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Updated: Sep 30, 2014 22:37
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#51
alaScore 94

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound.

4 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#52
alaScore 94

Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector

Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple of caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.

22 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

#53
alaScore 94

Pioneer XW-SMA4-K

Pioneer's XW-SMA4 is its premium Wi-Fi hi-fi speaker, with the $100 premium over the cheaper XW-SMA1 translating to a built-in subwoofer. If you listen to a lot of music, or listen to it loud, buying the SMA4 is a no-brainer, but it's an expensive...

9 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

#54
alaScore 94

Braven 855s

The Braven 855s is a bit overpriced, but it's built like a brick, delivers decent sound and has strong battery life.

6 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#55
alaScore 94

Pioneer SP-SB23W

The system’s rich and clear sound signature, ample stereo spread, and musical low end provided just the right boost of sound quality…

4 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

#56
alaScore 94

Sony HT-ST7

For all the things we associate Sony with for home theater, speakers are lower down on that list. Many people scoffed when they decided to introduce a $27,000 pair of speakers, the SS-AR1, but response to them has been phenomenal. They've followed that...

8 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#57
alaScore 94

Ultimate Ears Boom

At £170, the UE Boom isn't cheap, but it does have an extensive list of features. NFC is quickly becoming a must-have for easy pairing, and the speaker's incredibly tough construction makes it ideal for taking outside the house. The Boom's sound...

5 expert reviews

#58
alaScore 94

Vizio S5430W-C2 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

Not all speakers have to get your attention with fancy styling. Sometimes they're just big black boxes with grilles, that make sound—and that's okay. The Vizio S5430W-C2 falls into that category, as a soundbar that isn't exactly eye-catching, but...

2 expert reviews

#59
alaScore 94

Bose SOLO

Its 3" height affords a slim, low-profile silhouette that blends in with most TV sets. However, a width and depth of 20.75" x 12.25" means the TV has to be placed on top of the soundbar. This restricts the maximum size of the TV set to 42", and you're...

17 expert reviews | 1851 user reviews

#60
alaScore 94

Panasonic SC-HTE80

With a footprint of 46 x 28cm the Panasonic SC-HTE80 looks (colour differences aside) like a slightly shrunken version of the Canton DM 50, with largely unadorned surfaces and a dot matrix display hidden behind the cheese-grater grille across the...

9 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

#61
alaScore 94

Yamaha YAS-152

The YAS-152 is big on bombastic bass, but came up short on clarity and detail.

6 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#62
alaScore 94

Boston Acoustics TVee One

The Boston Acoustics TVee One natural-sounding upgrade to your current TV's sound that costs considerably less than its competitors.

3 expert reviews | 77 user reviews

#63
alaScore 94

Harman-Kardon Sabre SB 35 / 230

Harman Kardon’s Sabre SB35 offers an extremely low-profile design and a gorgeous form factor, but unfortunately, its beauty is mostly skin deep.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#64
alaScore 94

Sharp HT-SB60

Soundbars are a simple way to replace your HDTV's paltry speakers with a powerful sound system, but most are designed for screens smaller than 55 inches. If you have a really big HDTV, it would easily dwarf the average soundbar. Sharp offered an...

4 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

#65
alaScore 94

Samsung Shape M7

Samsung tries to do everything in the world of consumer electronics, and the Shape series of speakers is its first foray into wireless, multi-room, non-Airplay audio. The Shape M7 is a large, striking, full-featured sound system with Wi-Fi-based audio,...

3 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#66
alaScore 94

Kicker Amphitheater BT2

If you want a speaker that can get quite loud, the $249.95 Kicker Amphitheater Bluetooth 2 (also known as the Amphitheater BT2, or the 40iK5BT2, or simply the K5 BT2) won't disappoint. Aside from some issues with deep bass reproduction, the BT2 is a...

2 expert reviews

#67
alaScore 94

Vizio S2121W-D0

The Vizio S2121w-D0 Sound Stand is cheap but not a good value, with quality that pales against the competition -- including Vizio's own sound bars.

2 expert reviews

#68
alaScore 93

Dynaudio XEO 3

It’s also nice to see that you get cables for all inputs in the box – optical, 3.5mm, RCA and USB.

14 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#69
alaScore 93

Teufel Consono 35

A small but welcome improvement over the cheaper Consono 25 – for larger rooms, this is definitely worth the investment

5 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

#70
alaScore 93

Q Acoustics Concept 20

Looking for a pair of top class sub-£500 standmounters? Q Acoustics' Concept 20s could well be the answer

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#71
alaScore 93

Samsung HW-F450

Looks cool, but the sound is very mediocre. Most importantly, once it was all set up, whenever something with expectedly HD sound was playing, the sound would cut out every minute or so for a second, as if it was syncing the wireless subwoofer. Pretty...

1 expert reviews | 1857 user reviews

#72
alaScore 93

KEF LS50

Mini-monitors are designed for near-field listening so the KEF LS50s are probably not going to speakers that you'll place in your home theater. KEF spec's the LS50s down to 79Hz at -3dB and 47Hz at -6dB. This is a pretty amazing response for a...

16 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#73
alaScore 93

Sonos SUB

This sub woofer changes the entire Sonos sound system. If you splurged for the sound bar, you can afford this too.

4 expert reviews | 375 user reviews

#74
alaScore 93

Dynaudio Excite X14

Where they're good, though, the Dynaudios are very, very good. Stick to music that doesn't fluster them – well recorded material that deson't demand much in the way of dynamic headroom – and they're among the criispest, cleanest and glossiest...

3 expert reviews

#75
alaScore 93

Sonos SUB

Have a peek at the column/review Small Sonos: Is multi-room music overkill in a tiny apartment? by Chris Davies for additional insight with the Sonos PLAY:3 and the overall Sonos experience.

26 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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