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Soundbars make the perfect companion for your TV, and can be paired to your phone or any other device too. Image Credit: Unsplash/Jonas Leupe

Televisions are getting slimmer, bigger, and better, but most of them still need a boost in terms of sound performance. That’s where soundbars can make all the difference. They pack impressive audio in compact frames that virtually disappear under your flat-screens. But which soundbar works best for your TV? With in-built subwoofers and voice command capabilities, there are lots of hi-tech ones to choose from. We present to you a list of the best soundbars for every TV setup and budget. Become an Amazon Prime member and get it delivered to you as early as tomorrow.

1. Best Overall: Sonos Arc

Pros

  • Syncs with voice assistants
  • Uses the latest Dolby Atmos, TrueHD and Dolby Digital technology
  • Cutting-edge surround sound

Cons

  • Expensive

The powerful Sonos Arc uses Dolby's latest TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus sound codecs to deliver impressive, lossless audio. It creates a 3D soundscape using Dolby Atmos, wherein you feel like the sound is all around you - it's a cinematic experience. The soundbar syncs up with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and you can even use it while your TV is off, to stream music, radio, podcasts and more.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh330 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh227 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh323.

2. Best Budget: Sony HT-S100 Single Soundbar with Bluetooth

Pros

  • Includes a Bass Reflex speaker
  • Has an integrated tweeter
  • Affordable price
  • Provides surround sound with S-Force Pro

Cons

  • Does not have one-press connectivity for Bluetooth devices

A compact soundbar that’s ideal for apartments, this device from Sony still manages to pack a punch with its Bass Reflex speaker. But perhaps its most notable feature is its integrated tweeter, which is a treble speaker specifically made to produce higher audio frequencies, towards the upper limit of human hearing. Without it, we cannot hear many sounds - so it's like watching your favourite movies in a whole new way. The soundbar fills the room with S-Force Pro Front Surround sound, and has the ability to play your favourite music through USB or Bluetooth. Connect it to your TV with the HDMI cable so that you can control the audio from both the TV and the soundbar with one remote. 

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh18 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh25.

3. Best Soundbar/Subwoofer Package: Samsung HW A550 Soundbar (2021)

Pros

  • Supports DTS Virtual:X surround sound technology
  • Optimised sound for gaming
  • Bass and treble adjustments present

Cons

  • Takes up space on media console
  • No Atmos support
  • Lacks some low bass

Envelop yourself in rich audio with Samsung’s 3D surround sound. With a Bass Boost function that takes the audio to the next level, you can enjoy a fuller range of sound. Samsung’s soundbar also features Adaptive Sound Lite technology, which analyses sound sources to optimise audio tracks for a great listening experience. A remote control is included. The best part? The price includes a subwoofer, so that you don’t just listen to the music, you feel its treble and bass.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh25 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh32.

4. Best Compact: Bose TV Speaker

Pros

  • Bluetooth-compatible
  • Includes a dialogue enhancement feature
  • Easy to set up
  • Great for small spaces

Cons

  • Lacks auto-volume mode
  • Does not get very loud

This is a simple soundbar with a massive scope of sound. With two angled full-range drivers, it delivers a realistic audio experience that’s especially great for dialogues – the vocals are crisp and clear. Pair it with your television and wirelessly stream audio and podcasts. The soundbar comes with a remote and is compatible with other Bose products so that you can add and build a complete sound system.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh83.25 for 12 months with select banks. 

5. Best Value: Sony HT-X8500 4K HDR Soundbar with Dolby Atmos and Built-In Subwoofer

Pros

  • Includes an integrated subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible
  • Compact, sleek
  • Wireless connectivity

Cons

  • No upfiring drivers

Get a cinema-style experience right at home with the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar, which uses the brand’s Vertical Surround Engine technology to reproduce sound that’s not just around you but above you as well. With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (multi-dimensional sound that moves around you), the soundbar also features an in-built subwoofer for a deep, rich bass. The slim soundbar is compact and unobtrusive, and with wireless connectivity to your TV and other devices, you don’t even need to worry about cables. 

Bonus: Buy it with 0% installments and pay Dh77.66 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh57 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh81.

6. Best for Small Homes: Polk Audio React Soundbar for Surround Sound

Pros

  • Has a built-in Alexa voice command feature
  • Includes a subwoofer
  • Has space for a Fire TV stick

Cons

  • Not the best audio quality

This soundbar gives you fantastic surround sound, along with Voice Adjust technology for clear, easy-to-understand dialogue. With built-in Alexa, use voice commands to control the soundbar’s volume, and adjust modes, or sync it to your television and use your TV remote to control the device. The soundbar works with any brand of HD, 4K and 8K televisions and can be mounted onto the wall. The audio quality is not top of the range, but works well in small or mid-sized rooms.

Bonus: Buy it with 0% installments and pay Dh99.70 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh69 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh97.

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