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The 5 Best All-In-One Soundbars - Black Friday 2021 Reviews

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If you don't have a lot of space in your living room, a standalone soundbar is a great option for upgrading your TV speakers. These setups are designed to offer an immersive listening experience without the need for a dedicated subwoofer or satellite speakers. Thanks to side-firing and up-firing drivers built into the bar, many all-in-one setups can play surround and Dolby Atmos content, too.

We've tested over 120 soundbars, and below you'll find the best soundbars without subwoofers to buy. You can also see our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best small soundbars.


  1. Best All-In-One Soundbar: Bose Smart Soundbar 900

    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.5
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.7
    Music
    7.3
    Movies
    Channels
    5.0.2

    The best soundbar without subwoofer that we've tested is the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. This premium 5.0.2 soundbar uses Bose's PhaseGuide technology to create a wide, immersive soundstage. There are two up-firing drivers built into the bar that bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height when you watch Atmos content.

    Its ADAPTiQ room correction feature automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustics. With this feature turned on, it has a pretty neutral sound profile that reproduces voices and lead instruments clearly. It gets pretty loud, and there's even built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you can control the bar using your voice.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't have a Full HDMI In port, so you can't use it for 4k or HDR10 passthrough. Also, like most standalone setups, it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in the low-bass, so it isn't ideal for bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. However, you can always upgrade it down the line with a separate sub and satellites as the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module if you prefer.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With More Bass: Sonos Arc

    Channels
    5.0.2

    If you're looking for a standalone soundbar that reproduces a slightly more extended low-bass, check out the Sonos Arc. While it isn't Bluetooth-compatible like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900, some listeners may prefer that you can hear a little more thump and rumble in the low bass. This premium 5.0.2 soundbar also has an impressive soundstage performance, thanks to its side-firing speakers that reflect sound off the walls and back towards you. With its Trueplay room correction feature turned on, it has a pretty neutral, though slightly bright, sound profile suitable for many types of audio content. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant.

    If you want a better-built soundbar with more wireless playback options, check out the Bose. However, if you want a premium bar with a more extended low-bass, consider the Sonos instead.

    See our review

  3. Best All-In-One Soundbar With An Integrated Subwoofer: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.5
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.6
    Music
    7.8
    Movies
    Channels
    5.1.4

    The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar is the best standalone soundbar with an integrated subwoofer that we've tested. This 5.1.4 setup has a very unique design, with 13 speakers and an integrated subwoofer built into the bar itself. As a result, it can reproduce a much more extended low-bass than other standalone bars we've tested, meaning you can feel more thump and rumble in your audio.

    With its room correction feature on and its bass set to '6', this soundbar's frequency response is pretty neutral, and you can use its graphic EQ to add more punch and thump in the bass range. Its AMBEO 3D mode helps create a very immersive listening experience with surround and Atmos content. It gets very loud, although there's a bit of compression when pushed to max volume.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar's large, bulky, and heavy design may not be suitable for some listeners, especially since it can block the bottom of your TV screen. Also, its value may not be worth it for some users compared to the Sonos Arc or the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. That said, this premium soundbar is still a solid choice for listeners who want to feel the thump and rumble in their audio.

    See our review

  4. Best Small All-In-One Soundbar: Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.4
    Music
    7.1
    Movies
    Channels
    5.0

    The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is the best all-in-one soundbar with a small design that we've tested. This premium 5.0 soundbar has a similar design to the original Sonos Beam, but it adds support for Dolby Atmos content. Despite its small size, it can still offer an impressive soundstage performance, so audio seems to come from all around you.

    If you have a compatible iOS device, you can use the Trueplay room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustic characteristics. With this feature turned on, it has a pretty neutral sound profile with a little extra punch in the bass range. You can even control the bar with your voice, thanks to its built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Unfortunately, this small soundbar doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression when you push it to max volume. It also doesn't offer many wireless playback options, which might disappoint listeners who want to stream audio to the bar via Bluetooth. That said, it still supports Wi-Fi connectivity.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget All-In-One Soundbar: TCL Alto 8i

    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    6.9
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.2
    Music
    6.6
    Movies
    Channels
    2.1

    The TCL Alto 8i is the best soundbar without subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested. This unique 2.1 setup has front-firing drivers built into the bar to create the illusion of height when watching Dolby Atmos content. The manufacturer says it's Roku TV Ready, so it's easy to pair it with your existing Roku TV.

    This soundbar has a punchy, boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, so voices and lead instruments are still reproduced quite clearly. You can also use its bass and treble adjustments to create a more neutral sound profile if you prefer. There's even a Dolby Virtual Surround mode advertised to help create a more immersive movie-watching experience.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which isn't very immersive-sounding. Its soundstage performance isn't as impressive as the more premium setups we've tested, and it lacks some sound enhancement features like room correction. However, if you're on a budget, it's still a solid upgrade over your TV speakers and is one of the best all-in-one soundbars.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony HT-A7000: The Sony HT-A7000 is a premium 7.1.2 setup with a room correction feature and DTS support. That said, its soundstage and surround performances aren't as impressive as other premium standalone bars. See our review
  • Bose Smart Soundbar 700: The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a very premium standalone bar with versatile performance, but it doesn't offer Atmos support. See our review
  • Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300: The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a 5.0 setup with an impressive soundstage, though it doesn't support Atmos content, and it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage is a high-end 3.0 setup with a graphic EQ to customize its sound. However, it has to downmix surround and Atmos content into stereo, which doesn't sound very immersive. See our review
  • JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam: The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam uses JBL MultiBeam Technology to bounce sound off the walls to create a more immersive sound. However, its soundstage performance isn't as impressive as some of the more premium bars we've tested. See our review
  • Sonos Playbar: The Sonos Playbar is a well-built 3.0 setup with a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. However, it doesn't support Atmos content, and it lacks HDMI ports. See our review
  • Samsung HW-S60A: The Samsung HW-S60A is a small soundbar with lots of sound customization features, including a graphic EQ. However, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and it lacks room correction. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best soundbars without subwoofers for most people to buy. We factor in the price (a cheaper soundbar wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no soundbars that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our standalone soundbar reviews. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. No soundbar is perfect. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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