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Best sound bars of 2017

Low-hassle systems that sound better than they should.

  • $1,297.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • LG SH7B

    The LG SH7B proves how far affordable sound bar/wireless subwoofer systems have come, and sounds equally credible with movies and music.

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    $473.06 at Walmart See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
  • $499.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • Polk MagniFi Mini

    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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    $299.95 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 9 Value
  • $299.95 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 9 Value
    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.

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  • 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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    $389.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 10 Value
  • $299.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 8 Value
    Vizio SB4051-C0

    The Vizio SB4051 packs a wealth of features into a compact sound bar/wireless sub system, and its satellite speakers produce true, room-filling surround sound.

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  • 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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    $598.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 10 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 7 Value
  • $899.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 7 Value
    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.

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