Sound bar

If you’re creating a sleek home theatre setup, get yourself a sound bar. They act as the perfect extension to a new television for home theatre sound. Plus, they don’t take up much space.  

Sound bars come in a range of prices, sizes, and features. Which one should you get? With so many choices, that can be a tough decision to make. To help you decide, a good idea is to read the reviews of others. Their experience, opinions, and feedback can help narrow down your search. Look for common themes in the reviews like easy setup, sound quality, and usability. If multiple people rave about the same thing, you probably will too.  

Here are the top sound bars as rated by Best Buy customers: 

Bose TV Speaker sound bar

Bose TV Speaker

If you’re looking for a compact design, check out the Bose TV speaker. This is a great addition to any TV for watching TV shows and movies. The dialogue mode analyzes what you’re watching to enhance the center vocals. Every word you hear is crisp and clear. RachelTechy said, “Great for home movie nights. And perfect for gaming. I can hear the enemy’s footsteps and my team talking without having to use my headset.” She gave it a 5-star review for quality, value, and ease of use. 

JBL Sound bar

JBL Bar

Nothing beats a proper surround sound setup. The JBL Bar is a 9.1-channel sound bar with 2 detachable surround sound speakers. That means on movie night, you can place them on each side of the couch. For the added bass, it comes with a 10” wireless subwoofer. Place it anywhere in the room for a deep, punchy bass. Paired to your TV, you’ll get the ultimate sound experience. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X 3D sound with Ultra HD 4K pass-through with Dolby Vision. 

RockyKarthik said, “I switched from a 3.1 channel sound bar to this 9.1 channel one. The sound quality is excellent. It totally transformed my living room into a movie theatre.” 

Samsung HW-Q99OB sound bar

Samsung HW-Q99OB

To achieve surround sound, you need multi-channel speakers. The Samsung HW-Q99OB offers 11.4 channels to ensure crystal-clear sound from all angles. It features four firing-up channels to deliver immersive sound in any room. It also works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free streaming. Reviewer HuzaefaH really liked the ability to adjust all the channels independently. He said, “You can fine-tune the sound to sound just the way you want.” This makes it highly adaptable to any room environment. 

Reviewer TechHedonist was really impressed with the sound as well. He said, “Atmos is just wow. I mean the overall sound is fantastic, beyond anything I expected from a sound bar…and I can be a snob about my sound.” 

Sony HT-A5000 sound bar

Sony HT-A5000

If you’re looking for a sound bar that can produce a lot of bass without a wireless subwoofer, the Sony HT-A5000 is worth checking out. It features a built-in subwoofer and side beam tweeters to produce a full 5.1`2 surround sound. It uses a feature called Sound Field Optimization. Essentially, it adapts the audio output to fit the room. This is a good choice for people who want to take full advantage of Dolby Atmos. Reviewer Haiiro said, “I have been looking for an all-in-one sound bar solution to get perfect Dolby Atmos from the cinema at home. Well, I can safely say, that Sony has smashed it out of the park with the HTA5000.”

Sonos Beam sound bar

Sonos Beam

Sonos fans will love the Sonos Beam. Not only does it support Dolby Atmos, but it also has a speech enhancement feature to hear whispers with high clarity. It’s a great choice for people who watch movies at night. It incorporates an advanced sound processing technology that intensifies quiet sounds while minimizing loud noises. This allows you to watch movies all night long without waking others up.

Many reviews mention that this is a great sound bar for existing Sonos users. Reviewer Teamwaffle said, “Ties into the rest of my Sonos system for whole house audio. Removes the need for another Echo Dot in the room as well as it has Alexa built-in.” 

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 sound bar

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

Why use a remote controller when you can use your voice? The Bose Smart Sound bar is perfect for today’s smart home. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in. Control the sound bar, TV, and cable box with simple voice commands. It also works with the Bose Music app. This makes it easy to update the software or choose a voice assistant. 

This is an excellent choice for current Bose customers. The sound bar can be grouped with other Bose speakers over Wi-Fi. Additionally, Chromecast is built-in. Users can listen to different songs in different rooms or the same song in every room. It truly is the sound bar for smart homes. Many of the reviews spoke about the sound quality. Reviewer WilliamsBoie said, “This sound bar is LEGIT!! The clarity is incredible.”  Reviewer j19vfc was also left speechless. He said, Wow, just wow..if you are looking for spectacular cinema sound with a design to fit any environment, then look no further than this Bose Smart Sound bar 900.”

Choosing the right sound bar for you

You can learn a lot about sound bar models by reading their reviews. These are six of the top sound bars as rated by Best Buy customers. Some people want a wireless sub, and others want an all-in-one solution to fit smaller spaces. Others prefer a large setup with detectable speakers that they can strategically place in a room. For smaller rooms, many people look for compact sound bars that still support Dolby Atmos. This sound bar buying guide is a great place to start. Once you know the ins and out of sound bars, you can rely on the experience of others to guide your decision.

Check out all the sound bars available now at Best Buy and don’t forget to read the reviews. 

Andy Baryer aka “Handy Andy” is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY/how-to content creator. Known as the handyman of tech, Andy enjoys fixing poor wireless networks, building smart homes, and cooking with the latest kitchen gadgets. He’s a competitive whistler, a budding woodworker, and loves gardening in his home-built smart garden.

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