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How to Connect Yamaha Soundbar to TV

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Did you get a new Yamaha soundbar to connect to your TV, but aren’t sure how to do that?

Don’t worry, we are here to walk you through the connection process and get that sound bar to enable you to connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV and have great speaker quality for your television.

Yamaha soundbars are a great way to boost the sound quality of your TV. Whether you want to listen to music or want to feel like you are sitting in a movie theater, it provides the sound you need. 

But before you can enjoy the audio quality, you have to connect it. We have some expertise with connecting soundbars to our TVs and are here to help you connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV.

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What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

There is usually more than one way to connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV. Depending on the age of your soundbar and the age of your TV, you may need or have a preference for a certain cable. 

While you don’t need all of the options below (you only need one), the one you choose is up to you. We will go over the differences between them below. 

If you can choose any of them, then an HDMI or optical is arguably the best way to go. It provides the least amount of latency and the best audio quality. 

You may also want to make sure you have batteries, and a port hub so that way your remote has batteries to run and you ensure you have a place to plug in your sound bar. 

Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1: HDMI

HDMI cords, if you have the option, are the best ones to get. They are relatively cheap and provide both audio and video in one cord. While this isn’t that big of a deal with speakers, it still provides excellent sound quality and reduced latency. 

To connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV via an HDMI cable, you simply need to connect one end of your HDMI cable (it doesn’t matter which end) to your speaker and the other end to your TV. 

From there, you just go to the HDMI channel connected to the port you plugged into, and it should be working fine. 

Also, make sure your remote has batteries so that you can make sure it works well too.

Step 2: RCA

RCA is a bit outdated, but may still be an option with your TV and Yamaha soundbar. These are more familiar for the older generation but are a little bit more frustrating than standard cables anymore. 

Though you are only using the audio setting, you generally want to plug in all three cords just for stability and to prevent any wear and tear.

Plugging the ends into the soundbar should be easy enough. However, when it comes to the TV side, it may be a bit more complicated. Some other TVs may have more RCA outputs than just three, and the colors may not align as they should. If this is the case, then you may need an owner’s manual to help to get them in the right place. 

Otherwise, you can sorta mess around and try out the holes until you you find the right ones. 

Step 3: Optical

Optical works similarly to HDMI cords, but they are a lot smaller and circular. However, they are the second-best option for sound. They are a bit more expensive but just as easy to plug in. 

Like the HDMI cord, you plug one end (doesn’t matter which) into your soundbar, and the other into your TV. Then it should be about ready to go. 

Step 4: Aux

An aux cable may be a bit more familiar. They are the cords that are used in headphone jacks in phones. 

They work very similar to the optical cord but are a bit thicker around. You simply put one end of the aux cord into the soundbar and the other into the TV. Like with the others, it doesn’t matter which end goes where. 

Step 5: Bluetooth

If you want to ditch the cords or like being a little tech-savvy, then Bluetooth might be an option if the speaker is capable. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter if the TV is capable or not. They provide little dongles that plug into the TV and that allow them to be Bluetooth compatible. 

Otherwise, if your TV is Bluetooth capable, you don’t need to purchase anything else and can just get started. 

This is a little more complicated than the other options, so we will go over to do this in more detail. 

  1. Turn on both the speaker and the TV
  2. Select the Bluetooth option on your TV and turn it on
  3. Turn on the Bluetooth on your Yamaha speaker as well
  4. The TV should start to walk you through how to connect it to the speaker
  5.  Check the Bluetooth name for your Yamaha soundbar and find that name on your TV’s screen
  6. Wait a few seconds, and the two should connect
  7. Your sound should be available through your speaker now without a problem

Step 6: Check Everything

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The next step is to check your stuff to make sure it works. You want to make sure your TV and soundbar are connected and that sound is flowing through the soundbar. 

If you find the sound is not coming out as it should, or your speaker isn’t reacting to your remote, there are a few options to try. 

The first thing to do is make sure your speakers are plugged in as they should. Your soundbar and your TV need to both be plugged in to be working correctly. 

Also, double-check your cords, to make sure they are in securely and correctly. Otherwise, the sound may not work at all or may be spotty.

If they are, it may be worth looking at your remote as well. Make sure that your remote has fresh, good batteries. Otherwise, the remote will not work ad your speaker can’t respond to you. 

Finally, make sure the full space in front of your soundbar is open. Like a TV, the remote needs a clear line of visibility to the speaker to get the LED signal from the remote. If you think your remote is working correctly, but it’s not responding, make sure you don’t have anything like clutter or decorations that might be in the way. 

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Conclusion

And there’s the end! Hopefully, by now, you have a perfectly functional speaker and TV that work in sync. Our goal is to bring easy tutorials that get you through the most difficult part of owning electronics. 

If you did enjoy our tutorial and found it helpful, leave a comment and share the article so you can help others. Your comments can help us learn what we are doing wrong and what we need to improve, as well as what we are doing right. 

We appreciate every one of our readers and want to provide the support they need. 

How to Connect Bose Soundbar to TV

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Connecting a Bose soundbar to a Bose TV or any other TV and soundbar combination is a straightforward operation. The connection utilizes an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI ARC ports of your TV and soundbar for the amazing sound experience Bose products deliver.

There’s nothing quite like having high-definition sound quality delivered to your ears when you connect Bose soundbar to TV.

By the end of the simple steps in this tutorial, you should have the ideal setup for listening to every detail in your shows and movies.

I want to share this experience with as many people as possible because I’m just that passionate about making good audio accessible with simple terms and steps everyone can understand.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

Before starting the step-by-step guide, make sure that you have everything you need for a successful installation. Those materials will include:

If you already have a TV or soundbar that you want to use, you should be able to follow the same process, especially if they are on the newer side. Even if you have an older speaker system and TV or smart TV, a different audio cable will still allow you to experience a quality audio output.

I would only recommend connection options like an optical cable or Bluetooth connection if you are restricted in terms of hardware from taking advantage of an HDMI ARC connection for the best audio source possible.

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Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1: Unpack your TV

If your TV is already set up somewhere you like it, you can go ahead and skip this step. If your TV came with an HDMI cable, try to locate it if you’re not currently using it.

Step 2: Unpack your soundbar

Your Bose soundbar should be intact and come with a couple of peripherals or accessories that help you connect Bose soundbars to a device like your TV.

Step 3: Verify you have the correct HDMI port

The back of both the soundbar and TV should have a panel of all the ports for both visual and audio input.

Make sure that both devices have an HDMI ARC port and that it is free for use (you may need to rearrange other devices that are connected as a result).

The port should be labeled with something along the lines of “HDMI ARC”, and it will often be listed as HDMI 1 as well.

Step 4: Turn your TV and soundbar off

While you could plug in a new cable without turning anything off, you have a small risk of electrical problems occurring whenever you do so.

Simply turning off your devices beforehand minimizes or eliminates this risk and is a quick solution.

You can go further and unplug the power cord for your devices but you shouldn’t need to.

Step 5: Connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI input of both the TV and soundbar

Once you have identified the correct HDMI ports, connect the Bose soundbar with an appropriate HDMI cable. Don’t force the end of the HDMI cable into the port because this can cause damage to both the cable and port that can affect your TV audio output.

Step 6: Switch on your devices

Now that your new connection has been formed, you can safely plug in your devices and turn them back on without fear of any damage. This simple step can be achieved with a remote control or with the TV’s power button.

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Step 7: Adjust your TV audio settings

Smart TVs might automatically recognize the new audio device and set it up to be used for all future applications. In case that doesn’t happen, you can still set it up manually with a couple of pages of clicks.

Using the included TV remote, navigate to your audio settings. Every TV menu has an interface that looks different from TVs of other brands but they should have similar options. Find the option to use a connected HDMI device as the TV speaker.

You should now be able to experience high-definition sound from movies and TV shows through your Bose soundbar.

You can go a step further and enable CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) which allows you to use a single remote like the TV remote instead of trying to fight with a bunch of remotes each with a single, specific purpose.

Alternative connections

Some TVs don’t have a slot for connecting Bose soundbars or maybe you don’t have an HDMI cable. There are still solutions that use a different cable and port or can even allow a soundbar to enter Bluetooth pairing mode for a wireless network of connections.

Optical cable

This is one of the most popular options after HDMI that still involves a cable. When connected to a TV’s optical port, you can enjoy high-quality audio at a low latency but not at the same level as something like HDMI that supports Dolby Atmos levels of audio quality.

The process is the same for connecting an optical cable as with HDMI cables, the only difference you need to be aware of is what the optical cable and ports look like.

It is especially important to be gentle with optical audio cable because the tips that are inserted into the ports are fragile and crucial to the proper performance of the cable.

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Conclusion

Hopefully, you were able to complete this tutorial and can enjoy hearing sound you might not usually on a standard set of TV speakers.

If you’re not satisfied with your result, let me know in the comments because I want you to get the most out of your audio systems for an amazing viewing experience.

Share the article if I was able to help you set up your devices correctly so that I can help even more people that might have the same problem!

How to Connect Blu-ray to TV and Soundbar

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You have a TV and sound bar but aren’t sure about how to get started connecting your blu-ray. We will cover how to connect Blu-Ray to HDMI-IN and TV (HDMI Arc port) to HDMI-out (on soundbar device) for all your cable needs.

Electronics are confusing. Perhaps you’ve managed to connect your soundbar to your TV, but now you don’t know how to connect your blu-ray to the TV and soundbar?

Don’t worry, we are here to help. With only a few easy steps, you can get your Blu-ray player to connect to your TV and soundbar so you can watch and hear everything and have a fully immersive experience. 

We don’t want anyone to give up on technology. 

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What you will need to follow in this tutorial

Connecting your blue-ray player to your TV and soundbar set-up is so easy, you only need two things. 

  1. An HDMI ARC cable
  2. A port hub

The port hub itself is not even necessary if you have enough outlets near your system, but it can help manage your cable situation. 

Therefore, the only real necessary item you need is an HDMI cable. This allows you to connect your Blu-ray player to your TV. If your TV is properly connected to your soundbar, then it should move the sound for you from your Blu-ray player to your soundbar by itself. 

If you aren’t sure how to connect your soundbar to your TV, check out some of our other tutorials for instructions on how to do that. 

You may also have to move your soundbar to a different connection setting if you don’t have another HDMI port free, so keep that in mind. 

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Check Your TV HDMI Ports

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The first thing to do is to make sure you have the space to plug in your Blu-ray player. It requires an HDMI port, so you need to have one available. Specifically, if you have an HDMI ARC port, that would be the best one to have available. 

If you have the space, then you are ready to go. Otherwise, you may have to adjust the items you have plugged in to better make sure that everything can fit and switch to different cables with some devices if you are able. 

Step 2: Move Your Soundbar to A Different Port (If Necessary)

One option if you don’t have enough HDMI ports is to check your soundbar. If you hooked it up with an HDMI cable, perhaps you can switch it to something else. For example, an optical cable is a good alternative and frees up space for your HDMI port for the Blu-ray player. 

If you aren’t sure what other cords you can use, or how they work, check out some of our other tutorials to learn the best way to set up your soundbar, no matter the brand of bar or TV. 

Otherwise, if you are already using a different connection, you can skip this step. 

Step 3: Make Sure You Have An Outlet Available

It’s also important to make sure that you have an outlet available. Even though it connects to the TV, it still needs its own power source. Often, people find there aren’t enough outlets near their TV. 

Even if you don’t have a large number of electronics, this may be true for you. This is because the soundbar, TV, and Blu-ray all need separate plug-ins. So if you only have one outlet nearby, you don’t have enough plug-ins. 

If you are part of a big family that has multiple devices, various speakers, and even some game consoles, you will find that even the most modern of homes is lacking the necessary plug0ins. 

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can buy a port hub from almost any store for relatively cheap. Some nice ones provide surge protection, but any will work. 

These plug into one port on an outlet and provide you with a few more. You can get whole strips that have 8 or 9 outlets relatively easily. 

Step 4: Get yourself a high bandwidth HDMI Cable

Chances are you have at least one spare HDMI cable just lying around which will work just fine with the HDMI ARC ports to deliver great audio.

If you want to take full advantage of audio technologies like Dolby Atmos, you might need a slightly beefier version of the HDMI cable than what you may have.

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A high bandwidth HDMI cable will be better equipped to handle the large volume of data that passes through it when transmitting 5.1 surround sound or other high-definition audio technologies. 

HDMI cables are great for simplifying cable management for end-users because they can transfer both video and audio data from a single source. By plugging your high bandwidth HDMI cable into an HDMI ARC port, you can use your connected soundbar for audio from all of your other input sources. 

Once you get the appropriate HDMI cable and are sure you have enough ports, you are ready to connect. 

Step 5: Connect Your Blue-Ray to Your TV

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This is easy enough to do. All you need to do is plug two cords. The first one is simply the power cord, and this goes into an outlet like any other electronic. 

Plug this into any nearby available outlet and you are good to go for power. 

Next, you want to plug your HDMI cord into both your Blu-ray player and your TV. Some people recommend turning off both systems just in case, but we don’t bother honestly. 

It doesn’t matter which you plug into first. We tend to start with the TV, as it is harder to get to that port. But you can do whichever you prefer. 

It also doesn’t matter which side of the HDMI cable you use where. Both ends are the same, so you can plug whichever side you want into the TV, and use the other one for the Blu-ray player. 

Make sure those are nice and secure and you are set. 

Step 6: Check your systems

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As with any system, electronic or otherwise, you want to check to make sure everything is working properly. 

Turn on your Blu-ray, TV, and Soundbar. Then, you can test it with a movie. Make sure you can see and hear everything quickly and that all the remotes are working as they should. 

If they aren’t you may need to troubleshoot. Here are some common problems with systems that aren’t working. 

  1. Batteries in the remotes are dead or dying. Check to make sure you have batteries in the remotes, and that they are new and not dead. 
  2. The Infrared/LED signal from the remote to the system is blocked. Always check to make sure that no clutter or decorations are blocking the area where each of your devices receives its signal. 
  3. You are using the wrong remotes for the wrong devices. Make sure your remotes are clearly coded so you know what you are using and what device it goes to. 
  4. The cords aren’t in securely enough. Always check to make sure your cords are placed securely. If they are loose, or not in firmly enough, it may mean that the sound or video isn’t working as it should. 
  5. The cords are low-quality or faulty and aren’t working as they should. For this one, check where the cords are plugged into the devices. Are they really hot? If so, you may need a different cable as yours may be faulty or damaged in some way.

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Conclusion

At the end of this, you should be ready to sit down and enjoy a Blu-ray movie on your TV with your sound speaker blasting you with the noise. If you darken the lights, you may even feel like you are in the theater. 

Leave a comment below, telling us what you think of our review. We want to be able to help our readers to the best of our ability, and it is always nice to hear what we are doing right or what can be improved. Don’t forget to check out our other tutorials if you need additional help.

How to Test Amplifier Output with Multimeter

How to Test Amplifier Output with Multimeter

While working on your electrical project, you might come across an amplifier. An amplifier is an electrical device used to enhance any electrical signal, for those who don’t know. For instance, if you are a lover of loud and chest-thumping music, you will need an amplifier to increase the sound and quality of your speakers.

How to Test Amplifier Output with Multimeter
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That said, you don’t want to overpower your speakers as there is a decent chance that they might get damaged permanently. In order to avoid such inconvenience, first, you need to know how to test amplifier output with a multimeter.

Given the simplicity of an amplifier, you might be wondering why you would need to know how to use it? It is because there is more to amplifiers than meets the eye. For starters, you cannot use all amplifiers on all types of speakers. Not knowing how to use your amplifier, you might connect an incompatible amplifier to your speaker and end up blowing it.

How Does an Amplifier Work?

How Does an Amplifier Work?
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To get a better understanding of an amplifier, you need to know how it works. So before we share the steps to test an amplifier, we would like to share how an amplifier works. An amplifier has three main components that you need to know about.

Amplifier Power:

When you look at the amplifier, you will see a 12-volt power wire connected to the battery. You will also see a ground wire; this wire should be connected to the chassis ground, and the other wire is to turn on and off the amplifier.

Amplifier Input:

The RCA wire is where the input signal comes in. The RCA has three or more color-coded plugs extended to three color-coded jacks.

Amplifier Output:

The output wire is used to give you the amplified signal. This wire is also an RCA cable since RCA cables are best for carrying input and output signals for an amplifier.

Amplifier Type

Amplifier Type
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First off, you need to know what kind of amplifier you need and which you will be operating. From a basic amplifier such as a sandbox, simple speaker, or other sound sources to complicated amplifiers found in cars and other vehicles, they all have the same functionality but different looks. All of these amplifiers enhance the sound quality, but their working and power specifications are different.

If you are working on a car amplifier, you need to know everything about it. Most probably, you will find all the necessary information you need on your vehicle’s manual. Once you have an amplifier in front of you, you need to determine which wire is used for testing. Finding the testing wire is a bit tricky. At first, you might get confused between multiple cables.

Try to locate the main plug among those multiple wires. Doing so will make your search easier. Usually, the central pin with a 12-V mark or the close mark indicates the testing wire. If you can’t find the testing wire, you can refer to the manual or google the amp model to check its specifications and wiring.

How to Test Amplifier Output With a Multimeter

How to Test Amplifier Output With a Multimeter
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Those were some basics of an amplifier, so let’s proceed to the testing process.

Step 1: Prepare the Multimeter

When testing your amplifier with a multimeter, the first thing you should do is to get the multimeter ready for the testing process. The configuring process of a multimeter is easy and quick. In order to start the configuration process, you need to find the correct wires and sockets.

Start by connecting the black probe and a common socket, and the socket is most likely labeled as COM. After that, connect the red wire to the socket with a label A on it. If you are unsure which socket to connect the red wire to, pick the one with the highest amperage. In most cases, it’s the socket with the highest amperage to which you connect the red wire. That said, we would also recommend you confirm that by referring to the user manual of the amplifier.

After connecting the wires to their corresponding sockets, you need to turn the multimeter’s dial to the required settings. Different devices may have different settings, and therefore keep in mind that the wires will always connect to their corresponding sockets.

Step 2: Test your Amplifier

Basic or external amplifiers are easy to locate and operate. On the other hand, internal amplifiers such as those in your car need a bit of searching. That said, amplifiers in older vehicles are more accessible to locate than those in newer models. The latest vehicle models come with hidden amplifier settings. The best way to deal with them is to read the user manual to get an insight into what you are working with.

After locating the amplifier, you need to locate and check out its wires. As we mentioned earlier, the amplifier you are using might not have the same setting. That is where you refer to the provided manual and look for wires that can be tested, and those must be left out. After finding the correct wire, turn it on. You would see and could tell by the meter of the multimeter that your amplifier is working or not. In case your amplifier doesn’t work, you can repair or replace it as you see fit.

You may or may not understand the problem. Below are a few tips to understand the problem with the amplifier. You can use these tips to detect the fault and try to solve it, if possible.

  • If your amplifier does not start, the battery is likely either fused or not working on both sides. If that is the case, you will need to change the fuse.
  • Sometimes the protected mode is enabled. In such cases, you need to disconnect everything and assemble everything from the beginning. If the amplifier still isn’t running, that means there is nothing wrong with your amplifier. Your speaker or device might be damaged.
  • In case there is a problem with the output of your amplifier, you will have to check all the settings and the output source as well.
  • Commonly the output of your amplifier is either low or distorted. For instance, even on the highest volume, the output sound is low. It may be hearing some kind of noise in the background. In that case, you need to clear all the variables and reset all the settings. You can also try turning up and down the volume to see if that impacts the output and accordingly change settings. If the problem still goes on, that means that there is something wrong with your speakers.
  • Sometimes your amplifiers will turn on and off, so you will need to restart the whole system. You can also try to solve the problem by double-checking all the settings and the wiring. But if the latter doesn’t work, you will have to go to your last option, which is to restart it.

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Conclusion

A faulty amplifier could damage your speaker and devices. That’s why you need to ensure that your amplifier is functioning correctly. To ensure that your amplifier is working correctly, you need to test your amplifier and detect the fault. The best way to test your amplifier is to test it with a multimeter. We have shared the procedure you can follow to test your amplifier. You can use this procedure to detect the fault and try to solve the problem if possible. Just make sure to carefully follow the steps because there is a risk of messing things up. This testing process is simple, straightforward, and affordable as well.

Best Soundbar Without Subwoofer in 2022 – Reviews & Buyers Guide

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Premium Choice
Best Overall
Best Budget Pick
Description:
  • 2 Channels
  • Bass Reflex Speaker
  • S-Force PRO
Description:
  • All-new Sonos Arc
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Tuned to perfection
Description:
  • Beam
  • High definition sound
  • TV, music and more
  • Easy control 
5.0
4.9
4.6
Premium Choice
Description:
  • 2 Channels
  • Bass Reflex Speaker
  • S-Force PRO
5.0
Best Overall
Description:
  • All-new Sonos Arc
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Tuned to perfection
4.9
Best Budget Pick
Description:
  • Beam
  • High definition sound
  • TV, music and more
  • Easy control 
4.6

If you want to upgrade your TV-watching experience, it might be time to invest in a soundbar. Soundbars are not only affordable speakers, but they are so easy to set up and offer improved sound quality over your built-in TV speaker. That’s why soundbars are more popular than home theater speakers, AV (audiovisual) receivers, and subwoofers.

There are many soundbars in the market right now, and they are bound to offer better audio quality than your current built-in speakers. That’s because they offer clear sound, more than one sound mode, and can even work with your existing smart speakers. So, yes, you can talk to your soundbars through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

With many soundbars to choose from, finding the best one that suits your home can be challenging. But this guide will surely help you narrow it down to the perfect soundbar for your living room or even your home theater system.

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Choosing the Best Soundbar

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To test the quality of the best potential soundbars in 2022, we compared them against similarly priced models with a combination of movies and music.

Product specs were also considered, as well as account features like multiroom capabilities, the number of HDMI ports, high-resolution audio, Bluetooth connectivity, surround sound, or Dolby Atmos.

We considered the following factors in terms of choosing the best soundbars:

  • Sound Performance
  • Design
  • Connectivity
  • Device Controls

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Here Are Our Picks for the Best Soundbars of 2022:

Listed below is our shortlist for the best soundbar without a wireless subwoofer.

1. Sony HT-S100F

Premium Choice
Sony S100F 2.0ch Soundbar
  • 2 Channels
  • Bass Reflex Speaker
  • S-Force PRO
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The Sony HT-S100F is a prime choice for those working on a budget. Sony HT-S100F is a good soundbar with a 2.0 setup that has a very clear and accurate reproduction of voices. I was impressed at the maximum volume because this soundbar can get pretty loud while still performing well.

But it did struggle to produce some low bass frequencies. It has trouble reproducing the deep rumble and punch of bass which affects its performance with the bass-heavy music and movies. While it offers always-on surround sound, it will not give you the most immersive experience.

It lacks support for DTS and does not have any HDMI In inputs which can be frustrating for some users. Also, the HT-S100F is battery operated. The box comes with two AA batteries.

Overall Rating: 6/10

  • Sound Performance: 8/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Connectivity: 5/10
  • Device Controls: 5/10

Pros

  • Great for dialogue content
  • Performs well at maximum volume
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Lacks bass
  • No wireless connectivity
  • Runs on AA batteries

Sony HT-S100F Specs

Dimension:37.8″ x 14.7″ x 9.2″ (W x H x D)
Weight:6 lbs
Warranty:1 year
Wireless Connectivity:No
Dolby Atmos:No
DTS X:No
DTS Virtual X:No

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2. Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar

Best Overall
Sonos Arc
  • All-new Sonos Arc
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Tuned to perfection
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The Sonos Arc soundbar packs an immersive Dolby Atmos experience into a slim package. You will surely be impressed with the performance as it has 11 built-in speakers that envelop you in the sound, thanks to the positioning of the top and side speakers. The bass response is tight and deep because of the dual bass drivers within the Arc’s design. Everything is easily controlled with the Sonos S2 app from your mobile device.

Reviews are pretty good for the Sonos Arc, and you will understand why. Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar is the perfect smart soundbar that has all-in-one features. Customers also commended the easy setup: plug it into the wall with the supplied power cable and into the TV with the supplied HDMI cable and you’re all set. So if you really want to upgrade your sound quality at home, this is a great choice worth every dollar.

Overall Rating: 9/10

  • Sound Performance: 10/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Connectivity: 10/10
  • Device Controls: 9/10

Pros:

  • Built-in Google Assistance, Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2
  • Easily connected
  • Sonos is designed for music systems

Cons:

  • Higher price point
  • Relatively heavier and larger, not ideal for wall mount brackets

Sonos Arc Wireless Sound Bar specs

Dimensions: 3.4″ x 45″ x 4.5″ (W x H x D)
Weight:24.6 lbs
Wireless Connectivity:Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dolby Atmos:No
DTS X:No
DTS Virtual X:No

3. Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Smart Soundbar 700
  • Best Bose Soundbar
  • Built-in Alexa
  • TV Voice Control
  • Bose Simplesync Technology
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The Soundbar 700 contains four mid-range drivers, as well as a single-center channel driver. It is custom designed using Bose’s proprietary engineering, so the low-profile transducers provide exceptional clarity without requiring a bulky outer shell. Bose Soundbar 700 weighs 10.5 pounds, so it can sit on your entertainment center or TV stand or be mounted on the wall. Measurements are at 4.25 x 38.5 x 2.25 inches.

Distortion is virtually eliminated because of their “QuietPort Technology,” and their “PhaseGuide” allows for accurate sound directions. When tested, it gave us the full range of tones and sounds. It offers a wide array of input ports and connectivity alongside Bluetooth technology and Wi-Fi features. Lastly, it has built-in voice controls through Alexa and Google Assistant and additional remote control.

Most buyers give this Soundbar 700 a full five out of five stars. We really loved the customizable settings on the Bose app, so you can adjust it to sound like a full-on movie theater, even if you are just in your living room.

However, some customers found it tricky to set up. Reviews included comments like this was not a simple plug-in set up because you do need the app on a smartphone or tablet or voice control through a smart speaker. In addition, some experienced crashes and bugs on the app while starting.

The Soundbar 700 is a great high-end product for people looking to boost their home theater audio for an affordable price without purchasing a full surround sound system.

Overall Rating: 9/10

  • Sound Performance: 9/10
  • Design: 9/10
  • Connectivity: 8/10
  • Device Controls: 8/10

Pros:

  • Easily integrates with other Bose products, taking this from a 2.0 soundbar to full 5.1
  • Well-built to ensure durability over time
  • Supports Dolby and DTS series inputs, among others
  • Easy to set up

Cons:

  • Does not include full HDMI ports
  • The sound may become slightly distorted in larger spaces
  • Only upgrades through compatible Bose products

Sound Bar 700 Specs

Dimensions:31.5” x 1.75” x 4” (W x H x D)
Weight:7 lbs
Warranty:1 year
Watts:600
Wireless Connectivity:Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dolby Atmos:No
DTS X:No
DTS Virtual X:No

4. Sonos Beam

Best Budget Pick
Sonos Beam - Smart TV Sound Bar
  • Beam
  • High definition sound
  • TV, music and more
  • Easy control 
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The Sonos Beam is the smart, compact soundbar perfect for a rich, detailed sound that will fill your room – all for an affordable price. Sonos Beam offers easy control through a remote, your voice, or the Sonos app.

Sonos Beam is a light product at 6.2 pounds and 25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9 inches. What makes this unique is its part of a buildable surround sound system. You can add more Sonos products for a fantastic sound system – like Sonos One SLs for a surround sound system or Sonos Sub for added bass.

Customer reviews average 4.6 out of five stars, and with good reason. It already comes with an HDMI cable and has complete HDMI inputs, so you can use this to connect converters or analog audio for a better listening experience. The app even allows for settings such as “Ambient” surround setting or adjusting in between music and TV use.

The Sonos Beam offers a wealth of convenient features and produces exceptional sound for smaller rooms. Despite being a compact soundbar, you don’t have to worry about compromising audio quality or lacking Alexa voice control.

Overall Rating: 8/10

  • Sound Performance: 8/10
  • Design: 9/10
  • Connectivity: 7/10
  • Device Controls: 9/10

Pros:

  • Includes HMI ARC, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Exceptional sound in a compact, sleek design
  • Vocal Enhancement mode helps to optimize dialogue outputs
  • Great technology for smaller spaces

Cons:

  • Does not support Dolby Atmos
  • Complicated set up without HDMI ARC

Sonos Beam Compact Smart Sound Bar with Voice Control Specs

Dimensions:25.625” x 2.7” x 3.94”(W x H x D)
Weight:6.2 lbs
Warranty:1 year
Wireless Connectivity:Wi-Fi
Dolby Atmos:No
DTS X:No
DTS Virtual X:No

The best overall product is the Sonos Arc – it is the smartest all-in-one soundbar for surround sound right in your home without breaking your bank account. Next to the Sonos Arc, I can definitely recommend the Bose Soundbar 700 for surround sound speakers right at home.

Meanwhile, the Sony HT-S100F 2.0 is the best choice for a premium soundbar. That is, of course, if your budget and space permit. Otherwise, you would already be satisfied with the budget-friendly Sonos Beam.


Buyers’ Guide

Finding the perfect smart soundbar for your sound system at home depends a lot on your personal preferences. This includes the physical space you are working with, your budget, and your objectives with the speaker use.

Finding a smart soundbar with exceptional sound quality but no external subwoofer can be tricky, but hopefully, this buyer’s guide will be a big help. We tested out the most popular speakers in the market to come up with this short guide.

Before purchasing, here are some things you should know.

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Choose a soundbar with 3 or more channels.

With 3 or more channels, you can simulate surround sound for a more immersive experience without breaking your bank account. There are still 2-channel soundbars out there, but at this point, they are no more than glorified mini-stereos. So instead, opt for the soundbar with 3 or 5 channels and get as close as possible to a surround sound environment right in your home.

Consider where you want to place your soundbar.

Placement is essential because this will dictate the appropriate soundbar for you. For example, is it light enough to be wall-mounted or placed on the TV stand? Will it block the signal between your TV and remote?

In terms of aesthetics, your new soundbar shouldn’t be wider than your TV. We have tried and tested, and the perfect spot for the soundbar is centered beneath or above your TV!

Go with an active soundbar over the passive one.

Active soundbars come with built-in amplifiers, so it is definitely worth it as you’ll be saving space and not worrying about the power sources.

Passive soundbars do not have a built-in power amp, so you need an external receive or amplifier to work. However, they have better speakers, resulting in a great sound. However, these are more expensive, and you will have to connect more components, such as a traditional sub, if you want extra bass.

Getting an active soundbar will be sufficient to upgrade your audio at home. Passive soundbars are better suited for custom installations, like a full-blown Dolby Atmos system.

Pay attention to connectivity.

Most soundbars today come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to easily stream music, shows, or podcast from any gadget. Your soundbar is now a stereo, too.

Always check for HDMI switching so you can switch sources without re-routing your HDMI cables.

In the past few years, soundbars are now equipped with voice controls. As a result, you can use Alexa or Google Assistant to control your listening experience, which is an absolute convenience.

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Buy from an authorized dealer.

The soundbars we have recommended all come from reputable brands that are leading in the field of consumer electronics. Buying from an authorized dealer is the right move because you will get the manufacturer’s warranty, service, and support.

Don’t glaze over this because purchasing gadgets can get tricky, and you’ll want security if there is a problem in your unit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are customers’ most common questions, answered all in one place.

Can you add a subwoofer to a soundbar?

Many wireless soundbars ship with a wireless sub. The ones that don’t usually incorporate a woofer port allow you to add your own. However, if you want an even more immersive experience, you shouldn’t skip this!

What are Dolby Atmos soundbars?

Some newer soundbars in the market come with Dolby Atmos technology, which bounces the audio off ceilings to simulate a surround sound effect. It’s pretty good because it mimics the theater right in your house, but of course, it is not the real thing.

What is “Cinema Sound”?

Most soundbars have the “cinema sound,” “movieplex sound,” or “virtual surround sound” feature – which manufacturers claim will mimic actual home theater sound. In reality, this cinema sound adds a digital delay like reverb or echo. It is not the authentic home theater clear audio, but you feel that you are in a bigger room. Some soundbars perfected this, but it comes with a cost.

Can a soundbar be used as a center speaker?

Yes and no – some can, and some can’t. For example, a passive soundbar could potentially be used as a center channel speaker, but we don’t recommend this. Passive soundbars are not designed for this purpose, so they won’t shine if you force them to function as a center speaker in your home theater.

Conclusion

Thanks to the impressive technology for sound quality, you will find many soundbars and subs in the market. Take it from us that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for excellent sound quality in your home theater system.

Soundbars have built-in features that you will surely enjoy and easily customize through the remote control, voice controls, and mobile app. You don’t have to spend hours adjusting the wires or standing up and down from the couch to fix the connections.

Most importantly, you can certainly achieve a fantastic sound experience without a subwoofer. Choose the best soundbar that suits your needs and calibrate it so you can make the most out of your purchase.

Don’t Miss Out!

We can share an expert tip to do a full assessment of your needs and the room you are working with before making a purchase. These factors basically dictate the soundbar that you should get and how you can use it. So please don’t make the mistake of buying the soundbar you like and discovering later that it does not fit your home theatre.

Another thing to remember is to leave room for scaling up! For example, you can easily add an external or wireless subwoofer to build your speaker system for a full-blown entertainment center at home.

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