In order to upgrade the sound of their TV, many technology fans resort to soundbars. Experience shows that television sound leaves something to be desired – and surround sound is certainly not possible without using an external device Today we present a selection of high-quality soundbars that are capable of virtual surround sound.
How much do soundbars with Surround Sound cost?
Just like TVs, soundbars are available in almost every price range. But beware – you should resort from buying brand-less products that are less than $100. You can’t expect a better sound than from the TV itself.
Within the range of $300-$600 there is a large selection of branded products that emulate surround sound convincingly. Within this price range you will find most of the available products on the market. A noticeably better sound than that of the television is pre-programmed.
Teufel Cinebar 11
This slim soundbar from the German manufacturer Teufel has eight drivers including a wireless Downfire subwoofer. You can connect your electrical devices with Bluetooth, NFC and HDMI.
The bass is very powerful thanks to the subwoofer, the midrange very assertive. Unfortunately the highs are a bit weak.
- Dimensions: 37.4 in x 2.8 in x 2.1 in
- Connectivity through HDMI, Bluetooth, NFC, optical & analog input
- Dolby and DTS decoding as well as Virtual Surround Algorithm for spatial sound experience
- Ready to use without additional AV receiver
This 2.1 sound bar from Sony has some aces up its sleeve despite the budget-friendly price. Virtual surround sound is possible! The 7.1.2 configuration corresponds to virtual Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound.
The loudspeakers required for this purpose are integrated in the bar. This also applies to the subwoofer. The produced sound leaves some space, but it is suitable as an accompaniment for movies in 4K UHD.
- 43.2 x 20.4 x 9.8 in; 28.7 lbs
- 1 HDMI input
- 1 HDMI output (ARC, eARC)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
- Virtual Surround Sound
- Integrated Subwoofer
The Californian audio manufacturer Sonos offers with the Beam Soundbar a product for fantastic sound in a compact size.
The device can be operated by remote control, but for fans of Amazon Alexa this is not necessary at all. Five far-field microphones recognize the voice for operation anywhere in the room. They are not irritated by the TV sound.
If you already have Sonos speakers in your setup, you can connect the beam to them via Multiroom. This makes surround sound possible!
However, there is one disadvantage: The Sonos Beam does not have Bluetooth. Wireless transmissions are possible via AirPlay.
- HDMI ARC and optical input
- 2.7 in x 25.6 in x 3.9 in
- Box contents: 1 x Sonos sound bar, 1 x power cable (2m), 1 x HDMI ARC to Optical Toslink Adapter, 1 x HDMI cable / With Amazon Fire TV Stick also Netflix or Amazon Prime Video via voice controllable
- Colors: black & white
Bose Soundbar 500
The US American manufacturer Bose from Massachusetts is also involved in the market for sound bars – but it’s a huge player.
The setup is as simple as the operation. The narrow soundbar 500 can be controlled in three ways:
- by remote control, as usual
- with the specially developed Bose Music App
- by voice control
Thanks to its discreet sound and unobtrusive and compact design, the Soundbar 500 always stays in the background and blends in with the interior – only the great sound is noticeable.
You can play your content wirelessly or wired from your devices – whether from smart TV or smartphone.
- 1.7 in x 31.5 x 4 in; 7 lbs
- Box contents: DC adapter, HDMI
- Color: black
- Transmission: WLAN, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, HDMI
Yamaha MusicCast 400 Bar
With the MusicCast 400 Bar you get a soundbar including a subwoofer that has some tricks in stock.
The MusicCast system gives you wireless access to your home music library via WLAN. It couldn’t be easier! Voice control via Alexa is also possible here. Otherwise, you control the soundbar via remote control.
Thanks to DTS Virtual:X technology, the MusicCast 400 is capable of virtual surround sound and can be expanded with additional speakers via Multiroom until there is real surround sound.
For movies, the sound is always clear, especially in dialogues, and the bass is sufficiently deep thanks to the sub. The highs and mids sound a bit thin, though.
- Box contents: Music Cast BAR 400 incl. wireless subwoofer & remote control
- Color: black-grey
- 4.5 in x 38.6 in x 2.4 in; 26.7 lbs (incl. sub)
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