When you’re watching a huge blockbuster with a carefully designed sound mix, you want to be able to get the best out of it, even if you’re viewing it in the comfort of your own home. But the biggest TV in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have a suitably impressive sound system to back up those crisp 4K visuals. If your budget doesn’t stretch to pricey sound equipment, luckily, it doesn’t have to.
Best Budget Soundbars:
1. Impressive sound for a great price: Majority Snowdon II Soundbar
2. Enjoy cinematic sound in your home: LG SJ2 Soundbar
3. Elegant yet powerful: Sony HT-SF150 Soundbar
4. Immersive room-filling sound: AZATOM Studio Home Soundbar
5. Perfect for a home cinema: Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar
6. Super simple to set up and use: JBL Bar Studio 2.0
7. Perfect for watching your favourite movies: Sharp HT-SBW460
Majority Snowdon II Soundbar
Our thoughts: This is ideal for compact spaces and budgets. It’s high-quality, and we highly recommend it. We really enjoy this one.
Specifications: Output: 120w | Frequency Response: Not available | Audio Processing: Majority Virtual Surround Sound | Connections: AUX In, RCA, Bluetooth
LG SJ2 Soundbar
Our thoughts: This will offer cinematic sound at a fraction of the footprint of more expansive setups. We highly recommend this one.
Specifications: Output: 160w | Frequency Response: Not available | Audio Processing: Dolby Digital | Connections: Optical, Bluetooth, USB
Sony HT-SF150 Soundbar
Our thoughts: While the lower frequencies of the bass response are somewhat absent, the low and mid balance helps push the human voice through in the mix. The design sensibilities on display here are sharp and understated, allowing the soundbar to sit comfortably and stylishly under a television.
Specifications: Output: 120w | Frequency Response: 88Hz – 15kHz (approx.) | Audio Processing: Dolby Digital, S-Force Front Surround | Connections: HDMI ARC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB
AZATOM Studio Home Soundbar
Our thoughts: It also boasts full Bluetooth and other connectivity. It’s impressive and one of our favourites. It’s a big yes from us.
Specifications: Output: 180w | Frequency Response: Not available | Audio processing: Unique Azatom Digital Signal| Connections: HDMI ARC, Optical, Bluetooth 5.0, Optical, AUX
Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar
Our thoughts: It’s great for those with a TV set-up who need to save a little space without compromising any power. Great stuff!
Specifications: Output: Not available | Frequency Response: 55Hz – 15kHz (approx.) | Audio Processing: Dolby Digital, Speech Enhancement | Connections: HDMI ARC, Optical, WiFi/Ethernet, Apple AirPlay 2 | Extras: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Sonos multi-room connectivity
JBL Bar Studio 2.0
Our thoughts: JBL’s pseudo surround technology bouncing beams around your room to give the illusion of enveloping sound without the need for physical rear speakers.
Specifications: Output: 80w | Frequency Response: 70Hz – 20kHz | Audio Processing: Dolby Digital, JBL Smart Surround | Connections: HDMI ARC, Optical, Bluetooth 4.2
Our thoughts: This will provide superior sound if the movie or show you’re watching was shot using it. Another solid contender here.
Specifications: Output: 440w | Frequency Response: Not available | Audio Processing: Dolby Atmos | Connections: HDMI ARC, AUX In, Optical, Bluetooth, USB, 4K PassthroughInternet Explorer Channel Network