If you’ve invested in a new TV recently, you’ve probably focused on its size and picture quality, but how about its sound quality? While the sound on most TV is OK, a soundbar will enhance it, giving you a more immersive viewing experience for music, movies, and matches. With plenty to choose from, here’s what to look for and how to choose the right soundbar for your home.

What is a soundbar?

A soundbar is a slimline sound device featuring a series of high-quality speakers that overrides your TV’s speakers, connecting either wirelessly or with a single cable directly to your TV. While it can be wall-mounted, it usually sits directly below your TV, producing a far superior sound to the smaller, inferior speakers inside your TV.

TV speakers are generally OK for day to day viewing, but using an all-in-one soundbar can give you a clearer, sharper, and richer sound that gives you a more cinematic experience without going down the full home cinema route.

How To Choose The Right TV Soundbar

As with any audio and visual tech, you’ll need to do some research before you make a purchase, but here are a few things to consider to help you make the right choice.

Design, size, and shape

Soundbars are available from big-name manufacturers including Sonos, Bose, and Sony, all following a similarly stylish, slimline design in a choice of colours that look as good as they sound. But it’s their size which can make a difference and choosing a larger soundbar with multi-speakers will include subwoofers giving you a deeper, bass-rich sound. 

Connectivity

Soundbars will come with different TV cable connection options including HDMIARC, Optical, Auxiliary, or USB. But some models will also connect wirelessly using WiFi and Bluetooth so you can stream music directly to your soundbar from any device as well. Make sure your TV is able to connect to your preferred soundbar as older TVs may not include the right option. 

Ease of use

Regardless of brand, most soundbars should be intuitive and easy to use straight out of the box. After a quick initial set-up, they can be controlled by their own remote control or even your TV remote. There may also be an app to control it directly from your smartphone. And many soundbars also feature built-in voice control so you can ask Alexa to play your favourite tunes too.

Price range

Soundbars will vary in price from under £100 to over £1,000. More expensive options will suit sound aficionados, but there’s a good range of premium brand models available to give the everyday user more than enough play with. These can range from between £150 and £350 and will give you stunning audio whatever you’re watching.

Need help with your choice?

If you love watching films and TV or gaming, then a soundbar can make all the difference, enhancing your audio experience. But making the final choice can be a bit of a minefield. So when it’s time to choose the right soundbar for your home, get in touch with us.

We’ll give you all the help and advice you need to make the right choice for your TV and your home – we can even source, install, and set it up for you. Contact us today on 01392 547 090 or email service@exeteraerials.co.uk for more information.