LG's Sonos Clone Adds a Few Extra Speakers

LG's new line of battery-powered, Wi-Fi enabled speakers complement their new sound bar models, sure. But they also fill out Music Flow—the company's Sonos-like connected-house audio offering—with some attractive, well-rounded hardware. » 12/22/14 9:00pm 12/22/14 9:00pm

The Best Budget Sound Bar Is Down to an All-Time Low Price

Both of the larger sizes of your favorite budget sound bar are at their lowest prices ever. » 11/24/14 6:15pm 11/24/14 6:15pm

The Best Sound Bar

The SONOS PLAYBAR exemplifies what we look for in a sound bar, and you agree, having crowned it the best in the category after almost 5000 votes. The PLAYBAR isn't just a beautiful object, it's also easy to set up and easy on the ears, and brings with it an optional ecosystem of speakers and subwoofers to fill… » 10/06/14 3:45pm 10/06/14 3:45pm

What's the Best Sound Bar?

A sound bar is by far the easiest way to upgrade your living room audio, without all the potential complications that come with speaker installation. There are quite a few great models to choose from, so today we're calling on you to get in the comments and nominate your favorite. Tell us, which sound bar is the best? » 9/29/14 2:45pm 9/29/14 2:45pm

Vizio's Latest Bigass Sound Bar Is Also Super Cheap

Vizio's new monstrous (in the best way) new sound bar packs some smart new features including center channel vocal boost and different levels of surround virtualization, but the best thing about it? It's super cheap. » 11/26/13 9:08am 11/26/13 9:08am

Pioneer's New Soundbar Is Beautifully Simple and Wonderfully Cheap

Pioneer's new SB-PS23W is a soundbar the way most people want it: A simple, relatively inexpensive way to make a television sound louder. In that way, it's cut from the same cloth as the excellent AitPlay speakers the company released last year (actually, they've got the some LA-based designer). It wasn't the first… » 6/26/13 11:12am 6/26/13 11:12am

Our Favorite Soundbars, Streaming Boxes, Stoves, and More

Winter's slowly winding down, and no doubt, the warm weather is beginning to beckon, what with the birds and the sunshine and the joyful frolicking and whatnot. And we'd be out there enjoying it, too... if this past month hadn't given us a whole slew of gadgets to stay inside drooling over. Ah well—the sun looks just… » 4/01/13 4:19pm 4/01/13 4:19pm

Sonos Playbar Ears-On: Powerful Sound In a Petite, Pricey Package

Sonos is aiming to revolutionize home theater audio by taking all the high quality sound you need and want, and cramming it all into one big ol' soundbar you can drop at the bottom of your TV. Sure, it'll work with other Sonos units you have hanging around, the Sonos Playbar is also a starter piece that can stand… » 2/14/13 8:00pm 2/14/13 8:00pm

Sonos Playbar: The Awesomest Wireless Music System Wants to Be Your…

Sonos continues its righteous quest to dominate every room in your house with easy, awesome wireless music with its new Playbar. Except it's trying to be the easy solution for your home theater, too. The sound bar joins the Sonos subwoofer introduced last year as well as two standalone tabletop systems already… » 2/12/13 9:01am 2/12/13 9:01am

Samsung's 2013 Digital Audio Lineup: Old Meets New (Meets Bluetooth)

Samsung's just announced its 2013 lineup of home theater and audio devices. The new set features an interesting mix of vintage and developing technologies designed to combine classic sound with modern connectivity. » 1/05/13 10:34pm 1/05/13 10:34pm

LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen

Not everybody has the available floor space or audiophilic conviction for 9.1 surround sound—sometimes just a sound bar or even headphones may suffice. With the wall of sound-producing devices that LG just unveiled, finding a system to match your situation should be a cinch—even if it is 9.1 surround. » 12/25/12 3:00am 12/25/12 3:00am

The Best Sound Bar for Less Than $300

Few things are more complicated and expensive than home theater audio components. Picking the right pieces is hard enough as it is, but figuring out how to properly setup those speakers can be downright hellacious. Plus your bank account hates it. » 10/25/12 11:00am 10/25/12 11:00am

I Would Resort to a Life of Crime to Pay for Bowers and Wilkins' Badass…

Bowers & Wilkins makes incredible-sounding speakers. Fact. And while its original Panorama soundbar is no exception, the home theater package was missing key connectivity in the way of HDMI inputs. The new Panorama 2 packs three-HDMI inputs, finally, and more importantly, 175 earth-shaking watts, into a gorgeous… » 10/03/12 4:20pm 10/03/12 4:20pm

Do You Like Soundbars?

Soundbars can't quite match the enveloping feel of home theater systems yet they're so much better than pumping audio through your wimpy TV speakers. Or are they? Are soundbars the best compromise—affordable, easy to setup—for audio or are they the worst of both worlds—not quite good enough for the price—that's not… » 9/03/12 4:00pm 9/03/12 4:00pm

Yamaha's Awesome Affordable Soundbar Now Comes With a Wireless Subwoofer

When the Yamaha YAS-101 came out last year, we marveled at the perfect balance between the sound quality afforded by its full-range drivers and a price point that wouldn't break the bank. Now the successor—the YAS-201—is here and instead of packing its bass technology into the bar itself, it has been split off into a… » 8/31/12 12:46pm 8/31/12 12:46pm

Yamaha YAS-101 Lightning Review: The Best Budget Soundbar for Your…

There comes a time in every person's life when an upgrade to a real home theater system is in order. The gear can cost a fortune, but it doesn't have to. If you're not sure what you need or how much you should spend, the Yamaha YAS-101 is a good place to start. » 4/23/12 2:00pm 4/23/12 2:00pm

Harman Kardon SB16 Sound Bar Lightning Review: How Much Is Good Sound…

At $600, Harman Kardon's SB16 sound bar is intended for someone who isn't quite impressed with a $200 soundbar, but doesn't want to drop $1000 on one that will inspire envy. » 9/02/11 4:00pm 9/02/11 4:00pm

Maxell's SSB-1 Soundbar Seems Destined for Home Theaters on a Budget

Maxell's SSB-1 soundbar is by all definitions, a budget product. Combining two 7.5w speakers with a 15w subwoofer, the SSB-1 likely won't send you into a state of awe. But at the same time, it's only $130. » 7/06/11 4:39pm 7/06/11 4:39pm

Orbitsound's Spatial Stereo Tech-Creating T14 Soundbar and Dock Hits US…

Previously unattainable by those outside its home-country, British audio company Orbitsound has a follow-up product to last year's T12 soundbar, the T14. Created by eccentric British musician Ted Fletcher (who's worked with Elton John and The Who), it'll cost $600. » 1/05/11 7:20am 1/05/11 7:20am