5 Cheap Soundbars To Improve Your TV’s Sound ($100 Or Less)

By Duane Beckett
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Your big 4k TV deserves better sound. The issue, you’ve spent all your money on the TV and only have $100 left to improve your sound…

No problem, we’ve picked out five cheap soundbars that will improve your TVs sound for under-$100. Check them out below:

How important is a soundbar in your setup?

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TCL Alto 6+, $99.99

The TCL Alto 6+ is a well-built soundbar setup that offers 2.1 channel sound – and includes a dedicated subwoofer:

The soundbar is Bluetooth compatible, which allows you to play and stream audio from your smartphone or tablet. It has a decent sound profile that should top your TV’s out-of-the-box sound.

You can also customize the devices equalizer to create a custom sound profile for your environment.

This is the most expensive TCL Alto 6 option available. The cheaper alternative doesn’t include the subwoofer and costs $69.99.

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Sony HT-S100F, $98

The Sony HT-S100F lacks low-bass and detail in the treble range. So if you’re on the hunt for a low-cost soundbar that’ll give you a cinema experience, you’ll miss that bass in action sequences and across movie soundtracks:

(It’ll still be top your TV’s out-of-the-box bass).

However, this soundbar excels with podcasts, audiobooks, sports, and dialogue-heavy TV Shows as it delivers high-quality sounds in the mid-range.

What we like most about this soundbar is that it includes a feature that balances the volume automatically between different programs and commercials:

So if you’re someone streaming YouTube videos, and you’re tired of high-volume ads and low-volume content – at $98 this Sony soundbar could be the perfect pick.

LG SK1, $105

We know this soundbar is over-budget by $5 on Amazon, but you can get it for less elsewhere online.

The positives: If you’re after a small form-factor soundbar that connects wirelessly to your TV and other devices, the LG SK1 is second to none in this price range.

The negatives: Like others in this price-range, it lacks bass compared against more expensive soundbars.

(The LG SK1 performs well with mid-range sound).

When it comes down to it, soundbars in this price range often fail to deliver bass and a surround sound experience. The LG SK1 is no different.

CHECK OUT: The Best Budget 4k Smart TV With Roku Built-In.

Vizio SB2020n-G6, $99

The Vizio SB2020n-G6 is considered to be the best soundbar for bass for less than $100:

Like all on this list, it doesn’t support Dolby Digital’s technical trickery. However, it does deliver extended low-bass that gives a better cinema experience overall than some others on this list.

The big negative is that this soundbar’s overall sound profile can end up a little muddy. Yet, you can customize treble to improve this, it just becomes a time-sink setting the device up.

The device is fully Bluetooth compatible and can be found for around $60 in sales.

Pyle PSBV600BT, $90

Pyle PSBV600BT is the most compatible soundbar that you can get on a budget – it is also the biggest:

The 12-inch depth of the soundbar might make it too bulky for some setups, however, that extra space has been used wisely – as this soundbar (soundbox is more appropriate) includes a built in subwoofer.

This means you get big booming bass that isn’t taking away from the other speakers output like on the Vizio SB2020 above.

That doesn’t mean the bass can’t overwhelm the treble and mid-range, yet you have the option to customize sound so that you get the profile that fits the content you’re watching.

The Pyle isn’t perfect, but for under-$100 it’ll add audio punch to that shiny new expensive 4k TV.

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