So you want to buy a new Bluetooth soundbar for your TV but you’re feeling overwhelmed with the number of available options.
There are lots of great reasons to buy a soundbar, they not only improve the sound quality of your TV but also help with cable management.
I was having a hard time deciding which Bluetooth soundbar to buy for my new TV, so I decided to write this post to help anyone in a similar situation.
Let’s take a look at some of the top-rated Bluetooth soundbars for TVs:
Best Bluetooth Soundbars for TVs:
1 Majority K2 150W Soundbar Surround Sound System
To start off the list, the Majority K2 is a mid-range soundbar that has lots of great features. For one, it accepts a wide range of connection options, such as Bluetooth, Aux 3.5 mm, USB, HDMI ARC, and optical cable. HDMI ARC is particularly useful because it allows you to control the soundbar’s volume from your TV’s remote.
Besides the extensive connector options, the K2 comes with an external moderately sized wireless subwoofer, so you can expect deep bass. The subwoofer looks like a box, and you can place it anywhere in your room to enrich the audio. The soundbar and subwoofer automatically pair when you turn them on, no setup required.
One point worth mentioning is the subwoofer doesn’t have any inputs, it only connects to the soundbar over Bluetooth, you can’t directly connect to it from other devices. Other than that, for what you get, the K2 is an excellent soundbar bundle.
2 BOMAKER 37-inch Sound Bar for TV
The Bomaker Odine I 2.0 is a mid-range soundbar that is great for new TVs because it’s quite large (37 inches) and capable of powerful audio. As you might expect, it supports a wide range of connectors, such as optical, aux, USB, and Bluetooth.
When it comes to power, this soundbar is a beast. It can deliver a rich 110 dB of crisp audio and powerful bass, thanks to the built-in subwoofer. There are multiple audio modes too. The downside is it doesn’t have a battery and must be plugged in at all times.
Since the speakers are further apart in the soundbar, the virtual surround sound feature is more enhanced, making it a good choice for home theatres.
Besides that, this soundbar outperforms most brand-name soundbars at a much more budget-friendly price point. Overall, a big and powerful soundbar that can deliver excellent audio. Definitely worth a look.
3 Majority Snowdon II Soundbar with Built-In Subwoofer Surround Sound
The Majority Snowdon II Bluetooth soundbar is a great mid-range product. With an 81 cm length, it will fit nicely on most TV stands, and it’s definitely an improvement on junky TV speakers.
As for connectors, along with Bluetooth, it supports RCA audio, optical (recommended), and 3.5 mm. It does not have an HDMI port for HDMI ARC.
On the side, you’ll find buttons to control the volume and you can also control the soundbar with the included remote. What I liked about the Majority Snowdon II is the large remote. With the remote, you can control all kinds of settings, including the bass and treble of the built-in subwoofer.
4 PC Soundbar, Wired and Wireless Home Theater Soundbar
While this Bluetooth soundbar is geared towards PCs, it works just as well with a TV. Right off the bat, the most noticeable feature is the price. It’s a very budget-friendly Bluetooth soundbar, and a great alternative to monitor speakers.
As for size, at 17 inches, it’s in the middle to small category. For ports, it has an aux and RCA ports. The power is supplied via a USB cable which you can plug into a USB port on your computer. It does have an internal rechargeable battery with a rated 10 hours of lifetime.
In the box, you’ll get the charging cable, a remote control, an aux cable, and even an RCA cable. A good choice for people on a budget.
Bluetooth Sound Bars for TV Compact with RGB LED Display
Here’s an interesting soundbar with a unique feature, an RGB light strip that can display 4 colors. The lighting strip is perfect for people with other RGB equipment such as computers or other backlit decorations. You can change the lighting with the remote control.
Besides that, the audio quality is decent too. It doesn’t have an internal subwoofer but it still delivers undistorted audio at a good volume. Downsides? It only supports aux and bluetooth, and there’s no battery.
Other than that, the RGB lighting adds a nice touch, and the sound quality is similar to what you would expect from a budget-friendly soundbar. I say it’s good value for the money, although in the lower-end category.
Soundbar Buying Guide
While there are lots of factors to consider when buying a Bluetooth soundbar for a TV, I broke them down into bite-sized chunks for you. Here are the most important features to look for when buying a soundbar:
HDMI ARC Support
Most audiophiles will recommend using an HDMI cable to connect your soundbar to a TV or other audio source. The reason for that is HDMI is capable of carrying high-resolution audio, much higher than the other connector options. HDMI ARC soundbars tend to be a bit more expensive.
Optical Cable Support
The second best way to connect a soundbar would be an optical cable, it’s also the most common. There are plenty of budget-friendly soundbars that support optical cable. While Bluetooth is the most convenient for streaming music, the sound quality is not the best for movies or video games.
Not many soundbars will mention the Bluetooth version they use because it’s not the most important feature. Nevertheless, I suggest looking over the list of specifications and see if they mention a Bluetooth version, it should be above 4.0, ideally 5.0.
You might have seen brand-name soundbars that are in the hundreds of dollars range, but there are plenty of budget choices too, like the ones we listed above.
I personally recommend soundbars that are between $50 to $100 for budget-minded shoppers. The cheaper soundbars tend to cut corners on the important features that you need.
What’s the Difference Between a Bluetooth Speaker and Bluetooth Soundbar?
While a soundbar is technically a speaker, it’s a specific category of long speakers designed to be placed on a TV stand. The main difference between a Bluetooth speaker and a soundbar is the appearance.
It’s hard to say which device is better because they both deliver great audio. What it comes down to is which one works for your situation. Speakers don’t usually have multiple connection options besides Bluetooth and 3.5mm, so they’re not suitable for TVs.
Now that you know more about soundbars, it shouldn’t be hard to make a decision that suits your equipment. I suggest getting a soundbar that has a wired connection to your TV, either through HDMI or optical because that will deliver the highest quality audio.