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Top 6 Sound Bars for Mid-Sized HDTV from 35 to 45 inches
List of best soundbar for medium size TVs. Sound bars with subwoofer, bluetooth, surround and lot other features from cheap to high end. Sony HTCT60 vs VIZIO S3821w vs Dayton AudioBS36 vs VIZIO S3851w vs Atlantic Technology H-PAS PowerBar 235
#6 Sony HTCT60 2.1 Soundbar
This one is a simple 2.1 sound bar system at affordable price suitable for 40 inch HDTVs and above. The main attraction is the hexagonal shape of soundbar through which the sound can be directed to different angles. It is easy to set up and wall mountable. Sony HT-CT60 has a lightweight plastic construction which is not so sturdy but stylish with metal effect ends which gives a premium look. It features S/PDIF optical input to connect to TV. The main drawback is the lack of Bluetooth functionality. You may need some cables for all the connections. But the speaker delivers good stereo field and immersive sound reproduction. The lows, mids and highs are good and clear enough. The passive subwoofer along with the woofers produces 60W total power. There are LED indicators for power source and surround mode on/off. It also features night mode to hear low voices clearly at low volumes at night. This feature is compatible with Dolby encoded TV programs, DVDs and BluRays. The remote provided is good and easy to use and has almost every function. Overall this is a basic 2.1 soundbar speaker system with limited connectivity but good quality sound at lesser price.
Overall Rating: 8/10
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A review: "Overall, I'm very pleased, and it greatly improves the sound quality, adding ample surround effects for regular tv viewing and watching movies on blu-ray."
#5 Pinnacle Speakers S-BAR 3509
This one is a 9 driver slim speaker bar ideal for 35 inches and above HDTVs. The speaker is designed and manufactured in USA. It has 3 front channels in a sleek and eye catchy enclosure. The design is very space saving and the curved sidewall cabinet is stylish. The construction is non-resonant i.e you will not experience any vibration no matter how loud you play. The company provides SlideFitTM wall bracket for wall mounting. It also features automatic overload protection and shield to avoid interference when placed near TVs. It also comes with an amazing 10 year warranty. This is a Space saving slim stylish soundbar with 10 year warranty.
Overall Rating: 8.2/10
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A review: "The sound was crisp, clear, and no distortion."
#4 Dayton Audio BS36 with bass extension
This is a 3 channel sound bar with mountable enclosure. BS36LCR is very good for space limited home theater applications with added qualities like dynamic impact and bass extension. The sound bar features long excursion woofer for the above mentioned qualities. The design is elegant with nice glossy black fluid finish. It also features rubber feet for table top mounting. The three ¾ inches papercone woofers and 5/8 inches aluminum tweeters provide 80W max output with clear and stable audio. Combine with SAT-BK satellite speakers and Sub-800 Subwoofer, you will get an unbeatable surround home theater system.
Overall Rating: 8.3/10
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A review: "The gloss black finish looks as good as my Mirage speakers."
#3 VIZIO S3821w-C0 2.1 Soundbar System
The affordable 2.1 channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer from Vizio is one of the best in the range. The set up is extremely simple. Only one cable is needed to connect the device completely. The wireless subwoofer adds nice bass to the clean audio. You can set up the subwoofer anywhere you like. Hidden or exposed. The speaker system is rated at 100dB with <1% total harmonic distortion. It also features Dolby digital for high quality audio. This one is amazingly simple to operate and the Bluetooth feature enables you to stream music wirelessly from anywhere. The DTS Trusurround and DTS Truvolume controls volume levels automatically and add virtual surround to the audio. For volume levels, you can create your own settings for smooth experience. You can place subwoofer up to 50 feet away and still get deep and dynamic bass. For those who are looking for an affordable soundbar with wireless subwoofer might want to consider this.
Overall Rating: 8.6/10
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A review: "I did my research for weeks on what sound bar I should put my money into. After the easy set up I could not be happier with my purchase. I had Sony surround sound before this and this sound bar blows that out of the water. Excellent base and clarity. "
Atlantic Technology H-PAS PowerBar 235
This one right here is the world’s first soundbar that does not require a subwoofer for bass. The self powered 42 inches long sound bar deliver high fidelity, multi channel audio. The H-PAS bass system provides deep, tremendous yet clear bass without the aid of sub. The multi-channel digital signal processing using Dolby Digital and DTS creates 2, 3 or 5 channel immersive sound. It doesn’t mean that you can’t feel the effect of a subwoofer. You can connect optional sub also. The two 4 inch woofers reach as low as 47Hz. There is a built in amp to boost this powerful virtual surround sound. The soundbar produce 80W RMS.
There are a lot of additional features too like auto switching between Dolby and DTS, speech enhancement features for late night, low-level listening. Another feature is the user switchable display. The display on the soundbar can be read correctly no matter how you place it. LCD display rotates depending on soundbar orientation
The High Pressure Acceleration System (H-PAS) combines acoustic suspension, inverse horn and bass reflex. The extremely talented engineering achieves ultimate deep bass response from such small woofers. Includes Bluetooth Adapter with aptX technology for high quality wireless streaming
A bit expensive but if you can afford, this would be complete bang for the buck.
Overall Rating: 9/10
A review: "Overall, this is not my first ATechnology product and i have been very impressed by this company's sound system."
#1 VIZIO S3851w-D4 5.1 Channel Sound Bar
Another one from the well respected Vizio family and our winner, this 38 inch 5.1 channel soundbar has stunning audio quality, slim profile and elegant design. It can be used with large sized HDTVS. The extended length also ensures wide listening angle with crystal clear audio. Vizio S3851W-D4 features rear satellite speakers for real surround sound. You will feel the tremendous bass at first listening itself. The single audio cable connections make the set up simple and easier. The Dolby Digital, DTS circlesurround, DTS TruVolume and studio surround features deliver massive immersive sound. Bluetooth functionality is also present for seamless streaming of music and other media. Totally worth the money!
Overall Rating: 9.4/10
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A review: "This soundbar was one of my best buys yet... the sound is great and wireless a plus. go out and get one..."