As you already know, TVs are growing slimmer, so is their speakers. This right here is what makes Soundbars invaluable additions to your home entertainment system. Asides from producing room-filling sound for an enjoyable cinema-like entertainment experience, Soundbars are compact and a more affordable alternative to purchasing a full-fledged surround sound system.
You most likely have shelled out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for a smart TV with poor audio quality. Sadly enough, most of the best sound solutions out there cost just as much as you spent on the TV. You, however, do not have to break the bank for a complementary audio system. This is why we came up with this list containing 7 budget TV Soundbars worth considering.
1. Vizio SB2920-C6 29-inch Soundbar 2.0 system
Vizio isn’t just renowned for making some of the best Soundbars, the California-based consumer electronics company produces some of the best affordable Soundbar systems you can purchase without cutting deep into your purse.
The Vizio SB2920 soundbar is a good example. Available for less than $100, the Vizio SB2920 has a dimension of 28.75 x 3.0 x 3.0-inch and allows users explore a variety of placement options; could be fitted on the wall, placed on a tabletop, or place neatly within your TV stand. The device boasts of 95 dB of sound pressure level for expansive room-filling crystal clear audio, Bluetooth connectivity support, 3.5mm jack audio input, USB input, and a couple of sound enhancement technology for improved sound production.
You’d get all the above (and more) for about $70 – $80.
2. Mi Soundbar
This is a product of renowned Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. Given the company’s reputation of manufacturing top-quality electronics and gadget, you can trust the Mi Soundbar to enrich your home entertainment with room-filling audio, realistic game sounds, crystal clear treble, and heavy bass.
The Mi Soundbar is able to get the work done using a total of 8 drivers — two (2) 20mm dome tweeters in charge of treble; two (2) 2.5-inch woofers; and four (4) Passive radiators for bass amplification. The Mi Soundbar also comes with numerous wired (S/PDIF, optical, Aux-in and Line-in) and wireless (Bluetooth) connectivity options.
The Mi Soundbar is available for ₹ 4,999 (approx. $70.25) on Xiaomi’s official website as well as on popular Chinese e-commerce platform, GearBest.
3. BYL S8520
The BYL S8520 boasts of a stereo surround sound audio quality that turns your room or living room to a cinema-like atmosphere. It also has a built-in subwoofer with BassUp technology for delivering loud and powerful bass on low, mid, and high volumes. Other features of the BYL S8520 include three sound modes (Movie, Music, and Dialog); Infra-Red learning function which allows you use your TV remote to mute the soundbar, adjust its volume, and turn the soundbar on/off; and Bluetooth 4.2 that syncs with Amazon Echo smart speakers.
However, like the above Vizio soundbar, this model lacks the HDMI ARC compatibility; I guess that was one of the compromises that had to be made so the device could be affordable. The BYL S8520 sells for $89.99. on Amazon.
4. Taotronics TT-SK016 40Watts SoundBar
The TT-SK016 is an affordable Soundbar model from Taotronics. With a retail price below $100, you get two full-range 10W speakers and two mid-low frequency 10W speakers fitted into its 36-inches long body for an immersive audio experience. This soundbar costs $78.99 and comes with a remote, Bluetooth connectivity supports from up to 33 feet, as well as optical cable supports (with the cables included in the box).
5. AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar
This soundbar system is produced by Amazon and also cost less than $100. The AmazonBasics 2.1 channel soundbar comes built-in with a subwoofer and powerful speakers that supplies up to 100 dB of power and crystal clear audio. As a cherry on top, the soundbar comes with three sound modes for even more enriched audio experience.
There’s “Standard mode” for regular TV shows and programs, “News mode” for more intelligible dialog and balanced response, while “Movie mode” optimizes soundtracks for games and movies. The AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth soundbar is available on Amazon for $91.33 only.
6. Avantree Torpedo Plus
At 10.83-inches and $69.99, the Avantree Torpedo Plus is the perfect catch for audiophiles in search of an affordable Soundbar and a portable audio system for a laptop, desktop computer or mobile phones. The Avantree mini soundbar is small and compact and can be used anywhere in the house. You can even fit it in a backpack and take on picnics, camping etc.
The soundbar also boasts of three sound modes (Balanced audio, 3D surround stereo, and Super bass). A standout feature that makes that puts it up above others on this list is the 2,200mA built battery the device comes with. The battery allows for up to 7 hours of work time and takes about 3 hours to charge.
7. TaoTronics TT-SK025
If the Avantree Torpedo Plus (see above) doesn’t quite fit into your budget, the Toatronics TT-SK018 should. For $59.99, you get a compact space-saving soundbar with two 5W full-range speakers, Bluetooth 4.2, RCA and Aux wired connections.
Side note: This soundbar is a direct upgrade of the $34.99 Taotronics TT-SK018 with two 3.5mm jack for microphone input and headphone output but no Bluetooth support.
8. MEGACRA S7021
This is a $99.99 28-inch soundbar with two full-range drivers and two tweeters. It also comes with an external stand-alone subwoofer that hooks up with the main bar through a wired connection. In addition to producing excellent audio, the device comes with a “Creative Control” remote which allows users to adjust treble and bass effects to their preferences.
The soundbar’s Bluetooth 4.1 allows wireless audio play from your smartphone, laptops, tablets, etc. The three modes (Movies, Music, and News) also allows for a more refined and fine-tuned audio experience based on what you are watching.
So..which one of the above budget TV soundbars will you be buying? Do you currently use one that you think we should know about? Tell us in the comments.