Your TV’s speakers probably aren’t much to write home about. Don’t feel bad; few are, and there is a cost-effective way to hear dialogue more clearly and up the ante with film soundtracks.
A soundbar or soundbase is an easy and simple solution to boost your TV’s sound performance without cluttering your lounge with multiple speakers and a chunky AV amplifier. You just pop it in front of (soundbar) or beneath (soundbase) the TV and voila, you’re all set!
And the good news just keeps coming, because there are some great cheap TV soundbars and soundbases, as well as some excellent more premium options if you’re partnering with a bigger, more expensive TV. The best will offer pseudo surround sound, while some models even support next-generation Dolby Atmos for a sense of overhead, truly immersive sound.
Here’s our pick of the best Boxing Day s prices on our favourite TV sound-boosting solutions.
Sonos Playbase (white)
£699 £549 at Amazon
What this Sonos soundbase offers is simplicity, style, a sonic upgrade over any flatscreen telly in existence and currently, a serious saving. You’ll also get seamless, simple multi-room integration and almost limitless musical options. An ideal buy for Sonos fans. View Deal
£60 £50 at Currys
Not a huge saving, but then this budget soundbar was very good at its original £60 price. If you’ve got a flatscreen that is struggling for sound but are on a tight budget, “this honest, hard-working little JVC is well worth an audition,” we said in our four-star review.View Deal
JBL Bar Studio (Black) soundbar
£129 £99 at Richer Sounds
This four-star JBL is a fine budget upgrade on your TV speakers – especially with a £30 discount. HDMI, optical and Bluetooth support are all included along with a wall mount kit, optical cable and 3.5mm AUX cable bundled in. Worth a look for some solid, cheap soundbar action.View Deal
£389 £329 at Amazon
Sonos’s soundbar adds some audio oomph to your films, TV shows and games. Voice control comes as standard, plus like other Sonos speakers, it plays nice with other devices too. A great home cinema upgrade.View Deal
Sky Soundbox soundbar
£499 £249 at Sky
Sky’s soundbar-cum-wireless-speaker delivers a big sound from a small box. It has 4K-supporting HDMI input/output connections and a digital optical input, plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity for music. For existing and potential Sky customers, the Soundbox is a success and, at £249, it’s now competitively priced.View Deal
LG SK8 Dolby Atmos soundbar Bluetooth
£699 £299 at Currys
LG’s high-tech SK8 packs Dolby Atmos tech into a 2.1-channel soundbar to deliver more immersive sound from your movies. The LG also boasts support for hi-res audio, Chromecast and Bluetooth, plus an HDMI input and wireless subwoofer. A serious sound-boosting proposition for the money.View Deal
Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar
£350 £249 at Sevenoaks
You can now save £100 on this five-star soundbar from Yamaha. It’s a clear step above entry-level models in terms of quality, with a detailed and spacious soundfield and tight, tonally balanced delivery. Take advantage of Bluetooth connectivity and the soundbar’s single 4K-compatible HDMI input.View Deal
Sony HT-ST5000 Atmos soundbar
£1500 £999 at John Lewis
This Award-winning Dolby Atmos Sony soundbar can now be had with a huge saving on its original price. It produces a seriously accomplished sound and does a great job of immersing you in the action. At this price, it’s well worth an audition and boasts three HDMI inputs for all your 4K and HD sources.View Deal