Don’t Pay a Fortune for good Home Theater sound. We break down our list of the Top 10 Best Sound Bars for under $300 into several categories for potential buyers. What does this mean for you? We only give you the top listings for sound bar systems according to price, overall design and performance.
Keep in mind that even the best sound bar manufacturers have their flaws. At the end of the day, it is your decision to decide which system is best for your home.
Here’s Our List of the Top 10 Best Sound Bar Systems for Under $300
Review by, Brian Peters
Outstanding 3D Sound!! , December 19, 2012
The Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System is truly amazing. I have a very large (1100 sq.ft family room) and the sound fills this room completely. In fact, I have removed all other speakers in the room – No others are required. The separation is incredible and certainly not expected for such a small sound bar. More Reading
Review By, Joel Avrunin “Electrical Engineer who loves Science, History, Economics, and Literature” October 25, 2012
Review , By Rick O
Quality sound, but output too low!! , May 9, 2012
I bought this unit at Walmart for $98 before tax, which was cheaper than what I found on Amazon. The plus side to this unit is the easy installation and quality sound. I was impressed with the simulated surround sound (that you could turn on or off with the click of a button) and bass from the subwoofer for such a small and cheap unit. The negative to this unit is the output. The volume does not get up high enough. I bought this unit so my wife could hear the television in our bedroom while she used the treadmill. You can barely hear the tv noise over the treadmill.
If you are looking to enhance the volume of your flat screen and you need it for a small room, i would recommend this unit. It WILL enhance your television volume experience if you are just looking for a little extra than factory. If you are looking for a unit for a living room, or other room for great sound, you will need to spend another $100 on something else. Read More ›
Integrated System with Dual Front Speakers and Subwoofer
The YAS-101BL Soundbar combines two 2-1/2″ cone speakers with a dual-driver (3″ cones) subwoofer, driven by a digital amp with a total output of 120W. Although compact, its excellent structural design provides a large volume enclosure for both the speakers and subwoofer. The result is powerful, high quality sound that makes TV and movies much more enjoyable.
Review by, TonyM
Good Sound for the Price..
I recently purchased the LG55LW5300. I was barely able to hear anything coming from the TV with the volume maxed out. This unit suits my needs for my medium sized living room.
Review by, Journeyman
“Awesome AND priced right ”
What a great add on to my cheap Sansui 32″. Full sound and a simple hook-up. Arrived well packed and quickly.
Plenty of options to get the sound you want. The remote is more than good but I wish all the companies would backlight them for low-light situations.. More Reading..
Review By , Deuga
Shockingly Big Sound! , January 17, 2011
We recently purchased a new Vizio LCD TV for the bedroom. The TV is fantastic, but the sound quality is thin as is the case with almost all LCD TVs. When I found out the price of this Vizio soundbar and saw the reviews, I came to the conclusion that this is a no brainer.
It produces surprisingly broad sound without a sub-woofer (a sub-woofer in a bedroom seems like overkill anyway). It fills the space wonderfully. Read More ›
Powerful sound and an easy-to-place wireless sub-woofer distinguishes the Sony HT-CT550 Sound Bar . Three HDMI inputs offer flexibility and future-proof with 3D pass-through. Easy operating features include BRAVIA Sync unified control3 and BRAVIA Widget4 on-screen interface with compatible Sony televisions. Read More ›
Review by, Weezer1201
” The sound is great, but the technology is better. ,”
I am not an audiophile by any means and I have no complaints about the quality. It has more range than expected from the bar and the subwoofer is great too when boosted up. I won’t miss my 5:1 system that I subbed out for this when I saw the price drop… More Reading..
Review By, C L Hinds
Decent Sound Upgrade , November 10, 2012
Samsung HW-E350 AirTrack Soundbar (Electronics)
I accidentally ordered this sound bar from another online retailer so I thought I’d take the opportunity to test it before returning it. For the most part, I was pretty impressed with this unit. It it definitely an upgrade from most built-in tv speakers. If you are simply looking to upgrade your tv’s built-in speakers and don’t want to spend a lot of money this is a great option. The vocals are much clearer than on most built-in tv speakers and it has better bass as well. I would not call it audiophile sound and its certainly not 5.1, but its quite good for the price.
The Maxell maxsound Soundbar is a tabletop speaker with built-in subwoofer with a sleek design that works with iPod, iPhone, iPad, TV & MP3players. If your television has a headphone port, you are able to plug the soundbar into that and control the volume through the TV remote.
It’s so strong that you can even set a flat screen television up to 55lbs on top of it. The soundbar can be used on any flat surface – no wall mounting is necessary. With 2.1 / 30w you can bring your movies and music to life. Package contents include AC power cable, one 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, one 3.5mm to RCA cable, a remote control and user’s manual.
Review By, Wink Swain
Clever Design; Reasonable Performance; Curious Configuration , January 30, 2012
First saw this at Sam’s Club last fall and thought to myself, “What a clever design. Two 7.5w front facing speakers and a 15w downfacing subwoofer (with bass boost circuitry) cleverly disguised (and functional) as a tabletop stand.” Still, even at $80 (the original MSRP was $129), it was just too pricey for the equivalent of a $40 set of computer speakers. However, when Sam’s dropped the price to ~$50 last week, I jumped on it. Read More ›
Adding the Boston Acousitics TVee Model 25 to a flat panel television is the easiest way to improve your viewing experience. It delivers legendary Boston Acoustics sound complimenting HD picture quality. Whether you’re watching sports, playing games, or just relaxing to your favorite playlist-TVee brings every tackle, every sound, and every note to life with clarity and impact. The TVee Model 25 is a “2.1” system consisting of a sleek sound bar and wireless subwoofer that work together seamlessly. Read More ›
Review by, Oxstang (St. Louis, MO)
” Amazing Sound.”
I bought this to help sharpen the sound of my family room tv. I didn’t want anything too large, as it is a more formal room. I have a big system in the man-cave, which has terrific surround sound. While this isn’t”surround”, the sound quality is simply amazing. Read More ›
Deciding what sound bar system best fits your home can be tricky, There may some factors you might want to consider, that you might have overlooked previously.
How to Decide if a Sound Bar System is right for your Home.
In recent times, you can see the how Flat Screen TV’s have gotten slimmer with every new model. During this era where thinner is better, you may not have realized that the speakers have also become a lot slimmer with less room for better sound. The solution to this problem has undoubtedly been the emergence of Sound Bar Systems that have grown more popular for this reason.
The Convenience and Simplicity of a good sound bar has proven to be a far better alternative especially when dealing with small rooms with little space. They are perfect for areas like the bedroom, or apartments where the areas can be a bit more confined. This also might be the solution if you’re just replacing your TV’s original speakers and want to add on a better, more enjoyable surround sound experience.
If you’re looking at a sound bar system that comes with amplification, you must be certain the sound bar system you want has enough audio inputs to connect your cable box, DVD player, or video game console, and other audio/video gear. (Which is not an issue for non powered sound bar system, since you’ll be connecting your audio
gear to a receiver instead.)
Be aware that you’ll get the most quality sound when you use digital audio connections like HDMI , as well as optical and coaxial digital audio — this is mostly evident for virtual surround sound models.
How to get the Best Sound out of your Sound Bar System
Setting up your Sound Bar and Sub-woofer for optimal sound is fairly straight forward. To get the best sound your sound bar should be placed or mounted 15cm(or 6inches) under your TV. Next your sub-woofer shoud be placed about 3ft (or 1 meter) to the left or right, leaving a gap about 10cm (or 4inches) between the wall and the sub-woofer. Sound Bar and Sub-woofer perform the best when out in the open, not in a closed shelve area. Depending on size, this test seemed to be the best for sound quality.
Figuring out your Cost
How much money you’re going to have to spend with may or may not be a concern for you. But you can easily find a good sound bar system within your price range. Cost can vary in cost from $90 to over $1000. You will need to find a happy medium… meaning if you buy the cheapest one to cut your cost, you will most likely be shopping for another one down the road, due from lack of build quality or features. On the flip side, buying the most expensive one probably won’t get you anything you couldn’t have got from a model $100 cheaper.
Probably one of the first steps you should take before starting your search is to choose your price range. You’ll obviously need to have a little flexibility in case you find a sound bar with type features that you have to have. Then, just decide on the features you and your family need in your home entertainment to truly enjoy the best sound, and go from there.
Lucky for you, here at Soundbaraudio.. the only system you’ll find here are the absolute best. We’ve gone through hundreds of reviews, and chosen only the highest-quality, and bestselling models that exist. You can be assured that any sound bar system you find here wouldn’t be a bad choice for home theater sound.