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Whether you use TV for movies, TV shows or

, The same impressive performance in sight and hearing is the key. The smart TV is equipped with a 4K UHD LED display, which can provide awesome and clear images, and has features such as color, glasses and depth, and even

Usually not enough in terms of audio.

The reason for this imbalance is due to a simple physical situation. Flat-panel TVs have a thin-line body and non-existent tilt, so there is not enough space for a speaker array to provide an immersive and movie-like audio experience.

7.1.2 Surround sound system will be the ultimate solution to this disease, but most of us do not have enough space (or cash) to promote the development of this technology. Thankfully, you can solve all audio problems for less than £300.

It's a low-key device, full of speakers that focus on just one thing-it can provide the best sound. As we show


The soundbar article, regardless of the price, is true. However, as the price began to climb to £300, we began to see some exciting features becoming more and more common-the most famous being Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. We are also beginning to see clever technology used by the soundbar to overturn the limitations of the 2.1 configuration, and even better, to pack more drivers into the humble shell.

To help you find the best soundbar for less than £300, we have compiled our favorites below.

What we looked for in the best soundbars under £300:

A soundbar with a balanced and pleasant tone is almost useless. In order for the sound bar to provide an excellent audio experience in movies, TV shows and music, it needs a firm mix of bass, midrange and treble.

The bass frequency takes care of the low end of the audio, increasing the impact and sense of presence. The action movie is more exciting, the horror is more atmospheric, the music is more vibrant, and the bass response is good. Most sounds are midrange, including dialogue, so these frequencies must be respected: they must be clear and separated to avoid ambiguity. Finally, high frequencies need to be handled carefully-they will bring a lot of bright and open details.

The output may be a useful guide for the volume of the soundbar. However, it must be considered together with other specifications.

Measured in watts (W), the output is not a measure of volume, but the amount of power going into the amplifier. The amplifier signal is pushed out from the driver (also known as the speaker), and the sensitivity rating of the driver is in decibels (dB). This is what we all associate with sales.

The higher the output, the higher the decibel. Note, however, that the volume of a 60-watt speaker will be less than twice that of a 30-watt speaker. The decibel gain is incremental-doubling the power only increases by 3dB.

Due to the many factors that determine the volume of a soundbar (including output, speaker sensitivity, and component quality), some manufacturers choose not to report output power.

The frequency response can measure the audible frequency that the driver can transmit, and can be a good indicator of the overall sound quality of the soundbar. The frequency response can also provide insight into the relationship between the soundbar and the subwoofer.

The average audible frequency spectrum of the human ear is 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Choosing a soundbar that can cover these frequencies will help provide a complete sound capable of producing strong bass and sparkling treble. If the soundbar is unsatisfactory, it is not the end of the world-with age, many people lose the ability to listen to extreme sounds in this range. As for output, some manufacturers did not report on this.

Connectivity determines how the soundbar receives input. The more connections, the greater the flexibility of the soundbar.

The HDMI interface allows high-quality low-latency digital signal transmission, and ARC and eARC support can simplify home theater audio settings across multiple devices. Optical interface is another form of digital connection. Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi connections are very suitable for creating a clutter-free wireless entertainment hub.

The RCA and 3.5mm auxiliary input interface increase the versatility of the soundbar connection, but its application is more restricted when building a comprehensive modern home theater.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support enable the soundbar to extract immersive three-dimensional audio. These two audio formats are industry-leading examples of object-based surround sound, and they add channels above and below the traditional horizontal surround sound layout. Support for these immersive audio formats can usually be found on more expensive devices.

Some manufacturers will include proprietary software designed to produce a similar experience.

The physical size of the soundbar is critical to the success of a home entertainment setting. Many more sophisticated sound bars are very long and bulky. For convenience, some can be hung on the wall. We cannot tell you what is correct-everything is within the available space. One thing worth remembering is that tall sound bars can block the IR receiver of short-foot TVs.

Dock Garden Vistas 200s

Philips B8505/10

Bose TV speakers

Sony HT-X5800 all-in-one

Denon DHT-S316 with subwoofer

Orbitsound BAR A70 with subwoofer

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The Wharfedale Vista 200s is the right soundbar. The crossbar has two 30W stereo drivers with reflex ports that can cover high, medium and bass frequencies. Similarly, the subwoofer has a warm, rounded response, and the response is strong without controlling or weakening the audio field. The stereo performance is pleasantly wide and immersive. There are three equalizer settings (movie, music and new), and the connection at the time of setting provides sufficient flexibility. There are very few flash memory methods, but they contain excellent quality.

: Reliable, high-quality build and performance

Limited equalizer, does not support Dolby Atmos or DTS



120 watts

HDMI (support ARC), optical fiber, coaxial, RCA, Bluetooth 4.2

62 x 900 x 92 mm

409 x 120 x 300 mm

Philips B8505/10 Soundbar with wireless subwoofer, not only provides 240W output, but also has the immersive magic of Dolby Atmos, which provides a powerful movie-like audio experience. Although as a 2.1 setting, Atmos 3D audio is mostly virtual, it is indeed excellent and fascinating. Although the movie has a lot of weight and audio effects, the music is also handled very well, and there will be a lot of bounce and harsh sounds on the grill. As a device that supports Alexa, it has voice control onboard and can integrate benchmarking into the smart home ecosystem. B8505 also supports DTS Play-Fi, which is a wireless system that can connect audio equipment throughout the home.

: Excellent sound and feature set

: The display on the bar is not cautious



240 watts

Dolby Atmos

HDMI (support eARC), USB, optical fiber, WiFi, 3.5mm, Bluetooth 4.2, DTS Play-Fi, Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect

900 x 57 x 110 mm, 2.4 kg

122 x 403 x 300 mm, 4.5 kg

Bose TV Speaker is never a superfluous brand, it does what it says on the jar. Despite its small size, it is equipped with three drivers (two diagonals, one center) to emit a broad and rich tone, making the content on the screen full of vitality. Although roaring enthusiasts will want to take advantage of the bass module connector port, the bass has a pleasant kick. Although control and operation are reduced to a minimum, there is an optional dialogue mode that can expand the range of vocals to improve clarity. This is a simple device that can be connected to the TV via a single connection (HDMI or optical fiber). HDMI is desirable because it allows CEC to simplify the operation of the TV.

Matching its sparse naming convention, Bose is also silent on the exact specifications of the TV speakers. We can only say that no matter what the frequency response and power is, it sounds great.

: Robust Bose audio, full of dynamic

: No subset, limited controls and operations

: HDMI (support ARC), optical fiber, Bluetooth 4.2, bass module connection

56 x 594 x 102 mm, 1.96 kg

The Sony HT-X5800 is an all-in-one soundbar that provides additional auditory impact by including two built-in subwoofers, thus getting rid of the constraints of a simple 2.1 configuration. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support this feature. When these formats do not exist, Sony's own Vertical Surround Engine can take over and play a role behind the scenes, upgrading standard audio to the 7.1.2 experience. The HT-X5800's support for 4K and Dolby Vision pass-through is another victory for anyone who wants to build a simple and diverse home theater. Bluetooth also has built-in wireless connectivity, which is particularly useful for listening to music and podcasts.

: Space-saving virtual movie audio access

: The bass is not always very delicate, the virtual 3D surround effect is still not as good as the real effect

: Dolby Atmos, DTS: X

: HDMI (support eARC), optical fiber, USB Type-A, Bluetooth 5.0

64 x 890 x 96 mm, 3.1 kg

Denon DHT-S316 provides powerful audio, full of clarity and dynamics. The speaker configuration provides an immersive wide stereo field and introduces a real sense of space in the audio of movies and TV programs. DTS: Virtual: X support also proves this quality. Although the setup is fast, thanks to the single-cable design, the remote control takes more time to get used to. There are many features and configurations to try out to make sure you can find the right settings for your content.

: Low-key, rich sound, wide audio and easy to install

: Large remote control, some audio modes are limited by 2.1 speaker configuration

: 160W

: DTS virtual: X

: HDMI (support ARC), optical fiber, 3.5mm, Bluetooth

54 x 900 x 83 mm, 1.8 kg

342 x 171 x 318 mm, 5.2 kg

Orbitsound BAR A70 is equipped with a wireless subwoofer, which provides eye-catching packaging for audio-visual connoisseurs. The wooden shell of BAR A70 can exert weight and dynamic performance. There are five drivers dedicated to his process-two of them are side-mounted to extend the audio range, which is part of Ortbitsound's AirSound technology. This technology can also divide the conversation into a separate channel to improve clarity. The subwoofer is the real boon of the BAR A70 skills, providing heavy, powerful and dramatic bass thumping and richness.

: Excellent movie audio and first-class production quality

: Average performance of music and TV shows, without ARC

300 watts

Air sound

: Optical, 3.5mm, Bluetooth, NFC

65 x 750 x 74 mm, 1.9 kg

122 x 403 x 300 mm



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