Still, it is worth knowing that there are still quality soundbar systems that sell less than two hundred bucks. Let’s find out how three of them measure up.
Best SoundBar Speaker under $100
The Philips CSS2123B/F7 SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers is a product that promises virtual surround or immersive sound quality plus a subwoofer to complete the package.
Designed for simplicity, the Philips CSS2123B/F7 is an ultra-compact system measuring just 28 inches wide and with a low-rise profile that realistically conforms to your TV’s front dimensions.
You can enjoy richer sound when viewing your favorite movies, videos and TV shows as the Philips CSS2123B/F7 optimizes Dolby Digital sound processing. The system has a passive, external subwoofer with output power of 30 watts, in addition to the two speakers’ total output of 30 watts. You can also connect and enjoy all the gadgets you want for total entertainment including DVD/BD players, TVs, MP3 players and gaming boxes.
Employing Philips’ well-recognized technology for Virtual Surround Sound, the Philips CSS2123B/F7 banks on high-fidelity spatial algorithms that can replicate to the tiniest decibel every sonic characteristic that typically occurs in a normal 5.1-channel environment. That’s absolutely without further need for extra speakers, wires or stands. Sound enhancement is possible through bass and treble control via the loudspeakers integrated into the mother unit. Speaker drivers on each side are composed of one 1.5’’ Mylar tweeter and one 5” woofer.
Rear connectivity includes inputs for AUX, digital optical and digital coaxial plus the out jack for the subwoofer. An iPod or iPhone gets connected easily through the 3.5 mm Audio in. There is also a side connection for Audio input.
The Philips CSS2123B/F7 consumes merely 20 watts thru standard 110V outlets, while its standby power consumption moves the meter needle at just 0.21 watts. On the negative side, the Philips CSS2123B/F7 has a tiny remote, which makes that part of the system quite easy to misplace or lose. Doing so will render the unit unusable.
Best Integrated System with Subwoofer
The Yamaha YAS-93 Sound Bar with Dual Built-in Subwoofers has been repackaged by the Yamaha Company to provide the same sound quality as when it first got opened by the first customer who bought it.
The Yamaha YAS-93 has a specially-designed, built-in subwoofer system that has powerful audio quality and adds to the thrill of the system’s rich surround sound.
Created to focus on elegant simplicity, it has a smart, glossy finish that compactly houses its integrated system of dual front speakers measuring 2 ½” each, with a dual-driven subwoofer of 3” cones.
The subwoofer cones impressively produce rich bass sound with its large-diameter voice coils. There is also a bass reflex port with a straight shape and appropriate length for that remarkable bass response you won’t expect from such a large-volume cabinet.
The awesome trumpet-bell shape of the system’s duct outlet makes for perfect reduction of wind noise and better audio quality. The saran-net grille permits full sound flow to and coverage of the entire room. The supplied remote control lets you use the system easily. Hang it on the wall or have the ATS-1010 positioned in front of the TV while leaving room for separate components. For those looking for a more powerful system however, the Yamaha ATS-1010 may not be what they want.
Best Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
The VIZIO S3821w-C0 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer allows you to push up your TV audio enjoyment a few notches higher with its wireless subwoofer. As the perfect addition to any medium or small-sized TV, the VIZIO S3821 uses a single cable for easy TV connectivity.
It has built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless music streaming using your standard tablet or smartphone. It permits DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Digital audio processing, turning TV shows, videos, movies and games into completely immersive sound experiences.
It is rated at 100 decibels, with lower than 1% of total harmonic distortion, which is the electrical parameter for amplifier distortion. Pink noise has been used to measure the system’s sound pressure level, placed at 1-meter and C-weighted.
A soundbar system that you can get for less than two hundred bucks should be a great bargain. But don’t get your hopes too high. The soundbar system should perform nicely under normal circumstances. You shouldn’t expect a lot more than that.