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SOUNDBARS & SOUNDBASES
A BRILLIANT WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR TV’S SOUND
Yamaha YAS-207 £249
Best soundbar under £300, Awards 2020 ★★★★★
The latest in a series of fine Yamaha soundbars, this is a compelling, class-leading performer in a practical, easy-to-use package.
Size (hwd) 6 x 93 x 11cm Inputs Opt, HDMI, 3.5mm, BT Sub Yes
Sonos Beam £399
Best soundbar £300-£750, Awards 2020 ★★★★★
A compact soundbar that pumps out an exceptional sound for its size and price. It could potentially transform your listening experience. Size (hwd) 7 x 65 x 10cm Inputs Optical, HDMI ARC, Airplay Sub No
Sonos Playbar £699
August 2017 ★★★★★
It’s not perfect, but it still has the sonic heft and all-round quality to edge out its Sonos Playbase stablemate.
Size 9 x 90 x 14cm Inputs Optical, ethernet Sub No
Yamaha YSP-2700 £699
February 2017 ★★★★★
With a spacious, involving sound the YSP-2700 is the most convincing surround experience you’ll get outside of a full 5.1 surround system. Size (hwd) 5 x 94 x 15cm Inputs HDMI x3, opt, coax Sub Yes
Dali Katch One £649
Best soundbar £500-£1000, Awards 2018 ★★★★★
Great for music, even better for films, this tidy soundbar delivers all the sound your living room is likely to need.
Size 7 x 86 x 17cm Inputs HDMI, Optical, 3.5mm Sub No
Dali Kubik One £799
Awards 2018 ★★★★★
A gorgeous and complete package, Dali’s debut soundbar impresses with its hugely engaging sound and smart, well equipped exterior.
Size (hwd) 15 x 98 x 10cm Inputs Line-in x2, optical Sub No
Sonos Arc £799
Best soundbar £750-£1500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★
The Arc is a stunning performer, delivering one of the most immersive Dolby Atmos experiences we’ve heard from a soundbar.
Size 9 x 114 x 12cm Inputs HDMI, Optical, ethernet Sub No
Sony HT-ST5000 £1199
Best soundbar £1000-£1500, Awards 2019 ★★★★★
Delivers an accomplished Atmos performance we’d have no hesitation in recommending. It is a superb-sounding effort for the price.
Size (hwd) 8 x 118 x 15cm Inputs HDMI x3, opt, USB, 3.5mm Sub Yes
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar £2199
Best soundbar over £1500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★
This is the best soundbar we’ve tested, and the best way to get surround sound into your room without filling it with loads of individual speakers. Size (hwd) 14 x 127 x 17cm Inputs HDMI x4, opt, RCA line in Sub No
Q Acoustics M2 £169
Best soundbase, Awards 2019 ★★★★★
Q Acoustics can now add ‘soundbase’ to its list of successes. The M2 is an expressive, easy-to-use and fuss-free way of boosting your TV sound. Size (hwd) 9 x 55 x 34cm Inputs Line-in, HDMI, 3.5mm, BT