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Amazing Soundbars Suited to Every Budget

Investing in a top-tier television and a streaming device may have been a considerable expense, but the audio quality of your TV speakers likely leaves much to be desired. Regardless of the size or cost of your TV, the built-in speakers often fail to deliver a satisfying audio experience. Enhancing your shows and movies becomes a transformative experience with the addition of a decent soundbar or surround system to complement your high-end display.


Amazing Soundbars Suited to Every Budget


With countless options available, navigating the sea of choices can be overwhelming. To ease your decision-making process, we've invested time and effort over the years to test numerous soundbars in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, catering to a range of budgets. For additional guidance, our comprehensive soundbar-buying guide breaks down key terms you may encounter during your shopping journey. Don't forget to explore our Best TVs, Best Speakers, and Best Streaming Devices guides for more ways to elevate your home theater setup.

Why You Should Consider a Soundbar

Every TV we've tested in the Dallas-Fort Worth area tends to fall short in the audio department without an additional audio accessory. This is primarily due to the evolving design of televisions. As TVs become slimmer with narrower bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers face challenges in incorporating high-quality speakers. Spending as little as $150 on a new soundbar with a subwoofer becomes essential for maximizing your viewing experience. To assist you, we've compiled a list of the best-tested soundbars, including standalone options and bundled models with subwoofers, along with tips to optimize your purchase.

Best Overall: Yamaha SR-C20A

This compact and lightweight soundbar is easily transportable between rooms, making it ideal for gaming or cinema viewing. Affordable and compatible with even modestly priced TVs, the Yamaha SR-C20A outperforms TV speakers with its 100-watt output, two forward-facing full-range drivers, and an upward-firing bass driver. The result is a broad and deep sound that strikes an excellent balance between detail, refinement, and impact.

Runner-Up: Yamaha True X Bar 50A

Balancing immersive audio with living room space constraints, the Yamaha True X Bar 50A offers a wireless subwoofer for ample bass, providing flexibility in placement around the room.

Dolby Atmos for Under $500: Vizio M-Series 5.1.2 Soundbar

Ideal for console gaming, this affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar from Vizio enhances the gaming experience by creating a spatial soundstage. With two upward-firing rear surround speakers, it provides an affordable Atmos-enabled soundbar bundle with fantastic surround sound.

For Those Who Hate Wires: JBL Bar 1300X

JBL's Dolby Atmos soundbar impresses with detachable wireless surround speakers, offering an immersive experience without the hassle of wires. Perfect for those without power outlets or a desire to conceal cable runs.

The Smartest Soundbar: Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

While Sonos' second-generation Beam maintains its sleek design, the sonic upgrade is significant. Offering immersive Dolby Atmos interpretation and compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant, this smart soundbar is also part of the Sonos ecosystem, allowing seamless integration with other Sonos speakers and a subwoofer for a complete audio setup.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area provides a diverse range of soundbar options catering to various budgets, ensuring that you can find the perfect audio enhancement for your home entertainment system. Upgrade your sound and immerse yourself in a new dimension of audio-visual delight.

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