You probably already are Good money saved up for a nice big TV, and maybe a streaming gadget to run your Netflix. But it doesn’t matter how big your screen is or how expensive it is—your TV’s speakers probably sound terrible.
You’d be surprised how much more you enjoyed those shows with a half-decent soundbar or surround system connected to your Primo panel. Explosions pop, dialogue sounds much crisper, and you may even notice sonic details in your favorite movies that you never picked up on before.
Need some advice on how to find a perfect bar? Check out our full article on how to buy a soundbar before choosing one below.
Updated November 2022: We’ve added the Samsung HW-Q990B system and updated links and prices.
Why you need a soundbar
We’ve yet to test a new TV that didn’t sound bad without the addition of some sort of audio accessory. This is mostly due to the design of the television. Great-sounding speakers are heavy, and as TVs get slimmer with shrinking bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers are having a harder time building good speakers into them.
You can spend as little as $150 on a new soundbar with a subwoofer, and it’s essential to get the most out of your viewing experience. To help, we’ve put together this list of the best soundbars we’ve tested, including soundbars sold on their own, as well as models bundled with subwoofers. We’ve also compiled some tips on how to get the most out of your purchase.
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