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Sometimes TV manufacturers cut corners to get the price down for consumers. TV companies are more likely to pour more money into a new 4K TVs display, for example, than into its speakers and audio quality. The end result is a serviceable audio experience that isn’t very clear, loud, detailed, or rich.
However, using a soundbar can boost a TV’s audio quality at an inexpensive price. We rounded up the best soundbars at a low cost from across the internet. It doesn’t matter what kind of TV you own — you can use a soundbar to immerse yourself into your favorite movies and TV shows.
Here are the best soundbars under $300 to enhance your home audio.
The Bose Solo 5 TV sound system offers a sleek and slim design that’s built to be the perfect complement to your 4K TV. This soundbar wirelessly connects to your 4K TV via Bluetooth. However, if you have a non-Bluetooth-enabled TV, it comes with cables to give your home audio the proper boost.
The Bose Solo 5 TV sound system usually retails for $249, but it’s now on sale for just $199 at Walmart.
Shop it: Bose Solo 5 TV sound system, $199 (was $249), walmart.com
This Yamaha (YAS-207BL) soundbar is slim to match just about any TV, while it comes with a wireless subwoofer that supports Bluetooth. It also features DTS Virtual:X 3D surround sound for a crystal clear and immersive viewing experiences.
This soundbar isn’t only for TVs either. You can also stream your favorite tunes via smartphone and Bluetooth. It comes with HDMI, as well as optical or analog cables for older TV models.
Amazon has the Yamaha YAS-207BL Soundbar on sale for $230, or $70 off its retail price of $300.
Shop it: Yamaha YAS-207BL Soundbar, $230 (was $300), amazon.com
This Sony soundbar system features a 5-inch wireless subwoofer to give your home audio some life with cinematic audio and heart-thumping bass. It’s sleek and ultra-slim to fit with your TV set and living room, while it can also connect to your laptop or smartphone with Bluetooth technology.
It comes with a remote control to effortlessly navigate it while you’re on your couch watching your favorite movies and TV shows. The Sony HT-CT290 2.1 Channel Soundbar System is now on sale for $198, or $80 off its list price at Walmart.
Shop it: Sony HT-CT290 2.1 Channel Soundbar System, $198 (was $278), walmart.com
AmazonBasics has its own soundbar for sale and it’s a good budget device. For only $100, the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar features a built-in subwoofer, so there’s no need for additional speakers for your home audio setup. This 31.5-inch soundbar is all you need to enhance the audio of your favorite movies and TV shows. It’s also a Bluetooth device, so it can seamlessly sync with just about any Bluetooth-enabled TV, smartphone, and laptop.
Shop it: AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar, $100, amazon.com
The 2.0 Channel “TV Mate” from Samsung is an easy-to-use soundbar, which requires a TV that’s 32 inches or larger. It connects via Bluetooth for a wireless experience, or HDMI for a wired connection. No matter how you connect it to your TV, you’re going to get instant dialogue clarity, an audio boost, and deep bass.
No surprise, but it works better with Samsung 4K TVs than any other name brand because it uses the same remote that came with the TV. If you have a TV from a different brand, you’ll have to use the Samsung Audio Remote App for Android devices or iPhones.
This Samsung “TV Mate” soundbar is now on sale for $168, or $62 off its list price at Walmart.
Shop it: Samsung 2.0 Channel "TV Mate" Soundbar, $168 (was $230), walmart.com
If you’re looking for a budget soundbar for your TV, then the TaoTronics soundbar is a good pick. For only $70, you can get audio that’s compatible with Bluetooth, RCA cables, and optical ports, so you’ll have options for whatever TV setup you have in your home.
This is ideal for older and newer TVs alike, delivering solid audio quality that should enhance your TV model’s existing sound. It even comes with a remote to make it easier to navigate and control.
Shop it: TaoTronics Soundbar for TV, $70, amazon.com
The VIZIO 2.0-Channel Sound Bar is a surprisingly worthy pick, if you want the most bang for your buck. It’s the only soundbar on this list that’s made for home and portable use, thanks to its ultra slim design. It enhances your audio with loud, yet clear, sound reproduction from a trusted budget brand.
We’re usually impressed with VIZIO gear, and this soundbar is no different. For only $68 (was $78), you’ll get a lot of bells and whistles, namely DTS Virtual:X surround sound and a sleek design at a very low cost.
Shop it: VIZIO 2.0-Channel Soundbar, $68 (was $78), walmart.com
The LG SK8Y 2.1 ch High Resolution Audio Soundbar might be pricy (in fact, it’s the most expensive soundbar on this list), but it’s worth every penny because of its premium audio quality, Dolby Atoms support, and completely wireless design. It also comes with a Bluetooth-enabled subwoofer to really beef up your home audio.
Amazon has this soundbar on sale for $268, or $232 off its list price. That’s nearly a 50 percent savings!
Shop it: LG SK8Y 2.1 ch High Res Audio Soundbar, $268 (was $500), amazon.com
The Sony 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar features full movie theater-like surround sound that’s wall-mountable with a built-in subwoofer for deeper bass. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, or wired with USB for consistent audio quality. This soundbar’s all-in-one wireless design is all you need to enhance your TV’s audio. It’s even capable of streaming music and podcasts from your smartphone.
This Sony soundbar is now on sale for $148, or $52 off its list price on Amazon.
Shop it: Sony 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar, $148 (was $200), walmart.com
The VIZIO SmartCast 38-inch 3.1 Channel Soundbar System delivers crystal clear audio from your TV or smartphone via Chromecast. You read that right — this soundbar comes with a built-in Chromecast device, so you can stream music and podcast from your smartphone with ease. It also comes with a subwoofer for a deeper and richer audio experience.
This soundbar is on sale for $158, or $40 off its list price at Walmart.
Shop it: VIZIO SmartCast 38-inch 3.1 Channel Soundbar System, $158 (was $198), walmart.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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