Maybe you already Spent good money to buy a great big TV and maybe a streaming tool to play Netflix. But no matter how big or expensive your screen is – your TV’s speakers may sound really bad.
You’ll be amazed at how much you can enjoy these performances with a midstream soundbar or surround system attached to your primo board. Explosions go off, dialogue sounds crispier, and you might even notice sound details in your favorite movies that you haven’t picked up before.
Updated November 2021: We’ve added the second generation Sonos Beam.
Why do you need a speaker
We still have to test a new TV that doesn’t sound bad without adding some kind of audio accessory. This is mostly due to the way televisions are designed. Speakers with great sound are bulky, and as TVs get thinner, with shrinking bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers are having a hard time building quality speakers in them.
If you can afford to spend $150 on a new sound bar with subwoofer, it’s essential to get the most out of your viewing experience. To help, we’ve put together this list of the best speakers we tested, including soundbars sold on their own, as well as models that came with the subwoofer. We’ve also put together some tips on how to get the most out of your purchase.
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