7 Wireless Soundbars for Immersing Yourself in Entertainment

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Pros
  • Great price
  • Decent sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Perfect for an apartment or smaller space
Cons
  • Not enough for larger rooms

For anyone that just wants an audio upgrade and isn’t incredibly worried about cinema-level sound, we’d just suggest a standalone sound bar. Most people in big city apartments don’t even have enough space to warrant additional speakers and subwoofers.

As far as standalone soundbars go, VIZIO makes the best affordable option. For under $200, you get that industry standard Dolby Atmos, as well as great high to low performance with some decent built in subwoofers.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Atmos

Best Mid-Price Soundbar

Bose Smart Soundbar 600

Smart Soundbar 600

Best Mid-Price Soundbar

Bose Smart Soundbar 600

Pros
  • Amazing value
  • Great sound, outperforms its size
  • The voice assistant microphones are attentive and consistent
Cons
  • Compatible app is a bit underwhelming

For a step up from that VIZIO, Bose makes an incredible standalone soundbar. Dolby Atmos, as well as Bose’s proprietary TrueSpace tech, make this soundbar really good at filling a room with sound. There are two upward facing transducers, which create an incredibly realistic immersive sound.

Add to that the sleek Bose design, consistent voice assistant monitoring, and the option to add surround speakers and subwoofer, and you’ve got a winning design.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Atoms, Bose TrueSpace

Best Luxury Standalone Soundbar

Sonos Arc

Arc

Best Luxury Standalone Soundbar

Sonos Arc

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Pros
  • Our favorite look of any soundbar
  • Amazing solo sound performance
  • Great bass performance
Cons
  • Pricey

For a top of the line standalone soundbar, we’ve got to hand it to Sonos. The sound quality is not miles better than the Bose option, but this soundbar definitely handles larger rooms with more ease.

Sonos really wins on design, though. This thing looks great, with understated branding and a handsome cylindrical shape. It can be placed on a TV stand, but it looks really luxe when mounted on the wall. And as you upgrade to larger spaces, just add on additional Sonos surround speakers and subwoofers.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Atmos

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Best Soundbar-TV Combo

Roku Streambar

Streambar

Best Soundbar-TV Combo

Roku Streambar

Pros
  • Incredible price
  • Soundbar-plus-connected TV cuts down on wiring
  • Decent sound performance, surprisingly
Cons
  • Sound is a step down from more specialized models

Truthfully, there’s no such thing as a “wireless” soundbar. They all require some sort of power input. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t clever solutions to decrease the amount of wires running into and out of your TV.

Our favorite way to do so is with Roku’s combo soundbar and streaming video player. By combining the two, you just get one HDMI wire running to your TV. And while Roku’s Streambar is by no means the best looking option out there, we found the sound to be pretty respectable, especially considering the price.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Audio (not Atmos)

Best All-In-One Soundbar System

Roku Streambar with Surround and Bass

Streambar with Surround and Bass

Best All-In-One Soundbar System

Roku Streambar with Surround and Bass

Pros
  • Again, incredible price
  • Surround and bass help it compete with higher-price models
Cons
  • Doesn’t look incredible

If you want that same ease of use with a full setup, the Streambar comes with a full surround speaker and subwoofer setup.

Same as the standalone Streambar, the additional speakers are perfectly capable, but a little ugly. The only reservation we have about this set is specific to the audiophiles or those who have used a Dolby Atmos product in the past. Roku’s system doesn’t support Dolby Atmos (duh, look at the price). For many listeners, that’s fine! You probably won’t know the difference. But for the audiophiles and cinema freaks out there (us included), springing for a higher-tier model might be the right long-term decision.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Audio (not Atmos)

Best Soundbar System

Samsung Q990C

Q990C

Best Soundbar System

Samsung Q990C

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Pros
  • Sleek look
  • Incredible sound
  • Decent value, especially if you can find it on sale
Cons
  • Price is a bit of a shock, but this is what you have to pay for a full system

And boy howdy! Are there some higher tier models. Of the expensive wireless systems, we love Samsung’s Q990C.

Firstly, as with all Samsung products, the look is really well considered. None of the components will stand out in your home. Secondly, we just found the sound to be really, really good, and that’s what all this testing is about. Dialogue was clear, and the bass brought everything to life.

Ture Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Atmos

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Best Audio Money Can Buy

Bose Soundbar 900, Bass Module 500, Surround Speakers 700

Soundbar 900, Bass Module 500, Surround Speakers 700

Best Audio Money Can Buy

Bose Soundbar 900, Bass Module 500, Surround Speakers 700

Pros
  • The best audio quality on this list, cinema worthy
  • Clean, sleek look
  • Easy set up
Cons
  • Premium price

But for truly incredible sound, it’s got to be the Boss 900 with accompanying surround speakers and subwoofer. After all these years, Bose is still the top name in home audio, and this $2,000 top-of-the-line system proves that. The look is lowkey, and the sound is anything but.

As we mentioned on the standalone Soundbar 600, the Soundbar 900 has those upward facing speakers. That in addition with the full surround system really makes this Bose system standout. The soundbar and speakers are clear from high to low, and the subwoofer brings in an incredibly rich bass. It’s the ultimate home-audio experience.

True Wireless? Yes, Bluetooth
Sound Features Dolby Atmos, Bose TrueSpace

How We Chose The Best Wireless Soundbars

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A word on “wireless” soundbars: They don’t really exist! Every one of these soundbars will have to be connected to a power source. The “wireless” aspect is that it can connect to your TV and any additional speakers wirelessly, almost always via Bluetooth. That said, a lot of audiophiles still prefer connecting a soundbar to a TV via a wired HDMI connection: It’s more reliable and the audio quality is better.

Our selection criteria

  • Sound performance: This is what it’s all about. Though better sound has a direct correlation to higher price tag, this is what we considered most closely.
  • Looks: Second was how good a soundbar, or sound system, looks. This stuff is going to be on display in your home, make sure it doesn’t stand out.
  • Price: Lastly, we look at price. It’s the biggest determining factor when buying, but we didn’t award anything based on price alone. If the value is there though, we made sure to award it.
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