Our labs evaluate sound bars for their features, ease of setup, and—most critically—sound quality. The best sound bars in our ratings and reviews provide high-quality audio, but many other models fall short. Also, see our buying guide to learn more about sound bars and make smarter shopping decisions.

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Sound bars Buying Guide

As TVs slim down, the quality of their sound often follows suit. If you want richer, fuller sound, a sound bar is an easier and less expensive fix than a complete add-on component system. A sound bar has several speakers and the electronics to power them in one thin module you connect to the TV—no need for a receiver. Some have a separate subwoofer, usually wireless, and a few have rear speakers.