5 Best Soundbars with Wireless Subwoofer for the Money in 2017
Why do you need a wireless subwoofer?
A wireless subwoofer is space saver and you can get rid of all those wires and chords lying around the floor. You can also hide it anywhere you like. If you are concerned about the neatness and appearance of your room, you need to consider a wireless sub.
Check out the top 5 soundbar home theater systems with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth functionality from cheap as $219 to high end as $1299.
Yamaha YAS-201 vs Pioneer SP-SB23W vs Sony HT-CT370 vs Harman Kardon SB26 vs Bose CineMate 1 SR
#1 Yamaha YAS-201
Cheapest in the list. This is an entry level sound bar from Yamaha. The main attraction is the classy design itself. The glossy finish looks and the elegant design is enough to get YAS 201 one step ahead of its competitors. It also comes with many features.
The removable feet let you to adjust height when placed in front of the TV. It is wall mountable also. The soundbar consist of two 5cm drivers and the wireless sub woofer is driven by 16cm driver. “The Air Surround Xtreme technology can reproduce 7.1 channel surround sound” claims Yamaha.
Another feature is the ClearVoice technology which boosts dialogues and voice at low sound levels. The connections available are two optical inputs and HDMI. There are buttons and LED indicators for volume control and standby mode. Also there are buttons dedicated for Yamaha’s ClearVoice and UniVolume settings.
The remote provided is excellent which covers all most all functions. The set up is very simple. Only con is the low frequencies are not up to the expectations. Overall the YAS 201 has decent functionality and good dynamics.
If you give preference to the design and sound quality over bass levels, give this a try.
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A review: "Nice sound overall, bass, treble, and very nice volume level without distortion."
#2 Sony HT-CT370
The best in the list.
This 2.1 channel soundbar system offers clarity and power to the TV audio. The unique angular design is eye-catchy and elegant and easily blends in with any wall or TV stand. Sony HT CT-370 comes with a bundle of features.
The built-in gyro sensor detects sound bar’s orientation and adjusts sound accordingly. The wireless subwoofer is slim and excellent in terms of performance. It seems that Sony decided to solve their ‘less connection’ issue with HT- CT370.
There are 3 HDMI inputs (Wow..) to connect Blu-Ray player, gaming consoles, cable box etc etc… and one HDMI out to connect to TV. Besides the HDMI, there are optical digital, 3.5mm analog and Bluetooth connection also. The speakers host two 3/8 inch full range drivers and the slim and sleek wireless subwoofer offers 200 watts amplification.
Back to the features, the CEC functionality is a feature that is turning on one component triggers other HDMI components to turn on automatically. With the Sony’s SongPal app, you can convert your smart phone into a Bluetooth remote. Sony HT CT-370 features 5 listening modes. The ‘Voice’ mode enhances dialogue clarity for low volume listening.
The HDMI supports 3D/4K videos, ARC and HDMI CEC. It also features Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD and DTS HD Master Audio. Sony’s S-Force PROfront Surround technology offers immersive and detailed sound for movies.
The soundbar is NFC compatible and has an LCD display in the front. It is wall mountable also. All the hardware for mounting are included in the package.
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A review: "I was also able to stream music from my iPad and an Android phone with no trouble at all."
#3 Pioneer SP-SB23W
Pioneer SP-SB 23W offers outstanding sound performance at affordable price. The incredibly compact wireless subwoofer is excellent in terms of performance and it is easy to hide. Pioneer SP-SB 23W delivers more natural sound and deep bass. The speakers have good balance and clarity.
The sound bar is enclosed in composite wood which gives good sound clarity but also a less impressive design. The speaker bar is easy to set up but it lacks a front display to know the volume levels. The sound output is strictly stereo and lacks virtual surround.
The connections available are analog and optical input, Bluetooth connection with aptX codec for wireless streaming. The set up is very simple, simply hit the sync button to pair soundbar with wireless sub and you’re ready to go. The clarity and dynamics are hard to resist.
Overall, Pioneer SP-SB 23W is an affordable sound bar with ultimate sound clarity but ‘ugly’ looks. If you can sacrifice good looks for sound quality, this one is the sound bar you are looking for. I would give 10 for the sound performance alone.
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A review: "I highly recommend this sound bar for it's audio quality."
#4 Harman Kardon SB26
SB26 from Harman Kardon is an attractive sound bar with wireless subwoofer that brings extra ordinary clarity to music and movie audio. It can be used for larger rooms as it delivers enough volume to fill large halls. It can be wall mounted or placed along with the TV. All hardware for mounting are provided.
The soundbar features dual 2-way driver system. It has 1 inch tweeter and two 3 inch mid-range drivers which produce 60W RMS power. The wireless subwoofer features a 10 inch down-firing driver. You can place the sub anywhere you like and get deep bass with low distortion. The 100 watt built-in amplifier and bass reflex design make sure of it. You can also control the subwoofer volume with included remote.
The connections provided are 2 HDMI ins and 1 out for Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles etc, analog RCA input, optical digital input and Bluetooth for wireless streaming. You can toggle stereo or virtual surround via remote. It also features Dolby Digital and HarmanVolume controls volume not to exceed a certain level.
There is an EQ switch to optimize sound bar for wall or table placement. It also provides on-screen display to view settings, apparently there are lot of settings to make use of this function. Harman Kardon SB26 can achieve a wide frequency range of 38 to 22 kHz and the company provides 5 year warranty for the speakers.
Attractive soundbar with decent sound performance for brand conscious guys.
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A review: "It is easily on the same level as the Bose soundbar but a lot cheaper."
#5 Bose CineMate 1 SR
Bose Cinemate 1SR is known for the low profile design. The stylish, sleek and stunningly slim 1SR compete with Yamaha YAS-201 in terms of design. This one here is also very easy to set up. Simply plug in the speaker and sub to the main and switch on with remote.
Bose Cinemate 1SR offers excellent sound clarity and subtle bass. But don’t expect any virtual surround. The ‘wireless acoustimass module’ aka wireless subwoofer connects automatically to the speaker when its on. The five speaker drivers and subwoofer together produce crisp and clear audio over wide range of frequencies. Inputs provided are 2 coaxial, 2 optical and an analog.
There is no HDMI port available which is a downside. The speaker is wall mountable also. There is no need to change any settings according to the placement. It is all automatic. The multi function remote included is very nice and efficient.
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A review: " Unexpected and superb surround sound in an medium to small room. Perfect for apartments, master bedrooms or dens. I can hear birds, airplanes and dogs barking and I instinctively look towards my window or door in the house, thinking I'd left a door or window open. Nope - it's the surround sound coming at me from all angles in my living room. It's actually the movie. Awesome!"