best soundbar under $300

best soundbar under $300 Economy Insights

Although the idea behind the design of this device is rather simple, the popularity of soundbars is now so great that this sector even contains several varieties of models. There are simple soundbars, soundbars with a built-in or external subwoofer, and there are even those that you can put a TV on.
2022-06-16, by Ted Jackman, Independent Financial Adviser

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So, you bought the best TV from those recommended by popular sites, brought it home and connected all available signal sources to it. And then it turned out that the sound of your system is not very impressive. In fact, there are many ways to improve the sound quality of your TV, and one of the easiest and most affordable is to use the best soundbar under 300.

Although the idea behind the design of this device is rather simple, the popularity of soundbars is now so great that this sector even contains several varieties of models. There are simple soundbars, soundbars with a built-in or external subwoofer, and there are even those that you can put a TV on. They are usually called soundbases, or soundbar-stands for TV, which sounds more cumbersome, but allows you to get rid of the need to remember another English term. Let's look at all this variety of models and the features of their use.

Soundbar

Imagine a stereo pair of speakers that are laid on their side and pushed close to each other. This will be the simplest soundbar, although, on the other hand, many soundbars are just such a stereo pair, only enclosed in a common case. Oddly enough, the use of a soundbar instead of the standard TV acoustics will significantly improve the sound quality, which can be appreciated especially when watching movies. Typically, such a soundbar also contains a built-in subwoofer, which has a positive effect on sound quality.

Soundbar with subwoofer

To get the best bass quality, you should look at soundbars that come with a separate subwoofer. The latter can be connected to the soundbar using a cable, but modern models usually use a wireless connection. Our experience shows that the overall sound bar experience with an external subwoofer is much stronger than a model with a built-in subwoofer, regardless of cost.

Please note that wireless subwoofers are connected to the mains, so it is necessary to provide an appropriate cable connection to them.

See also: Home cinema.

Soundbar - TV stand (soundbase)

The traditional soundbar is very convenient to use, but it requires additional rack space for equipment. In an effort to correct this shortcoming, many manufacturers of AV equipment offer so-called soundbases (soundbases) - soundbars on which you can put a TV. They have a strong enough case to withstand a TV even with a large screen diagonal (the "carrying capacity" of such soundbars must be indicated by the manufacturer, and the weight of the TV is also known from its parameters), and they have the depth of the case necessary for stable placement of the TV.

Just like a regular soundbar, a soundbase can have a built-in subwoofer, or be equipped with an external bass player. Some of the models in this class are even equipped with built-in Blu-Ray / DVD-players, as well as multimedia functionality of Smart TV. Stand soundbars (as well as regular soundbars) are sometimes referred to by manufacturers as a "complete home theater system", but in terms of sound quality, of course, they cannot be compared with multi-channel sets based on several speakers.

Soundbar or soundbase

In our experience, soundbars with a separate subwoofer are usually preferred as they provide a more natural and richer sound. However, there are exceptions to this rule as well. Of course, if the free space is too limited, then the soundbase may be the most acceptable solution - well, there are also models in this class with very good sound quality.

Soundbar with removable speakers

While there are not too many soundbar models, we expect manufacturers to follow the example of Philips, which has developed a similar model. The idea here is that along the edges of the soundbar cabinet there are removable speaker modules that can be detached and positioned behind the backs (or to the sides of the listeners) - just like in a real home theater. These speakers are equipped with wireless signal receivers and are powered by built-in batteries, which are charged when they are connected to the main system.

Soundbars and multiroom

Although the popularity of multi-room systems cannot yet be compared with soundbars, it is constantly growing. Until recently, this market was dominated by Sonos, but now it has strong competitors. Far Eastern brands are beginning to play a significant role here, while companies such as Samsung and LG offer their own multi-room solutions.

Ted Jackman

Ted Jackman contributor to abundance.org.uk
Independent Financial Adviser