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The 5 Best Soundbars With Subwoofer - Fall 2019
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Best Soundbars With Subwoofer
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Whether you're a fan of watching action movies or listening to dubstep, if your favorite media has lots of bass, you'll need a soundbar with a subwoofer. A soundbar setup that includes a wireless subwoofer can generally deliver deeper, more powerful bass than a standalone bar, even one with an integrated sub. You'll need to make sure you have enough space to set up your subwoofer in your TV room, but if space isn't an issue and you enjoy lots of bass-heavy content, then a soundbar setup with a subwoofer is a must.

We've tested 25 soundbars so far, and below you'll find the best soundbars with a subwoofer to buy in 2019. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.


  1. Best Soundbar With Subwoofer: Samsung HW-Q90R

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Dialog / TV Shows
    8.2
    Music
    8.1
    Movies
    Channels
    :
    7.1.4

    The best soundbar with a subwoofer we've tested so far is the Samsung HW-Q90R. It comes with a wireless sub and dedicated satellite speakers and delivers the most well-rounded performance we've seen to date. It has lots of connectivity options and it can support lots of different audio formats, including Dolby Atmos.

    This soundbar setup delivers a great, neutral frequency response that lends itself well to everything from your favorite jazz album to the latest blockbuster action movie. It can get very loud without compressing or distorting very much and has a number of different customization options so you can adjust the way it sounds.

    While its up-firing speakers help create an immersive sound with Atmos, a home theatre setup with dedicated down-firing speakers sounds more natural. This soundbar also doesn't come with a regular audio jack, so you won't be able to plug in some older devices, like an MP3 player. That said, if you're looking for a soundbar setup with a subwoofer that's versatile enough to handle movies, music and TV shows, the Q90R is a great choice.

    See our review

  2. 5.1 Alternative: Samsung HW-Q80R

    Channels
    :
    5.1.2

    If you're a bit tight on space and would rather have a 5.1 setup instead, then get the Samsung HW-Q80R. It doesn't deliver the same surround experience as the Samsung HW-Q90R since it doesn't come with rear satellite speakers, but this makes it easier to set up in a smaller room and it sounds nearly as good. Its shortcomings are similar to those of the Q90R — no audio jack for compatibility with older TVs and music players and less sound enhancement features than other soundbars we've tested — but it's still a very versatile soundbar overall.

    Get the Q90R if you have enough room for a full 7.1.4 setup, but if you're tight on space or simply want to spend a bit less, then go for the Q80R.

    See our review

  3. More Affordable Alternative For TV Shows: Yamaha YAS-408

    Channels
    :
    2.1

    If you want something more affordable that will still help enhance your listening experience, then get the Yamaha YAS-408BL. Its subwoofer doesn't get quite as deep as the ones that come with the Samsung HW-Q90R or HW-Q80R, but this setup still performs fairly well overall, especially for the price. It has a very well-balanced frequency response and sounds very neutral overall, which is especially great when listening to lots of dialog-heavy TV shows. It has more connectivity options and better audio format support than the similarly priced Samsung HW-Q60R, but doesn't have an EQ, so it won't be as easy to customize.

    Get the Q90R if you can afford it and are looking for one of the best options currently on the market, but if you don't want to spend as much and prefer a more modest setup just for watching TV at home, then the Yamaha is a solid option.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Soundbar With Subwoofer: Yamaha YAS-207

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Dialog / TV Shows
    7.1
    Music
    6.8
    Movies
    Channels
    :
    2.1

    The best budget soundbar with subwoofer we've tested so far is the Yamaha YAS-207. This soundbar setup performs surprisingly well for the price and delivers a solid listening experience overall. It sounds well-balanced, delivering decent bass for a budget option, and supports most modern audio format options.

    This soundbar setup doesn't pack as much bass as the more premium options on this list, but it can still produce fairly deep bass with thump and rumble. You can also adjust the subwoofer level to pump up the bass a bit if you prefer. It doesn't support the most modern surround sound formats but works with Dolby Digital and DTS over full HDMI, HDMI ARC and optical, which is pretty good for a budget soundbar.

    On the downside, this soundbar tends to compress a fair bit when pushed to max volume. Most people won't notice this at all, but if you throw a lot of parties and like to crank the volume all the way up, you may find it doesn't sound quite as good as it does at normal listening volumes. That said, it's still a very good option for more casual use around the home, especially if you're mostly just watching TV.

    See our review

  5. More Customizable Alternative: Samsung HW-R550

    Channels
    :
    2.1

    If you prefer being able to adjust the way your soundbar setup sounds, then get the Samsung HW-R550. It doesn't sound as accurate out-of-the-box as the Yamaha YAS-207, but it provides more sound customization options for you to tweak to better match your tastes. Fans of bass are also more likely to prefer its punchier default sound profile too. The TCL Alto 7+ comes with more accessories, so it's a better option if you're not sure what you might need to set up properly, but if you already have most of what you need, the R550 provides a more feature-packed experience.

    Get the Yamaha if you want something that sounds balanced without having to adjust much, but if you like having more options to tweak the way your soundbar sounds, you'll want the Samsung.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung HW-Q60R: A good, cheaper alternative to the Q80R. See our review
  • LG SL10YG: A decent 5.1.2 soundbar setup with a subwoofer that can support Dolby Atmos content but doesn't perform quite as well as the Samsung Q90R. See our review
  • Klipsch Bar 48: A decent 3.1 soundbar with a subwoofer that has lots of connectivity options but doesn't provide as much value as the Yamaha YAS-408BL for the price. See our review
  • Sony HT-CT800: Sub-par sounding soundbar that noticeable lacks a lot of bass, even though it has a dedicated subwoofer. See our review
  • Sony HT-S350: Soundbar with a disappointing standard sound profile. Has some audio modes that help, but by default sounds dark and muddy. See our review
  • TCL Alto 7+: Budget soundbar that performs alright for watching TV, best for starters who want all cables included with their purchase but less customizable than the Samsung R550. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best soundbars with a subwoofer 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 reviews for soundbars with a subwoofer. 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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