There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being able to watch concerts of your favorite bands and listen to them play music right in front of you. Likewise, this feeling is also the same when you get to see movies in the cinema with all the sound effects that add to the excitement in your movie–watching experience. But, what if I say that this experience is possible just by sitting comfortably right in your very own home? You’d probably scoff and tell me that I’m joking. Well, probably about 50 years ago, I might be.
Enter the soundbars. Much like what their names suggest, these futuristic-looking systems tend to look like a neat box or a bar that can easily fit on a table, under your TV or even against the wall. Good Soundbars are usually used to improve the sound delivery of most HDTVs but they can also be used for your music-listening demands. Here is a quick list of options that will fit into the “below $200” price tag.
Now, this unit is a beauty to behold, both in exterior characteristics as well as its interior specifications. Despite being the thinnest in our list at only 2” in depth, this bar is jam packed with features that secured its top spot on our chart. It is also rather long, though not the longest in our list, at 37.4” and a height of 2.8”. Installation is not really a problem since it is easy to connect to your television and it also offers multiple inputs to allow you to connect several audio devices at the same time. It also allows you to stream your favorite music wirelessly directly from your media devices via Bluetooth connectivity. This technological wonder also offers you an immersive sound experience, all thanks to its 3D Sound Processor and its wireless active subwoofer (check out the top soundbars with wireless subwoofers for similar models). It is also equipped with Clear Voice technology, allowing you to hear dialogue with utmost clarity. All of these specifications work together to give you a listening environment with crystal-clear output and deep bass sounds that any self-respecting audiophile would be proud of.
The VIZIO boasts of many specifications that ultimately helped it land on this position. With its slim dimesions of 37.9” in length, 3.6” in height, and 2.9” in depth, it can easily be propped on the table or hanged on the wall to save space. It also comes with a powerful 6” wireless subwoofer that provides heart-thumping bass sound from anywhere in the room without any wire clutter. Sound technology is aplenty in this gem of a speaker. Features such as Dolby Digital, DTS TruSurround, and DTS TruVolume all work together to let you enjoy listening to 100dB of rich, crystal-clear sound with almost no distortions.
One of the slimmest soundbar systems around, this beauty comes with a length of 37.1”, a height of only 2.2” and a depth of 2.4”. This system comes with an additional wired subwoofer for that extra punch bass delivery. Bluetooth connectivity is available but it is a must nowadays for every product. There are also a variety of inputs that are present and they enable you to connect your system with other portable media devices with ease. The Samsung HW-F355 2 also boasts with a the state-of-the-art 3D Sound Plus technology, and along with the wired active subwoofer and the one-way channel speakers, this great audio system offers you a listening experience in a surround-sound quality that easily fills the room.
Unlike other simple rectangular box-type soundbar systems being sold in the market, this one features a somewhat futuristic yet simple design with a curved base. It is also rather lightweight, allowing it to be safely placed on top of a table or mounted against the wall. Placing it in a variety of positions also doesn’t affect the sound delivery, due to its Dual Position Equalization feature. Being only 31.8” long, 4.2” high and 3.6” deep, it can blend well with the house décor, allowing you to focus easily on the rich sound this baby is more than capable of producing. It is sporting a dual 3.5” premium cone woofers dual 1.5” dome tweeters and a built-in 60-Watt amplifier for those full-bodied sounds you desire. However, if the bass power isn’t enough for you, an additional subwoofer may be connected via the subwoofer output. The JBL features an exclusive HARMAN Display Surround technology that offers cinema sound delivery without additional speakers.
Coming with a handsome black exterior design, the ASB-800 is made to deliver outstanding quality output. It can be placed in a variety of positions due to its compact size of 39.2” in length, 4.3” in height and 4” in depth. The device is easy to connect to your television, allowing you to watch your favorite TV show within minutes. It is equipped with a built-in subwoofer and internal satellite speakers for those rich, crystal-clear sounds worthy of a home theater system. However, should you want a more powerful bass kick to your listening experience, you can easily attach an externally-powered subwoofer to this beauty via a subwoofer-out jack. Bluetooth connectivity is allowing you to play endless music through the soundbar system via wireless streaming.
It’s the largest system in this list at 50.4” in length, 7.9” in height, and 8.2” in depth. However, do not be intimidated by its size since it is more than capable of enhancing your listening pleasure to the next level. Despite its dimensions, it is easy to place either on a table top or under the stand of your television. The ATS-1520BL is easy to connect to your television using only one optical cable. Equipped with dual built-in 3” woofers as well as two 2.5” full-range cone drivers, the unit boasts of the exclusive Yamaha Air Surround Xtreme technology which enables you to experience a surround-sound listening environment filled with full-bodied, realistic sounds… from only one speaker.
This awesome audio system from Panasonic certainly does not disappoint in its ability to deliver epic sound despite its compact figure at 38.5” in length, 6.4” in height, and 6.4” in depth. Among the specs you will notice that there is a built-in subwoofer fitted with anti-vibration technology, allowing you to feel its powerful low-frequency sounds without any impurities. Another special feature involves wireless streaming of your favorite music via Bluetooth technology. However, what sets this gem apart from the others in this list is its Multi-positional Speaker layout allowing it to be placed in 4 different positions without affecting its ability to deliver clear sounds. Due to its built-in speaker sensor, rich, dynamic sounds will always be delivered towards you, whether you place the sound system flat on the table in front of the television or against the wall.
So this ends my list for the best soundbar speakers that cost less than $200. However, if you’re the type of audiophile that is more in tune with gaming, I have a treat for you:
A great solution for the passionate gamer. Let’s be honest, everyone who knows something about professional gaming is herd of Razer. This handsome audio system is rather compact at 19.7” in length, 2.8” in height and 3” in depth. Dual 2.5” full-range drivers as well as two .74” tweeters reside in its stylish soundbar frame, and together with its powerful 5.25” wired subwoofer, this system immerses you in exciting bass sounds and crisp, clear audio that makes you feel as if you were right in the middle of the action. Sound technology such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Pro Logic II are all integrated in the compact features of this system, converting your simple system into a virtual surround sound listening environment.
What to expect from a soundbar in the $100-$200 range:
Let’s Narrow It Down
Another would be the sound delivery. You buy the soundbar for the sound. If it looks like it was meant to sit in your living room, but basically sounds like a rampaging elephant, you probably should steer clear of it. And of course, there’s the price. We have all been taught that when something is expensive, it works wonderfully. That’s sort of the same when it comes to audio systems. However, if you’re an audiophile who’s a bit tight on budget, you’d probably evade expensive soundbars like the plague.
On a happier note, nowadays, there are actually plenty of systems that can easily fit your preferred price range and can also give you the epic sounds that you have always dreamed of. Some soundbars that cost even $100 can offer plenty of features that can be at par with or even exceed those that are far more expensive. For a price that’s easy to reach, you get to enjoy your favorite music and elevate your movie experience to a whole new different level.
To help you in choosing your new soundbar system, I have compiled this of options that stood out from the rest with their awesome specifications that would definitely meet your finicky standards. And, what’s more, they only cost less than $200.