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When customizing a home theater, audiophiles are often torn between sound quality and space. But for a premium streaming or gaming experience, you need a better audio system than your TV’s internal speakers. That said, a lot of the best speakers are pretty bulky and if you’re pressed for space, they just aren’t a realistic option.
Enter the soundbar. Attaching one of these small horizontal speakers to your TV or PC can make a massive difference in sound quality. If you want crystal clear audio without dropping thousands of dollars, a soundbar is the way to go. Many come with a subwoofer that amplifies bass, making your favorite action movies even more intense. And you definitely don’t need to be tech savvy to use one! Soundbars can usually be controlled via Bluetooth and installed in minutes.
There’s a wide variety of soundbars available to purchase online, ranging from dirt cheap to ultra premium. If you’re looking to splurge, check out our favorite soundbars for any budget. And if you’re overhauling your entire setup, look into our guide to upgrading your home theater. Below are six great bars that you can get for less than $100.
Don’t be fooled by the small size. This petite soundbar packs 80 watts of sound, enough to fill any room. It’s compact enough to work on small TVs and can be easily set up in under 10 minutes. It wirelessly connects to your speakers via Bluetooth 5.0, but also has ports for a variety of cables.
Bass lovers, take note. This detachable soundbar comes with a subwoofer to deliver theater-quality sound from anywhere. The 100-watt bar reaches 110 decibels, enough to make even the biggest action blockbusters sound glorious. Bluetooth connectivity and four wired options make it compatible with just about any device, from projectors to gaming consoles and everything in between.
Clocking in at 120 watts, this remote controlled bar feels more expensive than it actually is. Like the BOMAKER, it comes with an external subwoofer, so it’s a great way to add some bass to your TV. The harmonic distortion is less than 1%, giving you crystal clear sound that’s sure to please even discerning audiophiles.
It’s not much bigger than a ruler, but the audio from this soundbar is anything but small. The 50-watt speaker has a built-in subwoofer, adding some bass to your movies and games without taking up extra space. Not bad for less than $50.
KMOUK’s soundbar is small enough to use on your gaming PC, but strong enough to power the sound for a small TV. It has dual drivers that work together to minimize distortion and give you a great surround sound experience. It features both touch and remote control options, and is compatible with plenty of devices.
This 34″ soundbar is compatible with 42-54″ TVs, and looks great mounted on any wall. It uses two full-range speakers, two tweeters, and two bass reflex tubes to create a well-rounded sound. It has three modes: movie, music, and dialog, so you can customize your entertainment experience.