The best soundbars: our selection for 2021

Our televisions are thinner and smarter, with images of great finesse thanks to ever higher definitions. But audio bedridden is their main Achilles heel, and nothing beats a good soundbar for the perfect TV combo. In this buying guide, we have selected for you the best soundbars available in 2021.

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Do you prefer a sound bar to a Home Cinema to support your TV in the living room? It is a practical choice which makes it possible to better manage the problems of space, of cable thanks to the compactness of the bars which integrate moreover several speakers aligned in order to produce a surround effect. And if you want an even more accentuated rendering, several models come with a subwoofer for deep bass. Here is our selection of best soundbars available for purchase in 2021.

Selection of the best soundbars available in 2021

Choosing the right soundbar for his budget, his house and his current configuration can be quite tricky. Maybe you want to build the home theater system of your dreams, or maybe you are just looking for a more reliable audio source to accompany your TV with great sound and an affordable price.

Generally speaking, soundbars are essential devices to accompany modern televisions. Indeed, the thinner the televisions become, the less room there is to accommodate large integrated speakers. In other words, you will need some other way to do justice to your screen, games, movies, series, etc.

This is why we have created this guide to the best soundbars that you can buy right now, selecting the best soundbars on the market for every budget, home and setup.

Barre de son Yamaha YAS-109

Barre de son Yamaha YAS-109
Barre de son Yamaha YAS-109

A great replacement for the YAS-107, this sound bar offers one of the best value for money on the market. In addition to the built-in Alexa voice control, it is equipped with 2 bass speakers and is compatible with DTS Virtual: X three-dimensional sound technology. It has an ARC compatible 4K HDR HDMI input and output. It also has an optical input and a 3.5 mm mini-jack analog input, not to mention Bluetooth wireless connectivity (4.2). The total power delivered by the sound bar is 120 W (including 60 W subwoofer).

  • Dimensions: 89 x 13.1 x 5.3 cm; 3.4 kilograms
  • Number of loudspeakers: 2
  • Integrated voice assistant: no
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connections: 1 optical, 1 HDMI-ARC / CEC
  • Price: 229 €

Yamaha YAS-209

Yamaha YAS-209
Yamaha YAS-209

The Yamaha YAS-209 is the more opulent version of its little sister the 109. Available under the five hundred euro mark, it brings clear home cinema sound in an elegant configuration. Voice control by Alexa is integrated (in addition to the Sound Bar Controller app if necessary). Note the integration of DTS Virtual: X and the Clear Voice function for clearer dialogues. An excellent compromise that will suit all budgets and many uses, especially since it is sold with a subwoofer in addition.

  • Dimensions : 93 x 10.9 x 6.2 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 6
  • Integrated voice assistant: Alexa
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connection: 1 optical, 1 HDMI-ARC
  • Price: 349 €

Bose Solo Soundbar Series II

Bose Solo Soundbar Series II
Bose Solo Soundbar Series II

This highly plug and play Bose Solo Soundbar Series II soundbar incorporates two full-range speakers that are oriented to provide a fuller listening experience. Just 7cm tall, this compact Bluetooth soundbar fits under most TVs. A steel bracket is provided to fix the soundbar to the wall, which is not negligible. It offers clear sound and quick handling that will appeal to beginners. If it is not compatible with Alexa, on the other hand it offers basic Bluetooth compatibility which will meet most of the needs. No HDMI-ARC or HDMI connectivity (you will have to switch to the Bose TV Speaker and the Bose Soundbar 700 for this).

  • Dimensions : 55  x 8.6 x 6.6 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 2
  • Integrated voice assistant: no
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connection: 1 optical
  • Price: 199 €

Sony HTX8500 sound bar

SONY HTX8500 sound bar
SONY HTX8500 sound bar

Sony designs and produces great soundbars, and the HTX8500 is no exception. We find Dolby Atmos sound, DTS: X 2.1 channel format, a double subwoofer and Vertical Sound Engine technology. A radical combination that delivers a three-dimensional surround sound experience worthy of a movie theater. If it does not link to any voice assistant, it does however integrate a slew of audio technologies for breathtaking sound. It also has 1 optical input, 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output.

  • Dimensions : 94.9 x 16 x 17 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 2
  • Integrated voice assistant: no
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connections: 1 optical, 1 HDMI input, 1 HDMI output
  • Price: 399 €

Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam
Sonos Beam

Sonos still markets the Beam, years after the success of the Playbar. Sonos Beam is a compact and complete soundbar that has proven itself to its users. It obviously still integrates Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. However, it delivers a less powerful sound than the Playbar because of its compactness but more than sufficient for the sound system in your living room. Its style, in white or black, is simply timeless and versatile.

  • Dimensions : 10 x 6.51 x 6.8 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 1
  • Integrated voice assistant: Alexa
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connection: 1 HDMI
  • Price: 449 €

Samsung HW-Q70T Soundbar

Samsung HW-Q70T Soundbar
Samsung HW-Q70T Soundbar

It’s hard not to mention Samsung in this review of the best soundbars. Slightly below the HW-Q900T in terms of price and quality, the HW-Q70T on the other hand remains one of the best soundbars on the market. Incorporating Acoustic Beam technology coupled with formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, this bar provides excellent sound quality, especially for movies. Its 330W power also makes the Samsung Q70T one of the most powerful soundbars in this top. By pairing your Q70T soundbar with your QLED TV (only from Q80T) you will also take advantage of Q-Symphony mode, which automatically synchronizes your soundbar with your TV speakers.

  • Dimensions : 98 x 5.8 x 11.5 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 8
  • Integrated voice assistant: Alexa
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connections: 1 HDMI input, 1 HDMI output, 1 optical
  • Price: 449 €

Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar
Sonos Playbar

As an alternative to the Sonos Beam, you can always turn to the Playbar, one of the best in its class. It incorporates 9 speakers including 6 midrange and 3 tweeters to replace your TV speakers with deep bass and immersive rendering. The bar has Wi-Fi connectivity with multiroom compatibility to stream music throughout the house. It works with Alexa and Amazon devices, in addition to providing access to more than 80 music services including the most popular (Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, etc.) and more than 100,000 internet radios, podcast, audio books.

  • Dimensions : 14 x 90 x 8.5 cm
  • Number of loudspeakers: 9
  • Integrated voice assistant: Alexa
  • Bluetooth: yes
  • Connection: 1 optical
  • Price: 1099 €

That’s all for this selection of the best soundbars available for purchase in 2021. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive: you are free to search the Internet to find the sound bar that best suits your needs, your TV, your home and your current configuration. And speaking of TVs, here’s our comparison of the best TVs for Euro 2021.

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