The best cheap soundbar deals in March 2017

The best cheap soundbar deals, ranked

Soundbars make a lot of sense. On their own, most TVs simply don’t have the capacity to output stunning video and exceptional audio. Unless you’re buying a top-of-the-line OLED from LG, you’re probably only getting the former without the latter.  

But there’s still hope. You can buy an awesome-sounding soundbar on the cheap and you’ll never have to listen to awful audio ever again.

Trying to find the best soundbar deals, however, can be tedious. It’s a world filled with random series of numbers (take, for example, the Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar) and crazy differences in price. It’s overwhelming for most, and inconvenient for everyone. But that’s why you have us. 

We’ve found tons of cheap soundbars you need to check out ASAP.

What’s the best soundbar deal?

This answer is going to be different for everyone. Some people are fine with a standard soundbar – no subwoofer, no streaming capabilities. Others might want the sub, but no streaming. Others might want all of the above, plus two satellite speakers. It’s a your-miles-may-vary situation. 

That said, we can give you some good ideas of what to look for and where to find those great deals when they pop up. 

For most folks, you really just want the basic package: a soundbar with a digital audio cable input that should connect to most modern TVs. You can get a bit tricky with HDMI passthroughs, RCA inputs and 3.5mm jacks, but sometimes basic is better. Of course, we also recommend looking for soundbars with a subwoofer included, that way you’ll get the full audio range from your favorite TV shows and movies, not just the highs and the mids. 

There’s plenty of soundbars to pick from, and more coming out every week, so without further ado here are the best soundbar deals we’ve found this month.

1. Samsung HW-J355 2.1 Soundbar

Samsung's HW-J355 is brilliant at the basics

Basic, but in a good way
Bluetooth enabled
Comes with a subwoofer
Not a 'smart' soundbar

Samsung's HW-J355 is one of the best-selling soundbars, and for good reason. Not only does it offer good sound quality from its four combined-120W tweeters, but also comes with a wired subwoofer to add some meat to the sound. It's a bit on the trim side at 37.13 x 2.28 x 2.56 inches, but it only weighs 3.5 lbs. The accompanying subwoofer is wired, so that might be one hang-up, and you won't find a ton of ports here. On the plus side, though, it comes with 3D Sound Plus, which tries to simulate a surround sound effect using some clever sonic tricks. If you don't mind something basic, this is your guy.

Read the review: Samsung HW-J355

2. Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System

This basic soundbar from Bose is your solution to better sound

Simple setup
Hefty bass
Awesome clarity
No subwoofer

Don't want to be tied to a subwoofer? We don't blame you. If you want the same robust quality of sound without the extra black box, check out the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System. The bar measures in at a fair 2.6 x 21.6 x 3.4 inches (H x W x D) and 3.73 lbs, making it easy to wall-mount. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned it takes optical audio, coaxial audio and 3.5mm auxiliary. It comes with a remote control, which we appreciate, and has built-in Bluetooth. 

3. LG SH7B

The LG SH7B is a soundbar system that can do it all

Flexible and painless setup
Good sound for the price
Syncs with other LG speakers
Music playback is lacking

If you're looking for a soundbar that strikes the balance between feature set,  performance and price, LG's SH7B is it. That said, it might cost a bit more than you were looking to spend. Thankfully it's very often on sale. This soundbar measures in at 41.73 x 2.09 x 3.35 inches, making it perfect for 49-inch and up TVs. The soundbar excels in the movie department – lasers, explosions and crushing bodily impacts in football hit home with impactful blasts of sound – but it's probably not the best soundbar for the music lover out there. 

Read the review: LG SH7B

4. Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar

A truly top tier premium-sounding, low-cost soundbar

Beautiful musicality
Easy to use
Good value
No HDMI input

Here you'll find a classic example of a non-smart speaker that, despite some obvious disadvantages, is one of the best ever. That being said the M4 isn’t glamorous to look at, stubbornly only supports 2.1 channels of sound, and has never heard of Wi-Fi. But if there’s a better sounding soundbar on the market for less than £400/$400, we haven’t heard it. If you're looking for hard numbers, the Q4 measures in at 1000 x 90 x 142mm (W x H x D) and weighs 4.9 kg. There's no subwoofer here or shot at simulated surround sound, but that's because Q Acoustics has very deliberately kept things simple by not attempting to ‘muddy the waters’ by trying to apply (often ugly) psycho-acoustic processing. 

Read the review: Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar

5. Razer Leviathan

It's made for gamers, but great for home entertainment enthusiasts too

Bass-heavy sound
Plenty of inputs
Supremely priced
Limited surround sound

Just when you think you really know a company, it goes and releases something completely out of left-field. Take Razer: historically, it’s been a peddler of pointers and the king of keyboards. Then they release the Razer Leviathan, a really smart soundbar that costs less than most TVs. Razer's audio monster might not have the most power-per-inch at only 30 watts, but we really liked how low it could go with the accompanying subwoofer. Plus, while other speakers on this list might not even attempt surround sound, Razer gives it the ol' college try and actually does a decent job with it. It might not be as good as a true 7.1 system, but try finding one of those for under $199/£159. 

Read the review: Razer Leviathan

6. Sony HT-NT5 2.1 Soundbar

This high-end Sony soundbar really impresses

Outstanding clarity
Premium design and finish
HDMI 4K pass-through + HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer is a bit mild

One of the best deals on high-end soundbars comes in the form of Sony's HT-NT5. This 6.1 soundbar offers 400 watts of power and, for the audiophiles out there, supports 24-bit/96KHz Hi-Res Audio. The main bar is 42.51 x 2.28 x 5.00 inches (W x H x D) while the accompanying wireless subwoofer sits at a portly 7.48 × 15.0 × 15.2 inches. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned, it has Analog Audio In, Bluetooth Reception, Bluetooth Transmission, Ethernet, USB, three HDMI-Ins and one HDMI-Out. Beyond traditional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the HT-NT5 also supports multi-room listening through Sony's SongPal app, and works with Google Home. 

Read the review: Sony HT-NT5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Pino is the senior home entertainment editor at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He also occasionally writes about Pokemon when no one is watching.