This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
|Sonos Arc||Dimensions 1.14 m x 11.57 cm, 8.70 cm, weight 6.25 Kg, Dolby Atmos, 3D sound, 11 amplifiers, voice control, speech enhancement.||£££|
|Bose TV Speaker||Dimensions 10.21 x 59.37 x 5.61 cm, weight 1.95 Kg, simple connectivity, dialogue mode, Bluetooth.||££|
|JBL Bar 2.0||Dimensions 85.50 x 14.50 x 12.50 cm, weight 1.61 Kg, power 80 watts, Bluetooth, HDMI, Optical cable, surround sound.||£|
|Sonos Beam Compact||Dimensions 10 x 65 x 6.8 cm, weight 2.88 Kg, HDMI cable, HDMI Arc to Optical adaptor, voice assistant, clear dialogue.||££|
|Philips PB603 Soundbase||Dimensions 13.40 x 95.00 x 7.50 cm, weight 8 Kg, power 300 watts, Bluetooth, wireless subwoofer, 31. Channel system.||£|
|Sharp HT-SBW460 Soundbar||Dimensions 9.5 x 11 x 7 cm, weight 11.12 Kg, 2 AA batteries needed, 3.1 channel system, wireless subwoofer, Dolby Atmos.||££|
|Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400||Dimensions 6 x 11 x 98 cm, weight 13.2 Kg, power 200 watts, wireless subwoofer, Bluetooth, HDMI, WiFi, Music streaming.||£££|
|Cambridge Audio TV5 Soundbase||Dimensions 86.4 x 41.8 x 18.4 cm, weight 10.4 Kg, HDMI, Bluetooth, optical, audio jack, two subwoofers.||££|
|Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar||Dimensions 9.9 x 100 x 6.40 cm, weight 11.2 Kg, Wifi, USB, HDMI, Chromecast, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos, DTS: X.||£££|
|Polk Audio Magnifi Sound Bar||Dimensions 34.1 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm, weight 5 Kg, power 150 watts, wireless subwoofer, remote control, 5.1 channel system.||££|
Best Soundbase UK
Most modern TVs have average to good quality internal speakers but if you want to enjoy the content to the fullest, a good soundbase is just what you might need. Is the bass not great on your expensive 4K HDR TV? Are the dialogues too hard to hear during the day time? Or is the music not punchy and sharp enough for your tastes? Then you should definitely check out some of the best soundbases in the UK.
A soundbase which is also known as a soundbar is an external speaker that is designed to enhance your TV viewing experience. It can be directly hooked to the TV or even your multimedia player and will provide you with exponentially better sound quality. A general TV doesn’t have the room to fit in proper and big speakers inside, usually because all TV manufacturers are obsessed with thin TVs these days. This physical limitation doesn’t allow the sound to, well, sound better at all.
If you are interested in making your living room a movie theater with a nice portable projector, then a soundbase is a must-have appliance for you. Most of the soundbases offer deep bass, rich sound effects, and of course throaty explosions. If you are a gamer that enjoys the latest blockbuster video games on your console, a good quality soundbar or soundbase is going to elevate your experience.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Sonos Arc is its simple yet sleek design. The soundbase is a long one and results in some of the best sounding sounds, pun intended. We got the white version which was a departure from all the black colored soundbases we tested and it looked striking. As for the sound quality, the Sonos Arc provides rich highs and deep lows, there is even some punchiness to the explosions although not too overbearing.
In terms of features, the Sonos Arc is jam-packed with those as well. There is 3D sound with Dolby Atmos so you’d get the best experience watching movies and TV shows. The dialogues are also crisp and clear, you won’t need the subtitles to know what’s going on. The soundbase for the UK also has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to help you navigate with voice commands.
- 3D sounds with Dolby Atmos
- Voice control available
- Comes with HDMI eARC
Bose makes some of the best audio equipment and the Bose TV sound base is no different. Although it is priced midway from the premium and budget offerings, it brings in good quality sound at a reasonable price. The Bose TV speaker comes with two angled full-range drivers that are capable of producing some realistic audio experiences.
We like the enhanced dialogue feature of the Bose TV Speaker as it allows us to clearly understand what the characters are saying. The sound base also comes with Bluetooth connectivity so you can wirelessly connect it to either your TV or even your smartphone. The setup is also handled well here, you can use the provided optical cable and attach it to your TV or simply use an HDMI cable.
- Simple to use and ready in minutes
- The angled drivers pack a punch
- Bluetooth connectivity is great
The JBL Bar 2.0 is one of the best budget deals in sound bases and its high rating reflects that. We’ve personally used JBL audio products over the years, and they’ve been excellent in providing a quality experience. The JBL Bar 2.0 also follows that legacy and packs a mean punch despite its small size and even smaller price point. The unit draws in 80 watts of power and comes with Bluetooth connectivity. This means you’ll be able to get good quality sound even when you connect wirelessly to it.
The JBL Bar 2.0 also has surround sound to fully immerse you in the content you are watching. Whether you are enjoying an action movie or just streaming a sitcom while you chop food for dinner, the JBL Bar 2.0 is capable of providing good quality sound. This is also a great sound base for those who already have little space after placing the TV. If you have multiple consoles and a TV in your lounge, a large sound base can be a hassle to place.
- Great quality sound in a small package
- Can connect to phones or tablets with ease
- Connect with HDMI or optical cable
If you are looking for a clean looking sound base in the UK, the Sonos Beam Compact is one of the best ones around. The sleek and stylish look of the soundbar will look home under any TV setup. Available in black or white colors, you can match the aesthetics of your setup with ease. The Sonos Beam Compact provides cinema-quality audio for your devices and is crisp to hear.
The Sonos Beam Compact comes with built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant as well so if you are into the Amazon ecosystem, this is the one for you. You may not even need a smart speaker after you get the Sonos Beam Compact in your living room as it is compatible with AirPlay as well. The Sonos Beam Compact is tuned by Oscar-winning sound engineers so you can be assured dialogues especially will be clear and easy to understand.
- Sleek and beautiful design
- The setup is painless and easy
- The dialogue quality is superb
If you are in the market for a device that can bring some much-needed punch to the bass, then the Philips PB603 Soundbase is the one for you. The sound base comes with a dedicated subwoofer that is capable of some meaty explosions and crunching crashes in video games as well as in action movies. Don’t worry, the dialogues don’t get washed away in the shaking bass either, you will be able to hear what the protagonist says and what they shoot too.
The Philips PB603 Soundbase is a powerful 300 Watt device that allows wireless connectivity to your TV and devices. This is done through Bluetooth and works really well, especially if your TV has Bluetooth capabilities. The subwoofer also connects wirelessly to the main soundbase so there won’t be any need for long cables here. It provides an immersive experience thanks to Dolby Atmos and 3.1 channel system.
- Simple yet stylish design
- The wireless subwoofer is amazing
- Connect using HDMI connectors
The Sharp HT-SBW460 Soundbar is a well-rounded soundbase for the UK and provides top of the line features in one package. The price isn’t astronomically high either so it is an easy recommendation for people who are looking for a soundbase that has some bass and can enhance their movie-watching experience. It is a powerful speaker coming at 440 wattage of power so you can be assured it will sound amazing.
The wireless subwoofer adds a lot of bass to the mix and makes the explosions and gunfire sound epic. The musical score of movies is also enhanced, especially if you like watching action movies. The 3.1 channel system is capable of some immersive sound reproduction. Combine that with Dolby Atmos Virtual 360 surround sound and you have one amazing package.
- Wireless subwoofer is easy to place
- Clear voice reproduction
- Great connectivity options
Yamaha makes some of the best audio equipment that’s favored by a lot of industry professionals. While we don’t claim to be audio experts, but we know a great sound base when we see one, or hear one in this case. The Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 is a beautiful piece of audio equipment that provides 3D surround sound and that too wirelessly.
The Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 ships with a great quality subwoofer that is capable of producing some amazing bass. We love how the Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 comes with built-in music streaming services that you can use without turning on your TV at all. Combine that with Amazon Alexa and AirPlay compatibility and you can change songs on Spotify with ease. Overall, the Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 provides a premium audio experience which is not only great for movie watching but also playing your favorite tunes.
- A separate and wireless subwoofer
- Amazon Alexa and AirPlay compatible
- Can run streaming services without the TV
The Cambridge Audio TV5 Soundbase is a true soundbase as it allows you to put your TV on it. However, it is never recommended but if you are short on space, you can do that which is always great. The unique BMR driver technology used in the unit delivers some amazing levels of sound dispersion in the room. Of course, that also depends on the size of the room but overall, the quality is astounding.
There are two downward-firing subwoofers on the unit as well so you are covered on bass too. The Cambridge Audio TV5 Soundbase comes with an impressive array of connectivity options, from HDMI ARC to 3.5 mm audio jack to Bluetooth to Optical input, you are covered fully here. There are four EQ options to choose from as well.
- A fully deep soundbase
- Downward firing subwoofers
- Suitable for TVs up to 30 Kg
Looking for a premium experience that is fully immersive and sounds rich? Then the Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar might be the soundbase for you. Many people only want to get soundbases that are made by the manufacturer of their TVs, which is a good rule of thumb because that ensures maximum compatibility. However, the Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar is amazing with Sony TVs as well as others too simply because they didn’t restrict any exclusive features.
We used it with an Xbox instead of a PlayStation too and it worked flawlessly. The Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar comes with Dolby Atmos as well as DTS: X so you will have an amazingly immersive movie-watching experience. The vertical surround engine provides exceptional surround sound experience here. Chromecast is built in the device and you can run almost every streaming service. It even comes with a Dolby Vision pass through.
- Comes with a Chromecast
- Dolby Vision pass-through is available
- Works with Google Assistant
Want a unique looking soundbase with an even more unique looking subwoofer? Check out the Polk Audio Magnifi Sound Bar that has a small-sized soundbar and a PC chassis looking subwoofer. It comes with a dedicated remote control too so you can change the settings or control the sound with ease.
Polk Audio Magnifi Sound Bar is also a 5.1 channel surround sound system and packs a punch when it comes to bass. The wireless subwoofer can sometimes take the limelight thanks to its deep bass. It also has Polk’s own voice adjust technology for clear and easy to understand dialogues.
- Looks extremely different
- Comes with a remote control
- Works with any TV
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