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Best soundbars for TV, movies and music in India in 2022

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Sony Soundbar
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Soundbars have become an integral part of home entertainment setups, hot on the heels of smart TVs in a pandemic-induced spike in the demand.

Content consumption on OTT platforms as well as console gaming has become far more mainstream than in the past years. While the television is usually the centre of this experience, average inbuilt speakers and a lack of control have made additional speakers and soundbars a common upgrade. 

A high-end TV should be paired with a capable soundbar to augment the immersion and enjoy the content in the way it was intended to be. As most LCD TVs nowadays come with average-sounding speakers, it is very important that you add a great-sounding speaker system to the mix to get the extra dimension in your immersion.

Taking things such as sound quality, design, dimensions and price, we've compiled a list of the best soundbars for your television, be it for watching movies, playing games or streaming music.

How should you pick the best soundbar?

Soundbars come in many shapes and sizes, and range in price from under Rs 5,000 to over Rs 50,000. While cheaper models have basic connections, more expensive ones add superior HDMI inputs (including 4K/HDR passthrough), wireless audio streaming (e.g. Bluetooth and AirPlay), better power, more refined speaker drivers and decoding of Blu-ray sound formats.

Design is also important. While some models can sit in front of your TV on a stand, others may need a separate shelf or may need to be mounted on the wall. 

For the 2021 edition, we've also tried to include soundbars and speakers which are Dolby enabled. Following are the best soundbars one can buy in India, in 2021. 

Sony HT-S40R 5.1 

Sony HT-S40R

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The new Sony HT-S40R is a true 5.1 channel soundbar that comes with wireless rear speakers offering an immersive audio experience. These speakers not only offer you the freedom to place the speakers at your convenience but keeps the wire clutter at bay thus not interfering with the interiors of your home.

In terms of audio output, the Sony HT-S40R offers a combined audio output of 600W and support Dolby Audio technology for a cinematic audio experience. In terms of connectivity, the Sony HT-S40R comes supports all the standard connectivity modes including HDMI, Bluetooth and optical.

It also supports USB play and can play your favourite music right from a thumb drive. The Sony HT-S40R supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono, LPCM 2ch, LPCM fs(48kHz) audio formats.

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Price Rs 28,990

Philips Audio TAB7305 300W Soundbar

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Starting off the list with one of the well known brands in the India industry, the Philips Audio TAB7305. It is a 300W 2.1 channel soundbar that comes with a wireless subwoofer with Dolby audio support as well. While the soundbar has 300W output, the 160W comes from the soundbar and 140W from the subwoofer. 

In terms of connectivity, you get optical in, Bluetooth, USB, and HDMI ARC. You can also control the soundbar with your TV remote. The soundbar can be mounted on the wall if needed as they also come with wall brackets in the box. It supports Dolby Digital, LPCM 2ch, Dolby Digital plus.2, and the overall package weighs 9.84 Kgs. 

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Rs 18,699

Zebronics Zeb-Juke Bar 9700 Pro

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The Zebronics Juke Bar 9700 Pro is the first Indian Dolby Atmos soundbar. It is a sleek and elegantly designed home audio speaker system that can be placed in the room as well as the living room. It can also be wall-mounted. 

The Zebronics Juke Bar 9700 Dolby Atmos soundbar harnesses Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity. It has a 2.1 surround sound with Dolby Atmos tuning. The soundbar audio speaker system comes with a 450W output. You get support for Dolby Atmos, 4K HDR, and Dolby Audio. 

The soundbar also comes equipped with multiple connectivity options that allow you to play music from compatible devices. The options include a 3.5mm audio port, Optical IN, HDMI (ARC) and 2 HDMI inputs. It supports up to 32GB of external memory. The company also bundles a remote for easy control. The remote has over 15 buttons to help you control while all the things are sitting on the couch. Overall, the complete package weighs at 8.2 Kgs.

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Rs 17,990


JBL SB110

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The list of any audio product isn’t complete without the inclusion of JBL, one of the well renowned audio product makers. The JBL SB110 is a budget-friendly wireless Soundbar with built-in subwoofer and support for Dolby digital sound. It has a sound output of 110W and supports wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth. 

The device also supports connection with HDMI ARC and it can be wall-mounted as well. The built-in subwoofers are said to deliver deep bass and cinematic experience. It is also lightweight compared to the aforementioned soundbars with just 2.6 Kgs net weight.

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Rs 7,999


Realme Soundbar

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Smartphone maker Realme launches its first-ever soundbar back in Q4 2020, the Realme soundbar performs really well for the asking price. It is a 100W Soundbar featuring a 2.1 sound system. It will come with a separate 60W satellite system and 40W subwoofer. 

The soundbar packs in a 15W 2.25-inch full range speaker along with a 15W tweeter for 200% louder sound. While the satellite 40W 5.25-inch sub-woofer has a rectangular form factor and a 10Hz to 24Hz low-frequency enhancement. 

In terms of connectivity, you are getting Optical, COAX, HDMI (ARC), Subwoofer, AUX, USB and power ports. Like with most Realme audio products, the soundbar offers deep bass and features Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity. 

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Rs 6,999

Xiaomi Mi Soundbar

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The Mi Soundbar has a subtle yet classy-looking design that impresses the moment you take it out of the box. This is also one of the best budget soundbar out there for those who are on budget. The Mi Soundbar has 1x Aux port, 1x line-in port, 1x S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) and 1x optical port. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, but you can only connect one device at a time. 

For Rs 5,999, it sounds better than what any mid-range TV can offer. it's not very loud but enough for a small to a medium-sized room. It is tuned for cinematic audio. You get deep bass and strong highs, which gives a fulfilling movie watching experience, but the mids suffer in scenes with high-pitched audio like loud explosions, gunshots and similar. It doesn't come with remote control, but that's a compromise you might want to make for this deal.

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Rs 5,999

BoAt Aavante Bar 1160  

BoAt Aavante Bar 1160

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One of India’s most popular audio and wearable makers, BoAt also offers an extremely affordable soundbar at just Rs 3,999. It comes with a 60W sound output with 2.25-inch x 4 dynamic drivers. 

In terms of connectivity, the BoAt Aavante Bar 1160 offers Bluetooth 4.2, USB, and AUX inputs. It is also one of the lightest soundbars with just 2 kilograms of weight. BoAt also says the 2.0 channel sound system provides a balanced sound and deep bass for your movies, music and even video games. 

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Rs 3,999

Blaupunkt SBA20

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We have seen soundbars in the budget of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 4,000 above. What about a soundbar for lowest budget possible? This soundbar from Blaupunkt is just what you are looking for.

It does not come with skull crushing bass nor it features heavy Wattage when it comes to audio power. It comes with just 16W of power, but it is definitely better the audio from your TV. You can go with this one if you just want to escape the existing mediocre sound of your TV, and get a better and not louder sound.

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Rs. 1,499

Jitendra Soni
Jitendra Soni

Jitendra has been working in the Internet Industry for the last 7 years now and has written about a wide range of topics including gadgets, smartphones, reviews, games, software, apps, deep tech, AI, and consumer electronics.