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The best cheap soundbar deals and sales for February 2021

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Quality soundbar speakers don't usually go on sale, but on the rare occasion, you can find a powerful and high-quality soundbar deal that you shouldn't pass up. We've done the hard work for you by finding the best cheap soundbar deals and sales for quality soundbar speakers. Our Soundbar deals include top brands such as Samsung, Bose, and LG. If you're worried about price in regards to quality, we've found some of the cheapest soundbars on the market can still add a decent level of clarity and audio oomph to your living room on a scale that your regular TV can't. 

Once you've got your hands on a new soundbar, the results speak for themselves. But trying to dig around and find the best soundbar deal right now can be a long slog. That's because the world of soundbars, and audio products more generally, are filled with a random series of numbers, Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar, anyone?

There are also a lot of drastic differences in price that can be overwhelming even to the most seasoned of audiophiles. But don't worry, that's where we come in.

What’s the best soundbar deal?

As you'd expect, the answer to that question is going to be different for everyone.

Some people are fine with a standard soundbar, that means no subwoofer and 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.

Samsung HW-J355 2.1 Soundbar

Samsung's HW-J355 is brilliant at the basics

Specifications
Dimensions: 40.6" x 17.5" x 9.8"
Power: 120W
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz
Connections: Bluetooth, TV SoundConnect, USB Connectivity, Aux Input, Auto Power Link
Reasons to buy
+Basic, but in a good way+Bluetooth enabled+Comes with a subwoofer
Reasons to avoid
-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

Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System

This basic soundbar from Bose is your solution to better sound

Specifications
Dimensions: 3.4" x 21.5" x 2.8"
Weight: 3.73 lbs
Connections: Bluetooth, optical audio input, coaxial audio input, 3.5 mm aux input
Reasons to buy
+Simple setup+Hefty bass+Awesome clarity
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar

A premium-sounding soundbar without a premium price tag

Specifications
Dimensions: 5" x 39.4" x 2.8"
Power: 80W
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Connections: Blutooth, HDMI port
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful musicality+Easy to use+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-No HDMI input

The M3 soundbar is easy to love. It might not be the most 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 £300/$300, we haven’t heard it. Unfortunately, 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 M3 Soundbar

LG SH7B

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

Specifications
Dimensions: 41.7" x 3.4" x 2.1"
Weight: 15.3 lbs
Power: 360W
Connections: Bluetooth, HDMI input/output, Spotify connect, Smart Hi-Fi, Google Cast
Reasons to buy
+Flexible and painless setup+Good sound for the price+Syncs with other LG speakers
Reasons to avoid
-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 –that said, it's probably not the best soundbar for the music lover out there. 

Read the review: LG SH7B

Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar

Samsung's latest trumps traditional Hi-Fi systems

Specifications
Dimensions: 41.73" x 5.14" x 3.07"
Speaker configuration: 3.0
Claimed audio power: 9 x 20W
Connections: Single 4K/HDR HDMI loopthrough, one optical audio input, 3.5mm audio port, 2-way Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Reasons to buy
+Fantastically powerful sound+Physics-defying bass handling+Supports lots of sources+No external subwoofer necessary
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly limited stereo effect

Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. To that end, the Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar is one of our favorite pieces of AV equipment made this year – which is why we gave it our coveted Editor's Choice award when it came out last year. 

Samsung has rewritten the rulebook with the HW-MS650. No other one-body soundbar has combined so much raw power with so much clarity, scale and, especially, bass, or excelled so consistently with both films and music. It’s the sort of performance that only genuine audio innovation can deliver.

If you can afford it, this is the soundbar you need in your living room.

Read the review: Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar

Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar

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Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar

High performance at an affordable price

Specifications
Dimensions: 2.6" x 3.9" x 35.1"
Power: NA
Frequency Response: NA
Connections: 1 HDMI input, 1 HDMI Out (ARC), analogue audio in/out, Ethernet, optical audio in, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Reasons to buy
+Slim, elegant design+Built-in dual subwoofer+Three-dimensional surround sound

The Sony HT-X8500 is a high-quality soundbar that delivers quality sound at an affordable price. The Sony soundbar includes dual built-in subwoofers for deep sounding bass, while still maintaining a slim, sleek design. The compact size will fit perfectly in front of your TV and won't clutter up your space.

The soundbar features Vertical Sound Engine technology that's combined with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to produce a cinematic three-dimensional surround sound experience. The remote also includes seven different sound modes so you can control and enhance your entertainment experience.

Read the review: Sony HT-X8500

Razer Leviathan

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

Specifications
Dimensions: 3.1" x 19.7" x 2.9"
Power: 30W
Frequency Response: 180Hz - 20KHz
Connections: Bluetooth, one optical audio input, 3.5mm audio port
Reasons to buy
+Bass-heavy sound+Plenty of inputs+Supremely priced
Reasons to avoid
-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

Arcam Solo Bar (UK only)

With 4K HDMI passthrough and Bluetooth aptX, this soundbar is in a class of its own

Specifications
Dimensions: 39.4" x 39.4" x 5.1"
Power: 100W
Connections: Bluetooth with apt-X, four HDMI inputs
Reasons to buy
+Four HDMI inputs+4K passthrough
Reasons to avoid
-Not very weighty

With four HDMI inputs and 4K passthrough, myriad other connections and Bluetooth streaming, it's tempting to call the Arcam Solo Bar as much of a home cinema hub as a soundbar. It also adds Bluetooth aptX for good measure, rendering your streamed tunes listenable at last. Well connected it may be, but this 1,000 x 130 x 110mm unit offers more than one-cable nirvana, with its two speakers offering a lot more meat than the average flat TV. Want more welly? Just add Arcam's wireless Solo Sub. Want it for a steal? We've got you covered.