You've probably already shelled out for a nice big TV, and maybe a streaming gadget to play your Netflix, but what about your sound? It doesn't matt
It doesn’t matter how large your screen is, or how much it cost—it probably sounds awful. You’d be surprised by how much more you enjoy those Netflix Originals and movies with a halfway decent soundbar or surround system. Explosions pop, dialog sounds far crisper, and you may even notice details you’ve never picked up on before.
Why You Need a Soundbar
We have yet to test a modern TV that didn’t sound crummy without some kind of audio accessory added. That’s mostly due to the way modern models are designed: Great-sounding speakers are bulky, and as TVs have gotten thinner, with shrinking bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers are having a harder time building in great sound.
Even if you can only afford to spend $150 on a new soundbar with subwoofer, it’s essential to getting the most out of your viewing experience. To help, we put together this list of the best soundbar bundles we’ve tested, and included a little advice on how to make the most of them.
Updated, May 2020: We’ve added new links, updated prices, and added the Roku Smart Soundbar to the list.