    CNET's Rating

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

    Who says sound bars have to be big to sound big? This pipsqueak Polk doles out better sound than we expected for its small size and affordable price.

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  • $398 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 6 Sound
    • 7 Value
    Sonos Beam

    Now with the option to choose either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, the Sonos Beam is the most versatile compact sound bar you can buy.

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  • $86 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 10 Value
    Creative Stage

    The excellent Creative Stage sound bar and subwoofer combo sets the standard for a desktop or a gaming system on a budget

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  • $171 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • $400 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • $300 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

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

    The unassuming Zvox SB500 is the best performing speaker the company has ever produced.

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  • $350 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

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

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

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  • $800 MSRP
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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