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The 5 Best All-In-One Soundbars - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best All-In-One Soundbars

If you don't have a lot of space in your living room, a standalone soundbar is a great option to upgrade 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 150 soundbars, and below you'll find the best soundbars without subwoofers to buy. You can see our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best small soundbars.

  1. Best All-In-One Soundbar

    The best all-in-one soundbar that we've tested is the Sonos Arc. It's a premium 5.0.2 soundbar that supports many different audio formats, including those that are commonly found on streaming platforms like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. With its wide, immersive soundstage, you feel like your favorite movies are playing out in the space around you, bringing the action right to your living room. Sound effects are clear and detailed, and you don't have any trouble following the action on screen, thanks to its clear and detailed dialogue reproduction.

    The bar's compatible with the Sonos S2 app, a handy tool that lets you control the bar's features from your phone. Like most premium setups, there's a room correction tool, which Sonos calls TruePlay. It automatically optimizes the bar's audio based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. While it's only available on iOS devices, Android users can still use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. Also, the app lets you control a whole ecosystem of Sonos products, meaning you can pair the bar with other speakers and devices from the brand. It's not Bluetooth-compatible like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900, which is another premium option with a wide and immersive-sounding soundstage. The Sonos reproduces more bass, which is especially noticeable with bass-heavy genres like EDM and action-packed movies.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range All-In-One Soundbar

    The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a versatile setup that's a more affordable alternative to our top picks. It's the latest version of the Sonos Beam and keeps the same small design as its predecessor, but it adds support for Dolby Atmos content that's often found on different streaming platforms. As a result, you can take advantage of more immersive object-based formats, even if you don't have the space in your setup for a larger standalone bar. In fact, despite its small size, it still offers a really wide sound thanks to its side-firing speakers that beam sound throughout your room.

    You find a similar selection of sound enhancement features compared to the Sonos Arc. Like most premium bars, there's a room correction feature, which Sonos calls Trueplay, via the app on compatible iOS devices. With it on, vocals and lead instruments reproduce pretty clearly, and there's a touch of extra boom in the bass to bring action-packed scenes to life. If you want to customize it, there are bass and treble adjustments available. That said, given its small size, it's little surprise that it doesn't get as loud as the Arc, and its Atmos performance isn't quite as impressive. Still, for those without a lot of space who want a premium bar, it's a solid pick.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range All-In-One Soundbar

    The TCL Alto 8i is the best standalone soundbar under $250 we've tested. It's a 2.1 setup without as many extra bells and whistles as our top picks, but it's still a fair choice. It's one of the few options we've tested in this price range with Dolby Atmos capabilities. You don't get the same immersive feeling of sound wrapping around you from all angles, like with our top picks, and its surround sound performance is poor, but it's a simple alternative for those shopping on a tighter budget.

    Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a fairly neutral, though somewhat dark and boomy sound profile due to the extra bass and recessed treble range. As a result, vocals and lead instruments reproduce pretty clearly, but they can also sound veiled. Without a room correction feature, it sounds a bit different depending on the room you're in, but fortunately, you still have access to bass and treble adjustments and some EQ presets to customize its sound.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget All-In-One Soundbar

    The Sony HT-S100F is a cheap option with a simple design that's still a solid upgrade over your existing TV speakers. It's a small, compact 2.0 soundbar that doesn't take up a lot of room in your setup, which is nice, and it can still get loud enough to fill a large room with sound. Its mids are fairly balanced, so you hear dialogue clearly in the mix, though they're also a bit dark and muddy due to the lack of bass and recessed treble. However, like most bars in this price range, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content found on most streaming services.

    The sound enhancement features available are limited. You'll find a dialogue enhancement mode and an auto-volume feature that balances out the highs and lows in the volume range to help you hear voices clearly without disturbing people around you, which is great if you want to watch TV at night. There's support for 5.1 surround sound content like Dolby Digital, too, though it has to downmix it into stereo to play it. It's a straightforward bar with an okay sound, but if you're on a tight budget, it lets you enhance the listening experience with vocal-heavy TV shows and documentaries.

    See our review

  5. Best All-In-One Soundbar With An Integrated Subwoofer

    Whether you're listening to bass-heavy music or action-packed movies, a soundbar that reproduces the deep thump and rumble in the bass range helps bring your audio to life. Most standalone options struggle to get an extended low-bass on their own; however, the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX offers a solution, thanks to the subwoofer integrated into the bar. As a result, it can bring the rumble in your audio right to your living room—however, its large, bulky design isn't ideal for everyone, as it takes up quite a lot of space and can block your TV screen if you don't wall-mount it.

    Overall, it's a well-built soundbar with lots of premium sound enhancement features, including a room correction mode and a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize its sound. With its room correction feature activated, it reproduces vocals and lead instruments clearly in the mix, and dialogue is present in your favorite movies and TV shows. It doesn't offer the same immersive feel as our top picks with its soundstage, but you can use its virtual surround feature called AMBEO 3D, which can enhance the listening experience. That said, given its size and its price, bass-lovers might find it's a better value to add on a separate sub to the Bose or the Sonos instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony HT-A7000: The Sony HT-A7000 is a premium 7.1.2 setup with Dolby Atmos support. It provides a pretty immersive sound and has extra features like room correction. However, it can't give the same immersive feeling as the Sonos Arc with Atmos and surround sound content. See our review
  • Sony HT-A5000: The Sony HT-A5000 is a 5.1.2 setup. It can playback surround sound and Dolby Atmos content, though its sound isn't quite as clear or real as what you get with the Sonos Arc. See our review
  • Samsung HW-S60A: The Samsung HW-S60A is a small soundbar with many sound customization features, including a graphic EQ. However, compared to the Sonos Beam (Gen 2), it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content and lacks room correction. That said, as Samsung transitions into the 2022 lineup, you might find it for a more affordable price. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 19, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Jun 21, 2022: Restructured the article for greater clarity and consistency.

  3. Apr 22, 2022: Minor updates to the text for accuracy. No changes in product picks.

  4. Feb 21, 2022: Replaced the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with the Sonos Arc.

  5. Feb 03, 2022: Minor updates to the text. Added the Sony HT-A5000 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best all-in-one soundbars and the best soundbars without subwoofer add-ons 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.