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Best Soundbar 2013

Updated on September 9, 2013

Find the Best Soundbar 2013 - Home Theater System

Looking for a home theater experience but at the same time won't monopolize living room spaces? Then check out the top rated soundbar that will surely enhance any built in TV set speaker many times over. The soundbar is mainly for those who want to keep things clean and uncluttered without the messy wires on sight. The trade off of course, is that the full surround experience is sacrificed with the absence of satellite speakers.

Along with stellar display, wafer thin TV is very desirable to own, but unfortunately leaves little room for the speaker. Slim LED or LCD TV usually has a sound output that disappoints with tinny sound and non-existent base. Choosing a soundbar will bring tremendous boost to the audio quality and the set up is less clutter as well.

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Yamaha YHT-S401BL

This is a sleek looking soundbar with glossy finish though some may not like shiny coat in their electronics. Included is a 100 watt subwoofer that takes care of deep bass sound which commonly lack in a standalone soundbar. The discreet set up is suited for a room constrained with limited space.

Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This is a follow up to the widely praised and popular Yamaha YHT-S400 model released back in 2009. The YHT-S401 soundbar unit consists of three speakers, wherein the middle speaker makes sure that the vocal frequency is highly audible and conversation is clear.

Blu ray players and next gen consoles will sound great because of its HD audio decoding capability. Hearing different subtleties of sound... highs, mids and lows will definitely will sound fantastic on HD so any genre of movies, games and other media should sound like it should be.

Powered 100 watt, amplification happens in the subwoofer/receiver itself. So, that leaves plenty of room for the 3 little speakers encased within the soundbar to work itself to produce satisfying output. Controls and connection are also centralized in the receiver like power, slew of input/output connections, sound presets and display.


...More Sound Bar by Yamaha

Any of these are solid choices for your living room based on consistent four star ratings on Amazon. Picking the right the right one ultimately depends on choosing between standalone or with subwoofer... wired versus wireless subwoofer...and consumer budget/ price range.

Yamaha YAS-101

Yamaha YHT S400

Yamaha YAS-201

Sony HT-CT150 3D SoundBar System

Through the years, Sony has made quality audio products and that includes their line-up of soundbar system. For around $300, this is one of the reasonably priced soundbars out there. Arguably there are cheaper options, but for the price, you get wireless subwoofer (130 watts) and a bluetooth receiver for multiple sources playback. As for the sound quality, feedback from majority of Amazon reviewers mostly liked what they hear, though higher end soundbars may sound better, they usually costs twice or thrice as much.

Sony HTCT260 Sound Bar Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sony HTCT260 Sound Bar Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

A total of 300 watt powered soundbar (130 watt supplied to subwoofer, 85 watts for each stereo speakers) means there's enough power under it's discreet hood. Action and collision scene will be sonically rendered with authority.

The modern hexagon design along with the freedom of a wireless subwoofer makes it easier to move around as you please.

Another big plus is the inclusion of bluetooth wireless streaming capability so its convenient to listen to huge library of music via smartphones, laptop and other enabled devices without having to hook them using cable.



...More Soundbar from Sony

Here's a good selection of Sony sound bar that you can hook to your newest LCD TV. At around $100, the SA-40SE1 is a great budget solution but the drawback is it lack connectivity option like digital optical input. Both the HTCT260 and HTCT550W comes with a wireless subwoofer and better connectivity option.

Polk Audio Surroundbar IHT 6000

Polk is a US based company known for making quality car and home stereo speaker. The IHT 6000 features most reviewers are impressed with is how "full and rich" sound quality is. Another well liked feature is the well touted proprietary surround technology , though will not usurp a full pledged 5.1 system, works surprisingly well in delivering immersive sound experience.

LG NB3520A 300W

Most Amazon costumer liked the "decent sound quality" of the NB3520A. The wireless subwoofer can produce powerful booming sound. While streaming mp3 music from iPhone and other smartphone is a welcome feature to a fairly priced soundbar. While reviews are mostly positive, unfavorable feedback is mostly due to limited connectivity like the lack of HDMI inputs.

Review for LG NB3520A 300W

"...easy to use" review snippet at trustedreviews

Approximately $100 Soundbars

Maxell SSB-1 Maxsound - Space Saving Soundbar, Tabletop Speaker

VIZIO VSB200 Universal HD Sound Bar - Ideal Soundbar Under 100

Audio Connectors

Digital Optical Cable, RCA Cable and Coax Audio Cable

Peruse what kind of cable your set supports because some soundbar may have limited audio input connectivity.

AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable, 6 Feet

Belkin PureAV RCA Audio Cable-6 feet

C2G / Cables to Go 29115 6 feet/1.82 Meters Velocity S/PDIF Digital Audio Coax Cable Blue

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