Soundbars are taking over living rooms and media rooms across India as many homes embrace the convenience and aesthetics of these space-saving audio boom boxes. We pick the best soundbars you can buy across various price points.
Sennheiser Ambeo: The Ambeo promises an immersive, surround sound experience without the need for having multiple speakers spread across your room. The Ambeo is a good-looking soundbar thanks to its lacquered and brushed aluminium finish. It is powered by 13 drivers and is compatible with Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H and DTS:X.
There’s a unique ‘Upmix’ Technology that can recreate stereo and 5.1 Content in stunning 3D. You can switch between five pre-sets including movie and music modes that adjust not only the frequencies but also the 3D sound characteristics. (Rs 1,99,990)
Bose Smart Soundbar 300: This one is elegantly designed with clean lines and a premium finish. Also, the Bose Music app is one of our favourite companion apps, as it allows you to set up your soundbar easily, pick your voice assistant and browse through all your music in one place. There are multiple streaming and connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect. You can add extra bass with the Bose Bass module and also Bose surround speakers. (Rs 44,900)
JBL Bar: The JBL transforms from a soundbar into a true wireless 5.1 home theatre system with 550W of power and a 10-inch sub-woofer for an immersive movie and music experience. It makes use of the exclusive Multi Beam technology that delivers a truly incredible surround sound experience without extra speakers or wires. Precise bass from the sub-woofer adds enough bite to make the sound come alive.
The 4K pass-through feature allows 4K data to be displayed on a compatible TV or projector, without compromising image quality, while Built-in Chromecast and Airplay 2 lets you stream and manage online content. (Rs 42,999)
Samsung Soundbar 410W 2.1Ch A550: This Samsung soundbar comes with a clever ‘Adaptive Sound Lite’ feature. The soundbar automatically analyses your audio source to optimise the audio track to match your specific content; this means it can distinguish between a loud sports match or a drama with quiet dialogue. It also scores with the Bass Boost mode with the included subwoofer. The cross-talk cancellation tech on Game Mode eliminates distracting sounds.
This soundbar is particularly convenient if you already own a Samsung TV. You can control key functions like power, volume, and even sound effects with the Samsung remote (right from your TV), doing away with the need to have multiple remotes. (Rs 21,000)
Xiaomi Mi Soundbar: The Mi soundbar looks pricier than its affordable sticker price thanks to the minimalist design language and fabric mesh overlay. This lightweight and compact soundbar features eight drivers (two 20mm dome speakers, two 2.5-inch woofers for extra bass and four passive radiators).
You get multiple connectivity options—S/PDIF, optical, Aux-in and Line-in ports—that work with both smartphones and older televisions. (Rs 4,999)