How would you like your food without salt? An LED TV system without the best soundbar is somewhat similar. You will not be able to enjoy the best experience.
In the world of electronics, ‘Slim is beautiful’. This is the age where you see the LED TVs becoming slimmer than ever before. Of course, the modern-day Full HD and 4K Televisions have excellent TV screens that deliver the highest quality of visuals.
But, these high-end TVs have one drawback. They do not have space for fitting speaker systems. Hence, you need to have a separate sound system to recreate the quality of sound necessary for a TV of this high calibre.
Let us look at some of the best soundbars available in the Indian market scene.
1. Sony HT-RT3 Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Soundbar
The Sony HT-RT-3 is an affordable one and capable of producing a power-packed performance at the same time.
Setting up this soundbar is easy because it does not have many accessories. Two rear speakers and a subwoofer accompany the soundbar. The wires and points have colour codes that make it convenient to connect without waiting for the Sony technician to show up. It is also easy to set up the soundbar with a Blu-ray player.
When it comes to delivering high-quality sound, can anything be better than the total output of 600W Dolby Digital Surround Sound? Sony’s S-Master digital amplifier helps in producing distortion-free output.
As far as connectivity is concerned, this soundbar is compatible with Bluetooth and NFC technology. The USB audio playback feature allows you to switch off the TV and still play music using the home theatre. Controlling the soundbar is comfortable because of the simple remote interface.
There is no need to shift through a manual to understand the controls. As it is compatible with Google Chrome Cast and Apple TV, it is one of the most favoured soundbars across a different section of people.
The best feature of this Sony soundbar is the 5.1 channel Real Surround Sound, as it brings movies and other action to life. One can expect the highest quality of all Sony products. This soundbar is not different in any way.
The soundbar comes with optical connectors but does not include the optical cables along with the package. One has to buy them separately. It can be a tricky proposition to get quality optical cables in India. Sony could have included these cables, as customers would not mind paying a bit more for better services. However, it provides the HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
Another disadvantage is that it does not have wireless speakers. One expects the soundbar to provide wireless connectivity at this price.
2. Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa Voice Control
When it comes to sound systems, there can be no one better than Bose. Therefore, it is not a surprise that these soundbars are expensive. The best soundbars are those that give you the goosebumps. Bose stands right there among the best in the business.
The Bose Soundbar 700 is the ultimate in audio technology, as it brings out the thrill of musical entertainment to life. When you have Alexa as a built-in feature, it makes for a killer combination.
The Bose 700 features QuietPort technology to ensure distortion-free bass. The ADAPTIQ audio calibration optimises the device’s acoustic performance to match the size of your room, thereby delivering the highest quality of listening experience.
The presence of Alexa makes it easy to communicate with the soundbar. The eight-microphone array enables Alexa to hear you even when the soundbar is blasting away loudly.
A light bar starts flickering when Alexa is thinking, listening, or speaking. Hence, you can reduce the volume by tapping the mic-disable button.
As this soundbar is compatible with both Bluetooth and WiFi, it becomes easy for you to play your favourite music services. The Universal Remote comes handy to control all your entertainment devices in one place.
Six preset controls help you to find your preferred settings quickly. The Bose Music app allows you to browse through all your music lists and jump from one station to the other seamlessly.
If the budget is not a constraint and high-quality entertainment is the only thing on your mind, you can go for the Bose Bass Module 700 and Bose Surround Speakers to give a cinema-theatre-like experience.
Setting up this soundbar is easy, as you have the Bose Music app to guide you through the process. This elegant looking soundbar looks excellent even if you leave it on the TV stand or mount it on the wall.
3. JBL Bar 5.1 Powerful 4K UHD Soundbar
JBL stands right alongside Bose when it comes to delivering high-quality sound. This JBL 5.1 soundbar is a powerful one that delivers 510W of awesome power. It provides the ideal foil to your UHD TV, as you combine a terrific audio experience with an enlightening visual one.
This fantastic soundbar comes with detachable battery-powered wireless Surround Speakers that can keep on producing excellent quality of sound for a minimum of ten hours at a stretch.
Enjoy Bass at a different level altogether with the 10” wireless subwoofer. Hence, you get thrilling bass along with the convenience of flexible placement without wires dangling all over the place.
The highlighting feature of this powerful speaker is that it is compatible with your TV remote. Hence, controlling this appliance becomes comfortable. The JBL 5.1 soundbar can turn your movie-watching experience into an unforgettable one by converting it into a theatre-like feeling.
This soundbar comes with three HDMI ports that enable you to connect your various devices like a home theatre set, and other 4K devices. The compatibility with Bluetooth ensures that you connect your smartphone seamlessly without using wires and cables. This soundbar also allows switching with Dolby Digital Pro Logic II and DTS.
This lightweight soundbar sits beautifully on the walls to enhance the look of your drawing room. The wireless subwoofer design is the ultimate highlight because the lack of wires makes it an excellent accessory to have in your hall.
4. Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa Voice Control
Bose has an exotic range of high-quality soundbars that gel perfectly with the latest LED TVs. The advantage of Bose soundbars is that they enhance the sound spectrum of these TVs to match up to the picture quality, thereby ensuring a movie-like experience in your drawing-room.
Another exciting aspect of the Bose 500 soundbar is that it is an appliance to be heard and not seen at all. It fits beautifully under your TV set that no one would ever know its existence until they hear the fabulous sound.
This Bose 500 soundbar comes with built-in Amazon Alexa to make it easy to communicate with the device. Alexa offers various conveniences at your fingertips. Use it to reduce the volume of the speakers or even switch off your TV. Your voice assistant is ready to abide by your commands. If you grow tired of talking to Alexa, you can always resort to the Bose Music app to manage your soundbar performance.
This Bose soundbar is comfortable with both WiFi and Bluetooth. Hence, you are free to choose whichever wireless streaming facility you want. Thus, you can listen to your favourite radio apps, like Gaana and Saavn with comfort.
The Bose soundbars are renowned for delivering excellent quality of sound. Therefore, are you worried that Alexa might not be able to hear you above the magnificent volume of the appliance? No, you should not be because the custom-designed microphones can pick up your voice and let Alexa listen to it clearly. You have the choice to turn off voice access when you do not need it.
The Bose 500 soundbar can connect to the Bose Surround speakers if you have them around in your home. Alternatively, you can get them along with the soundbar by ordering them separately. Together, they can turn your drawing room into an amphitheatre with high-quality sound entertaining everyone in your home.
Controlling the Bose 500 soundbar should not be an issue because the Bose Music App does its job to perfection. You can manage all your 4K devices, browse your current library, and set up individual accounts for each member in your home using the Bose Music app.
5. Polk Audio AM9644-A Command Sound Bar
Not everyone can afford a Bose or a JBL soundbar. However, other brands are available that deliver the sound of good quality. You need to be an expert to distinguish the Polk Audio AM9644-A from the ones reviewed above.
Apart from providing some of the best sounds, the Polk Audio AM9644-A has other aspects of sharing with the Bose soundbars. Yes, we are referring to the built-in Amazon Alexa feature. Thus, controlling the music is not in your hands now but in your voice.
Alexa can also help you with other activities like controlling your lights, fans, thermostats, switches, locks, and garage doors while delivering the latest news and playing some of the most memorable numbers when you are in the mood.
When it comes to sound delivery, Polk Audio should rank among the best because of its ability to combine Dolby and DTS to deliver excellent quality. Therefore, your sports, music, or movies can keep you enthralled.
This soundbar comes with patented Polk Audio Adjust technology to customise sound levels and reproduce dialogues in the best possible manner.
This soundbar is compatible with WiFi and Bluetooth, thereby ensuring that there are no connectivity issues when it comes to streaming music. This appliance is compatible with all the leading audio devices. Connect your smartphone or tablet seamlessly with Bluetooth and let the whole neighbourhood enjoy your favourite songs.
As far as appearances are concerned, this soundbar is one of the most elegant-looking devices in town. It gels beautifully with your TV and other furniture in the drawing-room. Y
ou can mount the Polk soundbar on the wall or keep it under the TV. It can catch the attention of all with its exquisite looks. The wireless subwoofer is an excellent feature to deliver Bass of a different level altogether. This soundbar comes with 4K HDMI ports that are compatible with a host of devices.
The Polk Connect app is one of the most user-friendly soundbar controlling apps you can find in town.
6. Yamaha YAS-207BL Soundbar
Yamaha is an old hand at manufacturing some of the best consumer electronics appliances. However, the Yamaha YAS-207BL soundbar and subwoofer combo is a new introduction.
The design might appear to be a slim one, but it packs a solid punch with its exceptional sound quality. It has all the qualities one expects an excellent soundbar to have such as DTS, Bluetooth connectivity, and an app to control it.
The best aspect of Yamaha YAS 207BL is that it does not go for the flashy designs that its competitors boast of, but relies on a traditional home-theatre look to deliver an impressive performance.
The soundbar appears to be on the longer side but does not measure more than 2.5-inches in height. Thus, it sits perfectly under your LED TV. It is also convenient to mount the device on the wall. The green LED indicator lights and the capacitive touch buttons are situated at the bottom.
The Yamaha YAS 207BL comes with an HDMI option to connect to your smart devices. It also supports 4K with 60Hz and HDR. Thus, it is compatible with the latest TV sets you find in the market.
The highlighting feature of Yamaha YAS 207BL is its sound quality. It may not appear flashy, but it provides soothing sound through its wirelessly connected subwoofer.
The music is powerful enough for a large-sized living room. The Yamaha YAS 207BL supports Dolby Digital and is also compatible with DTS Virtual 3D Surround Sound. This feature appeals to compulsive gamers, as it delivers an immersive performance. The Yamaha YAS 207BL is the world’s first soundbar with DTS Virtual.
As this soundbar supports Bluetooth, it becomes convenient to connect your smartphones and tablets to it wirelessly and enjoy your favourite music. Like all good quality soundbars, the YAS 207BL comes with an accompanying app for controlling the appliance.
7. Sony HT-S350 2.1 Ch Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
A Sony soundbar should be an ideal appliance to invest in for enjoying a cinema theatre-like experience when watching your favourite movie on your TV. Sony manufactures some of the best soundbars globally, with the HT-S350 qualifying as one of the best soundbars available in India under Rs 18,000.
The Sony HT-S350 comes with a powerful wireless subwoofer comprising of a sizeable 16cm speaker unit. The unit with a 28-litre volume capacity delivers the most vibrant bass sound.
The S-Force PRO Front Surround technology at work ensures to deliver a virtual surround sound experience. Thus, you feel as if you are sitting in a cinema theatre. The sound quality is such that there is no need for rear speakers to provide the surround effect.
The Sony HT-S350 supports Bluetooth, whereby it becomes convenient for you to enjoy your favourite music from your smartphone. This soundbar connects wirelessly to your Sony Bravia TV using Bluetooth compatibility.
Sony has a reputation for producing aesthetic-looking appliances. This soundbar is no different in any way. The punched metal finish on the front panels and the large duct on the subwoofer exemplifies this fact while emphasizing the soundbar’s powerful performance.
Setting up this soundbar is easy. The device is a versatile one, as it allows you to wall-mount it or place it beside the TV on your table. The design gels perfectly with your TV and complements its looks and performance. This soundbar connects to your TV’s HDMI port with a single cable. If your TV is not compatible with HDMI, the soundbar can be connected through the optical input.
This soundbar features seven fantastic sound modes to enhance your entertainment level. The cinema mode is excellent for watching movies, whereas avid gamers prefer the Game mode. The Sports mode enhances your viewing experience while watching sporting events, and the Music mode brings out every note beautifully. The News mode enables you to listen to each word carefully.
8. JBL Bar 2.1 Soundbar with wireless subwoofer
JBL offers an exciting range of soundbars. If the JBL 5.1 is a premium offering, the JBL Bar 2.1 soundbar should qualify as a mid-range product. Nevertheless, it is a powerful soundbar capable of delivering an impressive performance.
The four 2.25-inch midrange drivers, along with the two 1.25-inch tweeters and the 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer, provide a complete package. Use an HDMI cable or an optical cable to connect it to your LED and sit back to enjoy a fantastic audio performance.
This soundbar has an output of 300W, making it one of the most powerful speakers available in the market. The designing of the soundbar is impressive with its black matte finish capable of hiding dust and even fingerprints.
Though it delivers an immersive sound performance, it does not support the latest vertical sound codecs like Dolby Atmos.
Sharing your music from your mobile devices is easy because of convenient connectivity options. It comes with a 3.5mm aux input for connecting the legacy music playing system and mobile phones with a headphone output.
At the same time, it also possesses USB input and is compatible with Bluetooth. However, JBL 2.1 does not connect with your home Wi-Fi. When you have Bluetooth to connect to your smartphones, you do not need using the WiFi facility in any case. Sharing your music files through Bluetooth is comfortable.
This JBL 2.1 soundbar comes with easy control options that include a helpful screen hidden behind the speaker grille. It helps you to determine the ideal volume level and input options. Therefore, syncing with your existing TV remote is also possible.
The wireless subwoofer is a welcome addition as it provides high-quality bass. It connects to the soundbar beautifully without any wires, thereby enhancing the overall appearance of your drawing room.
9. Bose Solo 5 Soundbar Speakers
Bose speakers have a reputation for being one of the best in the business. Usually, the Bose brand of speakers is expensive, but Bose has some compact and exquisite soundbars in the mid-range segment, as well. The Bose Solo 5 is a small speaker system, but capable of delivering excellent performance.
The speaker has smart looks, even though it is a small one. Wall mounting the speaker is easy, but you have to purchase the respective brackets. They do not come along with this package. The minimalistic design of this soundbar attracts the user. The status indicator lights up in varying colour combinations.
Are you surprised that there are no control buttons on the soundbar? You do not need them because the universal remote can control your soundbar as well as other compatible devices. It comes with channel control, menu buttons, and other relevant options needed to operate your TV, satellite set-top box, and DVD/Blu-ray player.
The auto-wake function is a welcome feature, as it detects a sound source immediately on switching it on. Thus, you do not have to manually switch on the soundbar.
The Bose Solo 5 comes with easy connectivity options like auxiliary, optical, and coaxial cables. This soundbar does not have HDMI connections, but it is compatible with Bluetooth. It does not have NFC technology, as well.
This model does not come with different sound modes that other Bose soundbars have. However, you can turn on the dialogue mode to improve the sound clarity of your movies.
This soundbar comes equipped with two speakers located towards the centre of the soundbar. Therefore, it does not offer a Surround Sound facility, especially when watching films. The positive aspect of this soundbar is that it has crisp mids and trebles, though the bass quality needs improvement.
10. Philips HTL2163B/12
Philips has a reputation for manufacturing excellent acoustic devices. Old times still recall the clarity of the speakers on their Philips radios. They bring the same technology into the production of their soundbars. This Philips HTL2163B/12 soundbar is an ideal one to have at prices starting from Rs 11,000.
The Philips soundbar allows you to enjoy your movies and music alike with Virtual Surround and deep bass using a single cable. The soundbar is compatible with all TVs and enriches your home entertainment when used with a range of devices like DVD players, MP3 players, and gaming consoles.
Placing the soundbar beneath your TV gives you a realistic movie experience as this appliance produces rich and immersive surround sound from its excellent speakers. You can experience true-to-life multi-channel surround sound without having to install additional speakers in the room.
The Audio In feature allows you to connect your music systems, iPods, MP3 payers, or your laptops through a simple connection. The Audio Jack is compatible with almost all devices. Thus, you can connect your smartphone to the soundbar and listen to your favourite songs with superior sound quality.
This soundbar is compatible with Dolby Digital, the world’s leading digital multi-channel audio standards. This appliance supports Bluetooth connectivity. Hence, connecting your smartphones or laptops should not be an issue at all.
The Philips soundbar uses the HDMI CEC industry-standard protocol. The EasyLink feature lets you connect multiple devices to your soundbar. This appliance comes with a high-quality remote control unit to control each of the devices you connect to the soundbar.
The remote control comes with facilities like standby and play to enhance your experience.
Philips devices are always flexible. This soundbar comes with facilities to place it on the table beside your TV or mount it on the wall.
11. boAt AAVANTE Bar 1500 Wireless Bluetooth Soundbar
If you feel that spending more than Rs 10K for a soundbar is expensive, you should try out the budget soundbars. The boAt AAVANTE Bar 1500 should be the ideal one to suit your requirements. This soundbar is available for less than Rs 10K but has features that the more expensive ones possess.
The Wireless subwoofer is one such feature. It amplifies the TV volume and gives it a theatre-like effect with excellent bass. This soundbar comes with 12-watt speakers that should be ideal for a medium-sized room.
This soundbar has an excellent appearance that suits any ambience and adds to the attraction of the drawing-room by gelling perfectly with your TV and other furniture. Apart from its appearance, it has the performance to show, as well.
The soundbar comes with adequate connectivity options like HDMI, AUX, and USB. Thus, it becomes convenient to connect all types of smartphones, tablets, and other devices to the soundbar.
The soundbar comes with exciting features that adapt perfectly to the movies, videos, and songs displayed on your TV. It adjusts the volume of different channels according to deliver a continuous output. Thus, you can switch on the system and relax on your sofa in front of the TV and let the soundbar manage the audio aspects.
The boAt AAVANTE 1500 soundbar delivers 2.1-channel Surround Sound to get the best out of your TV viewing experience. The 60 Watt subwoofer is the icing on the cake, as it produces real-sounding output to deliver a thrilling experience.
12. Mi Soundbar 8 Speaker Drivers
TV manufacturing technology has significantly improved. In their quest to manufacture slimmer TVs, the TV makers compromise on the audio quality. Hence, installing a soundbar should be one of the ideal alternatives.
The Mi Soundbar with 8 speaker drivers is the perfect companion for the Mi TV. It comes with attractive features for a soundbar under Rs 10,000.
The Mi soundbar comprises of two tweeters, two wide-range drivers, and four passive radiators spread over its entire 83cm length. The design is excellent because of the curved edges that do not leave any sharp portions to injure anyone handling it. The unit controls are at the top, whereas the power switch and input connections are at the back of the appliance.
This soundbar supports Bluetooth 4.2 and includes different connectivity options like coaxial cables, stereo RCA line-in connectors, and a 3.5mm aux audio jack. The design of the Mi soundbar enables you to place it beneath your TV or mount it by the side on the walls. The wall mounting is the better option.
In spite of the lack of a remote control unit, it is easy to operate the Mi soundbar. In case you use the soundbar with the TV, you can use your TV remote to control the TV volume. However, you have to get up to switch your soundbar on or off.
The Mi soundbar is ideal for Mi TV because it is perfectly compatible with it. However, you can use it with other TVs, as well. The soundbar can amplify the TV audio sufficiently to become audible in the entire drawing-room.
This Mi soundbar does not come with a subwoofer, but the four passive radiators make up for its absence. One cannot expect movie theatre-like sound experience from such budget soundbars, but they are good enough to do their job.
Bluetooth connectivity is a welcome feature that other budget soundbars might not have. Therefore, playing songs from your mobile or the internet should not be an issue.
13. Infinity JBL Sonic B200WL 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
Harman is a prominent name when it comes to speaker systems. This Infinity soundbar is a Harman product and thereby, of high quality. This Sonic B200WL soundbar features a maximum power output of 160W (peak power) to thump out impressive bass all-around your home.
The 160W peak power system output lets you experience a cinematic experience and a concert-like effect in your drawing-room.
One of the sterling highlights of this soundbar is its Bluetooth compatibility. It allows the appliance to pair and stream from any compatible device comfortably. Thus, you can pair your smartphone with this soundbar and listen to your favourite music.
This soundbar is ideal for connecting to your video-playing devices like iPads, laptops, or even TVs because the in-depth Bass feature delivers an extraordinary sound for movies, music, and video games.
The Infinity Sonic B200WL comes with a spectacular range of connectivity options, including Aux, USB, and optical input. Thus, you connect to multiple devices conveniently.
On the appearance front, the Sonic B200WL is an absolute hit because of its sleek and compact design. Besides enhancing the drawing-room ambience, this appliance saves space.
This soundbar comes with an accompanying wireless subwoofer to pump out thumping bass, thereby immersing you entirely into your favourite musical compositions.
Controlling this soundbar is convenient as the multi-function remote comes with easy control options to decrease or increase the output, depending on your choice. The three different equaliser modes, like Movies, Music, and News, enhance your overall audio experience.
14. JBL Bar Studio Wireless Soundbar with JBL Surround Sound & Built-in Dual Bass Port
People who adore quality music, like A R Rahman compositions, should do well to have this JBL Bar Studio belting out the numbers in its full glory in their drawing-room. The JBL Surround Sound feature and dual bass ports can turn your TV sound into real cinema sound.
This wireless soundbar does not require any wires to connect to your smart TVs as it supports Bluetooth. You can pair this soundbar with your TV and enjoy JBL Surround Sound without the hassles of wires and additional speakers hanging all over the place.
As it supports Bluetooth, this soundbar is the perfect appliance to connect to your smartphone and listen to your favourite music at full blast. The sound quality is excellent and does not sound jarring to your ears.
One of the exciting qualities of this JBL soundbar is that it works with almost all top TV remote controls. Thus, your existing smart TV remote can work with both your TV and the soundbar. It eliminates the necessity for having a separate controlling option.
Setting up your various connections is convenient. This soundbar features a range of connectivity ports like HDMI (ARC) and Optical Port. It is also easy to connect your MP3 loaded USB drive to the soundbar. The appliance detects the USB drive automatically and starts playing the music.
As most of the TVs today do not have good speakers, having a JBL Bar Studio to enhance the output quality is an excellent option.
15. Germany’s Blaupunkt SBA01 100W Soundbar
This soundbar features the best of German technology to bring alive a terrific cinema-like experience in your drawing-room. The highlight of this wireless device is that it gels beautifully with your smart TV to look like it’s accessory and not separate music producing device.
You can connect this soundbar to your devices using wires and without wires, as well. Bluetooth compatibility is a fantastic feature as it eliminates the use of cables. Therefore connecting your TV, laptop, smartphone, or tablets to this soundbar should not be an issue at all.
This soundbar comes with a range of connectivity options in the form of Aux-in, HDMI-ARC, Line-in, Optical-in, and USB. Thus, you can connect your TVs not having Bluetooth using HDMI cables.
The Blaupunkt soundbar features four exciting sound modes, namely, movies, music, news, and Flat. All these equaliser modes are easily accessible using your remote.
This soundbar comes with two built-in woofers and two speakers to work in unison to deliver 100W of pure audio reproduction. The twin 3-inch subwoofers in combination with the dual 2-inch full-range speaker drivers enhance bass response and add a profound and vibrant experience.
Another unique technology is DSP technology. Digital Signal Processing comes with a German Reliability Stamp, as it allows the appliance to be driven to the full utility by syncing the hardware and software closely.
The provision of an LED indicator is a stunning highlight as it provides complete information about the connections instantly.
Soundbar Buying Guide
Let us see how these soundbars work. We shall also look at the aspects of buying the right kind of soundbar for your LED TV.
What exactly constitutes a soundbar system?
In effect, the soundbar is a single speaker system that can be fitted below the LED TV. The dynamics suggest that it is an elongated tube-like contraption that is mode wide than tall. It literally runs through the length of the TV set.
You can call it a traditional wide stereo speaker. You get a home theatre like feeling because of the length of the speaker. This width creates the virtual surround sound effect.
Usually, you find the soundbars containing the amplifier built into the speaker. Under such circumstances, you will find the system having cables. Otherwise, these soundbars are wireless systems.
The soundbar comes with subwoofers and tweeters. These systems connect to the main speaker system usually wirelessly. This enables you to place the subwoofer inside the furniture.
These systems come with a remote. The higher end and medium end systems come with universal remote control systems.
What should you look for when shopping for a soundbar system?
Every soundbar system should contain the following accessories.
This is an important decision to make. Should you buy a soundbar with or without subwoofers? In simple terms, subwoofers are speaker drivers. They can reproduce low-frequency audio.
You need subwoofers to add muscle to TV shows and movies. They can amplify the sound and create a fuller effect thereby projecting wholesome audio throughout the room.
In the normal course, the soundbars have only one cable to connect to the TV. You will find optical cables in some systems. The HDMI is a preferable option. This is because it supports more audio options as compared to the optical cables. This ensures that you get higher quality sound.
The soundbar systems of today have a new protocol, HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel). This system allows easy exchange of information between the TV and the soundbar.
This system allows the routing of the video signals to the TV and the sound from the TV. You have the facility to control the volume as well as power using a single remote. Some of the soundbars offer you the facility to connect numerous other instruments like mobiles, iPods, etc thereby acting as an entertainment hub.
Channels and Dolby
When you shop around for soundbars, you will encounter terms like 2.0, 3.1, and 5.1, etc. What do these numbers signify?
These numbers let you understand the number of channels a soundbar has and whether the soundbar has a subwoofer or not. The first digit refers to the number of drivers whereas the number after the decimal constitutes the number of subwoofers.
The number 2.0 suggests that there are 2 drivers and no subwoofer systems. Similarly, 5.1 denote 5 drivers and 1 subwoofer. When there are five drivers, it means speakers on the right, left, centre, rear, and surround speakers.
Sometimes, you have wireless subwoofer or wireless satellite speakers. You can also find some systems having a third number, 5.1.4. Under such circumstances, the final number 4 denotes the number of dedicated drivers to create an enveloping effect.
The present-day soundbars come with ‘Atmos’, a surround sound technology capable of processing 128 distinct objects in a particular scene.
IR Sensors and Placement
Where do you place the soundbars? In the case of wall-mounted TVs, it is very convenient to place the soundbars below the TV set on the wall. The problem arises when you use the entertainment stand to place the TV.
You will not be able to keep the soundbar on the stand because that would block the IR sensor of the TV.
There is a new technology available nowadays known as IR repeaters. These pass the signal through the soundbar to the TV sensor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What size of soundbar should you buy?
It depends on the size of the TV. Do not confuse with the screen size because the screen size is measured on a diagonal basis. Hence, you should according to this chart.
A 12-inch soundbar should be fit for any size of TV screen. A 42 to 50-inch TV would need a soundbar in the range of 38-45 inches. Similarly, you need a 50-inch soundbar to cater to TVs having screen sizes 55 to 60 inches. In case you have a 70-inch TV, your soundbar should be around 60 inches.
What type of connection do you need?
Usually, your HDTV will have the switches whereby you connect all your entertainment devices to the TV. You then have a single connection between the TV and the soundbar. But, if your TV has just 3 inputs, you will not be able to connect more. Hence, you might have to make use of a HDMI switcher.
Do soundbars have Bluetooth facility?
Most of the modern-day soundbars have Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to stream wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. You can also have Wi-Fi streaming systems on your soundbars in addition to Bluetooth.
Do I need to use a remote to control the soundbar?
The modern-day systems come with a universal remote that will allow you to control various electronic devices with a single remote system. That is a great invention.