Excellent TV soundbars for audio that lives up to the video

Your TV is an Ultra 4K powerhouse. Why are you still using the built-in speakers?

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Sound on.Depositphotos

Although televisions have advanced by leaps and bounds in most departments—it’s difficult to find a set that isn’t an 4K smart TV with a multitude of built-in streaming apps—they still tend to lag in the sound department. The internal speakers of most TVs just aren’t up to the level of the visuals. Perhaps it’s because the makers assume you’ll be looking to bring in a little extra help.

Of course, you’ll want that little extra help better be as “extra” as possible, so to that end we present some advanced-level sound bars that will provide detailed, sophisticated sound options so you won’t have to settle for built-in speaker mediocrity anymore.

Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar

Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar

Hear what you’ve been missing.Amazon

As anyone who has literally had to watch a big action film with their audio remote in their hands can attest, it can be really annoying when a movie flip-flops between window-rattling explosions and whisper-level dialogue. Utilizing optical audio, coaxial audio, and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs, the Bose is designed to bring the dialogue front and center for those who appreciate banter as much as booms. There is literally a “dialogue” button on the remote control (indicated by a comic book-style word balloon) that delivers noticeable enhancement. The Bose Solo 5 also features Bluetooth connectivity, and can be wall mounted.

Bestisan Sound bar

Bestisan Sound bar

You won’t know it’s there, until you want to.Amazon

From its rounded design and just under 28-inch length, the Bestisan just has a great look and feel that can blend in with your overall theater system but also impress when it does get noticed. The speakers consist of 3-inch full-range drivers, dual high-sensitivity spherical silk film tweeter drivers, and twin bass reflex tubes. The Bestisan is Bluetooth enabled, and can function wirelessly as well as wired, with RCA, optical, and USB connectivity. It also is built around DSP technology that can be adjusted for viewing type (from normal TV news to more intricate FX-heavy movies). All in all, it’s a powerful and sleek option.

VMAI Soundbar

VMAI Soundbar

Bring the noise.Amazon

Usually, those in the market for a sound bar are looking for minimalism. One bar, that’s it. But sometimes you’re open to a little more in the accessory department if it means delivering the kind of bass boost your home theater experience seems to be lacking. In those cases, you want to check out the VMAI. This sound bar comes with a 120w subwoofer. Before you scoff at the idea of cluttering up your space with additional devices, consider that is mercifully slim and can even be laid on its side for easier integration (although for optimal bass quality it’s best of you can stand it upright). Apart from that, you get intuitive controls, four separate sound modes, and Bluetooth connectivity.