11 Best Soundbars Under $1000 for Your Own Home

11 Best Soundbars Under $1000 for Your Own Home

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Setting up a home theater can be quite costly and will take up a lot of space, especially for those big speakers. But if you are working on a limited space and budget but still want to have that theater sound quality, then soundbars are what you need.

This list will help you find the best-suited soundbar for you without breaking the bank because these are all below $1000. We will be exploring its features, the pros, and the cons. Let’s get started.

The Best Home Theater Soundbars Under $1000

Like what we’ve mentioned earlier, this list is for people who want theater-like sound quality without having to compromise space and money.

You might be skeptical if soundbars can really produce theater sound quality in such a small form factor but, it’s the real deal. It even gained a huge following in big forums upon release and demos. But if you’re really skeptical and really want to try it out, audio shops normally have theater rooms where you can audition different soundbars.

To further attest to what soundbars can do, some companies took it to the next level, like Sennheiser and Sony. For example, the Ambeo soundbar has the combined power of Sennheiser’s 13 drivers with Sony’s 360 Software that generates crystal clear sounds and can adjust the sound projected depending on the room size and shape. Sadly, it’s priced at $2500, which is way above our target $1000 amount.

Anyway, the list below will explore three important capabilities that a soundbar should have: the number of channels, surround sound capabilities, drivers, and connectivity.

Samsung HW-Q900T

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SAMSUNG HW-Q900T 7.1.2ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos/ DTS:X and Alexa Built-in (2020), Black
  • 3D TRUE SURROUND SOUND (DOLBY ATMOS AND DTS: X): Explore the depths of sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Dual technology that captures each distinct sound as it flows above and around you
  • TRUE 7.1.2CH SOUND: Soundbar Q900T consists of 7 channels, 1 subwoofer channel, and 2 up-firing channels for enveloping sound, powered by 16 speakers. Wide range speakers are positioned at both corner of the soundbar to produce an expanded sound stage delivering audio from all angles
  • Q-SYMPHONY: Breakthrough technology that synchronizes Samsung QLED TV speakers with the Q-Series soundbar speakers for fuller, more immersive, cinematic sound
  • ALEXA BUILT-IN VOICE ASSISTANT: Your soundbar comes with Alexa Built-in. Enjoy all the things you know and love about Alexa, with the advantage of powerful, optimized sound from your sound bar
  • ADAPTIVE SOUND: Soundbar Q900T analyzes your content to automatically deliver optimized sound based on each scene, letting you hear speech clearly even at the lowest volumes

Number 1 on the list is the HW-Q900T, priced at almost $1000. It offers a true 7.1.2 sound which means it has 7 channels, 1 active subwoofer channel, and 2 up-firing channels. For home theaters, this would mean a wider sound stage and more immersive surround sounds that will improve the overall movie experience.

When it comes to its drivers, the soundbar is powered by 16 speakers from Samsung Audio Labs that utilize 406 watts of power. It also supports the audio codecs of ATMOS, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby True HD, which will let you experience true high audio fidelity.

When it comes to connectivity, the HW-Q900T has 2 HDMI input channels and 1 HDMI output channel. This can come in handy if you want to connect two audio sources at the same time without having to plug and unplug every time. It also has 1 HDMI eARC port, great for syncing with ARC-compatible television sets, and will greatly reduce the cable clutter for your home theater. 

For smart TV capabilities, it can be enabled by using Samsung’s Smart Things Mobile App. Other connectivity features are Bluetooth (SBC), Wi-Fi, Spotify Connect, and a built-in Alexa program.

Polk Audio MagniFi Max Home Theater Soundbar

Polk Audio MagniFi Max Home Theater Sound Bar with 5.1 Dolby Digital Experience | Works with 4K & HD TVs | HDMI & Optical Cables, Wireless Subwoofer Included, Black
  • BIGGER, MORE DYNAMIC SOUND - Packed inside this slim and sleek sound bar 7 powerful drivers and tweeters produce exceptionally clear sound, more superior than any traditional sound bar
  • EXPERIENCE IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND WITH POLK's PATENTED SDA AUDIO TECHNOLOGY and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS decoding that creates an expansive surroundstage and detailed stereo image delivering an incredible room-filling listening experience, which is comparable to what you would experience in a concert or theater
  • Polk's exclusive Voice Adjust Technology even lets you INDEPENDENTLY CONTROL VOICE LEVELS maximizing sound clarity and minimizing voice delays and muzzled sounds. Equipped with INDEPENDENT MODES FOR MOVIES, MUSIC, AND SPORTS, it delivers balanced sound clarity so that you hear every word, making your movie, sports and music experience exquisite
  • WIRELESSLY STREAM MUSIC with GOOGLE CHROMECAST from your smartphone, tablet or other compatible Android devices for a multi-room system. You can now cast your favorite music tracks to your sound bar and enjoy unlimited playback using services like Pandora, Spotify and others. Connect to a host of smart devices, TV, speakers and enjoy high-quality sound instantly
  • ENDLESS CONNECTION OPTIONS - 3 HDMI Inputs (HDCP 2.2 compliant), 1 HDMI-ARC output for connecting your smart TV and other devices, an Optical port for Blu-Ray players and set-top box, and an Auxiliary Analog input for connecting any non-digital device with a 3.5 mm pin. In addition, you can connect a multitude of devices using Bluetooth, USB and Internet

Priced at $500, the Polk Audio MagniFi Max Home Theater Soundbar an excellent choice for home theaters. This soundbar is capable of producing true surround sound with its 5.1 sound channels through Dolby Digital, DTS, and the patented Polk Audio SDA surround technology.

The package includes one soundbar and one separate subwoofer capable of producing 340W of sound, it’s compact yet powerful. Inside the soundbar, you’ll find 1 mid-range driver, 2 tweeters, and 4 mid-range woofers. While in the subwoofer, you’ll find 1 eight-inch driver that is connected to the soundbar wirelessly.

Connectivity is what Polk Audio MagniFi Max shines. It has 3 built-in 4K HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI ARC output, 1 optical input, 1 auxiliary 3.5 mm input, and 1 Ethernet port. For wireless connections, it supports Bluetooth and WiFi, both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bandwidth with 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC. It also supports Google Home and Chromecast. 

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

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Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
  • Designed slim and engineered powerful for a better sound experience that won't get in the way of your TV screen
  • Built in voice assistants, like Alexa and the Google Assistant, with superior voice pickup from a noise rejecting eight microphone Array
  • With Wi Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple airplay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want
  • Play integrated music services like Spotify, music and audible through Bluetooth or Wi Fi connections
  • Control comes easy with three different ways to manage what you hear: voice, Bose music app, or included remote

The Smart Soundbar 700 of Bose is another great choice for your compact home theater-compact, great-sounding, and affordable.

But if you’re looking for surround sound capabilities, then the Soundbar 700’s stereo output might be a deal-breaker. For it to have surround sound, the Soundbar 700 needs to be paired with other Bose products using the Bose mobile app. So, if you want to go ahead the prepare to have your wallet ready to incur additional costs.

Inside the soundbar, there are four custom-designed proprietary mid-range speakers and a central tweeter that drives clear and crisp sounds from your movie. Bose has combined these powerful drivers with its propriety PhaseGuide technology that guides the soundwaves to different directions that creates the illusion of a wide soundstage.

Another feature that gives it a competitive edge is the ADAPTiQ input. What it does is: it uses its built-in microphones to sense the acoustics of your room and optimizes the output audio accordingly. This technology is similar to Sony’s 360 software, and they are both proprietaries to their respective companies.

Connectivity-wise, the Bose Soundbar 700 supports Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI ARC, ethernet connection, and optical connection.

Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam - Smart TV Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black
  • Beam - The smart, compact soundbar for TV, music, and more.
  • High definition sound - Experience rich, detailed sound for your TV that fills the entire room.
  • TV, music and more - Play music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games.
  • Easy control - Control Beam with your voice, remote, the Sonos app, and more.
  • Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback (Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes, and other factors)

Although lacking in the surround sound capability because it only has stereo output, the Beam is still an excellent soundbar choice due to its affordable price and great sound quality. 

The great audio quality of the soundbar comes from its four full-range woofers and one tweeter powered by class D amplifiers. People who are knowledgeable in audio electronics might worry about the overheating issues with class D amplifiers, and that’s why the Beam has three passive radiators to keep the soundbar cool.

Surround sound is a must in home theaters, so if you want to build it with the Beam, you’ll need to set it up using the Sonos app. Aside from the app, you’ll also need the same Sonos product to enable it. So, for example, if you want to use the Sonos Beam as surround speakers, you’ll need to buy another Beam to make it work. 

For physical connection, it has a single HDMI ARC port, a single ethernet port, and an optical audio port. But if you want a wireless connection, the Beam supports both 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n wifi connection or through Apple AirPlay 2.

Samsung HW-S60T

SAMSUNG HW-S60T 4.0ch All-in-One Soundbar with Alexa Built-in (2020) and SAMSUNG SWA-W500 Wireless Subwoofer - 10" (SWA-W500/ZA, 2020)
  • SIDE HORN SPEAKER WITH SAMSUNG ACOUSTIC BEAM - Experience a panoramic and room-filling sound with dual-sided horn speakers and Samsung Acoustic Beam Technology
  • KVADRAT DESIGN - Elegant design refined by Kvadrat. The perfect accent for any interior.
  • DEEP BASS: Maintains crisp detail at low frequencies by adding depth for consistent, powerful audio.
  • WIRELESS SUBWOOFER: Enhance your soundbar's audio with intense, rich bass throughout the room — wirelessly.

From Samsung’s soundbar lineup, the HW-S60T is another exceptional choice. Though slim-looking, it can support 4 sound channels, a good feature if you’re looking for surround sound capabilities.

Sound is driven by 4 front speakers and 2 side-firing speakers that utilize Samsung’s Acoustic Beam which can give the illusion of sound coming from above. Although it has a built-in subwoofer for your low-frequency needs, it may feel lacking at times, so you might need to buy a dedicated subwoofer.

The HW-S60T lacks an HDMI eARC. Thus, it only supports Dolby Audio and DTS audio codecs. This can be a deal-breaker, especially if you want to try out Blu-ray movies or streaming services that support Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Atmos, and DTS:X.

Connectivity-wise, it only has 1 HDMI that supports ARC and 1 optical input. A bit lacking, but for the price it has, it’s understandable. For wireless connections, it supports Bluetooth SBC and WiFi. When connected to your wireless network, it can support playback from streaming services and can be controlled seamlessly through Samsung’s SmartThings Mobile App.

Razer Leviathan Soundbar System

When we think of Razer, we think of gaming and flashy RGB lights. And that’s right, the Razer Leviathan was made for gaming, but it’s also surprisingly good for home theaters. If we think about it, both movies and games require immersive sounds to fully engross their audience. So, it’s not really surprising that the Leviathan can also deliver captivating movie sounds. 

The Leviathan Soundbar System supports a 5.1 type of channel which means it can fully provide playback for movies having surround sound. For audio codecs, it can fully support Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and Dolby Virtual Speaker. Truly lacking but considering its price point and being catered for gamers, it’s understandable. In its arsenal of sound drivers, it has 2 full-range drivers, 2 tweeter drivers, and 1 dedicated passive subwoofer.

Connectivity is its major downsides. For physical connections, the Razer Leviathan has no HDMI ports and only has two inputs: a 3.5 mm auxiliary input and optical input. And for wireless connectivity, it only supports Bluetooth aptX. Very lacking, but again considering that this product only has a $200 price tag, it’s understandable.

Yamaha SR-B20A Soundbar

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YAMAHA SR-B20A Sound Bar with Built-in Subwoofers and Bluetooth
  • Built-in subwoofers for deep bass in one slim sound bar
  • Clear Voice for enhanced dialogue clarity
  • DTS Virtual: X virtual 3D surround sound
  • Bluetooth streaming that allows easy switching between two devices
  • Simple setup with HDMI or optical

Yamaha is well known for producing musical instruments, but they also produce good audio equipment such as studio monitors, amplifiers, and components. And, the SR-B20A is an attempt to enter the growing market demand for soundbars.

The sound capabilities of the SR-B20A can be considered decent considering it only has a price of $200. It has a 2.1 type of sound channel. So, if you’re looking for true surround sound capabilities, then this soundbar is not for you.

Audio codecs that it supports are DTS:X and Dolby Digital Audio. But like we’ve mentioned, this is not true surround capability, it only tries to imitate surround sound purely through digital sound processing.

For its sound drivers, it has two 1.8 inch, cone-shaped speakers, two 1 inch dome tweeters, and two built-in cone subwoofers. All of these drivers only have an output of 100W so don’t expect too much from it, especially if you place it in a large room. 

When it comes to connectivity, it has 1 HDMI arc port and 2 optical inputs. And for wireless options, it only has Bluetooth capability. These options are already decent when considering its $200 price tag.

Sony HT-S350

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Sony HT-S350 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer: S350 2.1ch Sound Bar and Powerful Subwoofer - Home Theater Surround Sound Speaker System for TV - Blutooth and HDMI Arc Compatible Bar Black
  • Ultimate Home Theater Upgrade: Sony 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System With Wireless Subwoofer for Optimized Audio
  • Audio Comes Alive:320W total power output brings content to life with incredible volume and clarity
  • Powerful Subwoofer: Large 6.30 Inches Speaker Unit and 6.16 Gallon Volume for a Deeper, Richer Bass Sound
  • S-Force Pro: Virtual Surround Sound Technology Emulates a Theater-Style Surround Sound Experience
  • 7 Sound Modes: Choose from Auto Sound, Cinema, Music, Game, News, Sports, and Standard Audio Mode

Priced at $280, the Sony HT-S350 is a great soundbar choice for those who are on a tight budget. This soundbar operates on a 2.1 sound channel-stereo output plus a dedicated wireless subwoofer.

Inside the soundbar, you’ll find two main drivers that generate the left and right audio. It also has a specially designed chamber that improves the overall sound delivered by the drivers. In the subwoofer, you’ll find a large 16 cm driver and a 28-liter chamber that delivers rich and deep low-end frequency. All of these drivers are powered by an S-Master digital amplifier, made and designed by Sony, that produces a total of 320W power output.

Although the Sony HT-S350 is compatible with Dolby audio, it mostly utilizes Sony’s own audio codec and the S-Force PRO, a virtual surround processing technology like DTS:X.

For connections, it has 1 HDMI ARC output and 1 optical input. And for wireless connections, it has no WiFi capabilities but supports Bluetooth 5.0.

Samsung Soundbar HW-T550

SAMSUNG HW-T550 2.1ch Soundbar with Dolby Audio / DTS Virtual:X (2020)
  • 3D SURROUND SOUND - The captivating experience of DTS Virtual: X turns your living room into a theater. Powerful 3D surround sound comes to life by recreating sound that makes you feel like you're in the scene
  • BLUETOOTH MULTI CONNECTION - Seamlessly switch between two different connected smart devices
  • BLUETOOTH MULTI CONNECTION - Seamlessly switch between two different connected smart devices
  • SMART SOUND - The soundbar detects what you’re watching and automatically optimizes the sound setting for the best entertainment experience
  • OPTIMIZED GAMING SOUND - Connect your console to the soundbar to boost your gaming experience. Optimize sound, while offering clear directional sound to gain the advantage

The HW-T550 is a decent soundbar option in the $200 price range. It has a 2.1 sound channel-the soundbar for the stereo and one dedicated passive subwoofer. 

Although it may seem to be advertised on the Samsung website as having surround capabilities, it’s not true surround sound. Because like the Yamaha SR-B20A, the Samsung Soundbar T550 takes advantage of DTS:X to reproduce surround sounds even if the device only has stereo channels.

The Samsung HW-T550 has a total of 5 speakers, which is capable of producing 320W of power. Audio codecs supported are Dolby Digital and DTS Virtual:X.

For wired connections, it has 2 HDMI ports, 1 in and 1 out, and both are compatible with ARC and CEC. It also has 1 optical input. And for its wireless connectivity, it doesn’t have WiFi capabilities, only Bluetooth.

Sony S100F

Sony S100F 2.0ch Soundbar with Bass Reflex Speaker, Integrated Tweeter and Bluetooth, (HTS100F), easy setup, compact, home office use with clear sound black
  • Straight from the theater to your home: easy set-up, built-in tweeter, 2-ch speaker with simple Bluetooth connection
  • Deep sound with Bass Reflex speaker
  • High power with a slim design that matches any room and is perfect for small living spaces
  • Voice enhancement feature is great for TV content with hushed dialogue, or to make conference call participants easier to hear
  • Easy TV set up with HDMI ARC

Having a price tag of $98, this affordable Sony soundbar is the best option you’ve got if you’re on a very tight budget. The soundbar only operates on a stereo channel, so it has no true surround sound capability.

Inside the soundbar, you’ll find two main drivers, one for the left channel and one for the right channel, that is driven by Sony’s S-Master digital amplifier. 

The soundbar is compatible with audio codecs such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono, and LPCM. Although it only has stereo capabilities, it tries to imitate surround sound through Sony’s S-Force, a technology similar to DTS:X, which generates surround-like sounds through digital sound processing.

For connectivity, it has 1 HDMI ARC output and 1 optical input. This has no WiFi connective and only supports wireless connection through Bluetooth 4.2.

BYL Bestisan 2.1 Channel Soundbar

120Watt Sound bar, BESTISAN 2.1 Channel SoundBar Subwoofer, Wireless Bluetooth and Wired Home Theater Speakers for TV (Bluetooth 5.0 Version, 2020 Model)
  • New Arrival: Slim and understated Design, Wired Subwoofer for Deep Bass, High-Performance Connectivity, Big Power(Max up to 120 watt). Sound bar original advanced bass extension processing and Noise-free technology delivers powerful bass for enhanced performance.
  • 2.1 channel 120 Watt: The sound bar houses a digital amp and four cone speakers with large magnets to deliver booming sound with crystal-clear audio quality. Less than 1% total harmonic distortion ensures enhanced clarity and fidelity.
  • DSP Technology: Thanks to the Digital Signal Processing, can raises the level of Movie/Music/Dialog while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies, TV shows, sports and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.
  • Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Transmission: Bluetooth wireless transmission technology, strong anti-interference, lossless audio transmission, 360-degree sound, let you have a high-quality home audio system, enjoy the luxury of music.
  • Make Your TV into a Home Theatre: This Sound bar turns your television into a complete home theater entertainment system. This is our new 2020, advanced technology and perfect appearance to make you enjoy the sound feast.

In this list, the BYL Bestisan Soundbar is the cheapest option, you can get one for a price below $90, that still delivers decent audio quality for a home theater. So, this audio equipment is for those who are on a very tight budget. 

As its product name implies, the BYL Bestisan doesn’t have surround sound capability-only stereo sound capabilities. Inside the equipment, you’ll find 4 full-range sound drivers with a dedicated passive subwoofer. Pretty good for its price tag.

For wired connections, it has 1 optical input, 1 coaxial input, a 3.5 mm input jack, a 3.5 mm output jack, and a USB port. And for wireless connectivity, the BYL Bestisan supports Bluetooth 5.0 connection but doesn’t have WiFi capabilities. It’s definitely lacking, but again considering the price point, it’s understandable.

Final Thoughts 

Soundbars are great options if you want to experience theater-like sound quality in your home for a lesser cost. Aside from using the list above to select the best soundbar for a home theater, you’ll need to consider your budget, room size, and connectivity.

Per price point, there are a lot of available soundbars. After considering your budget, list down the possible product and brand options. If possible, try them out in the nearest audio shop in your area to check which sounds good for you.

The bigger the room, the larger sound output you’ll need. You can look it up on the product sheet under the specification total sound output in watts and decibel. 

Buying a soundbar only to find out it’s not compatible with your home theater can be a headache. So, be sure to check if your system supports connections such as HDMI, optical output, WiFi, or auxiliary.

Related Questions

Is any soundbar better than TV speakers?

Yes, is the simple answer to this question. But if we consider the prices of the televisions, then the answer might be different. 

For example, let’s say we bought a television with a built-in speaker having a price of $600, then a regular soundbar will definitely sound better. But let’s say the television is Sony’s top-of-the-line Z8H. A regular soundbar might not be able to compete with the sound it produces. So you’ll need to buy a pricier soundbar worthy of competing with it.

What is the best soundbar under $100?

Hands down, the best soundbar under $100 to this is Sony’s S100F. You won’t find any soundbar that produces exceptional sounds under $100 with an HDMI ARC port and a codec that imitates surround sound through digital processing. 

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