The 5 Best Soundbars For A Cinema Experience On Any Budget

By Duane Beckett
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For anyone seeking a home cinema experience, picking up the best soundbar for your budget is a no-brainer:

And while it’s blatant consumerism that a TV’s audio has remained consistently average at best. Yet, visuals have gone from HD to 4k and beyond. It does mean soundbars have become increasingly more relevant.

How important is a soundbar in your setup?

The reality is, adding a soundbar to your home cinema adds depth, bass, and atmosphere, not just volume.

Therefore, we’ve picked out five of the best soundbars – one for each budget range – so that everyone can have that home cinema experience:

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Creative Stage 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Subwoofer, $90

The Creative Stage 2.1 is a channel speaker which means it houses two left and right speakers built into the bar, along with a subwoofer that helps to round out the audio with a solid low-end.

The sound will automatically switch when you change the sound source using the TV remote, plus it includes HDMI connectors and a host of other features that very few soundbars offer at this price point.

It has no true-surround sound function but it can still fill your room with high-quality sound. Perfect for smaller living areas, bedrooms, or offices.

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Roku Smart Soundbar, $180

The Roku Smart Soundbar allows you to upgrade your audio and add Roku’s smart features in one go:

It comes complete with all the features of a Roku streaming device, from its excellent interface to hundreds of streaming channels.

However, the best part of this sub-$200 soundbar is its connectivity, from HDMI to Bluetooth, and USB. It truly is plug-and-play into any home cinema setup, plus, it includes wireless speakers so that it can fit any room without leaving cables hanging everywhere.

You can buy better-sounding soundbars if you’re willing to spend more, but in terms of best value for money, the Roku Soundbar cannot be beaten in our opinion.

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Q Acoustics M4 Soundbar, $349

The Q Acoustics M4 Soundbar is a 2.1 channel system that has no central speaker:

Instead, the front speakers are made with Balanced Mode Radiators which disperse the sound across the environment, providing you with a simulated cinema-like experience.

It also houses an integrated subwoofer for the deeper low end so that you don’t need to find spots for an array of speakers.

This soundbar connects to literally anything, including an array of analogue and digital inputs and outputs. Plus, it is Bluetooth enabled and wall mountable.

Sonos Arc, $999

For those with $1000 to spend, look no further than the Sonos Arc:

It supports 3D sound and Dolby Atmos straight out of the box. It also modifies the sound to fit your room and connects to everything – including Apple AirPlay 2.

Simply put, the Sonos Arc is a powerful soundbar that pushes clear audio no matter the source. It can also be controlled by Google Assistant, Alexa, and other voice control gadgets.

However, if money is no object in your pursuit of the perfect cinema experience, the Sonos Arc can only be topped by the Samsung HW-Q90R below:

Samsung HW-Q90R, $1799

The Samsung HW-Q90R is a collaboration between Samsung and Sound giant Harman Kardon:

It is an innovative soundbar that offers unbelievable features. Including a top-firing speaker that bounces the sound waves off the ceiling to help create true surround sound (rather than simulated).

It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS-X technology, 7.1 channels of sound, including wireless speakers, and an adaptive sound that analyzes the space. Not to mention, it’ll connect to everything:

Simply put, this is the best soundbar you can buy before diminishing returns.

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