No matter how small, light and sharp TVs develop, there's still a glaring contrast between a new flat screen's spectacular picture and its mediocre sound performance. That's because practically all current sets, regardless of size, have substandard speakers hidden away in increasingly sparse frames. But fortunately, simply adding a soundbar to your set-up is an easy way to achieve a more engaging, clear and delightful viewing experience.
Most soundbars are self-contained audio systems that may be placed in front of or beneath your television. One of the greatest options is a speaker that is capable of playing music on its own, without the aid of any additional surrounds or subwoofers. But there are usually alternatives to expand to a more extensive surround set-up if needed, or there are whole multi-box systems that connect wirelessly, so there are no snaking cables to pose as trip hazards.
Depending on your budget, your soundbar can do much more than simply play TV audio - some high-end versions offer compatibility with AirPlay and Chromecast, while others offer Spotify Connect integration for wireless music listening. There are even some that offer interoperability with virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, letting you to manage your soundbar with your voice.