Are you fed up listening to the miniature speakers of your television? Feel like you’re missing out on the precise details of sound quality? Look no further, we’ve got you covered!
There are several speakers that are available in the market that can help you up your sound game. Soundbars are one of the easy solutions because not only are they cheaper as compared to the big theater systems but are also pretty much capable of producing high quality sound output which is not possible with the built-in speakers provided by the TV manufacturer.
What is a soundbar?
A soundbar is a single long ‘bar’ with speakers embedded into it. It is a sleekish, rectangular shaped device that is capable of producing high quality sound output. Although it may not have the bells and whistles of those big home theater systems but it pretty much does the job for most people by providing quality sound output.
Benefits of opting for a soundbar:
Soundbars are sleek – they’re just a few inches thick and are usually less than 40” in length and within 4” in height, which makes them pretty accommodating for most table and shelf sizes. They’re lightweight, which makes them portable and easy to place anywhere.
Soundbars are equally effective when used with mobile phones, tablets or even laptops. Most of them offer connectivity via bluetooth or AUX cable, which makes soundbars easy to use. Lastly, soundbars are pretty inexpensive as compared to other theater systems. Many of them also have subwoofers (integrated or separated) which also improves the bass quality of the overall setup. Therefore, soundbars are an easy alternative if one wishes to enjoy high quality sound in moderate budget.
Our picks for the best soundbars under 300
We’ve tried and tested various soundbars and have shortlisted 10 out of them. Here are 10 best soundbars under 300:
1. Vizio SB3821-C6 Soundbar
The award winning audio spearhead, the Vizio SB3821-C6 is an excellent soundbar that has not only won our approval but has also been highly rated by other tech giants. Introduced first in CES 2015, this device amalgamates crystal clear output with a sleek design, making it one of customer’s first choice soundbars. It comes power packed with an external subwoofer and a setup that is designed to reduce distortion. It is, as like most soundbars, easy to setup and use. It is 32” wide and is an ideal addition to any TV lounge.
This soundbar is equipped with Bluetooth input by which the user may connect their bluetooth enabled device for a seamless audio experience. The sound quality is quite okay as well. With excellent customer reviews as well as our own assessment, the Vizio SB3821-C6 makes for an excellent choice for a soundbar.
2. Sony CT290 Ultra-Slim SoundBar
Sony has held its legacy when it comes to consumer electronics. From Bravia televisions to Xperia mobile phones, from Vaio Laptops to Walkman music players, Sony has a knack of producing excellent electronic devices.
The Sony CT290 is an ultraslim soundbar, measures less than 36″ (less than 3 feet) and just 2″ tall. It is capable of producing output at 300W. It comes with 2.1ch surround sound and an external subwoofer. It can be connected via USB, Bluetooth and even HDMI, which means that the user can enjoy music from any platform. Setting up the device is easy, as one can expect with a sony device. By amalgamating Dolby Sound technology with its own surround setup, the Sony CT290 produces some of the best quality sound experience for a soundbar within the price bracket of S300.
3. JBL Bar 2.1 Home Theater Starter System
JBL Bar is a powerful soundbar capable of producing an output of 300W. Known normally for their higher end audio speakers, the JBL Bar 2.1 is one of their economical and affordable speakers that don’t take too much room. With 38” wide, this soundbar may not be the most compact one, yet its sound output cannot be taken for granted. Like many of its competitors, JBL bar comes equipped with the option of using USB, Bluetooth and HDMI. All in all, the JBL Bar 2.1, with its external subwoofer and powerful speakers, produce excellent sound quality and should satisfy most users.
4. Polk Signa S2 Ultra-Slim Universal SoundBar
Polk Signa is another universal soundbar that might be considered for one’s audio needs. It is a low-profile soundbar which is just 2” thick and 35.5” wide, making it one of the sleek soundbars available. It comes equipped with Dolby digital decoding technology as well as Polk’s own Voice Adjustment technology, which guarantees an excellent sound experience. It offers both HDMI and Bluetooth input technology which makes Polk one of the best soundbars in our listing for the best soundbars under 300.
5. Klipsch RSB-3 Surround Powerful Soundbar
Another alternative to an affordable soundbar is the Klipsch RSB-3. It is designed to get connected within minutes and offer seamless sound experience to the users. It is 2.6” thick and 36” wide, making it a fairly slim soundbar though not the slimmest one in the market.
It has integrated Dolby audio decoder and surround sound technology, which means that the sound quality is near the top notch standards. With a sturdy design, the Klipsch RSB-3 is a bold device which blends with the surroundings of your room and adds value to your television set-up.
6. Wohome S9920 TV SoundBar
Wohome S9920 is a solid soundbar that is budget friendly and lists under our category of soundbars priced at less than $300. It features 4 speakers at 15W each and two tweeters at 10W each, which takes the total output of Wohome S9920 to 80W, which is a little on the moderate side, considering that some other soundbars on this list have much higher output ratings than this one. It also does not have a dedicated subwoofer.
However, with the amalgamation of high quality tweeters and 3D surround technology, the sound quality of this particular device is among the very best on this list. If offers bluetooth as well as USB connectivity.
7. Yamaha ATS-1080-R Soundbar
Yamaha is widely known to produce commercial grade musical instruments.The ATS-1080 is one of Yamaha’s budget soundbars capable of producing clear and rich audio. It comes equipped with dual inbuilt subwoofers which add up to the base levels of the audio output. Being just under 2.1” the soundbar is one of the sleekest ones in this list. Bluetooth connectivity allows the users to wirelessly connect the device with any handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet.
It also comes with Air Surround Xtreme technology which is aimed at giving a better surround experience to the users. Although this soundbar does not produce cinematic grade output, as you might expect with the higher end Yamaha speakers, but within the budget category, Yamaha ATS-1080 ticks most boxes to be enlisted as one of the best soundbars available under $300.
8. Samsung HW-K360 Soundbar
Samsung is a global giant when it comes to producing consumer appliances. Name any domain of consumer appliance and you’re most likely to find a Samsung device there. In terms of producing quality sound devices, Samsung is known for both, its high-end and its medium-end speakers. One of their mid-range soundbar is Samsung HW-K360. This soundbar comes with external subwoofer to assist the dual speakers embedded on the bar.
The Samsung HW-K360 adds fresh life to your audio game by providing crisp output and rich sound quality. The soundbar is designed to deliver a maximum output of 130W which makes it appreciably loud for a small room but not exactly optimal for a large hall. This soundbar is also equipped with Bluetooth input by which the user may connect their bluetooth enabled device for a seamless audio experience. All in all, the Samsung HW-K360 is a very good option for a budget friendly soundbar.
9. LG SH4 2.1 Soundbar
The LG SH4 is a solid entry in our picks for the best soundbars under $300. Designed to give an output of 300W, this soundbar power packs quite some amplitude. Comes with a separate subwoofer which is capable of providing strong bass. Being a mere 2.1” wide and 35” across, the soundbar is one of the sleeker ones available right now. Comes with a variety of connectivity options such as HDMI, USB and Bluetooth, which means that it can be connected with any device. With high output capability, a decent subwoofer and the ability to connect with any input device, the LG SH4 is an excellent choice for a budget friendly soundbar.
10. Acent Solarphy SL Bluetooth SoundBar
Acent Solarphy is one of the most economical soundbars in this list. However, being the most economical brings along with it its own set of compromises – the total output of this soundbar is 25W which might not be sufficient for the intense sound lovers. However, considering that it is available at an average price of $50 (may differ globally), this soundbar is an excellent entry level speaker. An interesting feature of this soundbar is that it has a rechargeable battery, which means that it can be used as a portable speaker too. It does not house any subwoofer which means that the bass game isn’t so good with this soundbar. It does, however, offer bluetooth connectivity which makes up for quite a number of people who wish to wirelessly enjoy their music. Overall, the Acent Solarphy SL is an entry level and budget friendly soundbar that caps our list of top 10 soundbars under $300
Soundbars come in different shapes and sizes. Some offer high quality audio output by integrating Dolby Audio with their own technology while others come with excellent subwoofers that takes the bass game to another level. However, the basic objective of opting for a soundbar is to get the best of both worlds i.e. enjoying good music without spending as much as one might be compelled to do when buying a home theater system. Soundbars may not compete them in terms of sound quality but they will offer an average audio savvy individual the taste of decent music. Be sure to pick the right one for yourself!