The Best Soundbars for 2022

Sound Quality
Sound quality is also a very subjective matter. Each individual has their taste, so what sounds superb to one person may be underwhelming to another. The “best” speaker does not exist, and different kinds may appeal to different ears equally.

Volume Control
Typically, soundbars come with a remote control that can be used to operate them from your seat, and some remotes can also control your TV. With HDMI ARC, you may be able to control your soundbar using your TV’s remote, or you may be able to download an app to your mobile device. Various voice control systems are also available, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Do these matter? You’ll have to consider your needs and how accessible you want your soundbar to be when you give it commands.

Bluetooth connection
Bluetooth is now available on more soundbars, allowing you to send music wirelessly from your mobile device (tablet, phone, or computer). In some devices, near-field communication (NFC) is available, which allows quick initial Bluetooth connections. Some soundbars support two-way Bluetooth, so you can send music from the soundbar to Bluetooth-enabled speakers and headphones.

Active or Passive
There are two types of sound bars: active and passive. Active soundbars don’t need an amplifier – they can be plugged directly into your TV. Passive soundbars require a separate amplifier but may deliver better sound quality. It is best to get an active soundbar, which is most of what you will come across anyway.

Size
Generally, choose a soundbar that roughly matches your TV’s width, but you don’t have to be precise, so don’t worry about it. Larger soundbars usually have larger speakers and more power, so they’ll work better in large rooms or if you’re seated further away from the TV. A simple stereo soundbar should suffice if you just want better sound than what your TV speakers produce.

Weight
The weight of a soundbar determines how well a compact home cinema works. The soundbar’s weight dictates whether it will be mounted or placed in front of a TV.

Placement
Choosing where to place the soundbar will play a major role in your buying decision. Will it fit on a TV stand or rack if you intend to place it there? It is best not to hang the soundbar over an edge since its feet may not be in contact with the surface. This is because the bar won’t be supported properly, and the sound will be compromised. Be sure the soundbar comes with a wall-mounting kit or is available as an option if you intend to wall-mount it. Keep in mind that the soundbar might come with a subwoofer as well. Subwoofers can make or break a system, and we’ve found they sound better when they are placed near the soundbar. The integration will suffer if it is too far away, and low frequencies will sound out of place.

Price vs. Quality
Soundbars are available in numerous price brackets, so setting a budget limit is the fastest way to narrow your selection. Budget versions often have fewer connections, are smaller and less powerful, and may just be stereo. To get better sound quality, more speakers, and additional features, however, you will have to spend more money. Putting a strict limit on your budget will quickly narrow your options.

Style/Design
Since soundbars are placed in front of your TV, they should be well-designed. You shouldn’t have to strain or put your body in an uncomfortable position to reach any button on the Soundbar to adjust settings or switch audio sources.