Best Soundbar under $300: Buyer’s Guide

You may have noticed over the past 10 years that TV technology has really changed drastically, and especially if you’re looking at thickness, it’s really gone from the size of like a linebacker to literally as thin as a framed painting. While this is great if you want to move the TV or hang it up on a wall, you really lose a lot of space inside the TV for internal components. One of the most important things, and especially since it accounts for half of your viewing experience, is the speakers. Now, they’ve really been degraded to 10, 8, and 4 watt speakers and a lot of the TVs I would say at least on 90% of the models that are on the market today and that’s simply because there’s not enough space for them to be put in there.

So when you’re faced with the dilemma of inadequate audio, really you have two options: either you can purchase a full-blown sound system or you can get a sound bar. Those who are looking for relatively inexpensive, easy to set up, and great sounding solution to that problem should turn to a sound bar. Essentially, what a sound bar is is a sleek rectangular bar casing and inside that casing it houses multiple speakers that comprise the higher audio frequency range.

To reach to the mid to lower range of sound, sound bars also typically include a separate subwoofer enclosure, and to conserve space because those separate units usually are a lot larger, some units actually have a built-in subwoofer. When you have those built-in subwoofers, it may conserve space. However, you are losing out on a larger range of sound because the speakers are a lot smaller.

And as you can see here, we have a wide variety of sound bars to choose from and they can all accomplish one thing: getting loud. Most of the speakers have a combined output of 300 watts or more. You can find some that are double or triple that. However, watts only corresponds to loudness and when you’re getting loudness that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s crisp and clear. Usually the sound bars that are in the mid to higher price range have higher quality speakers so you get a wider spectrum of clarity.

Now, the biggest decision factor is the higher sound quality that you want to get but a lot of them have additional features as well, whether it’s Bluetooth connectivity, an HDMI hub so you can connect extra peripherals to it if you’re running out of space on your TV. And one of the models actually features wireless connectivity to the Internet, and from there it has a special app you can download onto your phone and you can listen to radio stations from around the world.