Our TVs have grown leaner over the year and there simply isn’t much room to fit in speakers that can faithfully reproduce audio or bass. Consequently, Soundbars have emerged as a popular alternative.

In fact, Soundbars are hugely popular and audio equipment manufacturers are upgrading their soundbars more frequently as compared to full-blown audio systems. 

If you are considering buying one, we have a list of best soundbar options that you can directly pick from.

Which one to buy: Soundbars or a home theater?

Soundbars can’t match a home theater system when it comes to audio output or pleasing audiophiles, but they have their own set of advantages. They don’t take much space, are easy to install and are relatively less expensive.

Besides, more consumer interest in the segment has driven innovation, and Soundbars have remarkably improved in a short time. These days soundbars have multiple speakers, subwoofers, and some can also create virtual surround sound using top-firing speakers (denoted by the extra number in their name)

Things to consider before buying a soundbar:

  • Audio channels and speaker power
  • Connectivity (HDMI eARC, HDMI ARC, Bluetooth 5.0, etc.)
  • Audio formats supported 
  • Size of your room
  • Option to pair extra speakers

Also Read: Best Home Theater Systems To Buy In India

List of best soundbars to buy in India in 2020

We have tried to include options that are currently relevant and have tried to include good soundbars in affordable, mid-range, and premium segments. We have first added premium options, followed by mid-range and then affordable soundbars. 

List of best soundbars to buy in India in 2020

SoundbarPrice
Bose Soundbar 700Rs. 79,000
LG SL10YGRs. 79,990
Sony 3.1 Ch HT-Z9F Rs. 64,900
JBL Bar 3.1Rs 37,990
Samsung Soundbar 340W 2.1Ch HW-T550 Rs. 35,900
Sony 2.1 Ch HT-X8500Rs. 30,990
Samsung Soundbar 340W 3.1Ch HW-R650Rs. 26,900
Sony 2.1 HT-S350Rs 18,990
Yamaha YAS-109Rs. 23,990
Xiaomi Mi Soundbar Rs. 4,999

1. Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700 and 500 are high-end soundbars that support all latest connectivity options including HDMI eARC and can also be wirelessly paired with other Bose audio systems and soundbars like Bose Bass module 700 or Bose surround speakers.

A lot of proprietary Bose technology goes in the Soundbar 700 and it’s designed to deliver spacious audio with a wide soundstage. The Soundbar doesn’t support Dolby Atmos. It does support Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound.

It has a glass top and also integrates Alexa and Google Assistant (coming soon with an update). There are 8 microphones and also an Alexa light bar to facilitate assistant conversations

Other Bose options

  • Bose Soundbar 500 – Rs. 59,000
  • Bose Solo 5 TV sound system (compact soundbar) – Rs. 22,000
ModelBose Soundbar 700
Speakers4
SubwooferSeparate
Channels 5.0
ConnectivityHDMI CEC, HDMI eARC, HDMI ARC, Optical, USB
AccessoriesRemote
PriceRs. 79,000

2. LG SL10YG Soundbar

LG has a diverse Soundbar ecosystem and you can find options in all price segments. The LG SL10YG is the top model that has LG’s Meridian sound technology, 2 upward-firing speakers,  support for high-resolution audio, and it comes with a powerful sub-woofer. 

This is a 5.1.2 channel system that also integrates Google Assistant, built-in Chromecast and supports 4K HDR pass-through. Users may add extra rear channels and complete 7.1.2 system. 

Other LG Soundbars:

  • LG Soundbar SL6Y – Rs. 29,990
  • LG Sound Bar SJ3 – Rs. 19,990
ModelLG SL10YG
Output power570W
SubwooferYes, 7” driver 
Speakers 6
Audio FormatsDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD high resolution, FLAC, WAV, OGG, MP3
ConnectivityHDMI in, HDMI Out with ARC, CES, Bluetooth 4.2, USB, dual-band Wi-Fi, Optical, Chromecast
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 79,990

3. Sony 3.1 Ch HT-Z9F

Sony’s premium 3.1 Ch HT-Z9F has diverse audio format support. Also, Sony is really pushing the bar with connectivity options. The HT-Z9F has full Dolby support, can be connected directly to other accessories and media devices and, and even has Chromecast Built-in.

The HT-Z9F can upscale audio to 7.1.2 ch. The HT-Z9F comes with a subwoofer and sony also offers additional rear speakers in a discounted bundle.

Sony has an extensive portfolio of audio equipment in India, and as far as soundbars go, this one is at the top rung of the ladder.

ModelSony 3.1 Ch HT-Z9F
Output400W
SubwooferWireless subwoofer
AudioDolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS X
MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF
Connectivity
4K HDR pass-through, HDMI (ARC), Optical-audio input, Analogue
USB type A, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, Chromecast built-in
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 64,900

4. JBL Bar 3.1

JBL Bar 3.1 comes with a wireless subwoofer and delivers rich sound that should be appealing to consumers who prefer thumpy bass. JBL Bar 3.1 is more about power and thus is a great soundbar for movies playback and for games.

It also has a display on the front and comes with a thoughtfully designed remote control. 

More from JBL:

JBL Bar 5.1 Audio system – Rs. 54,999

ModelJBL Bar 3.1
Output power450W
SubwooferWireless, 10”
Speakers6
Audio FormatsDolby Digital, DTS digital 
ConnectivityHDMI video input (3), HDMI Out with ARC, 1 Analog, 1 Optical, Bluetooth, USB
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 37,499

5. Samsung Soundbar 340W 2.1Ch HW – T550

Samsung’s T-series premium soundbars are currently available only at offline stores. Soundbar 340W HW- T550 and T550/ XL can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices, support lossless codecs, and be paired to other speakers to form surround sound systems.

The audio is richer and fuller than what you’d get from mid-range HW- R series systems from Samsung.

ModelSamsung Soundbar 2.1Ch HW-T550
Output340W
SubwooferActive, 6.5″ Driver
Speakers5
AudioDolby 5.1, DTS Digital 5.1 Ch, DTS Virtual: XMP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF
ConnectivityHDMI CEC, Optical, Audio jack,
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 35,900

6. Sony HT-X8500 2.1Ch Soundbar

Sony HT-X8500 2.1 Ch Soundbar is perhaps the easiest recommendation in this list. That’s because it sounds brilliant and retails for a very reasonable price.

If you are looking for a mid-range soundbar to go with your TV, the Sony HT-X8500 can fire a powerful cinema experience.

ModelSony HT-X8500
OutputNot specified
SubwooferYes, built-in dual sub-woofer
Channels2.1
AudioDolby Atmos, DTS X, Verticle sound engine
MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF
ConnectivityHDMI CEC, HDMI eARC, ARC, Bluetooth
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 30,900

7. Samsung Soundbar 340W 3.1Ch HW-R650

Samsung’s HW – R-series have mid-range soundbars that can wirelessly connect to TVs or phones, come with a dedicated remote and can also be paired with extra satellite speakers for a more immersive sound experience. Samsung also has an Audio remote app that you may use to control the soundbar using your phone.

Samsung HW-R650 has 6 speakers that output 340W audio. Dolby 5.1 and DTS Digital 5.1 Ch are supported. In the same series, Samsung also offers two other options with similar features that you may consider if you are looking for something more affordable.

  • Samsung Soundbar 320W 2.1Ch HW-R550 – Rs. 21,900
  • Samsung Soundbar 200W 2.1Ch HW-R450 – Rs. 15,590
ModelSamsung Soundbar 3.1Ch HW-R650
Output340W
SubwooferActive, 6.5″ Driver
Speakers6
Audio Dolby 5.1, DTS Digital 5.1 Ch
MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG
ConnectivityHDMI CEC, Optical, Audio jack,
Package Dimensions & Weight1130.0 x 460.0 x 280.0 mm; 10.85 Kgs
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 26,900

8. Sony 2.1 HT-S350 Soundbar

HT-S350 is one of the affordable options from Sony that comes bundled with a wireless subwoofer.

It’s a 2.1 system with always-on surround sound with a decent soundstage and loud audio output. Audio quality won’t please audiophiles but should be good enough for generic consumers. We’d say HTS 350 is a decent value proposition overall.

ModelSony HT-S350
Output Power350W
SubwooferYes, Wireless
Channels2.1
AudioDolby Digital
ConnectivityHDMI ARC, HDMI CEC (1 OUTPUT), Bluetooth 5.0
AccessoriesRemote
PriceRs. 18,990

9. Yamaha YAS-109

Yahama YAS 109 is a mid-range soundbar with a built-in subwoofer. Mids and highs are quite clear which makes it great for watching movies in small spaces. The YAS 109 has 5 sound modes and in-built Alexa support. 

A proprietary app can be used to control YAS 109 as well. 

ModelYamaha YAS 109
Output power120W
SubwooferIn-built
Drivers and tweeters 6
Audio FormatsDTS Virtual X, Dolby audioWAV, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC
ConnectivityHDMI in, HDMI Out with ARC, CES, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Optical, Subwoofer output
AccessoriesRemote, wall mount bracket
PriceRs. 23,990

10. Xiaomi Mi Soundbar

Xiaomi Mi Soundbar with 8 Speakers is quite popular and that’s because it’s extremely affordable. The bar is well built and looks decent, and can get very loud, but don’t expect too much in terms of audio quality. 

You’d be missing on basics like remote control or HDMI ARC, but it feels unfair to complain at this price.

ModelXiaomi Mi Soundbar 
Output powerNot specified
SubwooferNo
Speakers8
Audio FormatsNot specified
ConnectivityS/PDIF, Optical, Aux-in and Bluetooth
RemoteNo
PriceRs. 4,999


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