The Best of the Best Bluetooth Soundbars 2017

Let me guess. You have typed “best Bluetooth soundbars” several times only to be given more than 2 million results, 2,950,000 to be exact, and you don’t know which review you should follow.

I know that because I did it too. I understand the frustration you have when each site would give you different results, confusing you all the more.

Well, your search is over now because I did the site comparison for you. Yes, I did compare several sites, but no, I did not compare all 2 million results.​

**Below, you'll see more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices and read customer's reviews on Amazon.

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How did I Do It?​

Well, just like you, I started by typing “best Bluetooth soundbars,” without the punctuation marks, of course. When Google gave me the results, I was like “Oh crap!” With the millions of results, how do I pick the best ones?

I then looked for the sites that seemed to be the authority when it comes to reviewing then compared the lists with one another. I even have the spreadsheet to show you I really did tally.

After gathering the top 5 most favored soundbars, I read the reviews and specifications for each of them. Then I went soundbar hopping and listened to each of the items in my list to confirm what other reviewers have written.

top 5 most favored soundbars

But before I present you my list, I would like first to let you know what a soundbar is and what you should be looking for in a Bluetooth soundbar.

What is a Soundbar?​

In a previous article, I thoroughly discussed what a soundbar is. Here, I will just give you the highlights of it and why I think you need one.

Although TV sound is mixed the same way these days, how they come out is different because of the TV’s slimmer design, obliging you to get external speakers: either a soundbar or a surround sound system.

A soundbar is the closest alternative you have to a full surround sound system. It boasts of different channels enclosed in one box or bar. Some might say that it doesn’t really replicate the sonic quality a surround sound system gives, but the latest models and designs these days have been able to capture the near perfect surround sound we have been drooling for.

If you’re living in a small space, I highly suggest choosing soundbar instead of a full surround sound system. Why? Because a soundbar is just a bar that you can place in front your TV, underneath it, or on the wall mounted atop of it.

Although there are soundbars with external subs, that’s only two pieces compared to the five separate parts a full surround sound system offers you.

What Makes the Best Bluetooth Soundbar?​

1./ Bluetooth Connectivity and Sound Quality​

“Duh!” you might say. Why would I include a soundbar here if doesn’t have the capacity to connect via Bluetooth, right? Well, that is why sound quality comes right after it.

If you are an audiophile, you know that Bluetooth does degrade the sound quality. So if you are buying a Bluetooth soundbar, make sure that it’s not just Bluetooth enabled. Look for other specifications that suggest the sound quality is not reduced such as aptX codec. Or if it is, it should be reduced very minimally that you almost won’t hear the difference.

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2./ Compatibility

Having Bluetooth-enabled soundbar doesn’t mean you can connect it with any Bluetooth-enabled device. There are soundbars known to be compatible only with TVs that are of the same brand.

​3./ Design

​Our TVs nowadays are becoming slimmer, sleeker, and more elegant in style. Choosing a soundbar that goes with it aesthetically is a must. You wouldn’t want a classy TV and a rugged soundbar combination, would you?

Also, the design is not just how it looks but how it works well with your TV. The most common complaint for soundbars is its tendency to block the TV’s remote sensor; hence, you have to find one that is either low enough not to be a blockage or one that you can mount on the wall.

4./ Features​

A soundbar should not only be able to hook with your devices via Bluetooth, it should also be feature-packed. We are all aware that entertainment these days is not just watching TV or movies at home. We also play games and stream music among others.

So if you’re getting a soundbar, make sure it has multiple inputs and outputs, preferably HDMI or any digital ports like coax. A WiFi connectivity is also a plus if your Bluetooth doesn’t work as expected.

Of course, do not forget the channels and speakers your soundbar has. More channels do not automatically mean better sound quality. You have to check how each of these channels work with each other and complement one another to give you the sonic quality you are looking for.

Lastly, also consider the various sound effects the soundbar has to offer. Some of them are dialogue enhancement, cinema sound quality, surround-sound effect, etc.​

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5./ Price​

Whether you have enough money to buy the most expensive soundbar in the world, it is still better if you can find the same features of that soundbar in a much cheaper one. Imagine all the boxes of pizza you can buy with that extra cash!

5 Best Bluetooth Soundbar​

Before I completely give you the list, please remember that these touted best Bluetooth soundbars did appear in several review sites (can’t remember how many) and I did listen to each of them. So these are not just from me but also from the thousands of users who have tried and tested them.

1./ Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer

Another entry from Yamaha is the 203 from the YAS series.

Specifications​

  • 2 cone speakers with large magnets.
  • 1 digital optical port, 1 digital coaxial port, 1 analog audio port.
  • 200 W total power.
  • 6.4 lbs.
  • 35” long, 3” tall, 5” wide.

What I and Other Reviewers Liked about It

  • Not as pricey as the 2500.
  • Has Univolume technology.
  • Has Air Surround Extreme.
  • Dolby Digital and DTS compatible.
  • Has Bluetooth with aptX.
  • Has Advanced Yamaha Active Servo Technology to cancel out impedance.
  • Has IR repeater.

What It has to Work on

  • It still uses Bluetooth 2.0.
  • No HDMI.

2./ Klipsch R-10B Bluetooth Soundbar

From a company founded by a hall of famer audio engineer, it is unquestionable that it produces a high quality soundbar, too.

Specifications​

  • 2 midrange drivers, 2 tweeters, 1 subwoofer.
  • 1 Digital Optical port, 1 stereo RCA port, Bluetooth.
  • 250 W total power.
  • 7 lbs.
  • 40” long, 4” tall, 3” wide.

What I and Other Reviewers Liked about It

  • Very good deep, deep bass.
  • Detailed midrange sound.
  • Supports aptX
  • Very good overall sound for movies and music.
  • With Dolby Digital technology.
  • Has 3D surround sound mode.
  • Wall mountable.

What It has to Work on

  • Lacks ports especially HDMI.
  • Music streaming may sound off if your device isn’t aptX compatible.

3./ VIZIO SB4051-C0 40-Inch 5.1 Sound Bar System with Wireless Subwoofer & Rear Satellite Speakers

From a company who creates TVs and displays, it is no wonder they also create audiophilic soundbars.

Specifications​

  • 5.1 channel.
  • 2 HDMI ports, 1 Analog audio port, 1 digital coaxial port, 1 digital optical port, 1 USB port, and Bluetooth.
  • 520 W total power.
  • 7.5 lbs.
  • 40” long, 3” tall, 3” wide.

What I and Other Reviewers Liked about It

  • Has aptX.
  • Excellent sound for the price.
  • Output level of 102dB.
  • DTS and Dolby Digital technology.
  • Wall mountable.
  • With rear satellite speakers.
  • Elegant design.
  • LCD display is on the remote control.

What It has to Work on

  • Tends to have too much bass.

4./ Razer Leviathan Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Razer who? That’s the same thing I thought of when I read the name. But upon researching about it, I found out that it is multi-awarded speakers, by different presses that is.

Specifications​

  • 2 full speakers, 2 tweeters, 1 subwoofer.
  • 1 3.5mm Audio jack, Bluetooth, NFC, 1 optical port.
  • 30 W total power.
  • 4.4 lbs.
  • 20” long, 3” tall, 3” wide.

What I and Other Reviewers Liked about It

  • Superb bass.
  • Adequately priced.
  • Perfectly sized for computers.
  • Dolby technology.
  • Bluetooth aptX enabled.
  • NFC compatible.

What It has to Work on

  • Limited inputs.
  • Limited surround sound.
  • May block TV’s remote sensor.
  • No HDMI port.

5./ ZVOX SoundBase 570 30"Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer, Bluetooth, AccuVoice

ZVOX has been existent for about 10 years, but it is making some good sound in the speaker market, this soundbar included.

Specifications​

  • 5.1 channel.
  • 2 analog stereo, 2 digital optical (TOSLINK),1 digital coaxial, 1 3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth.
  • 65W total power.
  • 19 lbs.
  • 30” long, 3.5” tall, 14.5” wide.

What I and Other Reviewers Liked about It

  • Has Accuvoice for clearer dialog.
  • aptX and BlueGiga compatible for optimal Bluetooth music streaming.
  • Has full sound.
  • Has solid MDF casing.
  • Has volume leveling technology.
  • Class D digital amplifier is the “greenest” audio.
  • Dolby Digital technology.

What It has to Work on

  • May be a bit bulky as it is a soundbase.
  • Missing HDMI port.

The Best of The Bests

Cliché as it may seem, but these five options really gave me a hard time. Each of them seems to be excellent in its own way. But if I have to choose only one, I would go for the Vizio SB4051-C0 as the best Bluetooth soundbar.

First, the sound quality is excellent even though it could be better. Next, it has all the needed connectivity features and its compatible with every device I tried. It also has the needed sound enhancement features for optimum listening experience. It is also elegantly designed that makes it blend with modern room gadgets and decors. The price is also midrange, which means you get every penny’s worth without spending too much.​

If you are, however, looking for studio monitors, I still suggest getting a real studio monitor for a more accurate audio reproduction. The soundbars above, feature-packed as they may seem may not give you the accuracy you want.

Studio monitors may be a bit pricey, but thanks again to the Internet, we have found good deals on them loudspeakers. So if you want to know what the best studio monitors under 200$ are, click here to find the best at SoldierStudio.com.

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Erin Taylor
 

Chief editor of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.

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